Bangladesh security tightened following Pilkhana massacre and Bashundhara City fire

Friday, March 20, 2009

Following the Pilkhana massacre which occurred February 25 and 26 leaving 74 dead and the inferno at the Bashundhara City shopping mall complex March 13 leaving seven dead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said security measures are being tightened countrywide across Bangladesh.

Fire drills will be enacted at all key-point installations (KPI). Fire fighting systems will be examined by the fire brigade and the public works department (PWD) to ensure functionality. Security measures will be enhanced supplementing areas under private security such as at the Bashundhara City Complex.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department requires modernization and needs new equipment to fight fires past the sixth floor of buildings. The Fire Brigade says it needs turntable ladders, snorkels, foam-tenders, lighting units, emergency tenders, fireproof uniforms, and rescue ropes for fire fighting and rescue operations. Transportation to fires is also an issue due to narrow roads, low electrical wires and congestion.

The Bangladesh National Building Code requires fire fighting equipment installed in buildings over seven floors. This code is to be monitored by authorities to ensure compliance with the new guidelines and to make sure buildings are being maintained.

The Bashundhara City Complex opened Monday for shoppers two days after Friday’s blaze. A probe is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess structural damage.

Loss of life was minimized as the blaze broke out on a Friday, the beginning of the weekend in Bangladesh, so offices in the upper floors were empty. The lower eight floors are used for shopping and the upper floors are all Bashundhara Group offices.

The mall is valued at Tk 7.0 billion (US$100 million). It is not known if the complex is covered by fire insurance.

It is estimated that it will take over two years to rebuild the area damaged by flames which were burned down to a skeleton. Bashundhara City’s technical advisor, Latifur Rahman, estimated damages at Tk 2.0 billion (US$29m).

Only one television cameraman has been allowed in to film the burnt area. None of the 2,500 shops, cinemas or cafes were burnt by the inferno. The seventh and eighth floors still experience smoke damage, and there was water damage to merchandise.

A three member committee is currently investigating the cause of the fire which will consist of Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary of the ministry, representatives of the police, IGP Noor Muhammad, and fire brigade, Director General Abu Nayeem Md Shahidullah. The committee is required to report within the week with their findings. The forensics department is also sifting through the burnt remains.

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries has also formed a committee which has begun interviewing witnesses and recording their testimony alongside the government committee.

It has been discovered that 150 closed circuit cameras were not being used when the fire started. Another mystery is why the mall fire fighting system has been found unused.

Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think….These matters seem to be mysterious

“In the shopping mall there is an ultra-technology elevator which runs even without electricity but we have found that locked,” Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary (Police) of the home ministry, said. “Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think. We have to see if there was any incendiary substance there. These matters seem to be mysterious.”

Mall management has been asked to submit substances and items which would have been in the upper floors when the fire started. The fire erupted on the 17th floor and spread quickly to the two floors above and engulfed the three floors below. The aerial ladders belonging to the Fire Service and Civil Defence reached as high as the 13th floor of the 21-storey building.

Videos have been sent to the United States (US) for examination to assist in determining the cause of the fire and to help in the damage assessment. Experts from the US are expected to arrive soon.

Firefighters were brought to the rooftop of the 20-storey tower by helicopter. The only fatality in this operation was Baki Billa, a firefighter of Bashundhara City firefighting department, who fell when climbing down a rope from a helicopter to the roof of the building. Three other firefighters made the transition safely. At this same time, the chief security officer was safely rescued by the Bangladesh Air Force helicopter, a Bell 212. Six security officers of the complex also lost their lives.

