Kolkata: The Special Operation Group of Baruipur Police District has unearthed an illegal arms racket and arrested one person in this connection on Tuesday night from Bakultala in Baruipur.According to sources, the accused Saukat Molla used run a tailoring shop at Raghunathpur in Baruipur. Behind the tailoring shop, Molla used to run an illegal arms racket. Sources informed that he used to procure arms from Bihar and used to sell them to miscreants and known criminals across the South 24-Parganas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaA few days ago, cops raided Molla’s house in Raghunathpur after a tip-off but found nothing suspicious. But again on Tuesday night cops got a tip-off there were firearms in his house. The SOG and cops from Bakultala police station raided Molla’s house and found several short and long-range firearms. According to sources, during the raid, cops found seven long barrel pipe gun, one short range pipe gun, one 7 mm pistol and huge number of bullets along with magazines. Cops also seized an auto rickshaw from Molla’s house. Police sources informed that Molla was doing this business for years but somehow managed to keep the business hidden from local residents. Several people in the locality used to visit his tailoring shop for making garments but never saw anything suspicious. Sleuths are interrogating him to know who used to supply him firearms.
“Violations of economic, social and cultural rights are daily experiences for countless migrants who are denied, often, access to public health care, adequate housing and essential social security,” said Ivan Šimonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, when he presented a report on the rights of migrants to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York yesterday.He said that while migration has been beneficial to some of the estimated 214 million people living outside their countries of origin, for many others, it remained a painful experience. Denial of rights was often exacerbated by discriminatory laws, prejudice and xenophobia, Mr. Šimonovic added.He said regular or undocumented migrants of all ages were often subject to debt bondage, passport retention, illegal confinement, rape and physical assault, while their abusers were not brought to justice. Migrants often refrained from using public services such as emergency health care even when they were entitled to them for fear of detention and deportation, he added.Mr. Šimonovic cited the right to adequate housing as one of the key entitlements denied to migrants. “Domestic migrant workers have been forced to sleep in hallways or closets and to remain on duty 24 hours a day with little privacy. In some cases, they can be subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence,” he said.Ensuring access of migrants to economic, social and cultural rights should be seen as a requirement under international human rights law and not an act of charity, Mr. Šimonovic said.“Migrants are entitled to have their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled wherever they are, regardless of their legal status. Such protection is an indispensable precondition for their social inclusion and integration, which, in turn, enables migrants to lead economically productive and culturally and socially enriching lives,” Mr. Šimonovic said.An international agreement to protect migrant workers and their families was adopted in 1990. Some 43 countries have ratified the agreement to date. 23 July 2010Migrants continue to endure multiple forms of discrimination, exploitation and other violations of human rights, a senior United Nations official has said, calling for their protection and social inclusion in communities where they live.
The UN Sample of Cities uses a representative sample of 200 cities worldwide, both in the developed and developing world, to track and interpret trends relating to aspects of urban life as diverse as air and water quality, the time it takes to travel from home to work, physical proximity to employment, housing affordability, and access to enjoyable public space. Whilst the world continues to urbanize at an alarming rate, understanding just how cities evolve, how that headlong evolution can be managed, and the effect of urban life on humanity has lagged behind. According to UN-HABITAT, since 2007, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban centres and cities, and by 2050 as many as 70 per cent of a projected population of 9 billion people will be urban dwellers. The UN Sample of Cities, launched at UN headquarters in New York today by Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat, Eduardo López Moreno, Coordinator, Research and Capacity Development Branch, UN-Habitat (via telephone), Shlomo Angel, Adjunct Professor & Senior Research Scholar, New York University, and Anthony Flint, Fellow & Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, provides open-source data to researchers to draw scientifically valid comparisons between world cities. This ‘science of cities’ adopts cities as units of analysis and studies them together to discover patterns of similarities and differences, and the consequent impact of urbanization on human quality of life. “Cities, how they form, and the effects of urbanization on the quality of human life must now be treated as a science,” said Mr. Clos, which added: “The unprecedented confluence of climate change, population boom, and the rush to live in cities means that our critical human development will take place in cities.” “How will we manage this vast change? What secrets do we need to unlock? Does life in a city mean doom or boon for our children and the generations that follow?” are some of the key issues raised by the research and findings in the survey.“We are going to monitor global and regional progress of urbanization worldwide, and this is going to be a tool that is going to give us information in that sense,” Mr. Clos told reporters in New York.“We encourage the research institutions from the world and people interested in analyzing – in an objective manner – the evolution of urbanization to jump in and to collaborate with this worldwide research exercise,” he added. The UN Sample of Cities, released ahead of the Habitat III – shorthand for the major global summit formally known as the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, set to be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016 – was created, tested, and applied in a series of studies undertaken by a tri-partite collaboration between UN-Habitat, the NYU Urban Expansion Program at New York University, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Three additional research programs in this tri-partite collaboration are already making use of the UN Sample of Cities. One programme uses detailed satellite imagery analysis to measure the proportion of public and private space, and the quality of the urban fabric. A second uses a network of on-the-ground informants to gather information on the regulatory regimes governing land and housing, whilst a third program measures housing affordability.
