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Day Two was moving day at the NSWTA State Cup with Men’s and Women’s scrambling for the all important finals positions.In the Men’s Open, Wests have swept before them with five wins from five games. Coach Tony Trad is confident about this tournament but they will have to be on their best as they cross over and face the other teams from the Pool of Death.Penrith finished first in the other pool with a draw with Hornsby their only blemish. Time will tell if the young boys from the foot of the mountain can stand up on its biggest stage.Canterbury finished second and like a good horse is well position to make a sprint for the post. They seem set to met Wests in the semi-final which will be an epic game. Hornsby finished third and will have to beat Easts to progress to the semi-finals where they are likely to face Penrith. In the Women’s, Easts have come through the heavy preliminary workload in the best position. Wollongong have been in good form but it should be another year before they make the final with Easts favoured to meet Canterbury in the big onme who play Wests in the other semi.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delivers new Kante updateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their Champions League tie with Lille.Kante missed victory over Brighton yesterday with a hamstring strain.Lampard said, “I spoke to N’Golo about it and I didn’t want to take the risk. “He’s so important for us but it’s been difficult for him to get going because of the break-up of his pre-season, with his injury carried over from last season. It wasn’t right to risk it today but he could have a chance for Lille.”
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump suggested Saturday he may be willing to negotiate changes to a significant portion of the tax overhaul, the corporate tax rate, injecting an element of uncertainty into the tax plan only hours after it cleared the Senate.Trump told reporters at the White House before a trip to New York City that he would consider setting the corporate tax rate at 22 per cent, compared to a 20 per cent rate that he has pushed for with House and Senate Republicans during the fall.Pointing to expected talks between House and Senate negotiators this month, Trump predicted “something beautiful is going to come out of that mixer” and the business tax would come “all the way down from 35 to 20. It could be 22 when it comes out, but it could also be 20. We’ll see what ultimately comes out.”Trump spoke after the Senate approved a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday that would rewrite the nation’s tax code, cut individual rates and slash the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 20 per cent beginning in 2019. If enacted, the bill would provide the most sweeping changes to the tax system in three decades and help Trump deliver the first major legislative win of his presidency.Trump’s suggestion of a higher corporate tax rate than what has been included in legislation approved by the House and Senate represented an about-face after the president and administration officials maintained a hard line that a corporate rate higher than 20 per cent was a nonstarter.Vice-President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Tax Foundation in mid-November that the administration would “cut the corporate tax rate from one of the highest in the developed world down to 20 per cent — and not a penny more.”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who accompanied Trump to New York for fundraisers on Saturday, said in September that the 20 per cent corporate rate was “not negotiable.”The shift perplexed some Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried to pare back the proposed cut in corporate tax rates to 20.94 per cent to provide a more generous increase in the child tax credit. But he was rebuffed.“Senate leaders & White House fought hard to defeat expanded #ChildTaxCredit b/c of 20.94% rate but now 22% is ok?” Rubio tweeted Saturday.White House officials did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarity on Trump’s views of the proposed corporate tax rate.Senate and House Republicans now head into a new phase of seeking to reconcile differences in the legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that could move quickly. Trump has said he wants to sign the tax package into law before Christmas.Republicans have pointed to the tax bill as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterm elections. Democrats have said the bill will solely help the wealthy and corporations at the expense of more modest-earning workers.Democrats have noted that while the corporate tax rates would be permanently reduced under the plan, it would only offer temporary tax cuts to individuals, lasting until 2026.__On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at @KThomasDC.
Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs has turned down a plea of Mamata Banerjee government to retain 35 companies of central forces posted in once Maoist-dominated Jangalmahal region in south Bengal, a senior state government official said Sunday. The state government has then written to the ministry to reconsider the decision stating that the move might re-ignite Maoist problems in the region, he said. The forested areas of West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts in the southern part of the state forms Jangalmahal. The areas which share border with Jharkhand were once affected by Maoist insurgency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “A second letter has been sent to the Home Ministry a couple of days ago requesting it to retain the forces in Jangalmahal. A special mention has been made in the letter that withdrawal of the forces may re-ignite the Maoist problem in the area which has borders with Jharkhand. We are waiting for a reply from the ministry,” the IAS officer said. The ministry, about a fortnight ago, had informed the state government of its decision to pull out the 35 companies of central forces and deploy them on election duty in other parts of West Bengal. “We had written to the home ministry opposing the decision citing intelligence reports on the Maoists trying to regroup in the Jangalmahal area. We also have cited reports about visits of Maoist leaders from Jharkhand,” he said.
London: A cornered Theresa May issued a stark warning to the warring factions within the UK Parliament that the choice was between agreeing on a withdrawal agreement or risk no Brexit at all. In her latest statement from Downing Street on Saturday evening, the British Prime Minister sought to defend her move to reach out to Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to break the ongoing parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBecause Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all, she said. My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons, she added. Her latest intervention comes amid a mounting mutiny within her own Conservative Party for sitting down with Corbyn to thrash out a solution, which will inevitably take the form of a so-called soft Brexit given Labour’s preference for a common Customs Union with the EU as part of any future relationship with the economic bloc. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the British PM highlighted that it was either that or not leaving the 28-member economic bloc at all and reneging on the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit. She said: The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line. In a clear attempt at placating her hard Brexiteer party MPs, May insisted that there are areas where the two main UK parties, Conservatives and Labour, agree. We both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs. That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit, she stressed. May is set for another trip to Brussels next week to follow up on her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking a short extension to Article 50 until June 30. However, it remains to be seen what the remaining EU member countries will be willing to agree to, with any decision on an extension to the Brexit mechanism requiring their unanimous backing. The UK has already sought one extension to the March 29 Brexit deadline and is set to crash out of the bloc on April 12 unless an alternative arrangement is agreed with the EU. British MPs have rejected May’s EU divorce bill three times over the controversial Irish backstop clause and last week’s talks between the two main parties were aimed at trying to find a proposal which could break the deadlock in the Commons before an emergency EU summit on Wednesday. However, the three days of meetings stalled without agreement on Friday. Corbyn has said he was “waiting to see the red lines move” and had not “noticed any great change in the government’s position”. He is himself under pressure from his MPs to demand another referendum on any deal he reaches with the government, with 80 Labour MPs signing a letter saying a public vote should be the “bottom line” in the negotiations.
The ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.
New Delhi: England’s Joe Root said that the omission of batsman Alex Hales has had a unifying effect on the team. Hales had been named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup, that starts on May 30, despite serving a 21-day suspension following an “off-field incident”, which The Guardian later reported was a positive test for recreational drugs. After the matter went public, Hales was subsequently dropped from the team. Captain Eoin Morgan said that the incident had led to a “complete breakdown in trust” and that all the senior players of the team agreed that dropping Hales was the best decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Yes, absolutely,” Root is quoted as saying in a BBC Sport report. “Now we’re back playing cricket, that is really good for the group. We can concentrate on our full focus being on the cricket going into the World Cup.” Root, who is England’s Test captain, also said that Joffra Archer can still make a late entry into the World Cup squad. The Barbados-born pacer was impressive during the little play that was possible in England’s washed out first ODI against Pakistan. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “He’s been extremely impressive so far,” said Root. “It’s early days, but the way he bowled yesterday was particularly good. “When guys come in and perform well, that is good for the squad. If guys are performing at the best of their ability, that will improve the standard of the group.” Root also clarified that Archer’s potential late entry won’t cause any disharmony in the team. “I don’t think he’s created any rifts, uncertainty, or problems in the team, it’s purely providing competition and that can only be a good thing,” he said.
Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:chicken pox, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Pdm TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Chicken Pox is plaguing schools across the country and the PDM Leader says the Ministry of Health should have already been vocal on the outbreak. Magnetic Media has received several alarming messages about so many schools being plagued by the itchy and highly contagious rash. And while the outbreak was addressed briefly by the Premier in a recent House of Assembly meeting, there has been no official notice issued. Hon Sharlene Robinson today said: “There is an obvious increase in cases of Chicken Pox in the Islands and the Government has said nothing to unsuspecting parents, children and citizens generally… I believe that something must be said or done.” Parents and teachers she said have been caught off guard; and despite the rash outbreak amongst children, parents are still bringing or sending their children to school. There remains no official word about the cases from the Ministry of Health and Human Services. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
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Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has dubbed the upcoming game against Serie A side Genoa a great test of maturityThe Naples side travel to Marassi tomorrow night with the chance to close the gap on leaders Juventus, at least until they face Milan on Sunday.“We’re going to play in a difficult environment against a team that will be very motivated, given they’re coming off two losses,” Ancelotti warned in his pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.“I think it’ll be a very intense and physical game. The important thing is that all the players always have the will to play it.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We’ve done well up to now, but we can do better and that’s what we’re trying to do. There are pitfalls to overcome every day, and tomorrow is another dangerous one.“We’re going to a stadium where we have bad memories, the opposition are struggling and will, therefore, be motivated.“The home fans will be 100 percent behind their players, and tomorrow will be a great test of maturity.“It’s easy to find the right motivation against Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s more difficult against Genoa, above all because of how much that match took out of us physically and mentally. Maturity will allow us to be at 100 percent.
Ed Lenderman, January 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A winter bike ride of 2426-miles to Jacksonville, Florida would be difficult enough, even with a support team. But this is a strictly solo journey: No team, no trailing van. More on that aspect in a moment.Because there was plenty of send-off support for Thomas Pitman in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day at the trip’s starting point, Imperial Beach.Family, friends, CalFire collegues, Pitman’s girlfriend. And most importantly, Ashley Iverson, widow of local CalFire Firefighter Corey Iverson. Iverson was killed in the in the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County in December of 2017.Ashley then started a foundation in his name. The Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness raises awareness of First Responders’ mental health issues, including PTSD. Iverson and Pitman became buddies when they were part of a Heli-Attack Team in Riverside.Pitman, an avid cyclist thought it was only fitting that he honor his friend by raising awareness of the Foundation and it’s mission, by riding across the country. “Thee community supports us tremendously,” he told me, “but that’s kinda where it stops, so we’re trying to raise awareness to continue that support.”He also hopes to raise a like money amount based on the mileage.As for the aforementioned difficulty of a solo ride, which the public can follow on the Foundation’s Facebook page: “Part of my goal is to suffer metaphorically with people who suffer from PTSD. They struggle everyday, so for me to struggle along the ride I thought would be a great idea.And then, Thomas Pittman was off on his month-long ride, appropriately titled, “Ride Into The Light.” Updated: 9:43 AM Ed Lenderman Posted: January 1, 2019 Cross country ride honors fallen firefighter Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR It’s looking more and more that any negotiations between GOP congressional leaders and the White House over lifting the Budget Control Act spending caps will not start until the new fiscal year approaches.On Wednesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said the White House has no plans to reach out to Republican leaders as its opening offer was its fiscal 2016 budget request delivered in February.“We’ve actually put our cards on the table, if you will, to say ‘Here’s what we want. Here’s how we would pay for it,’ and the next step really needs to be Republicans coming to the table to say, ‘Here’s our proposal on that,’” Donovan said in an interview with CQ Roll Call.Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, have bristled at President Obama’s criticism of this year’s spending bills, noting the president’s veto threat against all measures that stick to the statutory caps essentially blocks Congress from following existing law. The GOP, similarly, believes the president should make an overture regarding any new agreement to provide defense and non-defense agencies limited relief from the caps.“Sequestration was the White House’s idea in the first place, and if they want this committee to have more ability to fund the programs they desire, I would think they’d want to come to the Hill and meet with House and Senate leaders,” House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said earlier this month.Clearly, neither side is listening to the other.“The idea that they would say even though they’ve laid out a budget that doesn’t end sequester that it’s up to us to take the next step, it doesn’t make sense,” Donovan said. “What we need is a plan for the other side that we could then actually negotiate around.”For his part, the OMB director predicted the GOP would be forced to the negotiating table when they run into trouble passing spending bills for domestic agencies as a result of their austere funding levels.“The process will break down. I can’t tell you exactly what week or month it breaks down but it will,” Donovan told CQ.
