first_imgInstead of announcing farm loan waiver like other States, the Odisha Cabinet on Friday approved the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme amounting to ₹10,000 crore to accelerate agricultural prosperity in the State and to reduce poverty.KALIA is progressive, inclusive and will make a direct attack on poverty by way of massive investment in the agriculture sector and making benefits reach the most needy through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik briefing presspersons after the Cabinet meeting.Interest freeMr. Patnaik said that under KALIA an amount of ₹10,180 crore will be spent over a period of three years till 2020-211. Crop loans up to ₹50,000 will henceforth be interest free, and the scheme will be reviewed in 2020-21 for further modifications.He termed the new scheme historical, stating that it covers almost 92% of the cultivators in the State and almost all landless agricultural labourers.There are about 32 lakh cultivators in the State. Of these, about 20 lakh have availed of crop loans. Of the 20 lakh loanee farmers, about 60% have regularly repaid loans. Further, the entire gamut of share croppers and landless labourers will not be covered under a loan waiver scheme, Mr. Patnaik pointed out.“What wrong have the 60% done in repaying the loans,” questioned Mr. Patnaik, while criticising the Opposition Congress and the BJP that have promised loan waiver if voted to power in the State.He added that KALIA scheme covers the cultivators, loanee, as well as non-loanee farmers, share croppers and landless agricultural labourers. It also specifically takes care of vulnerable agricultural families identified through gram panchayats and crop loans are made available at 0% interest.Financial assistanceAll the small and marginal farmers of the State (92% cultivators) will be covered under the scheme. An amount of ₹10,000 per family at the rate of ₹5,000 for Kharif and Rabi shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation.The farmers will have complete independence to take up interventions as per their needs. This component is not linked to extent of land owned and will greatly benefit share croppers and actual cultivators most of whom own very small extent of land. Under this initiative, 10 lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of ₹12,500 to take up activities like small goat rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.As regards financial assistance to vulnerable agriculture households and landless labourers, an annual financial assistance of ₹10,000 per household will be provided to take care of their sustenance. Deserving families will be identified and selected by gram panchayats. About 10 lakh households will be covered over two years.Further, life insurance cover of ₹2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of ₹2 lakh will be provided to both cultivators and agricultural labourers covering about 57 lakh households.last_img read more

first_imgA new initiative launched by the Congress government in Rajasthan for identifying and resolving issues in upper primary schools situated in the rural areas through “Bal Sabha” (Children’s Assembly) is set to bring about qualitative changes in education. Besides students, the Sabhas will be attended by parents, teachers and village elders.A series of Bal Sabhas was organised in as many as 3,300 schools in Jaipur district on Saturday last. Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra attended the congregation in Bhojlawa village of the Govindgarh panchayat samiti.Active roleThe schoolchildren, who presented songs and delivered short speeches in Hindi and English, also spoke about the problems faced by them in school. Students Seema Sharma and Pooja, who led the proceedings, said they would like the village elders to play an active role in the school’s affairs and guide them in their career choices.Govindgarh panchayat samiti pradhan Lal Chand Sherawat said the Bal Sabha would be organised on each Saturday at a public place. Mr. Dotasra said that the novel concept would ensure the participation of all stakeholders and significantly improve the quality of education in government schools. Principal Secretary (School Education) Bhaskar A. Sawant said extracurricular activities would shape the personality of students, while Director (School Education) Pradeep Kumar Borad said the Bal Sabhas would promote dialogue between villagers and schoolchildren.last_img read more

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro’s Wimbledon preparations have been thrown into disarray after the Argentine was forced to pull out of next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club with a groin injury.Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro, ranked 30 in the world after a steady rise up the rankings following a succession of career-threatening wrist injuries, also pulled out of this week’s grasscourt event in Den Bosch.It means the Argentinian faces the prospect of arriving at Wimbledon without any grasscourt matches under his belt.Queen’s, which features world number one and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and world number three Stan Wawrinka, has also lost French Open champion Rafa Nadal after he withdrew to recover after his triumph at Roland Garros.Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis and Briton James Ward have been awarded main draw wildcards.last_img read more