“The chances of success will be greater if the parties here are able to agree on a mechanism to oversee and implement nationwide ceasefire. A mechanism to oversee and implement a nationwide ceasefire,” said Staffan de Mistura. “We didn’t have it in the past, that’s the reason why often we failed.”He encouraged the guarantors of the ceasefire to create a mechanism to implement the consolidation and de-confliction ceasefire measures, and “to see what else can be done to build confidence.”Sitting alongside representatives of the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition, Mr. de Mistura reiterated that the only way to end the conflict and secure a political solution is through negotiation among the Syrians. The closed-door meeting – convened by Iran, Russia and Turkey, with a representative from the United States attending as an observer – is meant to end tomorrow. The Special Envoy said that he hoped by strengthening the ceasefire at the Astana meeting “we could see in Geneva genuine intra-Syrian negotiations,” referring to the 8 February negotiations to be held under the auspices of the UN.“I would hope direct negotiations between empowered and inclusive delegations of the Government and the opposition to take place,” Mr. de Mistura said, which include issues of “governance, constitution, elections” in the context of Security Councilresolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria.He praised the parties for the ceasefire announced by President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with support of Iran, in December for saving lives, and encouraged others to join.“All other armed opposition groups not affiliated to terror organisations designated as such by the Security Council, in addition to groups allied with the Government, should also listen to the call to abide by the ceasefire,” Mr. de Mistura said.Protection of civilians must be a crucial priority, he underscored, calling for the protection of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, water and electricity networks, and areas such as markets.
UNMISS PhotoA UN integrated patrol at a protection of civilians site in Bentiu, South Sudan. After widespread violence across the country in July 2016, such patrols helped local communities feel more secure.2016 violence and the aftermathThe fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) in July 2016 saw dozens killed, with more than 200 reported rapes, and widespread looting and destruction of property.UN compounds and UNMISS-managed civilian protection sites also came under attack. Two UN peacekeepers from the Chinese contingent were killed and several injured, and 182 buildings on the UN House compound were struck by bullets, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.An independent special investigation – commissioned by then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and led by retired Major General Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands – found “a lack of leadership on the part of key senior Mission personnel had culminated in a chaotic and ineffective response to the violence.”The investigation was unable to verify allegations that peacekeepers failed to respond to acts of violence committed directly in front of them.In response to the report, the UN moved to enhance training as well as accountability, including working with Member States to bolster the protection of civilians by uniformed personnel in future peacekeeping operations. “The victims and survivors of this horrific attack deserved justice and that has been served today,” said UNMISS in a statement.“The outcome of the trial also sends a powerful message to other would-be offenders, including members of the armed forces, that they will be prosecuted and punished for such violence,” it added.It is the first time that soldiers have been sentenced for atrocity crimes in South Sudan, where government and rebel soldiers have been accused of committing numerous atrocities against civilians since civil conflict intensified in 2013.The brutal assaults – which included the murder of a local journalist and rape of five foreign aid workers – occurred at the Terrain Hotel in July 2016, amidst heavy fighting between Government and rival forces which lasted three days and left dozens dead.The judgement delivered early on Thursday, handed down lengthy prison terms to the guilty and also ordered the Government to pay damages to the victims.The victims and survivors of this horrific attack deserved justice and that has been served today – UN Mission in South SudanHowever, according to evidence raised during the trial, “questions remain about whether accountability for these crimes reached high enough up the chain of command,” added UNMISS.‘True courage’ of witnesses and survivorsIn the statement, the UN Mission also commended the witnesses and survivors for demonstrating “true courage and patience” by participating in the judicial process, which began in May 2017.“There were some significant challenges throughout the process, including the detention conditions of the defendants, some impediments to the defendants’ access to counsel, and the trial of these crimes against civilians in a military rather than civilian court,” it said.However, the UN Mission noted, as the trial progressed, there was a willingness to adopt new procedures, including allowing testimony to be given via video link and using closed sessions to protect the identities of witnesses.Widespread sexual and gender-based violence persistsThe UN Mission also underscored that despite bringing to justice the offenders in one particular case, the “broader problem” of widespread sexual and gender-based violence against South Sudanese women and children, continues to fester.The world’s youngest nation has remained mired in conflict and instability, with most cases of violence going unreported and there is widespread impunity across the country, added UNMISS.
