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first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds that it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened economy and could mean higher rates on mortgages and other loans over time.The Fed announced Wednesday that it will let a small portion of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet mature without being replaced, starting in October with reductions of $10 billion a month and gradually rising over the next year to $50 billion a month.The central bank left its key short-term rate unchanged but hinted at one more hike this year — most likely in December. The Fed policymakers’ updated economic forecasts show an expectation for three more rate increases in 2018.The Fed’s policymaking committee approved its action on a 9-0 vote after ending its latest meeting.Stocks turned lower after the announcement before finishing mixed. Bond yields rose, reflecting expectations of higher rates.John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo, said some investors appeared surprised that the Fed still expects to raise rates by December. With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma clouding some economic data — temporarily raising gas prices, likely restraining hiring and potentially depressing growth in the July-September quarter — some analysts assumed the Fed wouldn’t have enough information by December to assess whether the economy had rebounded from the storms.“A lot of people were thinking (the Fed) would pass in December,” Silvia said.At a news conference, Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed’s two rate hikes this year and its decision to begin reducing its bond holdings were signs of a solid economy and job market.“The basic message here is U.S. economic performance has been good,” Yellen told reporters.Yellen also said the Fed still believes that persistently low inflation — below the Fed’s 2 per cent target rate for four years — is temporary. She said several factors have held inflation down: A job market still healing from the Great Recession, lower energy prices and a strong dollar, which has reduced the costs of imports.She said the Fed would adjust its policymaking if it thought the causes of low inflation had become permanent.In its policy statement, the Fed took note of Harvey, Irma and Hurricane Maria, which it said had devastated many communities. But it said history suggests that the storms were unlikely to affect the national economy over the long run.Under the plan the Fed announced, it will start to allow a slight $10 billion in holdings to roll off the balance sheet each month — $6 billion in Treasurys and $4 billion in mortgage bonds. That figure would inch up by $10 billion each quarter until it reaches $50 billion in monthly reductions in October 2018. After that, the monthly reductions will remain steady.The Fed has telegraphed its move for months, and investors are thought to be prepared for it. Still, no one is sure how the financial markets will respond over the long run. The risk exists that investors could become spooked by the rising number of bonds being transferred back into private hands. If that were to happen, long-term rates might surge undesirably high, which could weigh on the economy.To avoid spooking investors, the Fed’s plan for shrinking its balance sheet is so gradual that the total would remain above $3 trillion until late 2019. Some economists say they think the figure could end up around $2.5 trillion, still far above the $900 billion the Fed held in its portfolio in pre-crisis days.The question of when and how the Fed will manipulate its main policy lever — its target for short-term rates — in coming months is less clear. After leaving its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years after the 2008 crisis, the Fed has modestly raised the rate four times since December 2015 to a still-low range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent.The Fed did lower its projection for its so-called neutral rate. That’s the point at which its benchmark rate is considered to be neither stimulating economic growth nor restraining it. That neutral rate dropped to 2.9 per cent in the new forecast, down from 3 per cent in the Fed’s June forecast.The Fed has felt confident to raise rates because it appears to have met one of its key mandates: Maximizing employment. The unemployment rate is just 4.4 per cent, near a 16-year low. The Fed, though, has yet to achieve its other objective of stabilizing prices at a 2 per cent annual rate. Inflation has remained persistently below that level. As a result, financial markets have seemed unsure about whether the Fed would raise rates again before year’s end.In addition to forecasting future rate hikes, analysts are trying to divine whether President Donald Trump will re-nominate Yellen to a second four-year term. The only other potential choice for Fed chair Trump has mentioned is Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who leads the president’s National Economic Council. But Cohn appears to have fallen out of favour.At her news conference, Yellen declined to say whether she would like to serve a second term. She met several months ago with Trump, who spoke favourably of her afterward, but Yellen said she hasn’t spoken with Trump since.With several seats on the Fed’s seven-member board open or soon to be open, Trump has made just one nomination, that of Randal Quarles to be vice chairman for supervision. One vacancy about to open is the seat of Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, who is stepping down next month.Yellen said that although the Fed board will lose its quorum after Fischer leaves in October if Quarles hasn’t yet been confirmed, she said the three remaining members will still maintain authority to make major policy decisions.___AP Economics Writers Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak contributed to this report.last_img read more

