Canadian – Bahamian Friendship Celebrated in Treelighting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew Providence, Bahamas, December 12, 2016 – Last weekend the Botanical Gardens lit up with holiday cheer at the opening of its annual Christmas Village.  The center of the celebrations was the lighting of a soaring, twenty-foot tall Christmas tree, donated by The Canadian Cultural Committee, with assistance from CIBC FirstCaribbean.The tree is a gift from the Canadian community to the people of the Bahamas to symbolize the longstanding friendship between the two Commonwealth countries. The Canadian community in The Bahamas is large and longstanding and hundreds of Bahamian students are educated in Canada each year. The annual tree-giving tradition has been celebrated for over four decades, and according to Peter Goudie, President of the Canadian Cultural Committee, “is our way of saying thank you to the Bahamian people.”For the past four years, CIBC FirstCaribbean has helped to defray cost of the gargantuan tree with a donation to the Canadian Cultural Committee. Mr. Goudie states that this too is an important symbol.  “CIBC FirstCaribbean, as both a Canadian and a Caribbean bank, is in its own way a representation of the friendship between Canada and the entire region,” said Mr. Goudie.  “Canadian affiliate banks like CIBC FirstCaribbean have a long and rich history here. We thank them for their support in this annual event.”The tree was lit and presented by Mr. Goudie at a ceremony at The Botanical Gardens on Saturday, December 10.  Senator Gregory Burrows symbolically accepted the tree on behalf of the Bahamian Government and people.CAPTION: Peter Goudie of the Canadian Cultural Committee accepts a donation cheque from Lorraine Johnson, Branch Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Bay Street Branch. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Rep Sam Farr Defense Communities Ally to Retire from Congress

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR California Rep. Sam Farr (D), a champion for defense community issues on both the national and local level since entering Congress more than 22 years ago, announced Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of his term.In a social media post announcing his decision not to seek re-election to his Monterey-based district in the state’s Central Coast, Farr recounted one of the enduring efforts he has dealt with since he first came to Washington — the redevelopment of the former Fort Ord.“When I first came to Congress, Fort Ord had just been closed and the community was going through an economic upheaval. Gangs were starting to take hold in Salinas and agriculture was slowly evolving from canned and frozen packaging to fresh-to-table.“I saw all these challenges as opportunities and I acted on them. Fort Ord is now economically stable and growing,” Farr said.To help the region successfully convert the post to civilian uses, Farr worked to provide the Army funds to clean up contamination and unexploded ordnance littering the installation, and to accelerate the property’s transfer to the local governments. More recently, he helped persuade President Obama to declare parts of the installation a national monument.Farr’s support for legislation establishing the no-cost economic development conveyance for BRAC properties and, later, legislation relaxing the requirement for the military to seek fair market value for closed bases benefitted Fort Ord and all base closure communities.Farr, a frequent speaker at ADC conferences, has served as co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus since it was created in 2011. In 2012, he sponsored legislation that now permits all military installations to adopt the “Monterey Model” and enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities.For his long-standing advocacy for defense communities, ADC presented Farr its Senator David Pryor Special Achievement Award in 2007.“I love public service and I am proud of what I have accomplished while in office,” Farr said during his announcement at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. “I’m proud to have followed in my father’s footsteps, the late Senator Fred Farr, and I’d like to think between the two of us we have had a tremendous impact on this region, the state of California and the country we love so much.”Farr’s congressional district is expected to remain in Democratic hands following his retirement, reported CQ.last_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_img Close Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Bangladesh people want change says Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadClaiming that the country sees no peace and order whenever Awami League and BNP come to power, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday said people now want a change.”And Jatiya Party can bring that change. The country sees peace and order whenever our party is in power,” he said while addressing a rally arranged by Mathbaria upazila unit of his party at Shaheed Mostafa field in the upazila of Pirojpur.Ershad said his party kept its head high although its many leaders, including him, were put behind the bars to destroy it. “Many had thought that Jatiya Party couldn’t make a turnaround.”He also alleged that although Awami League came to power with the support of his party, Jatiya Party got nothing in return.last_img

