US trade deficit shrinks to 508 billion in April

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit shrank in April, but the politically sensitive deficit with China moved higher.The Commerce Department says the gap between the goods and services the U.S. buys and what it sells abroad fell 2.1% to $50.8 billion in April from March. Exports fell 2.2% to $206.8 billion. Imports dropped 2.2% to $257.6 billion.The deficit in the trade of goods with China rose 29.7% to $26.9 billion.President Donald Trump has sought to reduce America’s persistent trade deficit, which he sees as a sign of economic weakness. He has slapped tariffs on foreign steel, aluminum, dishwashers, solar panels and on thousands of Chinese goods.The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services is running at $205.4 billion this year, up 2% from $201.3 billion in January-April 2018.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

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Lawsuits VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses a lawsuit against Volkswagen, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in New York. He is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right. The states are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing. In response, the company said, “The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ALBANY, N.Y. – New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that numerous employees and executives at Volkswagen knew that diesel vehicles had been equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing, and that after regulators began investigating several employees tried to cover it up by eliminating data about the software.“The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law or the protection of public health and the environment,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law — and seek the stiffest possible sanctions — to protect our citizens.”In a statement, Volkswagen said it is already in talks with authorities regarding “a comprehensive national resolution of all remaining environmental issues arising from the diesel matter.” The company also noted that it has agreed to buy back or modify affected vehicles, create a $2.7 billion environmental trust and invest $2 billion on infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles.“The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” the company said. “It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now, notwithstanding their prior support of this ongoing federal-state collaborative process.”The legal action seeks “substantial penalties” that would be based on a calculation of the duration of the alleged violations.While news of the rigged emissions tests first erupted a year ago, the new legal action makes several new allegations — most notably about the involvement of Volkswagen engineers and executives. The suit alleges that Volkswagen submitted false emissions data to regulators and sought to eliminate evidence when an investigation began.“This ‘clean diesel’ was nothing more than a dirty cover up,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “… Volkswagen acted as if it was above the law.”Volkswagen also issued “sham” recall notices to some car owners and dealers in an effort to “turn down” the software, according to the New York lawsuit. Instead, some owners were told the recalls were needed for upgrades and “optimize” emissions.At one point, when California regulators announced plans for emissions tests that threatened to expose the devices, the company’s top engineer emailed colleagues seeking help, according to the lawsuit, writing. “Come up with the story please!”Additionally, just before the scandal broke, in August 2015, eight employees in the engineering department “promptly deleted or removed incriminating data about the devices from the company’s record” after being advised of the likelihood of legal action by a senior company attorney, according to the lawsuit.The suit also claims that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and a top executive at Audi knew of the devices by spring 2014. The two leaders, the suit alleges, “had ample notice of the existence of unlawful illegal devices and did nothing to prevent both Audi and Volkswagen from repeatedly deceiving regulators, and the American public, for another 17 months.”Schneiderman and Healey detailed the case at a Tuesday news conference in New York City. The two Democrats are the top law enforcement officials in their respective states, and each state will file its own lawsuit.Last month, the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer and government lawsuits over the emissions cheating, first disclosed in 2015.Schneiderman and Healey say that settlement did not resolve claims regarding violating state environmental laws and did not cover all the affected vehicles.Maryland officials announced their lawsuit separately.“Their disregard for the health of our citizens and their disregard for our environment must be punished,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement.Some 25,000 affected vehicles were sold in New York state and 15,000 in Massachusetts, according to the lawsuits. As of October, about 13,000 such vehicles were registered in Maryland, officials said. An estimated 600,000 were sold across the country.The prosecutors say consumers who purchased one of the vehicles believed they were buying a “green diesel” car, even though the vehicles illegally emitted pollutants linked to respiratory disease, elevated ozone levels and smog. by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lawsuits: VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating read more

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Oil industry will continue to lose money this year Conference Board of

