Ensure peace in Darjeeling for development: Mamata

first_imgUrging the people to ensure peace in the Darjeeling hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday inaugurated a two-day Hill Business Meet in Darjeeling. “You give us peace [in Darjeeling], we will give you prosperity,” the Chief Minister told the gathering which comprised a number of industrialists from Kolkata. Announcing a special incentive of ₹100 crore for the development of industry in the hills, she said: “The bandh in the hills had caused a ₹300-crore loss to the tea industry and about a ₹1000-crore loss to the entire economy of the hills.” Ms. Banerjee was referring to the 104-day-shutdown from July to September 2017, when the hills were on the boil over a violent agitation for creation of a separate State of Gorkhaland. During her inaugural address, Ms Banerjee kept referring to the need for peace and stability in the hills. “Please ensure that there is no violence, some individual leader can gain out of it but not the youths of the hills,” she said. The Chief Minister said other than tourism and tea there is lot of scope for horticulture and IT and software industry.Full cooperation “Let’s first make a start. Our government is fully ready to help you. I can also assure you on behalf of the industrialists that they will give you full cooperation,” she said.The idea of business summit in the hills was mooted by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Benoy Tamang. Mr. Tamang was appointed chief of GTA by Ms .Banerjee when GJM president Bimal Gurung resigned from the post.PTI adds: “Darjeeling is a part of West Bengal and will continue to remain so without being separated from it. I give more importance to Darjeeling than my own constituency and will continue to do this if I am ensured that peace would be maintained here,” Ms. Banerjee said.Apart from focusing on eco-tourism and adventure tourism, the GTA is identifying heritage sites which can be converted into effective tourism products, she said.The Chief Minister also said Kurseong will be developed as an education hub, while two IT hubs would come up in Kurseong and Mirik.last_img read more

Barack Obama likely to announce drawdown of troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday

first_imgUS President Barack Obama.US President Barack Obama was likely to announce the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.However, the White House insisted that Obama has made no decision so far, but said the decision on it would be made “very soon”.”The president is still in the process of finalising his decision on the pace and scope of the drawdown that will begin in July of 2011,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.”He (Obama) is finalising his decision. He’s reviewing the options and the assessments and will have an announcement to make soon,” he said in response to a question.Diplomats from various countries in the knowhow of information being shared by the Obama Administration, said the withdrawal was likely to be equivalent to the 30,000 surge announced by Obama in December 2009. Currently there are about 100,000 US troops serving in Afghanistan.Obamas top commander for Afghanistan, General David Patraeus, is in Washington this week, giving rise to the speculation that the announcement is imminent. The Pentagon too refused to entertain questions related to the announcement.”He (Obama) has had a number of consultations with his national security team, all members from, obviously, his uniform command, his civilian leadership, rather, all the principals on the national security team. He is continuing those consultations and will have an announcement soon,” Carney said.He said there has been significant progress in disrupting or halting the momentum of the Taliban and in stabilising Afghanistan and the government to allow Afghan national security forces to build up, to train and prepare for taking over the lead.advertisement”We have made significant progress towards achieving those goals. Obviously, the most sensational and significant data point in that progress, of that progress, is the elimination of Osama bin Laden. But, there has been enormous progress in disrupting and dismantling al-Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region beyond and below Laden,” the official said.”So he looks at this decision as a part of a process, of a policy he put in motion in December of 2009. He said at the time that he would begin the drawdown of the surge forces in July of 2011. That will happen; the pace and scope of that will depend on his assessment of how far we have come in achieving the goals that he set out,” he added.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Jamaica poised to become regions Top Cruise Destination

