Arsenal in talks for Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria

first_imgArsenal are currently in negotiation talks with Sampdoria for midfielder Lucas Torreira and an agreement is close.The Gunners are believed to have offered £26.5m (€30m) in instalments for the 22-year-old, rather than agreeing to pay his £22m (€25m) release clause in one lump sum, according to Sky SportsTorreira broke into the Uruguay squad this year and is currently with the national team as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 from fellow Italian side Pescara and has gone on to make 74 appearances.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Sampdoria midfielder played 38 times and impressed, scored four times as Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A, last season.Arsenal have already made one new signing since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger, with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joining on a free transfer from Juventus but they improved their contract with Ainsley Maitland-Niles this afternoon in a long-term deal.last_img read more

Lazios director calls for teams change in mentality

first_imgLazio director of sports Igli Tare urged his side to claim a win in their clash against Eintracht Frankfurt in the bid to boost their confidence.Simone Inzaghi’s men have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form and have found it difficult to win games on the local scene.“This game certainly is important, for the victory we haven’t had in a while and to rediscover our confidence,” the director told Football Italia.“We decided to make many changes ahead of Monday’s match with Atalanta, but we still want to put in a good performance and end the group stage on a high.“If I knew what the problem was, I wouldn’t be here! We are missing a great deal in terms of mentality and must realise that at a certain level we’ve got to be there mentally for the whole game. Our approach to the last few matches was not appreciated.Inzaghi admits Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Simone Inzaghi admits Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio amid reports.  Reports are rife in England that Manchester United are close to a…“We must try to dominate from the start, so our reaction in the second half isn’t good enough. We don’t need alibis, as we must try to play every game to the best of our abilities and go for the win.“Last season should’ve taught us a lesson, as we missed out on the Champions League by one point.”Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been criticised in the media and even fans turned against him with an offensive banner.“He has been working hard, the statistics show he ran over 13km on Saturday. He is missing a goal, some decisive moment that can increase his confidence.“He is still 23 years old and has to understand how to handle situations. He’ll emerge eventually, we just need to leave him be.”last_img read more

Valverde expects Madrid to challenge until the end

first_imgBarcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde says Real Madrid are still in contention for the title despite their position on the LaLiga table. Valverde believes Real Madrid will be a major threat until the final game of the season even as they are seven points behind the league leaders. “We consider Real Madrid a candidate for the title for the rest of the season,” he told a news conference via FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that the differences seem great, but are not, just seven points. They are one of our rivals.”Barcelona will be heading to Getafe on Sunday while Real Madrid will host Real Sociedad in an encounter which will further define their position in the LaLiga. A win could push them closer to Barcelona if the Catalan club draws or loses to Getafe.last_img read more

Police questioning two for securing officer shooting

first_img Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard, details scant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – According to strong sources police have two people in custody, questioning them about the armed robbery and shooting at the ScotiaBank on Leeward Highway last week which left a Security Guard wounded. Police are tight lipped about the individuals being questioned but last week, one day after the shooting which turned into an exchange of gunfire between the assailants and the security officer, it was said that one person was already eyed as a person of interest in the crime. That Caribbean Security Services security guard had to drive himself to hospital, where he was treated for three gun shots. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Manhunt on for Kim’s Crescent killer, Bahamas police report two other shootings Related Items:caribbean security services, police, questioning, Scotia bank, shooting TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injurylast_img read more

DECRS Environment Stewardship Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is hosting the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, on the 5th of June, 2017.   The award ceremony coincides with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day held on the 5th and 8th of June respectively.   DECR takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organizations that have kindly contributed their time, to the DECR throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.Minister Honourable Ralph Higgs stated;   “My Ministry is committed to strengthening environmental education and stewardship throughout the Islands. T  he award recipients have significantly contributed to the realization of this goal and have displayed exemplary commitment to stewardship and sustainability.   It is indeed a pleasure for us to pay special recognition to these individuals whose invaluable assistance to the Department has afforded us the opportunity to go beyond our expectations.   I would like to commend the recipients for their unwavering contribution and support and look forward to having more persons involved in the conservation of our environment in the upcoming years.”This year, a total of 36 recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Lower Bight Road, Providenciales.If you, your school or organization would like more information on how you can assist DECR in keeping the TCI Beautiful by Nature, or you would like to sign up as a Community Conservation Partner, please contact the Department’s Environment Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant, at 338-4176 or environment@gov.tc. Press Release: TCIG#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawards photo credit: Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawardslast_img read more

