Blue Hills Robber jailed for Christmas Holidays arms charges

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 22, 2016 – Police say the public is their strongest ally and that was again proven earlier this month when someone reported suspicious activity involving two burglars and one of them was caught.  Around 3:36am the report came in on November 12 that a restaurant in the Turtle Cove area was being broken into.Police got there quickly, gave chase to the two and one of the men was caught with a hand full of food, likely stolen from the unnamed business.  Press Officer, Kevin Clarke said:  “Try as we may, officers cannot be everywhere, but with the help of residents who keep their eyes open for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, we can respond quickly…” Police yesterday also reported that the 34 year old who was arrested after residents foiled his armed robbery attempt is now in prison facing a number of arms charges.  Carrying ammunition, carrying firearm, discharging firearm and robbery were leveled at the suspect who caused the community of Blue Hills to rise up last Monday night when he tried to rob City Market Store, located on Millennium Highway.   No plea was required for the suspect who has a sufficiency hearing in January and is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk until then.The man boldly entered the store and even, allegedly fired off a shot in a move to rob the grocery store – residents stopped him and while police say they do not encourage these actions typically, the residents who did stop and restrain the man until Police arrived on scene were called, ‘brave, offering valuable assistance…’ Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Volunteers help revamp the Salvation Armys downtown center

first_imgVolunteers help revamp the Salvation Army’s downtown center April 26, 2019 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) – The Salvation Army’s Downtown center was cleaned up this morning with the help of local business and volunteers.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on Project Beautification Day. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New rules coming for sales of old vessels

first_imgState officials are finalizing rules that would put increased scrutiny on the sale of older, longer barges and ships in Washington.The Department of Natural Resources is preparing to roll out many of the new requirements later this year. Among the biggest changes: Anyone who owns a vessel that’s at least 40 years old and 65 feet long will have to provide documentation of a recent inspection before selling it or transferring ownership.The rules were created by a new law approved by the Washington Legislature in 2013. Many of them take effect July 1. And it was a costly mess on the Columbia River in 2011 that helped spur action, said Melissa Ferris, manager of DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program.The botched dismantling of the derelict barge Davy Crockett spilled oil into the Columbia near Camas and prompted a complex cleanup that ultimately cost $22 million. In 2012, the fishing vessel Deep Sea caught fire and sank at Whidbey Island, costing the state $3 million to raise, remove and dispose of the ship.“That kind of created the political impetus to do something,” Ferris said of the two incidents.The rules pertaining to vessel inspections, which would apply to hundreds of vessels across the state, take effect July 1. Part of the goal is to prevent vessels from becoming derelict or abandoned, according to DNR. The agency hosted a series of open house meetings last week, including one in Vancouver.Some details are still being worked out. The original legislation stated that vessel inspections must happen within six months of a sale or transfer, for example, but that window may be shortened based on recent comments, said Lisa Randlette, a DNR environmental resources planner.last_img read more

Esquire Cares Part I

first_imgI wrote a while back that most magazines were not particularly concerned with that ambassador to the reader, the table of contents page. Still true—but Esquire is an exception to the rule. TOChinations at the magazine predate January’s redesign—the book has a history of putting collaged, structuralist, and sometimes even more whimsical arrangements on its contents page. One (from late last Fall) put content in the form of an array of cubes—it looked more like a recent NYT infographic than anything else. Stunning and inefficient, that version took four pages rather than the usual two.None of the magazine’s recent contents pages are your parents TOC, into which text is unceremoniously poured and routinely formatted. As a whole the pages vary in interest (to my mind the “issue map” version [above, bottom] is a hum-drum take on old gimmick of previewing spreads—first done (I think) by Talk) but as a group they delightfully show the potential of the page.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Buy Jandos new book!]last_img read more

