Rabat – Prince Moulay Hicham Alaoui has condemned the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who went missing October 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.The prince took to his Twitter to express his concern about the disappearance of the Washington Post opinion writer.“A Saudi citizen, journalist, and dear friend of mine, Jamal Khashoggi, has been missing since October 2,” wrote the prince. Read Also: Jamal Khashoggi Was Allegedly Killed Inside Saudi Consulate in Turkey Moulay Hicham recalled recent news reports, which alleged that the Saudi journalist was tortured and murdered “at the hands of his own countrymen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”The prince said that the murder should be regarded as a “political assassination conducted on Saudi soil. This violates international law, human rights and the very tenets of Islamic law.”pic.twitter.com/r77HwScOKo— Hicham Alaoui (@HichamAlaouiSW) October 7, 2018Moulay Hicham urged the Saudi government to clarify the circumstances of the incident and to punish the alleged killers.He added that Saudi Arabia bears full responsibility in “this barbaric and unquantifiable act of savagery” if it refuses to open an investigation into the alleged murder.Turkish authorities have concluded that the Saudi journalist was killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul.The journalist was known for his vocal criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions towards Qatar, Canada, and the war in Yemen, as well as his crackdown against dissenting voices in Saudi Arabia. The journalist disappeared after he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday to secure documentation for a forthcoming marriage with a Turkish national.
17 April 2008Invitations to the upcoming high-level meeting of the International Compact for Iraq – to be held on 29 May in Stockholm, Sweden – have been issued to all UN Member States, as well as to several regional and international organizations and institutions. These invitations to the talks on the five-year peace and development plan to help rebuild the war-torn nation were extended yesterday by both Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari.Mr. Ban, who will co-chair the meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, encouraged Member States to take part.Under the Compact, which was launched last May in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, the Government will work to meet basic needs, protect the rights of all citizens and ensure the optimal use of the country’s resources for the common good.
“Recognizing that humanitarian action is nothing but a temporary palliative, inappropriate and costly in this type of situation, we decided that the time had come to engage in a real dialogue among governmental, international and local partners to work towards a better future for the Sahel,” said Margareta Wahlström, United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. “The fight against poverty and for development is the only sustainable solution to fight these chronic crises.”Nearly 100 United Nations, governmental and non-governmental participants undertook a dialogue among humanitarian and developmental actors on 15 and16 November.Since 1972, the countries of the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – have suffered acute food and nutritional crises about every ten years, endangering the lives and health of the population and impeding development.Of a population of more than 68 million in those countries, some 32 million suffer from malnutrition.
Mincom, now a part of ABB and a leading global provider of software and services for asset-intensive industries, has released findings from its second-annual study into the views of key stakeholders in mining. The Mincom Mining Executive Insights: 2011 survey has revealed the top challenge this year among senior mining executives is optimising production effectiveness, pushing last year’s primary concern – ensuring workplace safety – into second position. “Based on this year’s research, we find the overall outlook for the mining industry is conservative, but increasingly positive,” said Jennifer Tejada, Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer, Mincom. “One of the recurring themes we also uncovered is the fundamental importance of cost control, predictable performance and growth achieved by the standardization of processes and the adoption of best practices.” The 2011 Mincom study surveyed high-level executives at 256 mining companies in North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region to investigate their most pressing concerns, and where they see opportunities for growth. When asked to rank their top challenges by level of urgency, respondents replied as follows:• Optimizing/maximizing production effectiveness (73%)• Ensuring workforce safety (53%)• Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce (47%)• Managing capital projects (33%)• Ensuring different departments work together (33%)• Ensuring equipment operates reliably and predictably (32%)”Overall, the attitude of this year’s respondents is positive, with 69% expressing optimism about their general business outlook,” said Tejada. “Not surprisingly, given the growing global demand for mining products and high commodity prices, maximising production is by far the number-one priority for global mining executives. We see this trend among many of Mincom’s mining customers as they work to achieve productivity improvements, reduce the impact of production bottlenecks, and improve integration of processes across the mining value chain.”When asked to rank their top three obstacles to achieving organic growth, this year’s respondents identified the following:• Complying with government regulations (40%)• Delays in getting new mines operational (32%)• Difficulty in standardizing business processes (22%)• Inability to move quickly enough to exploit commodity prices (21%)• Inability to meet planned production goals (21%)“Mining companies face additional regulatory scrutiny as they look to develop new sites and increase production at existing ones, leading this year’s respondents to once again identify regulatory compliance as their primary obstacle to organic growth,” said Tejada. “We also noted the number of executives who identified difficulty in standardising business processes as their primary growth obstacle has nearly doubled from last year. This spike may indicate a paradigm shift taking place within the industry, in which more companies view the ability to operate predictably across all enterprise operations as a principal driver of value.”The study also revealed that lessons learned from the economic downturn still predominate, with 65% of respondents adopting aggressive cost-control strategies to maintain or improve profitability. Another 43% are adopting best-practice work and asset management frameworks for critical production assets, indicating a continued focus on streamlining internal processes to achieve cost savings and efficiencies.For complete survey results and additional analysis, visit http://www.mincom.com/mining-survey-whitepaper. Mincom will also host a Webinar presenting a deeper analysis of the report’s findings. To register, please see http://www.mincom.com/mining-survey-webinar.
