Joel Edgerton joins Barry Jenkins series

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry Jenkins series “The Underground Railroad”. Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slave catcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre, reports The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us”, in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the thriller “The Gift”, in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving”, “Red Sparrow”, “Bright”, “Jane Got a Gun” and “Midnight Special”. Based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, “The Underground Railroad” chronicles young Cora’s (Mbedu) journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Jenkins will direct all 11 episodes of the one-hour series in what will be his first attempt at directing a TV series in its entirety.last_img read more

Indigenous filmmakers For Any Run ad project earns praise

PHOENIX — A spec is a “made-up” commercial that filmmakers use to showcase their talent and potential. That is exactly what Diné filmmaker Christopher Nataanii Cegielski did when he created his New Balance spec called “For Any Run.”The video is a product of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program, an organization that provides guidance, exposure and tools for minority directors who hope to work in the industry.Cegielski, 28, was selected out of more than 300 applicants to participate as a fellow of the program, the first Indigenous filmmaker, Indian Country Today reported. So over the course of six months, he attended workshops, shadowed industry employees and created mentorships.His final project: “For Any Run.”Experts who study media representation of Native Americans say Cegielski’s work is important because of visibility. “Bringing contemporary representations of native people, whether it is through branding or ad campaigns, educates the greater American people about who we (Native Americans) are today,” says Crystal Eckohawk, who is Pawnee and executive director of IllumiNative.For Cegielski, the story began with an idea of a Diné grandmother who chased her sheep and did flips. He worked for three months researching brands, writing scripts, putting together pitch decks, choosing a cast and even budgeting. In total, his one-minute commercial cost approximately $16,000.In the initial phases the commercial advertised an ASICS shoe instead of New Balance. After further research, Cegielski observed that the tone of the ASICS brand was geared toward “serious” athletes. He saw that New Balance had a more “playful” tone — and that it fit in line with his light-hearted and fun vision.“I had to think about everything the right way,” Cegielski said.With this in mind, he says his goal was to create something that Indian Country could watch.“For far too long there has been non-Native people making Native material,” Cegielski said. “It’s always about oppression. … I just wanted to change that.”The commercial led him to meeting Diné actors Colleen Biakeddy, who played the grandma, and Micah Chee who portrays the grandson. In true Diné fashion, the trio discovered they all belong to the Ta’chii’nii, or Red Running Into Water clan, after they met in person. The commercial was shot in mid-August over two days.This was Biakeddy’s first acting role. But the 50-year-old is not new to sheep herding. Her day starts with checking on her cattle near Big Mountain in Arizona, some 53 miles (85 kilometres) south of Kayenta.“The role was first brought to my attention as a sheep-herding grandmother,” Biakeddy said. “I said if I don’t land this, I am going to be laughing.” She hopes for more acting opportunities.The role for her was important because of how it represents Diné grandmothers. She appreciated the attention to detail, noting that grandmothers in her community “really do” cover their feet using tennis shoes, or whatever it takes to get work done.In a single minute, the commercial shows that a “grandmother goes out there and tells her grandchildren to give it their all.”This rang true for the 11-year-old actor who played her grandson. Some of Chee’s recollections of the experience include that the filming day was hot, but fun. He stayed well-hydrated and remembers eating sandwiches and pickles on set.Another highlight for Chee was working with Cegielski. “He was a really fun and nice director. . He even ran around the desert with me,” Chee said who wants to continue acting.In case you wondered, Biakeddy did not do her own stunts (though she notes she had to do a somersault in her casting audition). Her stunt double was Conrad Weitzel, a parkour athlete from Phoenix.Cegielski highlighted one challenge. Weitzel needed to land his stunts on specific marks in order to stay in the camera’s focus. “He was amazing. He hit his marks all while flipping in the air,” Cegielski said.The spec has now been seen throughout Indian Country, largely motivated by social media. The video on Instagram alone has been viewed more than 10,000 times since last Friday.“It is a dream come true,” Cegielski said. “It also makes me really happy because of unexpected timing.” Cegielski was referring to a Dior advertisement that was published a few weeks ago which sparked outrage in Native communities.“We likely would not see a commercial like this were it not created by someone like Christopher who is Native American,” said Tamika Lamison, director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program. “And certainly it would not have the authenticity that this New Balance has from that perspective.”The organization also shared that they are grateful to their partners: REVERIE, Cegielski’s mentoring production company, as well as the creatives at Saatchi & Saatichi.Moving forward, Biakeddy and Chee hope that New Balance’s marketing team sees the commercial. He said: “I would like to have the right people buy it and acknowledge it.”New Balance could not be reached for comment.___Information from: Indian Country Today, is an AP Member Exchange shared by Indian Country TodayAliyah Chavez, The Associated Press read more

Afghanistan Security Council applauds final election results refuge agency chief tours

