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Day: February 26, 2017

Trump denied to attend White House Correspondents Dinner
America, ENGLISH

Trump denied to attend White House Correspondents Dinner

    Donald Trump said on Saturday he will not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, breaking with an annual tradition in which the US president is the guest of honor at a light-hearted roast held by journalists. I will not be attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! Trump tweeted about the event, which is also heavily attended by celebrities. The White House Correspondents Association, which organizes the dinner, insisted the 29 April event would still go on as planned as a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic. We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the ...
Tower Hamlets joins fight to halt government business rate hikes
ENGLISH, London

Tower Hamlets joins fight to halt government business rate hikes

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has urged local residents and businesses to add their voice to a joint Tower Hamlets Council, East End Trades Guild and Hackney Council petition urging a rethink on the government's planned hike in business rates. The local petition, with more than 2,700 signatures, highlights the impact on independent East End businesses and calls on the Government to stop the implementation of new valuations until they have committed to: ● increasing the rates relief for small businesses and introducing a new relief system for medium businesses ● devolving the operation and setting of London's business rates to London's government so they better suit the challenges of the Capital. Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: "Many small and medium sized businesses have expressed co...
Mayor to put on second public session after Isle of Dogs meeting sparks lively debate
ENGLISH, London

Mayor to put on second public session after Isle of Dogs meeting sparks lively debate

More than 150 people discussed the future of the Isle of Dogs with Mayor John Biggs at a packed Ask the Mayor event. The session at Jack Dash House, Marsh Wall, gave people who live on the island the chance to give their views on and aspirations for the area's development. The Isle of Dogs and South Poplar are undergoing major change with the rapid construction of residential and commercial developments. More than 2095 housing units were built in the Isle of Dogs/South Poplar area between April 2014 and December 2016. The population of the Isle of Dogs is expected to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country over the next decade. The mayor made it clear that he supports the views of residents that new developments must meet the needs of the local community including affordable hou...
Terror chief Max Hill warns risk of attacks in Britain
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Terror chief Max Hill warns risk of attacks in Britain

    British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the Seventies, the country’s new terrorism watchdog has warned. In his first major interview since taking the role, Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago. He told The Sunday Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore. The warning comes just days after Mr Hill, one of Britain’s leading terrorism prosecutors, was unveiled as the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. It follows a 30-year legal career during which he helped convict the 21/7 bomb plotte...
Pakistan airliner flew with seven extra passengers standing in aisles
Asia, ENGLISH

Pakistan airliner flew with seven extra passengers standing in aisles

    An investigation is underway after reports that a Pakistan International Airlines plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia with people standing in the aisles all the way after staff boarded extra passengers. Passengers with handwritten boarding cards scrambled for seats as the Boeing 777 taxied for takeoff on January 20, according to the report in Pakistan newspaper Dawn. Although the plane was allowed to carry 409 passengers, there were 416 passengers on board flight PK-743 to Medina, the report said. The official computerised list of passengers did not mention the extra travellers aboard the flight. Carrying extra passengers on a plane is a serious breach of safety regulations. Those without seats would not have had oxygen masks and may have caused congestion if the plane...
Housing fraudster jailed
ENGLISH, London

Housing fraudster jailed

A housing fraudster was given a custodial sentence of 16 months after defrauding the council of more than £64,000. Mr Abdul Aziz pleaded guilty to Fraud contrary to Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 10 February 2017. Mr Aziz claimed to be living in overcrowded conditions in 2011, despite joint owning a property in Ilford where he lived, and was awarded a one bedroom housing association property with Newlon Housing Trust. His actions prevented a legitimately homeless person from being housed while the property was illegally sublet. The court is now deciding how much of the £64,000 he must pay back. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "I am pleased we are now able to offer this much needed property to a genuinely homeless person. "We will always take steps to...
Bangladesh’s first solar food silo launched
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh’s first solar food silo launched

    Department of Food has constructed the modern multi-storied and air-conditioned food warehouse, having capacity of storing 25,000 metric tons of food grains, at a cost of around Tk 232.71 crore with the financial and technical support from Japan. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated a modern multi-storied food warehouse, having capacity of storing 25,000 metric tons of food grains at Santahar in Bogra. Department of Food has constructed the air-conditioned warehouse at a cost of around Taka 232.71crore with the financial and technical support from Japan. It will preserve food grain through using solar power round the year. Inside air coolers and other machineries are very much modern and powerful having capacity of keeping the food grains in controlled temper...
Press release from Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism
ENGLISH, London

Press release from Tower Hamlets Stand Up to Racism

Tower Hamlets Stand up to Racism would like to invite you to a local rally on Wednesday 1st of March 6:45pm at Bow Methodist Church Hall, Merchant St/Bow Road, E3 4LY as part of the campaign against racism and islamophobia, for the free movement of labour and the right of EU nationals to stay in Britain. The rally is supported by the East London Mosque, the local mayor, independent councillors in Tower Hamlets and the major local unions, the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, the council workers' union and the UCU, the college and lecturers' union. The BREXIT vote and the election of Donald Trump have given encouragement to racists everywhere, leading to a rise in racist attacks. These attacks come after years of mounting Islamophobia leading to the firebombing of mosques, Muslim women ...
DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade
America, ENGLISH

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade

    A man who allegedly ploughed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said. The accident came during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch the elaborate floats and clamor to catch beads and trinkets tossed from riders. We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated, Police Chief Michael Harrison said on Saturday evening. Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn't say No he did say it looks like a case of DWI. one people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. Seven others declined to be hospitalized, city Emerge...