TWO CHILDREN’S CHARITIES have spoken out about the lack of progress in addressing the need for the State to improve specialised therapy services for children who are victims of sexual abuse.On Monday we reported that the HSE admitted that more than 50 vacancies in mental health services for children still have not been filled, despite the fact that the investment for them was allocated two years ago.Mary Flaherty, of the CARI Foundation, which provides therapy to children who are victims of sexual abuse, pointed out that the children her organisation works with are not even covered by HSE services because they do not have the specialist personnel. This is despite the fact that there are up to 4,000 new allegations of child sex abuse each year.“They specifically exclude child sex abuse,” said. “And for specialist services for victims of sex abuse, due to funding cuts, our own services have reduced further”.For the children availing of the services of this voluntary organisation, there is at least a six month wait and those living outside of Dublin fare worst. Flaherty said the focus needs to shift from historic abuse by the Catholic Church to the new young victims who are suffering now and who need the support of specialist professionals and not to be added to a seemingly endless waiting list.Tess Noonan, services manager at the ISPCC, which works closely with the CARI Foundation, said it is “vital to have the specialist services” because of the legal side of issues, if the abuse has been reported to the guards.“People can’t just say “I work with children so I can do it”, especially if they’re trying to provide treatment for the child who has been abused,” she said. ”We would refer people to CARI because we wouldn’t want to cause any harm to the child because we don’t specialise in it.”Last year, the HSE said it had four sexual abuse centres that offered services to children – two in Dublin, one in Waterford and one in Cork and Noonan said children often have to travel long distances just to reach services, once they’ve climbed the waiting list.The real difficulty is the waiting times and if you’re living in Cork the closest service might be in Limerick. Children who have been sexually abused can recover and come out the other side and that’s great – it points to the resilience of childhood.“But they need to be believed, they need to be listened to, they need the specialist services,” she added. “People require services at the point of reference – not six months later.”Related: HSE admits 54 child mental health vacancies are still not filled>Read: Abuse, violence, mental health: Children in Ireland called for help 664,000 times last year>
Médiator : retour sur un scandale sanitaireLe procès du Laboratoire Servier, mis en examen dans le cadre de l’affaire du Médiator, s’est ouvert le 14 mai dernier. Depuis plus d’un an, le scandale a envahi abondamment les médias, et il y a de quoi perdre le fil. Un petit récapitulatif s’impose.A priori inoffensif C’est un petit comprimé blanc de 150 milligrammes, guère plus large qu’un grain de café. Depuis 1976, il est disponible en pharmacie sous prescription. Sur sa boite bleue ciel, des lettres blanches indiquent le nom du médicament : Médiator. En ouvrant le paquet, on y trouve la notice glissée entre les rangés de quatre pilules et le bord intérieur de la boite. Voici ce qu’elle indique.La substance active est le benfluorex. A l’origine du médicament : le laboratoire Servier. Juste en dessous, on y trouve les informations suivantes ” adjuvant à un régime adapté chez les diabétiques avec surcharge pondérale “. Puis, la notice dresse à coté une liste de tous les cas d’incompatibilité : pour les personnes atteintes d’une pancréatite ou d’une allergie aux substances présentes (benfluorex et chloroydrate) le traitement est évidement proscrit. Le Médiator est également déconseillé en cas d’intolérance au fructose, de syndromes d’absorption de certains sucres mais aussi pendant la grossesse, l’allaitement, et pour les sportifs sous peine de contrôle positif lors des compétitions. Enfin, au bout de cette petite feuille, les effets indésirables : les mises en garde portent sur d’éventuels troubles digestifs ou des fonctions cognitives, mais rien d’inquiétant en somme.La fréquence des prescriptions de cette si petite pilule qui promet tant, s’accentue, et évolue. Ce qui devait être initialement réservé aux diabétiques, se prescrit de plus en plus en simple coupe faim. 5 millions de personnes vont ainsi consommer ce médicament, espérant perdre du poids.Révélation d’un scandale sanitaireEn 2007, la pneumologue Irène Frachon constate chez plusieurs de ses patients des cas de valvulopathie, une maladie grave détruisant les valves cardiaques. Tous ces malades présentent un point commun : ils ont suivit un traitement au médiator. Le doute plane alors sur la responsabilité du produit dans cette série de pathologies cardiaques. Mais le 25 novembre 2009, Irène Frachon délivre des résultats d’une étude qui confirment la dangerosité du benfluorex, la substance active du médicament. Aussitôt l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) retire le Mediator de la vente. Arrive le moment d’établir un bilan des victimes liées au traitement : en 2010, la Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie (Cnam) rend publique une étude rétrospective réalisée sur un million de patients ayant pris ce médicament entre 2006 et 2010. D’après les résultats, 500 personnes auraient succombées suite à sa consommation depuis 33 ans ; d’autres rapports font état de plus de 1.000 décès.Début d’une longue bataille judiciaireLes premières plaintes pour homicides et blessures involontaires de victimes présumées du Mediator tombent en 2010. C’est alors que Jaques Servier, le fondateur du laboratoire, propose d’indemniser les victimes en échange du retrait de leur plainte. Pour les associations de victimes, cette atitude traduit la reconnaissance d’une responsabilité du laboratoire et refusent catégoriquement. En 2011, Jaques Servier est mis en examen et sous contrôle judiciaire. Et à la fin de l’année, une réforme du système du médicament est adoptée par le parlement. Elle comprend notamment des avancés en terme de transparence, de contrôle et de suivis des produits de santé.