Benitez Christmas period will be key for Newcastles survival

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes the next few weeks will be crucial if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier LeagueA run of seven points in their last three games has moved Newcastle up to 14th in the league table.But the Magpies are only a point clear of the bottom three with 15th-place Burnley awaiting them at Turf Moor on Monday.Matches against relegation rivals Huddersfield Town and Fulham will come up just before Christmas.And, on the back of securing back-to-back wins before the international break, Benitez hopes to keep up the momentum.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you are so close to the other teams, any win is massive – and two wins is even more important,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“I think the international break is bad for us, but at the same time it gives us time to recover and spend time with our families.“We can come back with more energy and, if we can get another couple of good results, I’ve always said November and December will be so important for us.”“We have a run of games up to Christmas which will be difficult, but we have a chance in all of them.“I always said this would be an important period for us.”last_img read more

San Diego Board of Supervisors votes to restrict drone use near active

first_img , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to restrict drones from flying near or over fires and locations that have public safety temporary area restrictions to ensure public safety.The emergency ordinance passed during peak fire season applies to the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and takes effect immediately. It will restrict civilian drones from launching, flying or landing within three miles of a firefighting operation or a designated area with temporary restrictions.Any violation would be a misdemeanor crime. All board members present voted in favor of the ordinance.The ordinance will give news media an exception to cover a disaster area as a way to inform the public, as long as it does not interfere with emergency operations.In wildfire situations, the presence of a civilian drone in an area where aerial firefighting resources are flying interferes with emergency operations. If a civilian drone is seen in the area, it results in the immediate grounding of firefighting helicopters or planes until the drone can be removed. This action is for firefighter safety which includes preventing mid-air collisions in conditions where visibility is often murky due to smoke. Since water drops from the air are one of a fire agency’s best tools to stop or reduce flames, the withdrawal of air resources leaves a fire to grow, putting lives and property at risk.Law enforcement can also designate a temporary area restriction, in situations of potential unrest such as the prototype border wall construction project in Otay Mesa. Objects that could be used as weapons are prohibited in a temporary area restriction. In these situations, the Sheriff’s Department or other law enforcement may need to operate a helicopter or drone to monitor the area, so civilian drones would interfere with public safety.Read the full ordinance below:  Posted: October 10, 2017 San Diego Board of Supervisors votes to restrict drone use near active firescenter_img October 10, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Latest Capital budget falters again in Alaska House

first_imgMajority lawmakers needed support from minority Republicans to reach the 30-vote threshold required to access the constitutional budget reserve fund, which the capital budget would use. A similar vote Sunday failed by five votes. Monday’s vote was 29-7 vote, with five minority Republicans voting in favor and four with excused absences. House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, a “no” on that provision Sunday, voted “yes” Monday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local):11:55 a.m.The Alaska House has failed by one vote to approve funding for a state infrastructure package. GOP Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who is without a caucus, also voted in favor. House Majority Leader Steve Thompson says lawmakers could later move to rescind their action and take another vote. The measure previously passed the Senate.last_img read more

Hearst Turns Inward for New Business Ideas

first_imgOne of the biggest players in consumer magazine publishers is looking inward for inspiration.As Hearst gears up to launch its mobile application think tank the App Lab, the publisher Thursday announced the creation of Hearst Innovation—an internal, company-wide effort aimed at creating new business ideas and improving communication.According to Frank A. Bennack, Hearst’s vice chairman and CEO, the initiative “creates a pathway for us to discover, develop and reward great new business ideas from the best source available—our own employees—while supporting a company culture of creativity and collaboration.” To that point, Hearst says the program has three primary goals: channel ideas from staffers for “high-potential” new businesses, to increase collaboration and to encourage a “culture of innovation” and creativity. To better encourage employees to participate, Hearst is deploying an internal marketing and education program including an online community. Hearst says employees who dream up ideas that are eventually chosen for further development will receive certain “financial rewards.”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

The original Echo Show Just 70 today only

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Originally published on March 6.Update, June 27: Renewed availability, lower price. Removed bonus deal.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: See It Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before See it Smart Speakers & Displays 2:16 Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa’s new touchscreen needs… $229 $229 See It $229 CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) News • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 Tags Amazon Echo Show Share your voice No, that’s not what Alexa looks like. It’s an example of video calling, which you can do easily on the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon The arrival of new Amazon Echo products means price breaks on older Echo products. Case in point: The Echo Show 5 went on sale earlier this week, and today we have a huge sale on its first-generation predecessor.Today only, in fact, and while supplies last, Woot has the first-generation Amazon Echo Show for $69.99, shipped free for Amazon Prime members. (Everyone else pays $5.) Last time around, back in March, it was $99.99.See it at WootThe Echo Show is Amazon’s Alexa-with-a-screen product. You get all the voice-activated goodness of a smart speaker, but with a lovely 7-inch screen for watching videos, making video calls, checking the feed from your security cameras and so on.It’s not perfect, though, as you’ll learn from reading CNET’s Echo Show review. There’s a second-generation model that’s better looking and better sounding, but it’s currently priced at $229. (It’ll definitely see a discount on Prime Day next month.)Meanwhile, there’s also the new Echo Show 5, which sells for $89.99 — but has a smaller screen and speaker. If you want a bigger screen and bigger sound, the original Show is a tempting buy at this price.Your thoughts?Read more: Build your own Echo Show on the cheap 10 Comments $229 Crutchfield Dell Amazon Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better sound See Itlast_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