4:06 A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque Friday after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Tessa Burrows/Getty Images For every video of the mass shooting in New Zealand that YouTube and Facebook block, another two or three seem to replace it. On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch attacked Muslims praying at a mosque and livestreamed the shooting on Facebook. The social network removed the video and deleted the shooter’s account. But that didn’t stop the clip from spreading across the internet. The shooter referenced PewDiePie, a popular, if controversial, YouTube star and Fortnite, the hit social game, ensuring the video circulated wider and deeper on the web.The roughly 17-minute video was downloaded from Facebook. Then it was re-uploaded to YouTube multiple times, with new posts often appearing within minutes of each other. YouTube is encouraging users to flag any videos showing this clip and said it’s been removing thousands of videos related to the shooting in the last 24 hours.”Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities.” Enlarge ImageRe-uploads of the clip have been plaguing YouTube’s moderators, who are struggling to remove the videos. Alfred Ng / CNET The video-streaming giant uses algorithms, such as Content ID, that automatically detect when copyrighted materials like songs and movie clips are uploaded onto its platform, so they can be taken down by copyright owners. Google, which owns YouTube, didn’t specify what tools it was using to help control the spread of the New Zealand video, saying only that it was using smart-detection technology to remove the clips. The search for the violent videos underscores the difficulty social media companies have in detecting and removing hateful videos and comments. In what’s become a sad practice, videos of tragedies bounce around the web as tech giants try to purge them. Critics have pointed out that the New Zealand shooter was able to livestream his rampage for more than a quarter of an hour before Facebook shut it down.”This is flatly unacceptable,” Farhana Khera, the director of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. “Tech companies must take all steps possible to prevent something like this from happening again.”Authorities in New Zealand reported that 49 people were killed and at least 20 wounded at two mosques. Three people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, and one suspect has been charged with murder.With more than 2 billion monthly active users on Facebook and nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users on YouTube, these social media platforms have an enormous reach. Facebook said it’s continuing to search for any instances of the video on the social network, using reports from the community and human moderators, as well as tech tools. The social network has set up a system designed to automatically detect and remove clips that are visually similar to the original video. It’s also scanning for similar audio. “New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Mia Garlick, a Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”In addition, Facebook intends to take down any content that claims the shooting didn’t occur or that survivors are crisis actors.Facebook’s efforts haven’t stopped clips or links to the Facebook Live video from making their way to other social media sites, including Twitter, where they attracted thousands of views. Twitter, which prohibits users from glorifying violence on the site, uses a mix of technology and human reviewers to find the videos but also encourages users to report the content. Reddit was also banning groups, including the r/watchpeopledie subreddit, after users shared a link to the shooter’s live video last night. “We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,” a Reddit spokesperson said. “Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site-wide rules will be banned.”People were also reporting that they saw the video being shared in groups on Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp.Tech giants, including Facebook and Google, have automation that’s worked in the past for removing extremist videos.In 2016, The Guardian reported that Facebook and Google used algorithms similar to Content ID to automatically remove videos linked to ISIS. This technology looks for videos that have already been uploaded and flagged as violations. It then blocks those videos without requiring a human being to review them. Facebook uses similar tools for