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 7:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil industry will continue to lose money this year: Conference Board of Canada CALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says the oil industry will continue to lose money for much of this year despite stronger financial conditions and the promise of new pipeline capacity.Economist Carlos Murillo says the sector has narrowed losses since hitting rock bottom with an $11-billion overall loss in the first quarter of 2016, but it won’t post positive numbers until the fourth quarter of this year.He says he expects the industry to recover to match its 2010 profit of around $13 billion by 2021.The board says in a report released Monday that capital investment this year is expected to fall to $22 billion from $27 billion last year as big construction projects in the Alberta oilsands and offshore Newfoundland are completed.The peak investment level was $62 billion in 2014.The board says benchmark light crude will average US$55 per barrel this year and rise to US$71 by 2021.Murillo predicts Canadian industry costs will jump by an average of 13 per cent per year between 2017 and 2021, in part because of pipeline transportation constraints that could force more producers to switch to crude-by-rail options.“The way we kind of look at it is, because the losses have been so large over the last couple of years, it takes a bit of time to get up there to the point that you actually are starting to make money again,” said Murillo.“Of course, improving revenues will help, but there are already cost pressures.” read more

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Mine action is concrete step towards peace says UN chief on International

UNMAS says that mine action entails more than removing landmines from the ground; it includes five types of actions:Clearance: Removing and destroying landmines and marking/fencing off contaminated areasEducation: Helping people understand risks they face, learn how to stay out of harm’s wayVictim Assistance: Providing medical assistance and rehabilitation services to victimsAdvocacy: Advocating for a world free from the threat of landminesStockpile destruction: Helping countries destroy their stockpiles‘Equal opportunity killers’Most places affected by armed conflicts are contaminated by a variety of explosive hazards, said Daniel Craig, the UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.Whether landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), artillery shells or cluster bombs, he said in his message on the Day: “They are equal opportunity killers.”“When triggered, they kill indiscriminately. Soldier or civilian. Male or female. Old or young,” he continued, explaining that over time they can more and more easily be detonated to the point when “they can easily be triggered by a child jumping a rope.”Mr. Craig, best known for his role as ‘007’ in the James Bond films, outlined how mines curtail freedom – the freedom to play, collect food and water, farm and even vote.“We the peoples of the United Nations must join forces to defeat these deadly devices and win the fight against fear and inhumane suffering.”“Join me. Join us. Let’s win,” said Mr. Craig. “An unprecedented volume of landmines and unexploded weapons contaminates rural and urban war zones, maiming and killing innocent civilians long after conflict has ended,” Mr. Guterres said in his message on International Mine Awareness Day, marked annually on 4 April.Noting that roads cleared of explosive devices enable peacekeepers to patrol and protect civilians, he said: “Mine action is vital.”“And when fields are cleared and schools and hospitals are made safe, normal life can resume,” he added.According to the UN Mine Action Service, or UNMAS, after nearly two decades of steadily diminishing casualty rates, the total number of people killed or injured by landmines and other explosive hazards in recent and current intense conflicts has leapt to its highest since 1999; the human suffering caused by mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards, including roadside bombs or booby traps, is devastating.Mine action, including clearance, risk education and assistance to victims is critical for advancing protection, peace and development.“In our turbulent world, mine action is a concrete step towards peace,” stated the Secretary-General. Mine action: protection, peace and developmentA series of events marking the Day began on Tuesday with documentarians who have filmed in Iraq and Afghanistan for UNMAS participating in a Facebook Live under the headline: “UNMAS Through the Lens.”On Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York,Germany and UNMAS will host an event based on the theme of this year’s International Day, ‘Mine Action: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development.’A live demonstration and discussion on the technical aspects and impacts of IEDs will wrap up the commemoration on Thursday, 5 April. read more

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Middle class parents have snobbish and outdated attitudes to vocational studies

