RED DEER, Alta. – A trial for two men charged in the deaths of a central Alberta couple and their daughter has heard about charred remains discovered inside the family’s farm home and a dead pet dog found nearby.Two members of the Castor Fire Department were the first witnesses to testify at the first-degree murder trial for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank.They face three counts each of first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents, Gordon and Sandra Klaus, and their daughter Monica Klaus.Lee Bagshaw, the fire department’s deputy chief, testified on Wednesday that the house near Castor was engulfed in flames when crews arrived on Dec. 8, 2013.Bagshaw said firefighters set about protecting nearby buildings and a propane tank next to the house, but he soon noticed a dead chocolate-coloured Labrador retriever nearby.Bagshaw told the judge-alone trial in Red Deer that the scene started to look suspicious when he spotted a fuel can — about two-thirds full — sitting about two metres from the home’s door.During cross-examination, defence lawyer Allan Fay asked Bagshaw if the nozzle was out, as if ready to pour, or if it was tucked away. Bagshaw said he noted it was tucked away.Travis Ryan, another fire department member, testified he came across what appeared to be charred remains inside the home.He said the home’s residents were nowhere to be seen, which also led firefighters to think something wasn’t right.Earlier Wednesday, the final video recordings of Frank’s interviews with police in August 2014 were played in court as part of a voir dire to determine the admissibility of the accused man’s statements to police as evidence.Frank told investigators that in the month following the deaths, Klaus paid him between $3,500 and $4,000, which was dispensed in $500 cash instalments.Frank said the money was in exchange for carrying out the murders and for keeping his mouth shut about it.The trial has previously heard that Frank told police he was blackmailed and threatened into killing the family by the couple’s son.He said Klaus was with him stride for stride when they entered the house and that he was told to shoot all three or he would be killed.He also said in the interview that after the shooting he got a can of aviator fuel from a nearby Quonset hut and Klaus used a butane barbecue lighter to set the house ablaze and shot the dog before they both fled.Frank also revealed to investigators that he had had a sexual encounter with Klaus when he was 14. He told police about the co-accused demanding Frank perform sexual acts.“I just tried to pretend it never happened,” he said.(RD News Now)
In an interview for Intelligence Squared, education activist Malala Yousafzai took the stage with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to talk about Sandberg’s book Plan B, and to discuss facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy.Malala is a living example of how this can be achieved. One moment a 15-year-old Malala was riding in her school bus in Pakistan, and the next she was waking up alone in a hospital in England. She had been shot by a Taliban gunman in an attempt to silence her encouragement of education for girls.Malala says that to get through the ordeal, she started by accepting herself for who she was and being thankful for the things she still had – her family and friends. “None of us can escape sadness, loss or life’s disappointments,” she wrote, ” so our best option is to find our option B.”According to Sandberg, gratitude seems to be key in the process of getting from adversity to joy. “Counter intuitively, whenever we face something that’s really hard,” says Sandberg, “and it can be hard and it can be overwhelming, thinking of what could be worse helps us find gratitude for that which we took really for granted before.”Malala found gratitude mostly in her family, which she says has kept her feeling normal. She also has taken to heart the support she received from her friends and from the letters, cards and gifts that she received from strangers around the world.“In return,” she says, “you should show the same love and the same care for others. I think that’s the best way to thank back.”Most of us have heard of post traumatic stress (PTSD), but few recognize the term post traumatic growth even though far more people will experience post traumatic growth than PTSD. Pain is an agent of change. Put simply, says Sandberg, “from the hardest things in our lives, we learn, we grow. Our lives become deeper, more meaningful, we find more purpose, we form deeper relationships, we are more grateful.“We all live some form of option B,” says Sandberg. “Sometimes it’s true trauma, where you lose your country and your life as you know it, like Malala has been through. Sometimes it’s the kind of trauma of losing someone suddenly, or not suddenly, in your life. Sometimes it can be something small. But no one’s life is exactly as they planned it. At some level we all live option B.”You can see the whole talk here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsFacing explosive allegations of abuse, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Olympic Committee, held a press conference to deny he mistreated First Nations students while a Catholic missionary.Furlong attacked the journalist who wrote the story and claimed he had been approached in the past by someone asking for money to make the allegations go away.