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Belize Real Estate The Perfect Retirement Paradise For You

How does one prepare for retirement? That is a question that boggles the mind of a lot of people who are wishing to say goodbye to their laborious life. In fact, there are a lot of things to consider when retiring. These things may vary from the place where you want to retire, how you want to retire and spend the rest of your days to working with your budget and so much more.If you are looking for that perfect retirement plan then you have come to the right place. Everyone wants to spend it in peace and serenity without the worries of our modern society. So, why not spend it inBelize real estateparadise?Such paradise can be found in Central America. No, its not in one of those very expensive countries that offer Caribbean paradise at such high a cost, but we are rather taking a look at Belize.This country is new to the Caribbean circles since it was only given independence by the British government a few decades ago. Known as Mother Earths best kept secret, this country exudes such beauty it is incomparable. A tropical paradise that is comprised of rich rainforests and protected sanctuary reserves, the country is one of the best retirement places on the face of the planet.Now offering retirement benefits even to foreigners, you can also apply for their Qualified Retirement Program. Once approved, you can take advantage of the incentives they offer like tax exemptions and the inclusion of your spouse and dependents in the program. Requirements of the program are very minimal and easy to fulfill, having the early age of 45 to qualify among the few.Belize real estatecan be quite a vast place for some, and living on a specific location is very important. For retirees, it is always better to live in a convenient place where you can have everything you need with ease. Living in a far off place in the country all by yourself may be very romantic and peaceful, but environmental safety and supplies can be quite a problem.If you want to live in a town then choose the town of Corozal in the northern region of the country which is near a fish farm called Chetumal, a town in Mexico where you can purchase your supplies. This is a quiet town in the north where a few expats have also taken residency. The wonderful thing about Belize is everyone speaks English since it has been established as the countrys official language, which makes getting around the place not much a problem for English speaking tourists.On the other hand, if you wish to have a life of true paradise then why not purchase one of the homes in Sanctuary Belize? Built with exemplary craftsmanship, homes here are so grand and magnificent you wouldnt want to live anywhere else.Living in Belize real estate will definitely give you a genuine taste of paradise. Aside from the breathtaking environment of natural beauty, their amenities will surely provide you comfort beyond luxury.Get to dine in one of the finest restaurants right in the heart of the community and shop all you want in their Marina Village.

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Man remanded in custody after allegedly spraying urine on goods in Gloucestershire, UK

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sahnoun Daifallah, of White City, Gloucester, was today remanded in custody by Cheltenham magistrates after being arrested for spraying a “foul-smelling, brown substance” from a sports bottle. The liquid is thought to have contaminated food, books, wine bottles, and other items across several stores in Gloucestershire.

Mr Daifallah, the court was today told, committed the offences over multiple days. The attack on a Tesco supermarket, where frozen chips and wine bottles were contaminated with what Tesco claims to be a “mix of human urine, faeces, and domestic products” happened on Friday. He is also accused of a similar offence in a Morrisons supermarket 4 miles away on the same day. Two days previously, Mr Daifallah is accused of spraying the substance inside a pub near Cheltenham, contaminating food, and contaminating over 700 books in a Waterstone’s bookstore in nearby Cirencester.

Mr Daifallah today confirmed that he was at the locations stated, however he indicated he will be pleading not guilty to the charges. He has been remanded in custody until May 28th, when he will appear before Stroud magistrates via videolink to be committed to Gloucester Crown Court – a decision made by magistrates after the estimated damage by the defendant was given at over £10,000, plus cleaning and replacement expenses.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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US stock markets reach 12-year lows

Thursday, March 5, 2009

US stock markets dropped to twelve-year lows on Thursday, amidst falling confidence in the financial sector and worries over whether the US automobile manufacturer General Motors will be able to keep operating.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 4.08%, or 280.52 points, at the closing bell, reaching a level of 6595.32, a new 12-year low. The Nasdaq Composite lost 54.15 points, or 4%, to 1299.59, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 plunged by 30.27 points, or 4.25%, closing at 682.60.

Every stock in the Dow Jones, other than Wal-Mart, either lost ground or remained even, and all stocks in the S&P 500 index lost ground.

General Motors’ shares lost 15.5% after the auto firm announced that its auditors had “substantial doubt” over whether it would be able to keep operating.

