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Revolt RV400 bookings for November-December 2019 batch start

first_img Next Revolt RV400 bookings for November-December 2019 batch startNew Revolt RV400 was launched on August 28. It is available in two variants — Base and Premium. While Revolt RV400 Base can be owned for Rs 3,499 per month, Revolt RV400 Premium can be acquired for Rs 3,999 per month. Varun Singh New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 14:21 IST Revolt RV400 in Rebel Red colour option.HIGHLIGHTSRevolt RV400 gets a single cradle frame.New RV400’s ARAI-certified range is 156 km.Revolt RV400 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.Revolt Intellicorp has commenced the bookings for the second batch (November-December 2019) of its all-electric AI-enabled motorcycle RV400. The move comes after the company closed the bookings for the first batch (September-October 2019) for New Delhi and Pune, with the same being sold out until October 31 in less than a week of the launch of the bike. Deliveries of the bike from the four Revolt hubs in New Delhi will start this month. The Pune hubs will be inaugurated by mid-September.The new Revolt RV400 was launched on August 28. It is available in two variants — Base and Premium. While Revolt RV400 Base can be owned for Rs 3,499 per month, Revolt RV400 Premium can be acquired for Rs 3,999 per month. Under the My Revolt Plan (MRP), the owners will have to pay a total of 37 monthly instalments for the two variants.Revolt RV400 is powered by a 3,000W motor, which can produce 5,000W of maximum power and 170 Nm of torque. The motorcycle gets a 3.24 KWh Lithium-Ion battery, which can be fully charged in four-and-a-half hours. It is available in two colour options — Rebel Red and Cosmic Black. There are two riding positions — sport and cruise — and three riding modes — Eco (45 kmph), Normal (65 kmph) and Sport (85 kmph). The electric motorcycle’s ARAI-certified range is 156 km.Revolt RV400 gets a single cradle frame. Taking care of the suspension duties in the electric bike are USD front forks and an adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. Revolt RV400 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels having disc brakes (240 mm front and 240 mm rear). It makes use of CBS (Combined Braking System).advertisementThe new RV400 gets LED headlamp and tail lamp, fully digital instrument cluster, Revolt smart key and four separate exhaust sounds. Revolt Intellicorp is providing the Revolt App with RV 400. Available on both Android and iOS, the app has connectivity features like bike locator, door-step battery delivery, mobile swap stations, anti-theft, sound selection and preview, among others.The AI-enabled RV400 comes with a host of introductory benefits such as unlimited battery warranty (eight years or 1.50 lakh km, whichever comes first), unlimited maintenance benefits (three years/30,000 km), product warranty (five years/75,000 km) and insurance (one year company-owned, five years third party).ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki S-Presso dimensions revealedALSO READ | New Volkswagen Polo, Vento launched in IndiaALSO READ | Royal Enfield domestic sales decline 28 per cent in August 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Revolt RV400Follow Revolt RV400 bookingslast_img read more

Nine Burned in Tugboat Explosion in Indonesia

first_imgzoom Nine workers were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in the engine room of the tugboat Sandia III in the Indonesian Tanjung Emas Port on Friday, January 9, Metro Semarang reports.The injured men were reportedly freelance welders working on the tugboat’s installations, when a welding spark ignited the gasses coming from a leaking LPG hose.Indonesian police said that the nine men suffered burns, and were rushed to a local hospital. Three workers are still undergoing intensive treatment for serious burns.last_img

