Decaying railroad ties and the failure of a safety mechanism to prevent a train derailment are cited in a report by British Columbia’s workers’ safety agency as factors in a crash that killed three people and injured two others.The accident in April 2017 happened on the now-abandoned Western Forest Products rail line at Woss, a community of about 200 residents on Vancouver Island. The railway, known as the Englewood Railway at the time, was the last operating lumber railway in North America.The WorkSafeBC report says 12 rail cars loaded with logs were being moved when 11 of them suddenly began to roll freely with the force of gravity.The failure of a so-called “derail” device to stop the runaway cars caused them to crash into five members of a work crew who were either on a rail backhoe or in a “speeder” vehicle, a self-propelled rail car used to transport workers and equipment from location to location along the line.When the vehicle was hit from behind, the speeder operator instinctively hit the brakes, the report says.“The loaded cars, speeder, tool car and rail backhoe all continued down the track out of control, gaining speed. Continued attempts by the speeder operator to brake had no effect.”When the cars and equipment left the tracks, logs loaded in the cars rolled onto the speeder and backhoe, killing three men and seriously injuring two others. The names of those involved in the crash were redacted from the report.The report says the safety device that was intended to derail free-rolling cars was affixed on decaying ties and when the runaway cars passed by, the “derail” device was easily dislodged.“Besides the deficiencies related to the ties, WorkSafeBC investigators also found that an insufficient number of spikes were used to fasten the failed derail to the ties,” the report says.The rail traffic controller broadcast repeated warnings to anyone who might be on the same track but there was no response from anyone, it says.Western Forest Products Inc., which was not available for comment, was cited with one violation of the Workers Compensation Act for the failure to ensure the health and safety of its workers.B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, who represents the residents of Woss in her North Island riding, said the accident has been devastating for the community.“It’s made a major change to the whole of the North Island because Western has obviously stopped using the train since the accident and transferred to roads, so everybody’s had their lives changed, but particularly the three families. It’s just been devastating.”The Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Technical Safety BC was also investigating the accident.
Rabat – The wali of Western Sahara has slammed the Democracy Now! television program for reporters’ comments on human rights in Western Sahara.A former member of the Polisario Front, Wali Yahdih Bouchaab, lost his temper and asked American journalists working for Democracy Now! to rather focus on human rights violations in the US.Democracy Now! posted an hour-long exclusive broadcast on Western Sahara on Youtube on August 31. Twenty minutes into the feature, the crew of journalists recorded video as they headed into the office of the wali in Laayoune. But on arrival, Bouchaab refused to give the interview, asking them to get authorization. “If you have the authorization, I would be more than glad to provide this interview.”However, the journalist interviewing the official started asking him questions on human rights in Western Sahara in front of a hidden camera.“If I am retired, I can even come to your station in the US and to deliver that interview,” he said, emphasizing that he could not give information if the crew did not have authorization.The footage is believed to be from 2016. However, the video was published just four days ago.Speaking to the wali, the journalist started quoting from a 1995 Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on “Morocco’s efforts to block access to MINURSO.”The report, according to the journalist, claimed that Morocco had refused to give answers as to why MINURSO’s staff and observers are “subjected to constant surveillance by Morocco.”The wali commented with a smile: “very exciting.”When the journalist said that what she quoted is from HRW, the governor asked, “Human Rights Watch, is that Bible? Is that Qur’an?”Asked if he disagreed with the report, Bouchaab said, “I disagree completely.”The report claimed that Moroccan authorities “harassment” of HRW prevented the organization of conducting “a thorough investigation of human rights” in the region.Slamming the report, the governor said that the organization say “anything … to “make things exciting.”The journalist continued to ask questions about alleged arrests and a crackdown after demonstrations in the region.“If you are talking about peaceful demonstration, I am with … I appreciate to see people demonstrating and to give their—to provide their opinions.”When the reporter said that people “got injured” during the demonstrations, the wali replied, “You will see who was hurt by those demonstrations. It’s not demonstrations. It’s completely—the anarchy” he said.When asked about human rights in the region, the governor asked the journalist to focus on human rights violations in the US.“Human rights—even in United States, you don’t have them. You have more than one million people living just in the underground in New York, and they are eating rats, and when they are sick they are eaten by the rats,” he said.He also proposed that Democracy Now! should ‘work on it in Guantanamo and everywhere.”King Mohammed VI appointed Bouchaab as the wali of Laayoune in 2014.
