LIME Relief Fund for Dominica

first_img McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:Dominica, lime, relief fund, tropical storm erika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Sept 2015 – Cable & Wireless Communications has established a regional relief fund via texting for the island of Dominica, following the devastation caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. The deadly storm left its mark on Dominica resulting in more than $225 million dollars in damage to infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges. John Reid, President, C&W Consumer Group extended heartfelt sympathies, and reaffirmed support for the people of Dominica in the recovery effort. Across the Caribbean and the Bahamas, customers can now simply Text the word “HELP” to donate funds to the Dominica Relief Initiative: All proceeds generated from this C&W initiative will be donated to the Government of Dominica Disaster relief efforts. Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Recommended for you 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Marialast_img read more

911 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 9-1-1 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety December 13, 2018 Updated: 7:32 PM Posted: December 13, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Every hour of the day deputies are working to keep us safe and secure but they can’t do that without the help of some of the unsung heroes of public safety, 9-1-1 dispatchers.Here to tell us more is Jeff Hebert, a Communications Director for the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center of the Sheriff’s Department.For more information http://joinsdsheriff.net/ Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

FOLIO Roadshow Returns to West Coast Next Week

first_imgThere are new channels, new formats, new expectations and new opportunities. And the basic relationship between content creators and content consumers has evolved.  To stay at the top of your game and keep your brand’s content-creation efforts at the center of your market, you’ll need to understand the new landscape, as well as what’s coming. We hope you can join us next week in San Francisco. Check out our full brochure here. FOLIO:’s C2 roadshow—our content and community tour—is returning to the West Coast on December 4th in San Francisco. The tour, which has already made two successful stops in Los Angeles and New York, aims to take FOLIO:’s unique angle on the magazine media industry to the back yards of publishers looking for tactical assistance in an increasingly fragmented content world.  FOLIO: editor Bill Mickey and general manager Tony Silber will be hosting a one-day training workshop for editors, publishers and content creators. The summit is designed to help brands amplify their message, tap new technologies and build community. Top trends and exclusive research will be analyzed and this year’s biggest success stories will be dissected as case studies for taking your business to the next level in 2013.The program has been designed to have an interactive element—a combination of traditional presentations plus group exercises and peer-to-peer sharing. last_img read more

