Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a first-of-its-kind unique public outreach campaign titled ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) with the target to reach around 1.6 crore families, which is 80 percent of the total households in Bengal in the coming 20 months ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections.This is the second of the major public outreach programmes initiated by her followed by the “Jan Sanjog Yatra,” which she announced during the Martyrs’ Day Rally at Esplanade on July 21. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs part of the programme, TMC representatives will reach out to the families, have dinner at the booth-level party workers’ houses and spend the night in villages. During the level-playing interaction, they will give a phone number: 9137091370 that will enable people to put across their views, grievances, if any, directly to Didi. People can also get straight access to the Chief Minister digitally through www.didikebolo.com. Using this platform, people can reach out to her by simply calling on a number or logging onto the campaign website with their suggestions and problems. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe campaign will commence with more than a thousand elected representatives and party functionaries who will personally visit 10,000 villages and urban habitations over the next 100 days, meet people and listen to their problems. “The objective of the initiative is to improve citizen’s participation and engagement by providing a platform to every individual to share their views or problems and suggestions for expedited action,” Banerjee said. The brochure that was released by her on Saturday in a press conference lists a stepwise do’s for the party representatives. Trinamool leaders, after reaching a village or town assigned to them by the party headquarters, are required to hold a meeting of the booth-level party workers. They should try to meet three to five prominent personalities of the area and seek their views. The party leaders should then hold an interactive session with the local party workers and booth-level members and stay overnight at the house of one of the party members. The next day they should conduct door-to-door visits of the neighbouring households. Before leaving the area, they should hoist the Trinamool flag there. Banerjee addressed the media conference all by herself and held a meeting with the MLAs and senior party leaders in the district level at Nazrul Manch, asking them to popularise the phone number in the best possible manner. All the MLAs present in the meeting were given bags, small batches, T-shirts and visiting cards to make the new initiative popular that Banerjee termed as the ‘modernization’ of TMC. It may be mentioned that Banerjee had roped in poll strategist and Janata Dal (U) vice-president Prashant Kishor in June. According to party sources, Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) has designed the campaign for the election to the 294-member state Assembly scheduled to be held in 2021. Representatives from the IPAC were also present during Banerjee’s press conference. The initiative will be followed by similar launch events across the state by elected representatives and key functionaries of the party in over 1,000 locations over the next three to five days.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally exonerate six First Nations war chiefs more than 150 years after they were hanged by British Columbia’s colonial government following a deadly confrontation with a crew of white road builders.On Monday, Trudeau will absolve the Tsilhqot’in of guilt “in any way, shape or form” related to the killing of 14 construction workers in 1864, said Chief Joe Alphonse in a video posted on the Tsilhqot’in National Government’s Facebook page.“The Chilcotin War is what defines us,” Alphonse said.“If you come into Tsilhqot’in territory you had to have Tsilhqot’in permission. And when the Waddington road-building crew came in, they didn’t get that permission. And when they took our women, abused our women, we declared war on them.”After the workers were killed, five chiefs arrived at what they believed would be peace talks with government representatives, where they were arrested, tried and hanged. A sixth chief was executed the following year in New Westminster.“They were tricked into being convicted — wrongly convicted — for murder,” Peyal Francis Laceese, a youth ambassador with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, said in the video.“This is where they were hung,” he added, walking over snow-covered ground outside Quesnel in B.C.’s Interior.“One-hundred-fifty-four years ago and I still feel their spirit. I still hear those songs. I still speak their language.”The Tsilhqot’in have long disputed the government’s authority to execute the six chiefs as criminals, describing the confrontation as an altercation between warring nations.The B.C. government apologized for the hangings in 1993 and installed a commemorative plaque at the site of the hangings.Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is scheduled to hold a press conference alongside the Tsilhqot’in Nation leadership Monday in Ottawa following the official exoneration.The prime minister’s office declined comment.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter.