Rabat – A Moroccan national living in Turin, Italy, helped save a woman who set fire to herself in front of Italy’s National Institute of Social Security on Tuesday, reported press agency ANSA.Casablanca native Anas Sabi was by the door of the building and behind the unemployed woman when he saw her set fire to herself. Sabi rushed to obtain a fire extinguisher and opened it on her to extinguish the flames.Despite the Moroccan’s quick response, burns have covered 70 percent of the woman’s body. Sabi said he thanked God for giving him “the strength to react while remaining calm.” The Moroccan added that he will pray for her, saying she told him that “everything would work out.”The brother of the woman in question told Italian media that he wanted “to thank the man who helped my sister.”
The Supreme Court today postponed the hearing into the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda against moves to arrest him, till 7 March.Karannagoda filed the FR petition in the Supreme Court on Monday. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had said that Karannagoda is to be arrested over the case involving the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth between 2008-2009. The CID had visited his residence in Kirulapone on 21 and 22 February, but Karannagoda was missing at the time, giving rise to speculation that he may be on the run. (Colombo Gazette) Karannagoda, in his petition, has said that there is no evidence to back the allegations raised against him by the CID.
A house fire on the Six Nations reserve is being treated as the latest in a series of arsons, but in this case, fire officials fear someone didn’t make it out alive.The charred remains of a house with a number of unanswered questions. “Based on the area we’re in right now, it is highly suspicious.” said Chief Miller.Six Nations fire chief Matthew Miller says that a man and a woman were inside when the fire started just after 6 this morning. Both got out, but the man, believed to be in his mid thirties, went back in. “At this point until we can confirm that they are not inside the structure we are going under the assumption that they are still inside.”The flames ripped through the back and caused a large section of the roof collapse. It limited access to some areas of the house, and there are also 4 bedrooms in the basement, but no word if they have all been checked.But Chief Miller says that the man did escape but did not stick around. That’s because this house is known to police and they found a lot of paraphernalia inside. The woman who was also there and did get out, has since disappeared. It’s not known what started the fire but Miller is treating this as an arson. Not because of the evidence, but because of recent history.“We’ve had so many suspected arsons within 1000 feet of each other that we can’t help but treat it that way at this point.”5 fires in the past 6 months on this street alone. Some confirmed to be arson, like the one from the summer just a kilometer away. “We had that fire about 2 months ago, then we had 3 other structure fires about 1000 to 1500 feet that also went up in the last 6 months.”In all there have been 18 suspicious fires on the reserve over the past year. The Ontario fire marshalls is assisting in the investigation. The fire department is still trying to confirm exactly who owns the home, but they said that the house is known for various illegal activities.
Children who have been pushed into marriage are exposed to violence, including rape, and are often forced from school and into premature parenthood, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).Child marriage is not only a tragedy for the individuals it ensnares – often the most vulnerable, impoverished and marginalized girls – but it also harms communities and societies, as a whole. It locks child brides and their families in a cycle of poverty that can persist across generations.Ending child marriage could generate billions of dollars in earnings and productivity by enabling girls to finish school, delay motherhood, find decent work and fulfil their potential.How many of the five little-known facts about child marriage are you aware of?Child marriage is common. It takes place in every corner of the world. UNFPA Jordan/Sima DiabSyrian refugee Saba, who lives with her mother and siblings in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, speak out against child marriage, encouraging families to educate their daughters instead. Being married at an early age foists both boys and girls into adult responsibilities before they are ready. All children in these precarious circumstances are less able to advocate for themselves, and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.Yet, girls are more at risk of being harmed than boys.Studies show that child brides are especially at risk of violence – from their spouses, in-laws or even from their own families.New UNFPA figures evaluating data from 82 low- and middle-income countries show that 1-in-25 boys, or 3.8 per cent, marry before age 18.Child marriage is almost universally banned Child marriage is often a precursor to early pregnancy.In developing countries, nine of ten adolescent births take place among girls who are already married.These early pregnancies pose serious health risks to girls whose bodies may not be developed enough for motherhood. Globally, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls.Early