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Plus de 360 plaignants demandent aujourd’hui réparation au laboratoire Servier. Selon une récente étude menée par deux chercheurs de l’Inserm, 1.320 décès seraient imputables au Mediator.Le 14 mai dernier s’est ouvert le procès Servier au tribunal de Nanterre : Jaques Servier comparaissait avec quatre autres cadres du laboratoire pour tromperie aggravée. Quelques unes des 600 personnes à avoir porté plainte ont ainsi fait le déplacement pour demander réparation, ne souhaitant pas attendre la fin de l’instruction menée au pôle santé du tribunal de grande instance de Paris. Toutefois, le laboratoire à eu recours à deux questions prioritaires de constitutionnalité (QPC). Il faudra encore attendre le 21 mai pour que le tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre se prononce sur ces deux questions. Selon le verdict, Jacques Servier risque quatre ans d’emprisonnement, et pour son laboratoire, une interdiction d’exercer. Affaire à suivre…Le 18 mai 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County Animal Care Adoption Center is celebrating their one year anniversary with a special adoption event this weekend.The center has marked their one-year anniversary in the best way by putting the focus on the rescued animals who need to find a forever home.The event is set to take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center near Southwest 24th Avenue and 42nd Street.Adoption fees will be waived on all pets thanks to Friends of Animal Care. Adoptions also include spaying/neutering, a physical exam, vaccinations, as well as Broward County Rabies Registration tag and a microchip.If you’d like more info, go to: http://www.broward.org/Animal/Pages/Default.aspxCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sean Spicer at the White House, 2017 (Creative commons photo by VOA)White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today he expects the Department of Justice will step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws. But he didn’t elaborate on what that might entail, and there are no details yet about how this will affect states that have set up recreational marijuana industries.Listen nowIf enforcement is increased, it could collide with Alaska’s voter-approved legalization and damage Alaska’s new marijuana industry.Spicer, at a White House press briefing, said President Trump understands that terminal patients and people in pain take comfort from marijuana. Spicer pointed out that Congress has previously used annual spending bills to restrict federal policing of medical marijuana.“There’s a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana,” Spicer said. “And I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law that we need to abide by.”Spicer said reporters need to inquire at the Justice Department, but he said people can expect “greater enforcement” against marijuana, although he emphasized that the enforcement would be against non-medical purposes.The opioid crisis is invoked by both sides of the marijuana debate. Advocates of legal cannabis say it can help treat addiction to drugs like heroin.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at a Senate hearing last year, argued against lax cannabis rules.“Marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized,” then-Sen. Sessions said at a hearing in April. “It ought not to be minimized …. It’s in fact, a very real danger.”Alaska Congressman Don Young, in conjunction with three other House members who make up the newly formed “cannabis caucus,” issued a statement today saying they hope Spicer’s comments don’t reflect the president’s views. The congressmen say they’re ready to “educate” the Trump administration on the need for more sensible marijuana policies.States like Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado that have voted to legalize adult marijuana use have been looking to an Obama Administration policy, the 2013 Cole Memo, for legal guidance on cannabis. The memo says enforcing federal rules on the drug will not be a priority for the Justice Department in states that have set up their own strict rules regulating legal marijuana.
The forward half of the Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina moved out of the assembly hall at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. Vigor Alaska built the two Alaska Class Ferries under a $120 million state contract. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD) AIDEA Chief Investment Officer Alan Weitzner said in a recent interview that the state is encouraging vessel owners to “consider Alaska’s shipyards and in this case, specifically the Ketchikan shipyard.”The state-owned shipyard is operated by Vigor Alaska, which recently delivered two Alaska Class Ferries. It also holds contracts for maintaining and overhauling state ferries.But there’s uncertainty over the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System which is bracing for at least a $40 million cut in state funding.Vigor Industries spokeswoman Jill Mackie says bridge financing could help keep the more than 100 shipyard workers employed by bringing in future contracts.“We believe it will incent more vessel owner/operators who operate in Alaska,” she said, “but who are currently repairing or maintaining their vessels in the Puget Sound, to have some or more of their work done in Alaska.”AIDEA’s board will be charged with signing off on AK SHIP loan applications. The program allows vessel owners to apply for up to $1.5 million in market-rate financing that would be paid back within two years. Alaska’s investment fund is creating a $10 million loan program designed to make Ketchikan’s shipyard more competitive.On Wednesday, the board of directors of Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority unanimously approved AK SHIP, as the financing plan will be called.
