Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar.The protest march led by Mr. Dreze, Mr. Dey, Rajendran Narayanan and Sanjay Sahni began at the local Jubba Sahni park in Muzaffarpur and ended at the District Collectorate. Later, they submitted a letter to District Magistrate Mohd. Sohail and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Kumar, demanding a fair and transparent probe into the allegations. They also urged officials to ensure that whistleblowers are protected. “We also put our demand for work under the MGNREGA be met within the stipulated 15 days time, and a bi-monthly dialogue with officials be organised to address grievances,” Mr. Narayanan told The Hindu over phone.‘Fabricated cases’Earlier, several allegedly false and fabricated cases against MGNREGA activist Sanjay Sahni and some members of his group, the Samaj Parivartan Shakti Sanghthan (SPSS), were lodged at different police stations in Muzaffarpur, for raising questions over corruption in implementation of the MGNREGA scheme. The activists had submitted a fact-finding report to the Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) in June 2017.“But more false cases were lodged against them. More recently, an FIR was lodged against them on September 6 at the Maniyari police station this year,” said Mr. Narayanan. Another petition titled, ‘Bogus FIR against Sanjay Sahni (MGNREGA watch) in Muzaffarpur’, signed by Mr. Dreze, Mr. Narayanan, Mr. Dey, and Aruna Roy, of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS), was submitted to DGP K. S. Dwivedi, demanding “appropriate action” and “protection of Sanjay Sahni from further harassment” on September 12, 2018. “But, nothing has happened so far,” added Mr. Narayanan, an MGNREGA activist and assistant professor at the Azim Premji University.“The implementation of social security schemes in Muzaffarpur has seen a distressing downward trend as nearly ₹636 crore due payments are to be made by the State government towards wage and material costs,” said Mr. Narayanan. In Muzaffarpur district, only 94 households have been able to avail their legal entitlement of a 100 days of work in the year, he added.
Pingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESTopping the eliminations is not a cause for celebration for Allen Durham.Meralco claimed the top seed in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 9-2 card but the reigning Best Import said that his team shouldn’t rest on its laurels going forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We got to keep doing work and we have a number one goal in mind and that’s to be champs. We got to get back to work tomorrow,” he said. “If you wanna be a champion at anything, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be games like this in the playoffs and we just got to play defense and keep going.”Meralco faces Blackwater on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. “It feels good, but they don’t give you trophies for being number one in the regular season,” he said after the Bolts’ 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer on Sunday.Durham said Meralco’s performance against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen was a good gauge to see how far last year’s runner-up can go in the playoffs, especially after trailing by 18 points midway through the third quarter before eking out the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We knew that if we wanted any chance to win, we’re gonna have to play all 48 minutes. That’s what we did tonight. We started slow but we just stayed with it and kept grinding, that’s just the type of team that we are,” he said.Durham fired 35 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks in the victory and the 29-year-old big man feels it would take more from him and the rest of his teammates if they want to win the franchise’s first-ever PBA title. View comments
In the darkest moments of the match Saturday night, Perlas-BanKo found a way to shine.ADVERTISEMENT Perlas BangKo worked its way to a rousing 24-26, 13-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-11 win over BaliPure and remain in contention for a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.“We really held tight. We didn’t want to give up that third set because we know that if we lose it, it’s goodbye to the semis,” said Kathy Bersola, who exploded with 20 points for Perlas-BanKo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRefusing to yield that easily, Perlas-BanKo capitalized on an error-prone BaliPure in the third frame. In an instant, the Perlas Spikers were clutching a 20-11 lead that extended the match.But the fourth frame didn’t start well for the Perlas Spikers as they trailed, 7-14, after Grethcel Soltones, who fired 17 points, clustered back-to-back markers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ But the Water Defenders soon fell into complacency and committed easy errors, which the Perlas Spikers gamely pounced on through Bersola, Tiamzon and Ella de Jesus.“We have become one solid team and we proved that we can rely on each other,” said Nicole Tiamzon.At 3-3, Perlas-BanKo can make it outright to the next round with another victory.BaliPure is also still in contention but its fate will also depend on the results of other squads.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thy kingdom come his best is yet to come National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES
Spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), the initiative targets youths aged 18 to 35, providing them with practical training in information and communications technology (ICT) and job-readiness skills. The number of beneficiaries under the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is set to double next year to reach 2,000 unattached youth. Science and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure while addressing the opening ceremony of the Excellence in STEM Experimental Education (EXSEED) workshop at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston on July 17. Story Highlights The number of beneficiaries under the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is set to double next year to reach 2,000 unattached youth.Science and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure while addressing the opening ceremony of the Excellence in STEM Experimental Education (EXSEED) workshop at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston on July 17.Spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), the initiative targets youths aged 18 to 35, providing them with practical training in information and communications technology (ICT) and job-readiness skills.The first cohort of 1,000 persons completed a three-month course in June covering digitisation, data collection, office etiquette and procedures, professional conduct, résumé writing, interview skills, and basic entrepreneurial skills.They are now being placed on a nine-month attachment at various public- and private-sector entities, where the stipend they received during the training course will increase.The young people are expected to provide much-needed human-resource support to the Government in a bid to accelerate the ongoing digitisation process.