New Delhi: Bandhan Bank Friday said it has received no objection from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the proposed acquisition of Gruh Finance. “The Reserve Bank has by its letter dated March 14, 2019, conveyed its no objection for the voluntary amalgamation of Gruh Finance Ltd into and with Bandhan Bank, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions therein,” the bank said in a regulatory filing. Gruh Finance, the affordable housing finance arm of HDFC Ltd, was taken over in January by Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank in a share-swap deal. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAs part of the deal, Bandhan Bank has to transfer 14.9 per cent stake to HDFC for merging Gruh with itself. The deal will allow Bandhan Bank’s promoter Bandhan Financial Holdings to come down to about 61 per cent from about 82 per cent, and HDFC to hold around 15 per cent in the merged entity from about 57 per cent in Gruh. The swap ratio for the amalgamation will be 568 shares of Bandhan Bank for every 1,000 shares of Gruh Finance. Stock of Bandhan Bank closed 0.45 per cent down at Rs 511.05 on the BSE.
VANCOUVER — A new study shows U.S. technology sector workers are more likely than those in other industries to job hunt north of the border, and have increasingly been doing so after Donald Trump secured the presidency and assumed office.“I think it’s potentially a really big opportunity for Canada over the next couple of years,” said Daniel Culbertson, an economist with Indeed, the job search site that produced the report.The company’s search data shows the average American looking for work on their site in a foreign country clicks on Canadian job listings for roughly 12 per cent of their total search.For tech workers, the company says, that figure jumped to nearly 30 per cent for the six months ending May 2017. That’s up about seven per cent from the same time last year.The prospective employees gravitate to Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver and Montreal.The only place they’re looking more frequently is India, which netted nearly 40 per cent of clicks, said Culbertson. After Canada, there’s “a pretty big drop off,” he said, with almost eight per cent of clicks going to jobs in the U.K.American tech workers’ growing interest in Canada is significant, said Culbertson, and likely due to Canada’s strong economy and America’s controversial president causing some tech industry insiders to at least entertain a move to the Great White North.Searches spiked near the U.S. presidential election Nov. 8 and Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, the company’s data shows.While that interest fades as time moves farther past those high-profile dates, Culbertson said the political drama out of the White House continues to stay in some job seekers’ minds.The increased interest provides an opportunity for Canada to harness some serious talent, he said, as the prospective employees are seeking jobs that require high skills, like senior software engineer, or specialized abilities, like cloud engineer.
Thursday evening at Upper Gage Garage in Hamilton it was Sliderfest as local food trucks battled it out to see who was the best in bun.And it was The Dirty South who took home top prize. Hundreds showed up for the sliders and music. Many even braved the rain. Other trucks involved were Dobrojesti, Big Chief, Veggie Culture Club, and The Meatball Shoppe. Best in bun was decided by a panel of judges, all burger aficionado’s that included myself. There was also a peoples’ choice award and that went to Dobrojesti. The whole event was put on in support of the Cancer Assistance Program. Event organizer Sandy Suzy was impressed with how Hamiltonians turn out, even in the rain.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple says more than 11 million people have signed up for a trial of its music streaming service since it launched on June 30.The three-month trial membership is free. After that, individuals can pay $10 a month, while families of up to six people can pay $15 a month for unlimited access to Apple Music on their devices. Apple says 2 million people have signed up for the family plan trial.In addition to the streaming subscription plan, Apple Music also includes a free Internet radio station and a media platform for artists to upload songs and videos for fans.In comparison, popular music streaming service Spotify has more than 20 million paying subscribers. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2015 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 6, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple says more than 11 million people have signed up for music service trial
For the first time in the Department of Music’s history, the University String Orchestra takes the stage on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.Under the direction of George Cleland, the String Orchestra combines university students of the music program, along with Brock University community members and musicians from across Niagara.This first edition of the University String Orchestra series revolves around folk song and dance themes, which features repertoire from English masters such as Hubert Parry, Gustav Holst and Henry Purcell, along with other seasonal favourites.Cleland said the orchestra “helps develop fully rounded professional musicians by providing opportunities to develop their skills.”“It’s a place to learn the great string orchestra literature that exists from the beginnings of the violin family to the present day, a legacy of 300 years of music,” he said.Cleland has been a music instructor at Brock University since 2004 and a conductor of the Peninsula Orchestra in the Niagara region since 2007. He also assists in coaching and conducting the Niagara Youth Orchestra in rehearsals.The University String Orchestra concert takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.“It is a joy to work in such an excellent venue such as Cairns Hall with its excellent acoustics and inviting environment,” said Cleland. “I enjoy the supportive environment that Brock and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre have created.”Tickets can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722 or online. Prices are $12 general admission, $5 for children 14 and under and $5 through the eyeGo program. Admission is free to current Brock students.