Reports indicate that during heavy exchanges of fire, including the use of tank fire in populated areas, a number of Palestinian civilians were injured and at least one was reported killed, according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to do their utmost to protect civilians and uphold international law,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, Palestinian rocket fire into Israel must stop. Calm must be restored in order to focus all energies on finding a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” 6 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern at the violence reported in Gaza in the context of the recent Israeli incursion and called for a restoration of calm.
26 October 2007An attempt to separate more than 100 young Chadian children from their parents and then take them to France for adoption was an “illegal and totally irresponsible move,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. UNICEF spokesperson Veronique Taveau told journalists in Geneva that the agency and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are now helping to provide relief to the 103 children, who were prevented from flying out of the country by Chadian authorities in the eastern town of Abeche yesterday.Ms. Taveau said UNICEF had distributed high-protein biscuits and toys to the children, while investigations continue in a bid to find the family members of the children, who range in age from one to eight years old.She stressed that what happened had violated international rules, such as The Hague Convention on international adoption and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.When children are separated from their parents and their communities through natural catastrophes or armed conflicts, it should not be assumed that they no longer have a close relative living, she said.Ms. Taveau said the case was not an isolated incident but one that was highly visible because of the size of the group of children.Tracing the families of the children will be extremely difficult, she added, because of the children’s ages and the fact that they have no identifying papers. It was also not clear yet whether some children may originate from Sudan.
There has been speculation, however, that New York may be problematic, because US Securities and Exchange Commission rules would almost certainly require Aramco to divulge information about Saudi oil reserves that the kingdom regards as a matter of national security.London’s main problem would be the weak value of sterling, though the value of the pound could shift by 2019 once the Brexit deal is finalised.The Aramco IPO is part of a larger Saudi strategic plan called Vision2030, aimed at diversifying the country’s economy and reducing its economic dependence on oil and gas.The proceeds of the IPO will be used by the Saudi government’s Public Investment Fund and Mrs May hopes a chunk of that money will be invested in post-Brexit Britain. Theresa May attends a meeting at the Saudi Stock ExchangeCredit:Simon Dawson/Bloomberg The Prime Minister will end her visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday by having a working lunch with King Salman.Mrs May hopes Britain will gain from the Aramco Initial Public Offering (IPO) twice over – by persuading the Saudis to hold it in London, and by encouraging them to invest the proceeds of the share sale in Britain. Theresa May is in talks with Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company to use the London Stock Exchange for the biggest share flotation in history.Saudi Aramco is expected to be valued at £1.6 trillion when it sells five per cent of its shares on the open market.The flotation will be hugely lucrative to the city that hosts it, when shares worth millions of pounds will change hands.On Tuesday evening, Mrs May held a meeting with the Aramco chairman Khalid Al-Falih, who is also Saudi Arabia’s energy minister.Significantly, she was accompanied by Sir Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, the only British businessman in the room during any of the meetings Mrs May has held in the kingdom. Downing Street said the Prime Minister had “set out the advantages of listing in London”, such as the “depth of expertise” in financial services, accountancy and the law.Sir Xavier also attended a second meeting this morning with executives from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund – which will be the beneficiary of the Aramco flotation, which is expected to happen in 2019. New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Toronto are all rivals for the IPO but New York and London are seen as the strongest contenders. During her meeting with representatives of the fund, including its managing director Yasir al-Rumayyan, Mrs May discussed investment opportunities in British science and research projects, education and infrastructure.Aramco is an acronym for Arabian American Oil Company, as the company was founded by Standard Oil (now Chevron) after the US firm was given a concession to explore for oil in the 1930s. In the 1970s the Saudi government began buying up shares in the company until it owned it outright by 1980. It currently has capacity to produce 12 million barrels of oil per day, with rights to at least 260 billion barrels of recoverable oil owned by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company is being urged to use the London Stock Exchange for the huge share flotationCredit:TOBY MELVILLE/Reuters Show more 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.