In a presidential statement read by the Council President for November, Ambassador Andrey Denisov of the Russian Federation, the Council also expressed its hope for the prompt appointment of all members of the House of Elders, or Meshrano Jirga.The transitional political process was agreed in 2001 at an international conference in Bonn, Germany, after the ouster of the Taliban regime.The Council again thanked all those who contributed to the electoral process, reaffirmed how important it was for the international community to maintain a high level of commitment to assisting Afghanistan in addressing such remaining challenges as improving security, governance and development and fighting terrorist and narcotic threats.Violence in any form intended to disrupt the democratic process in Afghanistan would not be tolerated, the Council said, as it condemned unequivocally all recent attacks in the country, including assaults on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and extended its sympathies to the victims and the families.Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called on the Government of Afghanistan to take into account the needs of the repatriating refugees when it explains its development plans to a conference to be held in London early next year.Speaking at a news conference at the end of his first mission to the country, he said: “I encourage all three governments – Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan – to play a constructive role in addressing this issue, together with the UN refugee agency.”During his meeting yesterday with President Karzai on the first day of his two-day visit, Mr. Guterres said: “We’re now entering a new stage in the return and reintegration of Afghan refugees. Return will continue to be the main solution for Afghans living in asylum countries, but a new approach needs to be developed and UNHCR remains committed to finding a durable solution.” read more

Yellen says she expects Fed to start raising rates from record lows

WASHINGTON – Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday that she expects the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates from record lows by the end of the year.In a lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yellen said she thought inflation would gradually move up to the Fed’s target rate of 2 per cent as unusually low oil prices and other factors prove temporary. And she suggested that global economic weakness won’t likely be significant enough to dissuade the Fed from raising its key short-term rate from zero by December.Yellen’s comments may help clarify doubts about the Fed’s intentions that deepened last week after its latest policy meeting ended. The Fed chose not to raise rates, citing global economic pressures and concern about excessively low inflation.That decision raised worries that the Fed had greater concerns about economic problems in China and falling stock markets than investors had previously thought.In her speech Thursday, Yellen said Fed officials continue to monitor economic troubles abroad. But she said officials don’t think those challenges will significantly influence the central bank’s interest-rate decisions.Toward the end of the speech, Yellen, 69, paused twice for several seconds, appearing to have lost her place in the text. The Fed said in a statement later that Yellen “felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights.”The Fed statement said she was seen by emergency medical personnel and “felt fine afterward and has continued her schedule Thursday evening.”At a news conference last week, Yellen had avoided saying whether she herself still thought a rate hike would be justified this year. She said she preferred to convey the collective view of the Fed’s policymaking committee, which establishes the central bank’s rate decisions. But on Thursday, Yellen included herself, saying, “Most of my colleagues and I anticipate that it will likely be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate sometime later this year.”The Fed has two remaining meetings for this year, Oct. 27-28 and Dec. 15-16. Many economists say they doubt the Fed would have enough new information to be confident about hiking rates in October but say they do expect a move in December as long as nothing unexpected happens to threaten the economy.“Our base-case scenario is still that the Fed will begin to hike rates in December,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.He cautioned, though, that any government shutdown caused by battles over the federal budget or a failure to raise the government’s borrowing limit in a timely way could cause the Fed to further delay a rate increase.As she has before, Yellen stressed that when the Fed does begin raising rates, it expects the increases to be extremely gradual. The central bank has left its benchmark rate at a record low since 2008. It last raised rates in 2006.She also emphasized that the Fed has made no final decision about a rate hike. The decision still depends on further progress toward the Fed’s dual mandates: Maximizing employment and maintaining price stability, which the Fed defines as inflation rising at a modest annual pace of 2 per cent.In August, the U.S. unemployment rate reached a seven-year low of 5.1 per cent, essentially achieving the Fed’s job goal. But inflation has been running below the Fed’s target for more than three years and recently has fallen even farther from the 2 per cent goal. Ultra-low inflation has resulted in part from a plunge in energy prices over the past year and a higher-valued dollar, which has made imports cheaper.Yellen said Fed officials still think the depressive effects of the dollar and energy prices will fade, allowing inflation to return to the 2 per cent level. She noted that the Fed expects low unemployment to eventually accelerate wage gains.Yellen’s comments came in a 23-page speech that was accompanied by numerous charts, economic formulas and footnotes, which provided an extensive review of the Fed’s views on factors that influence inflation. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on inflation dynamics and monetary policy at the University of Massachusetts, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. The talk comes one week after the central bank decided to keep interest rates at record low, in part because of persistently low inflation. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Yellen says she expects Fed to start raising rates from record lows by year’s end by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN launches SouthSouth Galaxy knowledgesharing platform in Buenos Aires