pregnancy also puts girls at risk of being married off. They may be forced to marry the father of their baby – even a rapist – to spare their families the stigma associated with unmarried pregnancy.Empowering girls is critical to ending child marriage Two of the most broadly endorsed human rights agreements in the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, prohibit child marriage.Yet around the world, there are national or local laws that enable different interpretations of the agreed principle – many countries permit exceptions with parental consent or under customary law.Even in places where child marriage is clearly illegal, enforcement can be a problem.Child marriage is closely linked to teen pregnancy UNICEF/UN0159775/NyboFarmer Nurul Haque stands near his 13-year-old daughter in Bangladesh, saying he may have to pull her from school and marry her off to an older man because he has few financial options left. Today more than 700 million women and girls were married before their 18th birthday. Because poverty is one of the main driving factors behind child marriage, the phenomenon is most widespread in low- and middle-income countries, where 26.7 per cent of young women were child brides.Rates vary by country and region. West and Central Africa have the highest rate of child marriage, with four-in-10 girls married before age 18, while South Asia is home to the largest total number of child brides.However, child marriage can be found everywhere, even in high-income countries.Boys may be married as children – but the practice is more prevalent with girls UNMISSA human rights community awareness programme conducted by the UN Mission in South Sudan and partners addressed the consequences of harmful traditional practices, including early and forced marriage and early pregnancies. UNICEF/UNI162253/Gordon”Kola nuts are brought to the family when a man wants to marry a girl,” says Martha Bamsuma, a midwife who works at Wale Wale District Hospital in Ghana. UNICEF/UN014189/Sang MoohHalimŽ was married at 14. She never attended school, unlike her brothers, and says child marriage is one of the main causes of poverty in her village in Chad. Young people must also be empowered to stand up for themselves and their rights. This means they be given accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health, and about their human rights.Such information can be life-changing. When vulnerable young people are empowered with this knowledge, they can advocate for themselves, and even persuade their families to cancel or delay engagements.UNFPA works with partners and communities around the world to educate and empower girls, and to raise awareness in communities about the dangers of child marriage.
“The civilian death toll is rising every day as the fighting continues in Idleb and northern Hama”, said Mark Cutts, Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis.Most of the deaths were a result of the “relentless campaign of airstrikes” by the Government and its allies, he explained. He painted a picture of humanitarians and rescue workers risking their lives every day to “to help civilians trapped in this area”, including women and children, along with sick, elderly and disabled people. “They dig people out from under the rubble, rush wounded civilians to hospital, provide medical services and help those fleeing the area”, Mr. Cutts spelled out. “But no one is safe”. On the contrary, those who risk everything to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world are themselves coming under attack. “Yesterday a series of airstrikes in the Ma’arat Humeh area in southern Idleb resulted in the death of two more of our humanitarian colleagues, a paramedic and an ambulance driver”, he elaborated. “Their ambulance was totally destroyed and a rescue worker was also killed”. Wednesday’s attack highlights again the horror of what’s going on in Idleb – the last rebel-controlled part of Syria – and northern Hama, said Mr. Cutts, where three million civilians remain trapped by the fighting, with nowhere else to flee to, and where humanitarians, medical staff and rescue workers continue to pay with their lives in their efforts to help others. Since the end of April, there have been at least 42 attacks on healthcare facilities reported, he added, affecting 36 health facilities and seven ambulances. Of these incidents, 11 were in Hama Governorate, 28 in Idleb and three in Aleppo Governorate. “In total at least 17 health workers and patients have been killed”, he lamented, condemning this latest attack “and all attacks on civilians and civilian objects in the strongest terms”. “I continue to call on all parties to the conflict to respect and protect medical and humanitarian personnel, their means of transport and equipment and property, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities, in accordance with international humanitarian law and in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2286 which relates specifically to the protection of civilians in armed conflict and to the protection of medical and humanitarian personnel in conflict zones” he concluded.Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. With 5.6 million Syrian refugees and 6.6 million internally displaced, the crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of modern times, with more than 12 million people in need of assistance.
