UK deputy envoy notes Lankas property laws complex

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, notes that Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners.She said this in a blog posting after a visit to Galle where she spent time with a few of the 5,000 long term British residents in Sri Lanka. “But Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners. We can’t offer legal advice, but we can – and did on Friday – set up opportunities for British nationals to speak to legal experts. If you are a British national thinking of buying property in Sri Lanka, please make sure you take independent legal advice and engage a lawyer to act on your behalf. A list of local lawyers can be found on the High Commission website,” she said. Particularly on the South Coast, many are involved in tourism, running small hotels and guest villas that keep Sri Lanka’s tourism figures booming and spread its economic dividends deep into the community. While in the Galle, Davies also visited a small project the High Commission has supported for some years, the Manacare Hopes and Dreams village.Run by British long term resident Joy Butler, the Manacare centre spreads not just economic benefits, but also social and medical support into a poor community. Set up in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, the project has provided employment for a devastated village, and stability and security for traumatised individuals. “Its backbone is very small scale manufacturing, mostly of handmade soap and table linen. Brilliantly, the products are mostly destined for the hotel industry, a demonstration of the trickle down benefits of tourism.The centre also provides physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for the severely disabled, including many who suffer from cerebral palsy, as well as child care which lets women get back into employment, and activities to give young people a positive social focus. It increasingly offers residential basic job skills training too, to disadvantaged women from across the island,” Davies said.She said that her visit reminded her of the great breadth of the UK – Sri Lanka relationship, fuelled by the richness of the people to people links. read more

ExFed official clarifies controversial comments on Trump

WASHINGTON — A former top Federal Reserve official is seeking to clarify inflammatory comments he made last week that suggested the Fed could take steps to undermine President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects.William Dudley, former president of the Fed’s New York regional bank, faced a barrage of criticism from economists across the political spectrum for a column published in Bloomberg Opinion Aug. 27. In it, he argued that the Fed shouldn’t “enable” Trump’s trade war by cutting interest rates.On Wednesday, he specifies in a second column that he does not think the Fed should attempt to influence the 2020 election. But he reiterates his criticism of Trump’s attacks on the Fed and says it should specify that Trump’s trade war is the “greatest risk” to the economy.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Football No 10 Ohio State grinds out 266 victory against No 18