Jonathan IveAppleSir Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive, the man behind key Apple products, has announced his departure after leading the tech giant’s design excellence for nearly 30 years. The 52-year-old led the teams that designed MacBook, iPhone, iPod and iPad as well as parts of the iOS user interface. He will leave later this year to start his firm LoveFilm.Ive said that it was “natural and gentle time” to make the move and his relationship with Apple will continue. “While I will not be an [Apple] employee, I will still be very involved — I hope for many, many years to come,” he said. LoveFilm will be launched in 2020 with Apple as its first client.He revealed that there are products that the Apple design team has been working for a number of years and that he will continue to oversee the developments. “I’m beyond excited that I get to continue working on those, and there are some new projects as well that I’ll get to develop and contribute to,” he said.He also said that he leaves the company with pride. “After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer,” Ive said in a statement.Apple CEO Tim Cook said he can’t imagine a better result than Ive’s decision to be associated with the company even after his departure. “We get to continue with the same team that we’ve had for a long time and have the pleasure of continuing to work with Jony,” he said.However, things at the revolutionary tech giant have been shaky as Ive’s departure follows the recent exit of Apple’s Retail chief Angela Ahrendts. Investors are also concerned about falling iPhone sales due to the recent trade tensions between the US and China.According to Financial Times, there would be no immediate successor to Ive in the company. Apple’s Creative Director Alan Dye and Industrial Design Head Evans Hankey will report to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams.While there is not much information available on LoveForm, Ive revealed that he would focus on wearable technology and healthcare as well as various “personal passions”.Ive joined Steve Jobs in 1992Ive joined Apple as a full-time employee in September 1992. It was Ive’s partnership with Steve Jobs in 1996 that the company saw a massive turnaround from its poor financial status.The popularity of iMac in 1998 and the iPod in 2001 was a revolution in the electronics industry. Unlike others who produced a wide variety of products, Apple was exclusively stuck to computers, electronic devices, and phones. Ive is known to be extremely detail-oriented. In a Time interview, he revealed that he worked with confectionery manufacturers to get the perfect translucent jelly-bean shades that were a feature of iMac. He also travelled to Japan’s Niigata region to see how metalworkers beat metal thin. He used the knowledge to create Apple’s PowerBook, the first lightweight laptop made of aluminium.Apart from being the Chancellor of the Royal College of Art in London, he has been appointed as the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and was awarded the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by the Queen in 2013. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … How the iPhone has evolved over the last 10 years
A Rangpur court on Thursday sent former vice chancellor of Begum Rokeya University Abdul Jalil Miah to jail on charges of graft.Senior special judge and district and sessions judge of Rangpur Humayun Kabir Miah passed the order. Thursday was fixed for accepting charge sheets and granting bail.The court also sent the sub registrar of the university Shahjahan Ali to jail, rejecting his bail prayer.According to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) office in Rangpur, on 19 March, deputy assistant director of ACC and also investigation officer Akbar Ali submitted charge sheets against former VC Abdul Jalil Mia, sub registrar Shahjahan Ali, deputy director (planning and development) ATGM Golam Feroj, assistant registrar Morshedul Alam Rani, and assistant director (finance and account) Khandaker Ashraful Alam.According to the charge sheets, former VC Abdul Jalil Miah in collusion with four other officials recruited 349 officials and employees, violating the order of the ministry and without approval of the University Grants Commission.Although there was no allocation in the budget, the recruited officials and employees were paid from other sector of the university. As a result, state money was lost, which is punishable offence as per ACC law.
.Nafia Gazi, a student of the economics department at Dhaka University, was run over and killed by a bus on 29 March 1991 near Mouchak Market in the capital. Her father Kamal Ahmed Gazi filed a lawsuit in which a Dhaka court ordered a payment of Tk 1 million in compensation. Nafia’s family only received the money in 2017, that is, 26 years after her death.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ordered a payment of Tk 17 million in compensation to the family of journalist Mozammel Hossain Montu, who was killed in a road accident in 1989 near Shantinagar in the city.The Supreme Court verdict was passed on 13 April 2016, also 26 years after the journalist’s death. Three years have passed since then, but his wife is yet to receive the compensation.Executive director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Sara Hossain, said there are only a few compensation cases as many of the victims or families are not aware that the responsible person or organisation can be sued for compensation at the sessions judge’s court according to the motor vehicles ordinance.Then again, even if the verdict is passes, the compensation is often held up due to complicated legal procedures, she added.Although there is a record of the number of casualties, the organisations working on road accidents do not have an account of how many cases have been filed for compensation so far.This Prothom Alo correspondent found records of 12 cases including writs seeking compensation