RBIs Weird Layoff Document

first_imgAs we reported and confirmedyesterday, Reed Business Information eliminated 41 positions, months after ReedElsevier, its parent company, announced that the unit was up for sale. The tipcame from this document,sent to one of the “victims,” which, curiously, lists the titles and ages ofthose who were laid off, as well as the titles and ages of those who remain.That’s something I’ve never seen a company do before. RBI declined to comment on the document itself, although myinitial thought was that it was intended to show that the company was notresorting to ageism in making its cuts. (At least one reader agreeswith me).Still, as another reader noted,it seemed “a bit cutthroat.” Perhaps because it is.last_img

When Is An Editor An Audience Development Specialist

first_imgSocial media offers a new outlet for editorial projects such as “Kiplinger’s Best Cities for Your Future,” prompting fans to weigh in on the choices and offer their own feedback. “We’re trying to skew to younger demographics with Facebook chats, Twitter parties, online videos, there are endless amounts of possibilities,” says Pollak. “In a lot of places social media is used to drive traffic, but we see the goal as creating a community where people can find answers to their questions.”Social media is becoming a point of conception for editorial and marketing, rather than an afterthought, says Pollak. “It has to be fully integrated throughout the process,” she adds. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is embarking on an aggressive digital and social media push this year to expand its audience, particularly younger readers (the company also expects digital revenue to be 60 percent of print advertising revenue in 2011). At the center of the strategy is Amy Pollak, who has served in a variety of editorial roles at Kiplinger over the past five years, but is now transitioning to the new position of “audience development specialist,” which combines responsibilities of editorial and the emerging discipline of audience development into one position. “[Director of business development] Wallace Ryland definitely wanted to take advantage of the online opportunity and decided we needed to have a person devoted to those efforts,” says Pollak. “We knew we wanted someone who had an editorial background, who knew what the editorial direction of the brand is. Everyone needs to know this content at some point in their life–do they wait until they have to know or will they be prepared at a younger age.” While Pollak won’t officially move into her new role until Kiplinger finds a replacement for her as an online editor, she’s currently laying the groundwork by putting analytics tools in place. “We have to know the numbers to get a better understanding of what the demographic is responding to. It’s not just ‘Oooh, here’s a shiny new object, let’s go after it.’ I may be the point person but we’ll be disseminating that information to everyone to help them do their job.”last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 30, 2018:Address: 23 Burt RoadPrice: $486,000Buyer: Melissa HebertSeller: Caitlin M. AhernDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 26,136sfAddress: 5 Dexter StreetPrice: $385,000Buyer: Angely RiveraSeller: Anthony Lesperance & Susan A. LesperanceDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,583sfAddress: 25 Dorchester StreetPrice: $470,000Buyer: Sadie Sherman & William ShermanSeller: Cheryl Cwiekowski & Daniel CwiekowskiDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,038sfAddress: 14 King StreetPrice: $730,000Buyer: Nicole M. Boyer & Jeffrey T. BoyerSeller: 3 Holly Street LLCDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfAddress: 25 Lowell Street, Unit 2Price: $160,000Buyer: SST Unique Realty LLCSeller: Kenneth B. McCowanDate: 10/1/18Use: Office CondoLot Size: 0sfAddress: 45 Marcia RoadPrice: $525,000Buyer: Michael J. Silverstro & Greta SilverstroSeller: Frank MatareseDate: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,522sfAddress: 39 Marion StreetPrice: $302,000Buyer: Elm Tree Development LLCSeller: Mararet Funk Est. & Robert G. Peterson Sr.Date: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 19,166sfAddress: 16 Salem StreetPrice: $289,900Buyer: DSM Mangano Home BuildersSeller: Daniel J. Blackwell & Suzanne M. BlackwellDate: 10/1/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,148sfAddress: 5 West StreetPrice: $400,000Buyer: Joseph A. TrioSeller: Geraldine E. RossDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 39,204sfLike 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… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Ford is investigating its US emissionscertification process