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Dáil just before it broke for Christmas that in the interest of confidentiality, the ISI would not give details of the actual number of applications on a continual basis but would provide quarterly statistics as of this coming year.The ISI was set up under last year’s Personal Insolvency Act and has 80 staff members dealing with applications. It provides for three new debt settlement procedures, and reduces the term of bankruptcy to three years (from 12).The aim of the ISI is to provide more manageable debt settlement arrangements for people – and protect basics like childcare and housing.TheJournal.ie has put together a Q&A guide to how the service works and how it might help you – click here to read.Day One: Insolvency service opens its doors>Explainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?> Guide to Reasonable Living ExpensesGuide to the Personal Insolvency ArrangementPersonal Insolvency Practitioners information THE INSOLVENCY SERVICE of Ireland received nearly 10,000 telephone and email requests for information in the first three months of its existence.The service began to accept applications from people trying to be declared insolvent (rather than bankrupt) on 9 September. From then until the end of November, it received 6,510 phone calls and 1,731 emails about its service.The website of the ISI, which published these figures, was visited 107,460 times and its information documents were downloaded 35,183 times. The top three guides that people wanted to download were:
YOU DON’T KNOW Dublin but you can’t find your way from Croke Park to Harcourt Street handy enough. And 19 other signs you’re from the Kingdom:19. Weeshie on Terrace Talk is your regular Monday night listeningYouTube: colly72Is ‘Beyonce’ a band?18. And you reckon you do a passable impression of him or Mícheál Ó MuircheartaighPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy17. Every time you go to Fitzgerald Stadium, you describe the MacGillycuddy Reeks ‘as majestic’Pic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanAnd why not?16. You model your fashion sense on Paul GalvinPic: YouTube/RTÉMaybe not. But you’d like to.15. You’re on first nickname terms around Tralee with the Bomber and the StarINPHO/James Crombie14. You got lost in Cork on your first trip to Páirc Uí ChaoimhPic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan13. You had a word in Gaillimh’s ear before the Scotland match in 2000 about looking after Strings and O’GaraPic: INPHO/Patrick BolgerHe has them Cork lads where he wants them12. You practice Tadhg Kennelly’s jig while watching AFLINPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanYeow!11. You claim to have discovered The Gooch as a young fellaPic INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan10. You’re adamant the Irish Open was better when it was sponsored by Carroll’s and was held in KillarneyPic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan9. You reckon Donaghy would be in the NBA if he stuck to shooting hoopsPic: inpho8. You will always argue that Seamus Darby did push Tommy Doyle YouTube: dapos7. When Tyrone and Armagh people boast of the four senior All-Ireland’s they have won between them…Pic: INPHO/James Crombie…you point out that three brothers from Ard an Bhóthair have 15 between them.6. You think this is the greatest piece of skill in GAA historyYouTube: KilkennyFootball5. Actually this is fairly impressive as wellYouTube: KilkennyFootball4. No wait, this is also classYouTube: KilkennyFootball3. You played in the Castleisland basketball blitzNothing spells Stephen’s Day like some hoops2. You know the commentary from Kerry’s Golden Years off by heart.1. You had your picture taken in the Sam Maguire as a babyPic: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanWhat have we forgotten and which county is next? Let us know in the comment section below.16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork
Looking at a bright screen for a long period of time, be it a monitor, tablet, or phone display, can cause your eyes to get tired, dry up, or even induce eye strain. That’s why it’s much nicer to read text from e-paper using an E Ink screen.There’s a number of reasons a typical LCD panel can cause eye strain. They include glare, the difference between the screen brightness and the light available at your location, how far away from the screen your eyes are, the screen refresh, and even an individual’s vision quality.Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) has been working to produce an LCD panel that doesn’t cause eye strain or tiredness, and the company believes it has come up with a solution. At the FPD International 2012 show in Japan SEL introduced a 6-inch version of this LCD panel.The panel stops eye strain by greatly reducing the refresh rate of the screen. Typically this can be 60 times per second for a normal LCD. With a still image, SEL only needs to refresh this new panel once every 5 seconds. The backlight has also been tweaked so as not to produce light that has a wavelength below 420nm–light that is thought to harm your eyes.The end result is a panel that is very easy on your eyes yet still capable of performing like a typical LCD. The refresh rate can be increased depending on what is being viewed, and the resolution is acceptable at 768 x 1024 and 212ppi. That will surely improve with further development, though.If it performs well, the panel could be another blow to dedicated e-readers using E Ink, which currently can’t playback video or display images in color. That is changing with continued development of the technology, but it may come too late if LCD panels can remove the problems of eye strain and tiredness when using them for extended periods of time.More at Tech-On!
