– Pat Knepley Simi Valley Scam artists Re “Zaca Fire drive is called hoax” (Briefly, Aug. 25): Fire officials are warning residents to beware of a scam artist’s soliciting money to aid firefighters injured in the Zaca Fire. Officials want us to call our local police agency if we are solicited for money. For the Kids? Hardly Re “LAUSD widens health benefits” (Aug. 31): It is really incredible that the union representatives for LAUSD cafeteria workers would state that giving part-time workers full-time health benefits (to the tune of $110 million) is “for the kids.” The unions are bankrupting the district, and are getting away with it with the so-called reformist school board’s help. I fail to see how increasing the cafeteria workers from three hours a day to four suddenly makes the job full time, thus helping a child. What would really help a child is to make sure there is enough money for new textbooks, or to pay for a librarian or teacher’s aide. Since the dawn of school cafeterias, the “lunch lady” gig has been part time and everyone knows it. Forget about calling your local police department. I received a call (in Spanish) asking for money for the police department. I got the organization’s phone number and told them I would get back to them. I then called the Foothill Division police station and they did not even want the scammer’s phone number. They told me they cannot do anything about these scam artists. Interesting. The police cannot even protect themselves from thieves. Where does that leave us? – Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Room for failure Re “Brewer says no room for failure” (Aug. 25): What is happening here? Our children are not graduating from high school. If they do manage to do that, they aren’t prepared for the work force because everyone is pushing “college.” Unfortunately, they aren’t prepared for college either. So they have to start off with remedial classes. Then, because of the “college” push, they resort to unproductive, easy courses that they can pass, which might earn them a diploma but has not prepared them for the work force either. We are outsourcing our work and importing our professionals. Who’s losing? We are. That’s what is happening here. – Joy Stovall Woodland Hills Stop scary imports First was the pet food, followed by the toothpaste and now the millions of leaded toys. It seems that we cannot purchase anything in this country that is not made in China. We also have the illegal-immigration problem that could be easily solved if we put more factories in Mexico to manufacture the same products. More jobs for Mexicans, less illegal immigration into the USA. Since Mexico is so much closer to our borders, it would be a lot easier to monitor the safety of the products. It seems to me that this way we could solve two problems at the same time. – Ana B. Diaz Santa Clarita Why Osama’s not dead Re “Osama is dead” (Your Opinions, Aug. 26): I have a couple of words for Ron Sellz. The first word is “Amen” to your letter. And as for the government not telling us that Osama’s dead, a second word comes to mind, “Martyr.” Think about it. – Larry Fontaine Tujunga Steve Young Re “The raspberry” (Your Opinions, Aug. 31): I totally disagree with reader Robert Sprott’s assessment of Steve Young. He is not only funny, but creative, and an expert observer of the absurd. Sprott obviously does not understand satire. – Laverne Williams Van Nuys 93 U.S. attorneys A little intellectual honesty would be nice. Twice last week, once in a Daily News editorial and once in a “Their Opinions” editorial, the phrase “Clinton fired all 93 U.S. attorneys” was invoked as a reason why the latest Alberto Gonzales situation was not important or significant. He did – on assuming the presidency, Clinton fired all the 93 U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Similarly, Ronald Reagan, upon assuming the presidency, fired all sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who fired all the sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor and so on and on and on. This is standard procedure. What is not standard procedure is firing a number of U.S. attorneys during a president’s term of office, and that is what this dust-up is all about. – Melvin Langsam West Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