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial avise les Néo-Écossais de se préparer en vue de mauvais temps possible cet hiver, et de mettre en place un plan d’urgence pour faire en sorte que leur famille soit en sécurité et bien au chaud. « Nous encourageons tous les Néo-Écossais à se préparer et à faire preuve de prudence en cas de tempête hivernale », a dit Lena Diab, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Environnement Canada prévoit de la neige, du grésil et de la pluie dans plusieurs régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse, débutant dimanche matin dans la région de Yarmouth. On encourage les gens à rester chez eux en cas de mauvais temps, pour des raisons de sécurité, et pour permettre aux responsables de l’équipement d’entretien hivernal de bien déneiger les routes. Si vous devez vous déplacer pendant une tempête, consultez les caméras Web ou le service 511 pour connaître les conditions routières dans la province. Il est recommandé d’installer des pneus d’hiver sur les voitures et de vérifier les trousses d’urgence pour la maison et pour la voiture. « Bien qu’il soit essentiel de préparer sa voiture en vue des conditions routières hivernales, il ne s’agit que d’un seul aspect de la préparation en vue des conditions hivernales, a dit Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Les conducteurs doivent éviter de prendre la route, si possible, afin de permettre aux équipes de bien déneiger les routes. » « Si vous devez vous déplacer, n’oubliez pas de ralentir, de laisser une plus grande distance entre votre voiture et celle qui vous précède, et de vous accorder suffisamment de temps pour vous rendre à votre destination. » Pour des conseils sur la préparation d’une trousse d’urgence, consultez le . Les conditions routières sont affichées au et les caméras Web peuvent être consultées au read more

