2 dead 2 wounded in shooting at Walmart in Mississippi

first_imgSOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said.Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven police officer, who was protected by a bulletproof vest and suffered minor injuries. The chief said a second Southaven officer shot the suspect, who was then taken for surgery to a hospital in neighboring Memphis, Tennessee.Both the people killed were Walmart employees, Moore said. Employees told The Associated Press that the first was shot in the parking lot, and the second was shot inside the store.Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite described the suspect as a disgruntled worker with a grievance against his employer. Travis Jones, an overnight stocker, said the suspect had gotten in trouble after pulling a knife on a customer.“It wasn’t an accident,” said Jones, who was working when he heard shots. “He knew what he was doing when he came in there.”last_img read more

Renton man gets 45 years in 2015 downtown Vancouver slaying

first_imgMoments after saying he had “no empathy” for the family of a slain precious metals shop employee, a Renton man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Wednesday.Thomas Phillip Leae, 25, was convicted July 17 in Clark County Superior Court of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, both with a firearm, and first-degree rendering criminal assistance in the 2015 slaying of Bentley Brookes, 58, of Camas.Brookes was fatally shot during a Nov. 25, 2015, robbery at Pacific Bullion Precious Metals, 701 Main St., in downtown Vancouver.Judge Gregory Gonzales ordered Leae’s sentence will run consecutive to a 25-year-to-life sentence in California for second-degree murder. That conviction stems from the death of Leae’s girlfriend, who was killed in a crash on Interstate 5 in Glenn County, Calif., as the couple fled authorities after the fatal robbery.Prosecutors say Ailiana Siufanua, 18, of Des Moines shot Brookes while Leae drove the getaway vehicle. Surveillance footage at the shop captured the incident, and led to Siufanua’s parents identifying her as the shooter. Items stolen from the precious metals shop were located at the crash scene in California.During Leae’s weeklong trial in Clark County, the defense and prosecution agreed that Siufanua shot Brookes but were at odds over whether Leae was the getaway driver and to what degree he facilitated the shooting.last_img read more

3750 customers lose power during morning outage in Vancouver

first_imgA power outage Friday morning in west Vancouver affected about 3,750 customers.The outage happened just before 7 a.m. and was based at Clark Public Utilities’ F Street substation in the Arnada neighborhood, the utility’s spokeswoman Erica Erland said in an email.Some of the customers affected by the outage may have lost power multiple times while the problem was being fixed. The majority of customers had their power restored within 30 minutes; for others, it took about an hour, Erland said. About half of the customers were without power for only a few minutes, she said.Traffic lights went dark in and around downtown Vancouver from at least the intersection of Kauffman Avenue and West Mill Plain Boulevard to the east to Interstate 5.The utility is continuing to look into the cause of the outage.last_img read more

Educators make strong showing in Vancouver schools race

first_imgIt was big win for educators in Tuesday’s primary election, as school employees rose to the top in races for Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors.A broad slate of school board candidates was cut in half Tuesday. Six of the 12 running to lead Clark County’s second largest school district, three of whom are educators, will move on to the general election.The past year has been historic for Vancouver Public Schools, marked by a teachers strike, budget cuts and pressure from declining enrollment. Heightened interest in school board positions is the latest chapter in that history, with three contested primary elections in a district that rarely sees any at all.Position No. 1Incumbent Dale Rice had a comfortable lead in his race, capturing 37.79 percent of the 15,767 votes cast. Newcomer Kyle Sproul, meanwhile, took second place with 32.52 percent of the vote.Sproul, a business professional with a background in marketing, said the results suggest voters in the school district are ready for change.“I offer the perspective of a current parent. I’m in the schools. I understand what’s currently going on,” she said.Rice, an investment adviser, could not be reached on Tuesday night. He’s been on the school board for 29 years, and has touted his business acumen as he’s pursued yet another term.last_img read more