This is echoed by a Labour member.“It’s a shame because good councillors will lose their positions, but they’re losing them to the left, mainly.”So, why the belief in left-leaning independents and parties?“It’s fairly simple,” says a newly-elected Sinn Féin councillor.“People believe that the people they’re electing are most like them, so they trust them to fix the issues that matter to them.”So, while austerity may have played some part, both Kenny and Eamon Gilmore need to do some soul-searching to establish just why there is a disconnect between their candidates and the community.The only good news is that the next locals are five years away.Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so far Claire Cullinane Ind. got elected in #Cobh LEA despite doing no canvassing whatsoever, she just held three public meetings! #LE14— Ken Curtin (@kencurtin) May 25, 2014 Source: Ken Curtin/Twitter As one Fine Gael member, who worked with an unsuccessful candidate, put it at Saturday’s count in the RDS;“The council is very much about the front-line services and people are recognising that. When you’re in the capitalist party of law and order, some people think you won’t make a good councillor.” “It’s frustration and it’s anger, and it’s saying, ‘Show me where the return on my challenge and the sacrifice I have made is’”.WHEN THE TAOISEACH spoke on Saturday night, he was perhaps channeling his inner Jose Mourinho.‘The Special One’ has a habit in the wake of a defeat to give a soundbite that pushes the focus away from his Chelsea team. Blame referees, talk about resources or put it down to the alignment of the stars; as long as the microscope is never put on the failings of his team or, heaven forbid himself.So, when Enda Kenny said that Fine Gael’s performance, which is down on the 2009 local and European elections, is down to austerity, he not only does a disservice to the electorate and the successful candidates, he papers over one of his party’s biggest weaknesses.Because the reality for Fine Gael is this: there are large pockets of the country that don’t see them as a community party.They are trusted with the keys to the car, but nobody wants them changing the oil. In Cork City, three of the six wards didn’t return a single Fine Gael councilor.In Dublin, the large constituencies, which all expanded in these elections, mean that the party is picking up seats, but not at a rate that will put them in control of any local authorities.In working-class areas particularly, the vote flocked from Fine Gael and Labour to candidates the community trusts. Parties and independents that have reputations for hard work with local clubs, organisations and bodies won out.As much as the Labour Party’s vote collapsed, those who wanted what the party traditionally offered at council level still voted for those ideals.In Lucan, two sitting Labour councillors – a former mayor and deputy mayor of South Dublin – lost their seats. In their place were parties that are known for their community work (Sinn Fein, People Before Profit), independents or well-known community activists like Fianna Fáil’s Ed O’Brien.This trend was seen across the board, as single-issue candidates and those with deep ties to communities won out. Source: Aaron/Twitter I tried to vote for individuals rather than parties; it’s such a shame b/c very deserving cllrs have lost seats by party association #le14— A @ R O N ✨ (@BabyMonsterGoon) May 26, 2014
Brad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have parted ways almost three years ago but Jennifer Aniston’s first husband is still single and reportedly not interested in dating anyone.After a decade-long relationship, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to legally part ways in September 2016. Ever since then, Brad’s name has been linked with several stars including Marion Cotillard, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi, Margot Robbie, Neri Oxman, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Aniston. Things between Jennifer and him ended on the wrong foot but after Brad attended her 50th birthday party, many believed that they will soon start to date each other.However, as we have reported on multiple occasions, there is nothing going on between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The actor is currently busy with his work and finalizing his divorce with Angelina Jolie. That being said, an alleged source revealed to Hollywood Life the real reason why Brad Pitt stays single. As per the source, since his split with Angelina, Brad has not really been dating.”He does not have any romantic dates over to his home that he shared with Angelina and the kids, and he is a long way from falling in love again,” the source contends.The source further stated that Brad Pitt has several female friends in and out of the entertainment industry but is not in any serious relationship since his split. As of now, the Fight Club movie star is not rushing into anything and wants to focus on being a good father. [L-R] Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Neri OxmanGetty Images”He does enjoy plenty of platonic relationships with lots of people, including Lena Dunham, who is just a friend, nothing more,” the source added. “He won’t go public with the news or introduce the kids to [her] until he is in a serious relationship, which hasn’t happened for him just yet. And he is in no rush either.”Brad Pitt is currently enjoying his singlehood and trying to work on his movie career rather than thinking about some girl and falling in love with her.Brad Pitt will soon be seen sharing screen space with Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s western classic movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Shruti Haasan with monksPR HandoutShruti Haasan, who is currently shooting in Dharamshala, had an opportunity to interact with monks at a monastery close to the shooting location.Shruti, post the shoot, took the opportunity to meet and interact with the monks and had a great time. She spoke to them at length about their life, teaching and other aspects of being a monk.Describing the place and experience as ‘incredible’ the actress says, “I always wanted to visit Dharamshala as its a place rich in beauty and culture. I had a wonderful time shooting near the Norbulinka monastery and interacting with the monks there.”Shruti is currently juggling between her international debut series ‘Treadstone’, an upcoming Tamil film titled ‘Laabam’ opposite Vijay Sethupathi and her International music album. She also did a UK tour where she performed at various prestigious music venues to full houses. With so much on her plate, 2019 is sure to be a year of many firsts for the actress.