Dont Sleep On These BrandNew Holiday Songs From RuPaul Lil Jon More

first_img Facebook News Our Favorite 2018 Holiday Songs With RuPaul & More dont-sleep-these-brand-new-holiday-songs-rupaul-lil-jon-more Don’t Sleep On These Brand-New Holiday Songs From RuPaul, Lil Jon & More Twitter Email Tired of the same ol’ holiday songs? We’ve got you covered with this roundup of the best new ones from 2018Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 24, 2018 – 8:06 am Every year, shortly after Thanksgiving ends, the debate around which holiday song is the best returns, with Mariah Carey an ever-present fixture of the discussion. By the time the holidays creep around, though, chances are those tracks are feeling a little played out. And you know what that means: It’s time for a new playlist.Thanks to the generous spirit of artists including John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Jon, Ozuna, Aloe Blacc and RuPaul (of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), there are now a handful of cheerful new holiday tracks you can jam out to. You can listen to our selection below, all of which are original songs released this year (no remakes of “Jingle Bells” or “Santa Baby” here).”Bring Me Love” – John LegendMulti-hyphenate GRAMMY winner John Legend has been pretty busy. Remember when he became the first black man—and youngest person ever—to earn an EGOT (an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner) on Sept. 9? Perhaps his schedule had something to do with why the R&B crooner waited to release a proper holiday album, A Legendary Christmas (geddit?) until 2018. It was worth the wait: A Legendary Christmas offers Legend’s take on eight holiday classics, along with six original tracks, including “Bring Me Love.””I Am The Grinch” – Tyler, The CreatorEveryone’s favorite holiday hater, the Grinch, got a makeover this year with a new feature film, complete with a score written by GRAMMY-winning composer Danny Elfman and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tyler, The Creator. The soundtrack features two tracks by Tyler, including an original song, “I Am The Grinch.””All I Really Want For Christmas” – Lil JonIf you haven’t watched the music video for GRAMMY-nominated rapper/hype-man Lil Jon’s “All I Really Want For Christmas” since it was released on Dec. 17, you’ve been missing out. Spoiler alert: The Kool-Aid Man is still breaking through walls, and all Lil Jon wants “is everything on my list, baby!””Llego La Navidad” – OzunaReggaeton star Ozuna offers a joyful Spanish-language song, whose title translates to “Christmas Is Here,” and is dedicated to his native Puerto Rico, with support from fellow Puerto Rican artists: Christian Nieves and children’s music group Generación Escogida.”Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” – RuPaul feat. MarkaholicQueen bee drag queen RuPaul has gifted us with a third holiday album this year, titled Christmas Party, which follows 2015’s Slay Belles and 1997’s Ho Ho Ho. The album features several new, original songs, including the all-around fabulous “Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” featuring Markaholic, with amazing lyrics like “all of Santa’s elves be giving me life.” RuPaul, you give us life.”I Got Your Christmas Right Here” – Aloe BlaccThe soulful GRAMMY nominee also blessed listeners with a holiday album this year, Christmas Funk, which he said is “Christmas music you can listen to year round.” One of the original songs, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” is a cheerful track—and music video—celebrating love and family.Sam Smith Sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”Read morelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Scholar Intern at Analog DevicesPart-Time Applications Engineer Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Marketing Automation Specialist at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Assistant Manager Trainee at SpeedwayPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Library Courier at Optima ShippingFull-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima ShippingPart-Time/Full-Time Licensed Nail Tech at La Chic Nail Spa(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of January 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, January 20, 2019:193003 — Magliozzi — 20 Arlene Avenue190077 — Perreault — Tax Lien181610 — Walsh — 22 Brentwood Street190058 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Mt Pokkets190021 — Deadline For Warrant Articles(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)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’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Facebook teams with UK newspaper for series of positive sponsored articles

first_img Comment Share your voice Facebook’s had a rough couple of years. With revelations that its platform was twisted into a tool for election interference, propaganda and harassment, as well as a breeding ground for hate speech, it’s hard to feel good about the social network these days. So Facebook has partnered with The Telegraph, a major UK newspaper, to publish more than two dozen stories as part of a promotional campaign to burnish its image.  The series, called “Being human in the Information Age,” includes articles ranging from defending Facebook’s mission to “bring the world closer together” to primers on how the social network is handling cyberbullying, free expression and scammers. The partnership was first reported on by Business Insider. “There’s no doubt that the internet has changed our lives,” the introduction for the series says. “Here, we take a closer look at new challenges raised by the internet like fake news and data privacy — and how social media is tackling these challenges.” A Facebook spokeswoman said the sponsored articles were part of “larger marketing efforts in the UK with the goal of educating and driving awareness of our local investments, initiatives and partnerships here in the UK that have a positive impact on people’s lives.” The Telegraph didn’t immediately responded to a request for comment. 1 Facebook Politics Tech Industry Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… The move marks Facebook’s latest effort to respond to the deluge of criticism it’s faced in the past couple of years. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was once whispered about as a potential contender to run for president of the United States, spends most of his time in public defending the company’s latest snafu while extolling the virtues of what it offers to the more than 2.3 billion people who log on each month. Meanwhile, people’s trust in Silicon Valley has dropped. Roughly half of Americans told the Pew Research Center last year they don’t trust social media sites to protect their data, and 62% said in 2017 that they believe online harassment is a “major problem.” Facebook’s challenge with paying for positive articles, which are marked below the headline as “Brought to you by Facebook” to indicate they’re ads, is that they don’t always work as intended.  Two days before a gunman used Facebook to livestream a massacre he committed in New Zealand, the Telegraph-Facebook partnership published an article titled “What action is Facebook taking to tackle terrorist content?” It profiled a London employee who works on Facebook’s counterterrorism team, touting how the company has removed terrorist content from its service. “Between human expertise, tooling [software development] and machine learning, we’re achieving extraordinary things, of which I’m very proud,” the Facebook employee says in the article.  After the shooting, Facebook quickly found itself explaining why it had failed to identify and stop the gunman’s livestream, copies of which spread across the internet. The series also includes an article with instructions on how to protect your privacy on social media networks, particularly on Facebook. But at no point does it offer instructions on how to close and delete your account, a remedy a former Facebook executive has recommended. First published April 3 at 5:18 p.m. PT.Updated April 4 at 12:19 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook comment. Tags 5:14 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