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State on Nov. 10 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Buckeyes defeated the Spartans 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich — In a game that few would describe as pretty, No. 10 Ohio State pulled out a victory in East Lansing, clawing its way past No. 18 Michigan State 26-6.With a mix of strong defenses and worse offenses, the teams combined for 17 punts on 32 possessions, while gaining only 24 combined rushing yards in the first half.Ohio State’s key to victory came from redshirt sophomore punter Drue Chrisman. On his nine punts, he pinned Michigan State within its own 10-yard line five times, resulting in a safety and defensive touchdown for the Buckeyes.Chrisman said Ohio State’s lack of success ended up benefitting him during the course of the game.“You’re getting punts on almost every drive, which is not what we want,” Chrisman said. ”You just get comfortable, into that groove and then, you’re just able to do whatever the team needs of you.”Chrisman’s day did not start off this way.On his first attempt, the redshirt sophomore muffed his kick, hitting the ball out of bounds on a 4-yard punt.The latter resulted after Chrisman pinned the Spartans at their own 1-yard line, and on the snap, the ball hit Michigan State wide receiver Larness Nelson in the side of the arm, and redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones recovered it in the endzone for a score.“The coaches kept emphasizing a lot more than usual, just like ‘Our moments gonna come, we’re gonna create a turnover, we’re gonna create a turnover,’” Jones said. “On what seemed to be like a pass-option-read type of thing, he dropped it, and then we kind of wrestled for it a little bit and I came up with it.”On the very next play, redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a bad pitch and the Spartans fumble again, and again Ohio State recovered, leading to a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil.The Buckeyes led 19-6 following the pair of Spartan turnovers, enough to seal the victory.Redshirt junior running back Mike Weber added a touchdown late to give Ohio State the 26-6 lead that would turn out to be final.The storyline coming into this season’s matchup between Ohio State and Michigan State was if the Spartans’ No. 1 rush defense could slow down the Buckeyes’ enough to pull off an upset after they recorded 255 yards on the ground against Nebraska.Michigan State did that, holding Ohio State to 123 yards rushing on an average of 2.8 yards per carry.The first half combined strong play from both defenses and lackluster play from both offenses, leading to 11 consecutive scoreless drives to start the game.Meyer said he expects a game like this when he makes the trip to East Lansing.“We knew exactly what this would be, and it was, I mean that was November football at Michigan State,” Meyer said. “Everything about that was really hard against that defense, and I’m really ecstatic for our defense the way they came out and played.”Both Ohio State and Michigan State missed on field goal attempts before the Buckeyes scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard shovel pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell.On that drive, redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell saw time on one snap, earning five yards on an option run.Martell came in at the end of another drive with the Buckeyes up 13 late in the fourth quarter, but fumbled the ball on an off snap. Michigan State recovered the fumble, but Lewerke threw an errant interception to redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade on the proceeding drive.“I think we’re gonna do more of that,” Meyer said. “When you start to get in that part of the field it’s rugged, especially against a defense like that, so I hope to use it more.”Haskins struggled for much of the game against the Spartans throwing for 218 yards, completing 28-of-38 passes and throwing for a touchdown.Michigan State swapped out redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke with Lombardi on the next drive, and he led the Spartans down to a field goal with 30 seconds to go in the half.Ohio State took a 7-3 lead into the halftime, recording 147 yards of total offense to Michigan State’s 143.The Buckeyes had 14 rushing yards in the first half to the Spartans’ 10.After Ohio State failed to score on its first two drives of the third quarter, Michigan State found life when Lombardi found space at midfield, running for 47 yards to set up a 38-yard try for sophomore kicker Matt Coghlin, which he hit to bring the game to within one.Late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes had Michigan State backed within its own 1-yard line on fourth down, and the Spartans appeared to snap the ball intentionally out of the end zone, resulting in a safety, putting Ohio State up 9-6.On the punt following the safety, Michigan State booted it out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50-yard line.“That was a big win, and we’re very satisfied,” Meyer said. “That was a great locker room, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, enjoy the win and get ready for the next one.”Ohio State was missing two sophomores on the defensive side, linebacker Baron Browning, who was sidelined with an injury after being a game-time decision, and safety Isaiah Pryor, who failed to travel to East Lansing with the team.The Buckeyes stay on the road to face Maryland on Nov. 17.Story updated at 5:30 p.m. to include postgame quotes. read more

TT guard gunned down at fast food outlet

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T man killed execution-styleSeptember 21, 2016In “Crime”T&T man killed in bar shooting, four others injuredMarch 1, 2016In “latest news”Father, son gunned down in T&TJuly 26, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Guardian) Robbers shot dead a security guard at a Church’s Chicken outlet at the newly opened O’Meara Plaza in Arima on Saturday night after they became enraged that they were unable to open the cash register.Grieving relatives and friends of the victim, Kurt Monticeux, 42, of Building 15, Maloney, described his killing as senseless and a “wicked act.”Kurt MonticeuxPolice said at around 7.30 pm two gunmen entered the fast food outlet and demanded money. However, the cashiers ran to the back and locked themselves in a bathroom. When the gunmen realised they could not open the cash register or get any money, they shot Monticeux several times, before making their escape.When the T&T Guardian visited the victim’s home in Maloney yesterday, a cousin said the last time he saw him alive was on Saturday as he was leaving for work.“I saw him right before he went to work because I am a security guard also. He was a real decent person …a churchman who used to go to work and come home,” he said.“He didn’t have any wife or children. He used to live with his father but his father passed away and it was him alone.”The cousin said Monticeux was a talented artist who was well known for his drawings and paintings.A neighbour described Monticeux was a “very nice fella” who was not in any “bacchanal” with anybody.“He never used to interfere with anyone. If I coming up the stairs and I have any bags in my hands he would always help me …not only me but anybody.“We lost somebody really good because the entire building saying they didn’t have to kill him. What they kill him for? They vex because they didn’t get any money so they kill him. We real hurt about it and we are really sad,” she said.Police said they are working on certain leads and are reviewing CCTV footage from the scene. read more