Pakistani security personnel and organiser hold a student (C) after he hurled a shoe at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a ceremony in Lahore on 11 March 2018. AFPAn Islamic seminary student hurled a shoe at Pakistan’s former prime minister on Sunday, an act considered a major insult in the Muslim country.Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last year over graft charges, appeared visibly shocked as the shoe hit his shoulder while he was addressing a gathering at a seminary in Lahore.The incident came a day after an individual hurled ink at Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a member of the ruling party and a close Sharif aide, while he was speaking at a party rally in eastern Pakistan.The shoe hurling was broadcast live on Pakistani TV channels. In the Muslim world, such a gesture is considered particularly insulting.The perpetrator then jumped on stage where Sharif was standing and began chanting before he was overpowered by the crowd and handed over to the police.According to police officials, the man is a student at the seminary.Minutes later, Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party and an arch rival of Sharif who has frequently criticised the former prime minister, condemned the incident.“This is not the way to express yourself and I condemn whoever did it,” Khan said.Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was ousted by the judiciary in July 2017 over corruption charges which he is currently facing in Pakistani courts.
Bangladeshi is sentenced for life term for trafficking girl to DubaiA Dubai court sentenced a Bangladesh national to life in jail for ‘trafficking a teenage girl to Dubai of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and raped her, said Gulf News.The Dubai-based media outlet also said the man will be deported soon as Dubai Court of First Instance gave the verdict on the matter following a hearing on Sunday.It added that the 17-year-old girl, who was allegedly forced to work in a brothel for seven months to support her family, was rescued by Dubai police in September 2018.In an official statement, the victim said she was ‘initiated into prostitution’ in a flat at Al Ghusais area of Dubai, the report added.The Bangladeshi girl, according to the report, arrived in the UAE in February last year on a visit visa.The report also said the 44-year-old man raped the girl before putting her in a brothel with the promise of sending Dh 1,500 per month to her mother and sisters in their home country.On information in September 2018, the Dubai Police arrested the Bangladeshi and rescued the girl from the flat, it added.The alleged trafficker was charged for trafficking a minor girl, forcing her into prostitution and running a brothel.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Ronnie Floyd, an Arkansas megachurch pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president, has been elected to head the denomination’s Executive Committee.Meeting in Dallas, Executive Committee trustees approved Floyd’s nomination by a vote of 68-1, according to Baptist Press, the SBC’s official news service.“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to accept the opportunity to become the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee,” said Floyd in a news conference after his election Tuesday (April 2).Floyd is pastor of Cross Church, a congregation of about 9,000 that has campuses in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.Floyd has filled a number of leadership positions in the SBC, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, including serving as president from 2014 to 2016. He served as chair of the Executive Committee in the mid-1990s.In his new role, Floyd will head the Nashville-based Executive Committee, which acts on behalf of the SBC in between its annual meetings. One of his major tasks will be promoting the SBC’s Cooperative Program, which funds missions, seminary education and other ministries.Cross Church has given more than a million dollars annually to the Cooperative Program since 2015, according to Baptist Press.Floyd said he had much to learn and hopes to spend his early days on the job listening and learning.“I don’t have all the answers,” he said. “Who does but Christ?”During the news conference, Floyd was asked if he would continue as part of an informal group of evangelical advisers to President Trump. Floyd didn’t answer directly but said his involvement with the White House has been minimal since the 2016 election aside from some conference calls and a 2017 visit to the Oval Office, at which he led a prayer for Trump.Floyd said he would go back to the White House if invited by Trump or any other president. “If that would have been Hillary Clinton — if she would have asked me to do that in the Oval Office, I’d be glad to go and meet with any president,” he said.Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, called Floyd “a strong and courageous leader.”“We need new ideas and new leaders at the Executive Committee, and Ronnie will lead the way,” Stetzer said. “His election will bring confidence to Southern Baptists as they know he will take the decisive actions the Executive Committee needs to right itself in this tumultuous time.”Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., also approved of Floyd’s election.