Navig8 Chemical Secures Funds for Stainless Steel Duo

first_imgzoom Chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers has secured financing for its remaining two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker newbuildings.Namely, the company entered into a USD 54.3 million secured loan facility to finance the two vessels, which are currently under construction at Japan’s Kitanihon Shipbuilding.Navig8 Chemical Tankers said that the loan facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been provided by a European bank.The company did not disclose any further details on the financing.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the new tankers, named Navig8 Saiph and Navig8 Sceptrum, are scheduled for delivery to their owner in February and April 2017, respectively.Featuring a length of 159 meters and a width of 25 meters, each of the ships has a capacity of 30,020 cubic meters.In late October, Navig8 Chemical Tankers took delivery of the fourth of six 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers contracted at Kitanihon Shipbuilding.Following delivery, Navig8 Stellar joined Japan-based financial services company SBI Holdings and was delivered back to the company under bareboat charter.The tanker subsequently started operating in Navig8 Group’s Stainless8 commercial pool.last_img read more

One arrested after body suspicious package found in Oshawa home

first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. – A handful of residents in a city east of Toronto were forced from their homes on Saturday as police worked to defuse a potentially explosive package inside a home where a person died under suspicious circumstances.Durham regional police said the investigation is in its early stages, since they could not enter the Oshawa, Ont., home until the suspicious package had been dealt with.Const. George Tudos said people in neighbouring homes were asked to leave for their own protection while members of the explosives disposal unit assessed the package.Police said the an explosives robot rendered the package safe and bomb technicians were entering the home around mid-afternoon.Tudos declined to say exactly what had been located, but had warned residents might hear a “loud bang” as police proceeded with their investigation.Tudos also declined to share details on the death that brought police to the home on Friday evening other than to describe it as suspicious.He said a citizen called police to the home after finding the body of an unidentified female inside.He declined to share the person’s name or age, adding that an autopsy will be conducted later on Saturday to determine the cause of death.Tudos said police have made an arrest in the death, which occurred in the basement apartment of the home.A 45-year-old man was arrested at the home and is charged with improper/indecent interference with a dead body.“At this time there is no homicide charge against this individual,” he said. “I’m not saying that there won’t be. This investigation is still ongoing.”Tudos did not disclose details about what, if any, relationship existed between the accused and the deceased.last_img read more

Natalia Vodianova Hosts Charity Event In Cannes

first_imgThe roof was well and truly raised at the Plage Royale private members’ club in Cannes this week, when over 300 guests joined three powerful and philanthropic women — Supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Caroline Baron and Daphna Ziman – at the inaugural Beach Ball Gala in support of Naked Heart Foundation and FilmAid International.Natalia Vodianova Hosts Fundraiser Gala in CannesIn partnership with Cinemoi Television Network, guests including Mel B, Radha Mitchell , renowned British fashion designer Julien Macdonald and swimsuit designer Melissa Odabash, enjoyed amazing food and specially crafted Beach Ball cocktails from Sodastream and Chivas. The evening’s emcee, Cinemoi North America President Daphna Ziman, and Natalia Vodianova and Caroline Baron, founders of Naked Heart Foundation and FilmAid International, shared inspiring words followed by a soulful live musical performance by R & B superstar Kenny Lattimore.The evening raised approximately $500,000 through a silent and live auction conducted by Christie’s, with rare offerings including a private photo session with Patrick Demarchelier which brought in over $100,000. The event was made possible by the generous support of Bocelli Family Wines, Guerlain Paris , Chivas, Sodastream, Plage Royale and Rodial.“Cinemoi chose the Beach Ball Gala for its inaugural presence during the Cannes Film Festival because of the two powerful women, Natalia Vodianova and Caroline Baron , whose passion for helping women’s and children’s causes mirror Cinemoi’s humanitarian philosophy,” said Cinemoi North America President Daphna Ziman. “We were also thrilled with the warm reception Cinemoi received from celebrities and festival attendees who lauded our network for its quality and elegant programming,” added Ziman.Cinemoi North America, on DirecTV channel 259, is quickly becoming one of the most desired destinations on cable network — introducing American viewers to curated, contemporary and vintage movies and providing coverage to glamorous world events and exotic destinations. U.S. viewers have accessible 24-hour exciting and entertaining movie and lifestyle programming, primarily in English, ranging from CineDramas to CineFilmNoir, CineFestivals, CineDoc, CineCouture, CineGreen, CineThriller and CineRomance.The Naked Heart Foundation was founded by Natalia Vodianova in 2004 to support efforts to eradicate child abandonment in Russia and build inspiring and accessible play facilities in impoverished areas across the country.FilmAid International uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe.last_img read more