The death of America’s first female Muslim judge is now being treated as suspicious Her body was found washed up on the shore near Harlem at around 1:45pm on 12 April. ‘A pioneer’As well as being the first Muslim woman to be elected as a judge in the US, Abdus-Salaam, 65, was also the first black woman to be appointed to the New York’s Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state. Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, center, receives applause after her confirmation to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals Source: Mike GrollLeading city figures such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio led tributes to Abdus-Salaam, with others calling her “a pioneer”, with an “unshakeable moral compass”, who will be “missed deeply”.Read: America’s first female Muslim judge found dead on New York riverbank> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 19th 2017, 10:47 PM THE DEATH OF Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam is now being treated as suspicious.The 65-year-old, who was the first Muslim woman to be appointed as a judge in the US, was found dead on the banks of the Hudson River in New York City on 12 April.Police had initially said that no foul play was suspected in the case, but their tone changed this week after the investigation revealed there is no clear indication of suicide or criminality.NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told New York Post, “We’re looking at it as a suspicious death at this point.We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened.Police obtained a new video on Tuesday night which shows Abdus-Salaam walking in the direction of the river in her Harlem neighbourhood at about 8pm on 11 April.Her body was found washed up on the shore near Harlem at around 1:45pm the next day. Share Tweet Email The #NYPD is seeking info on the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Anyone with info is asked to call our detectives at the numbers listed. pic.twitter.com/pSXDtuaVTo— NYPD 26th Precinct (@NYPD26Pct) April 18, 2017 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3348324 By Cliodhna Russell Image: Mike Groll Image: Mike Groll Source: NYPD 26th Precinct/Twitter Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 10:47 PM 46 Comments 31,216 Views
Free Mobile : “la fusée est sur la rampe de lancement”L’arrivée des offres mobiles de Free approche à grands pas. Elle pourrait avoir lieu dans les jours à venir. Tout est fin prêt pour le lancement, s’est félicité sur Twitter Xavier Niel, vice-président et directeur de la stratégie d’Iliad, la maison mère de Free. “La fusée est sur la rampe de lancement” s’est réjouit Xavier Niel sur Twitter. Le moment tant attendu, celui de l’arrivée des offres mobiles de Free, pourrait avoir lieu dans les jours à venir. Tout est en effet fin prêt depuis hier, le 13 décembre, jour où l’Autorité de régulation des télécoms (Arcep) a donné son feu vert à l’ouverture des offres commerciales.À lire aussiRéseau 4G de SFR : tout sur les forfaits, les lancements et les prix”Le taux de couverture 3G atteint par Free Mobile étant supérieur à 25% de la population, la société peut bénéficier dès à présent, conformément aux termes des autorisations délivrées aux opérateurs mobiles 3G, de l’itinérance sur le réseau d’un opérateur mobile tiers, afin de pouvoir fournir ses services mobiles sur l’ensemble du territoire dès son ouverture commerciale” a annoncé l’autorité dans un communiqué (lien non disponible), précisant que l’opérateur avait jusqu’au 12 janvier prochain pour “ouvrir commercialement son réseau”.Si l’arrivée de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile est attendue avec tant d’impatience, et a été si bien préparée par tous ses concurrents, c’est parce qu’elle annonce une révolution en matière de tarifs. Interrogé il y a quelques jours par le Nouvel Observateur, Xavier Niel a affirmé que sa promesse, “diviser tous les prix par deux”, serait tenue. Mais pour l’heure, le secret est bien gardé quant aux prix qui seront proposés.Le 14 décembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Related Items:auntie fannie, BEST institute, book, dervant quant, donation, drexwell seymour, enid capron primary, josephine connolly, lime, pastor bradley handfield, ruth blackman, sean astwood, shining star school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – A thrill for the near 200 students at the launch of a new TCI children’s book the Adventures of Auntie Fannie, Mattie and the Talking Potatoes when Deputy House Speaker, the Hon Josephine Connolly announced everyone there would get a copy of the book written by Bradley Handfield; that she and her family would buy each child their own book. Hon Connolly also bought books for Shining Stars and Best Institute schools. One dozen schools were represented a the book signing and launch this morning and