FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many gathered at the Fort St. John Legion for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday, to pay their respects to those that have served.A silent Remembrance Day parade marched from the Legion to City Hall and back again, in honour of those lost and to those that continue to serve in the line of duty. Following the parade, a brief ceremony was held at the Cenotaph with speeches made by dignitaries highlighting the importance of remembering those that served to ensure Canada’s freedom.This Remembrance Day was unique as it marked 100 years since Armistice was signed, officially ending World War One. A moment of silence was given to reflect on this milestone.After a ceremony at the Cenotaph, the service continued inside the Legion. It included speeches made by dignitaries, a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and the laying of the wreaths. The service was followed by a coffee social.The Legion will be serving turkey dinner at 6:00 p.m. for $10.00 per person. All ages are welcome to attend.
New Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO will invest Rs 1,400 crore in India and Nepal markets in 2019 as part of efforts to increase infrastructure, strengthen technology and internal capability, it said Tuesday. The company also announced the launch of a new brand, Collection O hotels, to its existing portfolio of the budget- to mid-segment hotel chain brands. “Rs 1,400 crore will go in capex, technology and leadership,” OYO India and South Asia CEO Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe idea is to further deepen and widen presence across India while focusing on aggressive capacity building to bring the choice of an OYO hotel to every corner of the country, he added. The company is currently present in over 259 cities in India with over 8,700 buildings (hotels and homes) and more than 173,000 rooms. “As we expand our presence in the market, consistency of quality is key. As a customer first company, we are heavily invested in ensuring customer responsiveness,” he added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsOYO also launched an in-app SoS button for emergency assistance with options to contact the OYO safety response team as well as local law enforcement authorities. When asked whether the Rs 1,400 crore investment for India and Nepal will come from the $1 billion funds raised by the company, Ghosh replied in the affirmative. Commenting on the plans of the company going forward, OYO Founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said: “With a strong balance sheet, today we can go to more places than ever, introduce new categories, invest in our assets, while maintaining our high-quality standards, without raising any further capital.” The company is also narrowing its losses as a percentage of realised value (OYO Hotels’ sales run rate) year-on-year from 44.5 percent in 2016-17 to 20.3 percent in 2017-18 and 10 per cent in 2018-19, he added. OYO is currently present in more than 500 cities across 10 countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, the UK, UAE, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and more recently Japan.
“This will be a most intense period of multilateral diplomacy ever in the United Nations’ history, I believe,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “As we move well into the 21st century, the United Nations is, once again, the global forum where issues are discussed and solutions are hammered out.”In addition to the annual Assembly general debate, he spotlighted a number of key events that will take place at UN Headquarters in the weeks to come, including planned international meetings on climate change, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and the “Quartet process,” as the international diplomatic grouping trying to resolve the Middle East conflict is known.On Darfur, Mr. Ban said he will chair a high-level meeting with African Union (AU) Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré.“I hope that we will be able to map our strategy and road map for the forthcoming political negotiations scheduled in Libya on October 27th,” the Secretary-General said, looking ahead to planned Darfur peace talks.“This will mark just one more step forward and we will need to redouble our efforts so as not to lose the positive momentum which we have been able to create.”Mr. Ban announced that 154 speakers – including some 80 heads of State or government – will participate in a high-level dialogue on climate change slated for 24 September.“This will be an informal event where the leaders of the world come together, with a renewed sense of commitment, to tackle a problem that faces each one of us – and above all the most vulnerable populations on our planet, those endangered by rising sea levels and those whose supply of food and water will be greatly affected by the changing climate,” he noted.Citing the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which have shown the science and impacts of the phenomenon as well as options for response, Mr. Ban stressed that the world’s people are anticipating that their governments will take action.Climate change, also the theme of this year’s Assembly debate, is a “challenge to our leadership, skills and vision – and we have to address that challenge boldly,” he said.The Secretary-General, who will also hold bilateral meetings with over 100 heads of State or government or ministers, underscored his commitment to working in tandem with UN member countries to tackle key international problems.