China, for example, has managed to send an exploration vehicle to the dark side of the Moon, while India has a satellite orbiting Mars. A new digital tool launched on Tuesday, just ahead of the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, aims to strengthen the ways countries share their technology, to benefit developing countries.The “South-South Galaxy”, is a global knowledge sharing and partnership platform, officially launched in the city hosting the “BAPA+40” conference – the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires – by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).The project aims to give systematic and effective support to countries of the South so they can connect, learn and collaborate with potential partners in the wider digital world.”The Galaxy project will place in a single digital space all the great experiences of South-South cooperation”, said Jorge Chediek, Special Envoy of the Secretary General, and Director of the UNOSSC, in an interview with UN News, which will be covering the conference throughout the week. “We are talking about the best cases, the best opportunities to establish contacts and partnerships”, he added.The project, which was launched on the eve of the conference, seeks to unite existing platforms developed by UN agencies and their partners, allowing all in the South-South cooperation field to access and navigate a wide range of knowledge, solutions, research, and development initiatives.“I look forward to making it a live database. The key for that is to have a strong institutional commitment of many partners and to develop it in a way that it becomes an useful element where users can find what they need to build a better reality in their countries”, Mr. Chediek explained.From recipients, to tech pioneersFor the Special Envoy, technology has become essential for developing countries, which are increasingly taking the initiative to innovate in the digital world.”Traditionally, the countries of the South were the recipients of technology. The productive technology, the information technology, was generated in the North,” said Mr. Chediek. “Currently these countries are creating new technologies and have developed new models of how to use them for the benefit of their societies. In this context, South-South cooperation becomes very important for other developing countries to learn and take advantage of these new tools”, he added.The Envoy stressed during the event how in 1978, when the Buenos Aires Plan of Action was adopted to promote technical cooperation among developing countries, there was still no notion of what technology will actually represent in the 21st century.”Who would have thought that after 40 years we would meet in Buenos Aires, at the same time that China has managed to send an exploration vehicle to the dark side of the Moon, and India orbits a satellite on Mars”, Mr. Chediek said.UNOSSC also launched its new report “South-South Cooperation in a Digital World”, on Tuesday, which further explores and analyzes development prospects and trends affecting and impacting digital industries in the Global South, and puts forward proposals for digital industrial cooperation among Southern countries.Uruguay hails digital opportunitiesThe President of Uruguay, Mr. Tabaré Vásquez, echoed the Special Envoy’s words of the Envoy saying the world was going through a torrent of technological changes, changing the development paradigm.”The economy as we have conceived it until now has a new discipline: the digital economy, which is advancing by leaps and bounds. If we look closely at the Big Data market from 2011 to 2017, it has multiplied by 5, and it is estimated that in the next ten years it will triple”, he said.”The immense amount of data available, the ability to process and transmit it, opens a wide range of development opportunities. However, the challenge is that these changes benefit the largest number of inhabitants of our planet and reach the entire population, serving the neediest”, Mr. Vásquez added. UNIC Argentina.Flag Raising Ceremony for the Second High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 19 March, 2019.Flags fly at BAPA+40On Tuesday, the United Nations flag was raised next to flag of Argentina at the Convention and Exhibition Center of Buenos Aires, marking the formal opening of BAPA+40. UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Achim Steiner, was joined by Jorge Chediek, and the Argentine Foreign Minister, Jorge Faurie, at the ceremony.“South-South Cooperation enables countries to reach their development goals and reduce poverty through mutual assistance and solidarity. The Conference will adopt a crucial roadmap to accelerate the implementation of concrete solutions to achieve the sustainable development agenda”, said the UNDP chief.“We are not talking about abstract realities. We are talking about practices and exchanges that are oriented to improve the quality of lives”, the Special Envoy told UN News.More than 1,000 participants and high-level delegations from dozens of countries, will debate the importance of South-South Cooperation as a tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. read more

Motorists save money Driving for the Future

‘Driving for the Future’, launched today by SMMT, tells drivers how to measure their fuel consumption and reduce it. CO2 emissions are directly related to fuel consumption so the less fuel a car uses, the lower its emissions. Notes to Editors: Just a few small changes to driving style – using the highest practical gear, avoiding sudden acceleration and cutting speed – can all save fuel. Regularly servicing a car, checking its tyre pressure and keeping vehicle weight down can each cut fuel consumption by around eight per cent. ‘Driving for the Future’ also offers advice about buying a new car, understanding the CO2-based company car tax system, a guide to cleaner fuels and recycling your car at the end of its use. A new consumer guide has been launched giving motorists practical advice on cutting their fuel use, helping the environment and their wallets! ‘Driving for the Future’ can be downloaded at and is available free of charge. Ends ‘Driving for the Future’ is available for media download from the press release at It will be available for public download from from midday tomorrow. Commenting on the new consumer guide, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The motor industry takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and has already achieved a massive drop in tailpipe emissions. New technologies, a trend towards smaller cars and diesel engines will see new car average emissions continue to fall but the ‘Driving for the Future’ guide will help overall emissions levels. Motorists can save money by cutting their fuel bills while helping the environment.’ DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Arizona Cardinals Have Been The Luckiest Team In The NFL

With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history. read more

Report Ohio State wide receiver Jalin Marshall to miss remainder of spring

The Ohio State football team has suffered another casualty.After losing sophomore safety Vonn Bell already this spring to an injured MCL, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall can be added to the list of players out for the remainder of spring practice.According to a report by, Marshall is set to have surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of spring practice.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have not practiced since the beginning of spring. Miller is out with after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, Heuerman has a broken nose and Spencer is rehabbing from a lower leg injury suffered in OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.After the first day of spring practice March 4, coach Urban Meyer noted he had seen an improvement in Marshall since he first walked on campus.“Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago,” Meyer said. “Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play. I saw what you saw, great looking dude, but he didn’t play great. Just go.”Marshall did not play for the Buckeyes in his first season in Columbus, despite coming in as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was expected to compete for playing time next season, after the graduation of OSU’s leading wide receiver, Corey “Philly” Brown.Former Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier said before the Orange Bowl against Clemson he thought that Marshall was a player to watch for in the future.“Even some of those guys on offense like Jalin and (redshirt-freshman tight end) Marcus Baugh and guys like that,” Shazier said Dec. 13. “I feel like they’re going to do a really good job next year helping this team. They’ve been doing a great job on scout and even practices so just watching them in this bowl practice is going to be really key.”An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