Shares of financial companies were lower by nine percent, with Bank of America losing 11.7% and Citigroup falling by 9.7%.

“What’s most worrisome is that we haven’t hit the crescendo yet,” said Bill Groeneveld, the head trader for vFinance Investments. “Asset-management divisions are getting calls to just liquidate everything, and we haven’t seen the big players come back in at all.”

“This is one of the worst bear markets in the last 100 years; it started out with the credit crisis and the subprime [loans], but it is like a forest fire that has raced across the clearing and ignited other parts: Autos, auto parts, the insurance companies have been hit very hard. The credit crisis is causing an unraveling of industry after industry because the banks don’t lend,” said David Dreman, the chief investment officer of Dreman Value Management.

European markets were also lower today, with the London’s FTSE index losing 3.2% and the DAX index of Germany falling by five percent.

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Why Do Cardiac Arrests Happen In The Bathroom?

Cardiac arrest is one of the most common death cause nowadays.

It has only a 10.6% average survival rate. In the United States, approximately 395,000 cases of cardiac arrests take place out of the hospitals every year.

Many time we get to hear that someone got cardiac arrest in the bathroom. Here, we will discuss the cause of cardiac arrests happen in the bathroom. To maintain your heart health you can consult with any cardiologist in Chennai.

What is a cardiac arrest?

If the heart starts malfunctioning and stops beating unexpectedly, that is called cardiac arrest. In this situation, the heart fails to pump the blood to the other parts of the body as well as the brain. The heart muscles are failed to contract and expand so the blood can not flow. If the heat flow to the heart is blocked due to any blockage on the artery heart attack takes place. As a result of the heart attack, cardiac arrest may happen just after a heart attack. So heart attack and cardiac arrest are connected.

Why do cardiac arrests happen in the bathroom?

It is found that cardiac arrest has occurred in the bathroom very often. Which is not a coincidence, but there is some scientific cause behind it. Here we will discuss some of them.

  • Abrupt changes in Blood pressure

Talking bath in the morning is a risk factor for people with high blood pressure. To avoid cardiac arrests, the temperature of the water and environment should be on the count.

Sudden exposure to cold water cause sympathetic impulse, which causes a rapid fall in the temperature of our skin and also leads to high blood pressure. This abrupt changes in blood pressure reduce the blood flow to the heart as a result of this the heart failed to get enough oxygen. This may cause a cardiac arrest and heart attack in the bathroom.

  • Toilet Strain

The wrong posture of sitting for waste elimination is another reason for cardiac arrests in the bathroom. In seating position repeated and intense Valsalva Maneuvers is needed in order to empty the bowels. This excessive strain majorly affects the cardiovascular system causing insufficient blood flow in the heart. It leads to cardiac arrests. Squatting position is always better than sitting position as it requires less strain.

  • Sequenced Bath

According to Ayurveda, there is a proper way of taking a bath. If you want to take a head bath do not pour water on your head first. We all have a tendency to pour a shower or a bucket of water from our head, doing so makes blood from your entire body rushes to your head and the body has to adjust its temperature very quickly as we are warm-blooded. This can cause capillary or artery breakage, which leads to cardiac arrests. So pour water on your body first then on your head. Persons with high blood pressure must pay more and more attention to the sequence of bathing.

Though accidents like heart attacks and cardiac arrests are really uncertain and can happen any time anywhere, it can be life-saving if we take precautions as much as we can. In order to avoid any one of the heart attack or cardiac arrest, there is a lot of things we need to take care of. From proper diet to exercise, enough sleep, less stress, healthy lifestyle all of them are equally important for a good heart. All the above-mentioned things will help you to avoid cardiac arrest from an unexpected cause. If you diagnosed with any kind of heart blockage consult with a cardiac surgeon in Chennai.

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Transgender woman dies after beating in Harlem, New York

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A transgender woman attacked in Harlem, New York last week died on Thursday after being declared brain dead and taken off life support. Police are treating the death of Islan Nettles, 21, as a hate crime.

