Hasina to live in Tungipara after retirement from politics

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina — BSS file photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said she will live at her village in Tungipara after retirement from politics.“Whenever I will retire (from politics), I will go to my village and stay there – it’s my decision … I will stay in Tungipara, my ancestral village,” she said in her speech after a spectacular cultural show at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy here this morning.The artistes of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP performed in the cultural function on the occasion of the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP).Sheikh Hasina became emotional seeing two children dancing on a boat at the cultural function at the Ansar-VDP lake. She said that she recalled her childhood memories by witnessing the boat.“My grandfather had a big ‘panshi’ boat having two rooms and windows … When I boarded the boat, I used to touch water with my hands sitting near the windows,” she reminisced.Sheikh Hasina, daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, continued: “I along with others, especially my brother (Sheikh) Kamal, used to jump and dance climbing on the roof of the boat … when I see boats, I remember my this childhood memories.”The prime minister pointed out her government’s initiatives for turning every village into a town. “Our aim is that the rural people will get all urban facilities … they will get better life and will live beautifully,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said: “We want the future of today’s children will be brighter and more beautiful as well as technology-based.”The prime minister sought cooperation of all to build a more developed and prosperous Bangladesh.She said father of the nation Bangabandhu liberated the country with a goal of establishing a hunger-and-poverty-free Sonar Bangla.“Our commitment is to materialise his dream. We have removed hunger and cut down the poverty rate significantly and the rate of poverty will have to be cut further … Bangladesh will have to make more developed and prosperous and for this, I seek cooperation of all,” she said.The prime minister said she has firm belief that the Ansar and VDP members could change every village.“Bangladesh is a beautiful country and all will have to work to build our motherland in such a way so that we could move keeping our head high, not begging alms from others … we will establish ourselves by standing on our own feet and through our own resources,” she said.Ministers, the deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were also present at the function.last_img read more

30 journalists killed by organised crime in 2 years

first_imgJournalists are increasingly becoming easy targets for organised crime, with more than 30 killed worldwide over the last two years, a media watchdog warned Thursday.”The Mob has spread its tentacles around the globe faster than all the multinationals combined,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a new report on the dangers.”From Beijing to Moscow, from Tijuana to Bogota, from Malta to Slovakia, investigative journalists who shed light on the deals that involve organised crime unleash the wrath of gangsters, whose common feature is an aversion to any publicity unless they control it,” said its author, French investigative journalist Frederic Ploquin.He said the only way to counter the threat was for reporters to work together to protect each other.The biggest danger was in investigating corruption, Ploquin said, now that ruthless crime groups have “established a kind of pact with the state” in many countries, “to the point that you cannot tell where one stops and the other begins.””How is it possible that Mexico’s drug cartels sprout like mushrooms without the support of part of the state’s apparatus?” asked RSF after nine of the 14 journalists murdered worldwide in 2017 by organised crime groups were killed there.Eight more have already died so far in 2018.Three reporters were also killed this year in Brazil and three more elsewhere in Latin America. An Indian journalist who was investigating his country’s “sand mafia” was run over by a truck.The toll has also become worrying in Europe, the report said, with journalists assassinated in Russia, Slovakia and Malta since 2017.Both Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed last year in by a car bomb in Malta, and Jan Kuciak, shot with his girlfriend in Slovakia in February, had been looking into the Italian Mafia and its links with local politicians.In 2017 alone, 196 Italian journalists were said to have had some kind of protection, with a dozen including Roberto Saviano, the author of the bestselling book “Gomorroa” on the Naples crime syndicate the Camorra, living under permanent police guard.last_img read more

Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

first_imgA body lies on the footpath outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, 15 March 2019. A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Photo: APMany people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said.Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.And New Zealand media reported a shooting at a second mosque in a Christchurch suburb.Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45pm and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha’s driveway, and fled.Peneha said he then went into the mosque to try and help.”I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque,” he said. “It’s unbelievable nutty. I don’t understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It’s ridiculous.”He said he helped about five people recover in his home. He said one was slightly injured.”I’ve lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they’re very friendly,” he said. “I just don’t understand it.”He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance.The New Zealand Herald reported there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.Mark Nichols told the Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. Nichols said he saw two injured people being carried out on stretchers past his automotive shop and that both people appeared to be alive.New Zealand historically has had only a handful of mass shootings events.last_img read more

Gang rape accused killed in gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA gang rape accused was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Bhaluka upazila of Mymensingh early Monday.The deceased was Saiful Islam, 40, son of Jabed Ali from Bhaluka’s Koiyadi village.He was one of the accused in a case filed for gang-raping a schoolgirl, claimed police.Bhaluka model police station officer-in-charge Main Uddin said that a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery, a police team conducted a drive in Hatiber village around 1:30am.Sensing the presence of the cops, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, according to the police version.After the gunfight, the police team found a man wounded with bullets and took him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where the on-duty physicians declared him dead, police claimed.Police also said that they later identified the man as Saiful.According to the police version, the school girl was gang-raped by two persons – Ramzan and Saiful – while she was going to the school. They took her to a bush and raped her in turn as well as recording the video of the incident, police said.They also added that the girl was threatened to be raped again and the video will be circulated if she disclosed the incident to anybody on 24 June. A case was then filed with the Bhaluka model police station accusing Ramzan and Saiful for the ‘gang rape’.On Sunday, Jasmin Ershad, the wife of the local member of parliament, announced a reward of Tk 100,000 if anyone could capture the accused in the gang rape case.last_img read more