Jr NTR rejects Bigg Boss Telugu 3 even after getting hefty remuneration

first_imgJunior NTR on Bigg Boss TeluguYoung tiger Junior NTR is said to have rejected the swanky offer of hosting Bigg Boss Telugu 3 even after the makers assured him hefty remuneration and he quoted dates issue as a reason for it.It is known that Junior NTR hosted the first season of Bigg Boss Telugu, which went on to become big hit with the audience. The makers wanted to bring him back on the second season of the reality TV show, but the actor could not return, as he was busy with Trivikram Srinivas’ Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava.Star Maa brought natural star Nani on board to host Bigg Boss Telugu 2. He tried his best, but some section of audience trolled heavily and tortured him throughout this season. The upset actor declined to return to the third season of the show. The makers approached some popular Telugu actors for this season.It was reported that the bosses of Star Maa had approached Junior NTR for Bigg Boss Telugu 3, but he rejected their offer, saying that he wanted to focus on SS Rajamouli’s upcoming movie RRR. But it was said that they requested the director to convince him to make some time and he had agreed for it.Later, it was rumoured that the bosses of Star Maa restarted the talks with Junior NTR and agreed to pay high remuneration. The actor was said to have accepted their offer and would host Bigg Boss Telugu 3. But the latest we hear is that the young tiger has backed out, quoting the same issue of dates.”Although the makers were game to pay a huge remuneration to Jr NTR, the actor did not take it up. He was honest enough to admit that the dates of his film would clash. They are now scouting for a replacement for the show, which is expected to start in July later this year,” A source close to the makers told Deccan Chronicle.Junior NTR’s RRR is historical fictional drama on two freedom fighters. The actor is playing the role of Komaram Bheem, while Ram Charan essay the role of Alluri Sitaramaraju. He is all set to the shoot for his next schedule of the movie in Pune and Ahmedabad.last_img read more

Mayor of London Interview with UKIP candidate Peter Whittle

first_img Londons ongoing affordable housing crisis and the issue of immigration to the capital city cannot be separated, according to Ukips Mayoral candidate. Peter Whittle told IBTimes UK that there are simply too many people chasing too few houses and rising migration numbers to Britain meant that it was hard for developers to plan ahead.You cant really just talk about supply without talking about demand. You have got to know how many people you are planning for and at the moment we have absolutely no way of doing that, he said.The comments come after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that net migration to the UK had hit a record high of 330,000 in the year to March and followed a report from UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index, which found that London house prices were the most overvalued across the worlds major cities.Whittle also promised to introduce a registry of brownfield sites across London in bid to incentivise developers to build on them if he succeeded Boris Johnson and entered City Hall in 2016. But the Ukip culture spokesman is up against stiff competition in shape of Labours Sadiq Khan and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.The latest opinion poll from ICM, of more than 2,000 London voters between 16 and 24 September, put Labour on 40%, the Conservatives on 36%, the Greens on 7% and Ukip and the Liberal Democrats on 6% each.However, Whittle claimed the electorate perceived his party to be more authentic than his rivals. People really do know where we are coming from in Ukip and they do know that we believe what we say and we say what we mean – I dont think they feel that about the other candidates, the New Culture Forum founder said.We have to make sure that new people hear our message and Im very, very optimistic about that. But we do have a very strong brand – to use that terrible word – and I think that is something that I will be offering that other candidates simply dont have. Closelast_img read more