“We have gotten quite a number of requests from private-sector entities wanting to utilise the services of these TAP participants. The level of excitement among the young people is unbelievable,” Dr. Wheatley said.Once the period of attachment is completed, it is hoped that the entities will recruit the participants full-time, or that the graduates will use the skills gained to secure employment elsewhere or start their own businesses.Giving an update on the Tablet in Schools (TIS) Project, Dr. Wheatley indicated that steps are being taken to have the initiative fully roll out in the 2018/19 academic year, which starts in September.He said that a “management system” installed on the devices will prevent students from accessing inappropriate content.The TIS programme aims to provide students and teachers in public institutions with approved devices to enhance learning, facilitate research, and build competence in the use of technology.It is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to build a knowledge-based society.
zoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a capital and business alliance agreement with compatriot liquid cargo logistics provider Nippon Concept Corporation (NCC).As informed, the objective of the agreement is to develop a “comprehensive two-way strategic partnership” including both partners’ group companies and to enhance their businesses.The new business alliance will cover the share of overseas and business networks, joint business and service operations, joint technology research and development, joint purchasing, proactive use of both companies’ services and exchange of personnel, among other matters, MOL said in a statement.Through this partnership, MOL said it will get an opportunity to expand into the liquid chemical product transport business.In addition, NCC will be able to globally increase its name recognition and enhance its competitiveness by integrating MOL Group companies’ overseas networks with its existing networks, according to MOL.The companies will also discuss other issues of mutual benefits.The move is part of MOL’s strategy to select and invest in new business fields that can bring advantages to the company. Some of the fields in which it strategically allocates human resources and investment include chemical tanker and logistics. At the same time, MOL is promoting a study on entering the tank container business.Under the terms of the agreement, NCC plans to accept one full-time director and one part-time director from MOL on its board of directors. MOL plans to acquire 15% of NCC’s issued shares through the acquisition of its issued shares and subscription to new shares issued through a third-party allocation by NCC.
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up sharply in the first trading following a two-day holiday, while U.S. markets plunged again after shooting upward on Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 260.01 points at 14,040.20 in the first 30 minutes of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange following the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 295.83 points at 22,582.62. The S&P 500 index was down 31.13 points at 2,2,436.57, while the Nasdaq composite was down 84.56 points at 6,469.80.On Wednesday, the Dow and S&P 500 were up nearly five per cent while the Nasdaq rose 5.8 per cent.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.30 cents US, down compared with an average of 73.59 cents US on Monday The January crude contract was at US$45.42 per barrel, down 80 cents from Wednesday but up from 42.53 on Monday while the January natural gas contract was at US$3.41 per mmBTU, down 4.8 cents from Wednesday but up one cent from Monday.The February gold contract was at US$1,277.80 an ounce, up $4.80 from Wednesday and up $6 from Monday, while the March copper contract traded at US$2.67 a pound, down three cents from Wednesday and one cent from Monday. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has said the gross fiscal deficit has adhered to budgetary targets, and that the current account deficit is expected to be around 2.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19. Das said this earlier this week while speaking at the “Governor Talks” event organised on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in Washington DC. The Governor’s statement is the first official confirmation at a senior level of the government achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent in the previous fiscal 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Controller General of Accounts (CGA) normally releases the fiscal deficit figures of the previous fiscal by May 15. Das also said the country’s current account deficit (CAD) in 2018-19 is expected to come in at around 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). According to the government, India’s balance of payment situation eased mainly on account of falling global oil prices. RBI, while deciding its rate of interest, also takes into account these macro data indicators of the Finance Ministry. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostEarlier this month, the RBI cut the repo, or its short-term lending rate for commercial banks, by 25 basis points to 6 per cent, and lowered the current fiscal’s GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent. “The rate cut is in consonance of achieving the medium term objective of maintaining inflation at the 4 per cent level while supporting growth,” the statement, announcing the RBI’s first bi-monthly monetary policy review of the fiscal, said.