first_img Post a comment Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2019 Ford Ranger: It’s got the look More From Roadshow Fordcenter_img Tags More about 2019 Ford Ranger Car Industry Enlarge ImageFord is looking into the way it tests fuel economy for new vehicles, starting with the 2019 Ranger. Emme Hall/Roadshow Ford announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into its process for certifying vehicles for US fuel-economy and emissions tests. Ford stresses that the investigation is not about the existence of “defeat devices,” as was the case in VW’s Dieselgate scandal. Rather, the automaker is looking into its road-load calculations.Road-load calculations are used for evaluating a vehicle’s rolling resistance and thus for configuring dynamometers used to test for fuel economy and emissions. Engineers can check the mathematical models used to create the road-load figures with coast-down tests, which involve checking how far and for how long a vehicle continues to coast in neutral.Ford does not believe thus far that any testing errors caused errors in terms of fuel-economy figures. “There’s been no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications,” the company said in a statement.Ford opened the investigation after “a handful of employees” reported concerns about the tests in September. The automaker says it has hired an outside firm to investigate its road-load testing, as well as a lab that will conduct more coast-down tests. Moreover, the company is looking into “potential changes to our road-load modeling process.” Ford also voluntarily shared information on its investigation with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board.Ford is starting its review by evaluating how it tested the 2019 Ford Ranger, and says that it is also assessing some of its other vehicles.There’s some recent precedent for this type of investigation. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine because they had miscalculated road-load data for as many as 1 million vehicles, resulting in incorrect fuel-economy ratings. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 36 Photos Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 0last_img read more

Watch Egg smashed on Australian senator Annings head over racist comments on

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Anning’s comments as “appalling” and “ugly” with “no place in Australia”, as he announced a bipartisan motion of censure would be launched.As many as 49 people lost their lives and 48 were injured on Friday (March 15) in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques. A youngster smashed an egg on Anning’s head in Melbourne while the senator was speaking with the press.Twitter/@Henry_BelotIndependent Queensland senator William Fraser Anning has hit the headlines yet again after his controversial comments on the real reason behind the New Zealand shootings in two mosques.In a viral video that has been doing rounds on social media, a youngster smashed an egg on Anning’s head in Melbourne while the senator was speaking at a press conference. The incident happened when Anning was talking on camera and the video got captured on cameras. An angry Fraser Anning turned around and punched a young boy after he was egged at the event.Someone has just slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning’s head, who immediately turned around and punched him in the face. @politicsabc @abcnews pic.twitter.com/HkDZe2rn0X— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019Later, the boy was taken away by the police and an investigation is underway.A senator from Queensland in Australia, Fraser Anning was globally criticised after blaming Christchurch mosque shooting on increasing immigration into New Zealand. Anning blamed immigrants the reason for the attack. He was slammed for his comments, which also included him saying that the growing Muslim population is behind the bloodshed. In his statement, he said that Islam is a religion equivalent to fascism.last_img read more

MS Dhonis batting angers Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain Twitterati also unhappy

