By BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s open
WINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The insurance company says it earned $581 million or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $674 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.Great-West (TSX:GWO), through its subsidiary London Reinsurance Group Inc., offers property catastrophe coverage to reinsurance companies.It says the most recent quarter’s results included losses related to estimated claims resulting from the hurricanes totalling $175 million after taxes.However, it noted that the loss estimate may change as additional information becomes available.Excluding the hit, the company says it earned $756 million for the quarter, up $82 million from a year ago, primarily due to higher fee income and lower expenses.
WINNIPEG – The American company that bought the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in 2007 says it is shutting down its last commodity trading function.Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) says it will move trading of canola contracts from Winnipeg to New York by July 29.The change will effectively end trading at the WCE, which has been operating in the city since 1887.ICE says the move to New York, which requires regulatory approvals, will provide customers with deeper liquidity, reduced administrative costs and a more diversified risk management pool while retaining the same contract specifications.It says two of its 14 local staff will continue to work in Winnipeg to maintain ties with grain companies based there.The WCE has been handling futures contract trading since 1904 and was the first North American commodity exchange to shift to all-electronic trading when it shut down its “open outcry” system in 2004.
Wheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Press
In the photo, the man is seen wearing a black jacket with a hood over his head and is seen with a dark coloured GMC or Chevy pick-up truck.Police say the investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.If you can identify the man in the photo, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Thursday, September 5th, 2019, RCMP put out a tweet on twitter looking for the owner of a maroon coloured car thought to be connected to the break and enter yet the vehicle was at the wrong address.The tweet shares, thank you all who sent this out to everyone you know. We received a call from a young lady who claims to own this vehicle. Appears to be a case of wrong address but we will be following up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have updated its Twitter account to say the pick-up truck associated with a recent break and enter has been located.The Fort St. John RCMP’s tweet shares, this truck has been located late yesterday. Our forensic people will be examining it today for possible evidence. Still need to identify this guy though.
New Delhi: Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed on Monday ‘Genocide Day’ marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the unarmed civilians in 1971.A panel discussion, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan army and reading out messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were the main highlights of the programme. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, on the occasion, urged the UN to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day. He recalled that three million innocent civilians were killed, 200,000 women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during nine-month Bangladesh War of Liberation. Moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, Editor-in-Chief of the Millennium Post newspaper and Mohua Chatterjee, Assist Political Editor of the Times of India. The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday bought $5 billion through long-term forex swap auction in a bid to ease liquidity ahead of elections. RBI successfully concluded the forex swap auction, buying the targeted $5 billion as part of the long term dollar/rupee swap with a three-year tenor, it said in a statement. In turn, Rs 34,561 crore was infused into the Indian banking system. The RBI said it received $16.31 billion in bids for the auction for which the cut-off was set at 776 paise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank accepted $5.02 billion of dollars tendered. This formed part of RBI’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return. The swap will bulk up India’s foreign exchange reserves while injecting liquidity into the financial system to ease a cash crunch typically seen before the beginning of a financial year. It is meant to give RBI greater flexibility in managing banking system cash while helping soak up any potential large dollar inflows, such as from the Rs 42,000 crore purchase of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal which could make the rupee rise sharply. India’s new fiscal year begins on April 1. The central bank has bought Rs 3 lakh crore of bonds this fiscal to support the market at a time when a record $100 billion borrowing plan of the government had cooled demand for debt.
Gurugram: An infighting in Faridabad Congress erupted as Avtar Singh Bhadana and Lalit Nagar vented out their difference in the public. The Congress had first fielded Nagar as its candidate from Faridabad but just a day before the nomination he was replaced with Avataar Bhadana.Surprised with his sudden exit, Nagar has expressed his disappointment openly and has said that he was replaced because of the conspiracy of the people within his party. He has however not given indications of leaving the party. Avtar Singh Bhadana, the person who has replaced him is more scathing in the attack and has even accused Nagar discreetly of irregular activities. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanUnderstanding the controversy involved in the entire issue, most of the Congress leaders did not give their views on the issue. “I don’t want to comment on the issue. All I can say is that the party is united in its cause to defeat BJP and we will leave no stone unturned in winning the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat back for the Congress party,” said a senior Congress leader The fight for Faridabad becomes interesting with a four-corner fight. The BJP has repeated its winning candidate Kishan Pal Gujjar. Besides BJP and Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party has also fielded Naveen Jaihind who is one of the tallest leaders of AAP from Haryana.
