New Delhi: Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das, who has been on a golden roll in July, has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she will continue to work hard and bring more medals for the country. On Sunday, Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Hima and said: “India is very proud of Hima Das’ phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTo this, Hima responded: “Thank you Narendra Modi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country.” Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and various other politicians and personalities showered praise on the 19-year-old after she won her fifth gold medal inside three weeks in Europe. The “Dhing Express” had revealed she got a congratulatory call from Tendulkar on Sunday evening. “Today evening was like a dream come true for me, have got a call from the god of cricket and my inspiration Sachin Tendulkar sir. Thank you sir for your good wishes and inspirational words. I will leave no stone unturned for my mission.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHima’s fifth gold of the month came on July 20 in Czech Republic where she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400m at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix. On July 17, she won her fourth gold in 200m at the Tabor Athletics Meet. Before that on July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds. On July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. And in her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.
4 April 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti said today that the situation remains tense in the south-western town of Les Cayes after yesterday’s demonstrations over the rising cost of living in the impoverished Caribbean nation led to an attack against the local UN office. A small group of protesters broke into the UN compound, pillaged two containers and damaged the main entry gate after ignoring warning shots from peacekeepers, the mission – known as MINUSTAH – reported, adding that no UN employees were hurt. The protesters also burned shops in Les Cayes and threw rocks and fired weapons at some of the blue helmets during the night. MINUSTAH has dispatched more than 100 extra peacekeepers to Les Cayes to reinforce the existing presence there, while the mission’s top police officers are also in the port town to oversee UN police operations and coordinate activities with the Haitian National Police (HNP). The mission has condemned the violence in a statement and stressed it would continue to support the HNP as it tries to bring calm back to Les Cayes. Meanwhile, the mission has announced that it has opened a library this week in a boys’ detention centre in Delmas, a district of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The library has been set up as part of a project to boost literacy among the inmates.
Developing countries can afford to provide universal basic social protection, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says in an assessment, which formed the basis for discussions at the ESCAP Commission Session for Asia-Pacific governments being held in Bangkok.According to the ESCAP study, entitled “The Promise of Protection,” a universal basic social protection package costs no more than 3 per cent of gross national income (GNI) and is affordable at virtually any stage of economic development.“Social protection is not a cost,” Noeleen Heyzer, the ESCAP Executive Secretary, told the Ministerial Round Table on the topic. “It is an investment and smart economics.”In their presentations, governments from Central Asia to the Pacific Island sub-region outlined national social protection policies and programmes tailored to their specific socio-economic conditions.Summing up the discussions, Ms. Heyzer emphasized that social protection is also a question of entitlement and the State’s social obligation. “It is also a matter of rights. It is a social contract with our people,” she said.According to ESCAP, social protection should not be seen simply as a “handout,” but as creating conditions which help build a “staircase” for the most vulnerable to graduate out of poverty and exclusion. By reducing their vulnerability, a “social protection floor” provides the poor with the opportunity and confidence to take risks to improve their lives.Sixty Asia-Pacific countries are attending the annual session, which began last Thursday and will continue until Wednesday. 23 May 2011Basic social protection for all segments of the population is key to protecting people from extreme poverty and economic exclusion, according to views expressed today by government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attending a United Nations forum in Thailand.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDespite a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, No. 3 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) rode a stupendous performance from quarterback J.T. Barrett to a 39-38 victory against No. 7 Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) in a battle of Big Ten powers. Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon following the victory. Here are three takeaways from the press conference.Improved offensive line led to comeback winJust a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State played a close game against the Nittany Lions, but crumbled on the final drive and fell 24-21 to unranked Penn State. Meyer believes this season, the Buckeyes’ resilience in tough situations did not exist a year ago.“The team last year would not have won that game,” Meyer said. “They would have dropped their head. Offensive line would have dropped their head.”Right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled in last season’s loss to Penn State. He looked overmatched the entire game and allowed multiple sacks as the clock ticked closer to zero on what would be Ohio State’s final drive. But Prince has matured after a year of experience and coaching, Meyer said. The head coach was incredulous when asked whether he was worried about Prince heading into last Saturday’s game.