Teen sentenced in fatal Hazel Dell shooting

first_imgA 16-year-old boy charged in the death of another teenager during a botched drug robbery in a Hazel Dell parking lot in December was sentenced Tuesday.Tristan Alexander Cienfuegos was ordered to remain behind bars until he’s 21.Superior Court Commissioner Dayann Liebman imposed the sentence on Cienfuegos, who pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree murder in Clark County Juvenile Court.Cienfuegos originally faced charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Two co-defendants, Terrance J. Busby and Oriley J. Huynh, 17 and 15 respectively at the time of their arrests, were similarly charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Gage Allan Kiser. Busby was convicted of first-degree robbery and sentenced to a range of three and a half to six years in a juvenile facility. Huynh has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 11, Deputy Prosecutor Kristine Foerster said, at which a judge will decide whether his case should remain in juvenile court or be moved to adult court.The three boys planned to rob Kiser of marijuana Dec. 10. Their plot turned deadly when Huynh shot the Vancouver teen multiple times, prosecutors say.last_img read more

All members of wolf pack killed in Washington

first_imgSPOKANE — The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups.The four wolves were part of a pack that originally had seven members and attacked cows, killing or wounding them 29 times since 2018 and nine times over the last month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement last Friday. Agency director Kelly Susewind authorized the killings of the remaining pack members on July 31.Environmental groups opposed the killings, which they contended benefited one ranching operation in Ferry County in the remote Kettle River Range of mountains that stretches into the Canadian province of British Columbia.“It’s unbelievably tragic that this wolf family has already been annihiliated by the state,” said Sophia Ressler of the Center for Biologicial Diversity, which tried to block the hunt. “It seems like Washington’s wildlife agency is bent on wiping out the state’s wolves.”Hunters for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife who were inside helicopters tracked down and shot the wolves from the air on Friday, agency spokeswoman Sam Montgomery said.last_img read more

Students parents tour rebuilt Peter S Ogden Elementary

first_imgThere’s a particular newness that comes with back-to-school season — new teachers, new school supplies, new clothes.But for students at Peter S. Ogden Elementary School, this year also comes with a new building. Ogden Elementary is the first in Vancouver Public Schools to be rebuilt using proceeds from the school district’s $458 million bond campaign. On Monday, the night before students are set to return to school, students and families got a chance to explore their new school.“I want to go in it forever!” said 5-year-old Arabella Costa, standing with her dad, Austin Costa, in the school’s expansive central commons. And she wasn’t alone in her declarations of delight. Hundreds of visitors milled around the school, exploring classrooms, shared courtyards designed for students to work together, and a playground featuring natural touches of wood and stone.Principal April Whipple said the school, the first in Vancouver to use this design, was built with the outdoors in mind. Classrooms in each grade level are anchored around large rooms built so multiple classrooms can work together just by opening their doors. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe rooms with natural light, and a central courtyard features a working human sundial students can stand in to tell the time.“We want to show that learning happens everywhere,” said Whipple, as she led a media tour of the new facility.So far, design, engineering and construction at Ogden Elementary has cost an estimated $33.6 million. The school is home to about 550 students.Construction projects are funded under the district’s bond, which voters approved in 2017. The district is rebuilding six other aging schools, including Martin Luther King Elementary School, where construction is underway. Students from that campus will study at the old Ogden Elementary building for this school year before returning to their neighborhood school in the 2020-2021 school year.The building also features an art room, dance studio and small stage for student performances. A makerspace — a sort of futuristic art room becoming increasingly popular in education — is filled with tools, sewing machines and programmable robots. A display case on the exterior of that room will feature student projects.last_img read more

Backtoschool shopping drives customer traffic in Clark County

first_imgMost Clark County schools have already kicked off the 2019-2020 school year, but that doesn’t mean the back-to-school shopping season is over.“It’s not going to come to a screeching halt,” said Mark Johnson, senior vice president of government affairs for the Washington Retail Association. “The weekend of (Sept.) 7th and 8th is going to be very busy at the malls.”It’s a rush that retailers are counting on. In an era when headlines often herald the demise of brick-and-mortar retail at the hands of online shopping, the back-to-school season remains a reliable driver of customer traffic, both in Clark County and nationwide.“It’s still huge for us,” said Jeffery Temple, director of corporate affairs at Fred Meyer.According to an annual survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, this year 53 percent of parents said they planned to visit a department store for back-to-school shopping, and 50 percent said they would visit a discount store. Online shopping came in third at 49 percent.Local retailers readyFred Meyer sees high back-to-school traffic in all of its markets, Temple said, including Vancouver and Clark County. All of its stores set up special displays for the second half of the summer, usually in time to give parents enough shopping days even if their children’s school starts early.“It’s almost like a department,” he said. “We set up a whole area where everything is concentrated, usually near the front of the store.”last_img read more