Most LLRC recommendations implemented

Samarasinghe was hopeful that the facts presented by him would be viewed with due care by the council and its member states, claiming that 99 percent of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) have been already implemented. An US resolution adopted last year, which was supported by India, urged Sri Lanka to show rapid progress on the LLRC recommendations. Sri Lanka’s claims of progress are being doubted by rights organisations and the international community. Sri Lanka was hopeful of support at the discussion on the High Commissioner’s report. Speaking on the proposed resolution, Samarasinghe said it was premature for the government to comment on it without officially knowing its nature. “I told them to come and see it for themselves, how far we have progressed. I stated the truthful position in my presentation,” he said. After a visit to Colombo earlier this year, a delegation of senior US officials declared that Washington would table another resolution on human rights violations in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session later this month.The LLRC was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse in a bid to deflect criticism of human rights violations by the Sri Lankan military during the final months of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was defeated in May 2009. “I hope that my presentation has made the impact it is aimed for. If anyone wants to be impartial and unbiased they would treat my presentation with fairness,” said Samarasinghe.He said Sri Lanka had made progress in resettlement of those displaced, demining of the conflict zones, achieving economic development in the region. He added reintegration of the ex-LTTE combatants into the society and caring for LTTE child recruits is also being taken care of.Samarasinghe, who is currently in Colombo, would return to Geneva in time to attend UNHRC’s universal periodic review (UPR) debate on March 15. “I will be addressing the UPR debate and on March 20 Human Rights Commissioner’s report will be placed,” he said. As it prepares to face a US-backed resolution on Lankan Tamils at the UNHRC, Sri Lanka on Thursday claimed that it has implemented 99 percent of the recommendations of the reconciliation commission already, the Press Trust of India reported today.Sri Lanka deserves to be judged by the progress in implementing the recommendations of its own reconciliation commission than by any pre-conceived agendas against it, said Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Envoy and Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe, speaking about his presentation made at the current UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva on February 26. read more

UNs rapid response humanitarian fund marks 10th anniversary with plans to upgrade

“Despite the generosity of donors, the gap between humanitarian needs and the resources available to meet them is growing every year,” he told a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, citing Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) achievements over the past decade from rapid responses to earthquake quakes in Haiti and Nepal to humanitarian aid in the Syrian crisis. “My High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing will soon recommend ways to transform funding so we can provide secure, adequate and predictable resources for people in crisis,” he said, adding that such financing will also be a priority at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May next year. “As we wait for the outcomes of these processes, the CERF remains well-placed to help address some of the key challenges that have already been identified, including the call for greater collaboration between aid agencies,” he added, stressing that financial needs are now five times greater than a decade ago. He noted that every year, CERF has enabled humanitarian partners to provide critical health services to more than 20 million people, helped feed 10 million, provide water and sanitation to eight million, and bring emergency shelter to more than one million people. “And it has helped make us faster. Within 11 hours of the earthquake in Haiti (in 2010), trucks were unloading life-saving aid. Within 48 hours of Nepal’s recent earthquake, people were receiving timely life-saving assistance,” Mr. Ban said. “Since 2011, the CERF has allocated more than $200 million to humanitarian efforts in Syria and neighbouring countries.”As the UN Central Emergency Response Fund marks its 10th anniversary, UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O’ Brien, highlights why it is such a vital tool to save lives. Credit: UN News Centre The General Assembly set up CERF on 15 December 2005, to bring immediate relief in natural and man-made disasters and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay. At the time officials noted that it took four months between the time when access restrictions were lifted in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and funds were committed to the relief appeal. In that time, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) steadily climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels. When locust swarms infested Africa’s Sahel region in 2004, early funding would have mitigated the effects at far less cost. In February that year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed for $9 million to spray locust larvae to prevent their spread, but it was under-funded. That summer, the locusts multiplied and FAO had to raise the appeal to $100 million. “This (CERF) was a breakthrough in providing fast and predictable funding for early action at times of global crisis,” Mr. Ban said today. “Over the past decade, the Fund has been an essential component of our humanitarian response – and it has enhanced the credibility of the United Nations. Among the CERF’s key strengths is its flexibility and speed.” read more