Greek Australians honoured on Australia Day

first_imgOver 440 Australians received awards as part of the Australia day festivities. Among the large number of Australians on the list, eight notable Greek Australians have been recognised for their contribution to Australian society and have been awarded high honours as part of Thursday’s Australia Day Awards ceremony. Those included in the Australian Day Honours were: Christopher Xenephon Stathy, for service to the water industry in South Australia; Jack George Kyros, deceased, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia; Helen Kalis, for service to the community in Tasmania; Loula Kostos, for service to the Royal Children’s Hospital as a volunteer; Peter James Prineas, for service to conservation and the environment in New South Wales through executive and advocacy roles; Helen Poulos for service to children in hospital and to their families; Lydia Lassila, for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games; and Emanuel Andrew Petrelis, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia, to business, and to education. The Australia Day Honours List is a public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service, and whose achievements enhance national identity, Australians who demonstrate the qualities of positive role models who are not only worthy of respect but encourage ambition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Girona Barcelona agree on La Liga game in Miami

first_imgLa Liga have formally made a request to the Spanish FA (RFEF) for the January league fixture between Girona and Barcelona to take place in MiamiJust last week, Girona announced that they were willing to go ahead with the planned fixture at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium due to it being a “great opportunity for expansion” for both club and city.Now La Liga have confirmed that both club presidents Delfi Geli and Josep Maria Bartomeu have signed a letter alongside league chief Javier Tebas to formally submit a request.“FC Barcelona, Girona FC & LaLiga seek permission from Spanish Football Federation to stage match in the US,” read a La Liga statement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The request comes after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders”The Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona will take place on January 26 at a proposed time of 8.45pm (CEST time).Meanwhile, around 1,500 Girona season-ticket holders will be offered free air travel and accommodation by La Liga as the game was originally supposed to take place at the club’s Estadi Montilivi.La Liga president Tebas announced a 15-year deal with Relevent Sports to stage La Liga fixtures in the United States last month, which caused huge controversy among players and fans.last_img read more

George Does It Again

first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cartwhright-robinson, donhue gardiner, george lightbourne, immigration bill, opposition, Pdm, pnp, sharlene Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Oct 2014 – The Immigration Bill 2014 was rejected in the House of Assembly yesterday… as once again PNP Cabinet Minister George Lightbourne opts out of standing with his party in parliament; as a result the PNP Administration saw its immigration bill fail to go through the necessary second reading. Eight no votes on that second reading … seven yes votes and two abstentions by the Governor’s appointed members… House Speaker Robert Hall told the Border Control minister the bill could go no further. QUOTE. Hon Donhue Gardiner moved to lay the bill on the table with the hopes of the document being brought back for debate. Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson suggested that the government seek consultation and then return with the now disallowed bill, which has been under construction for nearly two years. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

