Scott Peterson’s Attorneys Appeal His Death Sentence

first_img(San Francisco, CA) — The appellate attorney’s for convicted killer Scott Peterson want his death sentence overturned. Peterson still sits on California’s death row after being convicted of killing his wife, Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner, in 2005.During a virtual hearing before the California Supreme Court yesterday, attorneys argued media coverage tainted the jury. An attorney for the prosecution argued the case was very clear.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Scott-Peterson-Appeal.mp3The court will return a judgment soon. Peterson has been on California’s Death Row at San Quentin prison since 2005 after being found guilty for the 2004 murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.The last execution in California occurred Jan. 17, 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen, 76, was put to death. No executions have been carried out since.As of March 2019, further executions are halted by an official moratorium ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom.last_img read more

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Waiting for the window of opportunity at Red Bull Ultra Natural

first_imgThe field is on the hill and ready for the perfect window of opportunity.Sixteen of the world’s best snowboarders are fine-tuning the equipment at Baldface Lodge outside of Nelson in preparation for the second Red Bull Ultra Natural.The competitors arrived Thursday as helicopter after helicopter trekked boarders up to the mountain top resort and now wait for that single day between now and February 21.The single day competition ensures that the event takes place under only the best possible conditions – a mix of deep powder, good sunlight, and safe conditions.Waiting for the 16 best is the 45-plus degree slope nicknamed “Scary Cherry” within Baldface’s tenure — a course put together by none other than Travis Rice, the 2012 champ. The riders will be met with a wider start area, more line options, more than 80 refined on-course features, additional creative transitions and an even more inspiring jib section. This year riders will be judged on overall impression of their run with the better of two runs counting.Added to the mix because of an injury to Kazu Kokub is Austrian rider Wolfgang Nyvelt.“I was really looking forward to riding with everyone again this year and hope to join everyone again next year,” said Kokubo. “Good luck to all the riders, get some powder for me.”The list of riders ready for the challenge at the 2013 Red Bull Ultra Natural include: Travis Rice, Gigi Rüf, Nicolas Müller, Lucas Debari, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Jake Blauvelt, David Carrier-Porcheron, Eero Niemela, Terje Håkonsen, Mark McMorris, Pat Moore, Mikey Rencz, Torstein Horgmo, Bode Merrill, Jussi Oksanen and Bryan Fox.Fans in the U.S. can tune-in to NBC on March 30th at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT to catch Red Bull Ultra Natural presented by Nike Snowboarding.The show airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, an action sports property featuring some of Red Bull’s top events including Dreamline, Wake Open and Rampage.  The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive and innovative action sports property in the world, featuring surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, skiing, BMX, wakeboarding and motorsports events.  For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.To watch the event trailer and learn more about Red Bull Ultra Natural, please visit www.redbull.com/ultranatural.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2018: Indian tennis players progress to the next round

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementYesterday was a good day for Indians at the Wimbledon 2018 in London. Indian pair, Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan who made their Wimbledon debut, beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof in the first round of Men’s doubles in London today 7-6,6-4,7-6 in straight sets. Now they will face Ben Mclachlan from Japan and Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany in the Round of 32.Indian pair Sriram Balaji and Vishnu VardhanAfter that, India’s Divij Sharan and his partner from New Zealand, Artem Sitak made a winning start at the Wimbledon championships as they won over Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri in London on Thursday. Sharan and Sitak eked out a 7-6(4) 6-7(8) 6-3 6-2 win in two hours and 41 minutes to book a second-round berth.Divij Sharan after the win.Again, Rohan Bopanna and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated the pair of Alex de Minaur and John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes. They did not face a single break point on their serve.Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Rohan Bopanna.Can be said that Indians are pretty much on a roll at the Wimbledon!Read Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next roundsWimbledon 2018: Day 3 results: Roger Federer increases his Wimbledon winning streak to 26last_img read more