KUSI Newsroom Deported veteran denied entry into U.S. at San Ysidro Port of Entry Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A deported Marine Corps veteran from Belize has been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 1995 and was recently denied entry to the United States when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview, it was reported today.Roman Sabal, 58, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 a.m. Monday with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for shortly before noon in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Instead, he was turned away even though border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons, according to the newspaper.Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves, the Union-Tribune reported. He has two U.S. citizen children and with a U.S. citizen woman, whom he hopes to marry one day.He initially came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and did not have permission to stay in the U.S. permanently.After seeing Marines in action during his time in the Belizean military, he came with the goal of enlisting in the Marine Corps and managed to join with a fake identity document, according to the Union-Tribune.He told the newspaper that he confessed during boot camp and was told, “Don’t worry about it. You’re a Marine now.”Years after he was honorably discharged, he decided to go back to Belize because he had developed diabetes, and his mother had offered to help him treat it with herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals, the newspaper reported.When he returned to the U.S., his entry triggered an immigration court case.Sabal never found out about the hearing and a judge ordered him deported in his absence, so when he returned to Belize again in 2008 for more treatment, he found himself stuck there, according to the Union-Tribune.Sabal and his attorney, Victoria Starrett, crossed onto U.S. soil on Monday and gave Customs and Border Protection officials paperwork detailing his case and his request to enter the country to attend his interview, the Union-Tribune reported.Starrett told the newspaper that CBP officials waved them to the side then eventually told them to go through Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to request parole, but those officials sent them back to Mexico.Some ICE officers work out of the port of entry, but it was not clear whether they were involved in the incident on Monday, the newspaper reported.Starrett told the newspaper that Sabal’s legal team will likely have to file a lawsuit in federal court to get him access to the citizenship process.Sabal told the newspaper on Monday that he plans to wait in Tijuana for a few days to see if the situation can be resolved quickly, but otherwise he will have to travel back to Belize and try again at a later date. Updated: 3:49 PM
Over the summer, Time Inc. acquired sports news site Fansided and created Sports Illustrated Play, a digital platform devoted to youth and amateur sports. Then, earlier this month, the company announced that All You, the coupon-filled, once-ubiquitous shopping companion that held an exclusive deal with Walmart for ten years, would cease operations at the end of 2015. Founder and editor-in-chief Jane Pratt, as well as her editorial staff, will stay on and make the move to Time Inc.’s lower Manhattan headquarters, reporting to Time Inc. style network general manager Deborah Marquardt. xoJane.com received 2.5 million unique visitors in September, according to comScore, while sister site xoVain.com had 958,000 over the same period. Pratt had been seeking a buyer since previous owner Say Media made the decision to divest from all of its editorial properties in February. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Time Inc. continued some early holiday shopping, officially announcing its acquisition of women’s lifestyle and beauty websites xoJane.com and xoVain.com after a week of speculation on the impending deal. Since last year’s spin-off from Time Warner, Time Inc. has undergone considerable effort to expand its brand portfolio and audiences in an effort to develop new revenue streams, all with an increasing emphasis on digital content. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve this modern, inclusive community of women, increasing our reach in this important segment and providing our advertising partners with more access to targeted, engaged audiences,” says Time Inc. EVP Evelyn Webster in a company release. Following last week’s acquisition of HelloGiggles, the move is yet another attempt by Time Inc. at expanding its reach to a young, increasingly-digitized female audience. Other major publishers have made similar millennial-grabbing moves of late; Condé Nast purchased music site Pitchfork and Hearst signed an advertising and distribution agreement with Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny.