ICICI Bank Reduces Base Rate to 97

first_imgPrivate sector lender ICICI Bank on Thursday has reduced its base rate by 5 basis points (bps) to 9.7 percent with effect from 26 June, 2015. The bank’s new rate is equal to that of State Bank of India (SBI).ICICI Bank, which is India’s second largest bank in terms of market capitalization, had cut its base rate by 25 bps to 9.75 percent in April this year. Many banks had announced similar cuts in base rates in response to 25 bps cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its 2 June meeting.The first was SBI, which announced a 15 bps cut in base rate to 9.7 percent.Overall, the RBI has reduced the key rate by 75 bps since the beginning of the year.On 12 June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with chiefs of various banks, asking them to pass on the benefits of the recent rate cuts by RBI to end users.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52 per cent, down from the 13.83 per cent increase in 2013-14.Bankers cite continued tight liquidity conditions and poor uptake in credit growth as reasons for the absence of higher cuts in lending rates.”With effect from July 1, 2010, interest rates on new loans and advances, including consumer loans, are determined with reference to I-Base (ICICI Bank Base Rate),” ICICI Bank said in a statement.last_img read more

Tata Steel May Sell Stake Worth Rs 5500 crore in Tata Motors

first_imgTata Steel is reportedly planning to sell its 5.5% stake in sister company Tata Motors.As per reports, the steel manufacturing arm of Tata Group is expected to execute the stake sale worth Rs 5,500 crore in “one or two tranches”.Surprisingly, the buyer is none other than its parent company Tata Group, a section of media reported quoting sources.Tata Steel also seems to be contemplating to “sell cross holding across Tata Group companies”. The company is expected to undertake debt refinancing to reduce interest charges.However, Tata Steel told CNBC-TV18 that the reports on stake sale in Tata Motors to Tata Group were “speculative”.”The company is committed to making disclosures to regulators and the investing community,” it said.Tata Motors, which will announce its earnings for June quarter on Friday, is struggling to increase its revenues due to declining volumes in China. China is the largest market for Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).Tata Motors earns more than 80% of its revenues from JLR sales. A drop in business volumes in China, which accounts for 20% of total JLR sales, weighed heavily on its profits in the March quarter last financial year (2014-15).The company profit slumped by 56.19% to Rs 1,716.50 crore in the January-March quarter compared to Rs 3,918.29 crore in the same quarter a year ago (2013-14).”Overall the environment and the numbers for Tata Motors doesn’t look good for the next couple of quarters,” said Sudip Bandopadhyay of Destimoney Securities.Owing to the weak outlook, share prices of Tata Motors have fell sharply by about 32% since the beginning of April this year.last_img read more

