Urban Meyer/TwitterUrban Meyer has a rare fall weekend off. How will he be spending it?Urban Meyer will almost surely be spending a lot of his bye weekend at Ohio State’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center, preparing for the games to come, but he will be taking advantage of the rare off day.Ohio State’s head coach said on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference today that he’ll be watching his son, Nate Meyer, play football for his high school on Friday night.Urban Meyer: “I get to watch a little Nate Meyer football on Friday.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 22, 2016Nate Meyer is a class of 2018 safety at Bishop Watterson in Columbus, Ohio.He’s a pretty decent player. Nate Meyer participated in Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights recruiting camp this past summer.Here’s Nate catching a pass from J.T. Barrett.J.T. Barrett to Nate Meyer pic.twitter.com/fvD9l3rBD4— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) July 23, 2016Nate Meyer could end up walking on at Ohio State and playing for his dad.The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 1 against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium.
zoomImage Courtesy: Royal Niestern Sander/Flying Focus Dutch shipowner and operator Wagenborg has ordered a second EasyMax type carrier from compatriot builder Royal Niestern Sander.The new vessel is scheduled to start construction soon, according to an announcement from Royal Niestern Sander.The open-top, ice-classed vessel will be a future sister ship to the Egbert Wagenborg, which started operations in 2017.Developed by Wagenborg and Niestern Sander, the 149-meter-long EasyMax concept is a Handysize multi-purpose vessel with a load capacity of 14,000 tons and a hold capacity of 625,000 cft.Egbert Wagenborg is also the largest vessel ever built by Royal Niestern Sander shipyard.Thanks to its low resistance due to optimal hull shape, the vessel consumes 9 tonnes of fuel a day at 11 knots, according to Wagenborg.
The province is putting another $10 million back into the hands of small businesses, with the third tax rate reduction in as many years. Finance Minister Graham Steele announced today, April 2, that Budget 2012 will lower the corporate income tax rate for small business half a percentage point to 3.5 per cent. The announcement took place at the Mahone Bay Trading Company’s Halifax Historic Properties store. “We took a tax rate that hadn’t changed in 20 years, and lowered it three years in a row,” said Mr. Steele. “Supporting entrepreneurs across Nova Scotia will help boost our economy and help the small business community continue to grow.” This reduction, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, will save small businesses $10 million in the 2013 tax year. “Tax reductions will always be welcome news to small businesses, who want to maintain and create jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Leanne Hachey, vice-president Atlantic for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “Those that work with the small business community know savings will be funneled right back to those businesses and in communities throughout the province.” The small business tax rate, which was five per cent in 2010, was lowered half a percentage point in both 2011 and 2012. The combined impact of the rate decreases will save small businesses an additional $30 million annually by 2013-14. Small businesses are eligible for the reduced rate on the first $400,000 of taxable income, if they are a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation with taxable capital of $10 million or less. The province is encouraging unincorporated small business owners to take advantage of this lowered tax rate by incorporating their small businesses. This tax reduction is in line with the government’s jobsHere plan to create good jobs and grow the economy.
Of all the ways climate change will impact us, this is one that will kick us right in the national pride. In order to make a good outdoor hockey rink, you need the temperature to get below freezing and stay that way consistently for a while. If you’ve been paying attention the past few winters, you may have noticed that’s not as common as it once was. So is the outdoor rink doomed over the next few decades?Hockey will always be a part of the Canadian myth, and it and other winter sports aren’t going to vanish. But what happens when the only Canadians who can play them are ones who can afford indoor ice time, or admission to ski hills that make their own powder? If we don’t have the weather to play and practice, how will Canadians dominate the sports we’ve come to associate with national pride?GUEST: Stanley Kay, Sports IllustratedAudio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05142019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
APTN National NewsMembers of the Royal family are currently touring Canada as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour.Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, arrived in Canada this past weekend.The three-province Royal visit marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.Their second stop was in Toronto where Prince Charles met with the Assembly of first Nations.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsSome people from a Manitoba First Nation say they feel lucky to be alive today.Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down in Long Plain First Nation last night, leaving a path of destruction behind.
