Financial Times Grows Paid Digital Subs 34 Percent in First Half 2011

first_imgThe New York Times recently adopted a similar model to that of The Financial Times—NYTimes.com visitors can now get 20 articles free a month or pay for more. The New York Times Company now has just 6,000 less paid digital subscribers, about 224,000 and about 57,000 subscribers for editions on eReaders and tablets, as initially reported by AD, though that metered model did not go into effect until this spring. “In the first half of 2011, digital and services accounted for 46 percent of FT Group revenues and content revenues accounted for 57 percent,” a news release from the group says. “The FT Group achieved good sales and profit growth in turbulent markets in the first half of 2011 and invested in a significant number of new product launches.”Mobile platforms are a growing demographic for the British based publication—about 22 percent of all traffic to FT.com is from a mobile device and account for about 15 percent of new subscriptions. There was a 4 percent increase in paid circulation across both the print and online platforms, to 585,000. The group estimates it reaches a daily audience of 2.1 million.About 60 percent of sales for Pearson come from the United States. While many publishers are still grappling with the question of digital properties and revenue, The Financial Times continues to reap positive benefits from its paid collection model, according to first half 2011 financials released Friday.The group reports that profits are up by 10 percent from the same time in 2010, with overall digital subscriptions propelling the number. The publication’s website, FT.com, saw more than a 30 percent increase in subscriptions.“At the FT Group, the changes we have made to the business model and mix mean we are well placed to grow even in tough markets for print circulation and advertising,” says a news release from Pearson, publisher of The Financial Times. “We expect digital subscriptions, now the engine of the FT Group’s growth, to continue to build steadily.”The group saw a 34 percent increase in digital subscriptions, up to 230,000, and registered users increased by 49 percent to 3.7 million. The Financial Times first launched a paid subscription model in 2001 that gave readers free access to certain content and required payment for others. In 2007, Pearson launched The Financial Times’ metered model, which holds frequency based standards. Currently, registered users can sign up and get 10 articles for free a month, though payment is required for further access.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 16 Cadillac Keyed Baby Raccoons Rescued Drivers Doing

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 16, 2018:A caller reported a shed fire on Mill Road. Upon closer inspection, caller realized it was just a fire in a fire pit in front of the shed. (1:07am)While checking Town Hall, a group of juveniles scattered upon seeing the cruiser. Police caught up with one male party, who was advised of the Town Hall’s hours and to let his friends know. (1:51am)A caller reported an ongoing issue with vehicles doing donuts in the parking lot of the Woburn Street School overnight. (7:38am)A Mill Road caller reported her Cadillac was keyed overnight. (8:10am)A caller reported the traffic lights remained green on Main Street while railroad gates were down. Police notified Mass Highway. (2:26pm)A Town Beach employee reported a possible counterfeit $100 bill. Police determined bill was real. (4:40pm)Animal Control Officer transported three baby raccoons without a mother to a rehabber in Tewksbury. (4:43pm)A juvenile walked away from the Milestone Group Home on High Street. (10:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Woburn District Court HEAT Program Addresses Substance Abuse At 12th Annual Conference