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Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 0 Mobile Apps Phones DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Comments $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Amazon Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tags $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Google Trips was designed to take care of all your travel needs, including itineraries. Juan Garzón/CNET It’s the end of the road for Google Trips.The internet giant announced this week that it would discontinue support for the Android travel-planning app in two months. The app debuted in 2016, promising to help users organize their travel arrangements via phones and other devices, even when offline. The app would guide users to particular places of interest and restaurants, as well as consolidate their reservations and tickets.It also let you customize a daily itinerary, laying out how to get to places and figuring out how long your route would take. And if you didn’t have an itinerary in mind, the app could generate one for you.Several travel services already offered this kind of planning, but Trips took advantage of Google’s wide geographical database as well as Gmail, which is where you could send reservations and ticket confirmations. Speculation that Google Trips’ days were numbered began in May when Google announced plans to revamp the Trips web service, making the Trips information more accessible at Google Travel, Google Maps and Google Search. Google said on a support page that it’ll end support for Google Trips on Aug. 5, but users will still be able to access email and trip information until then. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 Read the AirPods review Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)
A woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold and silver prices are likely to fall in calendar year (CY) 2017 as the two metals face a plethora of headwinds, both domestic and international. The forecast comes despite the 10 percent gain in gold prices and 16 percent in silver in CY2016. The first price-impacting news could come as early from Budget 2017 in the context of import duty on gold, Angel Broking said in a note. Currently, the import duty on the yellow metal is 10 percent.A resurgent American economy is also a strong factor that will impact gold prices in CY 2017.Read: Gold prices fall 11%, silver down 12% since PM Modi’s demonetisation decisionFifth tranche of gold bond scheme nets Rs 820 crore”In 2017, Gold prices in the international markets (CMP: $1184/oz) can possibly move down towards $1050/ounce mark while MCX gold prices can go lower towards Rs.26000/10 gms. (CMP: Rs.28055/10 gm),” the brokerage in its sectoral update.”The silver lining for gold could be a halt by miners if prices fall below the crucial threshold of $1,000 an ounce, giving some respite to the freefall. In the base scenario, comex gold prices (CMP: $1180 per ounce) in the international markets can go lower towards $1050 mark.However, the supply-side fundamentals reveal that, if prices again fall close to the $1000 mark, miners could take a backseat, thereby creating a supply-side constraint. If miners actually go ahead with this move, then gold prices could sustain, however a muted response from the miners could lead to further downside pressure in the gold prices,” Angel Broking said.”…for most producers the cost of production is in the range $1000- 1200, hence, it would be unprofitable venture for miners if prices go below $1100 or even $1000 mark,” it added.Angel BrokingIt may be recalled that gold imports by India remained subdued for most part of CY 2016 on account of various factors, including weak demand and restrictions on cash purchases beyond a certain limit. The future trend in India — the world’s second-largest consumer of gold — will depend on global factors, especially signals emanating from the US, besides from China and Japan.”The trend deciding factors for gold prices in 2017 would be dependent on how the investment and physical demand trajectory remains. Rate normalisation process in the US, the Easy Monetary Policy in the Euro Area and Japan, growth in China (Serious cause of concern), and OPEC dynamics of production cut and price stability (inflation hedge appeal for gold), speculative interest in gold by hedge funds and money managers will have its own role to play for gold,” the brokerage said.Silver trendsThe outlook for the metal is equally weak, given a hardening US dollar, though there is a catch. “…the U.S. and China have consistently ranked in the top three of all countries in terms of silver demand (collectively making up 40% of all global demand in 2015) so the countries’ monetary/fiscal policies along with U.S. and Chinese hedge fund activity tend to have a significant impact on silver prices if it turns out to be black swan event,” Angel Broking said.However, for Indians, silver is unlikely to be a safe investment bet in CY 2017.”The metal (16.5/oz) can fall towards $13.5 per ounce in the international markets while Rs 35,000 in the Indian markets (Rs 40,380/kg) seem to be the ideal levels for investor to enter in the commodity for target higher towards Rs 44,000 per kg in 2017.Silver imports by India have been rising consistently over the years, from 6,144 tonnes in 2013 to 7,164 tonnes in 2014 and 8,529 tonnes in CY 2015, the brokerage said.On Friday (January 13), gold gained Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,450 per 10 gm, while silver prices dropped Rs 300 to end at Rs 40,950 per kg.