So far, local authorities have confirmed 510 deaths, 1,000 injuries and over 16,000 homes destroyed. But these numbers could climb in coming days, since areas such as Nazca and Palpa in the hardest-hit department of Ica have so far been inaccessible.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that early data has revealed the cities of Cañete, Chincha and Pisco to be the most damaged by the tremors registering 7.9 on the Richter scale which struck Peru on the evening of 15 August.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has contributed $200,000 for relief efforts in the response phase and will allocate an additional $300,000 for reconstruction initiatives. The agency’s Deputy Representative said that the Government’s response to the disaster has been well-organized. “It is a country that is used to this kind of emergency,” said Florence Bauer. “All the hospitals in the country, including the ones from the national army, are open to provide services to anyone who may need it.”The agency believes that the water supply might be affected, and at the request of the Government, it is transporting emergency items – including water-purification tablets, water containers, oral rehydration salts and water tanks with a 10,000-litre capacity – from Panama to the Peruvian capital, Lima.“Our first priority is for the affected population to have safe water,” said Ms. Bauer.UNICEF is also working with the Ministry of Education to evaluation the quake’s impact on schools. “Fortunately, when the earthquake happened the schools were all closed,” said Ms. Bauer. “Today, all children of the country are not going to school because of the emergency. We know there is a high number of schools that have been destroyed.”A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been deployed and should arrive in Peru shortly to assist those impacted by the earthquake, whose epicentre was 161 kilometres south of Lima.The Government has requested relief supplies such as shelter, tools and medicine, and it is working with the UN Country Team and the international community to identify the most urgent needs.The UN Resident Coordinator in the South American country has activated the Emergency Operations Centre on a 24-hour basis, and has also informed the Government that an emergency cash grant to support assessment work is available.Several UN agencies have received requests for assistance, and their responses are being coordinated by the UN Disaster Management Team (UNDMT), while the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) is on standby to help should the Government request it.A donors’ meeting, also attended by the Government, took place today. Yesterday, OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced that they had released two grants totalling $200,000 to provide immediate relief in the earthquake’s aftermath.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday that it will provide $500,000 worth of urgently-needed food relief to victims of the country’s earthquake.UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström said at a press briefing in New York today that several of Peru’s neighbours – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico – have provided supplies.“I think you can see importantly a huge effort is done in the near region,” she said.The Government, she said, has approved a compensation scheme of $312 per family member killed, and $1875 will be provided per family to reconstruct their homes. 17 August 2007Amid mounting fears that the death and injury tolls will rise following the major earthquake which rocked Peru earlier this week, the United Nations is stepping up efforts to provide relief to victims. read more

In an effort to boost food production in Afghanistan, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it had distributed high quality seeds and fertilizers to some 60,000 Afghan farm families ahead of the new planting season. The 3,000 tons of quality wheat seed and 4,500 tons of fertilizer are expected to benefit over 500,000 people with the improved harvests and income, FAO said in a news release in Kabul, the Afghan capital. The beneficiaries include thousands of families returning to their land after being forced to flee their farms during the country’s civil war. “Since 2002, FAO has carried out several large-scale distribution programmes in Afghanistan, reaching some 300,000 poor families, around 2.7 million people, with quality wheat and vegetable seeds, fertilizers and hand tools in nearly every province and district of the country,” the FAO Representative in Afghanistan, Serge Verniau, said. For its part the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said lack of security was the main constraint to its large-scale recovery and reconstruction activities. But most relief activities, such as assistance to refugees and hospitals, as well as assistance to school children and teachers continue to be implemented, albeit at a reduced level, WFP Information Officer Maarten Roest told a news briefing in Kabul. The most insecure areas are generally also the most poverty stricken and food insecure, Mr. Roest said. Where security prevents WFP staff from operating, activities can continue in limited cases thanks to the presence of governmental or non-governmental partners, he added. read more