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker received quite a bit of attention after Sunday’s 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game for dropped balls, but garnered more attention when his wife took a few shots at Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.Welker’s wife, Anne Burns Welker, immediately lashed out at Lewis for reasons unknown through her Facebook page.“Proud of my husband and the Pats,” Burns Welker wrote. “By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!” Burns Welker said on her personal Facebook page, which those comments have since been removed.Burns Welker quickly released an apology to sports blog Larry Brown Sports on Monday.“I’m deeply sorry for my recent post on Facebook,” Burns Welker wrote. “I let the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of me. My actions were emotional and irrational and I sincerely apologize to Ray Lewis and anyone affected by my comment after yesterday’s game.”Wes Welker was the Patriots top receiver in Sunday’s loss with 117 yards and a touchdown, but with Patriots season ending Sunday, he may have played his last game in a New England uniform. Welker is set to become a free agent in the offseason after neither side could reach a long-term deal before the season began.Last year, Welker was on the receiving end of scrutiny from Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele. She blamed Welker for dropping a key pass in the Super Bowl loss to the Giants.Lewis led all players in Sunday’s game with 14 tackles and helped propel his team to the Super Bowl to face the San Francisco 49ers in two weeks. The future Hall of Famer announced several weeks ago that he would be retiring at the end of the season after 17 seasons in the league.
Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey (37) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on March 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Kaley Rentz / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team arrived at the Big Ten Tournament confident and motivated.The Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1) turned that into a 3-1 win against Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, but couldn’t make it pass the semis. OSU’s confidence and motivation wasn’t quite enough, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 13 Minnesota, 3-0, to end their season Friday evening.Even though the Buckeyes didn’t make the championship game, coach Steve Rohlik had a positive outlook on the losing season. While he said he was proud of the team as a whole, Rohlik stressed the importance of the Buckeyes’ upperclassmen.“I’m even prouder of our eight seniors,” he said. “What they’ve done for our program, they’ve sent this program in the right direction. So, obviously I thank them.”Senior assistant captain forward Matt Johnson said even though the end result was disappointing, he was proud of his teammates’ desire to end the season confident and unified.“We really found our identity and started to roll with it,” Johnson said. “Going off of last year, we were very confident, just like this year, we beat every team in the conference. There was nobody we didn’t think we could beat.”Moving forward, the Buckeyes will be without eight seniors, who have seen the program transition from the hiring of a new head coach and a change of conference to the Big Ten from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.“It’s really an incredible group,” Rohlik said. “They’re the ones that have been a big part of where this culture is and where it’s going. Their leadership pulled us along over the last couple months. They’re a big part of why we had a chance.”For Johnson and senior captain forward Tanner Fritz, the final game was emotional, but the two said they are excited for the program’s future.“I see the program going, obviously, in the right direction,” Johnson said. “We do everything right here. We do it the right way. We have the great staff. To me, you just can’t get a better program.”“We’re always pushing to get better, and I know they’re going to do that in the following years,” Fritz added. “The only way to go is up from here.”Next year, the Buckeyes will look toward a new group of upperclassmen to lead them in the right direction.OSU has three key players returning in captain Sam Jardine, leading goalscorer Anthony Greco and 6-foot-5-inch defenseman Craig Dalrymple. Beyond that trio, forward Nick Schilkey, defenseman Josh Healey and goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins are all set to be back for another season as well.But regardless of the players, Rohlik said the team’s progression starts with the coach.“I mean, first and foremost, I’m going to have to take some time to reflect on myself because it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “I’ve got to be better.”With the return of a solid foundation, Rohlik said he is eager for the Buckeyes to come out with swagger, determination and success in the Big Ten next year.“The one thing that I want is to let people know we’re going to show up every night,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to come at you and play hard and our guys are going to leave it on the line. That’s our identity and that’s what we try to leave here today.”