first_imgMS Dhoni will be key to India’s chances in the 2019 World CupMike Owen/Getty ImagesCommentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly were left scratching their heads after a strange innings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni where he hardly made an attempt to chase down England’s big score after the wicket of Hardik Pandya. At that stage, India needed 71 off 31 balls but MSD seemed to give up and hardly attempted anything out of the ordinary. Towards the end of the innings, he was just taking singles and looked to be content turning the strike over to an unsettled Kedar Jadhav. As the required run-rate went through the roof, commentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly expressed their inability to understand the tactics of MS Dhoni. Hussain seemed exasperated. “I am completely baffled,” the former England captain said and said to his commentary partner: “It’s over to you to explain what is happening.”He also reminded everyone of a similar performance from MSD in the bilateral series between these two sides last year in England where, in the second match of the series, Dhoni seemed to give up the chase after the required run-rate became too high and needed a message from the dressing room to attempt big strokes.Ganguly didn’t directly criticise Dhoni but his words seemed directed towards him. “The team has to make a decision whether they are just happy not getting out or are looking to win. The message has to go out that they should keep attempting big shots even if they get out. You can’t have a team losing in a chase with 5 wickets in hand,” he said.A little later, when Dhoni casually tapped the ball into the off side for a single, Dada said to his co-commentator: “I have no explanation for this. You asked me to explain what is happening, I can’t.”Hussain pointed to the large number of Indian fans and said Dhoni should provide something for them. “There are so many Indian fans here, they are leaving now. Surely Indian fans will want to see Dhoni have a go.”The fans and other experts also seemed perplexed by this strategy and expressed their anguish on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions.Unbelievable batting by Dhoni.. didnt even try to win it…even Pandiya lost it in the end before he got out…commentators cant beleive it.. fans cant believe it…— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) June 30, 2019Everyone to Dhoni and Jadhav: #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/uJ8Atuogtd— V (@virajkulhari) June 30, 2019In the last over Dhoni tried to hit four & Sixes, why not 5 over before? We had 5 wickets in hand,what stopped dhoni & Jhaadav for even trying?Completely surrendered & one of worst lack of Intent every displayed on a cricket field. Dear @imVkohli ball is in ur court now #INDvsENG— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 30, 2019#indiavsEnglandIndian cricket fans waiting for Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav pic.twitter.com/GDaDWYI0Hu— Bharat (@bharatdevre) June 30, 2019#Dhoni dhoni time to retire. pic.twitter.com/UvDe0OzM4p— Golden fan (@Pnb75174894) June 30, 2019Pakistan : Why Dhoni is taking singles at this stage ?Indian Fans : ? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/yI58veVCHU— Nasir Ahmad (@ClarkMichle) June 30, 2019only the single MAJOR helped india to got pakistan out of the world cup #indvseng #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/y5LomEohAG— muhazzib_chawlein (@iamchawal) June 30, 2019So, Lt Col MS Dhoni has done a successful surgical strike against Pakistan.#INDvENG #indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/YbIiLdRBEU— Manιѕн Kυмar (@iamanish__) June 30, 2019Dhoni fans right now ? ?#ENGvIND #CWC19 # pic.twitter.com/Ow2ZajnlfD— The Guy || (@Awara_Raaz_) June 30, 2019Dhoni was not taking chances in the end because he didn’t want to get out and decrease his average #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VMQ2WHmH7F— sarcastic_ su-myth (@ft_sumyth) June 30, 2019Dhoni is a real patriot, single handedly ensured that Pakistan is out from the World Cup. ?????— Maithun (The Fauxy) (@Being_Humor) June 30, 2019last_img read more

Indians again top the chart of foreign investors in Dubai property

first_imgDubaiReutersIndians again topped the list of foreign investors in property  in the Emirates as they bought property worth Rs 42,000 crore in Dubai from January 2016 to June 2017, according to data released by the Dubai Land Department (DLD).The data from the DLD show a jump of Rs 12,000 crore from 2014, when the department recorded Indian buyers investing Rs 30,000 crore that year, the Times of India reported.”For years, Indians have consistently been the most prolific non-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) buyers of Dubai real estate. From January 2016 to June 2017, they bought property worth more than Rs 42,000 crore in the emirate,” said a statement from Dubai Property Show.Also, apartments were the most preferred property type, with 33 percent share in properties bought. The next top pick was villas at 17 percent. Commercial property stood at 9 percent and lands stood at 6 percent. About 35 percent were not decided when answering the survey questions.According to a report by international property consultant Knight Frank, Indian homebuyers have from 2012 to 2017 seen an overall return of 49.3 percent, the highest in the world.Dubai is one of the most affordable property destinations around, and the strengthening of the Indian currency further pushed the investors to buy more.”The UAE’s safe haven status, stable economic growth and bottomed out prices have been the key factors for attracting Indian realty investments in Dubai. In addition, many Indians find Dubai as their base for business between India and the wider Europe and Middle East,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions — organiser of the International Property Show in Dubai.Dubai is one of the favourite destinations for the Indians for other reasons as well, like high capital gains, great return on investment, a tax-free environment, and more transparent deals.”The profits on properties in Dubai in the form of rents and resale are high. The Dubai realty market has everything on offer — from high-end luxury to affordable housing, making it a perfect destination for Indian investments. This year’s edition of International Property Show will have some of the best properties on offer, allowing serious Indian buyers to make deals and agreements right at the show,” added Al Shezawi.However, while property prices in Dubai have been attractive for the last few years, prices in London have also plunged after Britain voted to leave the European Union, making London another attractive and realistic market for high-end Indian investors. London PropertyReutersAccording to Parth Mehta, managing director of Paradigm Realty, global investments will skyrocket in 2017 due to the interest of Indian investors and the fundamentals of Dubai and London’s property markets.”With steady growth, the real estate market will pervade every sphere of economic activity. Moreover, friendly bilateral policies and an influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will boost business sentiments,” said Mehta.Reports had suggested in August that Indians are now the second-largest prime Central London Property buyers after overtaking Middle East purchasers driven by a fall in the Gulf investors’ demand due to economic and political uncertainty and a weakening pound in Britain.last_img read more