by the victims’ families and public interest organisations. Four of the cases were filed by the by the victims’ families while the remaining eight cases were filed by Supreme Court lawyers, human rights and legal aid organisations.One of the families received full compensation while two others received partial payments. The remaining nine cases are yet to see any development as one is stuck in the Appellate Division while eight others are to be settled in the High Court.Mozammel’s wife still waitsMozammel Hossain Montu, the former news editor of the daily Sangbad, died on 16 December 1989, after the road accident. His wife Raushan Akhter filed a lawsuit with the lower court on 1 January 1991 demanding compensation of 35.2 million taka.The judicial court gave the verdict after five years of filing the case and the High Court verdict came after another five years.Bangladesh Beverage, the owner of the mini-truck that ran over Mozammel, appealed to the Appellate Division against the High Court verdict. The Appellate Division passed the verdict on 13 April 2016 that read that the victim’s family is entitled to get compensation of 17 million taka.Raoshan Akhter expressed her grief saying if the verdict of the Supreme Court is not effective what do the people do?“It’s been 26 years since the verdict of the Supreme Court came. Even after three years, the compensation remains pending,” Raushan told Prothom Alo.The court ordered to confiscate five bighas of the company’s land in Tejgaon to be auctioned to pay the compensation. Nobody, however, took part in the auction even after the advertisement appeared in the newspaper. Raushan Akhtar appealed for intervention of the prime minister to get the money.Tareque Masud case in Appellate division, Mishuk Munier case in High CourtFilm maker Tareque Masud and ATN News’s chief executive officer (CEO) Mishuk Muneir died in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Manikganj on 13 August in 2011.Two suits were filed for compensation according to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Ordinance. The High Court gave the verdict on 3 December 2017 in the case filed by Tareque Masud’s family. The verdict is said to pay a compensation of 46.1 million taka.But after the verdict, the bus owner and the prosecutor made separate appeals which are awaiting hearing in the Appellate Division.On the other hand, the compensation case filed by Mishuk Munier’s family is awaiting hearing in court. The High Court has fixed the date for hearing the witnesses on 19 June, said the lawyer for the plaintiff Ramzan Ali Sikder.A few writs await settlementBangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar was killed in a bus accident by Suprabhat Paribahan in Nadda area in the capital’s Bashundhara area on 19 March. Supreme Court lawyer Ruhul Kuddus filed a writ petition seeking compensation.On the preliminary hearing, the High Court ordered to pay a million taka to Abrar’s family as exigency cost on 20 March. The payment, however, was halted as the transport company appealed to the Appellate Division.The Appellate Division dismissed the appeal of the transport company.A Green Line Paribahan bus ran over a driver Russel Sarkar on Mayor Hanif flyover on 28 April last year. Russel lost a leg in the accident. Supreme Court lawyer Umme Kulsum filed a writ petition for compensation of 10 million taka in the accident.The High Court ordered Green Line Paribahan authorities to pay 5 million taka to Russel as compensation within two weeks in a notice on 12 March.The company went to the Appellate Division but their appeal was dismissed on 31 March. The transport company was forced to pay Tk 500,000 to Russel on 10 April. Also, the court ordered Green Line to pay the remaining Tk 4.5 million within a month.The petitioner’s lawyer Khandker Shamsul Haq Reza said on Saturday, that no further payment was made. The next hearing for the case in on 15 May, he added.Two students of Shahid Rameezuddin Cantonment College Abdul Karim (Rajib) and Dia Khanam (Mim) were killed by a bus of Jabal e Noor Paribahan last year on 29 July. In a writ of Supreme Court lawyer Ruhul Kuddus, on 30 July that year, the High Court ordered the transport authorities to pay 500,000 taka to the families of Rajib and Mim to meet the immediate costs.The families of Rajib and Mim were paid Tk 500,000 to each family, said Ruhul Kuddus.College student Rajib Hossain lost his hand in a road accident when two buses tried to overtake each other on 3 April and he died nearly after 2 weeks.In the writ petition filed by lawyer Ruhul Kuddus, on 8 May last year, the High Court ordered compensation of 10 million to be paid to Rajib’s two brothers, in which BRTC and Sajan Transport were asked to pay Tk 5 million, Tk 2.5 million each, within a month.The Appellate Division suspended the order of compensation in favour of the two companies on 22 May last year and ordered the High Court to constitute a liability committee to pay compensation. The committee submitted the report last October. The hearings on the issue continues in the High Court. Lawyer Ruhul Kuddus told Prothom Alo Saturday, the next date for the hearing is on 15 May.Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation (CCB Foundation) and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) filed a petition on 3 February, seeking directives including compensation for four deaths, of college student Soma Barua on 16 January, college student Kazi Mahmudur Rahman on 22 January and two children on 28 January.The High Court ordered interim compensation of 100,000 taka to each of the families on the preliminary hearing. The lawyers of the victims Abdul Halim said the victims’ families are yet to receive the money.CCB Foundation and Blast filed a writ petition seeking compensation for the deaths of Faiza Tahmina, 10, on 5 February, Miraz Khan, 5, in Kaliakoir of Gazipur on 3 February, Liza Akhter, 9 in Barisal on 2 February, Ahmed Rifat, 6 in Balaganj, Sylhet and a Chittagong University student Nusrat Chowdhury, 23.The High Court ordered the responsible entities to pay 100,000 taka to each of the families as interim compensation during the first hearing. The families did not receive the amount yet according to the lawyer Abdul Halim.CCB Foundation and Blast also filed separate writs in deaths of Nabila, a child killed in the capital last year in October and another killing of a 7-day old child. The High Court issued a rule asking why the families would not be paid 5 million taka each as compensation. The rule is yet to be settled.It is, however, necessary for the victim’s family to receive compensation to overcome the first shock of the death in case the victim is the only earning member of the family, said the director of Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University Of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Md. Mizanur Rahman.“The compensation is of no use if it is not made on time. Every developed country has the practice to compensate the victims of road accidents. We are dreaming to become a developed country by 2040. We have to ensure compensations to the victims and their families to achieve such goals,” he added.*The report appeared in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
Members of Civil Human Rights Front hold a news conference in response to the announcement by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam regarding the proposed extradition bill, outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China on 15 June. Photo: ReutersTens of thousands are expected to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to demand the city’s leader steps down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill following the most violent protests in decades.Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Saturday indefinitely delayed the bill that could send people to mainland China to face trial, expressing “deep sorrow and regret”.The about-face was one of the most significant political turnarounds by the Hong Kong government since Britain returned the territory to China in 1997, and it threw into question Lam’s ability to continue to lead the city.Organisers of Sunday’s protest said they hope more than a million people will turn up for the rally, similar to numbers they estimated for a demonstration against the proposed extradition bill last Sunday. Police put that count at 240,000.Violent clashes on Wednesday when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters grabbed global headlines and forced some banks to shut branches.Some Hong Kong tycoons have started moving personal wealth offshore over concerns about the proposed extradition law, which critics warn could erode the city’s international status.The city’s independent legal system was guaranteed under laws governing Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese rule 22 years ago, and is seen by business and diplomatic communities as its strong remaining asset amid encroachments from Beijing.Hong Kong has been governed under a “one country, two systems” formula since its return to Beijing, allowing freedoms not enjoyed on mainland China but not a fully democratic vote.Many accuse Beijing of extensive meddling since then, including obstruction of democratic reforms, interference with elections and of being behind the disappearance of five Hong Kong-based booksellers, starting in 2015, who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders.Some opponents of the extradition bill said a suspension was not enough and want it scrapped and Lam to go.”If she refuses to scrap this controversial bill altogether, it would mean we wouldn’t retreat. She stays on, we stay on,” said pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo.Asked repeatedly on Saturday if she would step down, Lam avoided answering directly and appealed to the public to “give us another chance.” Lam said she had been a civil servant for decades and still had work she wanted to do.She added that she felt “deep sorrow and regret that the deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies and disputes in society”.Lam’s reversal was hailed by business groups and overseas governments.”AmCham is relieved by the government decision to suspend the extradition bill and that it listened to the Hong Kong people and international business community,” said Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.The UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter: “Well done HK Government for heeding concerns of the brave citizens who have stood up for their human rights”.China’s top newspaper on Sunday condemned “anti-China lackeys” of foreign forces in Hong Kong.”Certain people in Hong Kong have been relying on foreigners or relying on young people to build themselves up, serving as the pawns and lackeys of foreign anti-China forces,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a commentary.”This is resolutely opposed by the whole of the Chinese people including the vast majority of Hong Kong compatriots.”The Hong Kong protests have been the largest in the city since crowds came out against the bloody suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations centred around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989.Officials said 72 people were admitted to hospitals from the Wednesday protest, while a man died on Saturday after plunging from construction scaffolding where he unfurled a banner denouncing Hong Kong’s extradition bill, local media reported.Lam had said the extradition law was necessary to prevent criminals using Hong Kong as a place to hide and that human rights would be protected by the city’s court which would decide on the extraditions on a case-by-case basis.Critics, including leading lawyers and rights groups, note China’s justice system is controlled by the Communist Party, and say it is marked by torture and forced confessions, arbitrary detention and poor access to lawyers.