blocking revenge porn on its website, the company revealed in 2017. The gunman in New Zealand promoted his livestream and a manifesto on his Facebook account, along with 8Chan, a fringe message board, looking to use the internet to make his mass murder go viral. In his manifesto, the gunman referenced pop culture topics like PewDiePie, Fortnite and the video game Spyro the Dragon, in an attempt to draw more attention to his mass shooting. At one point, the shooter says, “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie.”The reference forced the YouTuber, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, to tweet that he was “sickened” by the shooting.As clips of the shooting continue to resurface, experts worry the video will inspire the next mass shooter.”This is one of the dark sides of social media, and something that’s almost impossible for the companies to do anything about. They’re not going to be able to block this material in real time,” said Paul Barrett, deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “It’s a real conundrum about the dangers that social media can facilitate.”Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party, also called out tech platforms for struggling to stop the video’s spread. In a statement, Watson said he’d be writing to social media companies to ask why they failed to remove the clips. In a tweet, Watson said YouTube should have suspended all new uploads until it could prevent the New Zealand mass shooting video from spreading. “The failure to deal with this swiftly and decisively represents an utter abdication of responsibility by social media companies,” Watson said. “This has happened too many times. Failing to take these videos down immediately and prevent others being uploaded is a failure of decency.” Tags Culture Facebook is putting women on the front line of its war… Originally published March 15, 8:24 a.m. PTUpdates, 9:26 a.m.: Adds comment from Muslim Advocates, background; 1:05 p.m.: Includes comment from Reddit and information about Twitter and WhatsApp; 1:28 p.m.: Adds more background, PewDiePie’s response. Correction, March 15 at 4:13 p.m.: Corrects Tom Watson’s affiliation; March 16: Adds details about efforts to remove the video and related content. Now playing: Watch this:
Logo of BNPBNP fear that the government is trying to influence the judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 to implement its blueprint by convicting party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and other party leaders in August-21 grenade attack cases.”The way Tarique Rahman, our party’s some leaders and then some high officials were implicated in the August 21 cases, it’s tantamount to showing a shameless thumb to the judiciary, democracy and the country’s independence and sovereignty,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Monday.”Considering the overall situation, a strong doubt is created in our mind that the government is trying to influence the judge of August-21 cases bringing the examples of former chief justice SK Sinha and judge Motahar Hossain to implement its blueprint,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office as the tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in the case just two days later.On September 18, judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed October 10 to deliver its verdict in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Moudud said SK Sinha was forced to leave the country and resign after giving the verdict in 16th amendment case while Judge Motahar Hossain had to flee the country to save his life for not signing in a verdict written by the government in a money-laundering case against Tarique Rahman.He alleged that the government is now putting in all-out efforts to deprive Tarique and other BNP leaders of justice through a verdict as ordered by the government with an evil motive.Torque’s lawyer and BNP vice chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain said around 225 witnesses gave depositions in the August-21 cases. “No one of them said Tarique and BNP leaders had involvement with the incident.”He said it will be contrary to justice if Tarique and other BNP leader are convicted in the case. “There’s no way to convict Tarique Rahman, Abdus Salam Pintu and Lutfuzzaman Babar by examining the witnesses and documents. Even, Sheikh Hasina in her deposition given under the section 161 did not bring any allegation against BNP and Tarique Rahman.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were also present.