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive co-ordinator Nathaniel Hackett after the team’s seventh consecutive loss.Coach Doug Marrone made the decision Monday, one day after a 24-21 loss at Buffalo in which Blake Bortles finished with 127 yards passing. The Jaguars (3-8) had a season-low 107 yards through the air the previous week against Pittsburgh.Hackett has failed to get Bortles and the offence to play anywhere close to the way they did early in the season. Injuries have been a major issue, but not enough to save Hackett’s job.Marrone says “these are always tough decisions, but as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team.”It was clear Hackett’s job was in jeopardy when Marrone moved him from the sideline to the coaches’ booth for the game against the Bills, an indication Marrone felt Hackett needed a new vantage point to call games better.___More AP NFL: and Long, The Associated Press read more

first_imgGOVERNMENT TDS AND senators have defeated a motion put forward by Fianna Fáil, opposing the appointment of John O’Connor as the new chairman of Eirgrid in the wake of his performance in front of the Transport and Communications Committee last week.Members of that committee met this morning in private session to consider a motion put forward by Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley opposing O’Connor’s appointment in the wake of his performance in front of TDs and Senators last week.O’Connor was widely criticised for his performance after admitting he would not like to live close to an electricity pylon.Members, including some from the government benches, questioned his suitability for the role in light of his previous affiliation to An Bord Pleanála, but the experienced civil servant denied any conflict of interest.Dooley’s motion asked the Committee to reject the proposal of Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to appoint O’Connor as the Eirgrid chairman.But the government members of the committee put down an amended motion this morning. This noted the “concerns expressed by the committee to the Minister” and the “serious concerns” raised by the Eirgrid proposals to update the State’s electricity infrastructure by erecting large pylons in some areas.It also called for a report from the company on its consultation process within two months. The motion was passed by the committee thanks to the government’s majority.Speaking afterwards, Dooley said that the meeting was “forced it into private session which allowed Fine Gaelers, who were totally against Mr O’Connor last week, to hide behind the private session”.He said that government TDs on the committee “were whipped into line” describing the situation as “appalling”. “The government talk an awful lot about Dáil reform and what they’ve effectively done is forced the whip,” he said. “They snuck into private session and defended him [O’Connor] when push came to shove.”Attempts to contact a number of government TDs on the committee were not immediately successful.Earlier this week one of them, Labour TD Sean Kenny, accused Fianna Fáil of “playing politics”.“I think the fact that Fianna Fáil of all people are putting down a motion is a bit rich considering their track record,” he told, expressing confidence in the “integrity and capability” of O’Connor.Kenny tweeted this morning:A spokesperson for the Taoiseach said last night that the government continued to have confidence in O’Connor. It’s also emerged that Rabbitte sent a four-page letter to the committee last night backing O’Connor.Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chairlast_img read more