Saifullah Ozaki in Iraqi jail

first_imgOzakiSaifullah Ozaki, who would recruit members for the ISIS from Bangladesh and send them to Syria, has been traced. He is in a jail at the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Sulaimaniyah.Ozaki surrendered to the CTG (Kurdistan Counter Terrorism Group) two months ago, according to a Bangladeshi intelligence agency.Confirming the news, a senior official of the intelligence agency told Prothom Alo, nine Bangladeshi militants either surrendered or were arrested after the fall of the last Syrian ISIS (Islamic State) hideout in Baghouz. Three among the nine were identified.Zunaid Hassan and Tahmid Shafi were the two others. They were detained by US-backed Syrian Democratic Force. Zunaid was detained from Syria’s Deir al-Zor on 13 March.An investigation officer at the DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit told Prothom Alo, they received information that Zunaid’s brother Ibrahim Hossain Khan was killed in a drone attack on an ISIS hideaway in Syria in February.The officer, on condition of anonymity, said they recently received a message, sent to the US from Kurdistan CTG, saying Ozaki surrendered to the Kurdi forces in Baghouz, Syria on 15 March. He was then transferred to the Solaimaniyah prison.The message also stated that Ozaki went to Bulgaria from Japan via Syria with his family in 2015. Later, his wife and two children, Muhammad and Umme, were killed in an air attack later. Three of his children, Isha, 7, Yousuf, 3, and Sarah, 1, are still in Syria.The DMP CTTC unit head Manirul Islam told Prothom Alo that the there was no scope to receive information from Syria, officially, but they would look into the matter. Earlier, they were informed through Japanese intelligence that Ozaki was staying in Bulgaria, but they did not have any updates over his whereabouts, he added.According to the law enforcement and Ozaki’s family, Saifullah Ozaki was originally Hindu by religion. His original name was Sujit Debnath and his father Janardan Debnath comes from village Koroi in Nabinagar, Brahmanbaria. He passed the higher secondary exams from Sylhet Cadet College in 2001. He went to study at Asia Pacific University in Japan with a scholarship from the Japan government in 2002.Ozaki’s father thinks he might have taken up the new name, Saifullah Ozaki, after being converted to Islam in Japan before being granted citizenship there and marrying a Japanese girl.According to the Japanese media, Ozaki earned his PhD degree in 2011 and joined Ritsumeikan University as a teacher. The university authority fired him in March 2016 as he was absent without permission since January that year.Sources said a large section of the Bangladeshis who went to Syria, inspired towards militancy, did so through Ozaki. Most of them studied at cadet colleges in Bangladesh.CTTC unit head Monirul Islam in a press briefing on 29 July 2017, said they first learnt about Ozaki after detaining Aminul Islam Begh from the capital’s Uttara in 2015.A case was filed against eight persons including Aminul Islam Begh, a former Barishal Cadet College student, and Saifullah Ozaki, with the Uttara (west) police station on 24 May 2015.The CTTC unit, on 25 March this year, submitted a charge sheet of the case before the chief judicial magistrate court in Dhaka. The charge sheet stated that the defendants led in setting up militant organisations along with recruiting members and conducting terrorist activities in Bangladesh, in communication with ISIS.Ozaki spread ISIS ideology through a Facebook page titled ‘Ex-cadet Islamic Learning Forum’ and financed sabotage in the country along with other assignments of ISIS, the charge sheet added.The exact number of Bangladeshis going to Syria through Ozaki is unknown. Earlier, Gazi Kamrus Salam aka Sohan, ex cadet college student and an engineer, was detained in the country in 2016 after returning home from Syria. During interrogation, Kamrus told the law enforcement that Md Mohibur Rahman, former Sylhet Cadet College student, and Nazibullah Ansari, former Rajshahi Cadet College student and an engineer, went to Syria through Ozaki.Janardan Debnath said they first come to know about his son Ozaki being involved in militancy when the local police came to their house in 2015. Janardan talked to his son over phone, who at that time was in Japan. Ozaki claimed he donated the money not for militancy but for orphans. This was the last communication between the two.Bangladesh does not have the statistics regarding the number of persons who went to Syria including the number of deaths or other details.A law enforcement source in Dhaka referred to a foreign terrorist fighters list prepared by a certain western country, which said over 40 Bangladeshis went to Syria from Bangladesh during 2014-15.* This piece appeared online in Prothom Alo in Bangla and has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