Teenagers who undertake the technical training, such as courses to become an engineer or builder, will spend 50 per cent longer learning than they do now, equalling 900 hours of teaching a year.The new qualifications, which will see the courses dubbed “T-levels” – the technical version of A-levels, are due to be piloted from 2020.Mr Hinds said that he welcomes the huge rise in university applications, particularly among students from deprived backgrounds.But he added that this may not be the best choice for all school leavers, and that teachers need to make students aware of the other options.”I want young people to be aware of the range of opportunities and to be able to make an active choice,” Mr Hinds said. “For many of them the right choice will be to go to university – but for some it might not be.  “We all understand what A-levels are, we have got to make sure everyone understands what T-levels are in the same way, that they are on a par with A levels.”   Philip Hammond unveiled his “radical” plans to put technical education on an equal footing with academic studies in his Budget last March.The current system, where students have to pick from 13,000 different qualifications, will be replaced with just 15 standalone courses. The prime minister has previously said the notion that vocational education was for “other people’s children” needed to change.Theresa May urged people to “throw away” the old-fashioned attitude that university is the only desirable route for young people. Middle class parents have “snobbish” and “outdated” attitudes towards vocational studies, the Education Secretary has said. Damian Hinds urged schools to do more to promote technical training as an option for 18-year-olds, rather than only encouraging them to apply for university.  He said that vocational courses and apprenticeships need to be presented in a more positive light to youngsters, so that bright and ambitious school-leavers do not see a degree as the only option.Asked whether middle class parents are opposed to their children taking technical courses, Mr Hinds said: “I think we’ve all come across examples of snobbery towards vocational routes.”He added: “There are still some outdated attitudes – partly because people aren’t necessarily aware of how some industries have evolved and therefore how technical training and education and certification has evolved.”  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Hinds, who is on a fact finding mission to Germany and the Netherlands this week to learn about their technical qualifications, added that people in the UK are now starting to see that non-academic pathways are “equally valid”.Last year the Government announced that it would be launching the biggest overhaul of post-16 education in 70 years, as part of a multi-billion pound drive to improve technical training. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Reallife Iron Man flies around elite Marine assault course with jet suit

Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning  flew a 1000bhp jet suit around the Royal Marines’ infamous bottom field assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.Credit:Ministry of Defence Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning  flew a 1000bhp jet suit around the Royal Marines’ infamous bottom field assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. A British man who designed and built an ‘Iron-man’ style jet suit has held talks with military forces in the UK and across the world about employing his device in warfare.Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning says that he has been on a training day with US Navy Seals, met with a South East Asian special forces group, and has most recently demonstrated his contraption to the British Royal Marines.Mr Browning’s jet suit uses five engines to generate 1000bhp and can cruise at speeds of more than 50mph.Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, he said: “It’s clear to see how you could move a special forces soldier in a very nimble and fast way onto a target.”Last week, he flew around the Royal Marines’ infamous bottom field assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon – breaking the speed record for doing so.A group of fellow commandos watched the 39-year-old effortlessly overcome obstacles which are typically used to drill fitness into civilians as they are transformed into elite troops. “Royal Marines are sometimes called ‘supermen’ for their achievements, but even we stop short at the ability to fly,” said Royal Marines Captain Oliver Mason. “Watching Richard float, fly and hover around the assault course was a very impressive, surreal experience. “Imagine what we could do with these suits on the battlefield – although Royal Marines pride themselves on being stealthy and one thing the jet pack isn’t is quiet.”Mr Browning said that his priority with the suit, was not with the military, but that he had held encouraging conversations with various military groups around the world.“I spent time in the US with their Navy Seals, for some experimental training purposes and then with some South East Asian special forces too,” he said.“I was honoured to go back to the Royal Marines. Being there 12 years ago taught me a lot about the limits of the human body and how you can re-programme your brain to see what is possible.”A Ministry of Defence Spokesperson said: “We are always working with the brightest minds in Britain and across the world to see how emerging technology might support our military to keep them safe and give them the edge in the future.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Vatican City is Worlds Greenest State

first_imgWith a population of only 800, Vatican City is the world’s least populated sovereign state, as well as the nation with the highest Pope-to-citizen ratio. And now, the Holy See’s hometown can add one more title: world’s most carbon-neutral state.The city-state’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano recently trumpeted the installation of giant solar panels on top of the Paul VI Conference Hall two years ago, which have since saved the Vatican nearly 90 tons of fossil fuel equivalent. The report goes on to state that the installation has:“reached a small record in solar energy power productionper capita: 200 watts at peak times… per inhabitant, compared to 80 inGermany, the world leader in this field.” For his push towards renewable energy, Pope Benedict has been dubbed the “green pope” by parts of the Italian press. The Pontiff has also made recent public statements that he would like to retrofit his iconic “Popemobile” with solar-powered technology.last_img read more