TRAI seeks power to penalise errant telcos

first_img1. MTNL10.4%8.2% A recent study on the rate of call drops by different carriers has highlighted their continuing poor performances, according to the telecom regulator, TRAI. The Call Drop Rate Performance study, though limited to national capital Delhi in its first leg, is the regulator’s efforts to improve the overall service quality.The Mint noted dropped calls (call drop) as those that terminate abruptly for technical reasons before the call is complete. Recently, there were reports that telcom service providers were using new technology to artificially keep the calls connected even though there was no voice exchange from the other end.The regulator said Aircel was using the radio link time out technology to mask call more than other carriers. However, the big four — Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication — too were requested to further decrease their drop rates. MTNL, the government run telecommunication carrier, was the other service provider monitored for the study. Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in DelhiCompanies2G3G Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi1. MTNL10.4%8.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi2. Idea0.9%6.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi3. Reliance Communication-5.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi4. Airtel3.3%2.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Related”We have been conducting drive tests to access quality regularly and for the last 8-9 months we have increased the tests in terms of coverage with the number of cities going up to almost 12,” TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma told the Mint.The May 2016 study, however, indicated only Vodafone to have had a reduction in its call drop rates in Delhi, while all others lurked where they were or showed increase in call drops against the January 2016 study. Idea’s 2G, with 0.9 percent call drop rates, was better than 2.1 percent seen in January.Except Vodafone and Reliance, all other telecos could not even meet the benchmark in terms of call drops in Delhi region, noted the Mint.A source told the news outlet that the regulator may seek penalising power for itself against faulting telecos. The regulator has already set up a portal to register call drop complaints. It has also warned that not more than 2 percent of the calls on each of the carriers network should be dropped.The study, conducted to analyse the overall service quality offered by the carriers, also focused on three other important parameters of call set-up success rate, signal quality (Rx quality) and blocked call rate.Pro teleco lobby group Broadband India Forum highlighted that the study was welcome as there was a sustained improvement in call set up rate across many telecos. On the call drop issue, another lobby group noted that some chosen areas in Delhi were highly congested. 5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Companies2G3G 3. Reliance Communication-5.2% 4. Airtel3.3%2.2%  Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi 2. Idea0.9%6.2%last_img read more

The CV is dead and Artificial Intelligence can help companies candidates Shortlist

first_img Close Are you looking to apply for jobs or finding it difficult to hire the right talent for your organization? Shortlist is a start-up that’s keen on solving the biggest pain points of hiring employees.In our latest BizTalk, Danish Manzoor, Executive Editor, International Business Times, India, speaks with Paul Breloff, CEO and co-founder of Shortlist, a Mumbai- and California-based employment-tech start-up, about the hurdles of the hiring process and how his company aims to address them with a simplified and automated process.Shortlist is a platform that is aimed at offering a better approach at hiring – shifting from the traditional paradigm of handing out CVs to a robust and effective way of identifying the right talent for the right job using artificial intelligence. With operations in India and South Africa, Shortlist has been working with numerous clients since 2016 by automating applicant vetting process using online assessments. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/21:29Loaded: 0%00:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-21:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Is AI the future of Recruiting? As Breloff said in his interview, Shortlist wants to be a “noise filtration layer” between recruiters and applicants. The start-up uses predictive chat-based interviews and online competency-based assessments to thoroughly screen candidates before pushing them forward.Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the core of Shortlist, which qualifies candidates based on location, salary, and experience, in turn saving time by eliminating the basic Q&As. The company also firmly believes in not judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree, hence it uses customized competency-based assessments and analyses several data points on each candidate’s ability, motivation, and fit.During the BizTalk, Breloff spoke about the how Shortlist came into being, right from getting the brand’s name suggestion from a Kenyan client, to using the latest technology tools like AI and machine learning to solve the most time-consuming phases of hiring, and raising funds as well as plans of acquisitions in the near-future.Shortlist was co-founded by Breloff along with two of his best friends Simon Desjardins and Matt Schnuck, who are also on board as Chief Customer Officer and Chairman, respectively. The start-up currently operates in India and East Africa and has over 80 clients, including ITC, DHL, dunes, and others.[CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO]last_img read more