Scotland Yard is being forced to ignore some paedophiles operating online as the rise of smartphones sparks an overwhelming wave of child abuse.More than 17,000 abuse claims were recorded last year, said Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt as he described a “frightening” new landscape of grooming and abuse on handheld devices.The police chief admitted officers were now being forced to make the “hideous choice” of deciding which of 400 online abuse incidents every month should be investigated fully. 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. AC Hewitt said the threat of abuse grooming and radicalisation was growing as everyone over the age of 11 now has a smartphone.Figures show there are about 1,500 children in London identified as being at risk of sexual exploitation, another 8,100 “very young” children are on protection plans because of the risk of violence or abuse and 400 cases a month of a person viewing child abuse images are being uncovered.Mr Hewitt said: “That’s a staggering number that I hope conveys to you why some of my colleagues talk about the sexual abuse of children as an epidemic.”He added: “Those for whom the abuse is virtual we have to assess and investigate where we can. We simply shouldn’t take resource away from protecting children we know are under a physical threat to pursue every single last online case.”It’s a hideous choice to make for officers but short of putting every single one of our officers on to this, it’s a choice we have to make.”Announcing that hundreds of specialist detectives are to be posted to front-line local policing roles to protect children, Mr Hewitt said attacks by Jimmy Savile and other sex abuse scandals demonstrated the scale of the potential danger to children.Reforms form part of a new blueprint for fighting crime in the capital which also involves significant changes to police efforts to combat rape and offences against “vulnerable” adults.Mr Hewitt said responses would include shifting hundreds of specialist detectives to local policing teams. The aim was to create a new “safeguarding service embedded in local policing” which will focus on “protecting vulnerable people, adults as well as children, from violence, abuse, sexual offending and radicalisation”.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T mason charged with quadruple murderMarch 25, 2018In “Court”Teen arraigned for murder of La Grange residentAugust 3, 2016In “Court”Couple charged with murder of young T&T policewomanMarch 20, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) A member of the public seated in Point Fortin Magistrates Court called for quadruple murdered accused Rodger Mattison to show his face as he left the courtroom yesterday morning.Rodger Mattison on his way to courtMattison was charged with the murder of mother Abigail Jones-Chapman, her daughter Olivia, Olivia’s friend Michaela and Jones-Chapman’s landlord Michael Scott. Charges were laid by Sgt Sirju.Mattison appeared before Point Fortin senior magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.Family members of the murder victims were present in the courtroom.“Leh we see you face nah boy” someone shouted.Defence attorney Fareed Ali asked about the file in the case and was told by Police prosecutor Sgt Jesse Jitmansingh that an interim file was submitted.A State attorney will be appointed in the case.Mattison was remanded in prison custody and the matter was adjourned to April 23.