Central Shaheed Minar’Amar Ekushey’ or the immortal 21 (February), which marks the day of laying down lives for upholding the right to speak mother tongue, is being observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere today (Thursday).The National Martyrs’ Day has also been recognised as the International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO.The nation pays tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic language movement which eventually contributed to the birth of Bangladesh as a independent country.The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day is “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”, reports UNB.Walking barefoot to Dhaka’s Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers singing ‘Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February’, people pay their respect to the heroes of the language movement who sacrificed their lives for achieving the recognition of Bangla as the state language of erstwhile Pakistan.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.In his message, the president said, “I extend my warm congratulations and sincere felicitations to all multilingual people of the world along with Bangla-speaking people.”The prime minister, in her message, said the greatest Ekushey is the symbol of grief, strength and glory in the life of every Bangali.”I pay my deep homage to the memories of the martyrs. I also pay my deep respect to the greatest Bangali of all time, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led the language movement and all other language veterans,” she said.On 21 February 1952, students and the common people in Dhaka took to the streets in protest against the then Pakistani government’s denial of Bangla as the national language and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil were killed in police firings on this day in 1952 when students came out in a procession from the Dhaka University campus breaching section 144 to press home their demand for the recognition of Bangla as a state language of then Pakistan.
Holey Artisan. File PhotoToday marks three years since the militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery on road 79, Gulshan in the capital city. On 1 July 2016, members of an IS-backed militant group stormed into the restaurant and killed 22 persons there, hacking and shooting them to death. The entire country was gripped in panic. The situation is under control now. Two and a half years after the incident, the charge sheet of the case was submitted and the trial has begun.So far 60 persons have given their testimony as witnesses during 27 working days of the special anti-terrorism tribunal. The witnesses appearing in court include police members who tackled the situation from the outset, the employees who had hid in the bathroom of Holey Artisan throughout the night, Sharmeen Parveen who had been held hostage and also those who had unwittingly rented their premises to the mutants who had posed as university students.It has been learnt that there had been an exchange of fire between the militants inside Holey Artisan Bakery and the police members outside at the beginning of the incident. Two members of the police, Banani police station’s officer in charge (OC) Salahuddin and senior assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective Branch (DB) Rabiul Karim, were killed.However, on 18 June this year, constable of the Armed Police Battalion, Md Badsha, told the court that in the early morning when the commandos began their operation, he militants opened fire at the law enforcers for the last time. It was not known at the time if any of the militants were injured before the operation began on 2 July morning. On 21 May this year, Bhatara police station sub inspector Faruk Hossain told the court that Nibras Islam was injured in police fire in the night. On 27 May, restaurant employee Didar Hossain told the court that they were almost suffocating to death in the bathroom. The militants pulled them out in the morning and made them stand up in front of the dead bodies strewn all over.Munna Dewan informed the court that Holey Artisan chef Saiful Chowkidar and his assistant Shawon were his colleagues, employees of the restaurant, not militants. After the end of the killing and the hostage situation, at a press briefing in the army headquarters it was said that one suspect had been arrested alive. It was suspected that this was actually Shawon who had been injured with a splinter and was undergoing treatment at hospital. Saiful Chowkidar’s dead body had been lying in front of the militants. Munna Dewan had injured his leg when jumping from the roof, but he still went to see Shawon at hospital.Discrepancies in the listFaruk Ahmad is the legal counsel in this case for Rakibul Islam Regan, Aslam Hossain alias Rashed alias Rash and Shariful Islam Khaled. He repeatedly wants to drive the point home that the deaths inside Holey Artisan were caused by police fire from outside. In court, he also pointed to at last three other discrepancies.The case was filed with Gulshan police station by the police station’s sub inspector Ripon Kumar Das. He was the first witness in the case too. Investigating officer Humayun Kabir pointed to mistakes in the evidence list presented in the charge sheet. The list included 5 9mm pistols, but there were actually 2 pistols of 7.62 calibre. There other was of 9 mm caliber and one of the pistol had no hammer. And of the 28 bullets, two had marks on the back. And the AK-22 bore rifle was listed as AK-22 machine gun. It was said that there were live bullets of the AK-22. The defendants’ lawyer said there can be no scope to change the list now.It was also said that the investigating officer took written testimony from the witnesses, but so far none of the witnesses have given their testimony in writing other than one or two. Other discrepancies were also pointed out.Head of the police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit Munirul Islam told Prothom Alo, the Holey Artisan investigations were complex. One clue led to another. In this case, the main accused ere all killed. The charge sheet was drawn up based on the confessions of those who had been arrested and documents which they provided. He says that personally he was not happy with the charge sheet. It would have been better if the accused were alive.Police submitted the charge sheet in court on 23 July last year. There were 21 persons evidently involved in the incident, 5 who had been killed on the spot. Eight more were killed in operations carried out by the law enforcement later. And 75 clues were found at the spot of the incident. There are 211 witnesses in this case and 149 of them are eye witnesses. Speaking to Prothom Alo last night, law minister Anisul Huq said the trial of the Holey Artisan case has begun as soon as possible, in keeping with all legal regulations. The government has taken this case very seriously. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has declared zero tolerance towards corruption and militancy. In that sense, this case is extremely important to the government.