It comes just months after the Government… Doctors backed by the National Institute for Health Research in Oxford have drawn up a three-point strategy for its launch to counter potential controversy and concerns. Scientists have been stunned by the party drug’s success in clinical trials, which have found it is up to 10 times more effective than current drugs in people suffering from treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine could be licensed as a medical treatment for depression within 18 months. It would be the first new drug for 35 years for depression, a notoriously difficult condition to treat that the Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates afflicts one in five people during their lifetime.
Hawk Measurement says its acquisition of Fluidic Flowmeters’ flow measurement product line will allow the company “to participate in the $18 billion global process measurement market. Fluidic Flowmeters serves the sub segment for direct measurement of volumetric flow of liquids. It is particularly effective with hard to measure liquids that have characteristics such as non-conductive, high viscosity, cryogenic, and are corrosive. Fluidic Flowmeters’ products are classified as oscillatory flowmeters, which use specially designed geometric shapes to create an environment where self-induced, sustained oscillations will occur. Oscillatory flowmeters are inherently digital devices; that is, the basic unconditioned output signal is a frequency. In a properly executed flowmeter, the frequency of oscillation is accurately proportional to volumetric flow rate. There are several categories of oscillatory flowmeters, each with unique geometry and application characteristics.
Image: North Wales PoliceThe last known sighting of Catherine was in Asda, Queensferry, last Friday evening at 8.39pm. She was wearing blue jeans, a light brown/ khaki coloured fleece zipped jacket with white shoulder and side panels, plain black flat shoes and her brown hair was tied up. She wore a bright brown saddle bag across her shoulder and body and was carrying a plastic Asda shopping bag and a pizza type box.Catherine’s plum/ burgundy coloured Renault Clio is also still missing. Image from North Wales PoliceCatherine Gowing, who is originally from Co Offaly, has been living and working as a vet near Mold, Flintshire, for the past few years. Catherine is described as being about 5’10″ tall and of slim, athletic build. She has long, curly brown hair and speaks with an Irish accent.Also speaking at the earlier press conference, Detective Superintendent John Hanson said:Co-ordinated searches continue at various locations in an attempt to find Catherine, her vehicle and personal items that appear to be missing from her home. A forensic examination continues at Catherine’s home address and we continue to seize and view CCTV footage.Meanwhile, detectives have been given a further 36 hours to question a 46-year-old man arrested in connection with her disappearance.Read: Police confirm Friday night sighting of missing Catherine Gowing > MISSING IRISH WOMAN Catherine Gowing’s sister has appealed for the local community in North Wales to help locate her sister who has been missing for the past six days.Emma Gowing described her sister as a “kind sensitive beautiful person”, who is passionate about animals and is utterly devoted to her family. “She is my best friend and the light of my life and my parents lives,” she added.Emma also called on the community to find Catherine’s missing car, a plum/burgundy coloured Renault Clio with Irish licence plates 00D99970: I’d implore the local community to do all they can and help us find her. Look out of your windows, look as you drive or head to work. Check your local street, car parks, garages, waste land or anywhere a car may be left.We are all so deeply shocked by the events that have unfolded in the last four days. Catherine’s disappearance has left us all bereft. We are lost without her.
