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A Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks was today designated the laureate of a press freedom prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Lydia Cacho Ribeiro in a ceremony to be held on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, in Maputo, Mozambique. A freelance reporter based in Cancun, Mexico Ms. Cacho is a contributor to the daily newspaper La Voz del Caribe, frequently covering organized crime and corruption. In 2006, she reported on the violent death of hundreds of young women in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. The jury of 14 professional journalists and editors from all over the world was impressed by Ms. Cacho’s courage and persistence, according to Joe Thloloe, jury president and Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa. “For me, a journalist who knows the antagonistic environment in which he or she operates and continues to do the right thing by keeping readers, listeners or viewers informed about their society deserves recognition for their contribution to freedom of expression around the world,” Mr. Thloloe said. “Lydia Cacho is such a laureate.” The $25,000 prize, financed by the Cano and Ottaway family foundations, is named after Guillermo Cano, the Colombian newspaper publisher assassinated in 1987 for denouncing the activities of powerful drug barons in his country. The prize has previously been received by the following laureates: Anna Politkovskaya (Russian Federation, 2007), May Chidiac (Lebanon, 2006), Cheng Yizhong, (China, 2005), Raúl Rivero (Cuba, 2004), Amira Hass (Israel, 2003), Geoffrey Nyarota (Zimbabwe, 2002), U Win Tin (Myanmar, 2001), Nizar Nayyouf (Syria, 2000), Jesus Blancornelas (Mexico, 1999), Christina Anyanwu (Nigeria, 1998), and Gao Yu (China, 1997). 9 April 2008A Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks was today designated the laureate of a press freedom prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

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26 October 2009As just over one month remains before nations converge in Copenhagen to ‘seal the deal’ on a new climate change agreement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has laid out his four benchmarks for success at the negotiations in the Danish capital. Firstly, he wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times published yesterday, every country – developed and developing – must do all it can to slash emissions from all sources, including deforestation and shipping.“A successful deal must strengthen the world’s ability to cope with an already changing climate,” Mr. Ban added, stressing that “support for adaptation is not only an ethical imperative; it is a smart investment in a more stable, secure world.”Thirdly, any deal must be backed by funding to allow poorer countries to transition to a low-carbon economy.Lastly, the Secretary-General wrote, nations must agree on an equitable global governance structure. “All countries must have a voice in how resources are deployed and managed. That is how trust will be built.”Despite the gridlock at the last round of climate change negotiations held in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this month, “the elements of a deal are on the table,” he underscored.All that is needed to put them in place is political will, Mr. Ban said. “We need to step back from narrow national interest and engage in frank and constructive discussion in a spirit of global common cause.”The leadership of the United States in this endeavour, he said, is vital, noting that he is encouraged by last week’s bipartisan initiative in the US Senate.“We cannot afford another period where the United States stands on the sidelines,” Mr. Ban emphasized, adding that an “indecisive or insufficiently engaged” US will result in unnecessary and unaffordable delays in tackling global warming.With the last round of negotiations before the start of the Copenhagen conference kicking off next week in Barcelona, Spain, “we are now at a rather critical juncture,” Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, told reporters today in New York.There is a flurry of activity in the world’s capitals, with this uptick in activity expected to continue during the final stretch before the December summit, he said. “This is a good development as it is only governments who can make the deal and bring us success in Copenhagen.”When leaders assemble in Denmark, they have the ability to “deliver an agreement on a range of fast-track implementation measures for which credible resources are needed and which governments need to make available,” Mr. Pasztor stated.The Secretary-General, he said, is serving as a “neutral broker” among all 192 UN Member States, pressing for an ambitious multilateral deal to ensure that global temperature increases remain within safe levels. read more