first_imgWOBURN, MA — Hundreds of leaders in public health and law enforcement came together last month for the 12th Annual Woburn District Court Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (H.E.A.T.) Conference to discuss the latest trends and treatment surrounding substance abuse.On Friday, June 15, attendees gathered at the Hilton Boston/Woburn to learn more about drug use and ways to assist those struggling with addiction. The half-day meeting consisted of experts speaking about substance abuse treatment, prevention and enforcement.The H.E.A.T. program was founded by Vincent J. Piro and Michael P. Higgins, of the probation department of Woburn District Court, the police departments of the seven cities and towns under its jurisdiction: Woburn, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington and Winchester, the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and the AdCare Educational Institute. The program is designed to educate the public, especially families and friends of those suffering from addiction, about heroin use and abuse trends among young people.“To all the presenters and attendees who joined us for the 12th annual conference, thank you for making this year a success,” Piro said. “Every year, the Woburn District Court and our partner agencies work to provide life saving resources to those in need, and it is through these collaborations that we have been successful.”Over the last few years, overdose deaths have exceeded motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. More than a decade ago, H.E.A.T. recognized the growing problem between painkiller abuse and heroin use, and every year works to call attention to deadly synthetic substances in an effort to prevent addiction and deaths.“The H.E.A.T. program has been at the forefront of these issues for almost 13 years,” Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo said. “It is the belief of leaders at Friday’s conference that we must collaborate across agencies to provide education to the public on prevention, treatment for those struggling with addiction, and enforcement of the laws to make a difference in the opioid crisis.”To open the conference, Stephen Wood from Winchester Hospital spoke about the rise in popularity of vaping, new substances that are being taken for recreational use (everything from Morning Glory flower seeds to “Flakka” — a synthetic cathinone that causes a number of symptoms like hallucinations and violent behavior) and potential warning signs that a loved one may be using drugs.Britte McBride, Commissioner of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, informed attendees about the provisions and regulations that will be in place for the marijuana industry once legalized sales go into effect on July 1, including mandated advertisements to educate consumers and promote safe use of products, stringent security protocols at establishments and testing of products before they go onto the market.Billerica Town Manager John Curran shared his experience with the opioid crisis from a municipal level, using a proactive and reactive approach, while Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan spoke about the change in perspective that law enforcement must take to address the opioid epidemic.“We found that we couldn’t arrest our way out of the problem,” Chief Sheehan said. “We were really failing by not going deeper into the issue, and instead just going through the judicial system.”In Tewksbury, the mentality of solely relying on enforcement has been altered and officials are looking at education, collaboration with local agencies and counseling/treatment to address the root of the issue. Additionally, all officers carry Narcan, an opioid reversal drug, to save the lives of those who are overdosing.Michael McLaughlin and Pierce Aliberti, of Stoneham, closed the conference by sharing their experiences and journeys to recovery, thanking those who helped them along the way with resources and support.(NOTE: The above press release is from JGPR.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Attend Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (HEAT) ConferenceIn “Police Log”Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. (Heroin Education Awareness Task Force) Holds 11th Annual ConferenceIn “Government”Wilmington Police Department’s Substance Abuse Efforts Gets Boost From $100,000 Grant & Regional PartnershipIn “Police Log”last_img read more

GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native Who Suffered Stroke

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A GoFundMe page has been established for Wilmington native Donna (Dorval) Dombrowski, who recently suffered a stroke.Dombrowski had a blood capsule in her brain that was 5-6 cm long, causing her to lose feeling in her upper body and right arm.  The stroke also affected her speech.“It is a long road of recovery for Donna,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Being out of work indefinitely is not an ideal situation for anyone. She will need to continue at home rehab and will need modifications done to her house. Donna has always been there to help others. She needs us to help her now.”To make a donation to the GoFundMe page and to learn more about Donna’s story, click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native In Need Of Wheelchair Accessible VanIn “Community”GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 15-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”last_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Seeking Gate Attendants For Town Beach This Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington seeks talented individuals to join the summer Recreation Department team for the following position. Employment application forms can be found HERE.Gate Attendants – approximately 10 – 15 hours per weekThe Gate Attendants enforce beach rules, check IDs and collect gate receipts.The Beach is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from mid-June to mid-August. Gate Attendants must be available weekends.Working under the direction and supervision of the Beach Supervisor, duties include, but are not limited to: enforcement of beach rules, identification checks; and collection of gate receipts.Qualifications at time of application: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Hourly rate: $12.00Application process: Please submit an employment application form to: Karen Campbell, Recreation Director, Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, or electronically as a PDF to kcampbell@wilmingtonma.gov. Please note “Recreation Employment” in the subject line.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Now Hiring Silver Lake Lifeguards & Gate Attendants For Summer 2018In “Government”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Rec Department Hiring For SEVERAL Summer PositionsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program Leaders This SummerIn “Government”last_img read more

