Posted: June 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE ( KUSI ) – A possible arson fire scorched about an acre Wednesday on the outskirts of Mission San Luis Rey, spreading onto the grounds of a cemetery at the landmark 19th century church complex but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.The blaze erupted near the intersection of state Route 76 and Rancho del Oro Drive shortly before noon, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.It took firefighters about 15 minutes to fully extinguish the flames, OFD Battalion Chief Scott Stein said.A man found near the origin point of the blaze was taken into custody on suspicion of igniting it, Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was still being questioned in the late afternoon, the lieutenant said.The cause of the fire was under investigation, Stein said. KUSI Newsroom, Alleged arson fire spreads onto cemetery at Mission San Luis Rey Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
While most executives refused to speak on the record about the rash of layoffs and overall panic in the magazine industry, one, Meredith’s Art Slusark, actually did (although, keep in mind, he is a spokesperson for the company).Here’s his unedited take:We are in a very tough economic environment overall, and for media companies in particular. Visibility is very low, and it’s difficult to predict the duration of the current advertising downturn. It is equally difficult to forecast how advertising budgets, which generally reset with the start of the new calendar year, will change as we begin Calendar 2009. We do believe current marketplace trends are cyclical, not structural. Data related to advertising spending and consumer media usage supports this position. Given the current economic environment, we are putting increased emphasis on aggressively managing expenses across the company. Despite 22 percent higher paper prices, total company expenses declined 3 percent in the first quarter of quarter fiscal 2009, which ended September 30, 2008. Excluding acquisitions, total company expenses declined 5 percent. Our strategic sourcing initiative has saved us more than $40 million in vendor costs. We are only filling essential open positions.While the weak economy continues to significantly impact the demand for advertising, the other fundamentals of our business remain strong. Our circulation metrics are solid. Our non-advertising related businesses, particularly Meredith Integrated Marketing and brand licensing, are posting strong revenue and profit growth.Meredith is executing a three-pronged performance improvement plan to address the current environment. Our strategies include:1. Special sales incentives and new marketing programs to maximize market share in our core publishing and broadcasting businesses; 2. Aggressive expense management, including tight control of labor and vendor costs; and 3. Revenue diversification initiatives to accelerate growth of new revenue streams, many of which are not dependent on traditional advertising. These include the aforementioned integrated marketing and brand licensing operations, both of which we’ve expanded significantly in the last two years. We’ve also invested in new tools and platforms across our 40+ Web sites and broadened the reach of Meredith Video Solutions – our in-house video creation unit.
As many as seven British-Bangladeshis from Bishwanath upazila have been elected councillors in London boroughs of Camden, Croydon and Redbridge.They were among the huge number of Bangladesh-origin candidates ran in the local elections held on May 3.Among them, four were re-elected while there elected for the first time.Monwar Hossain of Hazarigaon village of the upazila was elected councilor as the first Bangali and first Asian councillor in UK’s Bradford Council in 1972.Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi was elected as the first woman of the Newham Council in 1994 and Abdul Jabbar elected the first Bangladeshi mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2004.In 2009, Roshnara Ali was elected MP in the British Parliament as the first Bangladeshi. She has been elected MP for three consecutive times.Of the councillors, three were elected for Tower Hamlet Council, two in the Newham Council, one each in Oldham and South Work councils.Sirajul Islam, son of Sheikh Sirajul Islam of Uttar Dhamrada village in Biswanath union’s ward no 6, has been elected as councillor from Bethnal Green ward of Tower Hamlets Council for the 5th time. At present, he is the deputy mayor of the council.Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi of Sardarpara village under ward no 7 of Deokalash union has been elected as councillor for 5th time in Bacton ward of Newham Council.Abdul Malek of Karpara village in ward no 5 of Daulatpur union has been elected as councilor from the Cold-hearted ward of Oldham Council for the 3rd time.Mohammad Ayas Mia of Dharai village under ward no 8 in Dashghar union has been elected as the councilor from 2nd time for the Tower Hamlets Council of ST Dunstan’s ward. At present, he is the deputy speaker of that council.Barrister Nazir Ahmad of Bahara Dubagh village in ward no 5 of Daulatpur Union has been elected as councilor for the first time from Newham Council’s Ilford ward.Shah Suhel Amin of Gaon village in ward no 4 Rampasha union has been elected councillor from White Chamber of Worm at Tower Hamlets Council for the first time.Sirajul Islam of Rajkumur village in ward no 6 of Bishwanath union has been elected councillor for the first time from South Work Council.
Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her address during the 43rd Singapore Lecture in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Aung San Suu Kyi said on 21 August it is up to Bangladesh to decide how quickly Rohingya refugees will return to Myanmar, appearing to cast blame on the country for the delay. — AFPAung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it was up to Bangladesh to decide how quickly Rohingya refugees would return to Myanmar, appearing to blame Dhaka for the delay.More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown on the stateless minority almost a year ago.The two countries last November signed a deal to repatriate them but it has stalled. Many fear returning to a place where villages were burned to the ground and where they say security forces murdered, tortured and raped members of their communities.Bangladesh insists the Rohingya are on its soil temporarily but has not forced them back.In rare public remarks on the crisis, civilian leader Suu Kyi said in a speech in Singapore that Myanmar has been ready to receive Rohingya returnees since 23 January as agreed in the memorandum of understanding.”It’s very difficult for us to put a time frame on it by ourselves unilaterally because we have to work with Bangladesh in order to do that,” she told an audience in a lecture organised by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and entitled “Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: Challenges and Way Forward”.”Bangladesh would also have to decide how quickly they want the process to be completed,” Suu Kyi added.Since the repatriation was signed the two countries have wrangled over details, including the way refugees are described on ID cards in Bangladesh.- Crumbling reputation -Rohingya living in the crowded camps over the border in Cox’s Bazar insist on safety guarantees and citizenship rights before returning to Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where the United Nations says conditions are not ready for their return.The US and UN have described the military’s campaign as ethnic cleansing and there is scepticism over whether Myanmar seriously intends to allow mass returns.The crackdown against the Rohingya was sparked on 25 August last year when insurgents attacked police posts.Calls have mounted for Myanmar’s military to be held responsible for the campaign, in which thousands are estimated to have died, and the US has sanctioned two army brigades and several commanders who oversaw the expulsion.But Myanmar says it was simply defending itself and bristles at international calls for justice, arguing that the world does not understand the problem.Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate once under house arrest by the junta that ruled for decades, has seen her global reputation crumble since coming to power for failing to speak up for the Rohingya.”We who are living through the transition in Myanmar view it differently from those who observe it from the outside and who will remain untouched from its outcome,” she said, appearing relaxed and jocular.She also blamed Rohingya insurgents and avoided criticism of the military.”The danger of terrorist activities which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine remains real and present today,” she said.”Unless these security challenges are addressed, the risk of communal violence would remain.”The Rohingya are seen as outsiders in Myanmar but consider Rakhine their homeland.They were stripped of their citizenship decades ago and subject to periodic purges while denied access to healthcare and freedom of movement.
15 people have been killed and 12 injured in a road crash on Natore-Pabna highway at Kadamchilan in Baraigram upazila in Natore on Saturday. Photo: Mukter HossainSome 259 people were killed and 960 others injured in 237 road accidents across the country in 13 days during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare platform, said on Friday, reports UNB.The road crashes took place on different national and regional highways from 16 August to 28 August, according to a report prepared by the platform. Placing the report during a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the city, Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the number of road crashes saw an increase during this Eid vacation than that of the last year.He, however, said the death toll in the road accidents decreased this year due to strict monitoring by the authorities concerned, including police, Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), following the recent student demonstrations for road safety.At least 274 people were killed in 205 road accidents while travelling during Eid-ul-Azha last year and the figure was 248 in 193 road accidents during the Eid-ul-Azha journey in 2016, Mozammel said.Apart from road accidents, four people were killed, 68 injured and eight others remained missing in 14 waterway accidents while 15 people were killed and seven others injured in 19 train accidents across the country during the period, he said.“We’ve prepared the statistics based on reports published in national and regional newspapers and online news portals in the country,” the Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general added.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the first Level-I trauma care centre in Eastern India at the IPGME&R and SSKM Hospital on Monday, marking the birth and death anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, which is celebrated as Doctors’ Day.She proposed to set up a pay-clinic in a hospital which would come up on a government plot in front of SSKM Hospital and also instructed additional chief secretary of Health Rajiva Sinha to upgrade all the 43 superspecialty hospitals in the state to multisuperspecialty ones. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking on the occasion of Doctors’ Day, Banerjee said: “The state government has a plot just opposite the emergency department of SSKM Hospital. A hospital can be set up with a pay-clinic on a government plot. Around 75 percent of the revenue collected from the patients at the hospital would be spent for the development of the hospital, while the rest would be channelised for providing the fees of the doctors.” After the inauguration of the trauma care centre, the Chief Minister conferred ‘Bishistha Chikitsha Samman’ on 30 doctors for rendering special services to patients, while lifetime achievement award was given to seven veteran doctors. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring the programme, Banerjee urged the Health department officials to include the nursing staff members and non-medical persons within the ambit of the special awards. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the Bengal government has spent Rs 100 crore for setting up the trauma care centre. New buildings have come up at the hospital as well and as many as 760 posts have been created. There has also been a major infrastructural revamp at all the state-run medical colleges and hospitals. “Around 16 mother-child hubs have been constructed across the state to provide special care for the mothers and infants. Five health districts have been created. In the far-flung areas, waiting huts have been set up where expecting mothers are getting special care. Institutional delivery has increased in the state from 65 to 97 percent. The infant mortality rate in the state has gone down to 24 from around 32 per 1,000 live births,” Banerjee said. “We must not forget that the doctors’ fraternity is our pride. Many doctors in the state-run hospitals are overburdened with work as they have to attend many patients in a day. Many developments have taken place in the health sector but still there is crisis of doctors in the hospitals,” she added.