UK weather Heavy snow could cut off villages in south east of

The Met Office said the winds would slowly ease overnight into Monday.The Met Office warned of power cuts in light of the heavy snow on Tuesday and poor mobile phone coverage. BBC forecaster Alina Jenkins warned of frequent snow showers, starting from northern Scotland and pushing southern and eastwards on Tuesday.   Heavy snow could cut off villages in the south east of England this week, the Met Office has warned.A band of rain pushing eastwards across the country is likely to turn to snow on Tuesday evening, with up to 3cm likely going into Wednesday.  The south east is set to bear the brunt of the Arctic blast and the Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for snow on Tuesday and Wednesday – with travel delays on roads and rail likely and a chance that “some rural communities could become cut off” as the weather deteriorates. Nationally, some areas could get up to 10cm of snow on high ground as Arctic winds from the north move into the UK.The Met Office said: “Accumulations of 1-3 cm are likely quite widely, with accumulations of 5cm in places. There is a small chance that some areas could see up to 10 cm, more especially over the higher ground.” Rough sea batters the pier at Tynemouth on the North East coast on Sunday She said: “I think you could well find it’s somewhere between -5 and -7C over the Scottish glens … but actually for lots of places maybe negative degrees, about -2 to -3C in the north, whereas some cities in the south will be hovering around zero.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It follows a windy weekend that left parts of Wales without electricity on Sunday as overhead cables were felled.Strong northerly winds with gusts of up to 70mph pounded the west and east coasts. Cloud moves over the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast at Sandsend, near Whitby, on MondayCredit:Ian Forsyth/Getty Images She added: “It’s a case of normal wintry hazards that we would expect – snow, ice, frost are going to be quite prevalent over the next few days.” Rough sea batters the pier at Tynemouth on the North East coast on SundayCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Wire The Met Office has warned of power cuts and travel delays  Cloud moves over the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast at Sandsend, near Whitby The weather warning is in place from 9pm on Tuesday to 12pm on Wednesday, the Met Office said.  Temperatures are set to drop to between 3 or 4C for most of Tuesday. Met Office forecaster Ellie Creed said there was likely to be a “widespread” frost and possible ice forming overnight into Monday morning. Police at the scene of a huge fallen tree in Liverpool. The Met Office has warned of power cuts and travel delays Credit:Mercury Press & Media read more

Retired nurse 57 and pensioner latest to be named as listeria outbreak

A retired nurse, 57, and a pensioner have been named as the second and third people to die linked to the listeria outbreak at British hospitals which has killed five.Enid Heap, 84, and Beverley Sowah were named today at the opening of Mrs Heap’s inquest. But the coroner said their deaths had been processed by the court before it was aware of the food poisoning outbreak – one of the worst in British history. Mrs Heap from Beswick, Manchester, was admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary in March this year suffering breathing difficulties, Manchester Coroner’s Court heard on Friday. She died on May 6 with her family at her bedside.Nigel Meadows, senior coroner for Manchester, said there was also a “linked death” to that of Mrs Heap. She was named as Mrs Sowah, who was born in Jamaica and who lived in Manchester.Mrs Sowah had been admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary on April 15 and died on April 26. Samples had been taken from her for analysis as part of her ongoing treatment on April 25, the court heard.Mr Meadows told the Manchester court that before the listeria deaths were uncovered an inquest had already been held into Mrs Sowah’s death and he had concluded no inquest hearing was needed for Ms Heap’s death. They include two – Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Royal Derby Hospital – in which patients have died.  A further four hospitals, named as William Harvey in Ashford, Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire, St Richards Hospital, in Chichester, Sussex, and Worthing Hospital, have been affected by the outbreak, Mr Hancock said.Until this week, officials had only named two hospital trusts – Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool – which between them had seen three deaths caused by the outbreak.Sandwiches and salads linked to the outbreak were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected.But scientists fear more cases may emerge because listeria has a 70-day incubation period. He said listeria can also occur as a result of natural disease process.He added: “I was not aware of any suggestion whatsoever that listeria might have arisen from contaminated sandwiches. If I had, matters would have progressed completely differently.”Mr Meadows told the Manchester court he had been in contact with the families of both women.He added: “They have obviously suffered a very tragic, recent bereavement and are very shocked and distressed to lean about the circumstances which are now suggested to have led to the deaths of their loved ones.”Both families would request their privacy and dignity is respected and no-one tries to contact them as they have no interest to speak to them.”A separate inquest into the death of Ian Hitchcock, 52, also opened on Friday.The cause of death of the businessman while in hospital for liver cancer is yet to be established, Derby Coroner’s Court heard.Mr Hitchcock died with his wife, Miranda, by his side at Nottingham City Hospital on June 8. Coroner Dr Robert Hunter said the cause of death would be known in six to eight weeks. In both cases, listeria had been listed as a cause of death but Mr Meadows said at that time there was no suggestion the listeria had come from sandwiches. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The infections relate to sandwiches and salads provided by the Good Food Chain, using meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats. The Good Food Chain, which supplied 43 trusts in England, has voluntarily ceased production while investigations continue, as has the meat producer.No family members of Mrs Heap were present in court.Solicitors for the hospital trust, Sodexo Health Care and Northern County Meats were present at the hearing. Eight NHS hospitals have been hit by the listeria outbreak which has killed five patients, the Health Secretary revealed on Monday.Matt Hancock made the disclosures as he said he was keen to see the health service take NHS catering back in-house, in a bid to improve safety.The Health Secretary on Monday named six NHS hospitals which have been hit by the outbreak, linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads, as he vowed to “take the necessary steps” to restore trust in hospital food. read more