SAINTS eased to their fifth win in a row thanks to

first_imgSAINTS eased to their fifth win in a row thanks to a comfortable 52-6 victory over Wakefield Wildcats.24 points from Jamie Foster complemented by some fantastic and exciting attack from his colleagues saw Royce Simmons’ men keep up the pressure at the top of the table.Saints cruised to a 24-0 lead at the break thanks to a brace from Foster and his able boot converting four from four.Jonny Lomax also crossed whilst Michael Shenton showed all his strength to grab his fifth of the season.Chris Dean bagged one against his former employers as the second half began, but further scores from Ade Gardner, a wonderful team move finished off by Gary Wheeler, Paul Wellens’ sixth in five games and a stunning finish from Tommy Makinson sealed a superb win ahead of the Derby next week.Saints made two changes from the side that beat Crusaders – Scott Moore coming in for Matty Ashurst and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook replacing the injured Josh Perry.Not that it made a scrap of difference as Saints tore into the Wildcats from the off.They forced a drop out right from the kick off but after four solid drives a chip through went dead.Moments later another high ball caused havoc in the Wildcats defence and Gary Wheeler grabbed Saints another set from the drop-out.And on eight minutes, Jonny Lomax chipped through but Chris Flannery just couldn’t put it down as it went dead.But nine minutes later, after yet another drop out, Saints got in.The ball was kept alive and with Paul Wellens taking on the line, Jamie Foster had too much for Kevin Penny.Foster bettering it with a wonder conversion from the touchline.On 25 minutes, the lead was increased when James Roby’s quick pass found Lomax jinking his way over from short range. Foster making it 12-0.Moments later Saints found space down the left hand side and Foster was in for his second.Jon Wilkin taking all the plaudits for the run and pass.Saints then chalked up their fourth after another drop out. Fast passing to the right found Roby who easily fed Michael Shenton who was in support.The former Castleford favourite then twisted and used his strength to bring up his fifth in Saints’ colours. Foster converting again.Half Time: Saints 24 Wakefield 0Royce Simmons called for his side to cut out the post half time blues during the week – so he would have been annoyed with Chris Dean latching on to an interception and crossing after just a couple of minutes.Saints almost hit back immediately when Scott Moore showed tremendous strength to cut through the defence and stretch over. But the video referee ruled it out for a knock on.But they weren’t to be denied again and after Blaymire dropped a high ball Saints made him pay from the scrum. This time fast handling saw Ade Gardner cross for his third in two matches.Tony Puletua then showed why Saints want him to stay another two years. Brought in by Lomax, he broke the line, fed Roby who then sent Gary Wheeler away from 40 yards out. Foster with the conversion.Paul Wellens nabbed another before a break from inside the Saints half saw Tony Puletua get his second of the season.Gary Wheeler showing great feet to set the big man away!And as the hooter went Tommy Makinson latched on to a loose ball and flew in from distance.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Foster (2), Lomax, Shenton, Gardner. Wheeler, Wellens, Puletua, MakinsonGoals: Foster (8 from 9)Wakefield:Tries: DeanGoals: Griffin (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 5Wakefield: 2HT: 24-0FT: 52-6REF: Steve GansonATT: 7003Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee, Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 21. Shaun Magennis, 28. Tommy Makinson.Wakefield:1. Matt Blaymire; 2. Kevin Penny, 18. Chris Dean, 5. Luke George, 29. Josh Griffin; 6. Ben Jeffries, 14. Tommy Lee; 31. Kyle Amor, 9. Julien Rinaldi, 17. Paul Johnson, 33. Tyrone McCarthy, 21. Frankie Mariano, 22. Stuart Howarth.Subs: 10. Paul King, 11. Kevin Henderson, 25. Liam Higgins, 26. Matt Wildie.last_img read more