first_img Democratic Party donor Ed Buck is charged with running a drug den after 2 men died of meth overdoses in his house Cristiano Ronaldo says the best goal he ever scored still wasn’t as good as sex with his girlfriend WHEN YOU FEEL that irresistible pull to the face or body of a stranger you can blame your… medial prefrontal cortex.That’s the brain region responsible for “love at first sight” researchers say. This brain region gets more active when you see someone that you are physically attracted to.In their studies they scanned the brains of speed daters. Potential dates that lit up the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex the most were more likely to be picked for a date.Another study found four brain regions that were specially activated when watching sexually explicit films (and not when watching neutral or comedic films).The four spots of the brain that activate when watching a sexually explicit film. (Fonteille, et al, Sexologies, 2011)As detailed by ScienceAGoGo:The first was the inferior temporal cortex, a region also corresponding to the visual associative zone. The researchers inferred that the subject was assessing and analysing the visual stimulus when this zone was activated, corresponding to the perceptive-cognitive component of sexual arousal.The second region was the right orbitofrontal cortex, which might be related to emotional and motivational phenomena. Instagram is warning users of popular social media management tools like Buffer and Hootsuite that their accounts have been ‘compromised’ (FB) center_img Alex Rodriguez just sold his Hollywood Hills mansion at a loss — take a look inside the $4.4 million ‘experimental’ home he bought from Meryl Streep The third area was the left anterior cingulate cortex, which appears to control primary physiological responses (endocrine and autonomic), but also affective responses, to sexual stimuli. In other words, it would govern physical and psychological preparation for sexual activity.The fourth region was the right insula, that could be involved in subjective perception of physiological modifications associated with arousal (heart rate acceleration, penile erection, etc.)Finally, the right caudate nucleus probably controls whether sexual arousal is followed by sexual activity.The researchers also saw that testosterone levels rose during the sexually explicit film. Hormones like testosterone and oestrogen are what modulate our sexual desires — they increase when we hit puberty.The brain cells in these regions was the release of neurotransmitters — the chemicals that communicate between our brain cells. These include the “feel good” chemical dopamine, the “fight-or-flight” chemical adrenaline, and serotonin. As described by researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK:Adrenaline: The initial stages of falling for someone activates your stress response, increasing your blood levels of adrenalin and cortisol. This has the charming effect that when you unexpectedly bump into your new love, you start to sweat, your heart races and your mouth goes dry.Dopamine: Helen Fisher [of Rutgers University] asked newly ‘love struck’ couples to have their brains examined and discovered they have high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This chemical stimulates ‘desire and reward’ by triggering an intense rush of pleasure. It has the same effect on the brain as taking cocaine!Fisher suggests “couples often show the signs of surging dopamine: increased energy, less need for sleep or food, focused attention and exquisite delight in smallest details of this novel relationship.”Serotonin: And finally, serotonin. One of love’s most important chemicals that may explain why when you’re falling in love, your new lover keeps popping into your thoughts.- Jennifer Welshlast_img read more

first_imgONE OF THE county’s top marathon runners, Sergiu Ciobanu, believes it is not too late to start training for the Dublin Marathon, which is now just two months away.The Moldovan-born Irishman, who has won multiple Irish national titles over marathon and cross-country distances, said that while he’d always favour a three or four-month training programme leading into the event, it’s not impossible to start now.“It’s never too late but you cannot overdo it,” explains the Clonliffe Harriers man. “If someone is in shape and living a healthy lifestyle, they can do it. You need not be doing 100 miles a week but as long as you are living a healthy lifestyle and go for a jog you will be okay. Two months is never too late to put in the training,” he added,“If you put in five or six weeks of training and then two weeks to ease down and taper you can do it. However, at the same time, you cannot do too much and must listen to your body and what it is telling you. I always say three or four months is what you should take because you can stress the body and kill yourself in sessions that way. Two months, you can do a block of hard training for two weeks and then a week easy, then another two weeks, but make sure two weeks before the marathon you ease down and taper.”As regards the specifics, the 2011 Cork marathon winner says; “I can never say about how many miles to do but I always do it on time; I always do maybe two hours (70 minutes morning and 50 minutes evening) when I am training, a few times a week.”But he also warned; “When you start feeling your muscles getting tight and you feel shin splints coming on, you are doing too much. Be sensible in your training and feel your body; listen to your body. It’s normal to feel tired when you train for a marathon but be sensible; make sure that you drink plenty of water, eat healthy, sleep a lot — up to eight hours a night or more, take a nap during the day if you can, this is all part of marathon training. This is why you get injured; you do not rest enough. Also, that you are not eating the right foods and drinking enough.” Source: James Crombie/INPHOAmongst other things, he believes a massage is a key element in training.“Massage is very important; I have one a week. But if you cannot afford that, maybe get one every two to three weeks. Get a good massage; 30 minutes is not enough. You need an hour or 70 minutes. Stretches, foam rolling, flexibility, this is all very important as well.”In terms of doing some events between now and the October weekend, it’s imperative that these are not taken seriously, and used as training.“I would advise someone to do some events like the preparation event on October 5th the Belfast half-marathon. There are so many running races around and people can have fun doing these. When you are training for a marathon, don’t expect to perform in the lead-up events. You can train three and four days hard before a half marathon but don’t expect to perform, use it as a training tempo run. It’s very important to taper (ease down) for six days before the marathon. You can race every two weeks but don’t expect to perform.“The most important thing to remember, however, is to stay motivated. Another thing is ‘feet on the ground’. I always say this to people; feet on the ground. Don’t get too excited. Be realistic, when you do a training session and you’re flying, try to remember that it was a training session, don’t go drinking after. Don’t think you can win an Olympic medal. Stay motivated, be realistic.”In summary…The marathon is a very personal thing.It’s never too late to startYou cannot overdo trainingListen to your bodyStay motivatedBe realisticGet a massageGet your diet and sleep perfectDrink loads of waterDon’t panic if you miss a day’s trainingRun at your own paceStupid questions you should never be afraid to ask in the gymWhat is CrossFit and is it worth the money?last_img read more