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New Brunswick industrialists James, Arthur and the late Jack Irving came in at No. 3 with a combined net worth of $8.07-billion, while the media barons in the Rogers family sat in fourth place at an estimated $6.41-billion.Vancouver’s Jimmy Pattison came in fifth with wealth of $6.14-billion, while Montreal eBay founder Jeff Skoll jumped up the list to No. 6 from No. 8 last year as his worth grew 21.3% to $4.55-billion.Paul Desmarais Sr., owner of Power Corp. of Canada sat at No. 7 with a net worth of $4.4-billion, while Montreal’s Saputo family, owners of the cheese empire, came in eighth with $4.23-billion.Carlo Fidani, owner of Toronto-area construction  and development company Orlando Corp., shot into the Top 10, ranking ninth at $3.6-billion, growing 13.5% from a year ago when he ranked twelfth.Rounding out the top 10 was Vancouver’s Chip Wilson, founder of trendy yoga wear maker Lululemon Athletica Inc., who jumped up in the rankings from No. 15 last year as his wealth shot up 23% to $3.51-billion. [np_storybar title=”Top 10 richest Canadians” link=””] 1. Thomson family – $20.1B 2. Galen Weston, 72 – $8.2B 3. J.K., Arthur and estate of John Irving, 84, 81 – $8.07B 4. Rogers family – $6.14B 5. Jimmy Pattison, 84 – $6.14B 6. Jeff Skoll, 47 – $4.55B 7. Paul Desmarais Sr., 85 – $4.4B 8. Saputo family – $4.23B 9. Carlo Fidani, 58 – $3.6B 10. Chip Wilson, 57 – $3.51BSource: Canadian Business [/np_storybar]TORONTO — The influential Thomson family is still atop the list of richest Canadians, though their wealth dropped from a year ago, while most other members of the Top 10 made gains.The family that owns media conglomerate Thomson Reuters as well as Woodbridge Co. Ltd., which has a majority stake in the Globe and Mail newspaper, is worth about $20.1-billion, according to Canadian Business magazine’s annual ranking of Canada’s wealthiest.However, the family’s worth fell about 5.7% as some of its media-focused properties struggled in trying economic times.Meanwhile, retail mogul Galen Weston, 72 — the highest ranking individual — saw his wealth improve by three per cent to an estimated $8.2-billion, remaining in the No. 2 position.Weston is the main power behind food processor George Weston Ltd., Canada’s largest grocery chain, Loblaw Cos. Ltd., and luxury retailer Holt Renfrew.Mark Blinch/Reuters files read more

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A new special human rights report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded that the 23 July attack on a large, peaceful demonstration in the country’s capital, Kabul, not only deliberately targeted civilians but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime.“The attack appears, disturbingly, to have deliberately targeted persons belonging to a specific ethnic and religious community,” said UNAMA in a news release today, announcing the release of the report Attack on a Peaceful Demonstration in Kabul, 23 July 2016. “The fundamental human rights of all Afghans must be respected, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities,” it added. The UNAMA report reviews the context of the 23 July demonstration, organized by a body known as the “Enlightening Movement,” the planning and preparedness of Afghan Security Forces, their behaviour during the demonstration and immediate response to the attack and its aftermath. It also raises, where relevant, human rights concerns for authorities. The attack was the deadliest single civilian casualty incident in the country since UNAMA started its civilian casualties documentation in 2009. 85 civilians were killed and more than four hundred were injured when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives’ belts at the end of the demonstration. The second explosive belt misfired and the attacker was shot and killed by security forces. Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) had claimed responsibility for the attack, employing language that advocated religious hatred and violence. Almost all of the casualties in the attack were male and from the Hazara community which is predominantly Shia Muslim, the Mission said. In the news release today, UNAMA also noted that the report has been released amid mounting concern at an emerging pattern of sectarian violence attributed to ISIL. On 11 and 12 October, two separate attacks against Shia congregations commemorating Ashura in Kabul and in the northern province of Balkh killed at least 35 civilians and injured more than 100. ISIL issued an online statement claiming responsibility for the attack in Kabul using language similar to that used in the claim for the 23 July attack. The Mission further said that its new report also offered recommendations on the respect for fundamental human rights of all Afghans, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, as well as the need for the completion and implement of a strategy to prevent violent extremism. read more

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first_imgLORD HENRY MOUNT Charles says that Slane Castle will not be used to stage the cancelled Garth Brooks gigs.Speaking on Newstalk Lunchtime today, Mount Charles said that “unequivocally, there will not be a show at Slane this year”.Mount Charles told the programme that he was “a little surprised that five consecutive shows were announced” and was “a little surprised” that two gigs were cancelled.“I personally felt that three concerts in a row was a lot. I felt that asking for five was probably pushing the boat out a little too far.”Mount Charles said that the shows have an impact on the local community and “one has to be balanced about these things”.Asked whether he would come to the rescue of the 160,000 fans now left without tickets to see the country superstar, he was quick to rule out any gigs at the castle.“I made a strategic decision that there will not be a show this year.“The only time we’ve ever done back-to-back was for U2, but that was with a week break. When I make a decision of the type that I made, I stick by it.“Unequivocally, there will be no show at Slane this year. That decision will not change. ”Read: Permission granted for just THREE of the scheduled five Garth Brooks concertslast_img read more