The measures on animal cloning provide a clear EU policy that respond to animal welfare concerns as well as consumer perceptions on food from animal clones in a realistic and workable way.Now it is for the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council, to start their considerations as soon as possible to get the legislations adopted in due course. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION hopes to introduce two new directives that will ban the use of the cloning in the EU for farmed animals as well as ban the marketing of food, such as meat or milk from cloned animals being placed on the EU market.The European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Toni Borg also proposed a ban on all imports into the EU of cloned animals.CloningThe policy proposals seek to ensure that no cloning for farming purposes will be carried out in the EU and no such clone will be imported as long as animal welfare concerns persist. This also implies a suspension of the food from the clone.Borg said this is a “sensitive issue” relating to animal welfare and ethical concerns related to the use of the cloning technique.He added: OffspringIn March 2011, governments rejected parliament’s demand to ban food produced from the offspring of cloned animals.Currently, the“novel food” regulation leaves the EU with its 1997 law that requires special authorisation for food from cloned animals, but does not ban it.Borg proposed to create a centralised authorisation system, which will allow “greater certainty for applicants seeking an authorisation for a novel food and will simplify and speed up the process to enable safe and innovative food to reach the EU market faster”.The new proposals would revises the current regulation with a view to improving access of new and innovative food to the EU market, said Borg, while “still maintaining a high level of consumer protection”.More than 60 per cent of EU citizens think animal cloning is “morally wrong,” while 84 per cent are concerned that the long-term effects of animal cloning on nature are unknown, according to an EU survey from 2008.Read: Dolly the sheep cloner Keith Campbell dies at 58> Read: Scientists found a fossilised mosquito full of blood, so can we finally clone dinosaurs?>
According to a “trusted source” at Engadget, the Nintendo Wii has been around long enough to earn itself a break at the checkout counter. If you haven’t picked one up yet, or if you bought one, got bored with it, sold it, and are now interested in getting another one because you’re really looking forward to Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, it’s possible that one may be in your future for $150 retail instead of the current $199. Nintendo hasn’t weighed in on the matter yet, but some are expecting the cut to come as soon as mid-May, while others point out that the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June would be a more appropriate place for Nintendo to make such an announcement. Regardless, nothing has been confirmed yet, but if it’s true it could mean a bright summer for Nintendo, not to mention lower prices across the board if other manufacturers choose to respond in kind. [via Engadget]AdChoices广告
It’s been a frustrating few years for Dell, one of the largest PC makers in the world. After trying, and failing multiple times to gain a foothold in the US smartphone market, the company has thrown in the towel in order to focus on other opportunities.Dell entered the US market in 2010 with the massively ill-conceived Dell Aero Android smartphone. The Aero had previously been introduced in China, but US consumers passed over the device, which shipped with outdated software even by Android standards. The Dell Streak 5 had a market segment all to itself at least; it was a massive 5-inch slate before the Galaxy Note was even a twinkle in Samsung’s eye.Hoping to start fresh, Dell created the Venue and Venue Pro. The Venue was a fairly standard, though attractive Android handset. The Venue Pro, however, was a portrait Qwerty slider running Windows Phone 7. Both devices launched with some serious bugs, and Dell was slow to roll out fixes. The Venue Pro failed to even make it to most retail outlets, and neither device was subsidized by a carrier.Efforts to sell a 7-inch Streak tablet on T-Mobile was also a flop thanks to its extremely high price on-contract, and old software. Windows 8 could still offer the company an opportunity to re-enter the US market with mobile devices, but these devices would likely be more computer than tablet.Dell isn’t getting out of the mobile device business altogether, though. It continues to sell the Venue devices in Asia, and a Streak-branded phone in Japan. The company will continue making low-cost phones and tablets for sale in emerging markets.via PC World
It looks like someone at Apple has made an error just a few hours before the Apple event begins and we get to find out what new products the company has been working on.If you visit the Apple website right now it is possible to reveal the URLs of what looks to be all the new products being announced today. If the (currently dead) URLs are to be believed, then Apple is indeed going to introduce the iPhone 5 today, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.We can also expect to see a redesigned iPod nano, a brand new iPod touch, and probably just as exciting for long-time Apple device users: a new iTunes.The iPhone 5 is clearly expected, and the iPod touch update is pretty inevitable when the phone gets a major revision. But the iPod nano is certainly an interesting addition to the line-up and could be quite a radical redesign that no longer makes it watch friendly.An iTunes redesign is also hopefully going to include a major interface revision in order to better cope with the amount of content available to purchase on there. Has Apple taken a risk and overhauled it entirely, or is it another tweak to the interface and nothing more?Allowing these URLs to appear in Apple’s own search results is a major oversight for a company that prides itself on its secrecy. That all but seems to have disappeared this year though, based on how many parts leaks we have seen relating to the iPhone 5.via Pocket-lint
Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Studios, Gene Simmons join forces to launch Erebus PicturesLOS ANGELES – WWE Studios today announced a new partnership with media mogul Gene Simmons to launch label Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce elevated horror movies. The new venture has locked a three-picture co-production deal starting with “Temple,” which was originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios.Erebus Pictures, named after the Greek primordial deity representing the personification of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE flagship programs Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network to market its titles.“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said the KISS icon, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide after nearly 41 years in rock ‘n’ roll and more than eight seasons and 167 episodes of his own reality TV show. “I am so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures.”“Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “I am confident that Erebus will provide audiences with an unprecedented horror experience.”“Temple” is written by Matt Savelloni (“Exile To Babylon”) and will follow a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. While investigating the source of the malfunction, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound.A director for “Temple” will be announced shortly, with principal photography to take place this summer. Erebus Pictures’ second feature will go into production later this year.Gene Simmons is repped by legal team Kleinberg Lopez.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Sky Facebook Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins The Rock is the highest paid actor in the world, HBK at NXT tapings, NXT TakeOver behind the scenes video
Legislators from the 17th Legislative District will hold a town hall forum on the recently concluded 2018 legislative session on Saturday at the Washington State University Vancouver campus.The event, which is open to the public, will be co-hosted by state Sen. Lynda Wilson and state Reps. Paul Harris and Vicki Kraft, all Vancouver Republicans. It runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building auditorium on the WSU Vancouver campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver.For more information about the 17th District legislators, visit Sen. Wilson’s website at lyndawilson.src.wastateleg.org, Rep. Harris’s website at paulharris.houserepublicans.wa.gov and Rep. Kraft’s website at vickikraft.houserepublicans.wa.gov.
Brazilian Arthur revealed how much he admires both Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, he had to touch one of them to make sure they were real.In what is turning out to be a fantastic first season for Arthur at FC Barcelona, comparing him to Xavi and Iniesta is almost inevitable due to his style of play that is so similar to those two legends of the game.The Brazilian midfielder has been growing as a player for Barcelona, but he has managed to stay grounded and doesn’t mind geeking out when he talks about either of his two idols.It’s safe to say that Arthur gets a little bit more excited when he talks about Iniesta than Xavi, but his game is a lot more similar to that of Hernandez’s and he doesn’t shy away from how proud he feels for it.“When I met Iniesta, I had to touch him just to see if he was flesh and bone,” said Arthur on Mundo Derpotivo.“He is an idol I have followed since I was younger, that moment when I met him was incredible. I got goosebumps just thinking about it.”“I didn’t know he was coming and I was very pleasantly surprised. He actually greeted me very well.”“I have to thank him because he was the nicest to me, this moment will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he added.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Arthur also reacted to the time Xavi said he felt identified with his style of play: “That was also another thing I thought was a lie,” he continued.“I don’t really follow the newspapers, I dedicate my free time to watching series or studying Spanish, my mom is the one who tells me all about these things.”“I thought it was a joke. To me, Xavi and Iniesta are the best midfielders I ever saw play.”“I wish Xavi played for many more years because I can learn more from him, but he will retire next summer. I’m pretty sure he will be just as good when he becomes a manager,” he concluded.The Arthur – Xavi likenings are true.. pic.twitter.com/wSnBQkoAPu— BU Videos (@BuVideos) December 17, 2018
Union issues are heating up across America — especially in Michigan but also here in Washington — and it doesn’t take a labor-law expert to understand the basics of what’s going on.In Michigan, both sides are wrong, as I see it. Union leaders and Democratic politicians are wrong to expect a continuation of an unfair system that (1) mandates union membership in many trades, whether workers want to join or not, and (2) uses union dues to support candidates and causes that many members personally oppose. I wouldn’t want part of my pay confiscated and used in that manner. Would you?As for other side, the union busters and Republican politicians in Michigan, they’re wrong in the ways they’re implementing change. Right-to-work bills have been ramrodded through the state House and Senate in the most unstatesmanlike manner.First, this happened during a lame-duck session, before Republican majorities are reduced. Passage of such bills would be more difficult after next month’s swearing-in. This unbridled haste is unconscionable, but not rare in politics or exclusive to either political party.Second, as our state’s Washington Policy Center points out, Michigan lawmakers passed right-to-work bills on the same day the bills were introduced, without committee hearings. Also, as WPC notes, a “nominal appropriation was attached to deny ability for voter referendum.”