Leicester City’s Harry Maguire insists rumors of a move to Manchester United didn’t affect him all summer long.The defender was linked with a move to Old Trafford after stellar performances at the World Cup with England but the player says he expected the club to reject any advances for his services and those rumors didn’t affect his preparations for the upcoming season.“I want to be on the pitch, whether it is for someone else or for Leicester,” said the 25-year-old, according to Sky Sports.“There was always going to be interest over the summer after the team doing so well in Russia but the owners reiterated I was not for sale and I respected their decision.”“They gave me the opportunity to play for this club, such a good club on the rise and I respected their decision.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“My mind has been fully on Leicester since then.”“I’ve been really impressed since I came back. The people brought in seem to have fitted in really well and I think we’ll only get better.”“I’m an ambitious player and I think we have a really good, talented squad. If we stick together, we can be a real force this year.”Maguire scored an injury-time winner against Southampton on Saturday and his manager, Claude Puel says the defender commands “respect” for keeping his feet on the ground after his World Cup exploits.
The Scottish team can come back to a UEFA competition after eight years without playing in one, but they need to beat Russian club Ufa at homeThe last time Rangers was in a European competition was eight years ago, but the Scottish team can change everything tomorrow.According to a report by The Scotsman, Steven Gerrard has urged his team to make history and win against Russian club Ufa at home this Thursday.“I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest game in our history because the history at Rangers is so big. The club has played in many games which have created our history for us,” he says.“It’s our responsibility to try to help that and to add to that. We have a responsibility to try to bring European football back.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The journey we have been on has been about this moment,” he added.“We’ve worked so hard and put a lot of effort in to get this chance, I just hope the players seize this moment.”“I want them to play relaxed and play the way they have done in the previous seven games,” he commented.“We’ve had massive occasions against Skhupi, Osijek and Maribor and the players have done ever so well.”
For the former Gunners midfielder, the English Premier League team is wasting its opportunities by not signing anybody during the transfer window.Arsenal has not spent a dime during the January transfer window in the English Premier League.But the team might need a player or two, as they are currently in the sixth position of the table with 47 points 15 points behind leaders Liverpool.For former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit, Arsenal not getting any new footballers during the January transfer market window is a wasted opportunity.“The frustration level must be very high for Emery, as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager he was told he cannot sign anybody,” Petit was quoted by Sky Sports.“You look at the money Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.”Not the end to the weekend we were all hoping for 😔But, there’s still another 13 @PremierLeague games to go – let’s dust ourselves down, regroup and we’ll go again at Huddersfield 👊#WeAreTheArsenal 🔴 pic.twitter.com/gTSzRMuDks— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2019Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Tottenham are not spending money but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago, building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now,” he complained.“If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him ‘you have no money to spend on new players’, I would ask; what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?”“Defensively, Arsenal have not been good enough this season, so I was surprised they did not try to sign defenders in January. But the problems they have will not be solved by signing a player or two,” he continued.“Clearly, the defense is a problem. The better teams are getting through them far too easily, and when I hear Emery say he is happy with his defense and he does not need new players in these positions, I’m pretty sure he does not believe this.”💥 B A N G 💥Well done to @LacazetteAlex – you’ve voted his fine finish against @ChelseaFC as our January Goal of the Month 💫 pic.twitter.com/YKedat9Wfx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 5, 2019
Inter defender Milan Skriniar has described Gonzalo Higuain “a great striker” but won’t give him all his attention as they play against Milan.However, he also states that it is important that the Argentine striker doesn’t score.The first Derby della Madonnina of the season will happen on Sunday night. Pipita on his own has scored consecutively in his last five games.“It’s important that he doesn’t score,” Skriniar told ESPN via Football Italia.“But it’s not just him, there’s also their other attackers. He’s a great striker – maybe one of the best in Italy – but if he doesn’t score and somebody else does, it’s still the same.Higuain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“So we’ve got to try not to concede, to score a goal or two and win this game.“I’ve not yet lost to Milan in a [Serie A] derby, the first derby was amazing. We won 3-2, with a goal in the 95th minute from Mauro [Icardi] to complete his hat trick. It was great for us and great for our fans.“The second time was 0-0 but this is the third in Serie A and I hope to win it. We need to prove that we are better, and we’ve got to give everything.“We are convinced that we are stronger than we were last year, but we’ll see on the pitch.”