Jayne Crossing back into community

first_img It was a quick, simple, mundane task. But being an introspective, philosophical, insightful amateur sociologist, there was deep meaning to be found.Plus, I was in need of a column idea. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention; what they don’t tell you is that having a column due is the mother of all necessity.So there I was the other day, with a new school year underway, working with my fifth-grader as a crossing guard in the parking lot of his school. Nothing too difficult; you wave the cars forward or signal for them to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. And, in reaching the pinnacle of success for crossing guards everywhere, we managed to do this for a half-hour without a single pedestrian being hit by a car. Hey, we know what we’re doing.Anyway, as we dutifully prevented tragedy, it struck me that a sense of community can be built even from seemingly humdrum tasks. That a quick smile and an exchange of greetings with students and parents who have a shared purpose — delivering our kids to school — can be meaningful.OK, OK, I’m reading too much into this. But it is remarkable to reflect upon how quickly this country has lost its sense of community and how that loss informs modern politics.There have been many treatises about this phenomenon. As far back as 1995, Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam wrote, “The U.S. once had an enviable society, but over the last two or three decades this civic society has shrunk … The norms and networks of civic engagement also powerfully affect the performance of representative government.” Translation: We are less civically engaged, and we are suffering for it. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

Ranieri Mourinho was the first to welcome me back

Ranieri Mourinho was the first to welcome me back

first_imgClaudio Ranieri revealed Jose Mourinho was the first manager to welcome him “home” as Fulham prepare to take on Manchester UnitedThe 67-year-old was surprisingly named the new Fulham coach last month following Slavisa Jokanovic’s dismissal after a poor start on their return to the Premier League.Ranieri has since managed one win in his three games in charge with Fulham still bottom of the league table.The Italian will be hoping to extend United’s winless run in the league to five matches ahead of Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.But, despite having been criticised by Mourinho in the past, Ranieri revealed the good relationship he has with the Portuguese – who showed his support for him when he was sacked from Leicester City by wearing his initials, CR, in a show of solidarity.“He was the first who sent me a message to say welcome back. He is a very friendly friend,” said Ranieri, according to the Telegraph.“He told me, ‘Welcome back, all the best’. We speak about everything.“It was a text message. Sometimes we speak. He’s a fantastic man.“I know him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and in Italy, and he was very polite with me.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s a great man, coach, manager and also the football is important.“I enjoy very much (being back in the Premier League), I’ve come back home.”The former Chelsea boss concedes that Fulham will need to be perfect against United, regardless of their struggles.“Manchester are one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League,” added Ranieri.“It’s a fantastic team and stadium and we want to make a point. We know it’s hard, but nothing is impossible.“Manchester are getting better, for us it will be difficult. We must make a perfect performance.“Every manager would like to win, the desire is to win, but we have a great respect for Manchester.“Every match we improve, but it’s not easy because when you stay at the bottom of the table, it’s not so (easy to be) confident 100 per cent.“I gave my confidence to my players, but if you have two or three good results the confidence of the team grows immediately and I am confident we will do this.”last_img read more

N California fire destroys 10 houses

first_imgPLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.East of Sacramento, the Sand Fire in the Sierra foothills has burned about 3,800 acres, roughly 6 square miles, of steep, rugged terrain near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire, which has also destroyed seven outbuildings, was 35 percent contained Sunday afternoon, but it threatens hundreds of homes in the drought-stricken region, according to CalFire.“All of the vegetation in the area is struggling. It’s burning very easily,” spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said. “It causes the fire to be a lot hotter and to spread more easily.”The Sand Fire has prompted authorities to evacuate about 500 homes and close several roads near the town of Plymouth. Nearly 1,500 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, are working to control the blaze.last_img read more