South Florida nonprofits hold ice cream social for cancer patients

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Two South Florida organizations partnered together to help fight cancer with an ice cream social fundraiser in Doral, Saturday.“We are here at Sloan’s in CityPlace Doral, celebrating life,” said We Care Chemo Kits co-founder Lucy Reyes. “My twin sister Gisenia Reyes was diagnosed with AML — acute myeloid leukemia — and we spent all of 2016 in the hospital, and because of this, we’ve been able to turn it into a nonprofit to help the community overcome cancer.”Gisenia Reyes is one of the co-founders of We Care Chemo Kits, an organization she helped create after recently beating the disease.“We’re just ecstatic to have my twin sister here that saved my life,” said Gisenia. “My twin sister saved my life, and she was my stem cell donor. So, because of that, I am able to be here alive, making a difference in the community with all these people that you see around here making a difference.”The women created chemo kits to help make a difference in the lives of people who are still battling cancer.“In a We Care Chemo Kit we have items that are practical, educational and inspirational items. With that, we serve to inspire joy, happiness and love,” said Gisenia. “There are activity items to keep the cancer patients busy. Many of these patients are in the hospital for 30 days at a time. I spent over a hundred days, collectively, in the hospital, so I understand first-hand what it is to be in a hospital room. Sometimes you’re not even allowed go out because you’re so immunosuppressed. So these items go beyond just a gift — it’s a gift of life, a gift of a smile.”Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation teamed up with We Care Chemo Kits to raise money for cancer research while putting together hundreds of kits for patients of all ages, including cancer survivor Marielena Rado. “Actually, I was actually the first one to receive one, and it was amazing,” said Rado. “It just lit up my day, changed my whole outlook for the day. Really meant a lot.”Rado met Gisenia Reyes while they were both receiving treatment. On Saturday’s event, they got an extra scoop of ice cream to celebrate a special anniversary together — one full, cancer-free year.“That makes me feel amazing,” said Gisenia. “She was actually my neighbor in the hospital, and that’s how we met — in the hospital — and we are now lifelong friends. And just to see her healthy, strong, see us alive, I love her so much.”This was the organization’s first ice cream social fundraiser. They hope to put together more than 200 chemo kits with the money raised.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Immigration and Alaskas economy

first_imgAlaska’s immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than almost any other place in the nation, and most of the people who arrive in the state are of working age. Immigrants are starting new businesses, paying taxes, and helping build our local economies. On the next Talk of Alaska we’ll talk about the contributions of foreign-born Alaskans and the challenges they face when starting a life here.Listen NowHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Jessica Roley – owner of MedPhysicals PlusJon Bittner – Vice President of Anchorage Economic Development CorporationStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Arab spring hasnt failed it has just begun Nobel laureate

first_imgMainau Island (Germany): Days before Tawakkul Karman, then 32, was to become the face of Arab Spring — a series of pro-democracy movements that swept much of the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, shaking some of the region’s longest-standing governments — she would often think of the safety of her children. The mother of three who worked as a journalist in Yemen — and went on to become one of the youngest recipients of the Nobel Prize for Peace — had been organising protests since 2007 against the “authoritarian regime” of Ali Abdullah Saleh, but in 2011, as the movement gained traction, threats to her and her family poured in. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “They arrested me, threatened me and my family and tried to kill me. When they couldn’t break me, they threatened to harm my kids. But I wasn’t afraid as I thought about all the kids in Yemen and what future would they have. I thought that if I give up for the sake of my three kids, it would mean betraying all the others,” Karman said, while addressing a gathering of Nobel prize-winning scientists and young scientists from around the world during the 69th Lindau Nobel Nobel Laureates meeting. The threats only made her stronger and her resolve to “fight for freedom” for all of Yemen earned her the epithet ‘Mother of the Yemeni Revolution’. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us When she urged protesters to march to the Presidential Palace in May 2011 in a peaceful and nonviolent protest, Saleh’s military killed 13 protesters. Karman was arrested but escaped the jaws of death after an outpouring of support through letters and protests prompted her release. The incident catapulted her onto international limelight and there was no stopping her after that. “The Yemen that I was dreaming for while growing up is the same Yemen my father told me about – a happy one. It was people’s dream too which is why they flooded the streets in protest. It is a dream I still have,” said Karman, who co-founded Women Journalists without Chains in 2005 to promote human rights, particularly freedom of opinion and expression, and democratic rights. Advertise With Us Karman believes that Yemen will transform its image of a suffering country as Arab Spring was still alive. “Do you think people calling for change went to the streets for fun? It was the last option for people who had been suffering for decades under the dictatorship of Saleh. “Their voice had been suppressed. And the call for freedom spread to other countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and now Algeria and Sudan,” she said. “Those in the west who say that Arab Spring will die or fail, my question to them is: Do you think the democracies that you enjoy in your countries, be it Sweden, Germany or other European countries, and were achieved by being mere spectators? The Arab Spring hasn’t failed. This is just the beginning. We are still in the battle of freedom,” Karman said. She added, “we have removed a dictator and now we are facing a counter-revolution led by those countries whose interests have been harmed by this change. The counter-revolution is led by three countries which themselves are dictators, Saudi, Emirates and Iran.” “But people in Sudan and Algeria have told them to shut up. They went to the streets to send out a clear message that people will not stop until they achieve freedom and democracy. We are telling the governments in the West, we will win our battle now with your help or later without you.” Karman said that the Nobel Prize win has been a boost to the protestors. “Winning Nobel Prize was a big moment for me as a woman, for me as a leader, but also for our revolution since people were on the streets singing that ‘we have won the Nobel prize’,” said Karman.last_img read more