DEPUTY LUKE ‘MING’ FLANAGAN’S behaviour over his penalty points controversy has been “despicable and hypocritical”, Minister for State Jan O’Sullivan has said.The minister told TheJournal.ie that she believed that there were “only very rare occasions” where penalty points should be written off and that there needed to be a “very solid justification for it.”She also disclosed that she herself received penalty points a number of years ago, but that she paid the fine and took the points on her licence.She said that she didn’t believe that Flanagan should have had his penalty points written off, and that the independent TD should also have refused any offers to have them removed.Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan on her own penalty points and why she has no “sympathy whatsoever” for deputy Flanagan.TheJournal.ie will have more from a wide-ranging interview with Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan this week.Read: Ming: I want my penalty points back >
LAST NIGHT, THE news emerged that Chelsea Manning has had her prison sentence commuted from 35 years to just seven, in one of Barack Obama’s final acts as US President.Having served a considerable amount of time in prison already, the reduced sentence means that Manning – who was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest – is now due for release as early as 17 May this year.Manning was jailed for leaking classified government and military documents to the website WikiLeaks. Source: US Army via AP, FileOf the around half a million documents leaked by Manning, one of the most famous was the “Collateral Murder” video which showed a US Apache helicopter in Iraq firing on a group of people that included journalists from Reuters.Manning was convicted of 17 charges, including espionage and theft. Campaigners criticised his 35 year sentence as unduly severe, and groups such as Amnesty International have called for Manning’s release in the past.SnowdenUnlike Manning, Edward Snowden fled the US before disclosing information about mass surveillance programmes to the press.After spending a period stuck in a Moscow airport – and failing to turn up for a flight to Cuba – he was granted residency in Russia. Yesterday, it emerged that Russian authorities had extended this leave to remain in the country for another two years.Snowden faces charges of theft and espionage from US Authorities, after he revealed that the National Security Agency collects the phone records and internet data of Americans, and around the world. Source: Kin Cheung AP/Press Association ImagesCritics of Snowden said that the information that he leaked was being “lapped up” by terrorist organisations.Barack Obama has been particularly strong on the issue of Snowden.In 2014, he said that the way the information was disclosed “shed more heat than light” and said that the America’s defense depended upon the trust of people who are entrusted with the nation’s secrets.He added:If any individual who objects to government policy can take it into their own hands to publicly disclose classified information, then we will not be able to keep our people safe, or conduct foreign policy.While Obama has spoken negatively about Snowden, what his successor Donald Trump has said about the whistleblower took on a sinister tone.In 2013, he told the Fox channel:I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he’s a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country — you know what we used to do to traitors, right?An unlikely pardonAs far as the White House is concerned, it’s an open and shut case in terms of a pardon for Snowden.For the Obama administration, it simply cannot be done.In a November interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Obama said: “I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something I would comment on at this point.“At the point at which Mr Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments, then I think those issues come into play.” Source: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association ImagesYesterday, the White House told CNN that Snowden had not sued for clemency and therefore no pardon could be granted.The first reason given by Obama, however, has historical precedent against it.The most famous example is that of Richard Nixon. He resigned following the Watergate scandal, but his successor Gerald Ford chose to pardon Nixon before he had been indicted of any crime.In the case of Ford, a Federal District court ruled that his unconditional pardon of Nixon was constitutional.The right for a president to grant a pre-indictment pardon goes way back to a Supreme Court case from 1867, which said that the President’s pardoning power is “unlimited” and “extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgement.Even in cases of espionage, there is a precedent for pardoning someone. On his final day in office, President Bill Clinton issued a pardon to Samuel Loring Morison.Morison was convicted in 1985 for sending spy satellite photos of an under-construction Soviet aircraft carrier to a London-based magazine.So why the difference between Manning and Snowden?Comments earlier this week from White House press secretary Josh Earnest were quite revealing in the motives behind the decision not to grant Snowden a pardon.He said: “Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing.Mr Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary and sought refuge in a country, that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.With US-Russian relations strained, to say the least, in recent months a pardon from an Obama administration appears unlikely.Despite Trump’s seemingly-cosy relationship with his Russian counterparts, his previous comments indicate he is unlikely to soften his stance on Snowden. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter For his part, Snowden expressed his thanks at Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, without calling for similar treatment for himself. Jan 18th 2017, 2:45 PM Let it be said here in earnest, with good heart: Thanks, Obama. https://t.co/IeumTasRNN— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 17, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,770 Views By Sean Murray Obama granted Manning a pardon but Snowden won’t be getting the same It appears that Obama could grant a pardon for Snowden, but all indications are that he won’t. Source: Edward Snowden/Twitter Share17 Tweet Email1 Manning and her supporters are now looking forward to her freedom, which is just a few months away. Snowden, however, has been granted a further stay in Russia.If he is to ever return home with a full pardon in tow, it has now failed to happen under Obama and looks less likely to happen under President Trump.Read: Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea ManningRead: Democrats hacked again as Snowden and Assange fall out over leaks Short URL Snowden has given serious information to China and Russia-anyone who thinks otherwise is a dope! He is a traitor who fled-he knew the crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2013 http://jrnl.ie/3192213 Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:45 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two students from Western Australia are in the running to attend the Premier’s ANZAC tour to Greece. Scott Jones from Cape Naturaliste College and Hayley Winchcombe from Busselton Senior High School have made it to the top 20 students in the selection committee, with just 10 chosen for the trip, the Busselton Dunsborough Mail reported. If the students make the cut to the top 10, they will join other students from WA travelling to Greece in late April to attend Anzac Day commemorations in Athens, before travelling to the island of Crete to learn more about the role the ANZAC forces played in Greece during World War II. Year 9 student Hayley Winchcombe, who was selected from an essay competition, said the opportunity to see the memorials and take part in the celebrations would be a life-changing experience for her, as her grandparents and great-grandparents served in wars. “There are 10 people selected, so 10 people miss out, whichever happens you have to live with that. But I would love to go to Greece – it would be an amazing opportunity,” Ms Winchcombe said. The trip is an opportunity for young ambassadors to represent Western Australia at selected ANZAC commemoration events overseas. The winners will be announced on November 11; Remembrance Day, with participation and preliminary finalist certificates forwarded to schools early in term four.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 20, 2017 – Nassau – Representatives of the Bahamas Maritime Authority and of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China met during a recent courtesy call on the Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, third right, at the Ministry.Pictured, from left: Retired Commodore Davy Rolle, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Ying Qu, First Secretary, Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Local Government; His Excellency Huang Qinguo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Minister Campbell; Denise Lewis-Johnson, Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Peter John Goulandris, Deputy Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
DURHAM, NH — The following Wilmington students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring 2019 semester:Highest HonorsAndrew AlmediaDaniella AlmeidaAbigail ChaseMolly O’SheaHigh HonorsChristina AmatoNatalie MedrosAndrew MurrayJustin TrevisaniRyan WilliamsHonorsAvery AndersenHolly DoyleJoseph HydornThomas MageeJoseph RebeiroStudents named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.About The University of New HampshireThe University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of New Hampshire via Merit.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related11 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UNHIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Saint Anselm CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At North Shore Community CollegeIn “Education”
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The logo of the Anti-Corruption Commission is seen in front of its building. File PhotoThree officials of Dhaka WASA have been transferred with immediate effect following an Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) drive on Sunday, reports UNB.The drive was conducted at the directive of director general and chief of the Enforcement Unit of ACC Munir Chowdhury, on charges of bill forgery, preparing bill in exchange of money and harassment of clients in the city’s Fakirapool area.The WASA officials are Golam Rabbani, Shah Miran Bhuiyan, and Shafikul Islam.Deputy director of ACC Jannat Keya and members of police participated in the drive led by assistant director of ACC Masudur Rahman.The complaint against inspector Shafikul Islam was that he engaged the consumers offering to decrease their bill readings in exchange for a fee, and Golam Rabbani took care of the technical bits like fiddling with the bill overlooking the metre.The ACC also received a complaint that Shah Miran Bhuiyan used to threaten the consumers for increasing the bill without any cause if he does not get the demanded money.A register was opened in the presence of ACC team aiming to manage the complaints and solve the complaints immediately.ACC also found the information of due bill of many organisations. They mentioned the due bill of Ad-Din Hospoital and 3000,000 of Bangladesh Police Co-operative Society.The drive team of the anti corruption body also stressed taking the necessary measures to collect customer’s bills as soon as possible.Chief of enforcement unit of ACC Munir Chowdhury said “Public suffering is increasing for the corruption at the root level. ACC is pledged to decrease the rate of corruption through continuous monitoring.”