Facebook says Saavn Airtel had access to user data even after 2015

first_imgA visitor works on his computer at France’s Facebook headquarters in Paris, France, May 15, 2018.REUTERS/Charles PlatiauTelecom major Airtel and music streaming app Saavn are among the dozens of firms that received a special exemption from Facebook after it discontinued access to data in 2015.In a written submission to US Congress, Facebook said that these firms were allowed access to data following its partnerships with app developers and software makers to integrate “Facebook and Facebook features” onto their companies’ devices and products.Along with Airtel, 51 other companies were also authorised to use Facebook user data which allowed the Silicon Valley-based giant to increase its reach among users. The other major players involved were Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry.  The mobile streaming app Saavn was offered a one-time extension beyond May 2015. This exemption was given to comply with “restricted API (application programming interface) access” after it imposed restrictions following the alleged misuse of data by researcher Aleksander Kogan. Saavn was later merged with Reliance owned JioMusic platform in March 2018.Notably, in early 2018, Facebook accused Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm of getting the physiological profiles of 50 million people from Kogan, who is said to have violated its data policies by sharing data from his personality prediction app.The app developed by Kogan mined data not only from the participating profile but also from everyone in their friend list. The US investigative agencies are looking its possible involvement in influencing the US Presidential elections.Airtel defended its stance in this matter and denied any wrongdoings. “The matter pertains to the year 2010 when Airtel was granted access to data by Facebook as an app developer. The project ended in 2013 and so did the access to the data. We confirm that the data was used only for our internal purposes. We take data privacy extremely seriously and follow a zero-tolerance policy on the same.” The Economic Times reported, attributing it to an Airtel spokesperson.Facebook is facing a huge public outcry over accusations of data theft, which has forced the tech giant to investigate every app that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its policies in 2014. It has already suspended over 200 apps.last_img read more