GainBitcoin scandals Amit Bhardwaj granted bail by Supreme Court

first_imgPixabayAmit Bhardwaj, who is known for his role in the scandal surrounding the GainBitcoin scam, was granted bail on medical grounds by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.Along with Amit, his brother Vivek Bhardwaj, who is also an accused in the scandal, has also been granted bail. However, the apex court directed Amit to pay Rs 10 crore and his brother to pay Rs 1 crore. Speaking to Inc42, Bhardwaj’s lawyer Deepak Parekh said, “While Amit Bhardwaj has been granted interim bail based on his health ground, the Supreme Court granted bail to his brother, purely based on the merits of the case.””Amit Bhardwaj has gotten bail on medical grounds. However, he has been ordered to pay, Rs 10 crore as a penalty in the next six months and his brother Vivek Bhardwaj has also been directed to pay Rs 1 crore. Every Monday he has to go to Shalimar Baug police station in New Delhi and sign his presence. He has to remain in Delhi for the time being. This fight will go on for a long time now,” a source told Crypto-News. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had attached properties worth Rs 42.88 crore to Amit. The properties include six offices of Amit Bhardwaj in Dubai and flats and bank balances in India of two of his marketing agents. The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA against Amit’s company GainBitcoin in 2018. He had investments worth 80,000 bitcoins and promised investors of returns in his newly launched cryptocurrency. However, he lost more than Rs 2,000 crore from 8,000 investors. GainBitcoin was not the only venture by Amit which failed. He had also started GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors in these ventures too lost a lot fo their money.  Indian cryptocurrency scamster arrested for $300 mn fraud Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

N Korea says ready to react to any mode of war from

first_imgNorth Korea Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong speaks to the media at the UN on 17 April, 2017 in New York City. Photo: AFPNorth Korea is preparing for “any mode of war” triggered by US military action, Pyongyang’s envoy to the United Nations warned Monday, saying his country would respond to a missile or nuclear strike “in kind.”The statement from North Korean Deputy Ambassador Kim In Ryong followed warnings from US Vice President Mike Pence to Pyongyang not to test US resolve following another missile test.“If the United States dares opt for a military action (…) the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans,” Kim told a news conference.“We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs,” said Kim.North Korea has taken “self-defensive” measures in response to US threats of military action and these reflect Pyongyang’s determination to “counter nukes and ICBM in kind,” he said, referring to intercontinental ballistic missiles.Pence told a news conference in South Korea that “the era of strategic patience is over” after North Korea on Sunday test-fired another missile as fears mounted that it may be preparing a sixth nuclear test.Pyongyang is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them last year.US President Donald Trump’s decision at the weekend to send the Carl Vinson carrier-led navy strike group to the Korean peninsula shows that the “US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,” said Kim.The North Korean deputy envoy asserted that Pyongyang would hold the United States “wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will next week chair a special meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea.last_img read more