New books discuss white femininity animal rights and the crisis in global

Three books by Brock Sociology professors will be launched this week at an event in Academic South.Murray E. G. Smith’s Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System discusses how the world economy is experiencing a devastating slump not seen since the Second World War.About Canada: Animal Rights by John Sorenson discusses our country’s animal rights record, from the fur trade to the seal hunt to the Calgary Stampede.White Femininity: Race, Gender and Power by Katerina Deliovsky argues that white women are coerced into demonstrating their “whiteness” through elements such as sexual partners, participation in race inequality and adhering to white feminine beauty standards.The books, all published by Fernwood Publishing, will be launched on Wednesday, April 14 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Academic South wing, room 427.The launch will be followed by a talk by Smith about the arguments and themes of his new book.The talk is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Centre for Labour Studies and the Brock Socialist Club.Quick links:• Global Capitalism in Crisis | Fernwood Publishing• White Femininity | Fernwood Publishing• About Canada: Animal Rights | Fernwood Publishing read more

Central Bank sets up hotline for bank whistleblowers

first_imgTHE CENTRAL BANK has published plans to open a new ‘whistleblower hotline’ to deal with complaints from financial services workers about illegal or improper practices.Under the new plan, a dedicated unit will be established to receive complaints. Once flagged with the Central Bank, these complaints – termed protected disclosures – will then be investigated by experts, who will decide if further action is needed.Despite a promise to put identity protection and support of whistleblowers at the centre of its new approach, a quirk in the legislation covering the new desk means that those making disclosures anonymously will not be covered by the protections of the act if their identity becomes known.Whistleblower rightsThe bank is calling on whistleblowers to trust it with their identity to ensure that they are covered by the protections offered under the 2013 Central Bank act. These include the right to prosecute an employer for penalising a whistleblower, and protection from civil liability.The facility will be open in some circumstances to consumers and other members of the public, but by and large it will be dedicated to hearing the concerns of those working in financial services.Whistleblowers will also not be informed of any action taken as a result of their disclosure, as it could “breach the legal rights of any person, or firm who has been accused of wrongdoing”.The Central Bank said that the decision to set up the desk was informed by the provisions of the central bank act 2013 and international best practice.Details of the plan are outlined in a consultation on protected disclosures published yesterday. The central bank is accepting submissions on the proposal until 19 June. Column: Secrecy has led to shameful practices in Ireland –  whistle-blower law is needed now>AIB fined €490,000 by Central Bank>last_img read more

Google starts testing Android payment system in New York and San Francisco

first_imgNear Field Communications, or NFC, is widely believed to be the next big thing in mobile. The chips allow the possibility of your phone talking to other mobile devices securely and through encryption at a limited range, opening the door to mobile payment: for example, the ability to pay for a subway token by waving your smartphone in front of the turnstile, or your groceries by waving your phone across the cash register. According to internet scuttlebutt, Apple is very interested in introducing NFC technology in the next iPhone… but it appears that Google will beat them to the punch, as they are now testing the mobile payment technology by installing thousands of VeriFone NFC readers at merchants in New York and San Francisco. AdChoices广告According to Bloomberg, Google’s test would combine a consumer’s financial account information, gift-card balances, store loyalty cards and coupon subscriptions on a single NFC chip on an Android phone. The test is expected to begin in the next four months, although there’s no official confirmation.This isn’t a big surprise. Google introduced NFC support in Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Samsung Nexus S already boasts an NFC chip, making it possible to pay at NFC-capable terminals. This is a big deal, and for once, Google’s ahead of Apple. Your choice of smartphone could someday soon be the equivalent of your choice in credit cards, and Google has beaten Apple to the ground in this race. They’ll be testing their payment system sooner, giving them even more of a chance of amassing a dominant share of the nascent market before Apple does. Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more