French Foreign Affairs minister Jean Yves Le Drian looks on during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on 4 December 2018. Photo: AFPThe French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement.”We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television.”I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.”Trump had on Saturday posted two tweets referring to the “yellow vest” anti-government protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris.”Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?” he suggested.Trump had earlier posted: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France.”People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”Earlier this week Trump retweeted one of several posts falsely claiming that French protesters were chanting his name.The videos that have been used to support this claim were in fact filmed at a far-right protest in London earlier this year.The protests in France are not directly linked to the Paris climate agreement which was signed in 2015 and has since been abandoned by Trump, to the dismay of French president Emmanuel Macron and other Western leaders.Spurred by rising fuel prices — in part due to tax hikes aimed at helping France shift to a lower-carbon economy — the “yellow vest” protests have grown into a broad movement against Macron’s policies and governing style.- ‘Don’t insult my country’ -Other French politicians have also responded angrily to Trump’s latest tweets, including a lawmaker from Macron’s party who dubbed the US leader “Donald the Senile”.”DON’T INSULT MY COUNTRY DOTARD,” Joachim Son-Forget posted, employing an antiquated insult previously used against Trump by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Trump had weighed in on the protests in previous tweets, deploring the “large and violent French protests”.Despite their differences — Macron is a 40-year-old centrist and Trump a 72-year-old rightwinger — the French and US leaders initially enjoyed warm ties.But relations have soured in recent months, not least over Trump’s rejection of the climate agreement and hard-fought Iran nuclear deal.Last month a fresh row blew up after Macron gave an interview calling for a “European army” and arguing that Europe needed to be more independent from the US in its defence policy.Macron is further thought to have riled the US president during commemorations marking the end of World War I when the French leader took aim at Trump-style nationalism in his speech.Le Drian, like other members of the government, stressed that Macron wanted a dialogue with the protesters and would offer solutions when he addresses the nation early next week.”I think his remarks will be strong enough for the movement to halt, or at least for the hooligans to be put off,” the foreign minister said.He expressed concern over remarks among some protesters calling for an “insurrection” in France.”As foreign minister I travel around the world and I know — you can witness it in certain countries — how fragile democracy is,” Le Drian said.”I hear people saying, ‘This is an insurrection’. That is not the republic I know.”
In the TV segment, which Trump retweeted late Monday night, Lou Dobbs reiterated unproven claims that Google was censoring political advertisement and showing biased search results. Dobbs was then joined by Breitbart News editor-at-large Peter Schweizer, who claimed that Google was “gonna go all in” on election interference in 2020.Trump went on to tweet Tuesday morning that he had recently been visited by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who had tried to assure him that the company wasn’t looking to influence the 2020 election. “It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee,” Trump tweeted, adding that the alleged interference was “very illegal.”A Google spokesperson responded Tuesday to the allegations with the following statement: “The statements made by this disgruntled former employee are absolutely false. We go to great lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in ways that don’t take political leanings into account. Distorting results for political purposes would harm our business and go against our mission of providing helpful content to all of our users.” Sacha B. Cohen’s Disgust at President Trump Fueled ‘Who is America’ Popular on Variety Trump Attorney Seeks Retraction of Lawrence O’Donnell’s Russian Loan Report In other posts, he mused whether the extreme-right Traditionalist Workers Party was run by “actual neo-Nazis,” and suggested that a racist skinhead group should rebrand themselves as “The Helpful Neighborhood Bald Guys.” Related Trump’s tweets were apparently prompted by a segment that aired Monday night on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” In it, Dobbs interviewed former Google employee Kevin Cernekee, who alleged that Google executives were looking to “control the flow of information to the public, and make sure that Trump loses in 2020.”Cernekee rose to prominence after he was featured in a Wall Street Journal profile last week, in which he alleged that Google fired him for his conservative views. The company has denied this, and said that Cernekee was fired for downloading large amounts confidential information with the help of personal devices.Since the publication of the Journal story, a report in the Daily Caller has shown that Cernekee wasn’t merely sharing conservative views while at Google. Instead, Cernekee was using Google’s internal message boards to raise money in defense of white nationalist Richard Spencer. President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to attack Google, and allege without evidence that the search giant was looking to influence the 2020 election. “We are watching Google very closely,” he tweeted. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