Forbes Readership Spikes 20 Percent in One Year

first_imgForbes Media used the 61st annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as a platform to announce that it has expanded its magazine audience by more than 20 percent over the past year.According to GfK MRI Spring 2014 data, the magazine has reached its pinnacle in readership, growing from 5,079,000 last spring to more than 6 million this year. The report also purports that Forbes is a clear leader within its competitive set, with its nearest competitor trailing by 2.5 million readers. The company is crediting its content and infrastructure as the driving forces behind the audience growth. Editor Randall Lane said in a statement that the magazine’s content “has never been more relevant.” And Mark Howard, CRO, says the growth “underlines the unique value proposition that we provide for marketers who are able to reach more consumers, entrepreneurs, business owners, managers and investors through Forbes than any other business magazine.” More on this topic New York Media Announces Launch of the Vulture Network Forbes to Launch ForbesLife.com In Memo, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis Confirms Sale Exploration Forbes Sold to International Investor Group What True/Slant’s Acquisition Really Means for Forbes Fast Company to Launch Tech-Oriented Video NetworkJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Music Festivals 2018 Houstons In Bloom Announces Full Lineup

Music Festivals 2018 Houstons In Bloom Announces Full Lineup

first_img Music Festivals 2018: Houston’s In Bloom Announces Full Lineup In Bloom Music Festival 2018 Lineup Revealed music-festivals-2018-houstons-bloom-announces-full-lineup Are your favorite artists headed to Houston this coming March?Brian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 14, 2017 – 12:23 pm The first iteration of Free Press Houston and C3 Presents’ rebranded In Bloom Music Festival (formerly the Free Press Summer Festival) has officially announced its 2018 lineup — stacked with big-name modern rock and electronic acts, alongside a who’s who of rising stars of the underground hip-hop and dance scenes.Leading the headlining lineup are past GRAMMY winner and current nominee Beck, current GRAMMY nominees Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as nu-metal mainstays Incubus and EDM prodigy Martin Garrix. Other exciting acts featured on the lineup include current Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee Lil Uzi Vert, Atlanta trap star 21 Savage, post-rock icons Explosions In The Sky, and alternative jam rock supercollective Broken Social Scene.The two-day, four-stage music and arts festival first premiered in 2009 as an event built around supporting local music talent and visual artists in partnership with the Texas Campaign for the Environment to help spread the word about sustainability and pro-environmental policy.  Free Press Houston and C3 Presents announced late last month that for the festival’s ninth annual installment in 2018 it would rebrand as In Bloom Music Festival.In Bloom Music Festival 2018 will take place on March 24–26 at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. Tickets to the festival are on sale now.Missy Elliott To Receive Essence 2018 Black Women In Music HonorRead more Email Twitter News Facebook last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave

BREAKING NEWS 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The voters have spoken!  Below are the unofficial results for the 19th Middlesex State Rep race. These numbers were announced by Tewksbury Town Clerk Denise Graffeo and Assistant Wilmington Town Clerk Linda Golden.Overall ResultsDemocratic Race:Erika Johnson — 533Mark Kratman — 879Michael McCoy — 1,100Judy O’Connell — 1,242David Robertson — 1,341Republican Race:Erin Buckley (withdrawn) — 723Pina Prinzivalli  — 1,844Wilmington ResultsDemocratic Race:Erika Johnson — 334Mark Kratman — 111Michael McCoy — 664Judy O’Connell — 992David Robertson — 583Republican Race:Erin Buckley (withdrawn) — 351Pina Prinzivalli — 751Tewksbury ResultsDemocratic Race:Erika Johnson — 199Mark Kratman — 768Michael McCoy — 436Judy O’Connell — 250David Robertson — 758Republican Race:Erin Buckley (withdrawn) — 372Pina Prinzivalli — 1,093A Note About A Third CandidateIndependent candidate Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury), a member of the Shawsheen Tech School Committee, did not compete in a primary. She will be one of the three candidates on the ballot on November 6, along with the Democratic nominee and Republican nominee.Full Wilmington election results on all the other Democratic and Republican races will be posted later tonight.(UPDATE: Wilmington Apple was basing its Tewksbury totals for the Republican primary based on WCTV’s reported numbers, which – it turns out – were missing two precincts. Also, Robertson’s total was off by two votes. The totals are now updated.)  Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Selectman Mike McCoy, Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, 9 Others Have Pulled Nomination PapersIn “Breaking News”last_img read more

