18 Nov

Crowd trouble erupts in India-Sri Lanka ODI, MS Dhoni takes a nap on the field

first_imgAnnoyed with yet another lackluster Sri Lanka performance in the ongoing ODI series against India, fans at Pallekele threw bottles on the ground to disrupt the visitors’ victory march.India have dominated Sri Lanka on their long tour of the islands. The tourists had whitewashed Sri Lanka in three-Test series and won the first two ODIs.Photo Credit: AP Sri Lanka had shown some spunk in the second ODI, also played at Pallekele but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni stole victory from the jaws of defeat on Thursday.In the third ODI of the five-match series, the hosts had another miserable day with the bat as Jasprit Bumrah pocketed his first wicket-haul. However, defending a paltry 217, Sri Lanka picked up four early wickets.But Rohit Sharma smashed his 12th hundred while Dhoni carved out a stylish half century to take India within eight runs of a win before trouble erupted in the stands.Jeez… this is sad to see !!! Never seen that before.. very very disappointing!!!- Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017The umpires called the Sri Lankan fielders to the middle of the field as the players waited for the security personnel to bring the situation under control.I feel like l just fell in to a deep dark hole… so sad.. Embarrassed !! Apologies to everyone if it means anything at all !!- Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017Meanwhile, Dhoni used the interval to take a short nap on the field, prompting funny remarks from the commentators on air.last_img read more

14 Sep

Publisher Agrees to Pull Cockfighting Magazine from Amazon

first_imgEthan Eddy, lead counsel for the Humane Society, told FOLIO: he hopes the settlement will encourage the 105-year-old Feathered Warrior, also based in Arkansas, to pull the title from Amazon and reject ads that promote violence, and that Amazon will eventually comply. In the suit, the Humane Society alleges that Amazon’s sale of cockfighting magazines violates the federal Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states except Louisiana, where it will be banned in August. Lawyers for Amazon referred a call for comment to Amazon’s PR department. Amazon did not immediately return a request seeking comment.‘Freedom of Speech Issue’ “We see this as a freedom of speech issue,” Amazon spokesperson Patty Smith told CNET last year. “In our mind, freedom of speech is designed to protect unpopular or ugly speech, and we don’t think customers want us picking what we think is appropriate for them to read. Our stated goal is always to provide customers with the broadest selections possible.””What Amazon really means is something closer to ‘We don’t want to risk turning away any customer, because the cockfighting enthusiasts and the pedophiles will order mainstream products too,’” Ron Hogan, a former Amazon.com employee and editor of mediabistro.com’s GalleyCat blog, told FOLIO: last fall. “They’d rather not have those dollars going to Barnes & Noble.” The publisher of a cockfighting magazine has agreed to stop selling it on Amazon.com after the Humane Society charged that its sale violated federal law. But Amazon has vowed to fight on, arguing it has the constitutional right to do so.The Humane Society announced the partial settlement in the suit filed last February against Amazon, Hartford, Arkansas-based Marburger—publisher of The Gamecock—and the publisher of another cockfighting magazine called the Feathered Warrior. As part of its settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Marburger agreed to reject all advertisements for fighting animals or knives marketed to be attached to fighting animals, to run an ad in its magazine stating it won’t accept those ads and to stop fulfilling subscription requests sold by Amazon. (A listing for the magazine was still live on the Amazon site Thursday.) last_img read more

3 Sep

Voting ends amid violence 13 killed

first_imgMiscreants snatch a ballot box from the voting centre at Shohagpur Dakhin Government Primary School at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria-2 constituency. Later two youths recovered the ballot box and brought it back to the polling station. Photo: Shahadat HossainVoting in the 11th national election concluded at 4pm on Sunday amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes and capturing of polling stations, and violence in different parts of the country, leaving 13 people dead, reports UNB.In Noakhali, Nurun Nabi, an Ansar member, was shot dead by some miscreants at Tulachara Primary School polling station of Noakhali-3 constituency, said presiding officer professor Suchon Chowdhury.In Chattogram, Ahmed Kabir, 45, an activist of Jatiya Party, was killed in a clash between Awami League and Jatiya Party activists in Banskhali upazila early in the morning.In Rangamati, Bashir Uddin, general secretary of Kashkhali union Jubo League unit, was killed in an attack allegedly by some BNP activists at Kashkhali union in Kaukhali upazila in the morning.In Cumilla, Bachchu Mia, 35, a resident of Sundial village in Nangalkot upazila, was killed in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP in the morning, said district police special branch sub-inspector Mahbub Morshed.Besides, a rickshaw-puller, Muzibur Rahman, 35, son of Sujat Ali of Muradnagar village of the upazila, was killed in a clash between ruling Awami League and BNP men at Paschim Belashwar village in Chandian upazila.In Rajshahi, Merajul Islam, 30, son of late Abdus Sattar and an Awami League supporter, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Pakuria Government High School centre in Jahanabad union of Mohanpur upazila around 11am over capturing a polling centre of Rajshahi-3 constituency, said Rajshahi district police superintendent Shahidullah.Besides, Modasser Ali, 40, organising secretary of Awami League No-8 ward in Panchandar union of Tanore upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and Awami League men over capturing Mohammadpur High School polling station of Rajshahi-1 constituency, said officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam of Tanore police station.In Tangail, police recovered the body of BNP ward unit president Abdul Aziz, 65, who remained missing since Saturday from Nagda Shimla area in Gopalpur upazila.In Natore, Hussain Ali, an Awami League supporter, was stabbed to death by his nephew Ratan Fakir following an altercation over casting vote at Samskholsi village in Naldanga upazila.In Narsingdi, Milon Miah, 35, an Awami League polling agent, was hacked and slaughtered allegedly by supporters of opposition (independent) candidate at Kundarpara Primary School centre of Shibpur of Narsingdi-3 constituency around 12:30am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur police station.In Bogura, Awami League activist Azizul Islam, 30, was killed and five others injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila around 11:3am over capturing polling station, said Paikor union parishad chairman Mitu Chowdhury.In Brahmanbaria, Israil, 19, son of Sayedul Islam of Rajghar village in Sadar upazila, was shot dead and three others suffered bullet wounds ‘in police firing’ during a clash between supporters of AL and BNP at Rajghar Government Primary School polling centre of Brahmanbaria-3 constituency.In Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Al Faruque, 25, son of Abul Kalam of Rajakhali union in Pekua upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Rajakhali Government Primary School polling station of Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency around 10am, said Tanzir Hossain, officer-in-charge Pekua police station.Voting was suspended at Sharifpur Primary School centre of Begumganj upazila under Noakhali-3 constituency and Nawabpur Government Primary School centre under Noakhali-1 in the early morning as miscreants snatched ballots and election materials from there.In Satkhira, four people were injured in a clash between BNP and Awami League supporters in Dhalbaria polling station in Satkhira-2 constituency in Sadar upazila around 10am.In the capital, BNP candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Md Salahuddin Ahmed was hacked allegedly by ruling party activists when he went to cast his vote at Shyampur Model High School voting centre in the morning.Meanwhile, 22 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates and one independent contestant have announced to boycott the election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men.They made the announcement halfway through as they alleged that ruling party men captured polling stations, rigged votes and barred voters from casting votes in their constituencies.Situation in capitalGrand Alliance candidate Rashed Khan Menon, BNP candidate Mirza Abbas and Md Eunus Ali Akando of Jatiya Party are contesting the election from the Dhaka-8 parliamentary seat.However, no Jatiya Oikya Front supporters were seen around these polling centres though few supporters of the JaPa candidate were seen. Female voters’ presence was remarkable until 9:30am.”I’m so happy to cast my vote without any fear. I hope this peaceful environment will prevail till the end,” Nishat Tasnuva, a first-time voter, told UNB after casting her vote at Shantinagar Ideal School centre.The presence of voters at Mirza Abbas Mohila Degree College in the city’s Shahjahanpur area was huge. Some voters said they faced difficulties in finding out their exact polling booths to cast their votes due to the absence of representatives of candidates who were supposed to guide the voters.Presiding officer at Mahbub Ali Institute in Shahjahanpur Ashiqul Islam told UNB that some 35 per cent votes were cast by 12pm. “Law enforcement agencies are very active. I hope this peaceful environment will remain until the end of voting.”Ainul Kabir, presiding officer at Siddheswari Boys’ Higher Secondary School centre in the city, told UNB that they did not receive any complaint from anybody and voters cast their votes with much enthusiasm.Visiting MDC Model Institute in Mirpur, the UNB correspondent found that there was no agent of BNP in the polling centre.When a BNP agent tried to enter the polling station, Awami League supporters chased him. As the BNP agent took shelter in a club of Agrani Kalyan Samiti, the AL supporters beat him up.The AL men also snatched a mobile phone of a reporter as he took photo of the incident, said witnesses.At Ekramunnesa Degree College centre which is an all-female one, voter presence was satisfactory, said Ahsan Ullah, presiding officer of the centre.”Around 300-400 votes have been cast here since morning,” he said.Iqra Bangladesh School and College, another nearby centre, saw voter turnout of above 20 per cent in the morning.Anisur Rahman, presiding officer of the centre, said, “Overall voting has been peaceful so far, I pray for remaining till the end.”South Point School and College had an impressive turnout since morning similar to previous centres.A UNB correspondent found no agent of BNP in any of the centres while visiting those.The turnout of voters was good in the polling centres but no representative from BNP or Jatiya Oikya Front was seen.During the visit of Nakhalpara Primary School polling centre (female) at 9:15am, it was found that about 250 votes were cast out of 2,521.Presiding officer of the centre Mamun Rashid said the agents of AL, Jatiya Party and Islami Andolon Bangladesh were present in his centre. But no agent from BNP came to his centre.Presiding officer of a male centre at the same school Alimur Rahman said about 350 votes were cast till 9:20 am.He also said the agents of different parties, including AL, except BNP were present in his centre.The same scenario was found in Tejgaon Civil Aviation Centre in Shahinbagh area. The school housed a total of 10 booths with 9,888 voters.Where top leaders cast voteAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina cast vote at Dhaka City College centre in the capital at 8am, while Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader cast his vote at Udayan Kindergarten centre in Basurhat municipality under Noakhali-5 constituency at 8:50am.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain cast vote at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College centre in the capital around 8:56am and BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir cast his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School around 8:30 am.last_img read more

2 Sep

CenterPoint Energy Sending Resources To Florida Not Impacting Houston Recovery

first_img Share View the map on the CenterPoint Energy siteMore than 80 CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel are heading East Monday morning to assist a fellow utility with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma.As the Houston area continues to recover following Hurricane Harvey, CenterPoint Energy says they have ample resources available to continue restoration efforts for customers in Houston who are able to receive power.CenterPoint Energy partners with other utilities in mutual assistance agreements to provide resources during widespread power outage emergencies.last_img read more