Paul Tarricone: Survey Monkey is a beautiful thing. Its cost-effectiveness allows for much more frequent reader research. We conduct “Editorial Guidance” surveys every two or three years, which allow us to gauge reader interest/satisfaction with topics, specific columnists, layout/design, you name it. We’ve also integrated editorial questions into our annual Ad-Q advertiser survey to get even more feedback. Click here for our full series of Association Summit speaker Q&A’s. Folio: Do you include the same content in both your print and digital editions? Tarricone: Print has a certain gravitas (there’s no such thing a “bound volume” of a digital edition). It’s a record that lasts for decades—very important to a 110-year-old Society such as ours. In addition, our market is quite visual (architecture/design) so readers like to see projects in all their glory. From a business perspective, the advantage to print is that our advertisers still consider this the hub of their marketing campaigns. Print, for us, drives a lot of revenue. The advantage of the digital issue is mobility, and now the experience with print is somewhat replicated due to the sophisticated page turner systems. LD+A is the monthly magazine for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), a 110-year-old non-profit whose stated mission is to “improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.” Folio: What are some of the benefits specific to the print edition of LD+A? And digital? Paul TarriconeThis is the sixth in a series of Q&A’s with panelists appearing at the Folio: Association Media Summit on May 3rd in Washington, D.C. Tarricone: The stories that typically drive letters and comments for us involve new industry standards. A new code or standard may seem dry to the layman, but they have a huge impact on practitioners and manufacturers. Here, LD+A editor and publisher, Paul Tarricone, gives a preview of some of the insights he will offer as a speaker on the panel, “Print vs. Digital: A Strategic Choice,” at the Folio: Association Media Summit in Washington, D.C. Folio: What are some effective ways in which an association publication can draw feedback from its membership? Tarricone: We do a replica digital edition (page turner/flip technology) that is available only to members. In addition, we publish several e-newsletters that combine selected magazine content and new content, and distribute to a wider audience than just members. Association publications—especially within non-profit organizations—are often under immense pressure to be as financially efficient as possible, something that might make the cheaper digital publishing a more attractive pursuit. But what if an association’s membership has an established relationship with a print magazine that cannot be ignored? How can associations effectively engage with their members to learn which types of publications, topics, and stories they value in order to make informed strategic decisions? Folio: What was one of your most engaging articles/stories in recent issues, and why?
Noel Gallagher To Auction Off Gear Used On Oasis Tour Email Who Wants Noel Gallagher’s Guitar Gear? noel-gallagher-auction-gear-used-oasis-tour Twitter With a stockpile of gear sitting unused, Oasis guitarist decides to auction some of his collection using Reverb Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm Singer/songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher has announced he will auction off equipment used on his solo recording and on tour with his GRAMMY-nominated band Oasis.”When you’ve been playing as long as I have, you tend to amass a huge amount of gear, and it’s not doing me or anyone else any good if it’s just sitting around,” Gallagher told Reverb. “These pieces have a lot history, but they’re still very playable — I’d love to get them into the hands of someone who will put them to good use.”So what’s up for auction? Nearly 50 pieces of gear will go up for bid on Reverb, including a 1960s Epiphone Professional guitar, a vintage Laney amp and an Orange OR120 Overdrive amp from his time on the road with Oasis.The Official Noel Gallagher Reverb Shop opens on Oct. 2, and sale can be previewed now on Reverb. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ upcoming album, Who Built The Moon?, will be released on Nov. 24, followed by a North American tour in February and March 2018.Read More: Steve Albini To Auction 3 Microphones Used On Nirvana’s “In Utero” Facebook News
Twitter Hear the latest track from the GRAMMY-winning DJ and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriterPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 23, 2018 – 4:18 pm On March 22 GRAMMY-winning DJ David Guetta and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Sia reunited to release the lyric video for their latest project together, “Flames.”Much like previous collaborations, “Flames” is a pop-forward tune that showcases Sia’s vocal prowess while sending an encouraging message for listeners to keep pushing forward. This marks Sia and Guetta’s fourth collaboration.The first collaboration between the two artists was 2011’s “Titanium,” which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has more than 774 million views on YouTube. Their follow-up the next year was “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces),” which has reached 485 million views. On 2015’s “Bang My Head,” the two were joined by Fetty Wap for a hit that has more than 190 million views. David Guetta, Sia Release Latest Collaboration, “Flames” https://twitter.com/Sia/status/976874864366751747 Facebook News Email David Guetta, Sia Press On In “Flames” david-guetta-sia-release-latest-collaboration-flames Clearly, Guetta and Sia know how to please, so what kind of fuel is out there to help feed “Flames”? “Flames” has only notched its first million views since yesterday, but it’s spreading. Care to catch on fire?Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