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Huawei debuts Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic with Android Wear 2.0 in tow

first_imgWhile 2016 had people questioning the viability of smartwatches following the death of Pebble and the poor sales and adoption rates of both Android Wear and the Apple Watch, 2017 has seen a slew of new launches that might resurrect the category.Android Wear 2.0 made its debut on a pair of LG smartwatches a few weeks ago and now Huawei is set to join the party with the Huawei Watch 2. The smartwatch, as expected runs the latest version of Android Wear and comes with a round 1.2-inch face and interchangeable bands.The Huawei Watch 2 comes in two models – a ‘Classic’ version and a more sportier variant dubbed simply the ‘Huawei Watch 2’. Both variants come with a 420mAh battery with a new low power ‘watch mode’ which will allow the watch to last for a colossal 25 days whilst being able to tell the time and count steps.  They are powered by the same Snapdragon 2100 chipset found on LG’s new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches and come with a paltry 4GB of on-board storage, out of which only 2.3GB is available for the end user.Also Read: Google’s Android Wear 2.0 debuts with LG Watch Style, Watch SportBoth Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic come loaded with sensors including GPS, NFC for Android Pay and a heart rate senor and measure a hefty 12.6 mm thick (2mm more than their predecessor). LTE is exclusive to the Huawei Watch 2 and doesn’t feature in the Classic variant. Both watches are also IP68 water and dust resistant.The Classic watch comes with a metal chassis and features a hybrid leather band which has leather on top and jointed rubber on the bottom making it look good whilst being durable and flexible. As a result of having 4G on board, the Watch 2 is bulkier than the Classic and is made of plastic in order to accommodate its LTE antenna. It also comes with a far sportier design with multiple colour optionsadvertisementAs a result of the LTE connection, the Watch 2 can be used to send texts, take calls and more without needing to be tethered to a smartphone.True to its sporty tag, the Watch 2 comes with exclusive fitness focused software features like Huawei’s ‘Fit’ feature which customises workout plans for specific activities like running, cycling and so on.Both watches are controlled solely by the touchscreen and doesn’t feature any sort of rotating crown as we saw on the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport.Price and availabilityThe Huawei Watch 2 has been priced at 350 dollars (roughly Rs 23,350) and will be available in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China in March, US, UK, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland in April and Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Japan, UAE, and Malaysia in May.Also Read: New Nokia 3310 launched along with Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 Android-based smartphoneslast_img read more

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PM announces 4 billion oil refinery project in Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 15, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis announced that his government has approved Oban Energies to commence an oil refinery and oil storage facility in Grand Bahama.  The project is expected to create 600 direct jobs, 1,000 indirect jobs during construction and an estimated project cost of over $4 billion.  The Prime Minister’s announcement came at the start of the sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.“My Government has recently completed negotiating the Heads of Agreement which paves the way for the commencement of this important project,” said Prime Minister Minnis.   “This Heads of Agreement articulates how this development can proceed.”The Prime Minister said the Heads of Agreement will be signed on Monday, and that over the following two weeks, two additional Heads of Agreements will be signed.“We are on the road to revitalizing both Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas,” added Prime Minister Minnis.“I am advised that Oban Energies Management team has been involved in large energy infrastructure projects around the world and brings over 30 years of large, complex construction experience.   Oban Energies has further advised that the first phase of the project will consist of four million barrels of fuel storage, a harbour, and deep-sea loading docks to service large vessels; and the construction of a 50,000 barrels per day refinery.“In addition, Oban will build [an] up to 20 million barrel liquid bulk storage facility and a 250,000 barrel per day refinery.   The oil refinery has an estimated project cost of up to US$4 billion and the terminal has an estimated cost of US$1.5 billion.  This is a very significant development for Grand Bahama.”Pointing specifically to some of the aspects of the Heads of Agreement, Prime Minister Minnis noted that the developer will contribute funds in the sum of $100,000 per annum to be used for community projects and development of East Grand Bahama.  The Agreement also calls for the establishment of a local Advisory Board who will determine the use of those funds and shall be comprised of four mutually agreed persons to both the government and the developer.The Prime Minister further noted that the Developer has acknowledged the importance of the marine environment to the government and therefore has agreed to provide $150,000 to accredited research institute, as may be mutually selected by the government and the Developer.“Such payment shall be made by the date – that is 12 months after the commencement of construction of the terminal and/or oil refinery,” said Prime Minister Minnis.“The Developer will use commercially reasonable efforts to use Bahamian materials, Bahamian professional services and other Bahamian services in connection with the implementation of the development plan.”Another aspect of the Agreement stipulates that the Developer shall operate with the Government to put in place and sustain during the course of the development multi-disciplinary on-the-job technical skills training and apprenticeship programs, designed to equip the developers’ Bahamian employees with a level of technical proficiency, reasonably necessary for the promotion and advancement.   And shall render reasonable, periodic assistance towards curriculum development at the University of The Bahamas.“I think that this is great news for The Bahamas and the country will see more to come in the coming weeks,” added Prime Minister Minnis.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)last_img read more

