Map of SylhetTwo unidentified young men crushed to death under the wheels of a train at Sylhet railway station on Saturday night.The age of the youths is around 20 years, said Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Sylhet GRP police station, reports UNB.The duo fell down while trying to board Dhaka-bound ‘Upoban Express’ around 10:00pm while it was leaving the platform and crushed to death under the train’s wheels.The victims used to push rickshaws on the Keane Bridge area in the city, the OC added.
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed, saying the summit “may not work out for 12 June.”Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea president Moon Jae-in as the two leaders sought to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit.Trump told reporters: “If it doesn’t happen, may be it happens later,” reflecting recent setbacks to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas. The North pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and the Republic of Korea forces, and it threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over the U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the peninsula.Moon said in the Oval Office that the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks, telling the U.S. president that they were “one step closer” to the dream of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions.
jahangirnagar universityA faction of Jahangirnagar University teachers on Monday staged a token ‘sit-in’ programme in front of vice chancellor’s office demanding academic council election for unelected and date-expired posts, reports UNB.The teachers under the banner of ‘Shommilito Shikkhak Shomaj’ also demanded the election of Jahangirnagar University Central Students’ Union (JUCSU) after ensuring congenial atmosphere on the campus.They took up positions in front of the VC’s office at 11am and staged the ‘sit-in’ until 1pm.Leader of the anti-VC alliance, professor Kamrul Ahsan said, “According to the university act, VC is compelled to hold elections of different unelected posts. VC professor Farzana Islam earlier decided to hold the elections within 6 May after discussing with the authorities. But, now she is delaying process by showing cause of her sicknesses.”Addressing the function, convener of the teachers’ unity and president of Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) professor Ajit Kumar Majumder said they want that the university authority would ensure the congenial democratic atmosphere on the campus and would follow the university acts.”We are not demanding the resignation of JU VC,” he added.Professor Jamal Uddin Runu, JUTA secretary professor Sohel Rana, professor Shamsul Alam Selim, professor Koushik Saha, professor Farid Ahmed, professor Khabir Uddin, professor Kamrul Ahsan and professor Mafruhi Satter, among others, spoke at the programme.Another faction of teachers backed by the VC – ‘Bangabandhur Adarsher Shikkhak Parishad’, termed the demands as inhuman and illogical.JU VC professor Farzana Islam has been on leave since 6 March due to illness.
Share maxboot.netConservative columnist Max Boot is the author of “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.”Longtime conservative stalwart Max Boot knows the exact moment he stopped being a Republican.“That moment was the night that Donald Trump won the presidency,” he said. “I re-registered the very next day because I could not stay part of a Trump-ified Republican Party.”He says the GOP has become very different than the party of Ronald Reagan that he joined in the 1980s, citing many members’ willingness to align with a President who maligned minorities, mocked John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war, and who wanted to ban Muslims from entering the country – among other things.“I was viscerally and instantly opposed to Donald Trump from the moment that he started running for office castigating Mexicans as rapists and murderers,” Boot said. “That was just so outrageous and so out of line. And he continued to outrage me on an almost daily basis.”Boot now sees himself as a center-right independent and writes about his dissatisfaction with his former party in his book The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. He speaks at an event tonight with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.In the audio above, he talks with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about his decision and where conservatives like him go from here.
Sheila Brooks, moderator, William Von Hoene, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Exelon; Bridget Reidy, senior vice president and chief supply officer, Exelon; Emmett Vaughn, director of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon; and Calvin Butler Jr., CEO, BGE. (Photo by Rob Roberts)More than 150 minority business owners serving Washington, D.C. residents had details of the proposed merger of Chicago-based energy company Exelon and parent company of D.C.-based utility Pepco shared with them on Oct. 7, at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square in Northwest. The forum was co-hosted by The President’s Roundtable and Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council.The $6.8 billion merger consists of Exelon’s 3 utilities – BGE, ComEd and PECO – and Pepco Holdings Inc.’s (PHI) 3 utilities – Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco, which will create a leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility. Since the announcement that the two companies signed a definitive agreement in April, skepticism has surfaced about the benefits of the merger to minority-owned businesses. “Any time businesses come together, you always worry about a shrink in the market,” Larry McKenney, CEO of Laurel Radiology Services, told the AFRO during the event.The forum’s message, however, enforced the corporations’ commitment to the inclusion of varied suppliers. “Diversity is a core value of PHI,” said Reginald McCauley, director supply of chain at PHI during his opening statement. “We have the ability to make sure that opportunities for diversity happen.”In 2013, Exelon spent $906 million with certified diverse suppliers and PHI’s Pepco utility spent $80.1 million on diverse supplier procurement, yearly increases for both companies.During the event, minority entrepreneurs benefited from face-to-face access to Exelon and PHI leaders as opposed to less intimate dialogue via phone and internet that have become popular in this age. “It’s a part of business relationships that are being lost,” said McKenney.The corporations’ leaders were able to share information about approaches to working with diverse businesses in the D.C. metropolitan area. “We are challenging [to our partners], but everyone perceives their business as better because we challenge them,” Emmet Vaughn, director of diverse business empowerment at Exelon.Not only will vendors and the communities they serve benefit from partnering, but the Exelon and PHI expect the same rewards. “The reason that this is important to us is because we are better when we bring people to the table with different perspectives and vantage points,” said William Von Hoene, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon during a panel discussion that included senior leaders at Exelon. “Our obligation is to do our business in the best way possible.”The panel also dove into strategies for how to successfully compete for contracts and partner with the companies, as well as answered questions related to vendor promotions, providing support to the merger and expectations related specifically to District businesses.The merger is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of 2015 and the corporations will continue to actively engage with minority businesses, said Melissa Sherrod, vice president of corporate affairs at Exelon, “If we haven’t knocked on your door yet, we’re coming.”