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first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook is apparently open to letting his company sell everything but the kitchen sink. Heck, he might even be open to making kitchen sinks, just as long as they aren’t “crappy.” That is really the only prevailing guideline on Apple’s course for the future.That is in fact a direct quotation . In a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Cook said the only thing Apple won’t make is “a crappy product”. As long as there is an idea that is bold and ambitious, Cook says it’s fair game.Okay, so what? Sounds like typical CEO gobbledy-gook, right? Normally that would be the case, but this is an interesting time for Apple. The apparent openness to expand into completely different markets might be a result of a changing dynamic over at the company.Apple has, of course, been caught up in a strange news cycle over the last several months. It skyrocketed to become the most valuable company in the world, tipping the scales of record stock prices, and then suddenly began to fall off a cliff. This of course brought up piles and piles of negative headlines about how terrible Apple was doing. But then everyone had to be reminded that being the world’s second most valuable company is still a pretty enviable thing.So no one is quite sure what to make of Apple at this moment, which is probably why the question of where the company is headed — and what is fair game for future Apple products — is so relevant right now.Other companies try to stick to one specific niche and be the best at that niche; it looks like Apple is not keen on being one of those companies.last_img read more

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first_imgWoman who told specialist she couldn’t move her leg loses €60k claim after being videoed jogging Lamidi said she had been driving on a provisional licence for the past 17 years. https://jrnl.ie/3267191 Short URL File image. File image. Image: Shutterstock/PongMoji Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 2:52 PM By Ray Managh Share330 Tweet Email2 center_img Image: Shutterstock/PongMoji 79 Comments Mar 2nd 2017, 2:52 PM ON THE DAY a mother of two told a consultant she could not move her right leg and ankle and had serious back pain, a private investigator videoed her jogging across a Dublin street, the Circuit Civil court has been told.Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, said that Stephen Bothma, of Core Group Investigations, had also videod Esther Lamidi getting into her car without “any bother or restriction of movement.”Barrister Lisa Kelly, counsel for Zurich Insurance and motorist John Lowry in a personal injuries claim against them for €60,000, said Lamidi had told defence medical consultant Aidan Gleeson, on the day of the video recording, that she was “unable to function in any way.”“You told him that you struggled to move about and that pain was restricting your movements,” Kelly told Lamidi, of North Strand Road, North Strand, Dublin 3.Lamidi, 33, had claimed in evidence that Lowry, a bus driver travelling home after a night shift, had driven across a stop line at Mountjoy Square traffic junction and crashed into her car.BeepingKelly, who appeared with Collins Crowley Solicitors, told Lamidi, an unaccompanied provisional licence holder, that she had ignored Mr Lowry twice beeping the horn at her and that she had failed to yield while his vehicle was in control of the junction.“With regard to your injuries you have at the very least exaggerated your evidence,” Kelly said.She told Lamidi, who said she could not remember if she had failed four, five or six driving tests, that her evidence had been totally inconsistent with what she had said to the insurer’s medical expert and the court.Lamidi said she had been driving on a provisional licence for the past 17 years.Judge Groarke, throwing out Lamidi’s claim with costs against her, said impact damage was not consistent with her evidence that Mr Lowry had driven into the junction at speed. He said Lamidi, who wept almost continuously throughout her evidence, had not complained to her GP of back pain until almost 18 months after the accident.“When I read the account of her medical examination, which took place only a fortnight ago, and see the video by the private investigator, it is perfectly obvious that this lady has not just exaggerated her complaints but was telling blatant lies to Mr Gleeson,” Judge Groarke said.He said the video showed her jogging across the street and bending over and demonstrating entirely supple movements as she got into her car without any bother.“I am sure that whatever you told Mr Gleeson that day was an utter fabrication,” Judge Groarke said. He said the evidence of an independent witness, Mr Hao She, had resolved any difficulty in the case. Lamidi had neither looked right nor left and had not seen Mr Lowry’s car which had been in possession of the junction at all times.Read: Teen who revealed scoliosis pain on Late Late Show has surgery delayed AGAIN 54,575 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgUnibet, the sponsor of Aston Villa’s kit last season, will continue in their partnership with Villa only that this time their logo will be emblazoned on the training kit.An exact date is yet to be revealed for the launch of the new kit, designed by Villa fan Luke Roper, of Luke 1977, but the club have explained it will be in ‘early July’. New Principal Partner: We’re delighted to welcome back @32Red for the 2018/19 season! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Wst5jQY7IW— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Aston Villa’s chief commercial officer, Luke Organ, according to Birmingham Mail said:“We are thrilled to be partnered with Kindred Group once again this season in a wider and more targeted partnership.“This season we will welcome back 32Red (a subsidiary of Kindred Group), a previous partner of the club, whilst we see a continuation of the great work with Unibet.“Throughout the first year of our relationship, Unibet successfully delivered multiple ‘bettor experiences’ for Aston Villa’s loyal supporters, ensuring at every opportunity they provided a unique and exciting engagement for our fans. The last 12 months has seen a fruitful relationship develop and we very much look forward to building on that for the seasons ahead.”last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he ready to make changes after his team labour to a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.The Reds boss bemoans his side’s struggle to maintain their level of intensity during the second half. Klopp named unchanged starting XI for the third consecutive game but has told his fringe players to be primed for action as he prepares to test Liverpool’s squad strength.And he has hinted there could be changes for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, the last game before the forthcoming international break.“I know how it looks at the moment – we played three times now with the same line-up,” said Klopp, according to Liverpool Echo.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Leicester we will see what we can do and then hopefully they all come back healthy (from the international break).”“But we have to use all of them and we will do. Then the games are really coming, it is an intense time and it looks like ‘How can you leave out him or him or him?”“Don’t forget Divock Origi and Dom Solanke trained really, really good and are not in the squad (on Saturday). That is really hard but they will be used as well and they will have a part to play.”last_img read more