“I am under no illusion that, whether it’s the Middle East or Kosovo or Afghanistan or climate change, these problems will be solved overnight,” he explained. “The solutions all involve a long road and hard work.”He also said cooperation with both Member States and the UN Secretariat is crucial to pushing the UN reform agenda forward. “Precisely because our work is so important, we must deliver to the best of our ability,” he noted, calling for “faster, more effective action; a work ethic that puts a premium on pragmatic results, not bureaucratic process; and above all, scrupulous attention to the highest standards of transparency and professional ethics.”In turn, the Secretary-General also underlined the importance of Member States’ initiative to address issues. “I truly believe that the world leaders that will gather here in a few days bring with them a renewed interest in multilateral resolution to challenges facing the world,” he said.Responding to reporters’ questions on Iran, Mr. Ban said that any issues pertaining to the country’s nuclear programme should be resolved through peaceful dialogue.He said that he encourages “Iran to be fully cooperative and transparent in dealing with the IAEA [UN International Atomic Energy Agency],” and also to implement the joint work plan agreed to last month on how to resolve outstanding issues between the Agency and Tehran.“I sincerely hope that this agreement between Iran and the IAEA will contribute to the final and overall settlement of the nuclear issue of Iran by fully complying with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” he added.On the conflict-torn Darfur region of Sudan, the Secretary-General observed that the peace process “has been and will be very fragile. The whole international community must nurture this process.”He stated that during their meeting earlier this month, he emphasized to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that he must commit to halting the violence, to protecting humanitarian workers and allowing them unimpeded access, and to protecting and respecting human rights. More than 200,000 Darfurians have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003 because of the fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia groups.At the high-level meeting on Sudan scheduled for this Friday, Mr. Ban said that he hopes to “engage in mapping out a strategy and road map for this forthcoming political negotiation, how to expedite deployment of a hybrid operation, how to discuss about the ways to make this political negotiation a successful one and talk about developmental issues.”In July, the Security Council authorized the establishment of the first hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force (to be known as UNAMID) to take over from AMIS and try to quell the violence in Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.The Secretary-General said that the time he has spent in office since taking the post in January has been “very hectic, it has been very meaningful and I have learned a great deal in terms of my consultations with the Member States and in terms of my relationship with many leaders around the world.”Citing his work on climate change, the Darfur situation and the Middle East peace process, he said that “it may be too early for me to tell you all that I have achieved, but I am still working hard to achieve all the major goals which I have in my agenda.” 18 September 2007As leaders from across the world prepare to gather for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate next week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today predicted an unprecedented level of diplomatic activity aimed at forging common strategies in response to shared concerns.
Over 300 birth certificates were issued this week for children born to Sri Lankan parents living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai said today.The Deputy High Commission said that more than 5,000 Sri Lankan birth and citizenship certificates have been issued over the last four years for Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and living in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. The certificates were handed over for distribution by the Acting Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka O.L. Ameerajwad to Shri B. Anand, IAS, the newly appointed Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils of the Government of Tamil Nadu at the Commissionerate of Rehabilitation, in Chennai. This week 353 Sri Lankan Birth Certificates were issued for Sri Lankan children living in refugee camps in Salem district of Tamil Nadu and 567 Sri Lanka Citizenship Certificates were issued for Sri Lankan children living in the refugee camps in Remeshwaram, Virudunagar and Madurai in Tamil Nadu/ The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai has been conducting “Mobile Service Programmes” in various districts of Tamil Nadu to register the births of Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and living in the refugee camps.Following the registration of their births, citizenship certificates are issued. In the past, such mobile service programmes were conducted in Gummidipoondi, Madurai, Virudunagar, Rameshwaram, Cuddalore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission also conducted “Special Consular Service Programmes” to register the births of Sri Lankan children who were born in Tamil Nadu and are living in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, at the Chancery premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. (Colombo Gazette)