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, February 8, 2017 – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hosting of the six largest ships in the world is proof that the island is poised to become the region’s number one cruise destination.Mr. Bartlett, who recently returned from a five-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where he attended an important meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Council of Tourism Ministers and Commissioners, said having the world’s largest cruise vessels simultaneously calling on a single destination is a rarity and something of which Jamaicans should be proud.“This speaks of the unwavering support the cruise lines have for Jamaica and our tourism product,” he told JIS News.  “We have to remember that we are in a very competitive region where these ships can go anywhere. There is nothing in the rule book that says they have to come to Jamaica. The fact that we have these large and expensive mega liners calling at our ports should tell us that we have come a long way and should continue to build on our tourism offerings,” he noted further.Currently, the Port of Falmouth is hosting the three largest cruise ships in the world – Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, which are all Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) vessels.  Ocho Rios is hosting the Norwegian Epic, the Norwegian Pearl and the Carnival Vista.  A fourth ship in the RCCL’s Oasis luxury fleet, which is under construction and set to replace Harmony of the Seas as the biggest ship in the world, could be added to Jamaica’s itinerary in November 2018.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Falmouth Port, which is easily the largest in the region, has the capacity to accommodate all the Oasis class vessels.  “Popular destinations like the Cayman Islands, where at best the ships would have to be tendered, can make no such claim.  The onus is now on us to create the kind of environment where we can fully capitalize on having these large vessels calling on our ports,” he pointed out.The Tourism Minister said the beautification work being carried out in Falmouth is very important, adding that “we have to ensure that the people of Falmouth also benefit from what is happening in the town.  We also have to ensure that when the visitors get off the ships their expectations of a day in Jamaica are fully realized,” he added.  “We want to see them walking the streets and interacting freely. It is very important that we make their stay as enjoyable as possible where they can become future stopover visitors,” he said.The work in Falmouth, being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), includes cleaning, landscaping, planting of flowers, social and community outreach, and the enforcement of public-order statutes.  Minister Bartlett noted the recent meeting with cruise line owners in Miami, led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “a turning point” for the island’s cruise sector.“That was the meeting where Mickey Arison, the owner of Carnival Cruises, the biggest cruise line in the world, made the point that it was the first time he could recall having a Jamaican Prime Minister attending one of their meetings and also the importance of having discussions at that level,” Mr. Bartlett explained.   “I personally left that meeting knowing that the onus is now on us to deliver and not to disappoint,” he added. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force investigation updates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last night (Tuesday 14th November 2017) around 6:18 pm on South Dock Road, Providenciales where a 23-year-old female lone passenger of a Silver Nissan Murano succumbed to injuries after the vehicle collided into a wall.Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances that caused the accident and the exact cause of the death.The RT&CIPF are appealing for any witnesses to this accident to contact them.ArrestsDetectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and have successfully arrested and charged numerous persons.As a result of investigations, On Thursday 5th October 2017, an 18-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Cannabis, Handling Stolen Goods, Burglary and Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority.   He was taken to court and is remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).Also on Friday 20th October, a 40 year old male of Grand Turk was arrested and given 30 charges (10 counts of Forgery, 10 counts of Theft of a Chose in action and 10 counts of Uttering Forged document) in connection with reports made on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 19th October 2017 by two different complainants. He was taken to court and given bail.On Tuesday 7th November 2017, two males of Providenciales, ages 17 and 22 years old were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs namely Cannabis. Both were taken to court and given bail.A 25-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with Burglary in connection with a report made on Friday 13th October 2017.   He was taken to court and also given bail.Two (2) males of Providenciales, ages 22 and 26 years old were arrested for numerous serious offences after a report was made on Tuesday 18th July 2017. On Monday 6th November, The twenty-two year old was arrested and later charged with three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.   He was taken to court and later remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.   The twenty-six year old was arrested on Thursday 9th October 2017 on suspicion of Robbery, Kidnapping and rape.   He is remanded in police custody for fourteen (14 days) orders of the court.Also, a 34-year-old male of Providenciales is presently in Police custody after he was arrested on Tuesday 14th November 2017 on suspicion of Robbery and Attempted Murder in connection with a report made on 11th October 2010.On Friday 10th November 2017, Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a male of Nassau Bahamas for Uttering Forged in connection with a report made on the 4th August 2017.   He is presently on $50,000 police bail.Press Release: RT&CIPf Related Items:last_img read more