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Talk of Potential Shutdown Emerges in Wake of Planned Parenthood Videos

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A growing number of Republicans are calling for the party’s leaders to link fiscal 2016 spending bills, including a continuing resolution, to language denying funds to Planned Parenthood, in response to a series of undercover videos showing the organization’s executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue.A failed procedural vote in the Senate Monday to debate a measure cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood is unlikely to slow a rising outcry over the issue from conservatives. The effort began in the House last week with 18 members pledging to oppose any spending bills that continue funding for the organization, reported the Hill. And now Senate Republicans, particularly three of the members running for president, have taken up the mantle.“I believe we should use every and any procedural tool available to defund Planned Parenthood,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters before Monday’s 53-46 vote rejecting the motion to proceed to the defunding measure.When asked about the consequences of shutting down the government over the hundreds of millions of dollars Planned Parenthood receives for health services such as contraception, family planning and cancer screening, Cruz suggested Democrats would bear the blame.“I think that is an excellent question for you to ask every Democrat, if they’re willing to try to shut down the government in order to force continued taxpayer funding for an organization that has now been caught on film apparently repeatedly admitting to multiple felonies in buying and selling body parts in direct contravention of federal criminal law,” Cruz said.White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters last week that any bill to defund Planned Parenthood would draw a presidential veto, setting up the possibility of a partisan showdown over legislation to keep the government open after Sept. 30.Congress’ August recess could add fuel to the controversy as lawmakers hold town hall meetings and become further entrenched in their positions after hearing from constituents. Still, cooler heads could prevail.Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a senior appropriator, urged moderation and said lawmakers should approve a clean short-term continuing resolution in September, reported CQ Roll Call.“I think legislating before you have hearings is sort of putting the cart before the horse,” said Cole. “Just reacting is not likely to be legislatively productive, as much as I share the sentiments.”last_img read more

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2020 Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to New York