Rabat – Moroccans account for 7 percent of the real estate transactions in Spain. British and French buyers acquire 14 percent and 8 percent, respectively.The volume of transactions by Moroccans increased significantly in the first six months of 2018, up by 28 percent compared to the same period in 2017, making it the largest increase observed among foreigners, according to statistics from the General Council of the Spanish Notary.The average real estate price acquired by Moroccans in Spain amounts to €693 per square meter for residents and to €1,606 per square meter for non-residents. Foreigners made 18 percent of the total number of real estate transactions recorded in Spain between June 2017 and June 2018.Read also: Moroccans 2nd Non-European Investors in Spanish Real Estate MarketOther EU citizens made two-thirds of the foreign transactions. Moroccans made 7 percent of the total transactions, Chinese 4 percent, and Russians 3 percent.The region of Aragon saw the largest increase in real estate purchases, up by 31 percent. Other regions also saw large increases, including Extremadura (27 percent), Murcia (21 percent), and Castilla La Mancha (20 percent).However, the largest decreases were found in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, both down by about 11 percent.The General Council of the Spanish Notary explained that Spain’s low-interest rates and the low prices in most parts of Spain attract foreigners to buy real estate.
Experts warned consumers to avoid ready-cut salad if possible, to rinse bagged salad thoroughly, and not to let it get warm.The scientists did not measure levels of salmonella in bought salad but investigated the way the bacteria grew on damaged leaves and attached itself to plastic bag surfaces.Cos, baby green oak, and red romaine lettuce, spinach, and red chard obtained from commercially available bag mixes were all used in the tests.The experiments showed that juice from broken leaves increased salmonella growth in water by 110%. When the juice was added to a nutrient medium supporting salmonella, the bacteria’s growth was boosted more than 2,400-fold. Lead scientist Dr Primrose Freestone, from the University of Leicester’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, said: “Salad leaves are cut during harvesting and we found that even microlitres of the juices (less than 1/200th of a teaspoon) which leach from the cut ends of the leaves enabled salmonella to grow in water, even when it was refrigerated.”These juices also helped the salmonella to attach itself to the salad leaves so strongly that vigorous washing could not remove the bacteria, and even enabled the pathogen to attach to the salad bag container.”This strongly emphasises the need for salad leaf growers to maintain high food safety standards as even a few salmonella cells in a salad bag at the time of purchase could become many thousands by the time a bag of salad leaves reaches its use by date, even if kept refrigerated.”Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause disease.”She said the research, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, also served as a reminder to consume bagged salad as soon as possible after opening.”We found that once opened, the bacteria naturally present on the leaves also grew much faster even when kept cold in the fridge,” Dr Freestone added.As part of the study, plastic bags were cut into 2cm long sections and tested to see how well salmonella formed clinging “biofilms” on their surfaces. The presence of juice enhanced the bug’s ability to attach to the plastic, researchers said. Even small traces of juices released from damaged leaves can make the pathogen grow better and become more able to cause diseaseDr Primrose Freestone 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. Broken leaves in bags of prepared salad may dramatically increase the risk of salmonella, a study has shown.Juice from damaged leaves can boost growth of the food poisoning bug more than 2,400-fold, scientists discovered.It also has the effect of increasing the bacteria’s virulence, making it more likely to cause an infection. Each year more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning are recorded in the UK, according to a recent report from the Food Standards Agency.While poultry meat was the most common source of infection, some 48,000 cases were linked to fresh non-meat produce including vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouting seeds.Dr Kimon Karatzas, Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology at the University of Reading, said: “The interesting element is that chopped fresh produce provides an environment rich in nutrients which can support pathogens such as salmonella.”On the other hand, consumption of fresh produce