(NOTE: GameStop is located at 246 Main Street in Wilmington.)GRAPEVINE, TX — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, recently revealed its plan to hire more than 15,000 seasonal associates nationwide as the company prepares for the 2018 holiday shopping season.To manage the anticipated increase in consumer spending this holiday season*, the company is currently recruiting for more than 15,000 retail sales positions within its more than 3,800 GameStop video game and more than 40 ThinkGeek pop culture U.S. store locations. These roles are critical for providing exceptional service during the holidays as the company gears up to provide guests the most sought-after video game and pop culture items on everyone’s wish list.“Providing exceptional customer service is the cornerstone of our GameStop and ThinkGeek brands’ promise to serving as The Destination for the hottest video game titles, consoles and accessories, as well as the latest toys and pop culture fandom merchandise,” said Lisa Keglovitz, senior vice president of human resources for GameStop. “With consumers expected to increase their holiday spending this year by five percent according to the PwC’s 2018 Holiday Outlook report, we are ramping up seasonal staff levels to meet the needs of our guests this holiday season.”New this year, GameStop is offering a “Holiday Thank You” recruiting incentive that will pay a one-time holiday bonus that equals one week of additional pay after the holidays to all video game store associates (current and new seasonal hires) who work through the Oct. 21 to Jan. 8 holiday season.“We are getting ready for what looks to be one of the strongest holiday seasons we’ve seen in a long time, one filled with an amazing line-up of video game titles, consoles and accessories,” said Mark Qualls, vice president of store operations for GameStop. “As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all our hard-working store associates, we are going to give them an extra week’s pay this holiday season, and who couldn’t use a little extra cash during this time of year?”In addition to the retail sales roles, the company also is recruiting for more than 400 warehouse positions within its two distribution centers based in Grapevine, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky.GameStop’s recruiting efforts for identifying and hiring talented, hardworking and passionate employees for this holiday season are scheduled to start in the next few days and continue until the end of October. Interested applicants should visit the GameStop Careers website for a list of available jobs, descriptions, qualifications and application details.Seasonal jobs will begin Oct. 21 to Jan. 8, with many seasonal hires becoming permanent associates. Each position will offer part-time, flexible work schedules during the week that include the potential for up to 10-25 hours of work weeknights, weekends and days. In addition, all seasonal associates will receive a 15 percent discount on select merchandise purchases at GameStop, as well as its Spring Mobile, Simply Mac and ThinkGeek stores and online.About GameStopGameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGameStop Announces Seasonal Hiring Plans For Holiday 2015In “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Announces It Will Close On Thanksgiving, Encourages Other Stores To Do The SameIn “Business”
(Courtesy of Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety)Unalaska police may have reached a turning point in a long investigation into drug sales. Two people are in custody after a stockpile was discovered at the home — and business — they both share.Download AudioUnalaska’s police chief, Jamie Sunderland, says he can’t remember a bigger bust.Sunderland: “Easily over a half a million dollars worth of drugs found so far, and the search is continuing.”It’s turned up staggering quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine — more than two pounds each — plus more than a half-pound of marijuana, and two kinds of heroin.Sunderland: “There’s certainly more evidence out there and clues to be found, but we feel that we have found a major player in this enterprise here.”Thu McConnell and Tam Nguyen are both 45 years old. Their current relationship is unclear, but they have raised a family together. And they’ve definitely gone into business in Unalaska – opening a cab company, a tanning salon, and a variety store called Dutch Harbor Asia.Police say that store is where Tam Nguyen was on May 24 when he allegedly sold two packets of heroin.The order for the drugs came from a criminal informant who agreed to buy heroin from his sources in the community, to try and get leniency on his own charges.Officers arrested Nguyen shortly after the alleged drug deal. They got warrants to search through the Dutch Harbor Asia store the same day.Along with the regular inventory — snacks, jewelry, movies — police say they found digital scales and a loaded semiautomatic handgun.They also say there were 55 individually wrapped packets of heroin, cocaine, and meth. Based on that, officers got warrants to search Nguyen and McConnell’s house — and arrest warrants, to put them in jail.Now, the pair is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them in the community.Illegal drug sales are always a target for police action. But Unalaska’s been cracking down since last fall.That’s when police orchestrated the first of two big sweeps — arresting up to nine people at one time. At least two dozen have been taken into custody and charged since then.Sunderland, the police chief, says officers have gotten tips about the operators of Dutch Harbor Asia in the process.But to Del Huber, they were model tenants. Huber is the property manager at the strip mall where Dutch Harbor Asia is located.Huber: “It was a smooth relationship. Their business was pretty much smooth. We never had no problems with anything.”Huber says he did some renovations in the building and helped fix up the Dutch Harbor Asia storefront. The operators seemed happy, he says. They even agreed to sign a longer lease.But lately, they had been trying to get out of the business. Thu McConnell posted it for sale on a Facebook message board in January – even cutting the price of Dutch Harbor Asia to attract a buyer.Soon after that, she listed her house for sale.Huber, the property manager, says he doesn’t know what’s going to happen now that the pair is in jail.Huber: “As of right now, it’s totally up in the air. All we can do is just take care the rest of the tenants in the [Dutch Harbor] Mall and make sure everything’s upkept — and also make sure that Dutch Harbor Asia stays secure.”That means making sure customers respect the sign in the window that says the business is closed.