Citizenship not a oneway trip

first_imgA man crosses road in front of a moving bus while talking in mobile phone. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe hassle faced by people at utility service delivery points or the helpless wait of the families around offices of the law enforcement authorities in search of their missing relatives, indicates the character of the state.Who would believe this state was formed by the people through a long struggle including an armed war only 47 years ago? And this is a nation named the ‘People’s Republic of Bangladesh’.A true citizen is expected to hate corruption and be committed to honesty, protest against misdeeds, uphold rights and accept critics as well-wishers.The authorities constitute just a small per cent of a country, the rest are the general people, the “unseen”, Syed Abul Maksud observed in an article a decade ago. These “unseen” masses, he wrote, decide the character of a country through their works, aspirations and practices.When each citizen as a the micro unit of the state expects the best services as well as fair and just behaviour from the state, represented by the government, run by a group, the responsibility of individuals is hardly witnessed.It is a common scene in Dhaka city to see people cross roads carelessly, to spit at random, litter their surroundings and urinate by the roadsides.“These are not signs of mature and well-behaved citizens,” Jahangir Hossain, a businessman in his late 40s, from Mirpur-1, said when asked about public behaviour. “Abiding by the laws of the land is a priority as we want to raise our children in a better environment.”Some people smoke in public places in violation of the law when there is no enforcement of the law. The smokers show no respect to the law, to other people or to the environment.The issue of responsibility of the citizens came to the fore when high school students took over enforcing traffic rules, after two students in Dhaka were hit and killed by a bus.Many people of the older generation, no matter where they were working, have become indifferent to the mayhem on the streets, roads and highways as reflected in the frequent road accidents that claim hundreds of lives. Apart from acknowledging the necessity of improving governance on the roads, the government emphasises the need for responsible behaviour of the citizens.In this file photo, daredevil motorcyclists are seen trying to cross a level crossing taking risks. Prothom Alo File PhotoA 40-year-old corporate official, Nayeem Tanoy, recalled that when he was growing up in Dhaka, his father taught him how to use the pavement and asked not to cross the yellow lines while driving.“Those days, I used to discuss such issues with my school friends and boasted about knowing the rules and regulations. But this is not the case today,” he said adding that these days people from all walks of life just criticise the rules instead of following them and blame others.However, both Jahangir and Tanoy believe expecting the people to behave properly is not a one-way trip.“Authorities must also learn how to behave well. People will throw trash all over if there’s no garbage can nearby. There also have to be an adequate number of public toilets,” said Tanoy.Jahangir referred to soil and sand piled up on the roadsides during construction work or the filth left lying in the open after cleaning drains and sewerages. He said, “How can you expect good citizens when the people in authority themselves are not behaving like responsible citizens?”A responsible citizen is someone who is respectful of everyone’s fundamental freedoms irrespective of identity or status, according to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman.By ‘fundamental freedoms,’ he referred to basic human rights as well as civil and political rights enshrined in the constitution, drawn from ‘the true spirit of our liberation war’, not the types used for political mileage or other forms of personal gain at the expense of others.“A responsible person realises the implications of these fundamental rights beyond self-interest; it is someone who practices, protects and promotes these rights to the best of capacity consistent with the position and status the person holds,” Iftekharuzzaman added.Selim Rahman, a school teacher from Ishwardi, Pabna, admires “a well-informed, morally upright person, who protests against unjust activities.”“We need citizens who honour sovereignty of the country, cast votes with honesty, pay taxes on time, rear children in a proper manner and respect other’s opinions,” he shared his thinking over telephone.The teacher regretted that politicisation of the administrative and legal regime and stopping people from expressing their opinion are “in no way helpful for building responsible public.”Iftekharuzzaman added, the most challenging obstacle to creating an environment for responsible citizenship is “a deep-seated confrontational political culture obsessed with power and devoid of values, ideologies and public interest.”Today, such citizens appear to be hostage to a cut-throat zero-sum game of politics, he laments. “The way out lies in value-driven politics, anchored in enlightened public interest.”last_img read more

Peachy Printer Kickstarter funds embezzled and used to build a house

first_img3D printing was a hot emerging market in 2013, but all the printers were so expensive. Enter the Peachy Printer, a $100 3D printer that was funded on Kickstarter to the tune of $651,091 (Canadian) in late 2013. Here we are two-and-a-half years later, and cofounder Rylan Grayston has revealed that most of that money was embezzled by his business partner and used to build a house.Grayston is the fellow you see in the campaign video below. He’s looking a bit more grizzled now after dealing with his shady business partner David Boe over the last few years. According to Grayston, the initial payment from the campaign in late 2013 was deposited in Boe’s personal bank account because the company’s business account was not set up yet. However, when faced with all that cash in his personal account, Boe decided to transfer only $200,000 (Canadian) to the business account. A few months later, the rest of the money in Boe’s account was gone.At that point, I think most businesses would have called the police, but not Peachy Printer. Perhaps driven by a desire to pick up the pieces and actually ship the printer, Grayston and company managed to get Boe to admit wrongdoing and agree to a repayment plan with interest. This approach seems like a bad idea, and indeed, it didn’t work. We’re hearing about this now because Boe has been unable to repay the $324,000 he stole. Peachy Printer has only been reimbursed $107,000 and it’s out of money. And yes, the police are involved now.Grayston has posted extensive details on the Kickstarter page to back his version of events — and actually, there isn’t another version. Boe admitted embezzling the money in an incredibly cringe-worthy video, which you can see below. I’m sure backers will still be rightly upset that everything was kept secret until now.So, what about the printers everyone ordered? It seems unlikely Boe will be able to pay back the more than $200,000 remaining on his bill. Grayston says he is looking into additional funding to finish the project and ship the 3D printers for which people paid $100 to $500. I wouldn’t hold your breath. The police are now investigating the case, which will probably result in the arrest of Boe. Contact information for the investigators is listed on Kickstarter for any backers who wish to get in touch.last_img read more

A Giant Mystery Surrounds the True Inventor of Motion Pictures and His

first_imgIt is widely believed that the inventors of what we now know as moving pictures and film were Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers. They won all the headlines for their ingenious discovery and entered history as the inventors of a tool that has dominated the entertainment world for over a century.However, the beginnings of film are not to be credited solely to these three figures. They certainly won the patent war, but there is more to this story than inventiveness. There is also the tale of his mysterious disappearance which has never been solved and many believe could have been foul play on the part of his famous competitor Thomas Edison.Thomas Edison in his laboratory, 1901.Louis Aimá Augustin Le Prince, the son of an officer from the Legion of Honor, established by Napoleon Bonaparte, was born in 1841. His father had many prominent friends and among them was Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process of photography. The younger Le Prince was fascinated by the process and started to learn the basics of chemistry and photography from his father’s friend.Louis Le Prince, inventor of motion picture film.He fell in love with the process so hard that he continued to study painting and chemistry in Paris and Leipzig. Upon finishing his studies, he was invited by John Whitley to move to England. Together with his wife he established the Leeds Technical School of Art, a school of applied arts where Le Prince furthered his specialization in tinting and photography. He later moved to the U.S., and took French-American dual citizenship in 1889.Sketch of three-lens Le Prince projector by James Longley.During the 1880s Le Prince started to develop an interest in moving pictures, which led him to inventing a 16-lens camera in 1886. The patent describes it as an integrated moving picture camera and projector.He continued to work on his invention and developed the Le Prince Single-lens Cine Camera — considered one of the groundbreaking inventions in cinema history. In October 1888 he filmed what is known to be the first moving pictures in history in Leeds, England.Original 20 frames taken at Roundhay, 1888. National Science Museum, London, 1931 (Courtesy of NMPFT, Bradford).He captured three short films: Roundhay Garden Scene, Traffic Crossing at Leeds Bridge, and footage of his son playing the accordion.Even though his invention, using paper-backed stripping film, may seem primitive in comparison to equipment used later on or today, it is no doubt that it was successful, which means that his invention predates the ones of Edison and the Lumière brothers.Le Prince’s 6-frame sequence (118-120 & 122–124) of Leeds Bridge (National Science Museum, London 1923)However, in September 1890, Le Prince mysteriously disappeared without a trace. He was on his way to demonstrate his single-lens camera in the U.S., which would have been the first time his technology and films would be displayed to the general public and would have been a serious blow to Edison’s claim to the moving picture. Le Prince was also planning to patent the idea which would have guaranteed him, not Edison, royalties in perpetuity for the new invention.He was visiting his brother in Dijon and on September 16th boarded a train to Paris, where he was then planning to head across the Atlantic. However he never made it to Paris. Le Prince along with his luggage were nowhere to be found. It was if he had vanished into thin air. He had been seen boarding the train yet nobody claimed to have seen him in the compartments.There are a few competing theories as to what happened to Le Prince. First is that he ended his own life due to an impending bankruptcy. His great nephew believes this was the case but records from the time show that his business was doing well.Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière.The second is that he accidentally drowned. This idea could hold some credence. In 2003, researchers identified a photograph of a French drowning victim which dated back to 1890, around the same time as his disappearance. This is entirely plausible, but it doesn’t explain how his luggage disappeared as well how nobody on the train reported seeing a man fall out of the train.The final theory is that none other than Thomas Edison was behind his early end. A theory which many of Le Prince’s family members thought was entirely possible. According to the BBC at this time Edison was claiming that he was the sole inventor of the motion picture. Adolphe Le Prince, Louis’ son was contesting this in court. Had Le Prince completed his journey he would have been only weeks away from filing a patent which would have destroyed Edison’s case and claim to the motion picture and subsequent royalties.As it was Edison eventually won the case, though it was contested a year later. Another strange fact is that two years after this Adolphe Le Prince himself met a very mysterious end. The 29-yr-old was found fatally shot while duck hunting in New York. This case has also gone unsolved.Read another story from us: The Unfinished Brando-Depp Movie that Turned a Sleepy Irish Village Upside DownIt is likely we will never know what happened to Louis Le Prince, yet with time and recognition he can truly be called the inventor of motion pictures. As the Science and Media Museum’s blog states: “In a cruel twist of fate his disappearance meant that the world’s first movie maker never got the chance to accept the plaudits that came with such an achievement during his lifetime, but he’s since been posthumously awarded his rightful status as the Father of Cinematography.”last_img read more