“He’s unbelievable now,” Meyer said. “Isaiah, not worried about him at all. He’s a grown man that’s handling his stuff the way a right offensive tackle at Ohio State should.”All five starting offensive linemen graded as successful on between 82 and 86 percent of their plays. Meyer deemed them all to have “champion” effort. Meyer does not want to “micromanage” running back carriesIn the first quarter, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins exploded, taking four carries for 50 yards, including a 21-yard rush. But he did not touch the ball again until the third quarter as redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber took all seven second-quarter carries.Dobbins finished with 13 rushes for 88 yards while Weber had 21 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Meyer said he does not, and would not want to, involve himself in divvying up the carries.“[Dobbins] still had 88 yards and however many carries,” Meyer said. “So we’re throwing the ball so darn well right now, too. So there’s no, once again I don’t micromanage. That’s Kevin Wilson, and that’s Tony Alford to determine. And they’re both practicing very hard. You’d like to get them more carries.”Meyer said he trusts good coaches to make playing-time decisions when the players are “1-A” and “1-B.” “[Running backs coach] Tony Alford is an excellent football coach,” Meyer said. “The last thing he needs is me worrying about that stuff.”Meyer said Weber has “really done a nice job” this season despite an injury which hampered him and made possible Dobbins’ surge, but also mentioned the 2016 starter was humbled. Meyer said Weber’s goal is to reach close to 2,000 rushing yards in a season. But with Dobbins accompanying him in the backfield for the foreseeable future, his path to reaching 2,000 yards is unclear.Search remains for a solution to kickoffsIt took just 15 seconds into Saturday’s game for Penn State to take advantage of Ohio State’s biggest weakness — kickoff coverage — as running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kick 97 yards to give the Nittany Lions an early six-point lead.After the game, Meyer called the kickoff unit, which he said has historically been near the best in the conference, “comical.” Monday afternoon, he said it was “a joke right now.” “We’re the only school in the America that can’t kick it out of the end zone, even with the wind at our back,” Meyer said. “I’m not a kicking expert but kick the ball out of the end zone and we don’t do that. It’s not because of not telling them to kick the ball out of the end zone.”Former Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston disputed the claim. He took to Twitter to say he does not believe Meyer’s claim about not being able to kick the ball out of the end zone, as he said he has seen both kickers do so firsthand.Regardless of how the Buckeyes fix the unit, they cannot afford to continue to send out the same unit expecting different results. If something doesn’t change, the number in Ohio State’s loss column will.
THE BOARD OF the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has said that it is carrying out a comprehensive review of the organisation after it emerged that the group was under review from the Charities Regulator.In a statement this afternoon, GLEN said that it had engaged the services of long-time not-for-profit consultant and worker Jillian van Turnhout to carry out the review.The announcement comes following a tumultuous week for the charity, which saw the co-founder step down from the board of directors.Kieran Rose resigned and revealed in a statement that GLEN had provided him with €11,500 worth of financial support during his bid to run for the Seanad during last year’s election.“Glen provided temporary supports to me during my campaign,” Rose said.These equated to €11,500 (approximately), which I repaid to Glen. At no point was there any reason on my part not to disclose this and any breach of regulations that may have occurred was completely inadvertent.Before this, outgoing executive director Áine Duggan stated on Monday that there were transactions in excess of €60,000 at the charity that were not being reported in the management accounts.The financial issues were first revealed by The Sunday Business Post on Sunday. The paper detailed, among the issues under review, the use of a company credit card for private purposes, poor budget management, the use of funds to support non-Glen-related political campaigns, and data protection issues.Duggan became CEO of the charity in October 2016 and tendered her resignation a number of weeks ago.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Monday, she explained that she discovered the financial irregularities “very early on”, and that the organisation didn’t have any qualified accounts preparing the books.GLEN had previously said on Sunday that it was “satisfied that all grants received have been used for the intended purpose and has no reason to suspect there has been any misappropriation of funds.In its statement today, GLEN said that van Turnhout’s initial work in the review would focus on advising the board on corporate governance and compliance issues.She would advise the board going forward about future decisions at the charity and would engage with all concerned parties on the future direction of the organisation.The charity said it has also separately engaged an independent financial consultant “to review the financial administration of the organisation”.Glen is an LGBT advocacy and lobby group. It was founded in 1988, and became a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in 2005.Read: Transactions worth €60k ‘not recorded correctly’ in accounts of LGBT charityRead: Co-founder of LGBT charity resigns, says he received support worth €11.5k but paid funds back Friday 21 Apr 2017, 10:29 PM 42 Comments Apr 21st 2017, 10:29 PM Share Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3352732 Image: Rollingnews.ie By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Rollingnews.ie 8,071 Views LGBT charity orders full review of services in light of Charities Regulator review The charity is being reviewed by Charities Regulator. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Le piratage des livres électroniques surveillé par le MOTif France – L’Observatoire du livre et de l’écrit en Île-de-France (MOTif) lancera à la rentrée un dispositif de veille permanente sur le téléchargement légal et illégal de livres électroniques. Le but : suivre l’évolution de l’offre numérique, des usages de consommation et du piratage.Après avoir mené et publié en octobre dernier une étude sur le piratage numérique, l’Observatoire a décidé de mettre en place une veille confiée à Mathias Daval, d’Edysseus Consulting, et à Rémi Douine, de la société The Metrics Factory spécialisée dans l’extraction de données sur internet. Ils auront pour mission de recueillir des informations sur le marché du livre numérique et ses médiateurs sur internet.À lire aussiUn fondateur de Pirate Bay arrêté au CambodgeLe première étude réalisée par le MOTif avait conclu à la faible présence des livres français sur les réseaux pirates, mais aussi sur les sites d’offre légale. Les bandes dessinées mises à part, seul un livre sur cinq est disponible en téléchargement, légal ou non. “D’un côté, l’offre légale est trop faible. D’autre part, l’offre illégale vient vraiment concurrencer l’offre des plateformes et pallier ses manques”, commente Mathias Daval.Autre constat de cette étude : les livres les plus piratés sont les best-sellers qui ne bénéficient pas d’offre numérique légale.Cette veille sera une première étape dans la lutte contre le piratage, quand certains aimeraient voir Hadopi prendre en charge le téléchargement illégal des livres numériques.Le 24 juillet 2010 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
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We will tell you the reasons Ivan Rakitic needs to be sold by FC Barcelona next summer, it appears that his time at the Catalan club has passed.Even though Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is still one of FC Barcelona’s top players, we truly believe that the club needs to sell him next summer and we are going to discuss the reasons we think this is the best option for both parts.The Croatian midfielder is arguably one of his country’s most decorated players alongside Luka Modric, he was an essential part of the National Team that reached a historic World Cup final last summer that they lost against France in Russia.At club level, Ivan Rakitic has practically never stopped winning and growing as a football professional. After starting with Swiss club FC Basel, a young Rakitic was scouted by German side Schalke 04 and they could buy him for €5 million back in 2007.During his time in the Bundesliga, the Croatian midfielder quickly started developing the skills that eventually took him to the Spanish La Liga after Sevilla decided to pay a low €2.5 million to the German club and that’s when his career really started to take off.Ivan Rakitic came to Spain for a long time, and it’s been 9 years already since the first time he arrived.”Sería un gran sueño para mí poder volver a jugar con la camiseta del #SevillaFC”, dijo hace menos de un año un Ivan Rakitic al que ahora, tras llegar Frenkie de Jong, empiezan a ver en la Ciudad Condal fuera del Barça https://t.co/vNu2MesTBi— Carlos Pérez (@carlosperezED) January 25, 2019With the Andalusian club, Ivan Rakitic’s football really started to flourish and his last year with them was the perfect season that called the attention of major clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona.With Cesc Fabregas leaving the Catalan club after a failed attempt to succeed there, Barcelona’s number ‘4’ jersey was suddenly open and the Spanish giants were the ones who made the biggest offer for the player.They paid a reported €21 million in 2014, he came alongside Luis Suarez on the same season and he made an immediate impact. Since then, Ivan Rakitic has completely taken charge of the position as one of the most creative midfielders in the club.Since he came to the Catalan club, Rakitic has contributed to the club’s success and won a total of 12 trophies which include three La Liga titles, one Champions League, four Copa del Rey titles, two Spanish Supercups, one UEFA Supercup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.But the new generations are coming and Ivan Rakitic has already won everything at Barcelona, it is time for him to leave room for other great players and also attempt to leave a good amount of money for his transfer to the club that gave him everything.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Con la llegada de nuevos fichajes, canteras y malos partidos de Rakitic. ¿Debería el Barça venderlo y confiar en los jóvenes? pic.twitter.com/LDxEAT3CAP— Soydelbarca_ (@Soydelbarca2) January 25, 2019Even though he is already considered a veteran, Ivan Rakitic still has several good years of great football on his boots and the Catalan club should get a good deal for a World Cup runner-up who has won everything at Barcelona.Frenkie de Jong’s arrival is another reason why he needs to leave, his presence could easily prevent the Dutch young player to grow to become the player that everybody imagines he will transform into someday.The number ‘4’ that Ivan Rakitic wears right now is one that fits Frenkie perfectly, a mythical number at FC Barcelona that not any player can wear and seems destined to belong to De Jong once he comes to the club next summer.All the signs point to Ivan Rakitic leaving FC Barcelona, the only problem here is that manager Ernesto Valverde would oppose his arrival but the club already thinks that even the manager could leave soon if the results don’t come his way throughout the current season.We all know that the main target this season is the Champions League, Valverde will surely resign if he doesn’t win the title and this will leave the open door for players like Rakitic next summer.The player already told Estadio Deportivo that his dream is to return to Sevilla.We keep going 💪⚽️! ➕3️⃣✅ #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/xXXS8S84wY— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) January 