Update on Flight #1380: pic.twitter.com/JhwVlUBeia— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) April 17, 2018Investigators are likely to take apart the failed engine from Tuesday’s plane and examine maintenance records as they try to piece together the cause of the explosion.The engine failure was reminiscent of a similar event on a Southwest Boeing 737-700 jet in August 2016 as it flew from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida.Shrapnel from the engine left a 5 by 16 inch hole just above the wing. Passenger oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Pilots landed the plane safely in Pensacola, Florida.Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said one of the engine’s fan blades broke off from the hub during the flight. The broken edge of the blade showed crack lines consistent with metal fatigue.The NTSB was sending a go-team to the airport in Philadelphia to investigate and planned a 3 p.m. news conference.@SouthwestAir I want to thank the crew of SWA 1380 for a great job getting us to the ground safely after losing in engine #angelsinthesky pic.twitter.com/QL0YPUp0Vj— Kristopher Johnson (@EMMS_MrJohnson) April 17, 2018 A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport Tuesday with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.It wasn’t immediately known if anyone on board was injured, and neither the airline nor the Federal Aviation Administration explained what went wrong.Southwest said there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board the Boeing 737, which was headed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas’ Love Field. Passengers were seen walking off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport after landing around 11:20 a.m.The Philadelphia airport tweeted that Flight 1380 “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.” No other details were given..@SouthwestAir flight #1380 update: Flight from LGA to Dallas Love Field landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal. Flights are departing and arriving but passengers should expect delays. Check flight status with your airline.— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) April 17, 2018The Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane landed after the crew reported damage to one of the plane’s engines, along with the fuselage and at least one window.Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting while wearing an oxygen mask. He posted, “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”After the plane landed, he posted photos of a damaged window near the engine.News helicopter footage showed damage to the left engine and the tarmac covered with firefighting foam, although there were no signs of flames or smoke.Tracking data from FlightAware.com shows the flight was heading west over New York’s southern tier when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.Southwest has about 700 planes, all of them 737s, including more than 500 737-700s like the one involved in Tuesday’s emergency landing.It is the world’s largest operator of the 737. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling jetliner in the world and has a good safety record. Amanda Bourman/APThe engine on a Southwest Airlines plane is inspected as it sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing there on Tuesday.At least one person died after a Southwest plane experienced serious engine trouble Tuesday and was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Seven other people onboard Flight 1380 were injured.A crew member on a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia reported to air traffic controllers that a piece of the plane was missing and “someone went out.”In the audio recording of the exchange, the crew member says the plane needed to slow down.Southwest Airlines Chief executive Gary Kelly said at a news conference in Dallas Tuesday that there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was inspected Sunday.The US transportation secretary is praising the pilots, crew and passengers for helping to prevent a far worse tragedySecretary Elaine Chao said her department is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause and ensure the safety of the traveling public.The company that made the engine that blew apart on a Southwest Airlines jet said it is helping investigators figure out what went wrong.CFM International said in a statement Tuesday that it sent technical experts to help the National Transportation Safety Board officials.A passenger died after the left-side engine on a Southwest jet blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The pilots made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.CFM is a joint venture of General Electric and France’s Safran.The company said the type of engine on the Southwest plane is installed on more than 6,700 planes and has flown more than 350 million hours since its introduction in 1997.The company said the engine has an outstanding safety and reliability record. Share ___A federal investigator said one person has been killed after a plane with engine failure made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Tuesday that the engine will be shipped for a detailed examination.The Federal Aviation Administration said the flight from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window.Philadelphia’s fire chief said that one person was taken to the hospital in critical condition and seven were treated for minor injuries.NTSB Chairman Sumwalt conducts media briefing prior to boarding flight to Philadelphia for investigation of Southwest engine incident. pic.twitter.com/s182tnpWSN— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) April 17, 2018___
Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 3 min read January 6, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. The launch of a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket from Florida was called off at the last minute on Tuesday due to a potential technical glitch with the booster’s upper-stage motor, NASA said.The rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo ship for the International Space Station, was due to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:20 a.m. EST.But with less than two minutes left in the countdown, a computer triggered an automatic abort, NASA launch commentator George Diller said. The problem appears to be with a piece of equipment in the Falcon 9’s upper-stage engine, he said.The next opportunity for launch is at 5:09 a.m. EST on Friday.When launched, the Falcon rocket is slated to separate from its upper-stage engine and Dragon capsule, and is expected to attempt an unprecedented landing on a floating platform positioned off Florida’s East Coast.If successful, the test will mark a significant step in SpaceX’s quest to develop rockets that can be refurbished and reflown.“If you were to throw the airplane away after every trip you take it’s going to be expensive,” SpaceX vice president Hans Koenigsmann, told reporters at a prelaunch press conference.“This would have an impact on the entire industry,” he said.SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk previously said he estimated the chance of a successful landing at 50 percent.“I pretty much made that up. I have no idea,” Musk said in an interview on Reddit a few hours before Tuesday’s launch attempt.The primary purpose of the flight is to deliver a Dragon cargo capsule to the space station, a $100 billion outpost that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The capsule is loaded with more than 5,100 pounds (2,313 kg) of food, supplies and equipment.The science gear includes a fruit fly experiment designed for immune system studies and an instrument to be mounted outside the station to measure clouds and aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere.SpaceX is one of two companies making cargo runs to the station for NASA under contracts worth a combined $3.5 billion.However, the second firm, Orbital Sciences Corp. was sidelined in October after its Antares rocket exploded minutes after liftoff. Orbital expects to resume flying aboard another firm’s rocket late this year while it outfits Antares with new engines.(Editing by W Simon) Listen Now