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Alerte météo orange 29 nouveaux départements concernés par la neige et le

first_imgAlerte météo orange : 29 nouveaux départements concernés par la neige et le verglas52 départements sont actuellement sous alerte orange pour cause de neige et de verglas. La situation ne devrait pas s’améliorer avant lundi très tôt le matin. Entre 3 et 10 centimètres de neige sont attendus en moyenne.La situation est telle que le Finistère est le seul département de France métropolitaine et de Corse à ne pas être sous le coup d’une alerte ou d’une vigilance météo samedi 19 janvier. La neige et les pluies verglaçantes font que Météo France a maintenu son alerte orange sur toutes les zones déjà concernées et ajouté 29 nouveaux départements à sa liste. La situation devrait perdurer au minimum jusqu’au matin du lundi 21 janvier.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeL’ensemble des régions Alsace, Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine, Limousin, Nord-Pas-De-Calais et Picardie sont concernées. Il faut y ajouter les départements suivants : Aube (10), Aveyron (12), Charente (16), Cher (18), Dordogne (24), Eure-et-Loir (28), Haute-Garonne (31), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loire-Atlantique (44), Lot (46), Loiret (45), Maine-et-Loire (49), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52), Sarthe (72), Paris et petite couronne (75-92-93-94), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Deux-Sèvres (79), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Vendée (85), Vienne (86), Essonne (91) et Val-d’Oise (95). Au total, 52 départements sont touchés par l’alerte orange.Une perturbation remonte en effet vers le nord-est de la France et va provoquer des pluies verglaçantes lorsqu’elle rencontrera des masses d’air plus froides. Ces précipitations vont évoluer en des chutes de neiges qui laisseront une couche d’entre 3 et 10 centimètres, jusqu’à 20 cm sur certains secteurs.Météo France conseille aux automobilistes la plus grande prudence lors de leurs déplacements et de bien se renseigner sur les conditions locales de circulation. Il leur faut également prévoir de l’équipement au cas où ils se retrouveraient coincés dans leur véhicule pendant plusieurs heures. Face au froid dans les habitations, Météo France déconseille aux gens d’utiliser des sources de chauffage alternatives telles que des cuisinières ou des braseros à cause de risques d’incendies et de problèmes électriques.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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All clear given after suspicious item found in Coral Springs

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police has given the all clear after the Broward Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious item found in Coral Springs, Thursday.According to officials, the suspicious item was found near 2800 University Drive. Coral Springs Police evacuated the area while BSO Bomb Squad began their investigation.Just before 2 p.m., police gave the all clear after finding no threat.Traffic was temporarily shut down on University Drive while the authorities worked the scene. However, traffic has since returned to normal. Suspicious item was recovered. No threat was found. All traffic will resume as normal. Thank you for your patience— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) December 21, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Surveillance released of suspects after elderly woman carjacked in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgIf you have any information on this carjacking, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The thieves took off in her 2015 Toyota Corolla, but not before nearly hitting her as they pulled out of the parking lot.The victim’s car was later found by deputies abandoned. It was later impounded.Deputies are now searching for the trio. “Clearly they had a plan. They knew what they were doing,” said BSO spokesperson Gina Carter. “They had a weapon, which is extremely unusual for a teenager to have, so we need to find these guys right away. They’re really dangerous.”No injuries were reported.“They’re targeting the most vulnerable — elderly citizens, an elderly woman shopping alone,” said Carter. “Lastly, they have a weapon. They have a gun they have no problem brandishing.”“All bad things come from stupidity. Get an education, get a good job, and you don’t need to rob someone like me,” said the victim.BSO believes the carjacking was planned in advance and said the subjects had visited the Walmart earlier that day as well as previous days. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance footage after an elderly woman was carjacked outside of a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.Surveillance video from Jan. 15 shows three teens in knit caps walking behind the victim inside the Walmart, located at 3001 N. State Road 7.“The subjects are really young. They’re teenagers,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Representative Gina Carter. “l know only that it was short young kids.”Broward Sheriff Office deputies said they followed her into the store.The victim later went outside and was approaching her parked car when she was attacked by the teens, who weren’t far behind.They pointed a gun at the elderly woman who complied with their demands. “‘Give me the key!’” she said.She said the carjackers were so young, she initially thought their demands were a joke. last_img read more

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FIR filed against fake application forms to avail benefits