TOLEDO, Ohio — It’s looking less likely that General Motors will be making vehicles again at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant that shut down last winter.Instead, GM wants to sell the plant to a fledgling electric vehicle maker and build a battery factory.The plant’s fate is playing out amid negotiations aimed at ending the nearly 2-week-old strike against GM by 49,000 employees.Many of the workers from the Lordstown plant have taken jobs at other GM plants across the country but want to come back.They were hoping that the automaker, facing pressure from President Donald Trump, would agree during contract talks to build a new vehicle at the plant.John Seewer, Tom Krisher And Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press
A blast of cold air from the Arctic brought record-breaking low summer temperatures to central Saskatchewan on Sunday.In Regina, the temperature reached a low of 2 C, breaking the record of 2.8 C set in 1901. In Saskatoon, the mercury dropped to 0.7 C, breaking the record low of 2.2 C set in 1940.North Battleford broke the longest-standing record. Temperatures dropped to 0.5 C, breaking the record low of 1.7 C set all the way back in 1895.According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC), the cause for the drop was a large low-pressure system that was sitting over northern Saskatchewan that sucked cold air down from the Arctic. The plummeting temperatures even brought snow to areas of northern British Columbia and Alberta.Clear skies helped drag the temperatures down over central regions of the province.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Terri Lang, a meteorologist with ECC, explained that cloud cover usually acts like a blanket, trapping heat. Without that blanket, Lang said it allowed temperatures in those areas to sink.Temperature drops like this are rare, but not unprecedented. Especially for Saskatchewan. Lang said this drop isn’t the sign of a trend.“It’s the nature of where we are. We’re one of the places in North America that’s really far away from water,” said Lang.Water helps moderate temperature, and since Saskatchewan is not near any major lakes or oceans, Lang said temperatures are at the mercy of weather systems.“So we can get the really hot stuff from the south, we can get the really humid stuff from the southeast, and we can get the real cold stuff from the north,” said Lang.The nights are also getting longer, which allows the cold air to get deeper. This, as Lang explained, is unfortunately a sign that summer won’t be around much longer.“We’re turning that corner, I think, into the end of summer and coming into fall, which is a tough realization,” said Lang.The likelihood of crops being damaged by the brief temperature drop is low. Cory Jacob, a crops extension specialist with the province’s Ministry of Agriculture, said lighter frosts at these temperatures are not as severe as the heavier ones, which happen in the -4 to -5 C range.“This would be minor damage, in our opinion, if any,” said Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 6:52 pm MDT Lindsay Lohan to follow rehab stint with Oprah interview, documentary series on OWN channel LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her.Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, said Friday that Winfrey is getting an “exclusive” interview with Lohan that will tape and air in August.In May, Lohan checked into a Southern California rehab centre for a 90-day stay, part of a plea deal in a misdemeanour case filed after a car accident. She’s expected to finish rehab around the end of July.OWN says it also plans an eight-part documentary series with Lohan, to air in 2014.The 27-year-old Lohan, whose credits include “The Parent Trap” and “Liz & Dick,” has struggled with legal and other woes. OWN and Winfrey have scored ratings with other newsworthy celebrity interviews, including Lance Armstrong and Rihanna.
She was accompanied by Head Groom Terry PendryCredit:Kelvin Bruce The Queen wore silk scarf rather than a helmet for the rideCredit:Kelvin Bruce Horse-riding has been a lifelong passion for the Queen. She once said that it allows her to be “just another human being”. Surrounded by the animals from early childhood, she is said to have taken her first lesson when she was only three years old.She now spends most of her time at Windsor Castle, rather than Buckingham Palace in London. She may be just one month away from celebrating her 91st birthday, but the Queen has proved that age is no obstacle to her enjoying her favourite hobby. Pictured heading out on her pony along the bank of the River Thames on Monday, the monarch looked as comfortable as ever in the saddle.Opting for a scarf around her head rather than a helmet, the Queen appeared the picture of health. She is said to have always declined to wear a “hard hat” to ensure her hair stays in place for any royal appointments. The monarch had a brief brush with ill health over Christmas, when a heavy cold prevented her from attending church services at Sandringham.But she has looked relaxed and well in recent appearances, and appeared to be enjoying the spring air as she took to her pony alongside Windsor Castle Head Groom Terry Pendry. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Top 10 Boys’ names announced in the Telegraph1. = Arthur, Henry3. = Edward, William5. George6. = Alexander, Frederick, Jack, Oliver, Thomas Perhaps Telegraph readers have been inspired by the Royal wedding. Henry – Prince Harry’s birth name – has risen to the top of the charts for baby boys, according to Telegraph birth announcements.The name Henry shares top place with Arthur among Telegraph readers. Margot, a lowly 12th in 2017, and Matilda are joint top of the girls’ list.Henry rose to top from third last year, possibly on the strength of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May. The order of service, made public on the eve of the wedding, listed the groom under his official title His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. Royal names dominate the boys’ list. After Henry and Arthur in the Telegraph readers’ popularity stakes comes Edward, William