Elections to 16 upazila parishads will be held on 18 June in the fifth and final phase of the countrywide upazila election, reports UNB.The election commission on Thursday published gazette declaring the election schedule.The deadline for submission of nomination paper is 21 May while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is 23 May and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 30 May.The polls will be held against three posts — chairman, vice-chairman and female vice-chairman — in each upazila.The 16 upazilas are Nakla in Sherpur district, Naldanga in Natore, Kamarkhand in Sirajganj, Sundarganj in Gaibandha, Rangabali in Patuakhali, Taltali in Barguna, Gazipur Sadar, Narayanganj Sadar, Madaripur Sadar, Kalukhali in Rajbari, Shayestaganj in Habiganj, Bancharampur and Bijoynagar in Brahmanbaria, Cumilla Adarsha Sadar, Cumilla Sadar Dakkhin and Noakhali Sadar.The polls to some 450 upazila parishads were held in the first four phases in March last.
Todd WisemanIn a case that could reshape political districts across the state, the U.S. Supreme Court this week will consider whether Texas for years has been conducting elections under maps that were drawn with the intent to discriminate against voters of color.The high court on Tuesday will consider the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that found Texas lawmakers diminished the voting strength of Hispanic and black voters when they drew the boundaries for congressional and state House districts. The complex and prolonged case — formally known as Abbott v. Perez — dates back to 2011, involves fights over three sets of political maps and includes findings of intentional discrimination and unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.Here’s a breakdown of the voting rights issues in question and a preview of what to expect for Tuesday’s oral arguments:What’s at stake?The case could upend elections in several areas of the state where districts may have to be redrawn to give voters of color more of a say. Because Hispanic and black voters are more likely to vote for Democrats, that could result in more seats held by Democrats. In siding with civil rights groups, voters of colors and Democratic lawmakers that challenged the maps over discrimination, a three-judge panel in San Antonio specifically flagged two congressional districts and nine state House districts, noting areas where the panel said lawmakers intentionally undercut the voting power of people of color “to ensure Anglo control” of districts.Those districts, for the most part, were devised by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011 when lawmakers adjusted district boundaries to account for the state’s explosive growth, particularly among Hispanic residents, following the 2010 census.But the 2011 maps never went into effect because, amid legal disputes over the boundaries, the San Antonio panel in 2012 ordered up temporary maps to be used for that year’s elections. When lawmakers returned to the Capitol in 2013, they adopted those temporary maps as permanent. Tarrant County state House districtsD Ramon Romero, HD-90 R Matt Krause, HD-93These Tarrant County districts were flagged by federal judges for intentional discrimination. Specifically, the court noted that HD-90 was an impermissible racial gerrymander because lawmakers illegally used race as the predominant factor in deciding its boundaries. Nueces County state House districtsR Todd Hunter, HD-32 D Abel Herrero, HD-34The court ruled that lawmakers redrew these Nueces County districts to “undermine Latino voting strength.” They packed Hispanic voters into HD-34 to minimize their influence in the area and left HD-32 as a less populous district to protect the white incumbent. What does the state say?Lawyers for Texas argue that lawmakers could not have discriminated against voters of color in 2013 because they simply “embraced” maps that the lower court had deemed were OK.The San Antonio panel of judges at the time had warned that the interim maps — based largely on the state’s original map-drawing — were meant to be temporary and that districts could still be subject to legal scrutiny. After lawmakers adopted those maps, the court ruled that lawmakers intentionally discriminated against voters of color in their 2011 maps and that the 2013 maps were tainted by that same discrimination in places where district boundaries were left unchanged. But that finding, state attorneys argue, “defies law and logic” and “flunks the commonsense test to boot” because the lower court was supposed to avoid constitutional or voting rights violations when it approved the temporary maps.