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unidentified persons on a complaint by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry regarding circulation of “fake application forms” for availing benefits under the PMAY (Urban). In its complaint, the ministry said that a large number of people from the national capital are approaching its office at Nirman Bhawan and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to submit these forms to avail benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (U). Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “During the conversation with the people approaching the above mentioned offices, it has also come to our knowledge that these fake forms are being sold out at a few photocopy shops located at Krishna Menon Marg Market and Shastri Bhawan and by a few vendors near Nirman Bhawan,” the HUA Ministry said in the complaint. It also stated that the people selling these “fake forms” are also maintaining registers and noting down personal details of the buyers. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In the complaint lodged at South Avenue police station, the ministry said it has not authorised any person or entity for circulating and depositing any such form and collecting money. It has also clarified that there is no provision of accepting forms in person and instead, applicants can submit their forms online through its website www.pmaymis.gov.in. Advertise With Us The ministry has suggested that eligible beneficiaries from the national capital can approach the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for submission of application forms. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), a beneficiary can get an interest subsidy of up to Rs 2.67 lakh on his or her home loan, bringing down EMIs. The ministry said it had already advised the DUSIB and the DDA to accept the application forms.last_img read more

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Laws to prevent violence against women not implemented

first_imgProthom Alo organizes a discussion on ‘Strict measures needed to prevent violence against women’ at its Kawran Bazar office on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloDiscussants at a roundtable on Saturday said the violence against women was worsening by the day.Although there are laws to prevent violence against women, the participants of the Prothom Alo roundtable pointed out, these are not implemented properly.Prothom Alo, in association with the Institute of Informatics and Development, organised the discussion on ‘Strict measures needed to prevent violence against women’ at its Kawran Bazar office. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated the discussion.  Bangladesh Mahila Parishad general secretary Maleka Banu said there had been movements over four decades to prevent violence against women.“There are many laws to prevent violence against women but these are not implemented. Women are becoming more vulnerable,” she said.Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain said the state is not human rights friendly.She said there are court orders regarding violence against women in the streets.These orders are not followed, Sara Hossain said, also pointing to the major problems in the implementation of the laws.She said the police are bound to record complaints, but frequently refuse to do so. No action is taken against the law enforcers, she added.Also a human rights activist, Sara Hossain said two female activists of United People’s Democratic Front were reportedly abducted. No steps were taken in this regard, she said.Sara said the scope to protest against violation of human rights is shrinking.Laws are being applied in the interests of the party in power, she alleged.Public prosecutor of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 Ali Asgar Swapan said the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 was passed in 18 years ago. The law is not properly applied, he said.  Swapan said there is a provision that the trial proceedings have to be completed within 180 days, but this is not followed.Chairman at the women and gender studies department of Dhaka University Syed Md Shaikh Imtiaz said they were working on the repression on women in Gangachhara upazila of Rangpur.He quoted certain male students as saying that it was inevitable that girl students were raped if they dressed ‘indecently’. “We have turned our religious leaders into social leaders,” Imtiaz regretted.The first woman dean of the social science faculty at Dhaka University, Sadeka Halim, said the root cause of violence against women was yet to be identified.“If any teacher sexually harasses a female teacher or student, we can’t take exemplary action against them due to old proctorial rules. We can only send the accused on forced leave,” she said.UNFPA national programme officer for gender, adolescent and youth, Humaira Farhanaz said the government was working to stop child marriage and some upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) were active in their efforts to free their administrative units of child marriage.“But there is information from different areas that families were getting their children married off in microbuses and boats,” said Humaira Farhanaz.IID chief executive officer Sayeed Ahmed, IID associate researcher Falguni Reza, Md Nurul Islam of Asia Foundation and Samia Haque of Brac University, among others, spoke at the roundtable.last_img read more

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Full Show Prison Heat Conditions And Trees Ordinances July 20 2017

first_imgPhoto by Dave Nakayama. Creative Commons license.On Thursday’s edition of Houston Matters: A federal court is ordering the State of Texas to address summer heat conditions at a prison unit northwest of Houston. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has about two weeks to make a plan, ensuring vulnerable inmates are housed in units less than 88 degrees. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he plans to appeal the decision. We discuss the ruling, and what changes lie ahead for inmates at this Texas prison unit, with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.Also this hour: One of the items on Gov. Abbott’s agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature is to repeal tree ordinances in cities, essentially removing a city’s authority to regulate trees on private property. Now, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is concerned that, should the legislation pass, this will affect many of the trees that survived Hurricane Ike, as well as hinder the replanting efforts that began in 2010. We learn more from Jackie Cole, the organization’s president.Plus, we learn about how Houston plant life has changed over the years — what’s come and gone and how it affects the region today. And the Millennial generation is growing up. Now reaching their 20s and early 30s, Millennials talk about the state of their generation.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