first_imgThe Subaru Outback has always been a left-of-center contender in the midsize crossover-SUV space. It’s more of a tall wagon than an upright sport-utility vehicle, with plenty of ground clearance and lots of space inside. We like the Outback because it thinks slightly outside the box. And the brand-new 2020 Outback that debuts at the New York Auto Show this week offers updates that broaden the model’s appeal without straying from that charming formula.For starters, the 2020 Outback now rides on Subaru’s global platform, which underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and redesigned 2020 Legacy, the latter of which largely forms the basis for this redesigned wagon. The new Outback isn’t much larger than its predecessor, but Subaru says the structure is significantly stiffer than before. Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V New York Auto Show 2019 Subaru Subaru Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 46 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Crossovers Wagons Share your voice • 2020 Subaru Outback is as ruggedly handsome as ever 2019 Subaru Ascent review On the powertrain front, the big news is the return of a turbocharged engine option. In its higher XT trims, the Outback uses the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine from the Ascent and Legacy, tuned to produce 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, Subaru estimates fuel economy numbers of 23 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway with this engine, plus the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds.Non-XT models will use Subaru’s 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This engine is slightly more efficient, with Subaru estimating fuel economy of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. As with the turbo engine, the 2.5-liter H4 is paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.Subaru says the 2020 Outback has a number of improved suspension components that ought to make it more enjoyable to drive. Should you want to venture off the beaten path, the Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance — the same as before — and all models get the company’s X-Mode function with hill-descent control.Enlarge ImageThe highlight of the interior is a new, 11.6-inch touchscreen.  Steven Pham/Roadshow Inside, the new Outback gets a massive tech upgrade, by way of the 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment display, which is standard on all but the base trim level. This new touchscreen runs an updated version of the automaker’s Starlink infotainment system, with optional TomTom-based navigation and a new app called Chimani (which kind of sounds like a granola-based snack), which gives detailed information about all 417 national parks in the US — how appropriately Subaru.Whether you get the big touchscreen or opt for the base model, every 2020 Outback comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio and over-the-air updates. All Outbacks also come with Subaru’s EyeSight safety tech, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane-centering tech. LED headlights, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display and a front-view camera are all available as options, or bundled into higher trim levels.Otherwise, the Outback’s interior isn’t radically larger than before, though Subaru says it’s a lot quieter, with better overall materials. The Outback has 75.7 cubic feet of space behind the front seats — about the same as other midsize crossovers — and can be had with a hands-free power liftgate. Instead of kicking your foot under the bumper like on many cars with this tech, the Outback’s system activates when you wave a hand (or arm, if you’re carrying grocery bags) in front of the Subaru logo on the hatch.2020 Subaru OutbackEnlarge ImageThe Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Steven Pham/Roadshow For the extra rugged among us, Subaru offers the Onyx Edition Outback, which starts with the second-from-base Premium trim, and adds water-repellant seat material, unique 18-inch wheels and the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine. The Onyx Edition also gets a hands-free power liftgate, front-view camera and a dual-mode X-Mode drive setting.The Onyx Edition XT is one of several 2020 Outback models, including Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT and Touring XT. Pricing for all of these models will be announced when the Outback arrives in Subaru dealers this fall.Originally published April 17, 8:30 a.m. PT. Tags See All reading • 2020 Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to New York 2 Comments 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019last_img read more

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2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer first ride Style and substance without compromise