POLAND Kielce over Azoty Pulawy for 15 goals

In the third round of the Polish league Vive Targi Kielce beat at home Azoty Puławy 34:19. Before the match, one of the main aims for Kielce team was to improve attack – the aspect which did not work well in their previous matches. It seems that the mission was accomplished, partly at least; Polish champions scored more successfully and the final result confirms it. Vive were leading from the very beginning; they gained 5 goal advantage until the halftime and were getting better and better in the second half. Guests from Puławy tried to make it harder for Kielce with 5-1 defence but they did not succeed. Sławomir Szmal did quite well in Kielce’s goal; it was also a good game of Grzegorz Tkaczyk who thus became the top scorer with 6 goals.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska handball matchHiungarian Handball FederationKS Vive Targi KielcePoland handball ← Previous Story LNH 2013/2014: PSG beat Chambery – Second win for Dunkerque! Next Story → The Faker’s Guide to the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 read more

Des bébés tigres naissent au cirque Bouglione

first_imgDes bébés tigres naissent au cirque BouglioneLe cirque Joseph Bouglione actuellement installé dans l’Essonne à Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois a vu naitre trois petits tigres cette semaine, une femelle Simba et ses deux frères Tigrou et Sultan.La semaine a été chargée en naissance du côté du cirque Joseph Bouglione. Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, les équipes du cirque actuellement installé dans la zone de la Croix-Blanche à Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois ont en effet accueilli trois nouveaux pensionnaires : trois petits tigres du Bengale. Malheureusement, comme cela arrive souvent, la mère Dina a rejeté la petite femelle Simba et ses deux frères Tigrou et Sultan. C’est donc le personnel du cirque qui s’occupe aujourd’hui des trois boules de poils qui ne pèsent que quelques centaines de grammes. À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonLes gens de la troupe se relaient, toutes les trois heures, jour et nuit, pour donner le biberon aux nouveaux venus qui atteindront d’ici deux ans la taille de leurs parents, soit approximativement 200 kilogrammes. Mais ce n’est pas les seules naissances que le cirque a vécu récemment. En effet, la ménagerie s’est déjà agrandie quelques jours plus tôt avec un bébé dromadaire Suzie, 4 lapins, 8 poussins et 7 chatons. “C’est toujours comme ça au printemps. Les naissances, c’est notre fierté. C’est la preuve que nos animaux se plaisent avec nous. Cela va contre les idées reçues idiotes sur les animaux maltraités dans les cirques”, confie au journal LeParisien André Bouglione, dompteur.Ainsi, toutes les espèces du cirque se reproduisent, dans la mesure bien sûr qu’il y ait à la fois un mâle et une femelle. “Les gens croient qu’on achète nos animaux et qu’on s’en débarrasse quand ils sont trop vieux, mais c’est pas du tout ça”, ajoute le dompteur.Au total, la troupe compte une quarantaine de personnes et le double d’animaux qui sont nourris, soignés et bichonnés. Une ménagerie qui sera visible à partir du 14 avril lorsque le cirque s’installera (jusqu’au 1er mai) à Saint-Michel-sur-Orge. Les bébés tigres eux rejoindront leurs congénères d’ici quelques mois mais ne seront pas inclus dans le spectacle avant au moins un an. Le 3 avril 2012 à 17:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Report Eddie Howes pay rise a false alarm

first_imgA report on Daily Echo has countered the previous report in The Mirror which stated that Cherries’ manager, Eddie Howe, would “double his money” at the club.A sum if happens, would make him the highest earning domestic manager in Premier League.The Mirror’s exclusive has even concluded that his salary will have to go above the £3m he receives as basic. Add bonuses to that and we witness a price even way above the stated figure.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…But Daily Echo claims they have been told that Howe currently does not have any negotiation with the club over the status of his contract and that the rumor was a common hoax.Howe only had that opportunity after taking Cherries to the Premier League in May of 2015. While he was more concerned about the club’s performance in the top games, he even did not consider that until October of the following season.Howe is in contract with Cherries until the end of 2019-20. At 40 years old, he is in his fourth season with Cherries.last_img read more