Nissans Recycled EV Batteries Power OffGrid Adventures

first_img Nissan and OPUS Campers teamed up for a smart camping concept that uses second-life EV batteries to power “off-the-grid” adventures.Currently, going OTG requires a fossil-fuel generator (which is bad for air quality and a peaceful ambience) or a limited-power battery solution.With the Nissan x OPUS concept camper, though, you can enjoy up to a week’s worth of portable power in one weatherproof, emission-free box: ROAM.ROAM’s lithium-ion cells are recovered from first-gen EVs (via Nissan)Mounted in a special compartment at the front of the folding OPUS caravan, ROAM boasts a storage capacity of 700Wh and power output of 1kW—enough to support energy autonomy for about seven days of camping (with the help of a solar panel accessory).“This new concept … is answering real customer needs,” OPUS managing director Jonathan Harrison said in a statement. “Soon campers might be able to take whichever road—or unbeaten track—they choose, safe in the knowledge they will be connected to a robust and sustainable energy supply.”Before each new adventure, simply remove ROAM from its housing and recharge via a standard 230v domestic socket, or plug it into a solar panel accessory.“Nissan’s leadership in energy services means we are not only transforming the way people drive, but also the way we live,” Francisco Carranza, managing director of Nissan Energy, said. “The Nissan x OPUS concept is a real-world example of how Nissan Energy ROAM can integrate into our lifestyles—in this case, the hugely popular leisure activity of camping.”Visitors to this week’s Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in Birmingham, England, can stop by the OPUS stand for a sneak peak at the concept.There is no word on when, or if, the technology will be available commercially.Nissan x OPUS concept camper (via Nissan)Last year, Nissan began pairing solar panels with reconditioned Leaf EV batteries to bring eco-friendly power to homes in the UK.The basic, customizable £7,635 ($9,885) kit includes a six-panel system (capable of producing 4kW) and 6kW xStorage battery, as well as professional installation.Nissan estimates it can save the average homeowner 66 percent on their energy bills.More on Uses a Faraday Cage to Combat Phone DistractionsFord Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Cop CarChinese Electric Car Sets Altitude Record by Reaching Glacier Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors Stay on targetlast_img read more

Added Security to US bound Flights from July 18th

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12th 2017: Expect added security on US bound flights as of Tuesday, July 18th. The Nassau Airport Development Company, NAD, confirmed plans to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the United States. This means that travelers to the US will have to arrive at least an estimated three hours before departure time. The changes apply more to passengers traveling with electronics larger than a mobile phone whether the device is within their carry on or check-in luggage. The move comes after US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced last month enhanced security measures for international flights into the US.Some 104 countries including The Bahamas has been impacted by the new security measures. In its statement, the Nassau Airport Development says it expects the majority of these changes at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to fall under the purview of the Airport Authority (AA) and the airlines that service US destinations.NAD is also asking passengers to stay connected to the airport and their airlines with social media for important updates.#MagneticMediaNews#AddedSecurityOnUSboundFlightsJuly18th2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

South Florida organizations team up to raise awareness for mens health ahead

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida organizations are working together to raise funds and awareness for men’s health ahead of “Movember.”MassMutual South Florida & Wealth Solutions Partners teamed up with the Movember Foundation Charity to kick off “No-Shave November.”Also known as “Movemeber,” the month is meant to bring awareness and raise funds for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancers, mental health and suicide prevention.At an event in Fort Lauderdale, local barbers donated their time and services to participants, giving them the facial hair style of their choice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Get The Details On Ashley Monroes Latest Album Sparrow