CAIRO – A regional cold snap spread to Egypt on Friday, with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall for the first time in years, a weather official said. The Middle East has been hit by a fierce winter storm, with temperatures in Egypt plummeting over the past two days as torrential rain also lashed parts of the country.“It is the first time in very many years” that it has snowed in the suburbs of Cairo, said Ali Abdelazim, an official at the meteorological centre. “The whole garden was white,” Karim Kheirat told AFP by telephone from the new town of Medinati northeast of the capital.“It’s the first time in my life that I have seen it like this.”Other suburbs of the capital also saw light snow showers, residents said.In the Sinai Peninsula, the storm deposited a blanket of snow several centimetres (inches) thick in the mountainous area around Saint Catherine’s monastery for the first time in decades.Mokhtar Hussein, who lives in the area, said he had not left his house since Thursday because of the weather.“We aren’t leaving the house at all because the whole town is covered in snow,” he said.On the Mediterranean coast, gardens, streets and houses in the town of Ras al-Bar were covered by a layer of white after heavy snow, resident Rania al-Mubashir said.The northern coastal city of Alexandria only received light snowfall, but authorities shut the port for the third consecutive day because of the bad weather and strong winds.
When the 64-team field for the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer tournament was announced Monday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team was included, giving the Buckeyes a chance to follow up last season’s run to the national semifinals. The unseeded Buckeyes (10-8-2, 5-5-1) will take on regional No. 4 seed Tennessee at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in a first-round matchup hosted by the Volunteers (15-6-0). OSU’s postseason hopes seemed to be in some doubt after the team suffered a first-round loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Coming in as the No. 7 seed, the Buckeyes lost, 4-2, on penalty kicks after regulation and two overtime periods resulted in a tie, 1-1. The second-seeded Fighting Illini eventually went on to win the tournament. The Buckeyes concluded the regular season 10-8-1, with a 5-5-1 mark within the conference. A couple of program milestones highlighted the season. The team recorded the 200th victory in program history on Sept. 23 with a 2-1 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. That mark was eclipsed on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” coach Lori Walker, who was at the helm of 164 of the 200 wins to that point, said at the time. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” The 2011 senior class won its 49th game with a 3-0 triumph against Indiana on Senior Day at Jesse Owens. The victory moved that class into a tie with the 2006 class for the second-most wins for a four-year group in program history. “From top to bottom I think they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” Walker said. “Anytime you can have nine seniors go from the beginning to the end together, it’s a testament to their strength.” Senior forward Caitlyn Martin, who tallied a goal in the victory, spoke about the close-knit relationships within the team. “We have a great senior group and we’re really close, so it was really special to go out on our last day in the Jesse and get a win and play for each other,” Martin said. “It was a great team effort.” The low point of the season was a stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 23, in which the team lost five of seven games, prompting Walker to say the offense was “in the crapper” following an Oct. 16 loss to Nebraska. It was during this slide that the Buckeyes let their postseason hopes almost slip away. In the end, the Buckeyes made the national tournament for the third straight season while several OSU players garnered postseason honors. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere followed up last week’s first-team All-Big Ten honors by being named to the conference’s all-tournament team last Sunday, while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu was named to the second-team All-Big Ten. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was OSU’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree and also joined senior goalie Katie Baumgardner on the all-district academic third team, announced Monday. The winner between OSU and Tennessee will go on to the second round to play the winner between Illinois State and Milwaukee.