Trumps poisonous rhetoric making world darker Amnesty

first_imgUS President Donald TrumpAmnesty International said on Wednesday US president Donald Trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a “darker” place.In its annual report covering 159 countries, the human rights group said principles of human dignity and equality had come under assault from politicians seeking election and it zeroed in on Trump, who took office on 20 January.”Donald Trump’s poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics,” Amnesty said in a statement issued in Paris. The world, it said, had become a “darker … unstable place”, with a rise in hate speech targeting refugees across Europe and the United States.”The early indications from (…) Trump suggest a foreign policy that will significantly undermine multilateral cooperation and usher in a new era of greater instability and mutual suspicion,” Amnesty added.Trump, a Republican former reality TV star and property magnate, has said he is “the least racist person” and “least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen” and that one of his top priorities is to protect the United States from terrorism.His administration has been marked by controversies in the early going, fierce attacks on the news media and legal battles over his executive order to ban people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries as alleged security risks.US vice president Mike Pence visited Europe this week Pence and pledged “steadfast and enduring commitment” to ties between the United States and the European Union, a message at variance with Trump’s far-right chief strategist.US allies in Europe have been seeking clarity on the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia.”The gap between imperative and action, and between rhetoric and reality, was stark and at times staggering,” Amnesty said.”Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the failure of states attending September’s 2016 United Nations summit for refugees and migrants to agree any adequate response to the global refugee crisis.”According to Amnesty calculations, some 75,000 refugees found themselves trapped between Jordan and Syria as the civil war in Syria entered its seventh year.Amnesty said populist movements and messages had also become more common in Europe, notably in Poland and Hungary.”The result was a pervasive weakening of the rule of law and an erosion in the protection of human rights, particularly for refugees and terrorism suspects, but ultimately for everyone.”last_img read more