is important for health too and consumers need to strike a balance between the two.”Consumers seem to be more preoccupied with nutritional facts, but they should not forget that food-borne pathogens can be deadly.”Avoiding fresh produce is not a solution, but if possible, it would be preferable to buy uncut fresh produce over chopped, and to always wash it before you eat – even the ones that are already washed.”Furthermore, keeping these foods in the refrigerator is important.” Poultry meat was the most common source of infectionCredit:Alamy Food microbiologist Professor Martin Adams, from the University of Surrey, said he was concerned to hear that the salmonella strain used in the study could grow at refrigeration temperature, minus 4C.He added: “If salmonella did manage to gain access to a prepared salad then the food would obviously be a risk to the health of consumers but if it were able to grow at chill temperatures then that risk would increase over time.”It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumption.”This is good advice that goes back many years. Although prepared bagged salads have already been washed, another washing before use would give an added level of reassurance.” It is very important that salad vegetables are washed thoroughly before consumptionProfessor Martin Adams
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has put the brakes on a plan to remove signage from the old Bewley’s café in Dublin city centre.Bewley’s Oriental Cafes wanted to remove a mosaic from the outside of the building and floor tiling with the name Bewley’s on it from the interior of the café as it is now occupied by a Starbucks. However Dublin City Council has ruled that the removal will require planning permission.Bewley’s also sought removal of a glass panel at the entrance, which has been given the go-ahead.A spokesperson for An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, welcomed the decision and said the group was happy that the original signage will be remain for the time being.The BBC says that despite reports about the age of the signage, the mosaics date back to the 1970s and the stained glass to the 1990s.An Taisce said that the signs maintained the long-established association of the Bewley’s name with the premises.Read: Deenihan to undertake assessment of Moore Street 1916 site > Read: “Still the battle rages”: Dublin mother’s WWI diary goes online >
Deux nouveaux Blackberry tactiles en vente cet étéRIM, le fabricant canadien des Blackberry, a annoncé l’arrivée de deux nouveaux modèles, plus fins et tactiles, pour l’été prochain.Lundi, le constructeur canadien RIM a présenté ses deux derniers modèles de smartphones, qui sortiront cet été, les Blackberry Bold 9900 et 9930. Ces deux modèles, qui fonctionneront avec une nouvelle version du système d’exploitation, devraient satisfaire des “millions de clients qui veulent la combinaison dernier cri de la performance, de la fonctionnalité et du style”, a expliqué Mike Lazaridis, le président de RIM, cité par L’Expansion. Equipés de la technologie tactile, ils conserveront le fameux clavier si cher aux utilisateurs des Blackberry. Ils sont également de la technologie de connexion sans contact NFC, qui permet notamment le paiement d’achats via son smartphone, sans contact physique.Par ailleurs, de nouvelles fonctionnalités ont été ajoutées à la tablette tactile Playbook, qui avait un peu déçu les observateurs le mois dernier, au moment de sa présentation. Ainsi, l’application Facebook a été optimisée pour la tablette. Néanmoins, RIM a revu à la baisse ses prévisions de ventes pour le trimestre en cours, le groupe canadien s’attendant à ce qu’une proportion plus importante de ses ventes concernent les modèles bas de gamme. Le 3 mai 2011 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Marcoule : le site déjà épinglé plusieurs fois par l’ASNCet après-midi, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire a révélé que ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un incident se produit sur le site nucléaire de Marcoule qui regroupe de nombreuses installations. Depuis l’an 2000, l’agence a comptabilisé 18 rapports dont celui d’un incident de niveau 2 survenu en mars 2009.Depuis sa création en 1956, le site de Marcoule situé sur les bords du Rhône dans le Gard a accueilli de nombreuses installations dont le fameux centre de traitement et de conditionnement des déchets Centraco. Mais comme a pu le laisser supposer l’incident survenu ce matin dans le four, l’incinérateur n’est pas comme les autres. Il traite des ferrailles et autres pièces métalliques radioactives issues des centrales d’EDF, des installations du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique mais aussi de laboratoires ou d’hôpitaux, rapporte