Rabat – After being courted by Mexico’s Club America, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, and Egypt’s Zamalek and Al Ahly, Moroccan football player Ayoub El Kaabi has made his choice. The 25-year old Berkane’s Sports Renaissance (RSB) player has officially signed a two-year contract with Chinese club Hebei Fortune.The Moroccan club announced the news on social media, thanking its striker for his services. Morocco’s striker Ayoub El Kaabi left the Moroccan league for the Chinese championship after scoring 12 goals last season. RSB Berkane agreed to let go of one of his best players for almost EUR 6 million. “RSB Berkane agreed to Ayoub El Kaabi’s transfer (…) He signed a two-and-a-half-year contract in his first professional experience outside Morocco. On this occasion, we thank Ayoub Al Kaabi after a special season with the team. We wish him all the success in his career,” wrote his former club on Facebook.Throughout 2018, El Kaabi proved his worth. The Moroccan sensation was the top scorer of CHAN 2018. This performance helped him secure a spot among the 23-list of Moroccan players who participated in the World Cup. El Kaabi made his international debut for Morocco on January 13 during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) match against Mauritania, scoring three goals. The RSB Berkane’s striker was named Man of The Match on January 31 after Morocco’s match against Libya’s National Football Team during CHAN’s semi-final match. Morocco won the game 3-1.The African Football Federation (CAF) chose El Kaabi as the best player of the tournament due to the world-class performance and pure talent he displayed throughout the entire tournament scoring 9 goals in 5 matches, making him the top goal scorer in the entire history of the competition.????? ????? ??? ???? ????? ? ???? ?????? ?????? ??????? ?????? @AyoubElKaabi #RSBerkane pic.twitter.com/uBwGHQLvGY— RSB BERKANE FOOTBALL (@RsbFootball) July 11, 2018
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,284.53, up 91.12 points).Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down $1.21, or 2.41 per cent, to $49.09 on 7.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 48 cents, or 2.07 per cent, to $23.63 on 7.3 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 49 cents, or 4.52 per cent, to $11.32 on 6.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 38 cents, or 4.41 per cent, to $9 on 6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down four cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $2.05 on 5 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 6.64 per cent, to $8.19 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting:DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Down nine cents to $1.81. DHX Media is expanding its presence in the United States through new partnerships with Apple Inc. and Comcast. The Canadian producer and distributor of child and youth-oriented programming, such as Peanuts and other animation and the Degrassi live-action franchise, posted a bigger loss ($18.4 million) and lower revenue compared with last year. Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $110 million, down from $116.5 million a year ago.Power Corp of Canada (TSX:POW). Up 50 cents to $29.54. Power Corp. shareholders voted down a say-on-pay proposal at the company’s annual general meeting Tuesday after company leadership came out strongly against it. Shareholders voted down the proposal even as an initiative by the federal government could see it imposed. The Montreal-based financial services and investment company said earlier Tuesday that its profit for participating shareholders fell to $292 million in the first quarter, from $525 million in the year-earlier period when it recorded gains from the sales of some investments.WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP). Up $1.61 or 2.3 per cent to $71.18. WSP Global bolstered revenues and profit in its first full quarter with Louis Berger Holdings Inc. under its umbrella. The engineering firm saw its net earnings jump more than 10 per cent from a year ago to $62 million. The gain came largely due to its $400-million purchase, completed in December, of the New-Jersey-based Louis Berger engineering and design firm. The engineering firm said its $62-million profit rose from $49.7 million in the same quarter last year with revenue increasing to $2.17 billion, up from $1.91 billion in the first three months of 2018.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Up 21 cents or 2.3 per cent to $9.35. Cannabis company Aphria Inc. announced Tuesday that Jakob Ripshtein, the company’s president, was resigning effective June 8 as it made several other changes in the executive suite. James Meiers was also named chief operating officer of its greenhouse, Aphria Leamington, Tim Purdie as chief information officer and chief information security officer, and Maureen Berry as vice-president, corporate human resources. Aphria is still looking for a permanent chief executive since Vic Neufeld announced in January he would be stepping away from the role.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Down one cent to $4.16. Aimia Inc. is seeking to buy up smaller rewards firms in order to reach adjusted profitability in 2020 as it looks to the future without the Aeroplan loyalty program. The Montreal-based company reported a record profit of $1.05 billion in its latest quarter as it completed the sale of its Aeroplan business, which wrapped up Jan. 10. Revenue fell to $34.7 million compared with $45 million in the first three months of 2018.The Canadian Press