BURLINGTON, MA — Last Wednesday, Reading Cooperative Bank hosted a Multi-Chamber Networking/Fundraising event at Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza that displayed an amazing partnership between area businesses and our community. Over 120 local Chamber members joined forces to raise $1,300 for People Helping People, which was generously matched by the Reading Cooperative Charitable Foundation. Thank you Reading Coop and Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza for a meaningful and delicious summer evening! Business owners interested in learning more about the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce should contact the Chamber at 978-657-7211.View photos from the event below. Click on images to enlarge. (NOTE: The above information and photos are from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”
Flags of Bangladesh and AustraliaThe Australian government is once again wracked by fears that a terrorist attack might hit Bangladesh in the coming days, although the intended target would be so-called ‘Western interests’, reports news agency UNB.”Days of national significance, such as Victory Day (December 16), can provide an opportunity for terrorist attacks,” Canberra said in an updated alert issued on Wednesday.Bangladesh has never witnessed a terrorist attack on December 16, when usually the country is in a buoyant mood celebrating Victory Day in the Liberation War in 1971.The travel advice then morphs into something like a security briefing, as it asserts a “high threat” of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh, claiming to have “reliable information” in this regard, right down to potential/likely targets, with ‘Western interests’ .It would be only fair for anyone reading this bit to expect the Australian government has also passed on all the ‘reliable information’ in its possession regarding the ‘high threat’ of an attack and any potential list of targets to the US/UK.”Stay alert and maintain an active awareness of your environment. Ensure you have robust security plans in place. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh,” it wrote for the Australian travellers.Meanwhile, the UK said while the last terrorist attacks to take place occurred in March 2017, targeting security forces, there is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings.”There’s also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks; you should consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities,” reads the security alert.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photo: UNBPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said ensuring the country’s economic development by creating a democratic environment and ensuring people’s right to vote and food is her government’s goals.”We want to create a democratic environment in the country and with that we’ll ensure people’s right to vote and food,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing a programme marking the successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and inaugurating the landing stations of the satellite named after Sajeeb Wazed at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now recognised as a developing country and the government is taking programmes for the country’s overall development. “We want to take forward the country keeping that dignity intact. Let the pace of advancement roll on.”She said the people of the country will get various services like education, health and weather forecast from the Bangabandhu Satellite-1. “I believe, this satellite will contribute a lot to the overall development of the country.”Chaired by post and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar, the function was addressed, among others, by finance minister AMA Muhith, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu, the prime minister adviser on information and communication technology affairs Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, state minister for information and communication technology division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, post and telecom secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder and Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) chairman Shahjahan Mahmood.Sajeeb Wazed Joy said he has a dream of taking broadband internet to every corner of the country. “There’re many places (unions and islands) where the linking the fiber optic is not possible…We’ve decided to provide broadband internet in those areas with this Bangabandhu Satellite-1,” he said.To do that, Joy mentioned, it will take a very little amount of money and little time. “We can do that within the next two weeks.”He said it will be possible to provide e-education in remote islands with this satellite. “I want the people of the country to see the whole world. We’re building Bangladesh as a modern country, we are no longer a poor country.”Joy said the people of the country will enjoy direct satellite television service, known as direct to home (DTH), with this Bangabandhu Satellite-1. “We’ll not only watch local channels, dramas and songs. I want the rural people to watch the whole world. We won’t be left behind anymore, that’s my dream.” he said.He urged the information minister, who was present at the programme, to look after the matter. “We don’t want to keep our eyes closed, let the TVs and entertainment remain open, let the government remain open enabling people to watch the whole world and learn from it.”Joy went on saying, “With this, there’ll be no digital divide in the country. It cannot be that only urban people will move forward and rural people will lag behind, I don’t want this; our government will remove that.”He said television channels will be able to use this satellite in broadcasting their programmes and this will help the country save foreign currency as well.Joy said he noticed that the country’s youths are showing interest in space and aerospace technologies after launching the satellite. “It never happened in Bangladesh…I hope some students will get higher education on these subjects abroad and come back home and engage themselves in operating the satellite.”He further said, “Above everything, there’s a matter of pride. We’re standing in front of the whole world with our heads high, and we’ve done this during the AL government for several times.”Premier Hasina also released a commemorative stamp marking the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite and inauguration of the ground stations in Gazipur and Betbunia.Later, she talked to the officials working in Gazipur and Betbunia ground stations through a videoconference.