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first_imgASA is currently offering a $5,000 scholarship to one high school senior who wishes to pursue agriculture as a degree at any accredited college or university. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) scholarship is for the 2014-15 school year, and applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current ASA member, as well as meet other GPA and academic requirements.Click here to read more.last_img

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first_img RelatedPosts Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines “As a former greyhound owner I was very saddened to hear of the plight of these over 500 greyhounds at Macau’s Canidrome,” Scott said. “It hasn’t been good publicity for Macau but to see the community pull together to help these dogs in this way is great. We at O MEDIA are happy to help in whatever way we can and we hope other companies also encourage their staff to volunteer.”O MEDIA is encouraging other Macau companies to offer the same incentive for staff to help these former racing dogs as they look for new homes.MASDAW, with the support of Macau’s Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), is seeking volunteers until 31 July to spend time with the greyhounds during one of two shifts each day – from 09:00 to 12:00 each morning and from 15:00 to 18:00 each afternoon.The dogs’ cages will be thoroughly cleaned and meals prepared while the dogs are being walked.MASDAW describes the opportunity to walk the Canidrome greyhounds as a “truly heartwarming experience” with the dogs possessing a “sweet and friendly personality.”“It’s a unique experience,” MASDAW said. “This is an historical victory. Be part of history. You’ll feel very proud and rewarded!”Volunteers can contact MASDAW by sending a WhatsApp message to +853 6288 1228 including ID documentation, phone number and availability. IACM will provide all volunteers with sunscreen, water, towels and raincoats if required.As reported by IAG earlier this week, Macau’s Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), which took control of the Canidrome site on Saturday, has announced that the former owners will be fined between MOP$20,000 (US$2,475) and MOP$100,000 (US$12,370) for each of the 533 greyhounds abandoned under the Animal Protection Law. That could equate to a fine of more than MOP$53 million (US$6.56 million). JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming’s parent company, O MEDIA, will announce Wednesday morning that it is offering a full day off for any O MEDIA staff member volunteering to walk abandoned dogs at the Canidrome.O MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Andrew W Scott revealed the incentive following a public call from Macau organization MASDAW – the Macau Association for Stray Dogs and Animal Welfare – for volunteers to walk some of the 533 greyhounds left abandoned when the former owners of the dog racing track, Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co Ltd, vacated the premises on Saturday. Load Morelast_img read more

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first_imgMelco Resorts Finance Limited, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited that develops and operates its Macau integrated resorts, has proposed to conduct an international offering of senior notes in order to partially repay debt.Specifically, the offering would see Melco Resorts Finance pay the principal amount outstanding under a revolving credit facility entered into in 2015. The credit facility totaled HK$13.65 billion at the time, comprising a HK$3.90 billion term loan facility and a HK$9.75 billion revolving credit facility; Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes The company said the new notes are proposed to be senior obligations of Melco Resorts Finance, ranking equally with all of Melco Resorts Finance’s existing and future senior indebtedness.The interest rate and other terms of the new notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering, assuming it goes ahead. RelatedPostslast_img read more