first_imgA Toronto-area man who claimed an internal voice told him to brutally stab his girlfriend was found guilty of second-degree murder after an Ontario judge found his mental illness did not spur the slaying, nor did it prevent him from knowing what he did was wrong.Richard Pereira’s lawyers had argued he should be found not criminally responsible for stabbing Kathryn Horne, a friend turned romantic partner, more than 30 times in the basement of his Brampton, Ont., home in March 2015.In a decision released last week, an Ontario court found that while Pereira had a long history of mental illness, his account — in which he claimed a voice told him Horne, 58, had to die because she was part of a plot against him — lacked in credibility.Ontario Superior Court Justice David E. Harris said there was “virtually no indication” that Pereira heard voices over roughly a decade of mental health crises and treatment, and he did not mention any such voices on the night in question.There were many other inconsistencies, the judge said, noting that after Pereira took the stand, his own lawyers conceded the man’s version of events should not be relied on. Instead, Harris said, it appears more likely that Pereira, who was 36 at the time of the killing, flew into a violent rage when Horne tried to end their relationship.“There is little doubt that Mr. Pereira felt threatened by unknown people and forces and felt that his life was in danger on the day of the homicide. But outside of his own evidence on the witness stand, there was precious little evidence to show that he felt threatened by Ms. Horne,” Harris wrote.“Ms. Horne was helping Mr. Pereira keep his paranoia at bay. It will never be known whether she was a true believer or was just trying to placate him. … The tendency of the evidence on this issue taken as a whole, is to show that there was a fellowship between them against Mr. Pereira’s demons.”Court documents show the pair met at a Goodlife gym in downtown Toronto where Pereira was a trainer and became friends before starting a relationship in 2014.Horne had a well-paying job at a major financial corporation and eventually began giving Pereira money, court heard. In the months before her death, she deposited roughly $10,000 into his account, the ruling said.On the day of the killing, Horne had taken a bus to Brampton and arrived at the home Pereira shared with his mother around 5 p.m., the document said.Little is known about what happened that evening, the judge wrote. Pereira called a mental health crisis line just before 9:30 p.m. over feelings of anxiety and stress. About three hours later, his mother called 911 requesting an ambulance.When police arrived, they found Pereira sitting on the couch with his head in his hands, the ruling said. He told them people were putting black magic on him and trying to kill him, prompting officers to believe he was a risk to himself and needed to be brought in under the Mental Health Act.Pereira then told police they should look in the basement because he had done something bad, the document said. He added he did not want his mother to see, and that he would go to jail forever.Pereira’s mother found Horne’s body inside a cellar by the basement bathroom, stabbed in the neck and torso, the decision said. Efforts had been made to wipe up the blood, it said.Defence lawyers initially argued, based on what Pereira had told psychiatrists, that he heard a voice he knew as Gabor while walking down to the basement bathroom with Horne, the ruling said. The voice told him she was part of the conspiracy against him and that he needed to kill her to protect himself, it said.But the defence altered its position in light of Pereira’s “disastrous performance” on the stand, which saw him contradict himself on a number of points, including Horne’s reasons for giving him money, it said.“Sometimes he said that she was paying for sex with him, other times he staunchly disavowed this. Given the defence concession, there is no need to total the inconsistencies or attempt to reconcile or determine where the truth lies,” Harris wrote.Meanwhile, one of Horne’s friends gave “deceptively simple but powerful evidence” that provided an alternate narrative, the judge said. The friend testified Horne had said earlier in the day that she was going to see Pereira that night probably for the last time and would report back the next day.“It is readily inferable that Ms. Horne was going to tell Mr. Pereira that their relationship was over, and she did not want to see him again,” Harris wrote.It is “much more likely” that Pereira erupted in anger when faced with the end of the relationship, particularly given its importance in his life, the judge said.“Their relationship was important for his sexual gratification but there was more to it than that. There was clearly a good deal of affection between them,” he wrote.“Furthermore, as mentioned, she had supported him financially to a significant degree. Losing her emotional and financial support could well have been devastating to him, particularly in the state he was in.”There is also no support for the argument that Pereira’s psychosis made him incapable of knowing that killing Horne was wrong, the judge said.Pereira took steps to cover up the slaying, including disposing of Horne’s cellphone, her clothing and her jewelry, he wrote. The attempts to mop up the blood in the basement bathroom also count as concealment, he said. His comments to police that he had done something bad and would go to jail forever also demonstrate consciousness of guilt, Harris said.The location and number of the stab wounds, meanwhile, support a finding that Pereira intended to kill Horne, he wrote.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgMOGADISHU – No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attackAt least seven soldiers were killed and 20 injured when a car bomb struck a military convoy in eastern Somalia on Thursday.Eyewitnesses said that a bomber blew himself up in a booby-trapped car in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.“The explosion was powerful; it caused major damage,” Puntland Health Minister Abdullah Ali told reporters.He expected the death toll to rise further.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.Somali authorities usually blame such attacks on the Al-Shaabab militant group.last_img