David Mzee, 28, a patient in the study, learns to walk again thanks to electrical stimulation. (Credit: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)A spinal cord injury used to mean life bound to a wheelchair. Now, three spinal cord injury patients are able to walk and even ride a modified bicycle, new research shows. The trio got on their feet again thanks to well-timed and precise electrical stimulation in the spinal cord combined with rehabilitation. The results are just the beginning of improving recovery after spinal cord injury, the researchers say.“When I could let go of the bar on the treadmill … walking hands-free really felt like more or less walking normally, and that was a really big achievement,” David Mzee, 28, one of the patients in the study, said in a media press briefing.Electric MovesMzee’s recovery comes thanks to an increasingly popular procedure known as epidural electrical stimulation, or EES, in which a surgically implanted device sends electricity down the spine. In research published last month by two other groups, five paraplegics regained the ability to walk with assistance from walkers because of the therapy. These patients received continuous stimulation from the device when using the treatment.Now, in one of two studies out today, Gregoire Courtine, a neuroscientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, who led the new research, and colleagues report in the journal Nature Neuroscience that continuous stimulation can block a patient’s perception of where their leg is in space.“[That] is really detrimental to walk,” Courtine said.So in the second study, Courtine and his team designed the electrical device to deliver transient bursts of stimulation specifically to the nerves that control leg muscles. The precise electrical stimulation enabled study participants to take assisted steps on a treadmill within five days. The researchers also timed the electrical stimulation to the patients’ movements. This way “we can have a synergy between the voluntary brain command and the stimulation,” Courtine said. “This results in a much more powerful and more natural movement.”“Because we stimulate the spinal cord as the brain would do naturally, the stimulation feels a lot more physiological,” Courtine said.The patients trained four to five times per week for five months by walking on a treadmill or overground and performed muscle strengthening exercises. EES specific for a given task accompanied each movement.A Giant Step ForwardPatient David Mzee was able to walk again thanks to physical therapy and an electrical implant that stimulated his spinal cord. (Credit: )The protocol empowered patients walked on a treadmill for an hour with only 15 percent of their body weight supported. They each took more than 1,200 steps and covered more than half a mile, Courtine and colleagues report in the journal Nature. Two patients also gained the ability to walk using crutches without the electrical stimulation. One patient was even able to take several steps completed unassisted.Finally, patients were able to walk outside and ride an arm- and leg-powered bicycle using a personalized voice-activated watch to turn the electrical stimulation on and off.Although the participants’ recovery is remarkable, Courtine suggests keeping expectations in check.“This is a proof of principle on these three individuals,” he said. But adds that in the future, “the key will be to apply this type of optimized technology very early after the spinal cord injury when the potential for the growth of new nerve connections is more pronounced.”
Related posts:Get your flu vaccinations here! Costa Rican health officials alarmed at spike in respiratory illnesses Annual vaccination against influenza begins early Caja to distribute flu vaccines next week Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago province has confirmed that a patient died last week of complications caused byAH1N1, also known as swine flu.Hospital director Alexánder Sánchez Cabo said the man’s health conditions worsened because he suffered from obesity, a risk factor for influenza patients.Another five people between age 30 and 60 are currently hospitalized with respiratory problems in the country, and doctors are waiting for tests results to confirm whether they have the virus.As a preventive measure hospital officials at Max Peralta this week restricted visits to only two per patient.Xiomara Badilla, coordinator of epidemiological surveillance for the Social Security System, or Caja, said the agency does not consider the situation an outbreak, as the number of cases is still within the average for seasonal flu cases.Possible case in northern regionOfficials at the San Carlos Hospital, in northern Alajuela province, also reported the death of one man, age 48, from complications with a respiratory virus.However, they are still waiting for results of clinical tests to determine whether the man had the AH1N1 virus. If confirmed, he would be the fourth victim this month registered in the country’s northern region.Over the weekend, the hospital admitted 25 patients with respiratory problems. Officials were forced to increase sanitary measures in the emergency room, and to temporarily suspend all visits to patients, except for very special situations.Records from San Carlos Hospital indicate that a total of six people died of AH1N1 virus in 2014.The Caja’s Badilla asked the population to remain calm but maintain all preventive measures to avoid the spread of respiratory diseases.Doctors recommend frequent hand-washing and covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. They also recommend using only disposable tissues and remaining alert for symptoms such as high fever and breathing problems. Facebook Comments
Flights too cheap to be true? Then they are probably fake. Aussies have been warned to be cautious of online bookings over the Christmas period as scammers set up fake websites offering cheap flight deals.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s SCAMwatch website has issued a statement advising that online scammers have the potential to not only distribute invalid travel documents but are also capable of stealing a travellers well-earned cash as well as their identity. Utilizing the look and ABN of a legitimate travel website, travellers have lost in excess of up to $1,000 on fake international flights. “It’s all bad for these poor scam victims,” MyCRA national credit repairer Graham Doessel said. “At best they can be left with no holiday – but at worst fraudsters can take their personal details and use them to construct a fake identity which would allow them to borrow in their name – the ramifications of that can last for years.” With the Attorney General’s office revealing that one in six Aussies having their identity stolen or misused in some way, MyCRA recommends travellers looking for a cheap vacations do research on the company and confirm the URL is correct for the company before sending any credit card details through.Online bookers have also been advised to avoid any unsolicited emails, take an extra five minutes to research the company and always go with your instinct if a flight seems to cheap then it probably is fake.”If someone suspects fraud, their credit file could show changes, which if detected early, would prevent their good name from being ruined,” Mr Doessel added. “If there are any unusual credit enquiries, or some attempt to alter personal contact details this should be a red flag. “People should alert creditors to prevent their credit rating from being ruined and protect their ability to obtain credit in the future.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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