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Baltimores Lenora Nail Colors Promotes Vegan Products

first_imgLenora BarbourBorn and raised in Baltimore City, Lenora Barbour began her creative enterprise following a traumatic event.After she learned her mother would have to undergo major surgery followed by long-term therapy, Barbour decided it was time for a change. She founded Lenora Nails after spending years in a boring 9-to-5 job.Barbour saw there was no nail polish line being created in Baltimore and knew that this was one way she could exercise her creative muscles.“I always liked nail polish,” said Barbour in an interview with the AFRO. “I always polished my nails.”Lenora Nails boasts quirky names like “Sweet Peaches” and “Maryland Collection.” Her mother came up with “Sweet Peaches” since she has a peach tree in her yard. The “Maryland Collection” consists of three colors that all reference her home state: “Inner Harbor Nights,” “Purple Pride” and “Ocean City.”The most important part of Barbour’s nail line is its advertised non-toxic and healthy qualities. Lenora Nail Colors are “5-free,” which means they are free of five dangerous toxins like formaldehyde that have been found in other nail polish brands, according to the website. The vegan products are also animal cruelty-free.The collection is already sold in several locations in Maryland, as well as online.Barbour is currently completing a program at Maryland Beauty Academy to become a certified nail technician. Once certified Barbour wants to give pampering treatments to senior citizens with chronic conditions and those who aren’t able to beautify themselves. “When I was in nail tech school we had a lot of elderly clients, so I really connected with them,” said Barbour, adding that she already offers those services to her mother. “I do my mom’s nails since she’s almost 70.”For more information on Lenora Nail Colors, visit: www.lenoranailcolors.com.last_img read more

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Five Cardinals Selected to USA U21 Selection Camp

first_imgStory Links Five University of Louisville field hockey players have been chosen to compete in the 2019 U21 Selection Camp. Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, Meghan Schneider and newcomers Margot Lawn and Minna Tremonti will represent the Cardinals in December at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.The UofL student-athletes were selected following the 2019 Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC) and National Futures Championship (NFC), presented by Harrow Sports as they continue on the Olympic Development Pathway. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Homesellers Now Is the Time

first_img March 19, 2019 1,502 Views With the Spring home selling season approaching, when might be the best month to sell a home? According to a report from realtor.comreport from realtor.com, i 2019, April may be the best time to sell a home. Specifically, Realtor.com states that between March 31 and April 6, sellers will be in the perfect “sweet spot” to have their home sold.”June is often considered the peak of home buying season, but our analysis found the first week of April is best for sellers looking to maximize list price, and also reduce the risk of price cuts and competition from other sellers,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com. “Given the time it takes from listing to close, putting a home on the market in early April positions sellers to attract buyers seeking to close and move before the beginning of school year.”According to the report, the first week of April sees the most home viewings, 14 percent more on average, and five percent less competition. Homes are likely to sell 6 days, or nearly 9 percent, faster on average.Additionally, sellers may find that they are able to sell their homes for more during this time: homes on the market between March 31 and April 6 typically sell for six percent higher than they would at the beginning of the year. However, as Hale said, June is typically the peak of homebuying season, and the average June listing is normally seven percent more expensive than average. What make the first week of April special is that buyers are less likely to back out for other homes, forcing a price reduction on a seller’s home. Homes sold in June are one percent more likely to take a price cut, while homes sold in April are one percent less likely to cut their price back.April sales may also be boosted by the lower mortgage rates, which have been slipping since November 2018. According to realtor.com, mortgage rates are now 4.5 percent or lower compared to November 2018’s 5.0 percent. Buyers may take advantage of these lower rates before they climb back up again. Homesellers: Now Is the Time Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage Rates rates Realtor.com sales Spring 2019-03-19 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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I think it was outstanding; he didn’t let the batsmen get on top of him. This encouraging trend is in contrast with other regions of the state where the number of wells showing significant fall in groundwater levels has crossed at least 50 per cent. The S&P announcement on Friday would have disappointed Subramanian and his colleagues at the finance ministry. At the same time, Nine cops suspended Lucknow SSP J Ravinder Goud on Tuesday suspended nine policemen including a sub-inspector for ?which is 30 km from the place where his condition had deteriorated. Ravichandran Ashwin sent back Deepak Hooda with his first ball of the spell. Profession: driver, who has? US and China with Test cricket.
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