Share NASAIn 1966, astronauts Dick Gordon (left) and Charles “Pete” Conrad trained for Gemini 11 in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever.Astronaut Dick Gordon who flew to the moon but never got a chance to walk on the surface has died at his California home at age 88, according to NASA.NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said, “Dick will be fondly remembered as one of our nation’s boldest flyers, a man who added to our own nation’s capabilities by challenging his own. He will be missed.”Gordon never thought he’d be a pilot — let alone an astronaut who would be just one of 24 people to fly to the moon. In fact, as a young boy, born during the Great Depression in 1929, he actually dreamed of being a priest or even a professional baseball player.It wasn’t until he entered Navy flight school that he first touched an airplane. But he knew right then that flying high and going fast were his life’s callings. “Once I found out what that airplane could do for me or I could do for it, it was love at first sight,” he said.He received his wings as a Naval aviator in 1953 and eventually became a test pilot and won the Bendix Trophy Race from Los Angeles to New York in 1961 (setting a new transcontinental speed record of 2 hours and 47 minutes). By this point Gordon was all about going fast.NASA selected him in the third group of astronauts named in 1963 and he first flew to space aboard Gemini 11 in 1966. It was a demanding three-day mission. He and mission commander Pete Conrad had a whole series of important tasks to perfect as NASA continued its march to the moon for the upcoming Apollo program.Gordon had two spacewalks — at a time when NASA still hadn’t mastered them. He ran into problems from the start. Gordon labored somewhat alarmingly outside the capsule — breathing heavily and sweating profusely.“How are you doing?,” asked Conrad.“Tired, Pete.”“Alright. Just rest. You’ve got plenty of time. You’ve only been out nine minutes.”NASA/Jim GrossmannAstronaut Dick Gordon has died. He is shown being inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2009 at Cape Canaveral, Fla.Gordon’s visor was fogging up as he struggled in the weightlessness (much like had happened in previous spacewalks). There were no handholds or places to pin his feet and he kept floating away from the spacecraft. “I equate the experience I had with trying to tie your shoelaces with one hand,” he remembered during an interview with NPR in 2016, “It’s an impossible task and we learn from that. I think we learn more from our failures and mistakes than we do with anything else.”NASA made it to the moon by the end of the 1960s because it overcame and learned from obstacles like this one.Gordon flew again in 1969 on Apollo 12, the mission to land on the moon. He was the command module pilot and stayed behind circling the moon as Conrad and Alan Bean walked on the surface.For 42 hours, he was by himself and said he loved it. When he wasn’t busy conducting experiments and taking pictures, he enjoyed the solitude — especially as he looked back at the planet: “Makes you think about the fragility of our Earth and the things we do to it to make you realize how fragile it is.”Gordon was in line to command a later lunar mission, perhaps Apollo 18. But that flight was canceled. He was disappointed he never got to walk on the moon but proud of his NASA tenure. After he left the space agency, he became a vice president of the New Orleans Saints football team and later worked for several oil and gas companies.
Kolkata: With just a few hours to go for the Football World Cup 2018 to kick off in Russia, enthusiasm of the people for football in Kolkata, which is situated 4,519 km away from the World Cup’s host country, is as high as always and preparations to celebrate the “football festival” is going on in full swing all across the state.With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rejuvenating the football fervor in Bengal, sports personalities, who are now MPs and MLAs of Trinamool Congress, are not letting the opportunity go to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in the game of football. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStarting from Arjun Award winner footballer Prasun Banerjee, to footballer Dipendu Biswas at Basirhat in North 24-Parganas, they are leaving no stones unturned in making foolproof preparation to watch the matches of the World Cup.Banerjee, who had represented the Indian Football team in many international matches, is now the Trinamool Congress MP from Howrah Lok Sabha constituency. He had gone to Paris in 1998, along with actor Mithun Chakravarty to watch World Cup matches. Stating that CPI(M) leaders had never helped him go to watch World Cup matches for supporting Mamata Banerjee, though he had represented India in international matches, he said: “I had taken loan from bank to go to watch the match in France. I still recollect those days and want that people, mainly children and youth, from all sections of the society, can watch the World Cup matches. So, giant screens will be set up where thousands of people will come together to watch the matches.” A giant screen will be set up at ward number 25 of the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) in Central Howrah, where people will come together to watch the semi-finals and final matches. The MP, who is a supporter of Brazil, will also be doing the commentary to explain every move of the game. At the same time, there will be arrangements for tea and snacks as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedJerseys will also be distributed and the local youths will put on the same while watching the matches.Similarly, Brazil, Argentina and Germany are the favourite teams in the World Cup for Dipendu Biswas, Trinamool Congress MLA from Basirhat Dakshin. He has also taken steps so that people can come together and watch matches on giant screens, that will be set up somewhere in his constituency.The other MPs and MLAs of Trinamool Congress, though not sports personalities, are also taking steps to celebrate the football world cup with people from all walks of life.