first_imgFeaturing a fresh slate of 12 new tracks, find out what’s in store with the GRAMMY nominee’s upcoming album Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 5, 2018 – 3:21 pm Country singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe is back in the saddle with a new album, Sparrow, scheduled for release April 20. Ashley Monroe Readies ‘Sparrow’ Album Release get-details-ashley-monroes-latest-album-sparrow Email Sparrow is the follow-up to Monroe’s 2015 album, The Blade, which earned a 58th GRAMMY Awards nomination for Best Country Album. Monroe also serves as a member of the power trio Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Sparrow features 12 tracks, including “Orphan,” “Rita,” “Wild Love,” and “This Heaven.” Monroe co-wrote each song, along with world-class songwriters such as Waylon Payne, Brendan Benson, Paul Moak, and Anderson East. The album was produced by GRAMMY winner Dave Cobb (Brandy Clark, Chis Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson).She released the first single from the album, “Hands On You,” in late February, which has already hit No. 47 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Twitter center_img Get The Details On Ashley Monroe’s Latest Album, ‘Sparrow’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:36 pm Ashley Monroe: Music Saved My Life News Facebook last_img read more

Search continues for downed pilot in Lake Clark National Park

first_imgNeacola Moutains (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)It’s been five days since Anchorage pilot David McRae’s plane went down in Lake Clark National Park last Friday. With a window of slightly better weather Wednesday morning, the Alaska Air National Guard continued search efforts by helicopter and C-130. Friend and fellow pilot Glen Alsworth from nearby Port Alsworth has been monitoring the search for McRae closely, which he says has been constantly hampered by foul weather.Listen Now “The way the low pressure is set up in the Bering Sea side and the high pressures to the east, it’s streaming that warm wet air from the Gulf of Alaska right up across the Alaska range where it is cooling and turning into fog and snow, and it’s been accompanied by high winds as well,” Alsworth said.McRae’s plane is believed to have gone down in a mountainous area along the Merrill Pass route between Anchorage and Lake Clark. An emergency beacon from the plane indicated an altitude of about 5000 feet, and the search radius has been narrowed to about five miles. But hope of finding McRae alive has faded with each new day of poor weather.“And it’s to me quite unusual that it’s such a long time the weather has stayed in the same pattern,” Alsworth said. “It’s very unfortunate and we need a break so we can get search and rescue folks a chance to even access the site.”McRae was flying a load of fuel to his aunt Bella Hammond’s lakeside lodge Friday went his plane apparently went down. He has deep ties to the Bristol Bay region, and is a highly respected pilot. Alsworth has also known McRae for years.“David McRae is just a fine gentleman who’s always been very careful,” Alsworth said. “Very majored in his decisions and he’s always been extremely responsible and careful in all the interfacing I’ve ever had with him”McRae is believed to have been the only person on board the single engine Pilatus Porter. The NTSB said it will be investigating the crash.last_img read more

Brand Britain clothes back in fashion

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10 killed in bombing in Syria

first_imgAt least 10 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Thursday by a suicide bombing in the Kafarsuseh neighbourhood in the capital Damascus.Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts near the Muhafaza sport club in Kafarsuseh west of Damascus, Xinhua reported.Meanwhile, the state TV aired footage of the blast site, showing bloodstained walls and charred car cases as a number of policemen holding their rifles roaming the area.The explosion comes as the Syrian army and allied Shiite fighters are so close to capture the Barada Valley region northwest of Damascus, in a bid to secure the Ain Fijeh springs, the main water source feeding the capital.last_img