This 65 waterproof wireless speaker is on sale for 2250

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Big points for the name alone: Vava Voom! Vava Need a speaker you can take with you to the beach? The pool? The quarry? (I don’t know, do people still go swimming at quarries? If Breaking Away taught me anything…) Make sure it has an IPX5 rating or better so it can withstand the inevitable splashes.Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, ZDNet Academy + Deals has the Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth Speaker for $22.50 when you apply promo code VAVA25 at checkout. Price at Amazon: $65.See it at ZDNetJust to be clear, the Voom 20 isn’t 100% waterproof — it’s splashproof. So it probably won’t survive getting dunked, but if it gets sprayed by the hose, no problem.Beyond that, the speaker is notable for offering dual passive subwoofers (translation: lots of bass), the option to pair two different Bluetooth sources (two phones, for example, or a phone and a tablet), support for NFC pairing (great if your phone supports it as well) and a rechargeable battery that promises up to 8 hours of play time (at 80 percent volume).The Voom 20 also has a Type-A USB port you can use to recharge your phone or another mobile device, though because it’s a 1-amp port, it won’t recharge particularly quickly.CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but some 365 Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.1 stars.The key thing to know here, aside from this being a crazy-good deal, is that if you order today, delivery is about two weeks out. That means this won’t arrive in time for Father’s Day. But if you need a gift for a midsummer graduation party, this could work.And, hey, if you just need something to accompany you on your next quarry visit, done and done. Bonus deal: Get 10 feet of cord-covering raceway for $10Nothing destroys decor like unsightly cords, especially when they’re running down walls or along baseboards. Solution: Raceway track, which isn’t as good as running the cords inside the wall, but is definitely an improvement.Here’s a dirt-cheap kit to get you started: The Yecaye CMC-01 Raceway Kit for $10.19 when you click the on-page 10%-off coupon and then apply promo code YECAYE01 at checkout. Regular price: $17.See it at AmazonThe kit includes 125 inches’ worth of paintable cord channels, including 90-degree and T elbows for making turns. You can screw the channels to the wall or use the included adhesive tape.At this price, this is without question one of the cheapest ways I’ve seen to hide ugly cables.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Bluetooth The Cheapskate Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Tags The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Share your voice 4:05last_img read more

Marvel TV chief was blindsided by Netflix cancellations of Daredevil Jessica Jones

first_img Comments Tags Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows were all canceled. Sarah Shatz/Netflix The sprawling beast that is Disney has, it turns out, a downside. Jeph Loeb, chief of Marvel TV, suggested he’d been left out of the loop when it came to Netflix canceling its Marvel TV shows, following the streamer’s breakup with Marvel TV overlord Disney.”The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix of which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet,” Loeb said in an interview with Deadline published on Monday.In 2017 Disney dropped the bombshell that it would be pulling all its movies from Netflix by 2019 and not renewing its contract with the streamer. While it got on with plans for its own mammoth streamer, Netflix went on to cancel its Marvel TV shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. The heroes in the first four of those shows had formed the groundbreaking Defenders crossover miniseries in 2017.Outside Netflix, many streamers that share Disney corporate parenthood currently host Marvel TV shows. Two of those on different platforms will see another groundbreaking crossover: Cloak & Dagger on Freeform and Runaways on Hulu.Loeb touched on what Marvel TV looks for in a streamer relationship. “A lot of times the reason why Marvel lands on a platform is because of the people. When they get it, when they want us,” Loeb said.Red flags come in the form of big agendas.”I’ve been on the other side of that, I’ve been the writer producer, who’s tried to work with the network, and there’s a whole agenda that’s going on that you don’t know anything about, you’re just making your show,” said Loeb, who’s written for Smallville and Heroes.In talking about Marvel TV’s embrace of animated shows, including the idea of an animated Deadpool, Loeb brought up the Defenders and confirmed he was putting together a team of heroes again but in the world of animation. This band of misfits, including Howard the Duck, will be known as the Offenders and have a place on Hulu. Loeb also confirmed Ghost Rider and Helstrom projects are in the pipeline.One thing Loeb had to clear up is that Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television, is in charge of all those Disney Plus shows coming out, like Loki and Hawkeye. He did confirm Marvel TV is going to do shows with Disney Plus, but has no announcements for us yet.Netflix and Disney did not have a comment, while Marvel TV have not yet responded to a request for comment. 7 Share your voice TV and Movies 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Marvel Netflixlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Navjot Singh Sidhu to return to The Kapil Sharma Show