by News Staff Posted Jul 15, 2013 5:47 am MDT Loblaw Companies Ltd. announced Monday it is buying Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4-billion in cash and stock. Senior business editor Mike Eppel said the Competition Bureau will be involved. competition bureau|loblaw|Loblaw Companies Ltd.|mike eppel|Shoppers Drug Mart AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Video: Loblaw deal a ‘huge mover’ for TSX, Eppel says
With the results still being counted from Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, the top United Nations official in the country today urged efforts to ensure that women remain meaningfully engaged in the political process and improve political life there.Speaking after a meeting with female parliamentarians in the capital Kabul, Jan Kubiš, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), congratulated Afghan women on their participation in the elections – as voters, electoral workers, observers and candidates.“Women’s participation in national decision-making not only strengthens the representative nature of government institutions but is central to improved development and economic indicators,” said Mr. Kubiš. He also urged voters to keep candidates to the “significant pledges” they made on women-related issues during their campaigns. These include promises to increase women’s participation in their administrations, improve economic empowerment and work place participation, as well as to combat violence and discrimination against women and girls.“I encourage women to remind candidates of the commitments they made during their campaigns to improve respect for women’s rights.” said Mr. Kubiš. “Women have performed a critical role in the electoral process reinforcing their expectations that women will be included in shaping the next government.”The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is expected to announce the full preliminary results later this month. Following that, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) will adjudicate complaints regarding the preliminary results. Only after the adjudication of these complaints is completed will the IEC announce the final results, scheduled to take place on 14 May, according to information UNAMA had earlier provided.
Ohio State senior offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) looks over to the OSU bench in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State players continue to hear their names called in the 2019 NFL draft.Former offensive tackle Isaiah Prince was selected No. 202 by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round Saturday.Prince started three seasons for the Buckeyes in his career and 44 games in total.The former Buckeye followed up a third-team all-Big Ten selection in 2017 with a first-team nod in 2018.Prince helped secure offensive lines that aided Ohio State to back-to-back seasons ranked in the top 10 nationally for offensive yards per game, including the No. 2 offense in 2018 (535.7 yards per game).The Maryland product was named a captain ahead of his final season at Ohio State.
The stabbings came around 24 hours after a shotgun was fired at a minicab less than a mile awayCredit:PA/Yui Mok A quadruple stabbing last night in north London is linked to a minicab shooting 24 hours previously, police believeFour men, all in their 20s, were stabbed in Fraser Road, Edmonton shortly before 6pm yesterday with police called to reports of a fight.Three of the men remained in hospital on Monday morning, although their conditions were not disclosed.The stabbings came around 24 hours after a boy and two men suffered injuries when a shotgun was fired at a minicab less than a mile away.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At this early stage, officers believe the incident is linked to the shooting in Gordon Road, Enfield on Saturday, November 17.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. One person has been arrested and police are continuing with their enquiries.At the scene of the shooting, a 16-year-old boy and two 22-year-old men were found with injuries.Police believe the group were in a minicab when a second vehicle pulled alongside the car while it was stationary.”At least two men got out and approached the victims. One was armed with a shotgun. The shotgun was fired twice into the rear of the vehicle,” the Met said.The men escaped life-threatening injuries, although one of the passengers’ injuries are thought to be “potentially life-changing”. The minicab’s driver was not injured.Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.The incidents occurred as London experiences a grim spate of bloodshed, with the number of homicides recently surpassing that seen in the whole of 2017.The total number in the capital, including the week from October 31 when there were five stab murders, has risen to 120 so far.According to Home Office figures, there were 118 in London in 2017, excluding the 13 victims of the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.Today, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will announce a large amount of funding for youth projects across the capital in an effort to steer vulnerable youngsters away from crime.
