Indian telecom company Bharti Airtel in collaboration with Qualcomm is set to roll out commercial 4G services in four cities across India, following a successful launch in Kolkata and Bangalore in March and earlier this month.US-based chip-maker Qualcomm has acquired Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum to introduce 4G networks in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. It has signed an agreement with Airtel under which Qualcomm has permitted Airtel to operate the new networks in these cities for the next two years till 2014.The upcoming launch of 4G networks has come on the heels of Airtel’s high stake partnership with Qualcomm. On Thursday, the teleco announced it has acquired 49 per cent of Qualcomm’s 4G venture in India for a staggering Rs. 9.23 billion (INR 923 crore).”We are delighted to partner with Qualcomm, who shares our commitment to the government’s agenda of broadband for all,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and managing director of Bharti Airtel, according to IBN Live.Qualcomm will maintain the remaining 51 percent stake until 2014, after which Qualcomm will withdraw from the broadband venture but maintain technology services in the country, Reuters cited an unnamed source as saying.”This partnership will combine the strength of Bharti’s national telecom footprint and Qualcomm’s technological leadership in the LTE TDD space. With a broadband ready network across India, Bharti is well positioned to lead the next phase of Indian’s telecom revolution,” Mittal added.Apart from Kolkata and Karnataka, 4G networks are also available in Punjab and Maharashtra circles. The teleco has already issued 3G licenses across 13 circles in the country.
BholaLocal fishermen caught 12 pirates with some indigenous arms from Meghna River in Monpura Island of Bhola on Tuesday night, reports UNB.Fishermen Liton Mazi, Rased Mazi and Hemuz Mazi said pirates with two trawlers attacked them while they were netting fish in the river area around 9:30pm.As the attacked fishermen cried for help, at least 15 trawlers of the fishermen came forward and caught the pirates from one trawler, they added.On information, members of coastguard and police arrested them and brought them to Monpura police station, said Abdul Aziz, commander of Monpura coastguard station.The arrested pirates are Md Hatem, 48, Monirul Islam, 35, Shadat, 38, Mosleahuddin, 45, Chadek, 49, Nuruddin, 40, Abul Hossain, 45, Mofizul Islam, 46, Rafiqul Islam, 77, Ismail, 42, Nur Islam, 45, and Rahim, 19, residents of different upazilas of Laxmipur district.A case was filed with the police station in this connection, the commander added.
US president Donald Trump speaks at the the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual Spring Dinner on 2 April 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “100 per cent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country.Delays were already increasing at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security.”It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said.If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100 per cent.””Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.”Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes.”He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries.The threat to close the frontier, which handled some $612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president.”Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.McConnell’s call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it supported immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States.”100,000 migrants a monthDespite Trump’s tough rhetoric, Mexico’s foreign minister said he had spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had told him the border would not be shut.”Until today, the secretary of state of the United States and his team have told us: this is not the policy we are going to apply, closing points on the border,” Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference.Ebrard added Mexico continued to maintain “a good dialogue” with US authorities and that normal border traffic was expected “as soon as possible.”Homeland Security officials meanwhile said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month.Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions.”We are in a full blown emergency. The bottom line is all options are on the table right now,” a senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told journalists Tuesday.”The volume of vulnerable populations that’s arriving is unsustainable… The humanitarian situation cannot be ignored and the security situation cannot be ignored.”Trump said Mexican officials had reacted to his threat to close the border last week by clamping down on the caravans of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in the three Central American countries.Mexico “made a big step over the past two days,” he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don’t want the border closed.He also defended his decision to cut off “hundreds of millions of dollars” in US aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.The three “don’t do anything for us,” he said.Long lines at border portsOn Monday, Nielsen ordered an “emergency surge” of personnel to deal with the situation, including moving 750 staff to areas of the border where the migrants arrive.Many were being diverted from official ports, leading to slowdowns in processing arriving visitors and commercial vehicles.Delays for incoming traffic were three hours at Brownsville, Texas, for the second straight day, and more than two hours in other areas.On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had “collapsed” because so many US border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx.Long lines have formed at the border since Thursday, with wait times of up to eight hours for those trying to cross.Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvidrez called on the city’s bustling manufacturing sector to temporarily cut back shipments to the US in order to reduce the backup.