Bipartisan effort to improve fire mitigation strategies

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history. San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2007 fires.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell from SDG&E, was in studio to tell us more about the efforts to improve the fire mitigation strategies in fire prone areas statewide.Information on the strategies from the SDG&E website can be read below.A series of bipartisan legislation efforts are trying to improve the fire mitigation strategies across the state to protect the citizens in fire prone areas.San Diego, August 7, 2018 – During the most intense and destructive fire season recorded in California’s history, San Diego County has managed to escape the flames mainly in part to strict preventative measures which were implemented after suffering the losses of the 2008 fires. While legislation push for safer fire prevention measures continue at the state level, local fire departments along with key contributors such as SDG&E have coordinated the efforts in reducing the risk associated with fires in San Diego County, a county that up to the recent fires ravaging Northern California had witnessed the largest fire in the state’s history.“One of the things we’ve realized is that weather and climate conditions are very important factors contributing to wildfires. We’ve taken preventative measures such as changing all wood poles to steel poles, making sure the system can withstand 85 mph winds and we’ve installed weather systems that include high definition cameras so we can monitor the conditions 24 hours a day year round.” said Mitch Mitchell, vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).In 2018, SDG&E received the 2018 Edison Award for its investments to enhance grid resiliency and to reduce climate-related and weather-related vulnerabilities, like wildfires, to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s energy grid for generations to come. SDG&E has developed, and continues to improve upon, a comprehensive fire risk mitigation program designed to prevent the ignition of wildfires, improve grid resiliency, and enhance public safety. This includes significant strategic investments to fire-harden the energy grid, increase situational awareness, update operating protocols, and improve the region’s ability to respond to wildfires.“Through an ‘eye in the sky’ consisting of 100 high definition cameras and 160 weather stations we can pinpoint exactly when and where the fire risk is increased and we can prevent it immediately.” explained Mitchell about how San Diego Gas & Electric has been able to remain fire-free this season.A new bipartisan bill introduced by Governor Brown would create common sense safe guards for preventive fire measures. SB901 would set fire prevention standards to plan for today so that we can prevent the fires of tomorrow. If passed, SB901 would require yearly fire mitigation planning and approval, customer education and involvement, coordinated first responder plans, criminal penalties for non-compliance, and mitigation plans for storms, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, and other major problems.Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities. Prior to his current position, Mitchell was regional vice president of external affairs, responsible for public affairs and external affairs activities for SDG&E.Prior to joining SDG&E in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego. He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials. Previously,Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm. From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues. Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.Mitchell is an active member of the community. He has served for several years on the board of directors for the San Diego Food Bank and the Children’s Museum, and he was previously on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute. Mitchell is also a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission.Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.Strict Fire Risk Mitigation Protocols Have Maintained Southern California “Fire Free” Throughout Extreme Climate Conditions Bipartisan effort to improve fire mitigation strategies August 9, 2018 Updated: 11:53 AMcenter_img Posted: August 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