(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the University of Alaska, the other with Independent, Auke Bay are suggesting in a paper they’ve had printed in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that global warming is partially responsible for large increases in pink salmon populations in North America and Asia. Alan Springer and Gus van Vliet claim that rising ocean temperatures are at least partly to blame for increased pink salmon populations due to an increase in the amount of available food. Explore further Citation: Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon (2014, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-global-surge-pink-salmon.html Scientists have blamed global warming for smaller numbers of many fish species—a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for example, claimed that rising ocean temperatures (due to global warming) is causing a reduction in numbers of tuna and cod populations in the Atlantic Ocean. Now it appears that global warming may actually cause some fish populations to increase.Springer and Vliet suggest that pink salmon swimming in warmer water during their formative years are exposed to more food (zooplankton, small fish and squid, etc.) which allows them to eat more, and then later, to produce more offspring. It leads to more fish in the sea, they say, which in turn might have a negative impact on other sea life that feed on the same prey. They focused their study on sea life in the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, looking to find out if burgeoning fish populations are causing a decrease in bird populations. In sampling both populations, they noted that second year salmon were more numerous and that bird populations sank as salmon surged, due to less egg laying and lowered survival rate of chicks—signs of nutritional stress.Whatever the cause, what is undeniable is that pink salmon are thriving and are beginning to take over ecosystems previously dominated by other types of salmon or even other types of animals altogether. Complicating the situation is the fact that many of the salmon swimming freely in the ocean came to be there after being released by fish hatcheries in an effort to boost harvests.Pink salmon populations have been rising since the 1970’s, roughly the same time frame as global warming—so much so that some have begun suggesting that it’s a problem easily solved by allowing fishermen to catch more. While that may help solve the problem of too many fish, it doesn’t really answer the question of whether global warming is truly to blame, and if it is, what other changes it may be causing in poorly understood ocean ecosystems. Oncorhynchus gorbuscha. Credit: Timothy Knepp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers uncover some good news for BC’s troubled salmon populations More information: Climate change, pink salmon, and the nexus between bottom-up and top-down forcing in the subarctic Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, PNAS, Alan M. Springer, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319089111AbstractClimate change in the last century was associated with spectacular growth of many wild Pacific salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, apparently through bottom-up forcing linking meteorology to ocean physics, water temperature, and plankton production. One species in particular, pink salmon, became so numerous by the 1990s that they began to dominate other species of salmon for prey resources and to exert top-down control in the open ocean ecosystem. Information from long-term monitoring of seabirds in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea reveals that the sphere of influence of pink salmon is much larger than previously known. Seabirds, pink salmon, other species of salmon, and by extension other higher-order predators, are tightly linked ecologically and must be included in international management and conservation policies for sustaining all species that compete for common, finite resource pools. These data further emphasize that the unique 2-y cycle in abundance of pink salmon drives interannual shifts between two alternate states of a complex marine ecosystem. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.