Did IBM fire 100000 employees in last few years just to look

first_imgLast month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employeesCredit: ReutersIn a shocking revelation by a former vice president in an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit, International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has laid off as many as 1,00,000 employees in the last 7 years. The deposition further said that IBM took the step to enhance its appeal towards millennials and look “cool” and “trendy” as Amazon and Google. It is to be noted that the Armonk-based IT giant is facing several lawsuits accusing it of sacking older employees, including a class-action case in Manhattan and individual civil suits filed in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.In a statement, IBM said, “The Company hires 50,000 employees each year, and spends nearly a half-billion dollars on training our team. We also receive more than 8,000 job applications every day, the highest rate that we’ve ever experienced, so there’s clear excitement about IBM’s strategy and direction for the future”.As per a report published in Bloomberg, IBM’s revenue has been shrinking since last seven years. In order to cut down on costs, the company has fired thousands of people in the US, Canada, and other high-wage markets. At the end of the year 2018, IBM’s workforce has slumped to its lowest point in six years with 3,50,600 employees globally which is 19 percent since 2013. michiganmodern.orgThe latest revelation by Alan Wild, former vice president of human resources in one of the lawsuits, claimed that IBM sacked 50,000 to 1,00,000 employees in just the last several years. In a submission to the court Wild said IBM face huge recruitment problems and with the objective to show that IBM was not “an old fuddy-duddy organization” and show itself as “as [a] cool, trendy organization” like Google and Amazon, the company sacked older employees. The document further added that following this strategy, IBM fired Texas-based Jonathan Langley, 61 after 24 years of his services in the company who filed a case. IBM filed a motion requesting the court to dismiss his case, in turn, Langley’s lawyers filed an opposition to that motion.Last month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employees. The company had said, “We are continuing to reposition our team to align with our focus on the high-value segments of the IT market – while aggressively hiring in critical new areas that deliver value for our clients and IBM.”last_img read more

CPJ urges president Hamid to return Digital Security Act for revision

first_imgThe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed its deep concern about the Digital Security Act passed by parliament on 18 September.The independent press freedom advocacy organisation, in a letter to Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, called for returning the act to parliament for review.The letter said CPJ is concerned that this legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.“CPJ respectfully urges you to exercise your constitutional authority to return the legislation to parliament for revisions that would eliminate these dangers,” read the letter signed by CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler.The letter outlined the concerns repeatedly expressed by the Bangladeshi journalists and asked the members of parliament to address those.“One of the most worrisome provisions of the Digital Security Act is an amendment added at the last minute in Section 43, which will allow police to arrest or search individuals without a warrant.“In addition, the Digital Security Act includes problematic aspects of Section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology Act, despite public promises by government ministers to eliminate it.“Section 57 has been repeatedly used to imprison journalists in defamation cases. Government ministers had previously acknowledged that police have misused Section 57, and had promised that procedures would be established to prevent this. Instead, journalists continue to be subject to the danger of arbitrary arrest in the normal course of their activities.”Also of concern, CPJ added, is the inclusion of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in the Digital Security Act, which seems to contradict the Right to Information Act provisions, included elsewhere in the legislation. “The extension of the Official Secrets Act into the digital sphere escalates the hazards faced by investigative journalists who play a vital role exposing corruption in government.”The letter expressed fear about the extremely heavy fines and punishments, up to Tk 50 million (US$600,000) and life imprisonment depending on the offense, threaten to make journalism an unacceptably hazardous profession and will result in a timid press that cannot play the important role required to support a vital democracy in Bangladesh.CPJ also expressed concerns over the vague descriptions of potential offenses, such as hurting religious values or causing deterioration in law and order, and said this would invite arbitrary use and misuse of the law to restrict the media.Praising Bangladesh’s 46-year history as a secular democracy with strong affirmations of human rights and freedom of speech and the press, the body feared this legislation will damage that tradition, and severely harm the country’s standing among the community of democracies as a defender of press freedom.“We urge you to take action to prevent this, and ensure that the next bill the legislature sends you adheres to the guarantees made in Bangladesh’s constitution as well as to international norms,” the letter concluded.last_img read more

Bodies of 5 Bangladeshis killed in Malaysia road crash arrive

first_imgA factory bus carrying 43 passengers plunges into a monsoon drain along Jalan S8 Pekeliling, near MAS Kargo, Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday, leaving at least 11 workers, including five Bangladeshis, dead. Photo: CollectedThe bodies of five Bangladeshi nationals, who lost their lives in a bus accident in Malaysia, arrived in Bangladesh early Saturday, reports UNB.Malaysia Airlines flight MH 196, carrying the bodies of the youths, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12:55am.The deceased are Al Amin, 24, and Sohel, 24, from Chandpur, Golam Mostafa, 22, from Noakhali, Mohin, 37, and Raju Munshi, 26, from Cumilla.On 7 April, a total of 12 people, including five Bangladeshis, were killed and 35 others injured after a bus carrying them skidded off the road, into a monsoon drain in Malaysia.The accident occurred near the MAS Cargo Complex of Kuala Lumpur International Airport along Jalan S8 Pekeliling in Sepang around 11:10pm on Sunday, reported New Straits Times.last_img read more