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first_imgDeirdre Coval walked out of her house on Monday morning to discover the vandalism. She has reported the vandalism to the Soldotna Police Department and Peninsula Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information regarding the incident or potential suspects can submit an anonymous tip with crime stoppers at 907-283-8477. Coval: “I’ve been working in campaigns in this town for years, and have been speaking out against the Governor’s budget in person and on social media. I am non-partisan, and have been pretty open over the years about my opinions.”  SPD Sergeant Duane Kant: “Some time on Monday night her vehicle had been spray painted with a few symbols and a couple of words. There are currently no suspects, but the case is being investigated.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Local police are seeking the public’s help identifying a suspect they say vandalized a Soldotna woman’s car with the words ‘Repubicans Rule’ written in spray paint. According to Kant it cost Coval almost $300 to get the graffiti removed. Coval said that there was additional graffiti on the back of her vehicle of ‘male genitalia’.last_img read more

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first_imgTom Huddleston of Copper Center (Photo by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Tom Huddleston in Copper Center. Huddleston owns and operates the Copper Center Lodge, which has been in his family for 70 years since they bought it from the Mt. Edgecumbe school.Listen nowHUDDLESTON: In probably about 2000, my wife and I, as our kids were getting older, we were trying to figure out how they were going to get a work ethic. So we decided  to start looking for a business to buy, so the kids could work in it in their teens. My aunt called me up and asked if I’d be interested in the lodge, and that’s where we went. We bought the lodge in 2002, and my brother Pete, Kimberly, myself and all my kids, we got it up and going and it’s been going ever since.We don’t have any taxes here, which is really nice. I mean, I don’t know what it’d be like to have taxes because I’ve never had taxes. But I hear plenty about it. And we’re free to add on to our homes or do stuff without having to go the city inspector and all that. We don’t really understand that, but we hear that and I’m glad I don’t have top deal with that.I think I live in the best place in Alaska because I’m centrally-located. I’m 100 miles from Valdez. I’m like 260 miles from Fairbanks. I’m 180 miles from Anchorage. 150 from Palmer. I’m kinda right in the middle, it works pretty well.There are a lot of stories about this place. There’s the haunted stories of the ghost. I have not seen the ghost. There’s been lots of strange happenings going. I know people that have seen the ghost. I know people that have heard the ghost. I’ve seen lights come on. I’ve seen doors left open, doors locked. Keys missing, keys reappearing. All kinds of stuff. And we just kinda attribute it to the ghost.There was a guy that was in here not too long ago, kind of a slick-looking fella, and when he found out that I was the owner, he asked me what my number was. And I didn’t understand what he meant. I told him I wasn’t sure what he was talking about. And he asked what I wanted for it. At that point right there, I realized that this is my grandparents’ lodge. It’s not my lodge. Just out of respect for those people, and what they did to me, who were there for me in my life, I don’t want it to leave my family. I want it to stay right here.last_img read more

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first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoThe Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has found the allegations brought against former Sonagazi officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder authentic, reports UNB.An investigation report was filed at the Cyber Tribunal by PBI’s senior assistant superintendent of police Rima Sultana on Sunday.Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.PBI found the charges to be true.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Siraj Ud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.It was here that the OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, reportedly by people loyal to Siraj Ud Doula.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman who succumbed to her burn injuries when she was taken to a hospital in East Midnapore.The victim’s family members alleged that she was tortured and set on fire. However, the police were told by her in-laws that she set herself on fire on Saturday night and her husband also received burn injuries while trying to save her.The incident took place in Pataspur area of East Midnapore on Sunday morning. A senior police officer from the district said they have started an unnatural death case and they would probe into all possible angles of the incident. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe woman was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning and she succumbed to her injuries on Friday morning. Allegations against the victim’s in-laws that they had set the woman on fire as her parents failed to give them money have also been levelled.The police officer said they haven’t received any such complaint yet. But they have initiated a case to probe in this connection. They will be taking statements of the victim’s parents and at the same time, they would try to find whether there was any foul play by the victim’s in-laws. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAnother police officer said even if they consider that the woman had committed suicide, then there must be a reason behind it. Police are trying to know what had happened on Thursday night that led to the incident.According to police, the victim Maya Mondal (45) was found in charred condition by the locals at Patashpur II close to Pariharpur jungle. Police are not also ruling out the possibility of suicide. The victim had married one Chandan Mondal a few years ago and they have no child.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the most common problems a man faces when he likes to keep a full beard, is itching and acne. And monsoon season worsens these problems. Regularly trim your beard, use oil and keep it clean, says an expert.A noted Dermatologist shares a few tips to take proper care of your beard: Regular trimming: Even when you plan to grow out your beard, it is necessary to use a trimmer to keep maintaining its shape and growth. Know what will suit your face shape and what look you desire. Trim your beard accordingly.  Keep it clean: It is important to keep your beard clean as facial hair gets dirty too. Wash it thoroughly and regularly. If you’ve a long beard, it is preferable to use a beard wash. A face wash works well for a stubble or trimmed beard. Use a leave-on-conditioner or a beard softener to maintain its cleanliness. Use beard oil: Beard oil helps in maintaining the moisture of the skin beneath the beard. Just dab a few drops of oil onto your finger tips and work it thoroughly on your beard and the skin underneath. Beard oil also works in maintaining the shine of your beard, making it look healthy and full. Use non-comedogenic moisturiser: Comedogenic means the moisturiser that contains ingredients that can clog your glands which may lead to whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. So make sure your face moisturiser is labeled non-comedogenic.  Eat right: A beard is just another form of hair growth, and nothing works well for hair other than proteins. So consume a lot of proteins by eating green vegetables like peas, broccoli and spinach. Consumption of good proteins helps in better and healthy growth of the beard.last_img read more