Arpad Sterbik’s injury has been confirmed by the team’s medics, and the injury will not allow him play for at least one month. He has suffered the injury in the 3rd minute of the semifinal against Hamburg at the Final Four in Cologne. This means that he is also due to miss the two qualifying games for Spain for the European Championship in Serbia 2012 against Lithuania and Romania, on the 9th and 12th June respectively. This has caused Valero Rivera to call Jose Manuel Sierra as a substitution for Sterbik.photo: portaldohandebol.com ← Previous Story Rubén Garabaya stays in Naturhouse until 2014 Next Story → Bilbija and Vortmann join GWD Minden
Laptops, Ultrabooks, and tablets can only be as thin as their thickest component. It seems like an obvious thing to say, but then manufacturers are limited by the common components and connectors they have to use.But as thinner devices have become the norm, component designers are reacting, and Micron is the latest to deliver. The memory specialist has designed a new type of single-sided DDR3 SODIMM in order to save on height. The net result is a 4GB module that delivers a 35 percent height saving compared to a typical double-sided DDR3 module. Where as a typical DDR3 SODIMM is 4.6mm thick, the new single-sided version is just 3mm. It may be just 1.6mm difference, but when you consider new devices can claim world’s thinnest by just cutting 0.01mm off the height, that’s a huge saving.As well as saving on height, the new module consumes less power due to its use of Micron’s 30nm memory chips. It’s also backwards compatible with the existing DDR3 module connectors, however, there is a low profile single-sided DDR3 SODIMM connector that is better suited to devices that really want to keep overall thickness to a minimum.Micron is on course to start mass producing these single-sided SODIMMs at some point in the spring this year. The supporting low-profile single-sided connector won’t be available until June, though. When used in a device, the company believes the overall thickness could be cut by as much as 10 percent. In an Ultrabook or tablet form factor, that’s massive.
L’éclipse de Lune filmée depuis les Etats-UnisLes amateurs d’astronomie n’ont certainement pas raté le rendez-vous avec la Lune cette nuit (ce matin, en France) (voir notre article). Neige ou pas, cette éclipse totale était incontestablement la vedette des cieux. Elle a été annoncée pour le jour du solstice d’hiver, pour la première fois depuis 400 ans : l’éclipse lunaire complète qui s’est produite il y a quelques heures n’a pas laissé les passionnés d’astronomie de marbre. En Amérique du nord, Amérique centrale, Europe de l’Ouest ou est de l’Asie, le spectacle de pleine lune qui passe dans l’ombre de notre planète bloquant le Soleil a été suivi par de nombreux internautes, qui n’ont pas hésité à partager leurs clichés et films. Habillée d’une couleur rougeâtre au moment où elle a été recouverte totalement par l’ombre de la Terre, la Lune a pris un aspect aussi étonnant que fascinant.Le ciel s’est ainsi amusé pour notre plus grand bonheur, et notamment celui de William Castleman, qui a immortalisé le phénomène.Retrouvez sa vidéo de l’éclipse totale, montée en accéléré, sur Maxisciences. Le 21 décembre 2010 à 18:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Syndrome de la Tourette : symptômes, traitement, diagnostic, cause, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le syndrome de la Tourette est un trouble neurologique rempli d’idées reçues mais assez méconnu. Il peut se révéler être un fardeau au quotidien pour les personnes qui en souffrent. Mais comment détecter la maladie, quels en sont les symptômes, et comment les traiter ? Apparu pour la première fois en 1825, le syndrome de Gilles de la Tourette (SGT) est un trouble neurologique peu fréquent qui se manifeste dès l’enfance. Selon les estimations, le syndrome touche en moyenne 1 personne sur 2000, et 1 sur 200 si l’on tient compte des formes mineures. Ce syndrome est caractérisé par l’apparition de tics, aussi bien moteurs que vocaux. La sévérité des symptômes varie en fonction des personnes et de l’âge, c’est pourquoi au cours de l’enfance, il arrive que certains tics ne soient pas relevés. Les symptômes du syndrome de la Tourette Les premiers tics à apparaître sont les tics moteurs, liés à des contractions musculaires involontaires. Ils peuvent être des haussements d’épaule, des clignements d’yeux, des crispations ou encore des mouvements faciaux. Dans une seconde mesure, peuvent arriver les tics sonores comme des bruits émis par la bouche ou le nez. Les tics les plus fréquents sont le raclement de gorge, le reniflement, les cris, les rires involontaires ou les clappements de langue. Contrairement aux idées reçues, la production de mots obscènes, ou coprolalie, est bien plus rare, et concerne moins de 20% des cas. Souvent incontrôlables, ces tics surviennent en rafale, notamment après une sensation d’inconfort psychologique ou physique. Les tics sont différents selon les individus, et peuvent évoluer, se stopper et reprendre après un certain temps. Certains facteurs comme le stress, l’anxiété, la fatigue ou les excitants augmentent l’intensité de tics, alors que le sommeil, les activités demandant de la concentration, l’alcool ou encore le cannabis, ont tendance à les diminuer. Ajouté à cela, les tics sont souvent associés à des TOCs (troubles obsessionnels du comportement), qui prennent la forme d’obsession ou d’idées récurrentes, menant la personne à avoir des actions compulsives. Le syndrome est par ailleurs accompagné de troubles secondaires, une hyperactivité, des virements d’humeur, des troubles du sommeil, d’apprentissage, ainsi qu’un déficit de concentration. Les personnes atteintes de SGT sont aussi sujettes aux crises de rage et de panique. Cependant, le syndrome n’affecte en aucun cas les capacités intellectuelles, l’espérance de vie ou l’état de santé. Les causes du syndrome de la Tourette Aujourd’hui, les causes à l’origine du SGT sont encore floues, de même que les mécanismes impliqués. Le syndrome serait dû à un dysfonctionnement biochimique dans le cerveau, et plus précisément au niveau des noyaux gris centraux. Ce dysfonctionnement mènerait à un dérèglement dans la production des neurotransmetteurs, en particulier de la dopamine, connue pour son rôle de modulateur dans les actions et comportements.Les recherches ont permis d’établir un aspect génétique, le syndrome étant héréditaire et dans de nombreux cas transmis à la descendance (50% de risque). Mais ce trouble ne figure pas toujours dans les antécédents familiaux des personnes atteintes. Selon les estimations, le risque pour un proche d’être atteint est de 10%. Toutefois, d’autres facteurs génétiques, environnementaux ou infectieux pouvant aggraver la sévérité des symptômes, sans réellement provoquer le SGT, ont été mis en évidence. Une fois que les premiers symptômes sont apparus, l’évolution peut varier beaucoup d’une personne à l’autre. Cependant, la sévérité et fréquence des tics augmentent généralement jusqu’à l’adolescence, avant de diminuer à l’age adulte, permettant alors au malade de mieux se contrôler lui et son environnement, rendant rares les cas sévères à l’âge adulte.Les traitements contre le syndrome de la Tourette Actuellement, il n’existe pas de solution pour guérir du SGT, mais il existe des traitements visant à l’atténuer. Peu nécessaires lors des premières années lorsque les signes sont encore discrets, ils sont utiles pour les cas plus âgés lorsque les tics, et TOCs, deviennent difficiles à contrôler et qu’ils tendent à devenir de vrais handicaps au quotidien. Il existe, pour les tics légers, des médicaments agonistes de certains neurotransmetteurs (pergolide, ropinirole, clonazepam ou clonidine). Dans le cas où les tics sont modérés ou sévères, le patient se verra plutôt prescrire des neuroleptiques. Selon les cas des antidépresseurs ou anxiolytiques peuvent être prescrits, cependant ces substances comportent des effets secondaires comme la prise de poids ou une fatigue importante. Afin de mieux contrôler les tics et TOCs, des thérapies comportementales peuvent également être envisagées. Enfin, l’entourage joue un rôle essentiel, afin d’apporter un soutien psychologique au malade et l’aider à s’insérer malgré sa maladie.Le 5 juin 2015 à 23:15 • Maxime Lambert
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POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Drivers should expect heavy delays on the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach due to a car fire.Florida Highway Patrol troopers and rescue crews responded to the scene on Monday afternoon.It remains unclear if there are an injuries involved.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Proponents of energy development are in Anchorage for the 10th annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress. Canada’s Northwest Territories Premiere Bob McCloud says Alaska and the Territories have a lot in common – great resources that are stranded in remote locations.Download AudioPremiere McCloud says he is closely watching how Alaska goes about pushing for marketing LNG. McCloud says it’s frustrating that the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Keystone pipeline are not moving forward. The McKenzie Valley pipeline in his region has been in development for decades but is also on hold.“Now it’s proven uneconomic because the world price of natural gas because of the preponderance of shale gas is not high enough to make that pipeline economic,” McCloud said. “So the key for us is to find other markets.”Such as Asia or Europe, McCloud says. He says after last year’s resource congress, he went back to Canada and instituted a new energy program.“We decided to do a pilot project and haul LNG from Delta BC to Inuvik and use it for electrical generation,” McCloud said. “We found out it was cheaper to do that, haul it all that distance rather than use expensive diesel. Now we’re planning on using LNG for all the communities that have road access.”The pilot project hauls LNG more than 1500 miles.McCloud says in talks with former Governor Frank Murkowski this week – Murkowski encouraged him to research trying to get oil and gas from the southern part of the Northwest Territories to the existing TransAlaska Pipeline to Valdez.McCloud says the Northwest Territories struggle with the same economic problems as rural Alaska. High energy costs and low employment opportunities. The Oil and Gas Congress runs through Thursday.