also making generous donations were Hon Sean Astwood and his father, Louis Astwood to Enid Capron Primary in Five Cays; HLB’s Drexwell Seymour making a donation of 20 books among the schools he sponsored, Precious Treasures; Carolyn Murgrove who blessed three different organizations with books including Champions for Christ and Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills; Dervant Quant of Precious Memories who gave to the Wesley Methodist School; Hon Ruth Blackman who sponsored books for Iris Stubbs Primary in South Caicos and broadcaster, Damian Wilson who gave to his alma mater, Ona Glinton Primary in Grand Turk. LIME purchased 30 for Oseta Jolly Primary School, Lewellyn Handfield of Lew 1 Shipping gave to Doris Robinson Primary in Middle Caicos; Ianthe Primary School in the Bight, Richmond Hills Preparatory both got donated copies and courtesy of the Assemblies of God Churches – The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Community Christian Academy received a dozen copies. D&B Auto was a sponsor; so was Shanwell Gardiner of Accu Diagnostics who took care of his old school Adelaide Omeler Primary in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and Premier Rufus Ewing also bought books, his purchases ensured children in Salt Cay and at Provo Primary can read the adventure of Auntie Fannie & Mattie by Bradley Handfield. The event proved an overwhelming success in a season when more and more natives are clamoring for a stronger show of Turks and Caicos culture. Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign
Homicide investigation leads to SWAT standoff in Ocean Beach home May 1, 2019 Posted: May 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 12:26 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – A SWAT standoff was triggered at a home in Ocean Beach Wednesday morning in connection to a homicide according to San Diego Police Department.Officers were called to a residence in the 5000 block of Niagara Avenue around 1 a.m. by a man requesting a welfare check on his mother, according to San Diego police.Hours later, the son arrived and forced his way into the residence, then discovered a woman’s body covered in the garage, police said. A short time before the discovery, he reportedly spotted his brother running from the scene.The brother, a suspect in the killing, has been identified as 36-year- old Daniel Chase McKibben, according to SDPD. He was described as a white man with long brown hair and brown eyes. McKibben was last seen wearing a tan shirt, black shorts and a backpack.Police, believing McKibben was still in the residence, requested a SWAT team to the area shortly before 5 a.m.Anyone with information regarding the killing or the location of the suspect was asked to call SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293, or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. 5000 Niagra and Bacon Street between Narragansett and Newport are closed due to #sandiegopd SWAT incident/homicide investigation. Please avoid the area and/or seek alternate routes in and out of Ocean Beach pic.twitter.com/rDeeJg6pjw— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) May 1, 2019This is a developing story. KUSI Newsroom,
International banking organisation BNP Paribas was awarded the coveted Grand Prix title at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.The organisation was lauded for its innovative use of technology and its future-thinking approach to benefits communications, which culminated in impressive engagement and take-up statistics.The Grand Prix is awarded to the winner of one of the other categories recognised at the awards, marking the best of the best of the year’s successes. BNP Paribas also took home the Best use of benefits technology award.Ian Hodson, head of reward at the University of Lincoln, received the prestigious Employee benefits professional of the year award, while Benefits team of the year went to construction organisation Kier Group.The Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019, in association with Aon, took place at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 7 June 2019.Tom Hiles, group benefits manager at BNP Paribas, said: “It’s something [that] hasn’t been done before, at least not in this field. But actually, it works really well, so hopefully [we won] for that reason; it was a bit of new technology. I’m really happy because it’s a good category.”Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, highly commended entries and shortlisted finalists, all of which represented excellence in the field of reward and benefits.Employee Benefits would like to thank our event sponsors, esteemed judging panel, and all of the organisations that entered the awards.Keep an eye on the Employee Benefits Awards website to read more about the winning entries and to see photo highlights from the event.Find out more.