For more than three decades, Access Housing and the Southeast Veterans Service Center (SEVSC) has supported the needs of those who have put their lives on the line to defend freedom. And on Nov. 24, 50 families will be feasting on Turkey and all of the trimmings thanks to the leader of a veterans organization.The Buffalo Soldiers donate turkeys to the Southeast Veterans Center. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“I am just happy to make someone else happy especially to those who sacrifice so much for this country,” said Greg Crawford, executive director of Access Housing. “Everybody deserves a place to live. No one should live outside.”Access Housing provides temporary and permanent housing for veterans as well as other critical services needed to transition them from homelessness to self-sufficiency.The concept of a veterans center started in the 1970s, after Crawford’s father, former D.C. Councilmember H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), received a call about a group of homeless men who had created an encampment under a bridge near Georgetown.“We shared a meal of fried chicken and hot coffee that had been prepared on a hot plate,” said Crawford who reported his findings to then Mayor Marion S. Barry.The experience was catalyst for the founding of Access Housing and earlier this week Crawford said unfortunately homeless people are still living under the same bridge.But help might be coming in the future from an unlikely source. Crawford, who once served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, said District community activist Robert Woodson is one of several candidates to become the next U.S. secretary of House and Urban Development.“He is good man who will make a difference,” said Crawford, who highlighted the fact that Woodson has been working with House speaker Paul Ryan and leaders in Southeast to address homeless issues.Regardless of the future there are many testimonies from veterans that Access Housing has made a difference in their lives. “After two tours in Afghanistan I retired from the US Marine Corps. I thought I was fine but the memories of what I’d witnessed there really impacted me,” said Petey J. “I didn’t want to remember anything so alcohol became my closest friend. When I hit rock bottom [Access Housing] was there. Living at the Center with my peers from the military helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back into life.”
TV ad placements for LD Entertainment’s “Dog Days” (EMV: $3.89 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Alpha” ($3.7 million) and STX Entertainment’s “Mile 22” ($3.01 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Mile 22” has the best iSpot Attention Index (110) in the ranking, getting 10% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Impressions: 468,254,034Attention Score: 93.24Attention Index: 107National Airings: 1,074Networks: 34Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 60Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.22MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 03/12/18 $3.7M – Alpha Impressions: 192,402,391Attention Score: 93.48Attention Index: 110National Airings: 495Networks: 30Most Spend On: ESPN, NBCCreative Versions: 14Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.93MStudio: STX EntertainmentStarted Airing: 05/28/18 Impressions: 318,357,942Attention Score: 90.48Attention Index: 76National Airings: 1,013Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, UnivisionCreative Versions: 12Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.91MStudio: LD EntertainmentStarted Airing: 07/15/18 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 07/30/2018 and 08/05/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Impressions: 294,563,184Attention Score: 92.28Attention Index: 94National Airings: 710Networks: 24Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 30Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.19MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 07/08/18 Impressions: 314,688,869Attention Score: 93.15Attention Index: 106National Airings: 847Networks: 38Most Spend On: Discovery Channel, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.47MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/12/17 $4.28M – Christopher Robin $3.95M – The Spy Who Dumped Me Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv $3.89M – Dog Days $3.01M – Mile 22 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Walt Disney Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Christopher Robin.”Ads placed for the fantasy film had an estimated media value of $4.28 million through Sunday for 1,074 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 30 through Aug. 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Walt Disney prioritized spend across networks such as NBC, Nick and HGTV, and during shows including The Loud House, SpongeBob SquarePants and America’s Got Talent. Just behind “Christopher Robin” in second place: Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” which saw 710 national ad airings across 24 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.95 million.