and George.Girls’ names are not seemingly on Royal message. There are no Meghans – in fact there hasn’t been a Meghan with that spelling since 2001 – and no Kates or Catherines in the top 30. There was a Queen Matilda on the English throne – she was married to King Stephen – but you have to go back almost 900 years. Margot Robbie on the red carpetCredit:Dave J Hogan/Getty Images More likely Matildas are being named after Roald Dahl’s heroine, now hugely popular in an award-winning musical, while the incidences of Margot is trickier to explain. The Australian actress Margot Robbie, one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, is one possible explanation. Susan Cole, a retired librarian, from Sutton, Surrey, who has been compiling the list for almost 50 years since 1969, said: “Henry now tops the list but Harry doesn’t even make the top ten. Surprisingly Harry comes in at only 21st, well below Henry.”Ms Cole suggested that the Royal wedding – and the prominent use of the name Henry on the order of service – could have swung it among more traditional Telegraph readers. The shortened Harry, by contrast, appears passe.The girls’ list contains some unusual names high up including Ottilie at joint third and Cosima just outside the top ten. Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s book Top 10 Girls’ names1. = Margot, Matilda3. = Isabella, Ottilie5. Florence6. = Eliza, Jemma, Olivia9. = Beatrice, Poppy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Serbian left back Nikola Manojlovic and Belarussian champions Meshkov Brest parted ways by mutual agreement. The 35-year-old defensive specialist decided to leave Belarus due private reasons after 18 months of playing for the EHF CL team. Manojlovic, who won the silver medal with Serbia at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Belgrade, played in his career for RK Crvena zvezda, FA Goppingen, Rhein Neckar Lowen, HCM Constanta… ← Previous Story BORING THURSDAY: Easy wins for France and Croatia Next Story → EURO 2016: Furious Germans – Sweden save OG hopes against Russia
Updated 17:51THE SEARCH FOR a fisherman who went missing earlier today off the coast of Wexford has been suspended.The man was reported missing at 12.40pm today after another fisherman found his vessel, the Lenora Jacinta, south of the Great Saltee near Kilmore Quay.Two lifeboats – one from Rosslare and one from Kilmore Quay – were tasked as well as the Waterford Coast Guard helicopter.Naval divers also joined the search later this afternoon. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that the search has now been suspended with a hope to proceed again at first light, at around 8am tomorrow morning.First published 16:36Read: Major new safety plan for fishermen is about “learning from past tragedies>
THE PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR to Prague, Jamal Al Jamal, was killed by a blast in his residence today, the police said.“With regret we confirm this information provided by the emergency service,” Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP.“Emergency services treated a 56-year-old man who suffered very serious injuries and was taken to Prague’s military hospital in an artificial coma,” spokeswoman Jirina Ernestova said. A 52-year-old woman was taken to another hospital because of smoke inhalation and a stress reaction.Embassy spokesman Nabil el Fahel told the public Czech Radio that the ambassador’s entire family had been in the residence when the blast occurred.Police said they were still investigating the causes.- © AFP, 2014Read: Gilmore to meet with Palestinian legislator in Dublin>
Prison is for dangerous criminals, those who have been convicted of the most serious offences and I would hope that every effort would be made to move towards alternatives to prison, be that community service, fines, [or] otherwise. http://jrnl.ie/4090136 Monday 25 Jun 2018, 3:37 PM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share59 Tweet Email There were 3,945 prisoners in the system on 31 December 2017- 3,646 were in custody. The majority were male but there were 144 women under sentence.There are ten 17-year-olds – all male – in prison. There are 517 men over 50 and 74 women.Numbers committed on a life sentence increased from six in 2016 to 16 last year. Source: Irish Prison ServiceOn 30 November, 420 people were in prison for homicide offences, 378 for sexual offences and 397 for attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassment and related offences. There were 302 people in prison for burglary and 563 for theft.There were also 347 people in jail for controlled drug offences.The minister today also published strategic plans for both the prison and probation services.He said it is imperative that agencies have effective interventions and programme in place that work in tackling “the problems of offenders, and reduce re-offending and victimisation”. 31 Comments Jun 25th 2018, 3:37 PM 10,348 Views By Michelle Hennessy Short URL THE NUMBER OF people jailed for non-payment of court-imposed fines fell again last year, according to the Irish Prison Service.According to the service’s annual report for 2017, launched by the Justice Minister this morning, there was a more than 40% drop in the total number of people sent to prison last year compared to 2016.The report stated that legislation introduced in 2016 to address the jailing of people who did not pay fines had a “direct impact” on the number of committals.The number of committals to prison as a consequence of the non-payment of a court ordered fine during 2017 decreased by 73% on the 2016 figure – from 8,439 in 2016 to 2,261 in 2017. Of this, 563 were female while 1,698 were male.This legislation changed the way the justice system deals with unpaid fines. Now, fines over €100 can be paid in installments and a judge can order it be taken from their wage if they still do not pay. A judge can also order community service if the person continues to avoid payment.All of these steps are to be looked at before imprisonment is considered.Speaking to reporters at the launch this morning, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he believes “prison should be the place of last resort”. ‘Prison is for dangerous criminals’: Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