No BNP men to be spared from being implicated

first_imgBNP casesA new phenomenon has arisen in Bangladesh in recent times, being popularly called ‘gayebi maamla’ or fictitious cases – lawsuits that are filed on the basis of imagined incidents.Leaders and activists of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – from the party’s city units to union parishad units or from ward committees to the central committee and especially those who are prospective polling agents in the next elections – are being implicated in the cases.The accused, records of the cases so far show, include deceased persons, leaders staying abroad, some jail inmates and bed-ridden patientsThis is being done as part of a government plan to frame cases against every single BNP leader, even activist, sources in the law enforcement admitted.A number of police sources in Dhaka and other places have said there are orders to book the BNP leaders and activists, especially persons who might campaign for the opposition in the upcoming parliamentary polls.These are non-bailable cases and the procedures, going from the lower courts to higher courts, may require around three months.By this time, the protagonists of the plan think, the polls will be done and they will not be able to play any part in the opponents’ election campaigns.Around 360,000 people, including people unnamed have been charged while over 4,600 leaders and activists have been detained or jailed, according to the BNP.The opposition party has alleged that as many as 4,135 cases were filed against its leaders and activists between 1 September and 4 October.A number of police officers seeking anonymity told Prothom Alo that they had to act because the police headquarters had asked them to frame BNP men.As a result, people who are dead, who were performing Hajj at the time, people who live abroad, and even bed-ridden people, have been charged, although the media reports about such cases have embarrassed the law enforcement.Separate plans have been chalked out for every single district and two deputy inspectors general (DIGs) have been tasked to oversee the whole process. They summon the superintendents of police (SP) and pass on the instructions, the sources said.When asked, deputy inspector general (media and planning) Ruhul Amin, who is the spokesman of the police HQ, said, “This is not true. Meeting the SPs is normal before the election, to plan ways to avert untoward situation.”A number of sources said the police stations had been sent lists of BNP committees and policemen were asked to verify their addresses, take pictures of people joining BNP programmes so that cases can later be filed against them.Prothom Alo investigation found that the police started filing these fictitious cases on 1 September. These cases charged BNP men of different strata, from the secretary general to the activists at the grassroots. The complaints have a set pattern, claiming these people got together to plan acts of sabotage or threw brickbats or hurled crude bombs at policemen.When asked about the number of cases filed in the country last month, a senior official of the police HQ said it will take some time to know the exact number.Prothom Alo correspondents of 15 districts say as many as 121 cases have been filed in those districts in the last one month while 378 have been arrested.To this end, National Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said, “Arresting or filing a case against someone without a specific reason is unlawful. We hope nobody will be harassed this way.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the motive of these cases is to either keep BNP candidates away from the polls or to keep its leaders and activists behind the bars to hurt the opposition’s election campaigns.BNP leader Mirza Abbas said, “It’s an anarchy. Police have programmed everything on the computer and just change names as per their wish.”Awami League presidium member and 14-party spokesman Mohammad Nasim claimed the law enforcement did not do anything without valid grounds. “The BNP always complains too much. They have a hidden political agenda,” he said.”The police have ceased to be one of the state, rather they are now at the behest of the government. The policemen are losing their credibility. The way things are shaping up, we see more legitimacy for deployment of army in the national polls,” said Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik.last_img read more