Yunus wins Global Womens Leadership award

first_imgMuhammad Yunus. File photoNobel Laureate professor Muhammad Yunus has been honoured with the ‘2019 Global Women’s Leadership Award’ at the Global Summit of Women in Basel, Switzerland, reports UNB.Professor Yunus received the award on 5 July for his internationally-recognised work in poverty alleviation and economic empowerment of women globally through his pioneering work of microfinance and social business, said a media release on Tuesday.Millions of poor women around the world found their inner capacity to take up entrepreneurial activities to generate income and establish their economic freedom and individual dignity, it said.The Global Summit of Women is a project of the Global Women Research and Education Institute, an organisation based in Washington, DC, USA.Over 1,200 leaders in business and government from 65 countries around the world attended this year’s premier business and economic forum for women which have been taking place for the last 29 years.The theme of this year’s summit was ‘Women: Redefining Success’.The Global Summit of Women was conceived as the nexus at which all sectors – public, private and nonprofit – would come together under the common vision of dramatically expanding women’s economic opportunities globally through exchanges of working solutions and creative strategies forged by women leaders from different parts of the world.Notable speakers and guests included Sung Joo Kim, chair & chief visionary officer, MCM Holdings AG, Martin Jetter, chairman, IBM Europe, Christine Schmid, managing director, Credit Suisse, Mai Chen, board director, Bank of New Zealand, Gurveen Singh, chief human resources officer, Reckitt Benckiser, UK, Carolina Muller-Mohl, president, Muller-Mohl Group, Inga Legasova, CEO, RemiLing, Jill Ader, chair, Egon Zehnder, United Kingdom, Muriel Penicaud, minister for labour, france, Saara Kuugongelwa-amadhila, prime minister of Namibia and Atifete Jahjaga, former president of Kosovo.last_img read more

New Hospital Tower Underway At Baylor St Lukes Medical Center

first_imgListen Carrie FeibelFather Michael Barrosa, chaplain at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, sprinkles holy water on the site of the future hospital towerExecutives at CHI St. Luke’s Health broke ground Tuesday on a new hospital tower for its McNair campus, off Old Spanish Trail. The celebration comes almost three years after Catholic Health Initiatives in Colorado acquired the St. Luke’s hospital chain here in Houston.But it wasn’t until a few months ago that CHI confirmed that St. Luke’s will exit its historic tower in the medical center and move farther south. The new campus is across Cambridge from the DeBakey VA Medical Center. “We are building a new hospital, this is it, that’s where it’s going to be,” said Wayne Keathley, president of the new hospital, now called Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He later grabbed a silver shovel and posed beside a symbolic pile of dirt, joined by other executives from St. Luke’s and Baylor College of Medicine.Carrie Feibel(From left): Father Michael Barrosa, Congressman Al Green, Dr. Paul Klotman, Dr. C. Kent Osborne and Scotty Arnoldy, chairman of the executive building committee.The complex will house three affiliated healthcare brands — CHI St. Luke’s, the Texas Heart Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine, which employs more than 3,000 doctors and researchers throughout the medical center.Baylor’s president, Dr. Paul Klotman, said his institution will benefit from the increased visibility.“One of our problems at Baylor is people ask me ‘Where do you guys actually practice?’” Klotman said. “It turns out we see about half the patients in the medical center.”Baylor doctors practice and teach at Texas Children’s Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, the VA, the Menninger Clinic, and in several outpatient office buildings around the medical center.But Klotman says that until now, the Baylor name wasn’t featured prominently on any of those major buildings. The new complex is jointly governed by Baylor and CHI St. Luke’s.“Buildings do play an important role, they’re iconic. They’re places that catch your eye, and you go ‘Oh, that’s where they are,’” Klotman explained.  The entire campus will be finished in 2019, at an estimated cost of $1.1 billion. 00:00 /01:37 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Houston Will Get More Heavy Downpours Because Of Climate Change Say Scientists