Le Figaro.fr. Le but est ainsi de fondre les métaux à 1.600 degrés Celsius ou de les incinérer afin de réduire le volume des déchets, jusqu’à dix fois, avant de les expédier au centre de stockage de Soulaines, dans l’Aube qui est géré par l’Agence nationale de déchets radioactifs. Toutefois, les déchets sont de très faible à faible activité radioactive. Lors de sa première année d’activité dès 1999, l’usine avait traité 1.809 tonnes de déchets transformés en 1.832 colis, selon Le Figaro. Un incident de niveau 2 en mars 2009 Mais comme d’autres installations nucléaires, l’usine Centraco et le site de Marcoule ont déjà connu plusieurs incidents et étaient étroitement surveillés par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire. 18 rapports d’incidents auraient ainsi été comptabilisés à Marcoule depuis l’an 2000 par l’agence d’après l’Express.fr. Le dernier remonterait au mois de juin lorsque le personnel de l’usine a constaté qu’une alarme incendie de l’unité d’incinération ne fonctionnait plus. Néanmoins, un incident bien plus sérieux, classé en niveau 2 est survenu en mars 2009 sur le site, plus précisément à l’installation nucléaire Melox d’Areva. À lire aussiRisques naturels : un site Internet pour mieux s’y préparerA l’occasion d’une opération exceptionnelle, une masse de matière fissile avait été introduite dans l’usine et avait provoqué un dépassement de la “limite de sûreté-criticité”, autrement dit le démarrage d’une réaction nucléaire non contrôlée, relève le Figaro.fr. Depuis 2010, le CEA s’était donc engagé vis à vis de l’ASN “à réaliser des travaux importants pour améliorer la sûreté de ses installations”. Des progrès et des améliorations constatées par l’ASN qui restait vigilante. Quant à l’usine Centraco, l’autorité avait rappelé le 6 avril 2011 un “constat de lacunes dans la culture de sûreté au sein de l’installation Centraco” durant 2010 mais avait également estimé que les “mesures correctives” commençaient “à porter leurs fruits”, cite L’express.fr.Découvrez les premières images de l’accident nucléaire survenu sur le site de Marcoule Le 12 septembre 2011 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambert
Aleksandr Golovin’s mother confirmed that the 22-year-old player is, in fact, in talks with Chelsea, but a potential move can only be completed after the World Cup.This summer’s tournament revealed Aleksandr Golovin to the world and sparked the interest of the Blues. The offensive midfielder plays for the CSKA Moscow, but could be moving to London tight after the end of World Cup.As Goal reported, Golovin’s mother confirmed the rumors of the club’s interest: “Yes, now there are talks between the clubs, but we still do not know the details.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Sacha right now stands only for the Russian team, fully focused on the World Cup. The transition from one club to another will only be discussed after it is completed here.”Juventus is also one potential candidate for signing the Russian star. But Chelsea could top the other clubs’ bids, offering €30 million to CSKA Moscow.
Download AudioThe Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boat’s home port in Seward. The commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.
Mat-Su Borough LogoFrom Public Safety to Platting, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s various departments have unveiled their latest round of budget requests.Listen nowOverall, the Borough expects a more than $12 million shortfall between proposed spending and expected revenue. That gap represents nearly 10 percent of the budget.The biggest chunk of that deficit is due to the governor’s veto of school bond debt reimbursement, said Borough Manager John Moosey. And further decreases in state funding are inevitable, Moosey said.“We are realizing that this is our new environment, where we can expect very little help from the state and we’re very concerned about operating in this economy, where we’re shedding jobs and business opportunities,” Moosey said.The Borough will be able to use surplus money it has saved from years’ past to bridge the gap, Moosey said. The borough’s tax cap means Mat-Su residents should not expect much of an increase in property taxes, which is its largest revenue source.“On the taxpayer, it’s a great thing. For operation, it just means it’s a little bit tougher, we have to be a little bit more creative and maybe not do everything we want to do,” Moosey said. “So we’re trying to find new and creative ways to kind of meet those needs and prioritize on things that, ‘Yeah, this was great to have in the past, we might not be able to do this anymore, or we might not be able to do as much as in the past.’”The budgets now go to the Borough Assembly for discussion and revisions.