20, 2019Which club do you think could be better for Ivan Rakitic after FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The cold front that moved through our local area Wednesday was my kind of storm. Only a brief period of rain, and not much was falling at that. Most areas around Vancouver picked up only a tenth of an inch or less while the coast and mountains received much more.Abundant sunshine followed the fast-moving storm, along with breezy conditions, but that sun sure felt nice. Today we have only a chance of showers, and skies should clear by nightfall, allowing overnight lows dipping into the 30s. There could be some frost in the colder outlying areas, so factor that in for any tender plants outside. We may get a blanket of fog to temper the cooling in some areas.A brief break ends later Friday as a stronger cold front moves in for more moderate rain and blustery conditions all weekend. Another good round of snow in the mountains as cold air aloft moves, in making our highs struggling to top 50 degrees this weekend, so it will feel quite chilly. Snow falls down to very low levels. Another weekend such as the last one, so maybe plan indoor activities.It was very mild Tuesday night and Wednesday morning; our low dipped only to 52 degrees, and our high was 59 at 5 p.m. Could be worse; did you see the big snowstorm that moved out of the Rockies? Temperatures fell from the 80s into the 20s, and snow fell all the way to Texas.In Sunday’s column, I will share rainfall reports from your friends and neighbors for March, so stay tuned.A severe thunderstorm moved through Walla Walla last Thursday and hovered right over the Washington State Penitentiary. A funnel cloud was also sighted. To see a photo, go to University of Washington professor Cliff Mass’ weather blog and scroll down to his April 6 entry.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.
The Vancouver Police Department signed a partnership agreement Thursday with a Latino civil rights organization that aims to bridge potential cultural barriers. Interim Chief Chris Sutter worked on the agreement with Diana Perez, president of the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens No. 47013, and the organization’s chair of law enforcement relations, Wilfredo Collins. According to the agreement’s philosophy statement: “The department recognizes potential barriers in our community which include language, cultural differences, cultural misunderstandings, mistrust, and fear.”“The signing of this partnership agreement is a result of an ongoing relationship and mutual commitment to enhance communication, strengthen relationships, and reduce cultural barriers.” Sutter said in a news release. “We look forward to establishing similar partnership agreements with other interested diversity groups within our community.”A group of community members and a group of Vancouver police officers will be involved in the partnership. The agreement will be reviewed annually to track progress and objectives.
MARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A 175-pound loggerhead sea turtle has been released back into the wild.The giant loggerhead was rescued just off of the Florida Keys in December and spent the last three months recovering from intestinal problems at a Marathon animal hospital.Caretakers said she is well enough to go back to the wild and has even gained about 20 pounds.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Google announced new features for the Assistant. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Google wants to add more artificial intelligence to your text messages. The search giant on Monday said it’s bringing the Google Assistant to its Messages app on Android phones. The Assistant, Google’s digital helper software akin to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, can read you the morning’s headlines, help you check into a flight or turn off the lights in your hallway.In the Messages app, though, the focus will be mostly to add more context to your conversations in three areas: movies, restaurants and weather. For example, if you’re chatting with a friend and mention the restaurant Halu in San Francisco, the Assistant might recommend sending a card with more information about the restaurant to your friend. The suggestion would appear next to the automatic Smart Replies that pop up above the keyboard in chat app. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Google made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.The new feature comes after Google said in December it was shutting down its Allo chat app. The app, which first debuted in 2016, was one of the first products to showcase the Google Assistant. Scott Huffman, head of engineering for the Assistant, said in an interview that Google learned a lot about what worked and what didn’t with Allo. For example, he said the Assistant seemed too intrusive in Allo, like it was a third person in the conversation. Instead, he said people wanted something more light-touch, which would suggest information people could insert into the conversation if they wanted. “This is a much more focused injection,” Huffman said. “You can decide if information from the Assistant is something you want to add to the conversation, or you can ignore it.”Google’s vision for the Assistant has become ineasingly ambitious over the past year. In May, the company announced a feature called Duplex that lets the software make an appointment on your behalf by talking in a jaw-droppingly human-sounding voice. Last month, Google introduced an Interpreter mode for the Assistant that acts as a real-time translator for two people speaking different languages. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Still, as aspirational as those features are, the most important for the Assistant right now is in smartphones. Last month, Google announced the Assistant was on 1 billion devices — with the vast majority on Android phones (though the company won’t say exactly how many).On Sunday, Google said it was adding a dedicated Assistant button to a slew of phones, including ones by LG, Nokia and Xiaomi. With those new partnerships, Google said it expects 100 million devices to launch with an Assistant button.In emerging marketsGoogle also announced on Monday that the Assistant is expanding on devices that may seem an unlikely choice: feature phones. The company is launching voice typing on KaiOS, a mobile operating system designed for feature phones and cheaper devices in emerging markets. The voice-typing feature could be particularly helpful on low-end phones with just a small keyboard or number pad. Pressing a button on the phone activates a mode that lets you dictate words in a text field on the screen. Google is also launching the Assistant in seven more Indic languages: Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu. Those languages join Marathi, which Google added to the Assistant last summer. Tags • Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Post a comment Google Alphabet Inc. See All Mobile World Congress 2019 Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice reading • Google Assistant is coming to Android Messages to infuse AI into your chats Tech Industry 0
The Bering Straits Regional Commission says travel restrictions for Alaska Natives to Chukotka have been lifted—leaving many with relatives on the Russian side of the strait feeling relieved, tired of being used as pawns in international disputes.Since time immemorial, Natives on both sides of the Bering Strait have traveled freely between what is now Alaska and Chukotka. Political egos and ensuing conflicts after World War II put a stop to this fluid exchange of people and goods.Flight over western Alaska. Photo: Francesca Fenzi, KNOMThe director of the FBI at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, ordered the border closed in 1948, urging that, “U.S. national security interests should outweigh the interests of local Eskimos.” John Waghiyi of Savoonga remembers the decades-long border closure. “Sixty years of closure, the Cold War was not good for us,” Waghiyi said, “and then to make it difficult for our people several years ago, you know it’s tough.” “We need to be able to go back and forth,” he stressed, “it’s our god-given right.”Relations eventually thawed and the border was reopened in 1989. That same year, the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed an agreement reinstating visa-free travel for eligible Natives on both sides of the strait.That 1989 agreement was curtailed three years ago when all travelers, including Alaska Natives with ties to Chukotka, were required to apply for and purchase a visa to travel across the strait.Now Vera Metcalf with the Bering Straits Regional Commission says the agreement was updated just last month. Qualified Native Alaskans can again travel visa-free under the Bering Straits Agreement, with visits in Chukotka limited to 90 days as defined in the agreement.Just why the agreement was reinstated is unclear. Julia Straker, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, explained that “due to administrative issues U.S. participants had not been able to travel under the agreement during the past three years.” Without revealing any details, Straker and Metcalf both confirmed those issues have now been resolved.Despite enthusiasm for the change, various border closures since 1948 have made it more difficult for Natives with ties on both sides of the strait. Waghiyi is frustrated that international disputes infringe on their right to travel. “I don’t think that people that have ties to Alaska or Chukotka need to be used as pawns” Waghiyi urged.With visa-free travel reinstated, Waghiyi looks forward to visiting family across the strait and hosting more cultural exchanges between Natives from Alaska and Chukotka in the years to come.
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has decided to observe ‘Traffic Discipline Week” every month as part of its initiative to continue improving the trend of traffic discipline in the city streets.”Improvement of traffic discipline in Dhaka city is very visible now due to the strict enforcement of traffic laws as well as continuous steps, which have been taken for bringing traffic discipline in the streets,” said DMP additional commissioner (traffic) Mir Rezaul Alam.The decision to observe the traffic discipline week in every month has been adopted to continue improving the situation, he said through a press release issued Saturday.In the same continuation, the Traffic Discipline Week will be conducted in the city from tomorrow (Sunday) and will continue till 23 March, the additional commissioner said.There has been visible progress in the activities of MRT, BRT and elevated expressway, which are being constructed as part of steps taken to reduce traffic congestion in Dhaka city, he said.Due to those ongoing development activities, some obstacles to the traffic movement are being created, but the situation is under control for the continuous effort of the traffic police, he added.In order to make the traffic discipline week a success, the city dwellers have been requested to cooperate in this regard, Mir Rezaul said.
New York Times reassigns reporter in leak probe by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2018 1:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Times says it is reassigning a reporter whose relationships were examined after prosecutors seized her email and phone records in a government leak investigation.The Times said Tuesday that Ali Watkins will be given a fresh start in New York. The Times had looked into her ties to James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, who has been accused by prosecutors of misleading investigators.Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet said it is unacceptable for a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone she covers. He said that despite poor judgment, no one had questioned her work’s accuracy.Baquet says the public shouldn’t overlook the actions of the government in searching through Watkins’ records looking for government leakers.
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