Keith Olbermann Moves to Current TV

September 21, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgA few weeks after making an abrupt departure from MSNBC, left-leaning commentator Keith Olbermann has a new home: Current TV. The channel, launched five years ago as a forwarding thinking station targeted toward the 18-34 demographic, has struggled for viewers, currently pulling in around 23,000 viewers in its prime time slot, despite being available in 60 million homes.Olbermann, for his part, was pulling in around one million viewers, when he announced his departure and then promptly exited MSNBC. Neither the station nor Olbermann have given reason for his departure–though it did come shortly after he was briefly suspended from the station for making campaign donations in the last midterms.Current is no doubt best know for two things: being founded by former Vice President Al Goe and the detention of two of its reporters in North Korea, back in 2009.last_img read more

first_imgTrying to predict what Apple is going to do next with its product lines can be difficult as the company historcally plays its cards very close to its chest. But there’s a few things you can predict with some certainty. Alongside the fact there will be a new iPhone released this year, many would bet money on the 13-inch MacBook Pro getting a Retina Display.Apparently that laptop will appear in September, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. That’s a claim backed up by the fact a new MacBook Pro has already been spotted in benchmarks.Adding a Retina Display to a 13-inch MacBook Pro will certainly offer consumers a difficult choice when buying an Apple laptop. Do they opt for the super-slim Air, or go for that gorgeous display on the smaller Pro and likely pay an extra wedge of cash to get it?The MacBook Pro won’t be the only device getting an update in September, though. Kuo also believes the iMac line will receive an overhaul before September is over, but not at the same time as the 13-inch MacBook Pro update. The question is, will they also sport Retina Displays?One thing that is clear, Apple is certainly piling on the pressure with its suppliers to produce enough components, and in particular high resolution displays, to meet demand. Shipping times on the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina Display remain at 1-2 weeks. Surely that’s only going to get worse if a 13-inch model and new iMacs are introduced in time for the holidays.via AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Greek saga continues

September 21, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As eurozone finance ministers converge in Brussels on Wednesday to further assess Greece’s economic proposals in a bid to move toward a deal, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde in the Belgian capital in a bid to overcome lingering obstacles.According to Finance Ministry sources, Greek government officials provided representatives of the country’s creditors on Monday with further technical details on the proposals submitted by the Greek side on Monday.A European official told Kathimerini there are still weaknesses in Greece’s proposals and that time is running out. The official added that Greece’s proposals violate many of the creditors’ “red lines” on value-added tax rates and pensions. Creditors believe the Greek proposal is too heavy on revenue-raising measures, which could push the country back deeper into recession, rather than spending cuts. That formula would widen the fiscal gap, requiring further measures, they argue. According to Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung, the IMF believes the EC is being too soft on Greece while some European officials have reportedly accused the Fund of not really wanting a deal. The IMF appears to want cuts to state spending on pensions and changes to VAT accounting for 1 percent of gross domestic product. It also appears to want to push the VAT on cafes and restaurants to 23 percent from the current 13 percent.Another headache for the Greek government is that it must draw up a list of prior actions. The aim is for a staff-level agreement by Thursday. This would allow any deal to be approved at an EU leaders’ summit on that day, paving the way for the measures to be voted on in Greece’s Parliament and then in the parliaments of eurozone countries. The likeliest scenario is that eurozone parliaments will be asked to vote on a disbursement of aid and an extension of the current Greek bailout at the same time.Several European officials indicated on Tuesday that a deal was still possible. “I am convinced that we will reach an agreement,” European Monetary and Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici told French radio, adding that “work remained to be done” in the areas of VAT and pensions.The Greek government’s chief negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos told ERT that Greece was “closer than ever” to a deal, which he said he expected would include “at least a partial solution” to the country’s debt burden.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Complémentaires santé une nouvelle taxe