Legislators listen to Alaska Court System general counsel Nancy Mead as she answers questions from the House gallery about the logistics of putting court records on line. The impromptu Q&A took place during an at-ease in discussions about amendments to SB 54 on Sunday. If passed, SB 54 would amend Senate Bill 91, a major but controversial reworking of Alaska criminal justice laws passed last year. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska House has rejected a repeal of last year’s criminal justice overhaul.Listen nowRepresentatives voted 13-27 Saturday against an amendment to Senate Bill 54 that would have repealed most of the law that lowered jail terms for many crimes.Anchorage Republican Rep. Chuck Kopp said SB 54 addresses many of the concerns that police and the public have raised about last year’s law, Senate Bill 91.“It remains to be seen if the political process can handle the level of complexity –and the media circus that often accompanies it – to solve problems that are this difficult, that don’t fit on a bumper-sticker slogan,” Kopp said.Wasilla Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton sponsored the amendment.Tilton said the Legislature should return to the laws that were in place before SB 91.“What I do know is that the people of Alaska do not feel safe,” Tilton said.Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett voted to repeal most of SB 91. She said Alaska can’t compare the law with what other states have done, because other states spent more money upfront to rehabilitate offenders. She said there should have been more of an emphasis on public safety in writing the law.“That goes hand in hand with lowering recidivism and making rehabilitation available, but through the lens of, ‘Let’s make the public safe,’” Millett said. “Do no harm.”Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz voted against the repeal amendment. She listed many of the changes in SB 54.“Theft in the second-degree? We fixed it in SB 54. Lightest sentencing in the nation for C felonies? We fixed it in SB 54. Violation of condition of release problems? We fixed it in SB 54. Investing in addiction? We’re doing it,” Spohnholz said.Fairbanks Democratic Rep. Adam Wool also voted no. He said the state runs the risk of having to build another prison if it continues to do the same things that led to a high rate of repeat offenders.“To immediately go back, to turn back the clock and say, ‘Let’s throw this away and go back how it was, the good old days,’” Wool said. “The good old days weren’t that good.”Twelve minority-caucus Republicans supported the repeal amendment, as did majority-caucus Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage.Opponents of SB 91 took to social media Sunday to criticize the 27 House members who voted against the repeal amendment.A post encouraged Alaskans to vandalize the 27 lawmakers’ cars, and said “it’s fair game to shoot thieves on the spot.”The post prompted a statement from Speaker Bryce Edgmon on the House floor.“Any sort of suggestion of retaliation, for lack of a better word, against any member of this body from anybody in the general public will be dealt with swiftly and immediately,” Edgmon said.Edgmon said he forwarded the post to the Capitol’s chief security officer, who contacted the Alaska State Troopers.A spokesman for the troopers said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.The House was in recess through most of Monday, as members prepared more amendments to SB 54.
Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in a United States-based medical emergency startup, MUrgency. According to an official statement released by MUrgency on Tuesday, Tata wanted the global firm to launch its operations in India before taking its services overseas, the Press Trust of India reported.The financial details of the deal were, however, not disclosed.”He (Tata) clearly wanted us to launch and grow the network in India first before taking it overseas. Mr Tata’s investment in MUrgency will help attract leading talent to the company and major partnerships beyond India,” Shaffi Mather, the founder of MUrgency Inc, said in a statement, according to the PTI.MUrgency is a global mobile app company, which claims to make medical emergency available with one tap on a mobile phone in less than nine minutes in urban areas.The company has presence in Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore, San Fancisco, London and Hong Kong. It has a responder network of 36 hospital emergency rooms, over 40 ambulances and more than 350 medical professionals. The mobile app was launched in the Tricity area in Punjab in February this year and would be launching its services in Amritsar and Jalandhar in the last week of this month.MUrgency was founded in 2014 by Shaffi Mather and incubated at Stanford ChangeLabs. Based in San Francisco, the company plans to go pan-India by 2018 and worldwide by 2020.”While our primary goal is to develop emergency medical response network, we are widening our service to be an inclusive and comprehensive medical service platform on your mobile phone. The app is live on iOS and Android app stores and several features are accessible across the world already,” Sweta Mangal, director, global emergency response, MUrgency, was quoted by PTI as saying.MUrgency is currently available for users on Android and iOS. It has won Startup Grind’s Golden Gavel Award, Startup of the Year 2016 award, as well as the SXSW Accelerator contest in health and wearable technologies, among others. It has also raised funding from Axilor Ventures, an early stage entrepreneur fund, according to techinasia.com.In emergency situations, MUrgency can help with providing ambulances or booking home health services from a nurse or a physician. It also helps patients book appointments and chat with doctors.
Former Finance Minister Arun JaitleyIANSFormer finance minister Arun Jaitley’s condition remained critical and he was put on life support in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, multiple media reports citing sources said. A multidisciplinary team of doctors is supervising his treatment, according to reports.Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey visited the hospital late on Friday. President Ram Nath Kovind also visited Jaitley.The 66-year-old politician was admitted to AIIMS last week after he complained of difficulty in breathing.While the hospital has not issued any recent update regarding Jaitley’s health condition, a statement released last week said that the was hemodynamically stable.Other senior politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid visits to the ailing BJP leader last week.Jaitley’s health condition deteriorated after he underwent a kidney transplant in May last year. Health issues kept him from presenting the interim budget in February as he was undergoing treatment in a hospital in the United States.
A Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo people were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfights with them in Badda and Mirpur of Dhaka early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Senior ASP Kamruzzaman of RAB-1 said Maharaz Khalifa, 40, a drug trader from Banani area, was killed in a gunfight with the force in Satarkul area of Badda around 1:15am.A RAB-1 team raided the area after being tipped off that Khalifa and his associates were there for drug dealings. The criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight, Kamruzzaman said.Khalifa, wounded in the gunfight, was arrested and taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead around 3:15am.Two firearms and 300 yaba pills were recovered from the spot. A member of RAB was injured during the gunfight, the ASP claimed.The other deceased was identified as Byanga Babu, 38, second-in-command of the notorious ‘Shahadat Bahini’, said major Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, second-in-command of RAB-4.Babu was killed in an alleged gunfight with the law enforcement in Beribadh area of Mirpur.Babu, who had fled to India few years ago, recently returned to Dhaka to take part in a killing mission, said Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed.Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team went to the spot. Babu was killed in an ensuing gunfight between RAB and the criminals around 3:15am, he said.The deceased was wanted in 20 cases, including at least seven for murder, said RAB.A pistol, a magazine and one round of bullet were recovered from the spot.According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.
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Maya BayThailand’s DNP announces rejuvenation for Ko Phi Phi’s famed Maya BayKrabi’s 154 islands, three national parks & unique way of life are ready for more visitorsThailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has announced that Maya Bay in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park will not allow visitors during a much needed four-month rejuvenation period from 1 June to 30 September, 2018.The DNP announced at a press conference held on 15 May that access to Maya Bay will be strictly off limits during the four-month rejuvenation.It will not allow boats to enter the bay in front of the beach, or even drop anchor at nearby Loh Samah Bay, as visitors and their vessels will not be allowed to enter Maya Bay.Travellers can still catch a glimpse of the Bay’s stunning beauty, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie ‘The Beach’ at a 400-metre distance, or between the two cliffs that form a natural entrance to the lagoon. But this will be strictly supervised and carefully monitored by the DNP.During the four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environment quality evaluation study on the condition of reef and beach resources, environmental control, and tourism management. This is to properly determine measures for environmental sustainability of Maya Bay during future off-tourist seasons.Temporary closings of natural attractions are not new to Thailand. Each year, the DNP closes several national parks for a period to allow for ecological recovery time. Depending on weather and park conditions, dates vary as the closures are often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy annual monsoon that may create unsafe conditions.In Krabi, which has three national parks, the DNP closes Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Nai, Ko Ngai, Mu Ko Ha, and Kong Hin Daeng-Hin Muang in the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, from 16 May to 14 October every year. Furthermore, the Department has closed Ko Yung in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National park and the trekking trail of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, until further notice.Krabi Vice Governor Mr. Apinan Puakpong noted that only Maya Bay will be closed to visitors while neighbouring Mu Ko Phi Phi (Phu Phi islands) and its beautiful beaches remain open to the public.“Krabi still has much to offer with a diverse archipelago boasting 154 islands plus three national parks and its own unique way of life,” he added.Mr. Apinan also said that Krabi’s other famous beaches, including Mu Ko Phi Phi, Ko Hong, Ko Dam Hok Dam Khwan, Ko Poda, Ko Ngai, Ko Lanta, Nopparat Thara Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Thap Khaek Beach, Ba Kantiang Beach and West Rai Le Beach were all open and ready to welcome tourists.To support the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s latest ‘Amazing Thailand Go Local’ tourism promotion, Mr. Apichai Aranyig, Director of the TAT Krabi Office said the office recently launched a series of ‘Krabi Once More’ routes highlighting tourism experiences in local communities. These include Ban Ko Klang’s batik and fishing village, Laem Sak’s panoramic view and Baba Nyonya culture, and Ko Lanta’s three ethnic communities to name just a few.(From Left) Krabi Vice Governor-Mr.Apinan Puakpong, TAT Krabi Office Director Mr.Apichai Aranyig and Krabi Airport Director Mr.Attaporn Nuang-UdomSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand