UN wants to negotiate with US Canada to resettle Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child smiles at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters on Thursday.”UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities concerned, including in the United States,” Kubo said.”Regardless of the change in government or government policies, I think UNHCR has a clear responsibility to pursue a protection-oriented resettlement programme.”Kubo said 1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.”Resettlement will always be a challenging thing because only a small number of resettlement opportunities are being allocated by the international community at the moment,” Kubo said in an interview. “But it’s our job to try to consult with respective countries based on the protection and humanitarian needs of these individuals.”H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the resettlement proposal was “unrealistic” due to reluctance in the United States and Europe to take further Muslim refugees.Reuters reported this month that officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea were increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees had fallen through.Canada, Australia and the United States were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012. A Bangladesh government official said it was feared the programme would encourage more people from Myanmar to use it as a transit country to seek asylum in the West.Canada has said it would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, an order since suspended by a U.S. district judge.HOPING FOR ACCESSA Rohingya refugee girl wipes her eyes as she cries at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid.Kubo said he had asked Bangladesh to give the UN access to all the refugees who have recently arrived, adding that UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx.Hasina adviser Imam said providing aid to the new refugees and its citizens was the responsibility of the government.Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on Oct. 9 had now ended.A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Feb. 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity.Two UN sources have separately told Reuters that more than 1,000 Rohingya may have been killed in the crackdown.Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in.”We’re now hoping for immediate access to the affected areas in northern Rakhine as soon as possible with our resources, our protection expertise,” Kubo said. “That will also have a positive impact on what is happening in Bangladesh at the moment.”last_img read more

Full Show Flu Season In Houston And Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Jan

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share On Friday’s Houston Matters: Houston officials say there have been five flu-related deaths in the region since November. How bad is this flu season compared to previous years? We talk it over.Also this hour: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the importance of cosmic collisions — none of us would be here without them, he says — and about the challenges facing science these days. Tyson speaks at Jones Hall on Monday (Jan. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in an event hosted by Society for the Performing Arts.Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we talk with Houston runner Lisa Thompson, who despite being legally blind, is preparing to run in this weekend’s Chevron Houston Marathon.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

Raising the drama quotient through art

first_imgThe exhibition curated by Amal and Rahaab Allana has two sections, one deals with film stills and film memorabilia of cinema from the 1940s to 70s, the second section showcases the work of nine contemporary artists who have been inspired by Bollywood films and have created artworks which are stimulating and thought provoking.Filmy Jagat is a cinema archive of the 1940’s-70’s comprising of a personal scrape book, lobby cards, songbooks and other film memorabilia. M.F. Hussain’s involvement with Bollywood has had many dimensions through the decades. A contemporary artwork entitled Culture of the Street showcases a magnificent portfolio of 20 of his photographs replete with enormous hoardings that are an integral part of Chennai’s streets. Arpana Caur’s take on the Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shree 420 poster, Kanchan Chander’s Bollywood heroines; along with newcomers like Bharti Verma, Rahul Kumar, Shirley Bhatnagar, Aban Raza, Rajiv Gautam and Sharmistha Dutta assert the dynamic presence of Bollywood in our daily lives.The other section features contemporary artwork where Art Heritage has invited young artists to respond to the dynamic presence of Bollywood in our daily lives through a variety of mediums. More often than not, it is the film hoarding, the poster and the film stills, i.e. the iconic images along with the technology used to promote films that has excited the imagination of contemporary artists in this particular show.last_img read more

35yearold woman killed in accident

first_imgKolkata: A chaos broke out on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway on Sunday morning following a road accident in which a 35-year-old woman was killed.An irate mob went on rampage, ransacking a police vehicle following the accident.Locals staged a demonstration and put a road block at Padalara village in Purulia at around 6 am protesting against the reckless driving of vehicles.The victim has been identified as Bisakha Mahata (35). She was walking along the road to get drinking water from a nearby area at the time of the accident. According to police, the woman was hit by a pickup van at Padalara village on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAnother woman Pranati Mahata, who was accompanying the victim, also received injuries in the accident.Eyewitnesses told police that the Raghunathpur-bound pickup van was running at a high speed when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it knocked down the victim.Bisakha Mahata died on the spot as she received critical injuries on various parts of her body. The accused driver fled the spot along with the vehicle. Locals rushed the injured victim to a local hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter being informed police reached the spot and recovered the body of the deceased. A heated altercation broke out between the police and the villagers, some of whom ransacked a police jeep.The incident caused traffic jam in the area for nearly an hour. A huge contingent of police later rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.Senior police officers assured the villagers that the accused driver would soon be arrested and action would be taken against vehicles flouting traffic norms.last_img read more

KMC No renewal of licence for business in dilapidated buildings

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will not issue fresh licence or renew the same for carrying out business in dangerous buildings in the city.The proposal was recently passed at the meeting of the Member Mayor in Council (MMiC) that was presided over by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. “It is expected to get the nod at the monthly meeting of the KMC on Tuesday and then we will forward it to the state government for its final nod. We have to amend our 1980 Act regarding issuance and renewal of the license to make this effective,” an official of the Building department of the civic body said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere are around 3,000 dangerous buildings in the city and a number of them are dilapidated. Many of them are used for business purposes. There are shops as well as bazaars that these buildings happen to house. “If such a dangerous building collapses, then it may prove fatal for both the buyers and the sellers. In recent times, there have been a number of cases of caving in of dangerous buildings and a few deaths too. So we have decided to act tough on this for the safety of the citizens,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has been decided that the database of the dangerous buildings will be shared with the license department of the civic body. Until the KMC declares any such building safe, the license department will not renew its licence. If a building is declared safe after repair and the traders apply for license, the officers of the licence department will visit the same before the issuance. According to sources in the Building department, there are a number of dangerous buildings in Borough I, II, III, IV and V and also in VII, VIII and IX where such business activities are held. The roads in which such buildings are situated include Lenin Sarani, Strand Road, Strand Bank Road, William Lane, Kali Krishna Tagore Street, Kalakar Street, Belieghata Main Road to name a few. The KMC is also planning to make fire insurance of traders mandatory in issuance or renewal of licence.last_img read more

Will the Art of the Signature Be Lost in the Digital Age

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 1, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, I am amazed at how much time I spend online. Whether I am writing a post for this site or my own blog — Ready4Air — banking or sending emails, I write frequently, yet most of the time I never put pen to paper. And while I love my computer, I realize that sometimes I miss the feeling of a pen in my hand rolling across a smooth surface.When I was a teen, I used to practice my signature all the time. My name, Deborah J. Mitchell, was written on any empty white space you could find in my notebooks. I carefully crafted a large capital D and scribbled the remaining letters of Deborah, then a robust letter J for my middle name, Joyce, topped off with an M that resembled a giant W to start off my last name, Mitchell.Related: What Your Handwriting May Reveal About Your Confidence, Creativity and Health (Infographic)This was going to be my fancy signature for when I grew up and had a job, and I did use it. It became my “signature” signature, and I loved it. But I must admit, I don’t use my written signature as much these days. So when I read that a new study of 1,000 U.S. adults reveals that 30 percent of millennials ages 18 to 34 admit they have a “flexible signature,” I wasn’t surprised. The study by RightSignature, which provides electronic signature software, revealed that 64 percent of these adults say it’s because they use a computer all the time, and rarely put pen to paper. While 61 percent of U.S. adults said they sign something on paper at least once a week, 49 percent admit they sign in a hurry, and 30 percent just scribble something and don’t really think about it. Ninety-one percent remember practicing their signature when they were younger, but 45 percent of those ages 18 to 24 said they never learned penmanship, compared to 24 percent over 55.I only recently learned how to recreate my written signature in electronic form when I needed to sign off on a project immediately and email it back to a client. With a little help from my IT guy, I was able to write my name and copy and paste it onto the online document.  Related: E-Signatures Streamline the Contract ProcessSimilar to the electronic site I used, RightSignature’s online technology allows customers to create a custom signature on documents that looks like it was created with pen and paper. RightSignature spokesman Steve Stormoen says, “When you’re signing with a pen and paper, a consistent signature is important. Without even the most basic electronic security measures, the signature’s consistent appearance is the only way to establish the identity of the individual.” There is no doubt the electronic signature on the document was mine. However, looking at it, my lifelong signature seemed foreign. I reminded myself of those writers who refused to make the transition from using a typewriter to a computer, claiming that the words flowed better on the typewriter. I know my written signature online is the same, I just miss the process of getting it from here to there. Like those writers, I will eventually come around. “The handwritten signature is an ancient symbol of uniqueness, authenticity, and trust,” Stormoen says. “Today, we write emails instead of letters and even do our most sensitive banking online, but there’s still room in the world for an honest, handwritten signature in the world of e-signature software.”As an entrepreneur, how often do you pick up a pen and put it to paper?Related: 5 Reasons You Should Make the Switch to Electronic Signature Technology Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min readlast_img read more