CWC 2018 Espérance takes the Fifth Place

first_imgEsperánce de Tunis defeated Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks to take the Fifth Place of the FIFA Club World CupEspérance Sportif de Tunis took home the Fifth Place of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks.The match was played before 5,883 fans in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the city of Al Ain, in the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman.Chivas Guadalajara took advantage very early in the match after Sameh Derbali fouled Angel Zaldivar in the area for a penalty kick, three minutes after kick-off.Walter Sandoval took the ball and scored the first goal of the match for Guadalajara.The game continued until Franck Kom shot in direction of the Mexican goal and Josecarlos Van Ranking deflected the ball with his hand for a new penalty kick, now against Guadalajara.Mohamed Belaili took the shot and tied things up 1-1.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…The second half was an awful display of football, and after 90 minutes and two players less for Esperance, they were sent-off after various fouls, the game went into penalty kicks.Here the Tunisian club was smarter and ended up winning after eight shots from both teams.This is the first time Esperance ends up in Fifth Place, after losing to Mexican club Monterrey in 2011 and staying in Sixth.Meanwhile, Club Deportivo Guadalajara had the worst participation by a Mexican team by ending up in sixth place out of seven teams.#CWC18: @ESTuniscom took home Fifth Place and their fans couldn’t be happier. pic.twitter.com/pNBGrwshJc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Marvin Sapp Scores Another No 1 Gospel Album With Close

first_imgThe gospel star teamed with Rodney Jerkins, Kirk Franklin and R. Kelly for latest chart-topping LPTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 9, 2017 – 2:05 pm GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Marvin Sapp is on a roll. His 11th studio album, Close, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, making it his fifth consecutive album to top that chart.Sapp previously scored gospel chart-toppers with You Shall Live (2015), I Win (2012), Here I Am, and Thirsty (2007) — each of which, with the exception of You Shall Live, received a GRAMMY nomination.”This music, these songs, are birthed out of my life and testimony,” Sapp described Close. “They are my lifeline to God. That God would use me to help provide a lifeline to so many others is remarkable.” https://twitter.com/marvinsapp/status/917430226094821376 Close features collaborations with GRAMMY-winning songwriter Aaron Lindsey as well as production by a trio of GRAMMY winners: Rodney Jerkins (“You And Me Together” featuring Erica Campbell and Izze Williams), Kirk Franklin (“Kind God”) and R. Kelly (“Listen”).Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar To Perform On “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends”Read more Email Twitter Facebook News Marvin Sapp Scores Another No. 1 Gospel Album With ‘Close’ Marvin Sapp: ‘Close’ Tops Gospel Albums Chart marvin-sapp-scores-another-no-1-gospel-album-closelast_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of July 22, 2018:Address: 23-R Boutwell StreetPrice: $799,900Buyer: Thomas D. Poeck & Arlene C. PoeckSeller: Debra A. Goldberg, Trustee for Golden RTDate: 7/26/18Use: Res. UDv LandLot Size: 27,878 sfAddress: 3 Brattle StreetPrice: $440,000Buyer: Mark JakubowiczSeller: Joanne M. Stafford & Scott D. StaffordDate: 7/26/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 7,405 sfAddress: 404 Chestnut StreetPrice: $639,900Buyer: Jonathan M. Grau & Alexis S. GrauSeller: Michael McCool, Trustee for 404 Chestnut Street RTDate: 7/27/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651 sfAddress: 8 Drury LanePrice: $520,000Buyer: Carl R. Jenkins & Candace HankardSeller: Lindsay M. Redin & Jason Abou-ZakiDate: 7/27/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 17,424 sfAddress: 19 Evans DrivePrice: $545,000Buyer: Sean W. Condon & Diana M. CondonSeller: Laurence C. Gormley Sr. & Nancy L. GormleyDate: 7/23/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651 sfAddress: 17 Hobson AvenuePrice: $445,000Buyer: Catherine J. MaiellaSeller: Matthew R. Leahy & Lindsay C. LeahyDate: 7/27/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 7,841 sfAddress: 6 King StreetPrice: $705,000Buyer: Dawson J. MertzSeller: Richard J. Wills & Catherine S. WillsDate: 7/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 17,860 sfAddress: 8 Serenoa LanePrice: $730,000Buyer: Richard J. Wills & Catherine S. WillsSeller: Richard C. Lyford, Trustee for Serenoa Lane RTDate: 7/25/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 24,829 sfAddress: 288 Shawsheen AvenuePrice: $451,900Buyer: Shannen M. Gleason & Kyle A. YostSeller: Lisa K. NyeDate: 7/26/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 29,621 sfAddress: 719 Woburn StreetPrice: $455,000Buyer: Darya B. Maslova & Richard FerrariSeller: Dylan Conn & Jamie ConnDate: 7/26/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 16,988 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 2018 Mr Mrs WHS Contest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its 15th Annual Mr. & Mrs. WHS competition on Wednesday, October 17. The event, sponsored by the Class of 2021 and the Mentor Program, was hosted by Tatiana De Oliveira and Josh D’Angelo.Congratulations to the winners, Joe Consorti and Hannah LaVita. Other contestants included: Ethan Karnesky, Matt Thomas, Aidan Briere, Jomei DeMonico, Allyson Buckley, Patrick O’Mahony, Patrick Xavier, and Owen Surrette.Watch the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——(NOTE: Cover photo from advisor Tracey Kassin’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”last_img read more