They were called faggots, they were called he-shes, she-males, things of that nature

Nettles was walking with transgender friends early on August 17 when they met a group of men opposite a local police building. Police say a fight ensued after the men discovered the group was transgender and local man Paris Wilson, 20, was arrested at the scene.

Wilson was charged by prosecutors in Manhattan with assault and harassment. Prosecutors say more serious charges could be brought after police received allegations homophobic language was used, with a hate crimes team now investigating. The death has been ruled a homicide and a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office said Nettles was killed by “blunt impact head injuries”.

The criminal complaint Wilson presently faces says a police officer found Nettles “unconscious on the ground with a swollen shut eye and blood on her face”. Wilson is accused of punching Nettles to the ground and then repeatedly hitting her while she lay there.

Fashion became a definite decision for my life after my first show with my hand designed garments in high school

Nettles was interested in a fashion career, working as an intern for local fashion firm Ay’Medici. “Fashion became a definite decision for my life after my first show with my hand designed garments in highschool”, she wrote on LinkedIn, where she described herself as “anti-violence”. She has previously instructed fashion at Harlem Children’s Zone, undertaking studies at New York College of Technology and the Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School.

Her mother, Dolores Nettles, told press Nettles and her friends were subject to transphobic insults. “They were called faggots, they were called he-shes, she-males, things of that nature,” she said.

Daniel L. Squadron of the New York State Senate said yesterday in a statement “Islan was 21 years old — 21 years old. And her life and future were stolen from her. Let’s be clear: intolerance, discrimination and hate have no place in New York or anywhere.” He called for the passage of a related bill he supports, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

Wilson is presently free on bail, with a court hearing scheduled for October 4.

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Wikinews interviews Jonathan Stanley, Scottish Unionist candidate for 2021 Airdrie and Shotts by-election in Scotland

Monday, May 10, 2021

Voters in the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts are to go to the polls on May 13 to elect a replacement member of parliament (MP) to the United Kingdom House of Commons.

The outgoing MP for the seat is Neil Gray — a representative of the pro-independence Scottish National Party — was resigning to run in the Scottish Parliament election, which was to occur on May 6. Gray won the seat with 45.1% of the vote at the 2019 general election, winning 13.1% more than the second placed candidate Helen McFarlane of the Scottish Labour party, who received 32.0% of the votes.

One of the eight candidates running in this constituency is Jonathan Stanley of the Scottish Unionist Party. Stanley was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for this seat in September, after it was announced Gray would be seeking nomination in the Scottish Parliament. Stanley is also running in the Scottish Parliament election, running as a list candidate in the Lothian region for the Alliance 4 Unity party.

Wikinews spoke to Stanley about important issues issues both nationwide and in Airdrie and Shotts.

Stanley provided two links each alongside the answers to the first two questions. For the first question, these were opinion pieces written by him, and for the second, these were press releases from a think tank Stanley is involved in. Those four links are cited in the external links section.

The first opinion piece addresses housing, calling for, among other things, social housing to be restricted to those who have resided in the UK for ten years or more, a 20% stamp duty on houses sold to foreigners, and abolishing income tax relief for “buy to let” mortgages. The second opinion piece addressed a hate speech law passed by the Scottish Parliament, and said it threatened freedoms and “families[‘] privacy and security of their homes”.

The two press releases concerned COVID-19. The first, published in late January 2020, called for mass flu and pneumococcal vaccination for high risk groups and the banning of flights to and from China, except medical relief flights. The second, published on 15 March 2020, called for a number of things, including the closure of the UK border, a national lockdown, Universal Credit for all during the crisis, a guarantee of essential utilities, and national procurement of ventilators.