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Police detain 19yrold after motorway race

first_imgFollowing a chase, police detained a 19-year-old on Saturday after he was clocked driving at 203km per hour, double the legal limit, on the Larnaca to Nicosia motorway just after midnight.Officers flagged the man down but he failed to stop and continued towards Nicosia while trying to evade the police.At the Orphanides junction on Troodos Avenue, the man run a red light before colliding sideways with the patrol car and coming to a halt.A breathalyser test showed 14 microgammes, five times higher than the legal limit for young drivers.The man was expected to be charged later Saturday You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgStatements from the north that Turkey would shortly be sending its first drilling ship to the eastern Mediterranean to explore for oil and gas were slammed on the Greek Cypriot side on Tuesday.Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak had said a ship would be sent “as soon as possible”.Ankara had already undertaken oil and gas exploration using two seismic ships, but the vessel to be sent would be the country’s first active drillship, he said.The South Korean vessel was built in 2011. It is 229-metres long and is capable of drilling to a maximum depth of 12,190 metres.Spokesman for Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Baris Burcu compounded the issue by saying this would be the natural outcome of the developments taking place in the area.Burcu, who issued a written statement, claimed the “insistence of President Anastasiades in his wrong attitude which also sabotages the development of Turkish-Greek relations and his latest statement that they will carry out the so called Exclusive Economic Zone coordination assessment work with Greece in the marine spaces in the north of Cyprus will lead the island and the region to new tensions”.He added that such “irresponsible and unilateral initiatives of the Greek Cypriot administration, either because of the elections or for other reasons can cause damages that will not be possible to reverse”.Akinci commented on Tuesday that the region of the eastern Mediterranean should be transformed into a region of cooperation rather than an area of tensions. He also referred to the explorations by the Republic, calling them unilateral and without the participation of Turkish Cypriots.Opposition Akel said on Tuesday that Cyprus had a sovereign right to investigate and drill in its EEZ and this was recognised by the entire international community.The party described Burcu’s statement as “unfortunate” and said they further exacerbated the already tense climate created after the sinking of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana last July.The Green Party said Burcu’s statements showed the true intentions of the Turkish Cypriot leadership, which was none other than to become a satellite of Turkey, while the Citizens Alliance said Turkey should not be allowed to interfere with the rights of the Republic to exploit its natural resources.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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