OTTAWA — It’s an option for many people buying their first home, but when deciding whether to tap into RRSPs, investment advisers urge caution.“Whether or not it is a good idea to use the homebuyers withdrawal plan, I would say the answer is maybe,” says Kelly Gares, an adviser with BlueShore Financial in West Vancouver, B.C.“It does depend on your particular circumstances.”You kind of give up some of the potential growth that you have in the RRSP that actually funds your retirement.Under the homebuyers’ plan, people can withdraw up to $25,000 from an RRSP to help buy or build a first home. They need to repay the amount to their RRSP and generally have up to 15 years to put the money back in their account.In essence, people are borrowing money from themselves. And while they don’t have to pay themselves any interest on the money they take out, they are giving up any gains they might have made on the money had it remained invested in an RRSP.Mortgage payments aren’t the only cost to buying a new home. There are maintenance costs, property taxes and utility bills. People need to be sure they’ll also be able to repay their withdrawal within the allowed time as well as continue saving for retirement.Crystal Wong, senior regional manager for financial planning at TD Wealth, says when saving for a first home, she would encourage people to use a regular savings account or a tax-free savings account instead.New mortgage rules for homes over $500,000 take effect, as Liberals aim to limit risksWhy business owners shouldn’t bother with an RRSPWhat you should look for when picking stocks to hold in your RRSPWith a TFSA, people don’t pay any tax on the investment gains in the account and they don’t need to repay the money they withdraw.However, Wong said if people find themselves short, they can consider going into their RRSPs.“The pro to that is that you’ve got the money that you’ve saved, so it is your funds,” she said. “The con would be that you kind of give up some of the potential growth that you have in the RRSP that actually funds your retirement.”Gares says there are times when it does make sense to use retirement savings to help buy a home. He pointed to a situation where taking money from an RRSP might allow people to make a 20 per cent down payment and avoid the need for high-ratio mortgage insurance.“Avoiding those types of transactional costs, that is certainly a scenario where I think it is justifiable to use the homebuyers’ plan,” Gares said.However, he warned that if a person’s only real asset is in real estate and they don’t have any other savings or investments, they are not truly diversified.“That’s one thing I would caution against,” he said.“If you’re really utilizing all of your liquid assets for the purpose of making that purchase, then you might need to consider if that’s really an affordable expense for you.”The Canadian PressIllustration by Chloe Cushman, National Post read more

CHITRE, Panama — LaRon Smith belted a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as Canada’s junior baseball team defeated Nicaragua 5-3 to capture the bronze medal at the COPABE under-18 Pan Am Championships.With Cleveland Indians first-round draft pick Noah (Bo) Naylor on second base, Smith drilled a breaking ball over the wall in left field for his second homer of the tournament to break a 3-3 tie.The win matches Canada’s result from 2014, the last time they participated in the COPABE event, and earns them a spot in the 2019 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup.Reliever Antoine Jean tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings to record the win, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four batters.Canada starting pitcher Ben Abram lasted until the fifth when Jean came on to pitch with one out and runner on second. Jean promptly got a ground out and strikeout to leave a man on base.Nicaragua took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, scoring two runs on a single and a throwing error to Daniel Carinci.Canada responded in the home half of the fourth. Blake Buckle drove in one with a two-out single, then he and TJ Schofield-Sam pulled off a double steal to even the score.Both sides traded runs in the first and second innings.  The Canadian Press read more

The Ohio State football program has received another upgrade.The newly renovated football locker rooms at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center cost $2.5 million, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern.According to pictures tweeted out by coach Urban Meyer, the futuristic looking locker room features leather couches, multiple flat screen TV’s in a lounging area and above lockers to go along with a functioning water— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) July 25, 2014Media availability to the locker rooms will be scheduled for a date next week an OSU spokesman told The Lantern.According to an OSU spokesman, the locker room project was completed on time as it was scheduled to be finished prior to the start of fall camp which is set to begin Aug. 4.The locker room renovation is not the first improvement made for the OSU football program this offseason.$13.7 million was invested into Ohio Stadium this offseason, which is set to add 2,600 additional seats and permanent lighting to the stadium as well as a new field turf among other improvements.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium renovations were set to be completed by Aug. 14. On July 7, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said the project was on schedule and within the budget.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Navy Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., before showing off the new amenities at Ohio Stadium in the home opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. read more