Its time to upgrade to a smart sprinkler

first_img Share your voice Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot 1:23 Time to smarten up your sprinkler. Tyler Lizenby/CNET For many smart home devices, deciding whether or not you need them is a matter of preference. I understand if you’d rather get up and flip off a light switch instead of pulling out your phone and doing the same thing with an app. But a handful of categories offer so many benefits, that they’re worth the upgrade for all — think smart thermostats and their energy savings along with their significant improvements to ease-of-use.I’m here to tell you that smart sprinklers belong in the no-brainer category of smart home upgrades. Seriously. Smart sprinklers might not be anywhere near the top of your list when you think of connected devices, but if you have an in-ground sprinkler system, you need one. Here are six reasons why. Read more: Everything you need to know to grow a healthy garden.App controlsThis part’s obvious. Like most connected devices, you can control smart sprinklers with an app. Smart sprinklers are designed to replace the existing sprinkler controller for your in-ground sprinkler system. Some can screw onto an ordinary faucet, and I quite liked the Orbit B-hyve Faucet Timer, but you’ll get the most benefit from a smart sprinkler if it’s powering the existing watering system that covers your yard. Replacing an existing controller is usually easy enough. Then you just need to use the app to connect your new smart sprinkler to Wi-Fi and you’re up and running.The apps for the Rachio Smart Sprinkler (both the second- and third-gen sprinklers) and the Orbit B-hyve are particularly intuitive. You can set up schedules, see a watering calendar, and turn your sprinklers on or off with the push of a button.screen-shot-2017-08-22-at-3-58-26-pmOrbit’s app is detailed and helpful.  Screenshots by Andrew Gebhart/CNET All of these app-enabled features are a significant upgrade from walking to the shed and fussing with the tedious buttons and knobs of old-school controllers. Weather awarenessThe app’s an even bigger upgrade when it’s raining. Instead of heading out into the elements yourself to reach your shed and flip off your sprinkler, or deciding you don’t want to bother and letting the water go to waste, you can quickly shut them off with the app. With the best smart sprinklers, you won’t even have to do that. Most smart sprinklers monitor the weather for you, so they’ll automatically be on top of the fact that it’s raining and you won’t see your sprinklers start running in the first place. They’re generally aware of rain in the forecast, and they’ll adapt your watering schedule accordingly. Auto schedulingIn fact, not only will your smart sprinkler adapt your schedule to the weather before you even need to think about it, but they can also set up your whole watering schedule for you from scratch. Many of the best smart sprinklers offer a variety of scheduling options. My favorite is Rachio’s approach, which ranges all the way from fully autonomous to moderate and predictable smarts to letting you handle everything. screen-shot-2017-08-07-at-3-57-48-pmRachio offers a variety of scheduling options. Screenshots by Andrew Gebhart/CNET With both Rachio and Orbit, you can tell the app about your yard, and then you can let it decide when it’s best to water and for how long. Even with these fully autonomous schedules, you can block off days if you have local watering restrictions, and the app will work the schedule around those limits. You don’t have to think about when it would be best to water and how often. The app will handle it all and water when necessary.Smarter than youYou might want to listen to your smart sprinkler’s advice, even if you do traditionally like to set your sprinkler schedule. Smart sprinklers use a variety of metrics to determine how fast the water will evaporate from your soil given the info you tell it about your yard. They can break up watering times into smaller segments automatically to help the water soak in and reduce run-off. They can automatically calculate how to fit all of this in before sunrise and adapt the schedule as that time changes over the course of a season. At least when it comes to how best to water your lawn, your smart sprinkler is likely smarter than you — unless you’re a gardening or lawn expert. If so, you’ll be happy to know that the best of the bunch also allow you to finely tune the details of your yard such as root depth, the precise area of your zones and inches of water delivered per hour. Your smart sprinkler can be your lawn care expert, or it can collaborate with you if you are one.Water savingsrachio-sprinkler-2The Rachio Smart Sprinkler can help save you money.  Chris Monroe/CNET All of the smarts, scheduling, and weather awareness add up to the biggest reason to upgrade to a smart sprinkler — it’ll save water and in turn save you money on your water bill. Smart sprinklers can cost anywhere from $100 to $280, but they’re likely to pay you back over the course of the next couple of summers.Most are certified by the EPA’s Watersense program, which allows you to get rebates on your utility bill for using a smart sprinkler. The EPA gives those rebates because all of the smarts — from calculating how quickly water evaporates to monitoring when it’s going to rain — help smart sprinklers keep your lawn healthy with less water wasted in the process. Voice controlsb-hive-sprinkler-6Orbit’s smart sprinkler works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Chris Monroe/CNET The practical advantages of saving water while spending less time fussing with your sprinkler comprise the main reasons to upgrade your old controller to an internet connected option, but smart sprinklers can be fun too. If you want to show off to your guests, try a voice-powered waterworks show. Rachio works with both Amazon’s assistant Alexa, so you can control it with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. Rachio also works with Google’s Alexa competitor called Google Assistant, so you can control your sprinklers by talking to your Google Home as well. Orbit’s smart sprinklers also work with both popular digital assistants, so you can start or stop your various zones with a voice command.Which sprinklers do we recommend?Part of the reason I’m so enthused about smart sprinklers is that a couple of options stand out as highly competent connected gadgets. The second-gen Rachio smart sprinkler is my current favorite at $200 for an eight-zone sprinkler and $250 for 16 zones. Rachio offers the most scheduling options of the bunch and has an intuitive app that mixes a simple setup with detailed control options if you want them.The third-gen Rachio is a great option too if you want to integrate your sprinkler with a flow meter to detect leaks. It’s only $30 more. If you want a great budget option, the Orbit B-Hyve is only $100 for six zones and $120 for 12. The six-zone controller is £150 in the UK and AU$320 in Australia. Orbit’s sprinkler doesn’t have quite the flexibility of Rachio, but it’s almost as smart for a lot less.Either way, make the upgrade and you won’t need to curse your stupid sprinklers for running in the rain anymore. $99 Walmart How To • Make Google Home get your groceries See it Smart Home 20 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Crutchfield Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Google Home Mentioned Above Google Home See All CNET Smart Home See It reading • 6 reasons you need a smart sprinkler Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) • Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 3 reasons to upgrade to a smart sprinkler system 12 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Tags News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Smart home staff picks: Our favorite gear for the summer Comments $79 $69 See It Amazon Googlelast_img read more

Proposed legislation to criminalize police sexual contact with sex workers during investigations

first_imgThe sign outside the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)Law enforcement officers in Alaska can legally have sexual contact with people they are investigating for crimes. Proposed legislation seeks to change that.Listen now“(I) brought House Bill 112 forward to close a loophole and eliminate a gray area about sexual contact during police investigations,” said Anchorage Rep. Matt Claman, who sponsored the legislation.He said he proposed the bill after seeing research conducted on behalf of a sex worker advocacy group. The statewide telephone survey was completed by Hays Research, which has run surveys and focus groups in the state for over a decade. It shows that more than 90 percent of the people surveyed didn’t know that police officers could legally have intercourse with sex workers, and they do not think it should be legal.Sex worker advocate Maxine Doogan said current law only protects people who are in custody, not people who are under investigation.“What happens in prostitution sting operations is that you’re in a state of being investigated, not technically in custody,” she said. “So police are allowed to have sexual contact as part of sting operations because that’s part of investigating prostitution.”Doogan says multiple women have reported sexual contact with law enforcement officers to her organization, Community United for Safety and Protection.A spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers said they have a policy against sexual contact during investigations. The Anchorage Police Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment.Fifty-eight percent of the people surveyed say they do not think the state should be expending resources “arresting consenting adults for prostitution.”Doogan’s organization is also pushing for legislation that would expunge prostitution charges from a person’s criminal record and from CourtView. She says those public records make it hard for women to move out of the industry and take other jobs.“When people have those really stigmatizing things on their records, it prohibits them from being hired in certain jobs,” she said. “So there’s a high level of discrimination against our population when people are looking to transition into other occupations.”No legislation to remove the charges has been proposed yet.last_img read more

Maharashtra Governor urges students to opt for vocational

first_imgKarimnagar: Stating that vocational courses have a bright future, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao advised the students to opt for these courses. He attended as a chief guest at the Skill Development programme organised on Monday for the youth by Tata Community Initiatives Trust in association with Jeeyar Education Trust, Prathima Foundation and Tata Sweep & My Home organisations in Akkannapet village of Ibrahimpatnam mandal in Jagtial district. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the Central government is determined and striving hard to give training in skill development to about 1.4 million students in four years. India will be recognised as one of the countries with maximum number of employed youth by 2020. In countries like Israel and Germany, there are maximum number of employees but many of them are aged and are about to retire within three to four years. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The youth, who opt vocational education, will have plenty of employment opportunities and especially those, who choose Publishing and Electronic sectors will get maximum salaries like that of software employees, he advised. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao appreciated Tata and Prathima Foundation for coming forward to organise such training programmes to the unemployed youth. Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Aravind, Jagtial Zilla Parishad Chairperson Dasa Vasantha, Metpalli MLA Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar, Joint Collector B Rajesham and sub-collector Gautham Potru were present along with others.last_img read more

Nitin Gadkari cancels IRB Infrastructures Rs 10050crore Zojila tunnel contract

first_imgUnion Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari cancelled Wednesday a contract awarded to IRB Infrastructure to build the Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir. The project was reportedly worth Rs 10,050 crore (about $1.5 billion).The road and transport ministry reportedly cancelled the contract without giving any reason. IRB infrastructure had been awarded the Zojila project in January 2015 after it emerged as the sole bidder, Reuters reports. Shares of IRB Infrastructure fell 4 percent after the deal was cancelled.”We have no clue as to why,” Virendra Mhaiskar, IRB’s managing director, was quoted as saying by the agency.The Congress — the Opposition party in the Lok Sabha — has been criticising the project; it has also accused Gadkari of violating India’s anti-corruption rule. The road ministry has denied any wrongdoing.It is believed IRB acknowledges investing in a company — owned by Gadkari about 15 years ago when Gadkari did not hold any public office. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has been quoted by Reuters as saying the past links between Gadkari and Mhaiskar should have been disclosed at the time of awarding of the project tender.”The allegations have no base. The matter was rubbished by the ministry then and there,” Mhaiskar told the agency.The Zojila tunnel — the longest in Southeast Asia — is expected be of great socio-economic importance to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. IRB Infrastructure won the contract in a round of competitive bidding, the company had said in a regulatory filing in January.The tunnel would be of strategic importance as it is located at an altitude of 3.528 metres and between Srinagar and Leh.The company has said it will wait for the revised terms before it decides to bid again for India’s most expensive road project.IRB Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs 224.30 at around 12:53 pm Thursday, down 0.36 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Four women raped in Ctg house

first_imgA gang of robbers allegedly raped four women after committing burglary in a house at Karnafuli in the port city of Chittagong on 12 December, reports UNB.After five days of the mugging, a case was filed with Karnafuli police station in this regard.During the robbery no male members of the family were present in the house.The victims alleged that the muggers stormed into the house around 1:00am after cutting the grills of windows and snatched jewellery, valuables and cash money.Later, at gunpoint, they raped three sister-in-laws and one of their female relatives, who was visiting them on the day.Local Union Parishad chairman Didarul Islam blamed the non-corporation of law enforcers for the delay in case filing.Victim’s family members said on 13 December, police sent them to Patia thana while they went to Karnafuli police station to file a case, and Patia police again redirected them to Karnafuli.With the interference of state minister for land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, police finally took the case and arrested two people in this regard.Meanwhile, Karnafuli police station officer-in-charge Syed Mostafa said firstly they (victims) did not mention about the rapes and referred a different name of their village that actually falls under Patia police station.After one or two days they corrected the name of their village and the case filed accordingly, he added.last_img read more

2 more killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgGunfight IllustrationTwo men were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Moulvibazar of Teknaf upazila’s Hneela union in Cox’s Bazar early Sunday, reports news agency UNB.Deceased Mahamudur Rahman, 28, son of a certain Miah Hossain, resident of Ali Akbar Para, and Mohammad Ashraf, 25, son of a certain Nurul Islam, a resident of Noyapara of the upazila were drug traders, claimed the law enforcement.Six LGs, bullets and 10,000 yaba pills were also recovered from the spot, said Pradip Kumar Das, the officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.He said that their team conducted a drive in the area after being tipped off about the presence of a drug traders’ gang.“They opened fire as soon as the police team reached the site, triggering a gunfight,” the OC said. “We recovered bodies of two drug traders after the gunfight.”Prothom Alo, however, could not verify police version of the incident independently as no version was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more