EXCLUSIVE: Bibby Financial Services has achieved a 99% employee engagement rate with its flexible benefits programme.Just seven of the organisation’s 763 employees did not make any changes to their flexible benefits package during its most recent window, which ran from 17 November until 6 December 2015.To achieve this level of engagement, Bibby introduced three new benefits for its staff: cancer screening, provided by Bluecrest Wellness, a will writing service and a money saving tool, Money Boost, both provided by Sodexo.Thus far, 60 employees (8%) have taken up the cancer screening benefit, 3% have utlised the will writing service, and 5% have opted to use Money Boost.The new benefits were introduced following staff feedback received through focus groups and the organisation’s employee engagement survey.To communicate the benefits to staff, Bibby utilises webinars, road shows and its intranet. To demonstrate the value of the cancer screening benefit, the communications highlighted that the benefit cost less than the price of a takeaway pizza each month.The flexible benefits package, Bibby box of benefits, provided by Thomsons Online Benefits, is made up of 17 benefits. Bibby Financial Services also offers its employees eight core benefits and five voluntary benefits.Bibby aligns its employee benefits with its goals as an organisation; rewarding and recognising employees to retain them and supporting business growth.Vicky Smith, reward manager at Bibby Group, said: “This was Bibby’s fifth annual window, so we set ourselves the target of it being our best ever. And it was; with increased selection rates on every single benefit, exceeded targets on take up of the new benefits and an amazing 99% of eligible employees choosing benefits in the window, the HR team’s hard work paid off.“Every year the annual window becomes a real focus in the world of Bibby. Staff start asking in the summer what the new benefits are going to be. We put up posters and invite colleagues to road shows to fuel the excitement.“Then the HR business partners conduct ‘reward clinics’ at all 20 offices around the UK, and there’s a real buzz about the benefits.”
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car slammed through a fence, Thursday, in Miami Beach.According to the homeowner, the car was going fast when it lost control and hit her fence. The vehicle came to a stop in her front yard.Police said the passenger ran off and left the driver behind.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
TEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, May 14th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Tewksbury Congregational Church will partner with the Tewksbury Police Department to present “The Truth About Vaping.” This 90-minute interactive talk will address the significant rise among teens in the practice of vaping or juuling, a form of smoking with a nicotine-based liquid and an electronic device or e- cigarette. With one in three high school seniors nationwide confirming that they have experienced “vaping” in the past year, parents and caregivers are eager to educate themselves and make informed decisions of how they will address vaping in their own homes.Hosted by Tewksbury Congregational Church (10 East Street), this talk is open to all within the Tewksbury community and beyond and is FREE of charge. Presenters include TPD’s Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, Maria Ruggiero, and the Northeast Regional Manager of Learn to Cope, Kelley Giasullo.A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that teens who used e-cigarettes were 6x more likely to try tobacco cigarettes compared to kids who do not vape. Additionally, vaping is a natural gateway to experimental drug use, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates and other drugs. For these reasons and many more, it is important to better understand the risks associated with vaping.Topics covered during this presentation will include the difference between vaping and “dripping,” why teens are justifying vaping, signs that your child may be vaping, chemical content of vaping liquids, side effects, regulation of products, MA laws pertaining to vaping, the use of THC oil (marijuana) in vapes, and examples of types of vapes and vaping liquids.The intended audience for this talk is parents and caregivers, but all adults are welcome to attend. Tewksbury Congregational Church is located at 10 East Street, across from the Town Common. Please use the side entrance and join us in Fellowship Hall. Should you have questions, please contact Maria Ruggiero at 978-851-7373 x 352.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”
Reuters fileIndia hopes to attract more than $1 billion of investment in exploration and production blocks awarded to companies on Tuesday under new rules for auctions of oil and gas fields, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.India awarded 32 blocks in the latest two exploration licensing rounds called the open acreage licensing policy (OALP), which allows companies to carve out any area they want to drill.State-owned Oil India Ltd bagged 12 blocks followed by private resources major Vedanta Ltd with 10. A consortium of Reliance Industries Ltd and BP Plc got one.