September 20, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgComplémentaires santé : une nouvelle taxeFrance – L’État, désireux de réduire le déficit de la Sécurité Sociale, veut mettre en place de nouvelles taxes sur les complémentaires santé.L’un des défis des gouvernements successifs est de limiter les dépenses de l’Assurance Maladie et de rembourser ses dettes.Le gouvernement actuel a choisi d’instaurer de nouvelles taxes dans l’espoir de récupérer 1,1 milliard d’euros. Se verront ainsi ponctionnés les détenteurs de contrats d’assurance vie multi-supports. Au lieu de payer la CSG à la sortie des fonds, il la paieront chaque année. Ensuite, ce sont les assureurs eux-mêmes qui devront contribuer en s’acquittant d’une taxe de 10% sur les sommes qu’ils ont en réserve de capitalisation. Pour finir, les assurances santé, plus communément appelées mutuelles, connaîtront une imposition supplémentaire à hauteur de 3,5%. Ce dispositif concerne les contrats dits solidaires et responsables.Les assureurs sont mécontents d’être autant mis à contribution. En outre, ils craignent que ces mesures ne freinent l’accès des ménages à la complémentaire santé. Le 2 septembre 2010 à 11:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

One of attackers on Khaleda BCL leader

September 3, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgThe youth whom BNP claims to be a BCL leader. Photo: CollectedLocal leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have identified one of the attackers on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade. He is Osman Goni Real, the general secretary of Feni’s Sharshdi union unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).BCL is the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.According to the locals, a group of activists of ruling AL, its front bodies Juba League and Chhatra League carried out the attack on BNP chief’s motorcade at Mohammad Ali Bazar of Feni sadar upazila on her way to Chittagong on Saturday.Some 20 vehicles, mostly of different television channels, were vandalised and several newsmen were among the inured in the attack.Scrutinising video footages aired in different television channels, Feni district BNP leaders have become certain that a group of BCL leaders, including Osman, took part in the attack, but the BNP leaders couldn’t dare to mention names of the attackers, fearing reprisals.Following the incident, Prothom Alo correspondents talked to some local people on Sunday afternoon.Three of the locals said they saw a group of leaders of AL, Juba League and Chhatra League standing at the Mohammad Ali Bazar where Khaleda’s motorcade came under the attack. They said some of them carried out the attack.When contacted, the BCL leader’s phone was switched off till 9:00pm Sunday when this report was filed. Asked about the matter, Feni district BCL general secretary Zabed Haidar claimed that the youth who is seen in the video footage is not Osman Gani.“Why would Chhatra League leaders attack the media vehicles?” he asked.He on the contrary alleged that local BNP men carried out the attack.Feni Sadar Model police station officer-in-charge Rashed Khan Chowdhury said no BNP men filed any case in this regard as yet.“Yet, we are investigating the matter as vehicles of different media houses were vandalised in the attack,” the OC added.Asked about filing of case in this regard, Feni district BNP general secretary Ziauddin aka Mister Mia said they would take a decision in this regard after a discussion with the party central leaders.He also said those who attacked the motorcade did it in broad daylight. “I’ve nothing to say more than this,” added Ziauddin.The BNP leader demanded arrest and punishment of the attackers without any further delay.last_img read more