“There is absolutely no support for the novel proposition that the same map can be constitutional when imposed by the court, but unconstitutional — let alone intentionally discriminatory — when embraced by the legislature,” they wrote in their brief to the court.What do the map challengers argue?In their pointed brief, those challenging the maps described the Legislature’s 2013 adoption of the temporary maps as “a ruse,” a “shellgame strategy” and a devious “smokescreen” meant to obscure lawmakers’ discriminatory intentions behind the state’s original 2011 map.They noted that Congressional District 27 and Congressional District 35 are “creatures” of the 2011 Legislature and — barring a few tweaks — the state House districts in question remain unchanged in the current maps, which have been in place for the past three election cycles.The lower court “rightly saw through the 2013 masquerade” in ruling that the current maps continue to bear the mark of discrimination from the 2011 maps, they argue, and the Supreme Court should not free the state from any responsibility for a strategy the lower court described as “discriminatory at its heart.”The question of jurisdictionBut before the high court considers any of that, the justices will first have to determine whether they even have the authority to consider the case.Those challenging the maps insist the state jumped the gun in appealing to the Supreme Court because the lower court did not issue a final injunction in the case preventing the state from using the current maps. Meanwhile, state attorneys contend they took the case to the high court because they would have been blocked from using the maps for the 2018 elections, even if the judges didn’t use the “magic word” of injunction.In agreeing to take up the case, the court postponed consideration of jurisdiction until the hearing. Some of the lawyers representing challengers to the maps anticipate those questions could eat up a significant portion of the 70 minutes the justices have set aside for oral arguments.What’s next after oral arguments?The possible outcomes in the case are as convoluted as the tale of how we got here.The Supreme Court could agree with the state in its appeal and allow the current maps to stand, handing a bruising loss to those who have spent years challenging the maps. It could also uphold the lower court ruling and set the stage for redrawing efforts either at the lower court or at the Capitol if the governor opts to call a special legislative session on redistricting. Because the case has taken so long to litigate, it’s possible revised maps would only be in place for one election before lawmakers begin redrawing political districts after the 2020 census.A Supreme Court ruling against the state over intentional discrimination could also help determine whether Texas will be required to get federal approval every time it draws new districts — a condition meant to safeguard voters of color from discrimination.Or not.There’s also the possibility the court will kick the case back to the lower court for lack of jurisdiction or so the San Antonio court can reconsider its findings. The court proceedings that would follow that decision would almost certainly set up a return trip to Washington before the case is eventually resolved.Oral arguments are scheduled for April 24 with a decision from the high court expected to land some time in the summer. Dallas County state House districtsD Rafael Anchia, HD-103 D Roberto Alonzo, HD-104 R Rodney Anderson, HD-105These Dallas County districts were flagged by federal judges for intentional vote dilution. State lawmakers “packed” Hispanics into HD-103 and HD-104 to minimize their influence in surrounding districts, while boosting the white population in HD-105. Congressional District 27R Blake FarentholdThe lower court found that lawmakers diluted the votes of Hispanics in Nueces County when they drastically redrew this district and placed them in a district “dominated” by white voters. Source: Three-judge federal panel rulingsCredit: Darla Cameron Congressional District 35D Lloyd DoggettThis district was flagged by federal judges as an impermissible racial gerrymander because lawmakers illegally used race as the predominant factor in how it was drawn. Bell County state House districtsR Scott Cosper, HD-54 R Hugh Shine, HD-55The court found intentional vote dilution based on race in these two Bell County districts where lawmakers split Killeen to simultaneously boost the white population in one district and pull mostly people of color into a neighboring white-dominated district. Share