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Kansas School Board has copyright withheld over teaching Intelligent Design

Monday, October 31, 2005

Kansas has been denied permission to use two key documents commonly used in the writing of science education standards for states, the National Science Education Standards (published by the National Research Council) and Pathways to Science Standards (published by the National Science Teacher Association). The respective organizations argued that they could not grant the state of Kansas permission to use these documents in the current form of the Kansas Science Educational Standards, as these overemphasize controversy between the scientific theory of Evolution and the argument of Intelligent Design. Moreover, the organizations criticize that the standards in their current form distort the definition of science. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has expressed its support for the decision to deny Kansas the use of copyrighted material, as “the proposed standards misrepresent both the content and the standing of evolution as a scientific organizing principle”.

Proponents of Intelligent Design have characterized the refusal as “an effort to censor the discussion of scientific criticism of Darwinian theory by intimidation and threat”.

This is likely to further delay the ratification of the final vote on the Kansas Science Educational Standards as they will have to be rewritten either to not violate any copyright restrictions or modify their account of evolution and outlook on science. According to University of Kansas professor Steve Case, rewriting the standards will be very difficult, as “there is copyrighted material on every page” of the current document.

This is the second time that Kansas was denied the right to use copyrighted materials in their state standards, following the case in 1999, when Kansas included Creationism, a precursor of Intelligent Design, into the school curriculum. A later school board overturned that directive.

The dispute in Kansas has brought nationwide responses, ranging from a rebuke by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the creation of internet-sensation Flying Spaghetti Monster mythology (which is lobbying the Kansas School Board to give equal time teaching their creationism theory as well.)

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Mlm Downline Proprietary Rights: How To Buy A Downline From A Company Going Out Of Business?}

MLM downline proprietary rights: How to buy a downline from a company going out of business?


Robert Nogueira

The secret of creating compelling moneymaking machine is to build a compelling presentation to prospects. How do you structure your downline so it will grow to deeper levels? One strategy is to expand your organization by buying downlines from a company that is likely to go out of business. This one is fast, creative, smart, and an excellent approach to expand your organization. This is an easier way to achieve your target sales volume and downline levels than doing personal face-to-face or cold calling exhibitions strategy to recruit members. This is how an MLM industry picks up its network marketing. The idea gives a significant point of difference from simple face-to-face direct selling.

Downline proprietary rights

Your downlines are your private property! Downlines are private property of the person who organized and built the structure. The Federal Trade Commission vs. Holiday Magic and Koscot International could give a clearer view of the rule. You can sell your downline.

Acquisition through merger

MLM owners tired of maintaining MLM companies would want to sell in a secret discreet manner so that the independent distributors do not get worried. This is the shortcut to obtaining multi-level marketing success. One big deal through merger and you can enjoy the top level of the network.

Buying downlines from another MLM organization

If you know of someone who is tired of being an owner of an MLM company and finds more fun and value becoming a distributor again, then you can buy the downlines of that organization. This is safe, legal, and a fast way of expanding your organization as well as your sales volume.

Federal Trade Commission vs. Holiday Magic and Koscot International

The Koscot network marketing program involved continuous recruitment of additional participants while potential investors remained constant in a given geographical area. Koscot established and operated similar companies, which provided more flexibility and opportunity for distributors to participate and continue recruiting members. This implies their intention to operate endless recruitment network plan. The programs design was maximization of recruitment income by recruiting more members, which provided bigger immediate cash rewards. This facilitates the time that it takes to build and develop an organization for sales and retail.

Important factors to consider

Buying downline is not easy because it works like acquisition of a company through merger. Find out the industrys standard, marketing policies and programs, and the fair cost of the downline for a profitable exchange. Make sure that all documents involved in the sale are complete and verified, if possible, by the courts. Make sure that the middleman you use is trustworthy. The use of a middleman would be great and convenient for the task.

Buy paying members for your downline. A little examination of your potential downlines history wont hurt. There is a great possibility that a member may quit at any point in time. Genealogy leads are downline reports composed of a list of people who made an investment for tools or training to build an organization called distributor marketing network or MLM. The downline reports demonstrates the interest of each person in the list to invest more, spend money, and sell or recruit to succeed. You need to read the downline reports to estimate downline selling and earning potentials.

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