The state of Alaska won’t issue bonds to pay for public worker pensions – for now.Listen Now Gov. Bill Walker talks with reporters in his temporary offices in Juneau, June 19,2016. He had just called the legislature back for a fifth special session. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Gov. Bill Walker pressed pause on the sale Tuesday of up to $3.3 billion dollars of pension obligation bonds after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee.While Walker’s administration has the authority to issue the bonds, the Legislature would have to appropriate money to pay them off. And senators have been skeptical of the plan. Some say it’s too risky.Walker said it’s more important that he maintain a good working relationship with the Legislature than that he gets his way on the bonds.“I think it does still make economic sense,” Walker said. “But I think that without the support from the Senate Finance Committee, I think it becomes challenging in some respects. And you know, relationships are important in solving problems.”Walker said he believes the Legislature will be willing to give the proposal another look as they look for savings in next year’s state budget. Walker says a comprehensive, sustainable fiscal plan is more important than any one approach, like the bonds. But he says it was a good time to act.“You look at these things when the interest rates are really low. And they’re very low right now,” Walker said.Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R- Anchorage on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)Senate Finance Co-Chairwoman Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River said she’s thankful Walker listened to what committee members had to say.“I personally appreciate that he’s put the bond sales on hold at this time,” MacKinnon said. “Allowing us to get into session, or a better conversation going forward before he goes to market to ink or finalize any of those transactions.”Wasilla Republican Senator Mike Dunleavy has criticized Walker’s plan, saying that it was too risky and required more scrutiny from lawmakers.Standard and Poor’s announced it expected to lower Alaska’s credit rating if the state issued the bonds. The two other rating agencies didn’t change their outlook of the state’s ratings based on the bond plans.Pension obligation bonds have drawn criticism nationally. The Government Finance Officers Association says they involve considerable investment risk, and recommends against state governments issuing the bonds
The High Court on Wednesday extended until 31 July the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyers.Earlier on 18 July, the High Court extended the bail of the BNP chief until 26 July in the case.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted a four-month bail to her in the case which expired on 12 July.Meanwhile, the hearing in the Niko graft case filed against 11 people, including Khaleda, was deferred to 3 September by Special Judge Court- 9, a makeshift court of Bakshibazar, on Wednesday.Judge Mahmudul Kabir passed the order.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister, and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
Map locating an attack on a church in the Egyptian city of Tanta, north of Cairo. Photo: AFPA bomb blast at a church north of Cairo killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens who had gathered for Palm Sunday mass, state media reported, in the latest apparent attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians.Some 40 people were wounded in the blast, which struck at a Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, the reports said.A medical official at a hospital in Tanta confirmed to AFP that at least 13 people had been killed.Palm Sunday is one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem.The state-run Nile television channel said the blast struck the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in Tanta just before 10:00 am (0800 GMT).Provincial governor Ahmad Deif told the channel that at least 42 people were wounded and that the explosion occurred inside the church.”Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up,” Deif said, adding that security forces had searched the church and surrounding areas for additional explosive devices.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s blast.Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt’s population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Easter next weekend, have been targeted by several attacks in recent months.Jihadists and Islamists accuse them of supporting the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which ushered in a deadly crackdown on his supporters.In December, a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 29 worshippers during Sunday mass in Cairo.The bombing of the church within a compound that also holds the seat of the Coptic papacy was the deadliest attack against the minority in recent memory.A spate of jihadist-linked attacks in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, including the murder of a Copt in the city of El Arish whose house was also burned, have led some Coptic families to flee their homes.About 250 Christians took refuge in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after IS released a video in February calling for attacks on the religious minority.Egypt’s army is waging a counter-insurgency against an IS affiliate in Sinai, which has claimed scores of attacks against police and army positions.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief helped the military to remove Morsi, defended his security forces in a televised address soon afterwards.”(The attacks aim to) destabilise the fabric of Egypt… to give the impression that one group isn’t protected as it should be,” Sisi said at the time.Following Morsi’s ouster, mobs attacked dozens of churches and Christian properties.Pope Francis is due to visit Cairo on April 28-29 to show solidarity with Egypt’s Christian community.The pontiff will visit the site of the December church attack next to Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral — the seat of Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II.