Looming Bethel alcohol sales push need for bigger fire department

first_imgDownload AudioThe Bethel Fire Dept. is asking the city to fund two extra positions after seeing a surge in alcohol-related calls. The department is straining to respond to the influx, and with legal alcohol sales coming to Bethel, it expects those numbers to rise.Since Bethel went wet in 2009, the number of alcohol-related calls has increased 113 percent. Overall call volume has also climbed. Since 2014, over half the department’s calls have been related to alcohol.Despite the increase, the Bethel Fire Dept. has stayed at early-1990’s staffing levels of six fire fighters. It also has more than 30 volunteers.Meanwhile Bethel’s population has been growing. According to the U.S. census, in 1990 Bethel had over 4,500 people. A decade later, that number topped 6,000.“We’re currently working with the absolute minimum to handle the volume of calls that we’ve got,” said Fire Chief Bill Howell.The National Fire Protection Association mandates at least three fire fighters per engine responding to a fire. Howell says the department works hard to have two staff and one volunteer per truck. Usually one fire fighter is on duty at a time. The second fire fighter and volunteer often meet the truck at the scene.In addition, the crew regularly assists the short-staffed police department. There’s no janitorial or administrative help. And Howell says overtime runs high.“When fire fighters have to work 48 and 72 hours in a row for people taking vacations and having to constantly go on call on their days off to help cover staffing needs, I think it’s a pretty safe assessment that they’re being taxed further than what they should,” Howell said.Despite the difficulties, Howell says morale is good. He says the staff is mostly new and young, so they may be more resilient. But to prevent burnout and to respond to rising calls, Howell is asking the city to fund two more staff positions.“We feel there’s a strong possibility that a package store in Bethel could increase our call volume,” he said, “and we’d like to up-staff in anticipation of that.”Howell says the city could fund the positions with savings from reduced overtime and tax revenue from future alcohol sales. The department has already been recruiting.“We have several qualified applicants already on deck. We’re ready to go as soon as we can get approval from the [city] manager and council,” Howell said.At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the Public Safety and Transportation Commission recommended the council fund the positions. The council will address the matter at a later date.last_img read more

Don 3 Has Farhan Akhtar lost interest in the franchise

first_imgShah Rukh Khan.Varinder ChawlaThe rumours and conjectures around who will act in the titular role in the third instalment of the hit series – Don 3 – has left the social media puzzled. New stories, new names and new theories are coming up every day on who will play the lead role in the film. While Shah Rukh Khan was the obvious name for the franchise, reports of the actor having moved on from the project and Ranveer Singh having stepped in did break a lot of hearts.Though Ranveer is a phenomenal actor, it would have been hard for the audience to accept him as an alternative to Shah Rukh Khan who had created a niche for himself with the franchise.Even when it comes to the leading actress of the film, several names have been floating around. While it is clear that Priyanka Chopra is not going to be a part of the project, several other names like Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone had made their way to the headlines. While a report claims that Katrina Kaif, who is basking in the adulation her character got in Zero, has been approached to play the female lead in the crime thriller, another report claims that Deepika Padukone has almost been finalised to play the female lead.Amid all this, Farhan Akhtar’s deafening silence on the entire thing has given way to more conjectures. Talking to DNA, Farhan said, “I am a bit tired of speaking about Don 3. This news doesn’t come from me. I don’t start and end it. People can happily say what they want to and amuse themselves. When I have something to say, I will say it. There is nothing to hide.”Zoya Akhtar too had slammed the reports of Ranveer Singh being roped in for the project. However, the Gully Boy director refused to share any more information on the project.last_img read more