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat Sharfuddin Ahmed,Mostafizur RahmanThe income of Rangpur’s mayor Sarfuddin Ahmed has tripled over the last five years. He is contesting for the office of mayor yet again from Awami League in the upcoming Rangpur city corporation election scheduled for 21 December.Affidavits submitted by the mayoral candidates in 2012 and 2017 revealed their annual income and assets.According to the candidates’ wealth statements, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)’s candidate Kawsar Zaman’s income and bank loans have increased 12 times, while Jatiya Party-nominated Mostafizur Rahman’s earnings have dropped by one-third.The annual income, bank balance and cash of Awami League candidate Sarfuddin Ahmed was around Tk 4.5 million five years ago. After being elected as mayor, his income spiralled to around Tk 13 million. Sarfuddin’s wealth statement, showed his yearly income, tangible and intangible assets registered both in his name and in the names of his family members.When asked about the matter, Sarfuddin told Prothom Alo, “I have some small businesses that made good profit over the last five years. There is nothing wrong in that”.On the other hand, the wealth of the BNP-backed candidate Kawsar Zaman jumped from Tk 1.3 million to Tk 16 million in last five years. He had a bank loan of Tk 40 million five years back, which is now Tk 500 million. When asked about the loan, Kawsar Zaman told Prothom Alo, “I have bank loans but these are current loans. There are seven directors in our partnership business and that is why the bank loans are high.” He said his income had been boosted by profits from his jute mill and other business.Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman is different. The wealth statement he submitted to the election commission revealed that he had Tk 4.3 million five years ago. But now his total income and bank deposits are worth around Tk 1.4 million that is one third of his earlier income.According to the rules, the election commission can take legal action against any candidate in case false information is provided. Even an elected candidate can be expelled for violating the rules if found guilty.Khandakar Fakhrul Anam, Rangpur city committee’s chairman of Shujan (Citizen’s for Good Governance) told Prothom Alo, the BNP-backed candidate’s income might vary as he was an industrialist. Even so, his annual income could be questioned. But Awami League’s Sarfuddin Ahmed’s income seemed disproportionately higher than his business.
Share The Senate Judiciary Committee holds the second day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.On Wednesday, Kavanaugh can expect to spend most of the day in the hot seat, sparring with Democratic senators over abortion, guns, executive power and other high-profile issues.A long day of questioning awaits the 53-year-old appellate judge, whom Trump nominated in July to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. The change could make the court more conservative on a range of issues.Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, Oct. 1, little more than a month before congressional elections.However, the first of at least four days of hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee began with partisan quarreling over the nomination and persistent protests from members of the audience, followed by their arrests.Strong Democratic opposition to Trump’s nominee reflects the political stakes for both parties in advance of the November elections, Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign and the potentially pivotal role Kavanaugh could play in moving the court to the right.Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House. Republicans in turn accused the Democrats of turning the hearing into a circus.Trump jumped into the fray late in the day, saying on Twitter that Democrats were “looking to inflict pain and embarrassment” on Kavanaugh.The president’s comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, “selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case.”On Tuesday, during Kavanaugh’s own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics, common refrains among Supreme Court nominees that had added salience in the fraught political atmosphere of the moment.With his wife, two children and parents sitting behind him, Kavanaugh called himself a judge with a straightforward judicial philosophy.“A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent,” he said.The most likely outcome of this week’s hearings is a vote along party lines to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.Majority Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic votes, though they’ll have little margin for error.“There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome,” Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said in an unsparing opening statement that criticized Kavanaugh’s judicial opinions and the Senate process that Democrats said had deprived them of access to records of important chunks of Kavanaugh’s time as an aide to President George W. Bush.Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, gaveled the committee to order. One by one, Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all potential presidential contenders, demanded that Republicans delay the hearing. They railed against the unusual vetting process by Republicans that failed to include documents from three years Kavanaugh worked in the Bush administration, and 100,000 more pages withheld by the Trump White House. Some 42,000 pages were released to senators only, not the public, on the evening before the hearing.As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge’s legal record than Trump in the White House.“It is about politics,” said Cruz. “It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election.”Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. John McCain.Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. Abortion rights supporters are trying to appeal to those senators, who both favor abortion access.
President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement about the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.Watch President Trump make his announcement in the video player above at 1:30 p.m. ET.Trump, who had once said he would be “proud to shut down the government,” is scheduled to make his announcement from the White House Rose Garden, days before he had been scheduled to offer the Jan. 29 State of the Union address to Congress.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) had rescinded the invitation, saying Trump could deliver his address after the shutdown ended. Share