Kutubdia biodiversity in danger

first_imgHere was the embankment that had saved Kutubdia from different cyclonic stroms over the years. Photo: Jewel SheelBoth local and foreign investors are keen to set up industries in Kutubdia island while the government also has similar plans. However, environmentalists warn unplanned growth of industries may destroy the environment and biodiversity of the island.Coastal islands like Maheskhali, Kutubdia, Sonadia and St Martin’s are sanctuaries for amphibians and aquatic animals. There are four to five species of dolphins and two species of tortoise that are on the verge of extinction.Director general of the Department of Environment (DoE), AKM Rafique Ahammed, told Prothom Alo, “Those who want to set up industries in the island have to get an approval. If any of the industries poses a risk to the environment, it has to carry out Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).”According to Petrobangla, local company Beximco has sought 700 acres of land to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry. Beximco in its website said the island would be its centre of investment for the energy sector.Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) also wants to establish an economic zone in the island.Two Indian companies dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) have shown their interest to set up terminals in Kutubdia as well, as did another Indonesian company.Petrobangla officials said investors in the energy sector are also showing interest in Kutubdia.The government is constructing a sea port at Matharbari. Once it is done, large vessels carrying heavy machinery will be able to berth at the Matarbari seaport and it would be a suitable place to establish an LNG terminal. Kutubdia is four kilometers away from Matarbari. This will facilitate bringing in raw materials and LNG containers.Kutubdia upazila chairman Faridul Islam Chowdhury said there is no electricity in the area and most of the embankments are damaged. After the cyclonic storm in 1991, many people left Kutubdia. Some are still leaving, too.He said the prime minister had pledged that electricity will be available by 2020.Local people get employment opportunities if industries are set up, he further said, arguing that they will not leave.Shahera Begum lives in a hut near Kutubdia island. While talking to this correspondent on 27 December 2018, she had said her house would be protected due to the embankment despite the fury of the sea.After the cyclonic storm Fani had hit the island on 4 May, a fisherman of the island said a portion of the embankment was engulfed by the sea. However, Shahera’s cottage survived. But it is now at risk of erosion.A big portion of Kutubdia island was engulfed by the Bay of Bengal and the embankments were damaged by the storms one after another. The residents of the island are leaving their ancestral houses, crop fields and fish enclosures. Where they are settling anew, they are naming the place ‘Kutubdiapara’.According to the local administration, these people are settling at Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Maheskhali, Ramu, Chakaria, Dulahazara and Kekua, Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati Sadar and Chattogram Sadar and Anwara upazila.The lighthouse which had been giving light to sailors since 1848 it broke down during the cyclone of 1991. The administration did not take any steps to this end. People have now started living in the area named ‘Lighthousepara’.Life and riskOne has to go to Kutubdia from Magnama Ghat of Pekua Upazila of Cox’s Bazar by trawler. There is a small bazaar one kilometre away from the ghat. Fish and salt are sold in the market here. One can see the towers of windmills few kilometres later.There is no boundary around the power plants set up on nearly eight acres of land. The security system is not up to the standard while electricity supply is not more than one megawatt. A total of 350 families receive electricity for seven to eight hours a day. There is also a solar and a diesel-powered power station. Only 12 per cent of the islanders get electricity.There have been bumper production of both salt and rice this year. More than 700 tonnes of salt were produced in about 7,000 acres of land. The farmers are, however, worried for its low price. Again, the paddy invented for salty lands by the scientists had a good yield. But the rice prices are also low.Four researchers from two US universities published a research report on geographical changes in Kutubdia in 2017. The study says the size of the island was 77 square kilometres in 1972, but it shrunk to 68 square kilometres in 2013.Meanwhile, a study carried out by the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), a government agency, says the total area of Kutubdia island was about 100 square kilometres in 1840. As many as 40 square kilometres of the lands were reduced due to erosion. Upazila administration data also give similar impression.Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, executive director of Coast Trust, an organisation working on coastal development, said due to erosion and lack of damns the island and the residents’ lives are at stake.”Scattered plans will not help to protect this island. We need an inclusive plan. The problem will increase if the residents are displaced,” he added.As per the upazila administration data, there was a 40-kilometre embankment around the island. Half of the damn collapsed in the 1991 cyclone. It was reduced to eight kilometres by the onslaught of the cyclone Sidr, Aila, Roanu, Mahasen and the latest Fani. As a result, a large part of the island goes under water in regular tide.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Dipak Kumar Roy said he has requested the Water Development Board to repair the damn as soon as possible.The water level of the sea is very high at the moment. It should be kept in mind while repairing the embankments, he added.Secretary to the Ministry of Water Resources, Kabir Bin Anwar, said the ministry had decided to repair and rebuild the damns.Also, mangrove forests will be created to protect the coast as the Ministry of Forest and Environment and the directorate will remain responsible to protect the biodiversity of the island.According to Kutubdia upazila administration, every year there is erosion in different places of the island in normal tide. Two years ago the island’s population was about 300,000. It is less than half now.Another 5,000 people have been left vulnerable due to cyclone Fani, he added.Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmed, former country director for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), stressed the need for rehabilitating the residents of the island.”Local residents must be protected before any project is implemented there and erosion must be stopped, too,” he said.”Otherwise, being one of the vital source of salt and fishes, the island, its inhabitants and the proposed investment will be in danger,” he observed.”Coastal islands like Kutubdia protect the country from the initial strike of storm surge. Before upgrading it to an industrial area, it’s overall wellbeing has to be kept in mind,” Inshtiaq further said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo’s print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Trump says very popular spokeswoman Sanders to leave