Mario Balotelli’s future at Nice looks uncertain considering the latest outburst from new manager Patrick VieiraBalotelli has resurrected his career since joining French side Nice in 2016, and his efforts were recently rewarded with a national team call-up by new Italy manager Roberto Mancini.However, this summer has brought much uncertainty to the Italian striker’s future. It’s believed he got off on the wrong note with new coach Patrick Vieira when he failed to report to the first training.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar 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…The former Liverpool man is notorious for his disciplinary problems, and it seems the Arsenal legend is not a big fan of the player.Vieira has decided not to include him for the first game of their Ligue 1 campaign against Reims, and he spoke to Canal +:“He wants to go away, so I can not say he will stay here … We want players who are happy to be part of this team. It is a complicated and difficult situation, and the club will try to do everything possible to realize his transfer.”
The Saints lost against Everton last weekend and now they will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s StadiumAfter a not-so-good season start in the Premier League, Southampton FC is looking to get its first win on Saturday.The Saints will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s Stadium.Southampton is looking for a victory after tying 0-0 with Burnley on Week 1 and losing 2-1 to Everton on Week 2.And to Mark Hughes, The Saints boss, this means he has to find this best starting eleven.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I’ve got an idea of that,” he said to the club’s official website.“At this stage of the season there are still a few vagaries in terms of guys who have come back late from World Cup who’ve had disrupted pre-season, so there’s still a leveling off in terms of what people are producing and capable of.”“I think that will resolve itself in the next couple of weeks,” he added.“Leicester are probably the club that gains more points on the road than most. They’re a very accomplished counter-attacking team and it’s very difficult to go up against them.”
Gennaro Gattuso has compared Milan new boy Krzysztof Piatek to Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson.Piatek who recently joined Milan from Genoa played in the barren draw against Napoli and his manager has seen enough to liken him to former teammate Tomasson.Tomasson was not a regular starter at Milan but scored 35 goals in three seasons, winning a Champions League and earning praise for his battling qualities.“We have to pick up from where we left off in the first 50 minutes, showing the same character,” Gattuso told Milan TV and Cited on Football Italia ahead of his side’s Coppa Italia quarter-final against Napoli on Tuesday.“We stopped dribbling in the last 30 minutes and were stretched, so all of Napoli’s qualities came out.“We must have the desire to play and show our faces, dribbling well. We need experience. We’re a young team and we need games like these.“For us to get back to being competitive, we need consistency in our performances, game and mentality.Piatek is ready to make his debut as a starter with the AC Milan shirt tomorrow night in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals against Napoli once again. Gennaro Gattuso is seriously thinking about it and a final decision will be made between tonight and tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/yu9JpVotxtSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….— AC Milan Africa (@africa_milan) January 28, 2019“We’ve shown it at times, but we still have too many ups and downs. Piatek reminds me of Tomasson. He had some very specific characteristics.“Jon never spared himself in training and gave us a huge hand, also when he played from the start.“Piatek has just joined, but I like him already. He’s a curious lad who looks at photos at Milanello: he likes to observe, talk and experience the structure here first hand.“It’s something beautiful. Will he start tomorrow? Him or Cutrone will play. Caldara and Biglia yesterday did some light work with us yesterday.“They’re working to improve their physical level and I think they’ll be available in a week.“We’re very happy with them, they have great desire to return and have shown it through the commitment they’ve been putting in.”