StokeonTrent holidaymakers warned as Spains terror threat raised to severe for summer

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStokie holidaymakers booked to travel to Spain for a summer getaway are being warned the country’s terror threat has been raised to ‘severe’. Intelligence on terrorist group ISIS has led Spanish police to scale up their presence in tourist hot spots such as Barcelona, Madrid and Brit favourite Benidorm. The anti-terror operation, known as Operation Summer, will see an extra 40,000 officers stationed in key destinations. Tourists heading top Spain are now being urged to be ‘vigilant’. Spain’s terror threat level was bumped up to four out of five, with  the Daily Star reporting  that the British Foreign Office say attacks are ‘likely’. It comes two years after vehicles were deliberately driven at pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas area of Barcelona – killing 13 people and injuring another 130. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Terrorists targeted Las Ramblas, Barcelona, in 2017 Operation Summer aims to “take full action to obtain information in order to prevent terrorist acts” while also “reinforcing security measures at events and places that will attract a large number of people”. The government’s travel advice for Spain on the Foreign Office website says: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Read MoreThe UK Foreign Office issues travel advice to British holiday makers going abroad (including Spain, Egypt and Greece)   “The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities. “On August 17/18, 2017, there were two terrorist-related incidents where vehicles were driven directly at pedestrians, resulting in injuries and loss of life. These were in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona and Cambrils, near Salou (100km southwest of Barcelona).” Read MoreTesco prankster ‘swaps labels on meat and vegetarian meals’ – and shoppers are NOT happy   It adds: “Spanish police have disrupted a number of groups suspected of recruiting individuals to travel to Syria and Iraq from 2015 to the present date. Some of them expressed an intention to carry out attacks in Europe. “There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

Jack Ma defends the extreme 996 work culture in Chinese tech firms

first_imgIt was just last month when Chinese developers protested over the “996 work schedule” on GitHub. The “996” work culture refers to an unofficial work schedule that requires employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week, totaling up to 60 hours of work per week. The site, 996icu, that went viral last month, also called out to companies such as Youzan and Jingdong, who both follow the 996 work rule. One such example given was of a Jingdong PR who posted on their maimai ( Chinese business social network) account that “(Our culture is to devote ourselves with all our hearts (to achieve the business objectives)”, defending the 996 work culture. Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, is also among the ones who believe in promoting the 12-hour, 6-day week working schedule. Ma defended the Chinese 996 tech-life on Alibaba’s WeChat account, last week, and chastised people wanting a balanced and typical eight-hour work shift. “In this world, everyone wants success, wants a nice life, wants to be respected. Let me ask everyone if you don’t put out more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?” Compared to them, up to this day, I still feel lucky, I don’t regret (working 12 hour days), I would never change this part of me”, states Ma. Other companies to support Ma includes JD.com Inc., whose chief executive, Richard Liu, said that although he wouldn’t force people to work 996, however, people who have slacked off are not his “brothers”, reports Bloomberg. “Many people just want to buy a car and buy a house for Mom and Dad. This is very important, but I think you should have this ideal…some things that you are willing to do can help your child to be more blessed and help you to be blessed. Isn’t it a good thing? This requires 996”, states Ma. Jack Ma’s remarks in defense of the 996 work schedule have again ignited uproar among people who strictly disapprove of this extreme over-time work environment in Chinese tech companies. Many have pointed out how promoting “996 work culture” in the name of “devotion” and “hard work” is blatantly ignoring the consequences of such gladiatorial work environment on employees. Unbearable pressure and unrealistic demands from employees often lead to them being depressed, over-fatigued, burned out, and in worst cases, suicidal. For instance, during February 2015, Foxconn forced its employees to work overtime, which resulted in occasional karoshi (death due to job-related exhaustion) and suicide. Public reaction to Jack Ma’s approval of 996 work culture has been largely negative, with people condemning Ma for his utter ignorance towards the issue: Read Next Chinese tech companies don’t want to hire employees over 30 years of age Alibaba’s Singles Day sale hit record $30 billion in 24 hours Alibaba Cloud released Mars, a tensor-based framework for large-scale data computationlast_img read more