January 9, 2013 Register Now » min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. LAS VEGAS – Ushering in an array of technology that you never knew you needed but can’t live without, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about more than the newest smartphones and biggest, skinniest televisions. The giant tech show also introduces innovative new tools for the workplace, changing the way companies get things done.We’ve combed the exhibit floors looking for the tech that would appeal most to business users. Here are four tools we think may rock your business’ world this year: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1. Transcribe meetings in an instant. If there’s one thing worse than endless meetings, it’s having to transcribe them from an audio recording. Australia-based Dev-Audio Microcone is a multi-directional desktop microphone that not only records speech but can discern the voices of six different people. Its Microcone Recorder software records the conversations on individual tracks and automatically reduces the background noise. An accompanying smartphone app allows users to tag parts of the conversation for easy reference later. Price: $359Related: 5 Tech Startups Worth Watching at CES 20132. A better way to brainstorm. One way to brainstorm an issue is to pump related terms into a search engine and see what pops up. Another way is to talk it out with your peers. MindMeld by San Francisco-based Expect Labs combines these two in an intuitive iPad app that runs group voice chats for up to eight people and automatically searches for keywords that are spoken. Expect Labs says MindMeld should be available for download in a few months. Expected Price: $13. Android in the office. Wish your smartphone screen was much larger? The VSD220 Smart Display from Walnut, Calif.-based ViewSonic is a 22-inch multi-touch LED screen that — get this — runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But plug your computer into the HDMI port and you’ve got double the compatibility (Android and whatever your system runs) behind one pane of glass. It also comes with stereo speakers, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. Price: $4204. A ‘key’ to remembering passwords. The more services we sign up for, the more passwords we have to keep straight. And as small businesses have become the biggest target for hackers, making those codes hard to crack has become more important than ever. The Arkami ID Key is a USB-connected stick that connects to a cloud-based password management program. With fingerprint-activation it ensures that only you can access your data, and if someone else tries, unsuccessfully, to use it multiple times, the content automatically deletes.Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Arkami also embedded the key with voice recognition, so it can hear what you’re looking for (simply say “Passport Number” or “Gmail Password”) and display the info on the built-in screen. Small enough to fit on a keychain but with 16 GB of data to carry other files, it should be a must-have to keep your business secure. It is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2013. Pre-Order Price: $80Related: CES 2013: A ‘Healthy’ Outlook for Gadgets
Source = Bunnik Tours Bunnik Tours is excited to announce that they have won the Excellence in Customer Service at the 2012 BRW Private Business Awards.The BRW Private Business Awards are one of the most recognised and respected awards in the Australian private sector that formally recognise the outstanding achievements of Private Businesses and acknowledge the valuable contribution they make to the Australian economy.The award acknowledges Bunnik Tours ongoing customer commitment since the Egyptian Revolution. Bunnik Tours Managing Director, Dennis Bunnik, immediately flew to Cairo at the start of protests in Egypt in January 2011 and subsequently ensured that all Bunnik Tours clients returned safely to Australia when the revolution erupted.Dennis says, “As a family owned and operated company, our clients are like family and we felt it essential to have a senior manager on the ground to not only reassure our clients but to also help with the changes to their itineraries. We wanted to ensure our clients had the most up to date and accurate information available and as such the decision was made for me to travel to Cairo.”When Bunnik Tours recommenced tours to Egypt six weeks after the revolution Bunnik Tours founder Marion Bunnik was based in Cairo for 3 weeks to travel with and reassure passengers.“Our operation during the Egypt revolution period was a massive team effort which included rescheduling the travel arrangements for some 700 Bunnik Tours clients’, said Dennis Bunnik. ‘It was a massive team effort both in Australia and Egypt and this award is wonderful recognition for all our staff involved.”Since the revolution Bunnik Tours has been working to restore confidence in the Egyptian travel market. This continues today with company owners Sacha, Marion and Dennis Bunnik currently in Cairo for a series of planning meetings for the coming high season.“Egypt is an iconic travel destination that has captured the hearts of travellers for well over 1,000 years. The power of walking in the footsteps of the ancient pharaohs is an incredible experience,” said Dennis Bunnik.“The tourism industry is now starting to show strong signs of recovery with monthly increases in both visitor numbers and enquiries. Currently European visitors are leading the way with strong bookings for the coming high season. Enquiries and forward bookings from the USA have also increased significantly since the recent relaxing of the US Government’s travel advisory for Egypt.”“We are delighted to be in Egypt when this award was announced as we have been able to share it with our team in Cairo.”