first_imgJordan’s mining sector is considered a cornerstone to the Jordanian economy. It plays a vital role in growth of many other important sectors in the economy and contributes to Jordan’s standard of living. The mining industry in Jordan is dominated by the production of phosphate, potash, building and decoration stones, glass sand and other nonmetallic resources. Recently, Jordan has been ranked as the sixth largest producer and the second largest exporter of phosphate, the fourth largest producer and the second largest exporter of potash, and it has the fifth largest oil shale reserves in the world.“Major contractors are purchasing used equipment from the different areas in the world and use them to build mines. Epiroc Middle East decided to use this potential opportunity to grow aftermarket business in the country and to support local contractors with our modern service solutions even for these old machines.”From February 2018 the Epiroc team has focused on RigScan auditing of drilling solutions (ADS) equipment in Jordan. Seven machines have been audited so far bringing good business for the Mining and Rock Excavation (MRS) division and showing the Epiroc approach on used equipment, as a company supporting machines even after 10 to 15 years after production. “Focusing on the fleet management and business potential with operational fleet is one of the key of Epiroc Middle East to grow the business.”Carl McCallum, Project Director of contractor BCM Al Own, expects RigScan to give good value for his company on order to estimate the investments in the machines in order to get reasonable availability and lower costs. Effective stock management is also one of the values he sees in RigScan. BCM Al Own is a JV contract company which has been appointed as drilling contractor for the huge Attarat oil shale mining project. Attarat Power Co (APCO) and Attarat Mining Company (AMCO) are special purpose companies owned by Estonia’s Eesti Energia AS (Enefit), YTL Power International (YTL), a utility subsidiary of YTL Corp, and Guangdong Yudean Group of China, which together are undertaking the oil shale development project at Attarat Um Ghudran.last_img read more

← Previous Story Sweden better than Norway Next Story → Double Austrian win over Portugal For the first time ever the International Handball Federation will insure all players participating in the Men’s World Championship in Sweden 2011. The IHF signed a policy to provide adequate insurance cover with the renowned insurance company named HIMMELSEHER SPORTVERSICHERUNGEN WELTWEIT. This policy guarantees a complete insurance during the tournament and the preparation time. All participating federations have been informed about the terms and conditions. Furthermore it’s the first time that the IHF will pay a compensation fee to the clubs via the federations for releasing their players for the WCh in Sweden. Including a bonus system as a compensation for training and education, the IHF will spend around CHF 1,206,400 as payment to the clubs. Due to the increased income of TV and marketing rights for the period 2009-2013, the IHF also raised the prize money for the WCh in Sweden to CHF 450,000. Including the prize money, the qualification bonus, the insurance, the host and compensation fee and the bonus system, the IHF spends in total around CHF 4 million for the World Championship in Sweden. handball teamsIHFInternational Handball Federation read more

first_imgCrime Stoppers Victoria recognised the contribution media play, particularly ethnic media, in the prevention of crime and thanked Neos Kosmos for their help on Tuesday night. Simon Overland, Chief of Commissioner of Victoria Police, said the police department could not be as successful in solving crime if it weren’t for the help of Crime Stoppers. He went further to say that the media’s assistance in helping police solve crime is a “great example of partnership and it simply doesn’t work without the media.” Neos Kosmos works closely with the police and supports Crime Stoppers by allowing space in the newspaper to solve crime. Crime Stoppers Victoria was first established in 1987. It has given the public confidence to confidentially pick up the phone and report information that could assist police with important investigations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgYahoo! et Facebook main dans la mainÉtats-Unis – Déjà partenaires, Yahoo! et Facebook ont décidé d’approfondir leur entente. Depuis lundi, les comptes d’un internaute utilisant ces deux services peuvent être liés.Depuis le début de semaine, Yahoo! et Facebook partagent davantage de données. Déjà partenaires, les deux sites échangent désormais davantage d’informations. Depuis Yahoo!, un internaute peut ainsi visiter Facebook et les statuts de ses amis. La réciproque est également vraie, avec Yahoo Questions/Réponses. Si Facebook proposait à ses clients des amis en provenance de son répertoire Yahoo Mail, l’inverse peut également être mis en place. Il est aussi possible de gérer son compte Facebook grâce à Yahoo!. Le portail développe en parallèle un partenariat avec Twitter en intégrant les tweets.Le 8 juin 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Related Items:freedom of information law, Pdm, pnp manifesto TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to a Freedom of Information Ordinance, after the Opposition Leader saw her motion pass through the House of Assembly with majority support on Monday. There was contentious debate on the motive for the Freedom of Information or FOI motion; the readiness of the TCI with human and other resources to support an actual FOI ordinance; argument that a Freedom of Information law was not a part of the PNP Manifesto promise, said the Premier; that the FOI would further weigh down the PNP Administration’s legislative agenda and a reminder about the constitutional responsibility to have the law, at some point, enacted. The governor’s appointed member female, Hon Lillian Missick chided the governing side for what she called, ‘emotional’ comments about the Motion brought, explaining that the TCI parliament is constitutionally obligated to establish the law so, in her view, there was no need for the hot rejection of the idea. Hon. Missick admits she would like to see first, that the country has the infrastructure to support the demands for information she believes the legislation will create. There were three abstentions including the Premier; six nay votes including most of the PNP frontbenchers, who voted ‘no’ and nine Members voted ‘yes’ to push the motion forward. All PDM members and the Governor’s female member voted in favor of drafting legislation for a Freedom of Information Ordinance. last_img read more