“I have known Matt for several years as one of the most innovative and strategic leaders in the digital transformation of media and information companies,” added Kemp. “We are very pleased that Matt is joining us to continue the market leading growth and digital transformation of Northstar.” Matt YorkeSourceMedia CMO Matt Yorke—who just six months ago saw his role expanded to encompass all media sales at the New York-based trade publisher—is now leaving the company after less than two years to join Northstar Travel Group, where he will assume the role of chief digital officer.Yorke joins Northstar as Tom Cintorino, executive VP of digital and a nine-year company veteran, is stepping down to launch a digital media consulting business.“We wish Tom all the best and will be one of his biggest supporters as he builds his own business,” said Northstar chairman and CEO, Tom Kemp, in a statement.The fourth C-level executive to depart SourceMedia in the past nine months, Yorke joined the company early in 2017 after 15 years at IDG Enterprise—where he rose to CEO in 2013—and two shorter stints at agencies OMD USA and DWA Media. Initially tasked with overseeing a shift within the financial industry publisher’s marketing operation to focus more on its digital products and data-driven services, he was given additional oversight of all media sales for the company, including revenue, product, and marketing, a little over a year later.At Secaucus, N.J.-based Northstar—which operates about a dozen print and digital media brands and related events, mostly serving the travel and hospitality spaces—Yorke will be responsible for “strategic digital transformation, marketing services, digital product development, custom content solutions, audience development, customer data management, and digital media sales.”
Every runner in Girls on the Run has a running buddy who stays with them for the entire 5K. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Girls on the Run is a three-month after-school running program that empowers girls to be healthy, happy and confident. Each program session culminates in a 5K run.Glacier Valley fifth grader Teija Loving says the program works.“Because you can get fit and you can have new friends and you can, like, just meet a lot of new people and you can have more respect about yourself,” Teija says.Emma Rice, also in fifth grade, says she’s learned a lot from the program.“To, like, be confident and never give up on yourself and don’t think that you’re a failure,” Emma says.Teija and Emma are on the cusp of entering a new phase of life where, Barker says, things starts to get more difficult.“What I’ve learned is that around sixth grade, which is the age you guys are, the world suddenly – I don’t know if you’ve experienced this – starts to somehow get the focus off of who you are in the inside and put the focus where? On your outsides, like, maybe how you look, your body, your hair, all the other stuff,” Barker said.Speaking to sixth grade girls at Floyd Dryden Middle School, Barker shared one way to handle this.“If you are funny, are you going to kind of be a little bit funny if your gift is to make people smile and laugh? No, you’re going to really let that out,” Barker said. “So part of what I think we can do as strong empowered women, instead of focusing on each other’s outsides, we can bring our gifts, walk it into a room and own it.”This is a lesson that Barker herself didn’t have growing up in the South. She struggled with being popular and fitting in. At age 15, she started drinking. Barker said her struggle continued until she was 32.“I had this experience while out on a run actually that just changed everything and I became incredibly conscious of the fact that I lived 32 years of my life allowing words and other people to define me and I thought, ‘I can’t live like this anymore,’” she said.Three years later, Barker created Girls on the Run. It started in 1996 with 13 girls. Now, more than 130,000 girls in the U.S. and Canada are part of the program. The theme of this Girls on the Run 5K was tutus. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)When Molly Barker exclaimed, “I feel beautiful,” the crowd of runners, running buddies, volunteers and family members cheered. When she yelled, “I am a girl on the run,” everyone – female and male alike – shouted, “I am a girl on the run!”More than 100 girls from around Southeast Alaska participated in Saturday’s Girls on the Run event in Juneau. The after-school program has been in Juneau since 2008, but this particular run was special – Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker was visiting from North Carolina. Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker speaks to sixth grade girls at Floyd Dryden Middle School. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)AWARE is Juneau’s women’s shelter and domestic abuse nonprofit. It started Girls on the Run as one of its primary prevention initiatives. The program has spread to 11 other communities in Southeast Alaska and serves more than 350 girls.Back at the 5K, 11-year-old Eli Mead stands with his little sister, Samantha, who’s in Girls on the Run.“I’m her running buddy today because I love running,” Eli says. “I’m going to make sure that she never stops and I’m going to compliment her and I’m going to tell her that she’s doing fine.”Volunteer Leslie Daugherty is also a running buddy.“It’s just about taking baby steps. So we walk until we feel like running and maybe we don’t feel like running at all, and that’s okay, too. We’ll just be joyful about it and just feel strong and like we can do anything,” Daugherty says.And that’s what Girls on the Run is all about – bringing joy and confidence. Or, as a girl once told Barker, “teaching girls to be the boss of their own brains.”
At last check, Anchorage police were still on the scene of a gun related incident in Eagle River that started shortly before noon on Monday. According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, police got a call regarding a man with a gun threatening people inside a residence.LISTEN NOWA SWAT team is on the scene at the Husky Street home.Oistad would not comment on the incident, because it has not been resolved yet.Several people exited the home at the time police were called. Police say the gunman knows the other residents of the building.