Kolkata: The North Dinajpur district administration has started the process of holding mini collectorates in every Gram Panchayat to ensure that every single villager gets benefits of the people friendly schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government.”The aim behind this mini collectorate is to reach every single doorstep. We have already held such a camp at Chainagar Gram Panchayat area under Hemtabad Block, in coordination with the block level officials of the Panchayat. We will hold similar programmes in all the 98 Gram Panchayats to provide on the spot services for enrollment in government schemes,” a senior official of the district administration said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the people inhabiting the villages of North Dinajpur have to travel a long distance to the district headquarter at Karnajora for availing various government facilities. They have to face a lot of hassle for the journey and at the same time, have to incur a reasonable travelling expense. “This will save their time and expenses. Most of the people living in the remote areas hail from poor financial backgrounds and travel expense is a huge burden for them,” the official added. The Panchayat level camps will have officials from Land & Land Reforms, Food & Supplies, Backward Classes Welfare, Self Help, Social Welfare, Transport and various other departments. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds administrative meetings at every district from time to time, to ensure that the people of the state derive the benefits of the government schemes. Inspired by Banerjee, the district magistrate of North Dinajpur Arvind Kumar Mina will now be taking his district officials to the remote areas so that people get facilities right at their doorstep. “We will listen to the problems of the people and try to solve them right at the spot,” a senior district official said.
Kolkata: A Higher Secondary (HS) examinee died just after entering the examination hall on Tuesday, after suffering a cardiac arrest at Pingla, Kharagpur in West Midnapore. Meanwhile, in another incident, an HS examinee was killed and one injured in an accident at Jalangi in Murshidabad.According to sources, Sangita Das, a resident of Kulahata in Pingla, had reached the examination centre at Pindurui High School half an hour before the examination. Just after entering the designated room, she fell sick. Immediately, she was taken to the headmaster’s room. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA local doctor was called in, who suggested the teachers to admit her in a hospital after primary health check. Immediately, she was rushed to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared Das brought dead. It was suspected that she had suffered a cardiac arrest. Later, her family members stated that Das had a cardiac problem since her age was 5 years. She had been undergoing treatment since then. In another incident, an HS examinee was killed and another was injured after they met with an accident in Berhampore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to locals, two HS examinees, identified as Subrata Saha and Bittu Sharma, were going to the examination centre at Sitanagar High School on a bike at Jalangi. Near Basudebpur, a motorvan hit the bike from behind. As a result, both Saha and Sharma fell on the road. Both of them were rushed to Domkal Sub-Divisional Hospital, where Saha was declared brought dead. Sharma was admitted at the same hospital and is still undergoing treatment. Locals detained the motorvan driver along with the vehicle and later handed him over to police. According to sources, the driver has been arrested and the offending motorvan seized.
Oman Air with the launch of a new route to Guangzhou has initiated non-stop flights to mainland China.First unveiled in 2014, the new service can be considered the first direct air link between Oman and China, which the airline says will “help to strengthen political, economic and social links” between the two countries. The route is being launched with four weekly flights using a twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft.“It is always exciting to open a new destination and Guangzhou is a perfect choice to Oman Air’s network. Guangzhou, the 54th destination on the WY network, will be an added value meeting the demand of the traders and businessmen of the two countries, as well as to tradesmen from different neighbouring countries.” said Paul, CEO of Oman Air. “Gregorowitsch informed that the operation will initially offer four flights per week.Outbound flights will depart Muscat International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10:15am and arrive at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport at 9pm. The return services will leave the Chinese city every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:25am and land back in Muscat at 11am.