first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding hopes his consistently strong performances this season don’t go unnoticed by England coach Gareth SouthgateAfter struggling to break into the Arsenal team under former boss Arsene Wenger, Holding has featured regularly under new coach Unai Emery.Holding has made 12 appearances this season with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions.Now Holding, who previously represented England at U-21 level, is hoping that Southgate is keeping an eye on him.“I think this is my best run in an Arsenal shirt,” Holding told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Consistency-wise, it’s been 12 games consistently playing to a good level, not playing because someone is injured but on merit. That gives you more confidence.“Gareth Southgate has brought a refreshed feeling to England with a lot of young lads. If you’re playing well in the Premier League week in, week out, as we saw with Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk, you’re going to get chances.“You want to be a part of what they are creating at the moment. Obviously what they did at the World Cup and there is the Euros in over a year’s time.“It’s a great time to be involved with England so why wouldn’t you want to be.”Arsenal will face Bournemouth away this Sunday in a Premier League match.last_img read more

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials on Mexico’s storm-struck Pacific coast braced on Sunday for the arrival of fast-moving Tropical Storm Sonia, which was projected to hit the mainland by early Monday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sonia grew from a tropical depression Sunday and by afternoon was centered about 155 miles south of the tip of the Baja California and 310 miles south-southwest of Culicacan.Maximum sustained winds had risen to 45 mph and it was heading north-northeast at 13 mph.Ismael Checa Landeros, civil defense director for Sinaloa, the state in the storm’s path, said it was likely to hit near Culiacan, Navolato and Elota, all areas hit in September by Hurricane Manuel.Checa said officials would have residents in those areas on alert but had not yet decided if anyone would need to be evacuated.The Hurricane Center said the storm could produce 6 inches of rainfall in Sinaloa and Durango states, with isolated areas getting as much as 10 inches.last_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) withdrew his hold Wednesday on the nomination of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the service’s next commandant, allowing Berger’s Senate confirmation to move ahead this week, Military Times reported.Sullivan said Wednesday he had worked out his concerns with Marine Corps officials, but did not offer his reason for objecting to Berger replacing Gen. Robert Neller as the service’s top military officer.Sullivan only said that the issue “is between me and Gen. Berger,” according to the report.Berger’s Senate confirmation could be finalized as early as this week unless another lawmaker raises concerns.Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortizlast_img

first_img.Reckless driving and unskilled drivers are two of the reasons behind growing road accidents in the country, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khanon on Sunday made the remark while responding to a written question of Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4) in parliament.The home minister listed tendency of overtaking by breaking rules, driving without taking adequate rest, not obeying traffic rules properly, problems related to vehicles fitness and lack of awareness among pedestrians as other reasons that are contributing to road accidents.Minister Asaduzzaman said some 9945 road accidents took place in the country from 2013 to April in 2017.The government has said it is determined to bring down the death toll and number of injures in road accident by 50 per cent by the year 2020.“Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals-2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down number of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has told the parliament recently.last_img read more