“He has a deep love for the SBC and my hope is that he will use this position as a way to model leadership that puts the gospel above all,” he said.Floyd’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the SBC.Recent news reports have detailed alleged abuse at Southern Baptist churches. J.D. Greear, the SBC president, has called on the convention to investigate churches that have covered up abuse.A proposed amendment to the SBC’s constitution that would allow the denomination to remove churches that show clear “indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse” will be discussed at the SBC’s annual meeting in June.Bill Leonard, professor of divinity emeritus at Wake Forest University’s divinity school, said Floyd represents a move by the SBC to “solidify its base.”Leonard, a longtime observer of the SBC, said the convention faces a number of challenges, including declining membership, struggles in attracting young people, recent reports of abuse and other issues.Floyd will likely be charged with helping address these challenges.“They need someone who inspires their base and might try to slow the demographic hemorrhaging,” Leonard said.In a Facebook Live address, Floyd said that as president of the Executive Committee he plans to focus on evangelism. He will resign from his church this weekend, according to Baptist Press. News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Some North Dakota GOP lawmakers abstain from Hindu prayer Tagshomepage featured Ronnie Floyd SBC Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Top Story,You may also like By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Opinion News By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! 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BALURGHAT: In a major breakthrough, police seized a huge quantity of gold and diamond worth Rs 6 crore looted from a jewellery shop in Gurgaon recently, South Dinajpur police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said at a press conference on Sunday night.Police also arrested three persons identified as Safiqul Islam (27), Jafor Hussein (28) and Sultan Mian (25) from Malda rail station area and Hili for their alleged involvement in committing the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey hail from Hili and Banshihari’s Aligara and Haldi. A case of burglary from a jewellery shop in Haryana’s Gurgaon was reported on December 9. While investigating the case and through sketches of prime accused as detected from the CCTV footages, police on December 12 became sure that three employees of the shop from Bengal’s South Dinajpur were behind the crime. Apart from the CCTV footages, mobile tracking system also helped police to solve the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaryana police on Saturday arrested two persons on Saturday night from Malda while the other from Hili. Interrogating the trio, police later seized gold around 16 kg and some diamonds worth approximately Rs 6 crore from Banshihari’s Haripur. Police said Safiqul concealed the valuables at his father-in-laws’ house in Haripur. Investigation revealed that Sultan Mian had been working as a security guard at the shop. They left the place thinking police would never be able to trace them. While producing them before Gangarampur sub-divisional court on Sunday, the judge directed to hand them over to Haryana police on transit-remand.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have successfully managed the traffic during the Brigade rally and kept the city almost congestion free on Saturday despite unprecedented congregation of people at the United India meet.In some areas, some congestion took place while the rallies were moving towards the Brigade Parade Ground but the situation turned normal within a few hours. According to police sources, it was decided that no bus would be allowed to enter the Esplanade and the area around the Brigade Parade Ground. Since morning, traffic officials had kept a strict vigil on the buses coming with the Trinamool supporters and were strictly told to park at the designated parking areas. Only VIP and VVIP cars were allowed to enter the Brigade Parade Ground area. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalBuses coming from North Kolkata were stopped near the Central Metro Station on Chittaranjan Avenue. From there, the Trinamool supporters walked to the Brigade Parade Ground. Buses coming from Howrah were parked at Kidderpore Goat Market area and Gangasagar Mela Camp ground. Some were allowed to park at the Maidan area around the Rangers Club. Apart from the buses, huge number of people held processions from seven points across the city to reach the Brigade Parade Ground. From Shyambazar, the rally went through Chittaranjan Avenue. Another came from Sealdah using S N Banerjee Road and Esplanade. Another rally from Milan Mela availed Park Circus and Rabindra Sadan to reach the venue. A rally also originated from Hazra and it availed Ashutosh Mukherjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road and the one from Park Circus moved through Park Street and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Apart from rallies originating in Kolkata, the one from Howrah availed Brabourne Road and Esplanade to reach Brigade. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedVehicular movement was slow on some roads such as Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dorina Crossing, S N Banerjee Road Strand Road. But necessary diversions were made as per the plan to reduce congestion. “An elaborate plan was made after a hectic workout. We had studied the traffic system and vehicular pressure which helped us to chalk out the plan. We succeeded due to the workout by the Kolkata Police team,” said a senior Kolkata Police official from Lalbazar.