first_imgDonald Trump. File photoStudents galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while president Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more US rampages.The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as fellow students staged classroom walkouts and rallies in cities across the country.Trump held an emotional, hour-long meeting with students who survived the Florida shooting and a parent whose child did not. He said arming teachers and other school staff could help prevent future mass shootings, voicing support for an idea backed by the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.The Republican president, who has championed gun rights and was endorsed by the NRA during the 2016 campaign, said he would move quickly to tighten background checks for gun buyers and would consider raising the age for buying certain types of guns.The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and educators were killed on Feb. 14 in the second-deadliest shooting at a US public school, has revived the long-running US debate over gun rights.Investigators said the assault was carried out by 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, who purchased an AR-15-style assault weapon nearly a year ago.“Nikolas Cruz was able to purchase an assault rifle before he was able to buy a beer,” said Stoneman Douglas student Laurenzo Prado, referring to a Florida law that allows people as young as 18 to buy assault weapons.“The laws of the country have failed,” he told reporters at the Florida state capital.Lawmakers in Tallahassee said they would consider raising the age limit to 21, the same standard for handguns and alcohol, although the state Senate opted on Wednesday not to take up a gun control measure.The US Constitution protects the right of Americans to bear arms, a measure fiercely defended by Republicans. However, Trump has come under pressure to act.Trump spoke at length during the televised White House “listening session”, attended by students, parents and people affected by other US school shootings, about how armed teachers and security guards could frighten off potential shooters and prevent more deaths.“If you had a teacher … who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he said, while acknowledging the proposal was controversial. Some of the meeting participants indicated support. Others were opposed.Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, said his wife, Jackie, a teacher “will tell you that school teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life.”‘WEAPON OF WAR’A task force backed by the NRA recommended more armed guards and teachers in schools after the Sandy Hook shooting.Trump listened intently to ideas from about 40 people, including those from six students who survived the Florida shooting.“I don’t understand why I could still go in a store and buy a weapon of war,” said Sam Zeif, 18, sobbing after he described texting his family members during the attack. “Let’s never let this happen again, please, please.”Trump sat in the middle of a semi-circle in the White House State Dining Room. Photographers captured images of his handwritten note card with questions and responses such as: “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” and “I hear you.”In Tallahassee, students demanded that lawmakers restrict sales of assault rifles. Some wore T-shirts and carried signs reading: “We call BS,” one of the slogans of the movement started by the survivors.Trump also said he was open to looking at age limits, among other measures, and lamented the closure of many mental institutions that helped assess violent people.“There’s no … middle ground of having that institution where you had trained people that could handle it and do something about it,” Trump said.‘PATHETICALLY WEAK’Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed at Stoneman Douglas, told Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida at a town hall program televised on CNN on Wednesday night his comments and those of the president’s in the past week had been “pathetically weak.”Rubio, under fire for saying the problems could not be solved by gun laws alone, said he would support a law that would prevent 18-year-olds from buying a rifle as well as a ban on “bump stocks,” an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute.Ashley Kurth, a Republican teacher who protected more than 60 people in her classroom, questioned Rubio about Trump’s proposal to arm teachers.“Am I supposed to get extra training now to serve and protect? … Am I supposed to get a Kevlar vest? Am I supposed to strap it (the gun) to my leg or put it in my desk?”Rubio responded that the idea of arming teacher was wrong.NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch told the crowd of several thousand people the gun lobby wanted to prevent people with mental illness that make them a danger to themselves and others from getting firearms, and that authorities needed to do a better job of following up on warning signs.“I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm. This individual was nuts,” she said of the suspected school shooter.Trump directed the Justice Department on Tuesday to work on a regulation that would effectively ban bump stocks.Last October, a retired real estate investor used multiple assault rifles equipped with bump stocks to kill 58 people at a Las Vegas outdoor concert, the deadliest attack by a single gunman in U.S. history. Bump stocks have not played a prominent role in other recent U.S. mass shootings.The NRA opposes an outright ban on bump stocks but has said it would be open to restrictions on them.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Photo: APFacing a divided Congress for the first time, president Donald Trump warned emboldened Democrats in his State of the Union speech Tuesday that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could derail economic progress.Trump peppered his speech with calls for bipartisanship, urging Washington to govern “not as two parties, but as one nation.” But his message clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation’s capital, as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his path during his next two years in office.The president’s remarks previewed how he planned to defend himself as Democrats launch a flurry of investigations into his administration and personal finances.”If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he declared.Trump’s speech to lawmakers and the nation comes at a critical moment in his presidency. He pushed his party into a lengthy government shutdown over border security, only to cave to Democrats. With another shutdown deadline looming, the president has few options for getting Congress to fund a border wall, and he risks further alienating his party if he tries to circumvent lawmakers by declaring a national emergency instead.Trump made no mention of an emergency declaration his remarks. And though he offered a lengthy defence of his call for a border wall, he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open.”I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country,” he said.In his speech, Trump also planned to announce details of a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, outlining a summit on 27 and 28 February in Vietnam, according to his prepared remarks. Trump has been teasing the meeting in recent weeks. The two met last summer in Singapore, though that meeting only led to a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize.As he stood before lawmakers, the president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke. Many House Democratic women wore white, the color favored by early 20th-century suffragettes. And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Senator Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become America’s first black female governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for US Senate from Georgia.In excerpts released ahead of Abrams’ remarks, she calls the shutdown a political stunt that “defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values.”Trump’s address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 per cent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months. He said the US has “the hottest economy anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: CPI-M has dropped Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Gautam Deb, Madan Ghosh and Shyamal Chakraborty from its state committee. A student leader from Burdwan is likely to be added to the new state committee. The leaders have been dropped because of their poor health condition. Bhattacharjee has been unable to come to Alimuddin Street because of ill health. He has been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). He has also not been attending Politburo meetings for the past few years and has been dropped from it. This is for the first time since the early 1970s, when Bhattacharjee will not be a member of the party’s state committee. He was a minister of Jyoti Basu’s first cabinet in 1977. He started his political career in DYFI, the youth wing of CPI-M. His colleague Gautam Deb has been dropped on health grounds as well. Shyamal Chakraborty, former state Transport minister, has also not been keeping well for quite some time and has crossed the stipulated age as well. The party is facing a very crucial time, when it has bagged fewer seats than BJP in Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity and has bagged only one seat in Zilla Parishad.last_img read more