first_imgKapil Sharma and Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterThere’s no denying that Navjot Singh Sidhu was one of the most essential part of The Kapil Sharma Show. From his shero-shayari to his genuine laughter to his bonding with Kapil Sharma to his anecdotes, Sidhu has never failed to entertain and keep the audience thoroughly engaged throughout the show. But the show’s charm was lost in the misdt of a social media rainstorm against Sidhu over his comment on the dastardly Pulwama attack and the latter’s position was filled by Archana Puran Singh as his replacement as the co-host of the show. Since then, The Kapil Sharma Show has been experiencing ups and downs in its TRP rating.It was reported that the show’s producer Salman Khan along with the channel have been waiting for matters to calm down so that they can bring Sidhu back on the show. The channel had reportedly asked Kapil Sharma and his team to refrain from commenting on the controversy. But, after a long silence of weeks, Kapil has finally opened up about Sidhu’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show as the co-host and when he will be joining the team once again.Kapil recently attended HT Most Stylish Awards 2019 and also interacted with the media talking about his style statements, his style icon and his upcoming projects. During the interaction, when Kapil was asked to comment on Sidhu’s return, he said that “Sidhu paaji is currently busy with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. I had spoken to him regarding his return to the show. So I feel that till this elections campaigning is going on, I don’t there’s any chance for him to come back on the show. But after the elections, Sidhu’s return is inevitable.”Going by Kapil’s words, it looks like Sidhu will soon entertain the audience with his witty banter with Kapil and floor his guests with his shero-shayari and an explosion of his inimitable laughter.Take a look what Kapil Sharma said about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s return.last_img read more

Kerala Blasters FC coowner Nimmagadda Prasad arrested in Serbia

first_imgNimmagadda Prasad.TwitterWell-known industrialist and Kerala Blasters FC co-owner Nimmagadda Prasad was reportedly arrested in Belgrade by Serbia Police. Media reports said the arrest was in connection with the Vodarevu-Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (Vanpic) project case.He was arrested after UAE’s Ras Al Khaima, which is a partner in the project, lodged a complaint claiming fraudulent activities on behalf of the businessman. Prasad, who was on a vacation in Serbia, has close connections with Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Jaganmohan Reddy. He was earlier arrested and spent two years in connection with the same case. Reddy is also an accused in the Vanpic case, which is currently in court.Earlier, the Andhra government had allotted 24,000 acres of land for the project, a joint venture between Prasad and Ras Al Khaimah. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), after it came to power in 2014, cancelled the project and Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached the land allotted to it. This resulted in heavy losses for Ras Al Khaimah.   Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy.TwitterAccording to reports, the YSR Congress Party government is trying to bring back Prasad from Serbia with the help of the central government. A letter in that regard was sent to the Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to talk with the Serbian government.Prasad is currently a co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC along with film stars Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and film producer Allu Aravind. They finished ninth on the points table in the 2018-19 season with 15 points from 18 matches.last_img read more

Mymensingh road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo people including a minor were killed as a pickup van hit them in Kazirshimla area of Trishal uapzila on Tuesday morning.The identity of the deceased was not known immediately. One of them around 65 years and the other was a 12-year old boy.A speeding pickup van hit the two while they were crossing the road in the area around 10:00am in the morning, said Trishal police station officer in-charge (OC) Zakiur Rahman.The local people blocked the road for almost an hour, protesting the accident, the OC added.last_img read more

Youths body recovered in Jessore

first_imgPolice recovered body of a young man from a betel nut orchard at Mujgonni village in Monirampur upazila of Jessore district on Friday morning.The deceased is Ashraful Islam, 30, son of late Abdul Kader of the village.Monirampur police station officer-in-charge Md Mokarram Hossain said locals spotted the body at the orchard in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jessore Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC said, adding that there were marks on the victim’s throat which could be from strangulation.Victim’s wife Hamida Khatun alleged that there was an extramarital affair between Ashraful and Khaleda Khatun, wife of a Malaysia expatriate Abdur Razzak, a neighbour.Ashraful might be strangulated to death over the affair, she added.Police took Khadela Khatun to their custody for interrogation, the OC said.last_img read more

30 injured in Tangail bus plunge

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least 30 people were injured when a bus plunged into the Bangshai river in Madhupur upazila of Tangail on Tuesday morning.The Dhaka-bound bus of Binimoy Paribahan plunged into the river in the area around 9:15am, said Madhupur police station and fire service officials saidThe injured were rushed to Madhupur Upazila Health Complex. Four of them then were taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in critical condition, the police added.last_img

BNP to hold human chains sitin hungerstrike programmes

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail on Thursday. Photo: CollectedThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will form human chains on Monday, stage sit-in on Tuesday and stage hunger strike on Wednesday across the country demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia.Party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the three-day programmes at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Saturday.The country’s main opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia landed in jail on Thursday after a makeshift court sentenced her to five years in jail in a graft case filed during the military-controlled regime in 2008.last_img read more