Retro video games are a hot collector’s item: A rare, sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for NES, which was released in 1985, just set a world record when it sold for $100,150 in a recent auction.This mint-condition copy of Super Mario Bros., which was sold by U.S.-based Heritage Auctions, was the first-ever video game to fetch a six-figure mark for a vintage video game sale, USGamer reported.Heritage Auctions is excited to announce that certified video games will now be included in every Heritage Comics and Comic Art Auction. https://t.co/unnd6KOWUb| Learn more here: https://t.co/tVegw2tIe9 | #videogames #nintendo #SuperMario— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) January 11, 2019From 1985 to 1994, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros., however the first two variations are sticker-sealed copies that were only buyable in Los Angeles and New York during the test market launch of NES. This unique copy of Super Mario Bros. is the only known sticker-sealed copy, and it was granted a Near Mint grade of 9.4 and a “Seal Rating” of A++ by Wata Games, a grading video game company. So basically, it was in incredibly good condition when it reached the auction block.On Feb. 6, a group of collectors purchased the game, including Jim Halperin, founder and co-chairman of Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rich Lecce, pioneering video game collector, and owner of Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc of Boca Raton, Florida.“Super Mario Bros. is not only the most recognizable game of all time, it saved the video game industry in 1985,” Deniz Kahn, Wata Games’ president, said in the Heritage Auctions press release. “In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all. Mario is the most recognized fictional or non-fictional character in the world, more so than even Mickey Mouse.”More on Geek.com:This Stuffed Sperm Whale Penis Just Sold for $6,000 in AuctionBox of ‘Pokémon’ Cards From 1999 Could Fetch $56,000 in AuctionThis Copy of ‘Superman #1’ Comic Could Fetch $300K in Auction Stay on target Charles Martinet Holds Guinness World Record for Voicing MarioMario Segale, Inspiration for Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’…
Stay on target Shall we begin? #DeathNote pic.twitter.com/fEd12Gm32c— Netflix US (@netflix) March 22, 2017Nat Wolf will play Light Turner (reserving judgment), a boy from Seattle who finds a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written in it. He soon begins to abuse that power, killing everyone he thinks deserves it. It’s the same plot as the original manga only set in Seattle. Also, he still goes by the name Kira for some reason, which only makes sense in Japanese. We’ll have to wait and see how they explain that one. In the end, it’s possible that none of this matters because Willem Dafoe will be playing Ryuk, the Shinigami at the end of the trailer. As if that thing wasn’t already scary enough.The Death Note manga was such a huge hit that a move like this was inevitable. In Japan, it has been adapted into an anime series, live-action movies, video games, novels, and even a stage musical. (Singing Ryuk. Yeesh.) This American remake has been planned for a long time. Right now, we still have a bunch of questions. How much of the Japanese-specific elements will make their way over? Will it be super awkward when they do? Will this version of Seattle look anything like Seattle? Will they make a Keikaku joke?In an AMA on Reddit last year, Wingard said the movie will loosely follow the first five volumes of the manga, with some major departures. The spirit, he says, is still there though it will end up being its own thing. He also called this “his most insane movie yet.” We’ll just have to wait until August 25 to find out.One more thing, in that same AMA, he said the key to a good anime adaptation is “straying away from overt Anime style like Speed Racer and Dragon Ball.” OK, I’ll give you Dragon Ball, but you do not talk about the Skittles-for-your-eyes masterpiece that is Speed Racer, sir. This movie already lost points just for that comment. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeJump Force is a Fighting Game With Favorite Shonen Action Heroes Well, here’s some surprising news to wake you up this morning. Netflix put out a trailer for their American remake of Death Note. The streaming service revealed the trailer on Twitter with the caption, “Shall we begin?” Which is also the final line of the trailer as Light appears to meet the Shinigami. The film is being directed by Adam Wingard, who was behind last year’s excellent Blair Witch. Wingard’s nightmarish style definitely fits the source material well.