Pranab Mukherjee. Reuters File PhotoFormer Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has said the birth of an independent Bangladesh remains the “most significant” event in his public life.“To my mind it is Bangladesh, the birth of a nation of 12 or 13 crore people in 1971. That is the most significant event since I joined public life,” Pranab told The Times of India in an interview.He said he still remembers that Indira Gandhi, then prime minister of India, made a short statement in both Houses saying, “I am happy to inform the House that Pakistan army has surrendered to the joint command of the Indian army and the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini and now Dhaka is the free capital of free Bangladesh.”On pronouncement on the two-nation theory, the former Indian president said that will be an over-simplification of the whole issue because the two-nation theory was challenged at the very time of its pronouncement.“It (the partition of Pakistan) once again established that mere religion cannot be the basis of a state. There are many other factors: religion, language, customs, culture and social systems,” he said.Responding to a question on Kashmir issue, he said Indira Gandhi took the wisest decision by declaring the unilateral ceasefire.“If India had not declared unilateral ceasefire, there would have been expansion of the conflict. It would have engulfed both India and Pakistan because America was bent on protecting the unity of western Pakistan after they had lost the hope on eastern Pakistan. Soviet Russia also did not want the war to be extended,” Pranab said.The Times of India published the long interview on Thursday.Pranab Mukherjee remains in the news even after the end of his term and a long innings in public life. His book ‘Coalition Years’ has trained the spotlight on the major events that shaped UPA governments.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Partys (BNP’s) executive committee set to meet Saturday may focus on dual strategies of contesting the next general elections, if relevant, and holding demonstration for realising its demand for polls-time neutral government.The meeting, the largest platform of the party, is expected to discuss the BNP’s next political course if the party chairperson Khaleda Zia is convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust case in its verdict on 8 February.A few senior leaders of the BNP, preferring not to be named, said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia may ask the party leaders and workers to show restraint, even if a ‘negative verdeict’ is delivered in her case.Khaleda Zia is likely to listen to the party leaders at the executive committee meeting scheduled to be held at Le Meridien hotel in Dhaka.”It’s important to understand the mindset of the party leaders at the grassroots level,” one of the leaders said about the agenda of the meeting.Khaleda Zia will then make instructions for the party men in view of the country’s latest political situation.The meeting may urge the party leaders and activists to get ready for both elections later this year and movement for the election-time neutral government.The BNP leaders believe the Awami League wants to keep the opposition party out of the next elections the way the rulers held a one-sided polls in 2014.”So, the BNP cannot fall into the trap of the Awami League govenment,” a leader said.Some 700 leaders including 502 executive committee members are expected to attend the meeting to be chaired by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.The former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, may call upon her party leaders and activists to avoid violent means of protest against possible judgement of the Zia Orphanage Trust case that implicated herself, the BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and 4 others.A Dhaka court has fixed 8 February to deliver the verdict.BNP standing committee members, advisors to the BNP chairperson and presidents of the district units across the country have been invited to the meeting.
Salauddin AhmedThe candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Salauddin Ahmed was injured after being allegedly shoved by supporters of the Awami League-led grand alliance. His family alleged the supporters of the grand alliance or mahajote shoved him while he was walking down the stairs from the fourth floor of Shyampur Model School and College, a polling station in the capital.The grand alliance supporters, however, denied the allegation.Witnesses said some unidentified people pushed him while he was walking down the stairs at about 9:15am on Sunday.They said Salauddin’s nose and legs were imjured. He went home from there. He emerged from his house, blood-stained and bandaged. He was taken to Asghar Ali Hospital in Gandaria. According to members of BNP and his family, Salauddin and his supporters came under attack when he went to the voting centre at Shyampur Model School and College.Speaking to Prothom Alo, presiding officer SM Rezaul Kabir said Salauddin Ahmed entered Room No. 408 on fourth floor of the voting centre and wanted to know why his polling agents were absent.Salauddin also alleged that his polling agents were driven out, the presiding officer quoted him as saying. Assistant presiding officer denied the allegation and asked Salauddin to bring his polling agents.SM Rezaul Kabir claimed Salauddin misbehaved with assistant sub inspector of police Md Arif.Salauddin threatened to throw the police officer from the fourth floor, the presiding officer added.