Schoolgirl raped in Sylhet

first_imgA fourth-grader schoolgirl was raped allegedly by two youths at Khursupur village in Sylhet’s Osmaninagar upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.Locals said the girl was collecting vegetables from the field near her house in the morning around 10:00am.Then Ismail and his associate Hafizur ushered the girl to an under construction building site where they forcibly raped her, they added.Hearing the scream of the girl, locals rushed in and the rapists managed to flee the scene.Later, the girl was taken to one stop crisis centre at Osmani Medical College Hospital, locals also said.Al-Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar police station, said soon after the incident, police arrested one rapist – Ismail, 26, son of Chadik Ullah of the village.Police started conducting drives to arrest the other rapist Hafizur. A case was filed with the police station in this connection, the OC added.last_img read more

UK proposes independent probe into Myanmar violence

first_imgThis handout photo taken and released on 11 February 2018 by Myanmar`s Ministry of Information shows Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) chatting with Britain`s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (L) during their meeting in Naypyidaw. AFPBritain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar on Sunday to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine state, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya.Johnson met with the embattled Myanmar leader, whose reputation among the international community has crumbled over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, in the capital Naypyidaw while on a four-day tour in Asia.The meeting followed Johnson’s visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary after fleeing a Myanmar army crackdown launched in northern Rakhine last August.The UN has accused Myanmar security forces of driving the Muslim minority across the border in an ethnic cleansing campaign. Doctors Without Borders estimates at least 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence.But Myanmar has staunchly denied the charges and blocked UN investigators from the conflict zone, souring relations with a host of western allies.Fresh reports of mass graves in Rakhine-and the arrest of two Reuters journalists investigating an alleged massacre-have heightened pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army, who she is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement with.But the Nobel laureate has refused to change tack and is accused by critics of adopting a siege mentality.On Sunday Johnson and Suu Kyi “discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled”, Myanmar’s foreign ministry said in a Facebook post alongside photos of the pair meeting.Johnson, who later flew to Rakhine state, wrote on Twitter that he raised the “importance of (Myanmar) authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine”.He said he also stressed the “urgent need to create the right conditions for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine”.Myanmar and Bangladesh have inked a deal to bring back refugees, but repatriation has yet to begin.Many Rohingya do not feel safe returning to a country where they have faced violent persecution and decades of discrimination at the hands of a state that has denied them citizenship.Others have no home to return to after their villages were torched in the military crackdown.After months of denying any abuses by its troops, Myanmar’s military admitted in January that security officers had assisted with the killing of 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine’s Inn Din village.That public admission followed the arrests of the two Myanmar journalists who were investigating the massacre and are now facing up 14 years in prison on charges of possessing secret documents.Johnson is scheduled to fly on to Bangkok later Sunday for a visit that will include meetings with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha and the Thai chairman of an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis.The panel was thrown into the spotlight last month after veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson published a withering resignation letter saying he could not in “good conscience” sit on a board he feared would only “whitewash” the causes of the Rohingya crisis.last_img

Journos can use bike on election day EC

first_imgThe government on 23 December slapped a ban on all motor vehicles from 29 December midnight to 30 December midnight. Journalists covering the 30 December national election will be able to use motorcycles, the election commission announced on Thursday, reports UNB. Asadul Haq, EC’s deputy director (public relations), said journalists would have to display the commission’s approval stickers on their bikes. EC withdrew the ban on motorcycles a week after imposing it, facing harsh criticism from the journalist community. Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transport of newsmen who often have to run on tight schedules. “Journalists have already been given stickers and cards for covering the election. They have to display the [EC] stickers on their motorcycle,” he said.last_img read more