first_img Share 00:00 /01:34 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: You might be wondering, what is going on with our weather? This latest big storm comes not even a year after a very similar downpour flooded Houston last Memorial Day weekend. These are big storms dumping as much rain in hours as otherwise might be expected in weeks.“April 2016 will go down as the wettest April on record for the City of Houston,” says Jake Crouch, a scientist at the government’s National Centers for Environmental Information.Crouch is part of a team tracking weather data from Houston and across the country. He says this week’s storm was, topped only by Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 as the city’s biggest single rain event ever. They are heavy downpours and Crouch says, they are increasing in frequency.“We are seeing more precipitation fall in single events. So that means we’re seeing more of these flooding events occur. But we’re also seeing longer and more frequent droughts as well,“ says Crouch.Hold on. Both extremes?“We’re actually seeing both extremes occur with a change in climate. More heavy, single precipitation events and longer and more frequent droughts.“So it’s not more rain falling on average, it’s just more coming all at once every so often?“One of the reasons that it’s happening is we are warming the lower part of the atmosphere. And when that happens the atmosphere can hold more moisture content. So when precipitation does occur we are seeing heavier precipitation in single events,“ Crouch told News 88.7.Compared to the first half of the last century, these big downpours have increased 16 percent in Texas according to federal data. But it could be worse…in the northeast United States, big downpours are up over 70 percent. X Listenlast_img read more

Union Blames 2015 Houston Ship Channel Collision On Fuel

first_imgNational Transportation Safety BoardNTSB Board Member Earl Weener joined by (Director of Marine Safety) Tracy Murrell and Eric Stolzenberg (Investigator In Charge), view damage to bow of the M/V Conti PeridotA union has cited fuel issues as a likely cause of a 2015 collision between two vessels leading to a chemical spill in the Houston Ship Channel.The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that the Houston Pilots Association challenged a federal review that blamed pilot errors.The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report this month about the March 2015 accident, urged Houston officials to emphasize better communication and bridge management. Officials also cited heavy fog when the Conti Peridot struck a chemical tanker, the Carla Maersk.Union officials responded by saying the accident was most likely caused by a switch to ultralow-sulphur fuel oil, leading the Conti Peridot to unexpectedly lose power seconds before the accident.About 88,000 gallons of a flammable chemical spilled. Nobody was injured. Sharelast_img read more

New GRADcafé Expands Career And College Support To Baytown Youth

first_imgErica Martinez/GRADcaféStudents gather at GRADcafé at Lee College in Baytown.Project GRAD Houston is expanding college support services to Baytown. The opening of a new GRADcafé at Lee College aims to help low-income youth pursue higher education and advance their careers.The GRADcafé, open Tuesday through Saturday, offers a wide range of career services, including help with financial aid, college admissions and resume writing. Services are offered both in English and Spanish.   The Baytown GradCafé is open to the public and is designed to serve Houston’s ‘opportunity youth’, young people who aren’t enrolled in college or have full-time jobs.“Roughly 14% of Houston-area youth and young adults are identified as opportunity youth,” said Ann Stiles, CEO of Project GRAD Houston.  “That’s a significant number of individuals who can be reconnected with information about high-demand, high-growth careers and the education that is needed in order to be ready for those careers.”  00:00 /00:51 Stiles said the new career service center will be especially useful for students who are the first in their family to go to college, offering information about financial aid options and how to navigate the college application process. “I think it’s a unique fit for individuals who are not yet well-versed in the application process and it is a comfortable fit for people who aren’t familiar with the education system,” said Stiles. Working with Lee College and local high schools, Stiles said the Baytown GRADcafé can also connect young people with the middle-skills energy sector jobs nearby.Stiles said she expects the Baytown center to serve around 2,800 young people each year. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X Sharelast_img read more

Court Orders Hospital to Keep Texas Girl 9 on Life Support

first_img Share FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The parents of a 9-year-old North Texas girl who has cancer obtained a temporary court order Monday to block a hospital from disconnecting their daughter from life support.Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth had planned to remove Payton Summons from life support at noon Monday against her parents’ wishes. However, the parents obtained a 14-day restraining order blocking the hospital from removing the child from the ventilator that keeps her breathing.The couple’s attorney, Justin Moore, said the delay was necessary to allow them time to find another medical facility willing to keep Payton alive. State District Judge Melody Wilkinson has scheduled a Friday morning hearing to reconsider the order after further developments, however.Payton has cancer, with a tumor that cut off her circulation, said hospital attorney Laura Copeland.“She has a tumor that is crushing her heart and lungs,” Copeland said.The girl was in cardiac arrest when she arrived at the hospital on Sept. 25, according to a statement Monday from Cook Children’s Medical Center. She was given CPR for a total of an hour at home and the hospital.“Our physicians and nurses were able to revive her heartbeat, but they were unsuccessful in resuscitating her breathing,” the hospital statement said.The cardiac arrest had caused “a devastating injury to her brain due to being without oxygen for over an hour,” the statement said.Moore said doctors told the parents on Thursday that their daughter was brain dead, meeting the state’s legal definition of death even though her heart still beats.On Monday, Copeland told the judge: “There is no facility, there is no phone call that could be made, there is no place that will take her. She is dead. It is very traumatic for the staff to have to do things for a patient they know is dead.”Moore, however, said Payton’s parents have not given up.“They simply want to give their child a fighting chance. Far too often, we have seen medical facilities choose profits over care for patients,” the attorney said in a statement.last_img read more