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Authorities asking for public’s help in identifying victims in auto theft spree Posted: May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Thursday asked for the public’s help in identifying potential victims of an auto theft crime spree in which hundreds of items of suspected stolen property have been recovered.As part of an auto theft investigation initiated by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) in Chula Vista, two defendants were arrested and charged in the case involving more than 50 victims.“Auto theft and burglaries have a direct impact on victims who often need their vehicles to get to work, take their children to school and conduct their daily lives,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “Ultimately, this crime spree affected dozens of people across San Diego County and in addition to holding the defendants accountable we’re working with our partners at RATT to return large amounts of stolen property to victims.”On March 27, the Chula Vista Police Department contacted the RATT team regarding a stolen vehicle parked inside a motel parking lot. RATT detectives responded to the motel to investigate and arrested two suspects, with assistance by the Chula Vista Police and San Diego County Sheriff.As the result of the arrest, RATT detectives recovered 144 items of suspected stolen property, including cell phones, IDs, credit cards, purses, and a computer laptop. Over the course of the investigation, RATT detectives identified a total of four stolen vehicles and more than 53 victims believed to be connected to the crime spree.More than 40 vehicles were burglarized during the crime spree over the course of several days across the county.“These were crimes of opportunities,” said RATT Commander, CHP Captain James Portilla. “To help prevent theft you should always lock your doors and close your windows, and never leave valuable items visible in your car.”Detectives have been able to identify less than half of the 53 potential victims they believe are connected to this crime spree and are asking for the public’s help in identifying additional victims. Victims would have had their vehicles burglarized during the last two weeks of March 2018 in the following areas of San Diego County:Downtown San DiegoTierra SantaMission ValleyMid-City of San DiegoSpring ValleySan Diego State College areaNational CityChula VistaImperial BeachOn April 10, Malcolm Brown, 22, pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and residential burglary, and Alexis Carr, 25, pleaded guilty to auto theft and burglary. The pair is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8 at 1:30 pm in Department 1102 of the San Diego Superior Court Central Division.If you believe you are one of these victims please contact the San Diego County Regional Auto Theft Task Force at (858) 627-4000.
What’s open and what’s closed today and Christmas Day:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, which serves most of Clark County, operates on regular schedule today. In Camas, today’s normal service will be picked up Monday.• MAIL: Regular home delivery today; no delivery Saturday except for Express Mail. Most post offices close at noon today, reopening Monday. The main post office at 2700 Caples Road is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Classes resume Jan. 3.• COLLEGES: Classes resume at Clark College on Jan. 3, and at Washington State University Vancouver on Jan. 10.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library branches and bookmobiles closed today and Saturday. Camas Public Library closed today and Saturday.• GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices closed today. State offices will be closed Monday for a furlough day.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow reduced schedule today; and Sunday/Holiday schedule Saturday. TriMet buses and MAX trains follow regular schedule today; Sunday schedule on Saturday.• PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free today.• BANKS: Some are closed today, but most are open until 2 or 3 p.m. Closed Saturday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed today.• DRIVER LICENSING: State offices closed today through Monday for the holiday and a temporary layoff. County and private offices are not affected by Monday’s furlough.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed today and Saturday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Stations closed today and Saturday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• LIQUOR STORES: State-operated stores open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; closed Saturday. Some contract liquor stores may be open both days.• ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Closed today and Saturday.• SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON BLOOD CENTER: 9320 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 100, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: Visitor center and fort closed today and Saturday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Most mall shop hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; closed Saturday. Nordstrom hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.• THE COLUMBIAN: Circulation customer service lines, at 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday. Offices are open today; closed Saturday.
The accident halted traffic briefly while emergency responders cleared the scene. James Mika, 34 of Nikiski, was operating a 1998 GMC Yukon northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway and was in the process of turning right onto Sandy Lane when he was struck on the passenger side by a 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 operated by Sean Lucas, 42 of Kenai. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision at mile 16 Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski, on January 7, at 12:50 p.m. According to the trooper online dispatch, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and no injuries were reported. Lucas who was also traveling northbound and had not realized the Yukon was slowed or turning.