Air traffic grows 20 with 114 crore passengers in Jan 2018 Raju

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 12, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters fileIn what has been described as a ‘lovely start for the Indian aviation industry’ in 2018, the domestic airlines carried 1.14 crore passengers in January as against 95.79 lakh in January 2017 to register a growth of 19.69 percent.SpiceJet continues to top the load factor by flying its planes 95 percent full. It was followed by GoAir, which flew its planes with 90 percent seats full. IndiGo and Jet Lite both came third by flying its planes with 89.7 percent seats full, The Economic Times reported.According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the passenger load factor in January has shown an increasing trend compared to previous months primarily due to the ongoing tourist season.  Citing the figures, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju also took to Twitter to claim that India is now being considered to be one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world.A lovely start for Indian aviation in 2018. January records a growth rate of ~20%. We continue to be the fastest growing aviation market in the world. pic.twitter.com/tPLZPUrM9O— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) February 16, 2018The data of On-Time Performance (OTP) reveals that Indigo topped the list by operating 75.4 percent of its flights on time. Jet Airways along with its low-cost operator JetLite reported the worst OTP of January. SpiceJet operated 74.4 percent of its flights on time, followed by GoAir (67.4 percent), Air India (66.9 percent) and Vistara (66 percent).Meanwhile, according to UK-based OAG Aviation Worldwide, three domestic routes in India also emerged as the top 20 busiest domestic air routes around the world. The Mumbai-Delhi air route was selected as the third-busiest in 2017. The Bengaluru-Delhi and Bengaluru-Mumbai routes were also featured in the list.Experts from the aviation industry say that passengers are now choosing Indian Railways over air travel due to low airfares and shorter travel time.”The lower airfares have been a result of induction of more seat capacity as well as crude oil prices staying stable. Major carriers further fuelled the growth by announcing sales during the month, despite it being a peak travel month. We do expect this growth trend to continue in the coming months,” Sharat Dhall, the chief operating officer of B2C Business at Yatra Online, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.last_img read more

Hasina says it is her last term in office

Hasina says it is her last term in office

first_imgDeutsche Welle’s editor-in-chief Ines Pohl interviews prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: Deutsche WellePrime minister Sheikh Hasina has indicated that her current tenure might be the last term as head of the government, Deutsche Welle reports.The German agency, quoted her, referring to her exclusive interview, as saying that she wants to create room for younger leaders.The reported indication came a month after she formed the government for the third consecutive time after the 30 December elections, plagued by allegations of rigging and intimidation.“It’s the third consecutive term and before that I was prime minister [1996-2001], so it’s my fourth term. I don’t want to continue for more [time]. I think that everybody should take a break so we can accommodate the younger generation.” Sheikh Hasina, now on a visit to Germany, was quoted to have told the DW on Thursday.According to the interview text, Hasina confirmed that this would be her last term as premier.The DW mentioned that Bangladesh’s burgeoning growth and development have not silenced Hasina’s critics, who say she has not done much to ease restrictions on freedom of expression and prevent attacks on liberal thinkers in the country.However, Hasina was quoted to have said that she supported free thought in the country and criticism was only natural. “If you work more you will hear more criticism,” she argued.“You should ask my people whether they are satisfied or not, what they think, whether they are getting all they need, whether I can provide this.”Hasina and her Awami League have also been accused of stifling political discourse and trying to establish a one-party rule, a charge the prime minister denied, the DW said.“This time, Awami League candidates were elected in 260 constituencies [out of 300]. So, other parties are also in parliament. How can it be one-party rule?” Hasina was quoted to have said.last_img read more

Passive smoke ups stroke risk in nonsmokers

Passive smoke ups stroke risk in nonsmokers

first_imgSecond-hand smoke increases the risk of stroke by about 30 percent for nonsmokers, researchers say.Even after adjusting other stroke factors such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, the 30 percent risk for nonsmokers remained, the team from Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston said.“Our results suggest the possibility for adverse health outcomes such as stroke among nonsmokers and supports stricter smoking regulations,” said lead researcher Angela M Malek in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study included almost 22,000 participants with 23 percent reporting second-hand smoking exposure.During April 2003 to March 2012, 428 strokes were reported; a further analysis of the type of stroke was performed and showed that most strokes were due to blockage of blood flow to the brain.The literature concerning adverse health effects of second-hand smoke is becoming clearer, the authors said.“Future research will need to explore potential exposure to additional environmental variables, such as ambient air pollutants in relation to stroke,” Dr Malek said.last_img read more