by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.22.19 5:35pm A disgruntled cook who threatened to carry out a mass shooting and had assembled an extensive stockpile of high-powered firearms, ammunition and tactical gear has been arrested, authorities in Long Beach, Calif., said. Police arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, at his Huntington Beach residence Tuesday after he told a co-worker at the Long Beach Marriott that he was planning to “shoot up fellow employees and people coming into the hotel,” said Police Chief Robert Luna during a news conference. According to investigators, Montoya was aggravated over a dispute involving the hotel’s human resources department and was planning to seek retribution. Police say one of Montoya’s colleagues reported the threat to police, an act authorities credited with thwarting what could have been a massacre. “Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty situation,” Luna said. “Because this was reported, I firmly believe many lives were saved.”Luna said after the report from one of Montoya’s co-workers was received by police on Monday, the department launched an investigation that involved searching Montoya’s Huntington Beach home, revealing a vast array of weapons, such as assault-style riles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and hundreds of bullets. The foiled plot marks at least the seventh instance of a potential mass attack being averted since gunmen in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, carried out shootings that left a total of 31 people dead in one weekend. In Nevada, prosecutors arrested a man suspected of trying to make a bomb to target a synagogue and a bar catering to LGBTQ patrons. Federal authorities in Connecticut last week intercepted a man who “showed interest” in a mass shooting. The same day, federal authorities in Maryland announced the arrest of a man who had made violent threats against a Jewish congregation. A day later, police in Daytona Beach, Fla., charged a man with making threats to commit a mass shooting in a large crowd. Then an Ohio man was arrested following a threatened attack on a Jewish community center. This week, prosecutors announced charges against a man in Maryland who allegedly made violent threats against Hispanic people. After that, federal agents arrested a Florida truck driver in Indianapolis who was suspected of planning a shootout in a church in Memphis, Tenn. Back in California, it is not known how Montoya obtained such a wide array of weapons and ammunition. With limited exemptions, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are illegal for anyone to possess in California. Montoya is being held in the Long Beach City Jail on charges of manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making a criminal threat.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Police Seize Rifles, High-Capacity Magazines From Man…
Kolkata: Bengal Imams’ Association has urged all Muslims taking part in Muharram processions not to carry arms like lathis or swords as this is against the principle of Islam.A press release, issued by Mohammad Yahiya, chairman Bengal Imams’ Association on September 14, read that to preserve democracy against monarchy, favourite grandson Hossain of the Great Nabi Hazrat became a martyr at Karbala.Unable to forget the brutal incident, some Muslims carry out processions to express grief and play lathi and swords which is against the principle of Shia and Sunni sects. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHazrat Mohammad was a preacher of peace. He never wanted this.The best way to express grief is to observe fast on the day of Muharram and pray to Allah for the good of all, the statement added.It further mentioned that no procession with members carrying arms is desired and allowing children to hold the same in the procession is against the Shariat and the Indian Penal Code.The Association has urged all Muslims not to allow any children to take part in the anti-Islam activity. They urged people not to get swayed by any instigation.”It is our responsibility to project Islam as a religion of peace,” the release added.It further stated that it is to remind people that by organising processions to carry arms, none can claim to become developed, as conceived by Rahamatulla–Al Amin.The period, leading to the Ashura, the day of martyrdom, the 10th of Muharram, is marked with councils of contemplation, remembrance and narration of the event.
19Jul Rep. McCready highlights legislation aimed at helping residents in 40th district Categories: McCready News,News In the first six months of his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike McCready remains committed to working with the 99th Michigan Legislature to promote bills that better the way of life for residents in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township.McCready serves in House Committees on Commerce and Trade, Families Children, and Seniors, Financial Services and Financial Liability Reform.Among the recent legislation touted by McCready:• A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for roads and bridges. A total of $450 million will be provided for the upcoming budget year, and $1.2 billion annually by 2021. In addition, legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer. The budget will include $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.• A $41 million allowance within the budget to expand skilled trades programs. This is an increase of $11 million from the current year. An additional $1.2 million will be used for the Agricultural Workforce Initiative to increase agricultural occupations.• Business development grant and loan funds through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation totaling $115.5 million.• Several programs set to be enacted that will provide services for the state’s mentally-ill population, helping to promote a better culture of life.• An increase in revenue sharing for local communities, including cities, villages and townships, totaling over $6 million. This will allow continued and effective police, fire and medical services locally.“These budget measures will be felt at the local level and I’m excited to see the results within my district,” said McCready. “It’s a package that, among other things, addresses the state of our roads and helps get people out in the workforce. Those are two concerns I frequently hear about from the people I represent, so I was pleased to work with my colleagues to focus on those issues.”The budget plan includes an increase of $3.6 million for home delivered meals and senior in-home services. The increase, along with previous investments, will help correct wait list issues within the programs.“Protecting our seniors was a pivotal part of this budget,” said McCready. “Seniors in my district won’t be left behind or forgotten with the plan we have implemented.”McCready also championed a series of 10 bills updating Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. The bills enact a new Legislative Open Records Act beginning in 2019, which provides for public inspection of legislative records. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and their employees will also be subject to FOIA requests.“We need to be an open book for the people who are electing us to hold these offices and serve them,” said McCready. “Transparency within our government is essential and people within my district have voiced their concerns about how open and honest our government process is. I was part of 10 unanimous votes in favor of these bipartisan bills to show people in my district that I am committed to the transparency they seek.”