Bangladesh needs 12b fix fashion giants in rights drive

first_imgFive years ago this week, just after thousands of garment workers had settled in behind their sewing machines, a poorly built eight-story Bangladeshi factory complex called Rana Plaza buckled and collapsed. More than 1,130 people, mostly young women, died; 2,500 were injured, reports Reuters.In the years since the worst disaster ever in the apparel industry, Bangladesh has become a laboratory for testing factory safety. Western brands and retailers that source low-priced clothing in Bangladesh have inspected 2,300 active factories and pressured suppliers to make real improvements. Dozens of shoddily built facilities have closed altogether.But the Bangladesh experiment has been only partially successful. The European and American companies limited their reach and left thousands of factories untouched. The Bangladeshi government, meanwhile, has demonstrated little willingness to change its lackadaisical attitude toward regulation. Millions of garment workers remain at risk, especially those working for subcontractors-small second- and third-tier factories often completely unknown to Western brands.The turmoil in the wake of Rana Plaza constituted a public relations crisis for Western brands and retailers. Some 250 companies have formed a pair of initiatives: the European-dominated Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, whose leadership includes trade unions, and the American-led Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. These groups inspect factories, oversee remediation of safety problems, and collectively cut off any suppliers that fail to comply.Within their self-assigned jurisdictions – defined as the body of factories with which their members directly do business – the Accord and the Alliance have performed impressively. The Accord reports that 85 per cent of the hazards its inspectors identified have been fixed. These include blocked exits, inadequate sprinkler systems, faulty electrical wiring, and unstable support pillars. The Alliance reports an 88 per cent remediation rate.Catastrophic accidents have declined in Bangladesh. In 2013, there were 17 accidents, including Rana Plaza, that resulted in five or more deaths and/or 10 injured workers. Each year from 2014 through 2017, this number has hovered between two and five such accidents, according to data analysis contained in a new report by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.But the mission of making factories safe in Bangladesh isn’t even close to done. The Accord and Alliance will not continue indefinitely. The Alliance plans to wrap up its work by the end of 2018. The Accord will renew its mandate every six months, but only through mid-2021. At some point, the factories that the two initiatives have overseen will return to the supervision of the Bangladeshi government, which is notorious for having ignored death traps like Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions, where a November 2012 fire killed 112.Subcontractors present a big challenge. These smaller shops help “mother” factories handle sudden volume increases and changed orders. No one has an exact count of subcontractors, most of which operate with little or no regulation. While the NYU Stern Center estimates that there may be as many as 3,000 of these factories, the government denies a subcontracting system even exists.But on a recent fact-finding trip, researchers from the NYU Stern Center visited two subcontracting factories of 150 and 200 workers each. They weren’t hard to find. At one, the owner told of receiving a list of fire-safety mandates from a government inspector. The owner said he’d lost the list and, in any event, didn’t have the money to install sprinklers or a fire alarm. He didn’t seem in the least concerned.It’s vital that the Bangladeshi government recognises the presence of garment subcontractors – as well as its larger long-term duty to regulate the industry with vigour. In the short term, though, those with an interest in the country’s apparel business ought to band together and finance a task force devoted to finishing the work the Accord and Alliance have begun.A “shared responsibility” task force could seek to address human rights challenges by means of the collective action of major stakeholders. Variations on the model have been used for years by international organizations that convene donor conferences to respond to refugee crises. In the supply-chain context, the goal ought to be protecting workers and spreading the benefits of globalisation more evenly.The task force should be Bangladeshi-led and include Western brands and retailers that have profited from selling Bangladeshi-made clothes. Western governments also need to step up, recognizing that their citizens benefit from the opportunity to buy these clothes at low prices. Traditional international funding agencies like the World Bank also ought to do much more to protect the workers in this sector. There is a role for private philanthropies, too.A rough estimate of how much such a task force should seek to raise is $1.2 billion. This represents an approximation of the number of factories that haven’t been renovated multiplied by $250,000 – a ballpark figure for an average remediation.Whatever budget the task force sets for itself, the amount should be understood as paying for the attainment of safety today. Once current gaps have been addressed, responsibility ought to shift to the government of Bangladesh. The fifth anniversary of Rana Plaza calls for a renewed and collective commitment to a safe and secure garment industry.According to British charity War on Want, garments exports account for 80 per cent of Bangladesh’s total export revenue, reports AFP.But even today, garments workers’ rights remain far from guaranteed, with many working 14 to 16 hour days at some of Bangladesh’s 4,500 factories, the organisation says.- ‘Never again’? -As Western consumers grow more socially and environmentally conscious, the fashion houses that have long relied on factories like those in the Rana Plaza have battled to redeem themselves.Primark, for one, says it “continues to support those who were affected and … has contributed a total of over $14 million in aid and compensation”.It also says it launched a programme of building inspections “to assess its suppliers’ factories against international standards” six weeks after the building collapse, and that it “remains committed” to improving the Bangladeshi garment industry as a whole.Swedish retail giant H&M, which says it never used the Rana Plaza factories to produce garments, is nonetheless committed to ensuring greater “social and environmental progress” in Bangladesh.On 19 April, H&M said in a statement that 450,000 textile workers at 227 factories in Bangladesh that produce garments for its stores worldwide “are now represented by democratically elected representatives”.The role of these representatives is to “speak on behalf of the workers when discussions are held about for example working hours, working conditions, health and security issues”, the statement said.- ‘Appalling’ conditions -More broadly, the International Labour Organisation launched a programme following the disaster, to “enhance safety in factories so that the country should never again experience a tragedy like the Rana Plaza collapse”.The ILO programme includes training for local producers in chemical safety, inspection of over 1,500 factories for building and fire safety, labour inspection, and an improved culture of safety in the workplace.Celine Choain, a garment industry specialist at the Paris-based Kea Partners consultancy, said that while there has definitely been progress, much remains to be done.”The incident definitely acted as a catalyst for brands” to put in place changes in the way they produce their garments, Choain told AFP.She noted that two thirds of the 1,700 Bangladeshi factories inspected following an ILO-sponsored safety agreement successfully corrected 75 per cent of the breaches that were identified.However, wages remain dismally low, according to War on Want, which last week described working conditions for the vast majority of Bangladesh’s garment factory workers as “appalling”.Many garment workers earn little more than the minimum wage of 5,300 taka ($65, 53 euros) per month.last_img read more