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 8 May White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the press in the driveway of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Thursday announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but-kill off traditional White House briefings to journalists.Sanders has been one of Trump’s most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign before.Trump announced her exit in a tweet and did not name a replacement.”After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said, adding that he hoped she would run for governor of her state.Sharp, sometimes acid-tongued, Sanders has not been prone to the almost comic slip-ups that embarrassed predecessors in the job, such as short-lived Trump spokesman Anthony Scaramucci.But she has earned a reputation for bruising clashes with journalists whom she finds over-critical — often echoing her boss’s attacks on unfavorable coverage as “Fake News.”At a White House event Thursday on reintegration into society for ex-prisoners, Trump interrupted proceedings to summon the “warrior” Sanders from the audience and lavish praise on her record.Calling her “a friend, a woman, a great, great magnificent person,” Trump said, “she’s very popular.”In fact, Sanders, 36, has a sometimes bitter relationship with the White House press corps and is seen as responsible for the demise of the formal daily briefing — practically an institution under previous presidents.Pressed during one particularly combative briefing to distance herself from Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people,” Sanders refused.The last time she took to the podium for a back-and-forth with reporters in the White House briefing room was 11 March. Instead, she communicates largely through interviews on the president’s favorite TV network Fox News and short, informal briefings with other journalists outdoors.She has also been accused of telling repeated lies to reporters, although she denies this.Despite Sanders’ damaged reputation in media circles, there had been no hint from the administration that her exit was imminent.Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee is a former Republican governor of Arkansas, making her something of a member of conservative royalty.No tearsCalled up to the microphone by Trump at the ex-prisoners’ event, a visibly emotional Sanders said she would “try not to get emotional, because I know crying can make us look weak.”In a brief address, the spokeswoman praised Trump and her colleagues at the White House, saying she “loved every minute” of the job.”I’m going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done,” she said.She made no mention of the media or the role of journalists at the White House.Although Sanders is often blamed for the White House’s killing off of the press briefing, she has been serving a president who from the start decided to tear up the media playbook.With Trump communicating directly via Twitter and other social media to tens of millions of people every day, the traditional role of a press office putting out statements has become partly redundant.And while journalists now rarely hold the administration’s feet to the fire in the calm, organized setting of the briefing room, they have extraordinary access to Trump himself.Weekly, the president holds his own impromptu briefings in the Oval Office or out on the South Lawn before boarding his Marine One helicopter. In contrast to real press conferences, these occasions can be chaotic and are rarely carried on live television.Sanders may not speak much, but she is always there — in the background.last_img read more

Baltimore Officer Dies of Drug Overdose

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROBaltimore City Police have confirmed the death of one of their own, Monday morning.According to Baltimore Police, 25-year-old Jospeh Banks Jr of the 4000 block of Moravia Road, died Friday of an apparent drug overdose.Medics received a call from the Tim’s Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe, a little after 3:00 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male.Baltimore police officer Joseph Banks Jr., 25, died of an apparent drug overdose Feb. 25. (Courtesy Photo)When medics arrived, they found officer Banks unresponsive. After several unsuccessful attempts to revive the officer, he was pronounced dead on the scene.A woman, only identified as Officer Banks girlfriend at the scene, told police that she and Banks had been using drugs throughout the day when Banks used the last of his drugs around 11:00 p.m; that is when she noticed the officer making noises as if he was struggling to breathe.The woman told police that she called a friend for Narcan but was unable to administer it. Narcan is the controversial drug that reverses the affects of overdoses.Four hours later, she called police.It is not known why she was unable to administer the Narcan.According to the police report, heroine and opioids were found at the scene.Also noted in the police report, Officer Banks and the unidentified female were both bruised and bloody from an apparent physical altercation.Officer Banks was arrested in October 2018 for an assault charge in Anne Arundel County at a motel where he was living with a woman, according to online court documents.It is unclear if this is the same woman in both cases.Banks had been on the force for six years and was assigned to Juvenile booking and intake.At the time of his death, Banks was suspended from the force and The Afro has also learned that his father is also a Baltimore Police Officer.It is not clear if Banks was suspended stemming from his arrest in October 2018.Banks, who was a graduate of Merganthaler-Vocational Technical high School, also known as Mervo.“Rest in heaven Joseph #mervopride forever. I am so sorry this happened to you”, said a classmate on Facebook.“We are deeply saddened by Officer Banks death. Out of respect to him and his family, we will not comment further”, said a Baltimore Police PIO in a released statement.last_img read more