first_img 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin… Motorcycles 2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer: Cool, comfortable, and approachable 1 1:30center_img 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 32 Photos Comment Tags Ducati’s Scrambler line of air-cooled motorcycles has spawned some extremely lovable, beginner-friendly bikes. Previously, I’d experienced the 1100 version, which costs a lot of money, but comes with some high-end safety tech to justify its heftier price tag. I liked that bike a lot, but this new Cafe Racer is a package that’s almost too good to pass up.The Scrambler combines the 1100’s tech upgrades with the original bike’s smaller, 803-cc engine. Plus, all 2019 Scramblers get the 1100’s lean-sensitive, dual-channel, anti-lock brakes. That makes this an incredibly compelling package.Typically, for someone on the larger size of the height/weight spectrum, a cafe racer-style bike is just code for “wildly uncomfortable.” Usually, these bikes have low-mounted clip-on handlebars, high-mounted rear set foot controls and a long leaned-out riding position — that’s the cafe racer style. Sure, this makes the bikes look sleek as all hell, but it’s a very physically taxing design to ride. The added weight on your wrists is useful for handling, keeping the front tire biting in a corner, but it also hurts after about 45 minutes. The high-mounted foot controls are great for providing more lean angle and getting your body weight down on top of the tank, but crampy legs are no fun when riding in traffic.Enlarge ImageDucati’s Scrambler Cafe Racer takes the great bones of the original Scrambler Icon and drapes them in epic good looks. Ducati Ducati’s Scrambler Cafe Racer happily bucks that trend; it gives you all the cafe racer style you could want, but its ergonomics are tweaked subtly to make it livable for longer rides. The handlebars, for example, are narrower and lower than on some of the other Scrambler bikes, but still relatively upright, and because they’re so narrow, they tend to blend in visually with the rest of the controls.The foot controls are more or less in the same position as the standard Scrambler, which is to say that they’re high enough for decent ground clearance in a long sweeping corner, but they’re not tucked way up or set way back. This gives ample room for even long legs like mine, and I’m 6 feet, 4 inches tall.Another standout aspect of the Cafe Racer — and the Scrambler line in general — is accessibility for shorter riders. With a seat height of just over 31 inches, it’s not exactly a cruiser, but it’s not a towering behemoth. Coupled with a relatively svelte wet weight of 432 pounds, I imagine that many smaller-framed riders would find the Cafe Racer easy to approach, and a willing participant in around-town blasts that require a lot of foot-on-the-ground stops. There are very few bikes like this that offer so much style and ask for so little compromise of comfort in return.The other massive feather in the Scrambler line’s cap is the 803 cubic-centimeter, air-cooled, desmo two-valve twin-cylinder engine. This engine has been in the Ducati family for over a decade and was the motor with which the Scrambler line launched. It’s a total gem.ducati-scrambler-cafe-racer-ambience-09-uc67944-highEnlarge ImageDespite having well under 100 horsepower on tap, the Scrambler Cafe Racer will hustle. Ducati The Ducati L-twin (so called for the direction of the V of its two cylinders) produces a healthy 73 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 49 pound-feet of torque at 5,750 rpm. Surely there will be those among you that scoff at power figures under triple digits, but the Scrambler isn’t an out-and-out speed machine. It’s meant to be fun, not frightening.The way that the bike delivers power is smooth and easily manageable. The torque comes on low enough in the rev range that you won’t find yourself struggling to take off, but high enough that you’re not running out of puff and being forced to short-shift. That’s especially good because this engine sounds magical in its upper registers.The Scramblers all make use of a cable-actuated throttle. The downside of this is no traction control, but the upside is that throttle actuation is smooth and predictable. The fueling on this bike is exquisite. There is no jerkiness when opening the throttle, making it perfect for newer riders.The Scrambler’s gearbox is slick and unobtrusive. It’s not the most precise thing in the world, sometimes needing a healthy kick to transition between gears, but it doesn’t detract from the experience and still feels better than the transmission on the much more expensive BMW R NineT Urban GS that I tested last year. The clutch on the Scrambler is now a hydraulic unit and works smoothly with a light pull of the lever.The suspension on the Cafe Racer is adjustable in the front and rear. The front units are 41 millimeters in diameter and come from Kayaba. The rear shock is also from Kayaba and is adjustable for preload only. The suspension is competent and plush enough for the broken streets of Los Angeles, but serious canyon carvers might want to look into upgrading.scrambler-cafe-racer-22-uc67978-highEnlarge ImageSure, the Cafe Racer’s accessory number plate is kind of “extra,” but we love it anyway. Ducati Braking is handled by a single 330mm disc up front and a 245mm disc in the back. Calipers are a four-piston radially mounted unit and a single-piston unit, respectively. Bosch two-channel ABS is standard.The Scrambler is a bike that works with you, rather than something you feel you need to tame. It is as happy rumbling along at 30 miles per hour in second gear as it is careening up a freeway onramp at full-chat.The Cafe Racer’s chassis and unique ergos are confidence-inspiring, as well. In my testing, I never found a situation where the bike did anything unexpected or felt less capable than I did. It was comfortable to ride all day, easy to maneuver in parking lots and through narrow gaps in traffic. That being said, I would have liked more range in the suspension’s adjustment, but I’m definitely outside the norm when it comes to intended rider size, so that’s not really a criticism.The bike’s brakes, while basic in appearance and spec, were unflappable. The single disc up front is usually enough to give me — again, as a larger rider — some pause on faster roads, but I never found it lacking in feel or stopping power. Being from Brembo probably has a great deal to do with that. During my weeks with the bike, I participated in Motorcyclist’s Alley Rally event. This was the third running of the ride, which starts near downtown Los Angeles and snakes its way through the hidden roads of LA. This year’s theme was the secret dirt roads of Los Angeles, and despite some initial hesitation on my part, the Cafe Racer again proved itself to be a willing participant.ducati-scrambler-cafe-racer-ambience-02-uc67946-highEnlarge ImageBlue and silver aren’t the colors we typically associate with Ducati, but they’re working here. Ducati The inherent nimbleness of the bike allowed me to pick my way surgically through rutted dirt roads and glass-strewn alleys without fear of getting a flat tire. I had plenty of power to keep up with the myriad of bikes on the ride, ranging from KTM’s new 790 Duke to the mighty Aprilia Tuono.The biggest downside on this ride was the simple fact that the Scrambler is air-cooled and throws a ton of heat when idled for any prolonged period. Once things got moving again, it quickly became bearable once more, but had I not been wearing Kevlar-lined jeans, I’d have probably cooked the lower half of my body pretty good.The 2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is a fantastic little motorcycle, ideal as a daily rider, a willing canyon-carving companion and just as handsome as you’d like. If there is a downside to it, it’s price. You’re paying a premium for style, and not an insubstantial one, either. The Cafe Racer model starts at $11,995, and that’s before you add in any dealer fees or screw on any of the hundreds of available Ducati-sanctioned accessories.With the Scrambler line, you’re not getting the latest and greatest of anything from a tech standpoint, and you’re not on the top of any real performance heap. What you are getting, however, is an extraordinarily attractive and well-sorted package that will keep you entertained well after you’re out of your beginner rider phase. 2019 Subaru Ascent review Ducatilast_img read more