The Baltimore City branch of the NAACP is regrouping with a new agenda and new leadership. The local branch will host a delegation of the city’s civil rights organizations in a meeting with new Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa next week and has announced a comprehensive economic inclusion agenda in cooperation with the organization’s national headquarters.“We’re taking the lead in bringing local civil rights organizations to a meeting on the 16th of this month. We’re going to be talking about his conversation around plain clothes units. We’re going to be talking about the consent decree,” said Anthony McCarthy, newly appointed executive director of the Baltimore branch.Anthony McCarthy, newly appointed executive director of the Baltimore branch.“The Baltimore NAACP, The National Action Network and the Urban League all plan to be intimately involved in moving forward with the implementation of the consent decree,” said McCarthy, who is a former spokesperson for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. McCarthy also served in the administrations of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor Sheila Dixon. In addition, he is a former editor with the AFRO.McCarthy was appointed executive director by the chapter’s executive committee in January. Ronald Flamer became president of the Baltimore NAACP after the controversial departure of long-time president Tessa Hill-Aston last Fall.Flamer believes the reinstatement of the executive director’s role will strengthen the chapter and return the Baltimore branch to its core advocacy work with an increasingly complex local civil rights agenda, which includes the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) consent decree and continuing the work of moving Baltimore’s economic, educational and public policy agendas forward.“We are excited to have someone of Anthony’s caliber take on this leadership position with the Baltimore City NAACP. He has a strong history of social justice advocacy and brings decades of experience in public service and media to the job,” Flamer said.The Baltimore branch will take the lead in connecting with city government on recommendations in the NAACP’s 2018 Economic Inclusion Plan for Baltimore released Feb. 6 jointly with the organization’s national office and Maryland State Conference.Specific recommendations for jump starting economic viability in Baltimore include vacant land transfer to community land trusts and a local government-enforced crackdown on predatory lending practices that continue to negatively impact home ownership for African-Americans in Baltimore, according to the report.“We now look forward to utilizing these strategies for economic inclusion in our work with the community to truly make a difference,” said Edsel Brown, economic chair, NAACP Maryland State Conference.Collaboration is a key theme for both the Baltimore Branch and the NAACP national office this year. The national headquarters recently experienced a shake-up in 2017 as well, dismissing Cornell Williams Brooks in the spring and replacing him with Derrick Johnson in Aug. 2017.Johnson quickly kicked off a “listening tour” in several cities, including Baltimore, amid the city branch’s turmoil and ultimate change in leadership. The listening tour served as the impetus for the Economic Inclusion report.Finally, McCarthy said the local chapter has adopted a legislative agenda and plans to issue support letters on issues ranging from legislation in support of the city’s two HBCU’s (Coppin State and Morgan State Universities) to HB-687, proposed by State Delegate Antonio Haynes requiring security services at Baltimore’s senior housing sites.The Baltimore Branch of the NAACP was placed under administrative receivership last Fall after Hill-Aston’s departure. The national organization appointed NAACP State Conference Director Gerald Stansbury as branch receiver. The Baltimore branch will hold elections for permanent officers this Fall. Flamer has not yet announced whether he will seek the presidency for a full term.In the meantime, McCarthy plans to prove the value of hiring full-time staff to support the Baltimore Branch through service. “I’m committed to serving this organization. I am going to work diligently every day and earn my keep,” McCarthy said.
Explore further Google App Inventor also has blocks for doing ‘programming-like’ things as well as blocks to store information, blocks for repeating actions, and blocks to perform actions under certain conditions. (PhysOrg.com) — Google has announced a new software development program that lets anyone develop an application for Android devices; it’s called the App Inventor for Android. Google says the software is intended to allow any smartphone user develop Android applications without having any prior knowledge of programming languages. Since Google App Inventor provides access to GPS-location sensor, you can build location apps to determine where you are. You can build a useful app that will show you where you parked your car; never forget where you’re car is parked anymore.According to DailyTech, the New York Times states that Harold Abelson is the Google project leader. Harold Abelson is a computer scientist from MIT on sabbatical at Google. Abelson said, “The goal is to enable people to become creators, not just consumers, in this mobile world.” Abelson also stated, “We could only have done this because Android’s architecture is so open.”The App Inventor was tested by women, sixth grade students, nursing students and many others, none of them majoring in computer science.• PhysOrg.com Android apps (new version available) Google Android Application Inventor makes just about anyone a DIY Android App inventor Inserting buttons, blocks and customizing screen colors is just a click away. Credit: Google Labs. Citation: Google Releases DIY Android App Inventor (w/ Video) (2010, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-google-diy-android-app-inventor.html With Google App Inventor, blocks can be created for just about everything you can do with an Android phone. Credit: Google Labs. Augmented Reality for Your GPS (w/ Video) © 2010 PhysOrg.com The official Google Labs web page for App Inventor states: “To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.” More information: App InventorVia: DailyTech 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.