“Leslie’s wide-ranging curiosity and her commitment to creating the highest-quality content, combined with her understanding of how to connect with modern women and foster audience loyalty, make her the ideal choice to lead Real Simple,” says Lump in a statement. “Her collaborative spirit and experience driving change will allow her to build on Real Simple’sremarkable success while looking toward the future.” Yazel will oversee all of Real Simple’s editorial assets which, in addition to the magazine, includes RealSimple.com, videos, books, mobile apps, newsletters, a posdcast and more. “I’m thrilled to be joining Nathan and Time Inc. to lead the Real Simple brand at this exciting and transformative time, Yazel says in a statement. “From its inception, Real Simple has established itself as a leading lifestyle brand that meaningfully helps women live better lives. I can’t wait to interpret this mission for our times, taking advantage of all our platforms to expand the brand’s passionate and dedicated audience.” Time Inc. has concluded its search for Real Simple’s new editor-in-chief. Today, chief content officer, Allan Murray, announced the role will be filled by Leslie Yazel. Yazel joins the brand just over a month after Kristin van Ogtrop announced she was leaving on September 22. van Ogtrop had been with the brand for 13 of its 16-year existence. Executive editor Sarah Collins had been acting as the interim editor while the company sought a replacement. Time Inc. has made no secret of its plans to grow digitally, and Real Simple is certainly in front of this strategy. Its social audience has grown by 23% in 2016 versus last year and its website reaches more than 14 million monthly unique visitors, according to comScore. Yazel joins the brand from Cosmopolitan, where she was overseeing day-to-day editorial operations as director of editorial content. She will report to Nathan Lump, the recently named editorial director of the Lifestyle Group and editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure.
Prothom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the decomposed body of a schoolgirl in Chattogram’s Hathazari on Sunday night, two days after she went missing, reports UNB.The deceased was Tasnim Sultana Tuhin, 13, daughter of Abu Tayeb of Shahjalal Para, and a Class-VIII student of Hathazari Girls’ High School and College.Meanwhile, police arrested Shahnewaz Munna, 28, son of Shahjahan Siraj, a resident of the same building where Tasnim’s family lives, in connection with the murder, said Belal Uddin Jahangir, officer-in-charge of Hathazari police station.Tuhin’s elder brother said his sister went missing while she was going up the first floor of the building to her home tutor from their ground floor flat.Later, family members filed a general diary (GD) with Hathazari model police station.On suspicion, police detained Munna and interrogated him several times. As they failed to collect any information from Munna, they later released him.The suspicion grew further as police came to know that Munna’s parents were not there in their flat on Friday. Later, police interrogated Munna’s parents, but they did not give any information.As bad smell started spreading around from Munna’s house at night, locals informed the police.Later, police recovered the body from his flat around 9:30pm.Police and victim’s family members suspected that Munna killed Tasnim after having failed to rape her.Hearing the body recovery of the girl, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building and staged a demonstration there demanding punishment of Tasnim’s killer.
Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Karen Handel speaks during her election night party at an Atlanta hotel. Photo: ReutersRepublican Karen Handel won a hotly contested Georgia congressional race on Tuesday, CNN reported, fending off a Democratic challenge in a race that was widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump.With more than 65 percent of the votes counted, CNN predicted that Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, would defeat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s.The election will not significantly change the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.But it could give Republicans a boost of confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s presidential election.Ossoff and Handel both tried to focus on local issues and avoided mentioning Trump, whose approval rating sits at 37 percent, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.But that did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling Ossoff weak on national security and urging voters to support Handel.Spending on the race reached at least $57 million, nearly twice the previous record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group. The special election was held to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price after Trump appointed him as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Democrats were under pressure to win after steadily losing seats in Congress and at the state level in recent years. They fell short in other special congressional elections earlier this year in Kansas and Montana.Democrat Archie Parnell also lost to Republican Ralph Norman in another special congressional election in South Carolina on Tuesday. That seat became open when Representative Mick Mulvaney was tapped by Trump to head the Office of Management and Budget. Norman was expected to win that race.
A young man was stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals at Deura in the city on Monday.The deceased was Motaleb, son of Mofa of the area. Motaleb was accused in several cases.Ruhul Amin, senior assistant police commissioner (media) of Gazipur metropolitan police, said some miscreants numbering 7-8 surrounded Motaleb when he went to a pond near his house around 8:30am and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.His father Mofa also sustained injuries as he came to rescue his son hearing his scream, said the police official adding that he might have been killed over previous enmity.Victim’s mother Momtaz said that local terrorists – Jahir, Firoz and four others stabbed his son to death.On information, police recovered the body.