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Govt to dredge 10000km waterways Khalid

first_imgKhalid Mahmud Chowdhury. File PhotoThe government has taken a plan to dredge some 10,000 kilometres of waterways to strengthen the country’s water transport system, said state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday.”Water transport system is a cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly means of communication. But, we’re gradually losing the traditional waterways due to navigability problem,” he said.The state minister further said, “The government has taken a plan to dredge some 10,000 kilometers waterways to restore their navigability and strengthen the country’s traditional water commination system.”Khalid came up with the remarks while inaugurating the dredging work on the Bhogai-Kongso River in Purbadhala upazila of Netrokona district.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has taken the initiative to dredge 155km of the Bhogai-Kongso River from Netrokona’s Mohanganj to Sherpur’s Nalitabari to restore navigability by removing silt at a cost of Tk 1.34 billion.Khalid said a strong and effective water transport system can play an important role in the country’s socio-economic development.He said the waterways are being developed alongside the development of Chattogram, Mongla and Payra ports as part of the government’s efforts to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041. “All must get united to develop the country.”last_img read more

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Spirituality is strength of Indias humanity

first_imgSinger Kailash Kher, who has enthralled music aficionados the world over with his euphonious voice and meaningful lyrics, reflects upon the spiritual essence of India, saying the country’s art and culture makes it different from the rest of world.“Our spirituality is the strength of our humanity. Art, love and rich heritage defines us. That is why people from so-called developed countries, who have reached the extremes of development, come to India for spirituality,” said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kailash, also commented on the lack of exposure for art and music in India. “Bad product, good marketing is the only thing that is killing our strength. First, we have to eradicate poverty and educate people here before trying to improve the situation of art,” Kailash said.He also stressed on the importance of the government’s involvement in cultural events in order to give a boost to art in the country. “States, Centre, bureaucracy and people representing organisations should be a part of this culture. After education, our next focus should be art.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Education will kill poverty. Entertainment comes after that. No matter how much we glorify ourselves, we are still counted among third world nations. We have a lot to improve,” the Teri deewani hitmaker said. The singer, who performed at a concert with his band Kailasa for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to the US in September, said that Indians are emotional, and they should not get “too carried away” by the western culture. “Indians are emotional. You can’t be machines. Such people who claim to be westernized, do not even come in counting.” “We are so enamoured with western culture that we don’t realise that it is just another culture. Just don’t get too carried away. You are full of love, there’s emptiness everywhere else,” he said.The 42-year-old also weighed upon the contribution of music in bringing awareness among people while talking about the various obstacles in the path. “Music and art is bringing awareness. We don’t have real appreciation of music in the country because we are still poor. How will a hungry person appreciate music? First, we need to get rid of poverty.”He also stressed upon the need to spread positivity in the nation. “We need to spread more positivity around. We should be proud of our culture and heritage. Irrespective of who we are, we should listen to the voice of our soul and introspect, ‘What am I doing in this country and whether what I am doing is worthwile?’”last_img read more

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