Bangladeshi women in Italy fight for gender rights

first_imgSecond-generation Bangladeshi women are finding it easier to shake off traditional stereotypes. Photo: DWThe Bangladeshi community in Italy is the second largest in Europe. However, many women are still struggling to adapt, not least because of their husbands, reports Deutsche Welle.As soon as the sun fades behind the concrete blocks surrounding Malatesta Square, groups of women dressed in colourful shalwar trousers emerge, seeking some relief from the warm Italian summer.”Two days after I arrived here from Bangladesh, I started crying,” says Sumi, 25, scratching her hijab. She just got married to her cousin, who works as a baker in Italy.When he proposed marriage, Sumi was initially happy to relocate to a foreign country. “I thought we would visit Pompei,” she says.For now, they have no opportunity to travel. Her husband works at night, so life has become quite tedious: she sleeps in the morning, cooks for him in the afternoon and occasionally manages to meet her aunts.Sumi earned a law degree in Bangladesh and is keen to find a job — against her husband’s wishes: “He said ‘No, you are a housewife.'””The majority of Bangladeshi men want to coop up women,” says Salma Akhter Zaman, “otherwise they would open their eyes and realise they have rights.”Zaman also comes from Bangladesh and has worked as a cultural mediator in hospitals, schools and public offices. She says attending language classes is the best way for the newcomers to dive into Italian society. “But some husbands even refuse those. They fear that their wives might become more independent.”A minority within a minorityAccording to the interior ministry, almost 140,000 Bangladeshis live in Italy with a permit, the second-largest community in Europe after Britain.Francesco Pompeo, an anthropologist who studies their lives in Rome, estimates that the real number is higher: “A third of them has no regular residency permit,” he says. There are currently just over 38,000 women, accounting for less than a third of the community.”They are generally young wives who came here to reunite with their husbands,” say researchers Katiuscia Carna and Sara Rossetti, authors of the book Kotha — Bangladeshi women in the changing city of Rome.Migrant men reaching Europe in search of profitable employment are called ‘Probashi’ — essentially expats. After a few years abroad, their families find them a wife and arrange a marriage in Bangladesh.When they come home and meet their future brides, their tales get embellished, so that the pride of their communities remains intact. “Migration is a family project, and those who travel usually represent their gems,” says Rosetti.A harsher reality often awaits in Italy. Many leave large, cohesive families behind and end up sharing small houses with other couples or single men.Since their husbands work hard and come home only to eat and sleep, the world of these women shrinks to the size of their tiny bedrooms.’My job gave me a boost’Sultana opened the first traditional fashion shop as a way to assert herself. Photo: DW”I was dead inside. Italians had their friends and families. I had nobody,” says Sultana, 46, behind a counter covered with neatly folded saris and full ankle-length skirts known as lehengas.Loneliness prompted Sultana to open the first traditional fashion shop in the neighbourhood of Tor Pignattara 18 years ago. “The shop gave me a boost,” she says. “Many women now pass by. It’s like having an extended family.”She readily recognises that the support of her husband Nurum was pivotal. “I was freer than the others also because he has always believed in me.”In the same neighbourhood, self-support organisations are being created to help fellow Bangladeshi women. On a Thursday night, the charity Mahila Samaj Kalyan Samity meets at Laila fashion, another traditional clothes shop near Sultana’s.In four days time, the association will hold a community picnic under the Marmore waterfall. The shop’s staff have already booked two buses.”We simply try to help our fellow women,” says Laila Shah, 46, who chairs the association. She believes that men still exert too much control over their wives. “Language and a lack of jobs: these are the issues the women face in this community.” According to the interior ministry just over 10 per cent of the 38,000 women work regularly.The next generation”I would love to see Bangladeshi women smoking and hanging out at night because that would tear stereotypes apart,” says Sahila Mahiuddin, 28. When Sahila speaks passionately, she waves her arms around in the most typical Italian way.Her family raised her as an open-minded woman. When her mother granted her permission to stay out at night, she gave her a simple piece of advice: “Hide from other community members.””Bangladeshis are obsessed with ‘Manush ki bolbe,’ which means ‘What will people say,'” Sahila says. She’s worked as a cultural mediator and insists that this attitude leads to harassment and violence among some couples that is usually covered up.Like many of her fellow second-generation Bangladeshi-Italians, Sahila loves the culture of her family, but cannot stand prejudices and stereotypes. “[The Prophet] Muhammad’s first wife was a skilled merchant, so those men who use religion to justify their sexism are mere opportunists.”She says that things are slowly changing, with Bangladeshi women working as caregivers, cultural mediators, waitresses and even as hairdressers.Today, the rebellious years of fighting her mother are behind her. She graduated from La Sapienza University, got married to a Bangladeshi man and now works in a fiscal advisory service.But her feelings haven’t changed: “When I think about my future as a mother, I just want my children to be as free as they can.”last_img read more

DU faces dengue detection kits shortage 8 more diagnosed

first_imgA student of Dhaka University’s political science department has been suffering from dengue for last 10 days. He is being treated at the university’s medical centre. Photo: Prothom AloThe authorities of Dhaka University have shut down dengue fever detection activities following a shortage of kits.On the other hand, eight more students were diagnosed with the mosquito-transmitted virus dengue taking the toll to so far 21 on the second day (Thursday) of the dengue test, making a huge outcry among the student communities on the campus.The university’s chief medical officer (CMO) Sarwar Jahan said that the Dhaka University jointly with Bangladesh Association of Clinical Biochemists had begun the initiative of detecting dengue patients.The physicians at the university medical centre, he added, identified 13 dengue patients among 168 students on the first day (Wednesday) of the test while eight more were diagnosed on Thursday.“The dengue test activities were shut down for weekend (Friday and Saturday). The activities will remain closed for Monday as well due to a shortage of test kits,” Sarwar Jahan added.The associate organisation has said that they are out of kits, said Sarwar adding, “When contacted, the government departments concerned also said no kits would be available before 6 August.”Earlier on 26 July, Dhaka University’s finance department student Firoz Kabir died of dengue fever that panicked the entire student community on the campus.Following the outcry, the authorities decided to test dengue among the university students.last_img read more