Afghan Eid dawned in peace for first time since 2001

first_imgCap: Afghanistan Afghan Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on 15 June 2018. Phtoto: AFPAfghans greeted the beginning of Eid with prayers on Friday as the Muslim holiday dawned in peace for the first time since the 2001 US-led invasion, after the Taliban agreed to an unprecedented ceasefire.Flocking to mosques for special morning worship marking the first day of the festival, youngsters in the war-battered country expressed cautious optimism, following the suspension of fighting between Afghan security forces and the militants.“On almost every Eid we have had attacks-this is a rare Eid without violence,” Samiullah, 17, who is almost the same age as the conflict, told AFP after prayers at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in central Kabul.“We are hopeful peace will come to Afghanistan.”Fourteen-year-old Sohrab Ahmad, who earns money polishing shoes outside the mosque, said he could not remember an Eid without fighting.“I believe there will be peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” he said.But not everyone was so hopeful.“I don’t think there will be peace in Afghanistan. We are seeing an increase in attacks on a daily basis,” Imran, 13, told AFP.Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP there had been no reports of Taliban attacks on Afghan forces since the start of the holiday.President Ashraf Ghani announced last week that police and troops would cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting Tuesday-though he warned that operations against other groups, including the Islamic State group, would continue.The Taliban said Saturday their fighters would stop attacking Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the first time the Taliban had declared a nationwide ceasefire in the nearly 17-year conflict.They said they would continue attacking US-led NATO troops.Muslims across the world also celebrated Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s most significant holidays, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is typically celebrated by feasting and gift-giving.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, young people treated themselves to elaborate haircuts, in a modern interpretation of the tradition of dressing up for the festival.Tens of millions of people across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, celebrated Eid with special prayers at mosques and in public spaces, including a large gathering in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument on the predominantly Hindu island Bali.Elsewhere, hundreds of devotees-many dressed in white and wearing skull caps-turned out for prayers in front of the multi-domed Baiturrahman mosque in the Sumatran city of Banda Aceh.Others knelt for morning prayers in the shadow of one of Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Sinabung, which has been rumbling since 2010.last_img read more

Over 1000 tourists stranded at St Martins

first_imgnonameOver 1,000 tourists have got stranded at the St Martin’s coral island in the Bay of Bengal due to inclement weather, reports UNB.Local administration asked the tourists not to leave the island until the weather improves, said Hasib Uddin Badal, vice-president of Cox’s Bazar Tour Operators’ Association.The authorities suspended vessel movement on Teknaf-St Martin’s route due to rough sea under the influence of depression over the Bay.However, all the tourists are now safe, said Hasib Uddin.On 5 March, around 3,000 tourists went to the island. Among them, 1,100 tourists did not return for passing night over there.Rabiul Hasan, upazila nirbahi officer of Teknaf upazila, said the tourists would be brought back to Teknaf once the weather gets normal.The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No three due to frequent thunderstorms and squally weather.Under the influence of frequent thunderstorm, a squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, said a Met office bulletin.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to proceed with caution until further notice.Rain, thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Chattogram and Sylhet divisions.last_img read more

8848 Bangladeshis languishing in foreign jails FM

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA, reports UNB.The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MPM Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.Besides, the minister said,1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.He said the foreign ministry usually appoints lawyers, prepare travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.last_img read more

Texas Set To Pass Transgender Bathroom Law For Schools

first_img Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantFILE — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools.A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country’s second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack bathroom limits onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for things like natural disasters.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had “absolutely no intent” to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.“It’s absolutely about child safety,” said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. “This is about accommodating all kids.”His change passed 91-50. Final House approval should come Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas’ legislative session ends May 29, but that’s plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state’s roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.“This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people,” said Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat. “Some people don’t want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful.”A small group of Democratic women legislators went into the men’s restroom just off the House floor before debate began in protest. With Republicans enjoying solid majorities in both of Texas’ legislative chambers, though, such opposition was purely symbolic.Houston Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, one of the House’s longest-serving and most-respected members, likened the new language to when restrooms nationwide were segregated by race.“Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all,” Thompson said, drawing floor applause.While Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. Department of Education tried to implement requirements that school districts nationwide allow transgender students to choose campus bathrooms or locker rooms they wished to use. Texas led a lawsuit challenging that directive and a federal judge in Texas ordered it suspended. President Donald Trump then rescinded the order in February.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been even more vocal opposing one — saying it could hurt a Texas economy that has been among the country’s strongest in recent years.Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing — even though Houston successfully hosted this year’s Super Bowl.Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men’s Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women’s NCAA Final Four.Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as “middle ground” and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year. The NCAA pulled sporting events and the state faced losing billions of dollars in related economic fallout, though some opposition has quieted since North Carolina lawmakers voted in March for a partial repeal.Straus said in a statement that the House amendment “will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact” of the original Senate bill, which was closer to what North Carolina’s original looked like.But opponents still vowed to fight Sunday’s Texas amendment with lawsuits.If the Legislature succeeds “in forcing discrimination into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings,” Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, said.last_img read more