Enemys enemy is my friend

first_imgOn the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd’s response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 per cent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 per cent invective against the Trinamool, the applause was thunderous.The editor who passed on these “findings” to me was then a key figure in the Kolkata establishment. He was amplifying something he liked to believe. So opposed to Mamata was he that he claimed some credit for helping stitch together what was patently an absurd arrangement: The Congress and the CPI-M would hold hands in Bengal, but fight each other in Kerala. They were trounced.Jaitley’s unflattering report about Mamata’s electoral fortunes can be easily explained. His meetings, obviously organised by RSS cadres, consisted of crowds who were presumably anti-Mamata. His narrative also revealed that, in charting out a future in Bengal, the BJP saw Mamata as a much more formidable obstacle than the Congress-Left combine.That outcome is precisely what the BJP is up against, now that Amit Shah is preparing the turf for the 2019 elections.In this framework, how does the communal violence following Basirhat play itself out? First, it must be registered that there have been a dozen or so clashes in the state after Mamata’s re-election. It must be said to the credit of the CPI-M’s 36-year rule: Communal riots were almost non-existent. Some of what is happening now is clearly part of the BJP’s effort to create an atmosphere conducive to communal polarisation.It is difficult to see how the BJP can profit from efforts at Hindu consolidation in a state with anywhere between 30 to 35 percent Muslim population. In the absence of a reliable census, these are the figures most parties privately cite. Promoting communalism would leave this bloc vote consolidated exactly where it is: Behind Mamata.Considering that this very same vote stood four square behind the CPI-M for 34 years, mostly under the charismatic Chief Ministership of Jyoti Basu, its support for Mamata need not theoretically be seen as permanent.This probably is the desperate hope the CPI-M nurses. To enhance Mamata’s vulnerabilities it has thrown its lot with the BJP: An enemy’s enemy is my friend.Just as the self-defeating formula, CPI-M + Congress, for the May 2016 elections was credited to CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, the strategy of attacking the Trinamool just when it is in the RSS-BJP line of fire is widely believed to be the line enunciated by former party chief, Prakash Karat.Quite clearly the party has not yet digested the harsh reality that it was trounced by the Trinamool, that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was West Bengal’s Gorbachev. In the rush to reform both had lost control.The Marxist government’s conflict with peasants in Nandigram in March 2007 set into motion a series of events which ultimately dethroned the CPI-M. Karat’s diagnosis was that the anger of Muslim peasants had been stoked by a combination of Jamiat, Trinamool and Naxalities.Muslim peasants fearful of losing their lands for a Special Economic Zone was the basis on which CPI-ML groups worked hard to mobilise a powerful movement. Jamiat may have played a role since the peasants were Muslim. The only party in the fray to take electoral advantage was the Trinamool.It was a masterstroke of political opportunism by Mamata. Having lost the 2006 assembly election, she turned her fortunes around using Singur and Nandigram as fulcrums.A leader’s political durability in Kolkata can sometimes be measured by political currents in neighbouring states — Tripura, for instance.Possibly inspired by Mamata’s rise, the president of the Congress in Tripura, Sudip Roy Burman, switched to the Trinamool.But when he saw the Modi wave sweeping across Uttar Pradesh and the TV channels, he turned up in Guwahati to promise support to the BJP’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.Now, Agartala is rife with rumours that six TMC MLAs are likely to join the BJP in the coming weeks. In other words, the BJP, which had no member in the assembly, will suddenly have six.Tripura has been under CPI-M rule for the past 32 years. But the anti-CPI-M vote mostly rallied around the Congress in the past. As elsewhere in the country (West Bengal too), the Congress has reduced itself to a virtual non-entity in the state. At the grassroots, this space is being occupied by the energetic BJP cadres. Taking a holistic view, these must be seen as some of the chinks in the Trinamool armour.last_img read more

Australia warns more terror attacks likely in Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lankan soldiers stand guard under the rain at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPAustralia on Friday warned more terror attacks were “likely” in Sri Lanka, cautioning citizens against visiting the island nation following the Easter Sunday bombing that claimed 253 lives.“Terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka,” the foreign ministry warned in its latest travel advice.“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” it said.Canberra advised Australians to “reconsider your need to travel to Sri Lanka”, following similar warnings from Britain, the Netherlands and the United States since the April 21 bombings.The US State Department has warned that terrorist groups “continue plotting” possible attacks, with targets including tourist locations, places of worship and airports.An Australian woman and her 10-year-old daughter were among those killed in the series of bomb blasts that targeted tourists and Christian worshippers.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that intelligence indicated the attack was carried out by a local group, with support from the Islamic State group.“There were links between this group, and support being provided—including the targets of these attacks—by the Daesh network,” he said.Australian counter-terrorism police would assist Sri Lankan authorities with their investigation and are probing suspected attacker Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed’s time living in Melbourne.The Australian Federal Police refused to say whether the 36-year-old was known to them or whether he was radicalised while living in Australia.“As there is an ongoing investigation into the attacks, it would not be appropriate to comment,” a spokesperson said.Tensions remain high in Sri Lanka and a curfew has been put in place across the island, with authorities still in a desperate search for suspects.Authorities on Thursday revised down the death toll by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of the badly mutilated bodies had been erroneously double-counted.last_img read more

Elderly woman electrocuted

first_imgMap of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.last_img