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It’s a beautiful, warm morning at the Mercado Central in downtown San José. The characteristic noisy environment of the city market is infused with a delicious coffee smell, and Costa Rican illustratorStephanie Chaves is talking quite happily about her lively and colorful art.This vibrancy has accompanied Chaves throughout her life. Her parents have always worked at the Mercado Central, and she was raised within this energetic and noisy ambiance. Her love for both the arts and for San José bear the direct influence of her parents. Within her works she has constantly implemented these passions through the use of a bright color palette combined with thick black lines and dots.Chaves, 26, discovered her talent as an artist at the age of five.“I think I owe everything to a novice. I had made a drawing and she noticed I had potential [as an artist], so she told my mother to take me to art classes. From then on I went to art classes and workshops at La Casa del Artista, the Calderón Guardia Museum and other places,” Chaves remembered.She went on to study graphic design at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and began her career as an illustrator with an ambitious project focused on sexual education. Chaves is the first erotic illustrator in Costa Rica and has participated in various art exhibits in Spain, El Salvador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico and Italy. She has also collaborated with businesses such as Nature Air – her illustratoin based on regional flora and fauna can be seen on one of the company’s planes – and Cosechas, as well as painting a mural in San José near the Legislative Assembly.The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Chaves about her social concerns represented through colors and vibrant illustrations. Excerpts follow.How do you choose your color palette?Graduating from graphic design at the UCR gave me a lot of the bases I now have. I learned how to create the color palette, the color scheme, textures, tension and rhythm in a composition. That helped me to do it now in an intuitive manner. Now I don’t think about it and it just flows.The color palette is a constant experimentation for each new piece. I do it based on what I’m feeling in the moment… [although] since I started studying, people always said that when I’d graduate they would know it was my work because of the colors.For me, colors are life… What I want with colors is to capture people’s attention so that they’re more open to the concept of sexual education. Chaves won Nature Air competition; her work is now displayed on one of the company’s planes. (Courtesy Stephanie Chaves)What is your creative process?My process is very influenced by my context. I can’t keep aside or avoid being influenced by it. Right now we might be speaking about something super fun and I’ll need to illustrate it or, maybe, I’ll hear something ironic.There other times when I get angry about something and I want people to notice that that action is wrong. These past few days I’ve been working on a calligraphic line for shirts with the message: “No more hatred between women.” I’ve got to tell people about it because it really makes me angry and people are used to seeing women as docile and calm. You simply can’t go down the streets pointing out people and mocking them… Other women mock me, I get angry, I don’t want this to happen and then I conceptualize it. Chaves’s collaboration with local smoothie business Cosechas. (Courtesy Stephanie Chaves)What is your research process when you choose a topic for a piece? If it’s a topic I know a lot about I research on the internet, check out books from the UCR and get really acquainted with the subject. For example, with abortion I haven’t done any illustrations yet because I’ve got to do much more research.If there’s an earthquake and you see that everything is falling, you’d get the children out first because they’re people and you wouldn’t want them to die. However, if the same thing happened and there are in vitro fertilization test tube babies, would people [rescue them]? No. No one would say, “Save the in vitro fertilization test tube babies!” Why is it that when a fertilized embryo is inside a woman’s body it’s considered abortion and murder, but when it’s in vitro fertilization no one cares about it? I find it fascinating to research this because you’ve got to expand your panorama. You’ve got to read in favor and against the cause from reliable sources.Why did you choose sexual education as your main topic?Sometimes I say it’s because of my parents and the church. I was really never taught about these things, but then I realized that it’s because nothing very strongly related with this has ever happened to me. I was never abused or assaulted. I feel I can speak on behalf of those who have suffered, and it really makes me angry that these things happen. It makes me angry that they’ve suffered and can’t speak about it because they feel helpless. It’s not fair. I feel no one is addressing this and someone should do it.I always felt this necessity to educate about sexuality. It was a task that was easy for me to do and I love doing it. I’ve also got the humor you need to address this topic. Men sometimes tell me that I’m weird for addressing it, and ask me why I do it. I then ask them if they’d like for people to whisper in their ear that they have a nice ass… Their reaction is the same as mine: they get scared.I also used graphic design to educate rather than to sell. I wanted to teach about sexuality, eroticism, human rights and sexual diversity. When you allow yourself to constantly see the penis, vaginas, vulvas, breasts and the buttocks on a graphic and visual level, you’ll not only begin to accept it, but you’ll also begin to speak about it as something normal and as a human need. Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for a U.S. painter and writer in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Costa Rican painter 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician: blind artist Gerardo Mora Chaves’s illustrations seek to be inclusive of people with different sexual identities. (Courtesy Stephanie Chaves)How do you think that your art can cause an impact on the country and the world?I believe that artists, illustrators and graphic designers have the advantage that an image is something instantaneous. It can reach any part of the world within seconds. In an ideal world, I’d like all artists to identify with some social cause and create a project whose main purpose is to educate people, whether it is transgenics, indigenous peoples, teaching people about the Bribri language or speaking about gender wage gaps… there are many things that can be spoken about.Images are very powerful. If all those of us who create visual art used it to educate, the social burden would be lessened for all of us. Images can create great changes, but it’s all up to you. (Courtesy Stephanie Chaves)Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments
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Source = InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay The first international luxury hotel brand at The QuaysideThe first international luxury hotel brand at The QuaysideSet amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and arts houses, the luxury hotel has been carefully curated by world-class designers, architects and culinary purveyors. Located just a few minutes from the CBD, the hotel still maintains a stylish but laid back, relaxed feel in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay. The hotel offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows.Designed by award-winning architect firm, SCDA, the residential-inspired property combines elements from Robertson Quay’s industrial and intriguing past with sleek contemporary finishes using rich Italian marble, slate, brushed copper and bronzes, whilst seamlessly blending into the residential surrounds. The light-filled room interiors have been designed to magnify the familiar comforts of home. Guests can sink into soft, plush, custom-made furnishings and enjoy bespoke amenities such as a specially designed in-room cocktail kit by local bar guru’s Proof & Co.InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is fully equipped for business travellers, with five intimate meeting and event spaces as well as an exclusive 24-hour Club InterContinental lounge. Club guests will enjoy access to tailored and personalised services, including a dedicated team to personalise their stay, private in room or lounge check-in and impressive Club rooms. Quayside Lounge, which is set amongst lush tropical surroundings on level four, offers sophisticated afternoon tea and curated evening cocktails. Guests looking to maintain their wellness routines can look forward to recreational facilities such as the lap pool and 24-hour fitness studio.Established as part of a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel will boast a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts. Flagship restaurant Publico, representing the central core of Italian culture, will be a multi-concept dining destination comprising a variety of Italian experiences under one roof – a neighbourhood deli and bar and a ristorante with adjoining terrazzo by the river. Other highlights throughout the hotel include New York institution Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and a bar and dining concept from the team behind Izy Sushi.“InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been created and positioned to make you feel at home, to bring an inspiring lifestyle offering to both the local community and visitors alike. With a fresh, residential-inspired design feel across the property and a plethora of dynamic food and beverage outlets, we are excited to bring a new InterContinental to centre stage in Singapore, and in the city’s most reinvigorated neighbourhood.” said Mark Winterton, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.Room rates at the hotel start from SGD285++ as part of an opening offer for stays between 12 October and 30 November 2017. For more information or reservations, please visit intercontinental.com/robertson-quay