Less Than Two Weeks After Santa Fe Shooting Gov Greg Abbott To

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Governor Greg Abbott convenes the third of three roundtable discussions on school safety and student mental health issues, at the Capitol in Austin on May 24, 2018.Gov. Greg Abbott will announce a plan Wednesday to make Texas schools safer in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe shooting, according to his office.Abbott is set to unveil the set of proposals during two events, one in the morning in Dallas and the other in the afternoon in San Marcos. They come less than two weeks after the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead. Abbott’s plan will follow three school safety roundtables he held last week at the Capitol, soliciting input from victims, parents, teachers, lawmakers, law enforcement officials and other experts. Abbott tweeted Friday night that he would “soon announce many substantive details that can be implemented before the next school year begins.” Abbott’s proposals are expected to fall into two categories: those that can be implemented immediately and those that the Legislature will have to consider the next time it convenes. Lawmakers are not due to return to Austin until January, though Abbott has not ruled out calling a special session to bring them back earlier.last_img read more

University Plagued By Racial Issues to Host Event at Black Museum

first_imgWhen American University (AU) revealed the venue for its Annual Founder’s Day Ball, students at the predominately White institution in Washington, D.C., had mixed reactions. The dance party is scheduled at the National Museum of African American History & Culture on the evening of Mar. 3.Founder’s Day Ball is an annual party that celebrates the founding of AU. The Student Government takes the lead on hosting the dance party every year. Both the president and vice president of Student Government for this year are African Americans.The National Museum of African American History & Culture, which was recently featured on a stamp, will host an American University party. The school has had a number of troubling racial incidents. (Courtesy photo)In recent years, the event has been held at museums such as the Newseum, the National Portrait Gallery and National Air and Space Museum. But this year’s venue has faced some criticism from both faculty and students alike.Merdie Nzanga, a former African American AU student who now attends Howard University, told the AFRO she had “mixed feelings.”“I think it could be an opportunity for the African American community to really educate people,” Nzanga said, “while at the same time I see a bunch of spoiled, rich racist White liberal AU kids not really understanding the meaning of Emmett Till’s casket.”Nzanga acknowledges the different sides of the situation.“On one side, I think it’s bad because … I don’t really think people understand or take African American history and culture seriously at AU due to the racial tension, and the other part of me … I genuinely think it could be an opportunity for people to learn from their ignorance,” Nzanga told the AFRO.AU has had a number of racial-bias incidents on its campus. In May 2017, multiple bananas were hung from nooses on the first day the first African American woman took office as Student Government President. In September 2017, 10 Confederate flag fliers were found across AU with cotton stuck to them.For these reasons, Nzanga said having “closeted racists” at the museum is not appropriate. “I don’t appreciate people using [the museum] solely for entertainment… having these kids there is really not appropriate.”Nzanga added it would be a different scenario if an HBCU had its parties at the museums. “Because … African Americans at HBUC’s understand the history of our culture.”But Tamara Young, an African American student at AU, didn’t expect the negative reaction from people when the venue was announced.“I love the location…It’s a really hard museum to get into, and so it’s the opportunity for people who haven’t been to the museum to visit,” Young told the AFRO.  “The museum has events all the time so I didn’t really see an issue about the location.”Young added that even if some students at AU don’t respect the culture, their attendance to the dance couldn’t be regulated. “It’s a slippery slope, and it’s [kind of] hard to navigate that,” Young said.Like Nzanga, Young said she hopes it’ll be an educational experience for some people who are not aware about Black culture.Thery Sanon, an African American student at AU, shares Young’s sentiments on the location for the dance.“I feel like we’re spending too much time worrying about our white peers being problematic and forgetting the fact that we are still going to have fun,” Sanon told the {AFRO} in a statement.Sanon added that he knows students from all races who don’t feel comfortable going to the dance because of the venue, fearing something will go wrong. “Everyone [who’s] going knows that this is a possibility, but this should not detract from how lit this year’s Founders is going to be,” Sanon said.last_img read more