Five killed in truckvan collision at Nadia

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first_imgKolkata: Five persons died after a pick-up van rammed into the back of a parked truck at Nabadwip in Nadia district on the wee hours on Sunday.The victims, along with few other people, were returning from a funeral. Fifteen persons have been injured in the accident. According to sources, Srimati Sarkar of Krishnanagar passed away on Saturday. After completing the funeral rituals at home, her son Nilkamal Sarkar (60) arranged a pick-up van to go to the crematorium. Later, at night they started for Nabadwip where Srimati would be cremated. After completing the cremation on the wee hours of Sunday, Nilkamal and others who went to the crematorium were returning home on the pick-up van. Near Pantha Nagar in Kotwali area, the pick up van driver lost control and rammed into the back of a truck loaded with sand which was parked on the roadside. Hearing the sound of the accident, local residents ran to the help the victims. Kotwali police station was also informed. Later, local residents and police rescued the injured persons and admitted them at the Bishnupur Hopsital. Local sources informed that two persons had died on the spot. One of them got stuck inside the cabin of the pick-up van. The police had to cut the metal portion of the pick up van to retrieve the body. Later, five persons were declared brought dead at the hospital, including Nilkamal. Rest of the deceased persons were identified as Anita Sikdar (30), Saraswati Biswas (40), Pabitra Biswas (30) and Sangeeta Mallick (14). Fifteen persons are still undergoing treatment. It is suspected that the drive of the pick-up van had fallen asleep while driving. As a result, he was not able to control the vehicle.last_img read more

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