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first_imgMay 13 , 2019 In addition, the researchers found a new role of TomLoxC. It also facilitates the production of a group of apocarotenoids – organic chemicals that work as signaling molecules influencing a variety of responses in plants including environmental stresses.The compounds also have a variety of floral and fruity odors that are important in tomato taste.The rare version of TomLoxC was found in only 2% of older or heirloom cultivated large tomato varieties, although the version was present in 91% of currant-sized wild tomatoes, primarily Solanum pimpinellifolium, the wild predecessor of the cultivated tomato.It is becoming more common in newer varieties, suggesting the industry’s shift in focus.”It appears that there may have been strong selection pressure against or at least no selection for the presence of this version of TomLoxC early in the domestication of tomatoes,” Giovannoni added.”The increase in prevalence of this form in modern tomatoes likely reflects breeders’ renewed interest in improved flavor.”With the availability of this wide array of specific genetic information, breeders should be able to work quickly to increase the flavor of store-bought, mass production tomatoes while preserving the traits that make them an economically advantageous crop, noted the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).”These novel genes discovered from the tomato pan-genome added substantial information to the tomato genome repertoire and provide additional opportunities for tomato improvement. The presence and absence profiles of these genes in different tomato populations have shed important lights on how human selection of desired traits have reshaped the tomato genomes,” said Fei.The scientists expect the addition of nearly 5,000 genes to the tomato genome repertoire will provide additional opportunities for improvement as their roles in tomato biology and fruit quality are determined.Their research involved collaboration with the University of Florida, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Valencia, the University of Georgia and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, with support from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, U.S. National Science Foundation, BARD, the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, and Vaadia-Bard Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Q&A with El Ciruelo’s Rupert Maude: A crystal … U.S.-based iTradeNetwork bringing supply chain sol … Jupiter Group acquires Cool Fresh International … center_img You might also be interested in Canada: BC Tree Fruits’ new CEO outlines plans to … Scientists from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) may have pinpointed a gene responsible for improved flavor profiles for tomatoes, thanks to their recent genome-mapping project.For the study, molecular biologist James Giovannoni with the ARS Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research Laboratory and BTI bioinformatics scientist Zhangjun Fei constructed the pan-genome for the cultivated tomato and its wild relatives, mapping almost 5,000 previously undocumented genes.A genome is a biological map of an organism’s genes and their functions. But a genome is usually of a single variety, which then acts as a reference genome for the rest of the species.This pan-genome includes all of the genes from 725 different cultivated and closely related wild tomatoes, which revealed 4,873 genes that were absent from the original reference genome.While cultivated tomatoes have a wide range of physical and metabolic variation, there have been several extreme bottlenecks during its domestication and breeding. This means today’s tomatoes have a narrow genetic base.The pan-genome helps identify what additional genes beyond the reference might be available for crop breeding and improvement.In modern times, breeders have concentrated on traits such as yield, shelf life, disease resistance and stress tolerance – traits that have been economically important to growers.”One of the most important discoveries from constructing this pan-genome is a rare form of a gene labeled TomLoxC, which mostly differs in the version of its DNA gene promoter. The gene influences fruit flavor by catalyzing the biosynthesis of a number of lipid (fat)-involved volatiles—compounds that evaporate easily and contribute to aroma,” explained Giovannoni.last_img read more

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