Tuskegee Airman Harry Quinton Honored at Maryland Live Casino

first_imgLonnie G. Bunch, IIIDirector, National Museum of African American History and CultureThe Smithsonian in Washington, DC Carroll H. Hanson Jr.President/CEOImage Power, Inc. Kam CookePolice CorporalAnne Arundel County Police Department Jeanne D. Hitchcock, Esq.Special Advisor to the Vice President for Local Government, Community and Corporate AffairsJohns Hopkins University Towanda R. LivingstonDirector, Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) OfficeWashington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Dr. Harry QuintonTuskegee Airman David WarnockPresidentWarnock Foundation James FeltonChief Diversity OfficerAnne Arundel County Community College (AACC) Tuskegee Airmen Harry Quinton, a WW II army sergeant, gazes intently at a documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen at Maryland Live! Casino’s Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 25. (Photo by Monica Smith)Over 200 guests packed the Ram’s Head stage and lounge at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover Feb. 25 to honor and celebrate Black heroes.Cordish Companies vice president Reed Cordish called “diversity and inclusion” core values, saying this is the casino’s third annual Black History Heroes event. To the 15 honorees he said, “Your sacrifices and willingness to put [yourselves] on the line are inspirational.”Yet the evening clearly belonged to a living legend, documented Original Tuskegee Airman Harry Quinton of Williamsburg, Virginia. “The Tuskegee Airmen had to fight for the right to fight,” T.J. Spann said during his introduction of the 90-year-old veteran.“If you live long enough,” Quinton began, ”something good is sure to happen to you.”An Eastern Shore native, Quinton first celebrated Negro History Week in Salisbury, Maryland “Colored” schools, but lost interest by his senior year, as the WW II draft loomed on his horizon.A pharmacist suggested his employee become an aircraft, rather than auto mechanic following his 1943 high school graduation. Quinton said, “I never saw anyone at the local airport that looked like me–of my color–working on airplanes.”Poor depth perception excluded him as an aviation cadet and the Air Corps assigned him to the 477th Bombardment Group at Godman Field, Kentucky.“When they said we couldn’t fly, we had people lined up for training; they thought we couldn’t fix complex machinery, but we made those engines run like they were sewing machines,” Quinton recalled.Honorably discharged as a sergeant, Quinton was unable to find work as a mechanic and abandoned the field where he once excelled. Securing other work was no cakewalk either.He used the G.I. Bill to attend Plattsburgh College and Long Island University, earning A.A. and B.S. degrees in accounting. Quinton became a U.S. Treasury Department Agent, retiring years later.He pursued graduate courses at Hofstra University and night adult education classes in Black History; he also received an honorary doctorate from Old Dominion University in 2012.“If you don’t know your history, you don’t know who you are,” Quinton said about his move to Virginia and his first sight of cotton. He visualized his forebearers–slaves–working on plantations, and “thought of Harriet Tubman negotiating the swamps, trees and marshes” along the Underground Railroad at night.Quinton concluded, “Tonight, I accept my award on behalf of those 66 pilots who died in combat; I accept it on behalf of the 80 that were killed in training; I accept it for the 101 who faced court-martial because they wouldn’t follow an order to segregate them. And last, but not least, I accept it on behalf of my mother, who worked two jobs so that I could go to aviation school and put me on the right track, that I would end up here tonight.”Awardees (as listed in the program):Pamela J. Bethel, J.D.Executive PartnerThe O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP Kimberly KlacikExecutive DirectorPotential Me Eugene W. GrantMayorSeat Pleasant, Maryland The Honorable Herman L. TaylorFormer Delegate14th Legislative District, Maryland Skipp Sanders, Ed.D.Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of MarylandAfrican American History and Culture Sandra EberhardExecutive DirectorWomen’s Presidents’ Educational Organization Dr. Marie WashingtonPresidentEast Baltimore Community Corporationlast_img read more

Eric Reid Joins Kaepernick in Suing NFL for Alleged Collusion

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports EditorIt looks like the NFL’s owners will be facing another grievance suit alleging collusion, this time filed by Colin Kaepernick’s former teammate Eric Reid.According to TMZ Sports, Reid has decided to follow Kaepernick’s lead in suing the league for alleged collusion, as both players remain unsigned following their decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racism in the U.S.Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick receives the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 from Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty, and colleague Eric Reid, left, in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)Kaepernick first filed his suit against the NFL last year after going the entire 2017 season without being signed.  Reid played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, but his contract expired after the season and he has yet to be signed despite being a Pro Bowl safety in the prime of his career at age 26. Bleacher Report ranked Reid as the 10th best safety in the entire league.Reid’s suit apparently cites President Donald Trump as  being a motivating factor  behind the league’s owners alleged collusion against him. Per TMZ, Reid claims that the owners were intimidated by Trump, who blasted the NFL for not penalizing players for kneeling. An audio recording of a private meeting between owners surfaced a week ago and may provide the evidence Reid needs to support his claim of Trump intimidation.“Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement released to the media.  “Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”last_img read more