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first_img STRENGTH TRAINING This is used to develop strength, power, muscular endurance, and speed. Methods used include weights and plyometrics. Weight training Using weights as a form of resistance training, ( either free weights or weights in machines). Any weight-training programme can take account of your current state of fitness – the amount of weight, the number of repetitions, and the recovery periods can all be adjusted to progressively load muscles. Training for strength involves high resistance (weights) and few repetitions. Training for muscular endurance involves low resistance and many repetitions. Plyometrics This is a series of explosive movements designed to improve muscular power (explosive strength). This involves rebound jumping (on to and off boxes), bounding, leaps, and skips, press-ups with claps, hopping, throwing, and catching a medicine ball. Exercises that involve the contraction of muscles from a stretch position are known as plyometric. Plyometric training puts great stress on the muscles and joints and should only be attempted as part of an organised training programme. CIRCUIT TRAINING This involves a number of different exercises at work stations, which affects the different components of fitness. A circuit usually involves six to10 exercises or activities that take place at the stations. Circuits should be designed to avoid working the same muscle groups at stations that follow one another. The number of work stations, repetition, and the rest periods should add up to 15-20 minutes for one complete circuit. Repeat three to six times, depending on their length. Circuits can be designed for a particular sport. For example, a skill circuit can be constructed for games players wherein exercises can be replaced by short skill practices. FARTLEK TRAINING The name Fartlek comes from Swedish meaning ‘speed play’. It involves ‘run as you please’, alternating fast and slow effort over varied terrain such as grass, sand, flat, hills, etc. Fartlek training doesn’t precisely control the work and rest periods. This is very good for game players since games have many changes in speed. The mix of fast and slow work can be changed to suit the sport and energy system. It is used to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, depending on how the training is done. There are a wide variety of training methods based on the ways in which the body adapts to regular exercise. All the methods can be adapted to suit particular training programmes.center_img CONTINUOUS TRAINING This involves the aerobic system and improves endurance. The aerobic system includes the heart, lungs, and vascular system. Activities such as brisk walking, jogging, running, dancing, cycling, swimming, and rowing are ideal examples of aerobic training. The oxygen demand must be matched by oxygen intake. Continuous means you do not stop to rest. It is submaximal, meaning you do not work flat out. This type of training should last for at least 12 minutes in order to achieve adaptations. The intensity of training can be judged from the heart (pulse) rate. Therefore, if you train within certain target heart rate training zones during aerobic exercise, the most efficient gains in aerobic fitness will be achieved without starting to work anaerobically and developing an oxygen debt. This is dependent on age, gender, and resting heart rate of the individual. The target heart training rate zone is worked out by subtracting your age from 220 and then aiming to keep your heart rate between 60% and 85% of this maximum figure. For example, for a person of 45 years who wants to exercise for 20 minutes, three times per week: Max Heart Rate = 220 – 45 = 175 60% of 175 = 105 85% of 175= 150 approximately. Therefore, the person should aim for a target heart rate of 105-150 beats per minute during exercise. INTERVAL TRAINING This involves exercising at a certain rate (work interval) for a certain time then resting for a certain period (rest interval) in order to recover and then repeating the process. Sessions of interval training can be organised into sets with longer rest intervals between sets. For example, running 200 metres in sets of six with a one-minute jog round between each one then resting for a longer period of 10 minutes before repeating the whole process another two times. Both the aerobic and anaerobic systems can be improved using this method. The length of the rest-recovery period depends on how hard you exercise (intensity) during the work interval.last_img read more

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first_img24 February 2016More international film production should be encouraged in South Africa to strengthen the country’s economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at an event to publicise a current US television production in the country, the historical series Of Kings and Prophets.Minister Rob Davies at Of Kings & Prophets location, Stellenbosch. One of the production funded by the dti. pic.twitter.com/OzNWwRDOrr— Nelly Molokoane (@metlae1) September 10, 2015The rand-dollar exchange rate was a boon to foreign film production he said: “It means they have a huge advantage; it just makes it much cheaper for them.” But the minister was cautious to add that the training and experience for the local film production workforce, covering everything from acting to production and behind the scenes, was an immeasurable boost for the South African talent involved. Service providers and other industries also benefit from the investments.Since the introduction of its film incentive programme by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2004, 20% of preproduction and production spending by international film productions in South Africa had gone directly into the country and its workforce, the department said – even more if postproduction work (including using local visual effects and editing companies) was completed in South Africa.And the effects of this investment were being felt in all areas of the industry, according to a 2012 baseline report by Deloitte. It showed that the industry achieved an economic multiplier of 2.89 – for every rand spent in the industry, R1.89 was generated within the local economy. In total, since 2004, R15-billion has been invested in South Africa and its people.Boosting South African talentFilm and television production added R5-billion to Cape Town’s economy, according to the city, a city of choice for local and foreign film makers. More importantly, it added 35 000 new local jobs between 2011 and 2014. Productions include the Leonard DiCaprio hit Blood Diamond, Safe House starring Denzil Washington and, most recently, the acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.Johannesburg, not to be left out, has also enjoyed its fair share of Hollywood filmmaking glitz and financial boost as the backdrop to hit films such as District 9 and Chappie, a scene in the second Avengers movie and locals hits such as Jerusalema and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.South African storiesOver the last five years, the local film industry – telling original South Africa stories for film and television for local and international markets – has grown exponentially. Directors, writers, actors and hands-on production staff are taking the lessons learned from working on international productions and using these to tell local stories and build the industry.In 2011 to 2013, the industry produced 25 films for theatre release, generating 11% of industry-wide box-office takings, or R98-million (about $6.4-million) of R879-million.During the first half of 2014, more than a dozen local films accounted for R33- million of the R382-million total box office gross. These films covered diverse genres and fortunes: action, drama, comedy, documentary and art house.Successful movies such as Anant Singh’s epic Long Walk to Freedom, the Spud trilogy, numerous Afrikaans-language box office hits and, most recently, the sleeper success of the romantic drama Ayanda, have all benefited from the development of the local film industry via large international input.Of Kings and ProphetsOf Kings and Prophets, a production by the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said to rival the scope and success of other epics such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, is currently filming in Cape Town. It is officially, according to the DTI, the largest production to be filmed in South Africa. Direct production spend by ABC is estimated at over R450-million, with R391-million of that expenditure qualifying for a 20% rebate for the South African government.According to the DTI factsheet accompanying Davies’ visit to the production, estimated direct and indirect tax revenue for the local economy is estimated to be R70-million.Almost all of the crew on the production are South African, according to ABC, covering everything from costume design to casting and set construction.Of Kings and Prophets film set in Western Cape is entirely built by South Africans https://t.co/XtG1DTtpFF pic.twitter.com/OhHmLrWSJm— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 20, 2016Sets – interiors are in a Stellenbosch warehouse and exteriors are in Durbanville – are reputably some of the largest ever built in South Africa and were co-ordinated by a full South African workforce, headed by production design veteran Johnny Breedt. Breedt also worked on Long Walk To Freedom, Hotel Rwanda and the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.Of the 600 to 850 crew members working on the series, 50% were from “previously disadvantaged” groups, Davies said, including 26 South African trainees and film graduates in 12 production departments. Their training was provided by the local non-profit Film Industry Learner Mentorship (Film) programme and was financed by the DTI.A total of 829 local production vendors and service providers – including catering, manufacturing and hospitality assistance – have been used by the production.The series’ co-executive producer, Chris Brancato, praised the work ethic of the South African production team, highlighting the ethnic diversity of the crew, particularly in fulfilling various high-skill roles – something he called a rarity in Hollywood.Speaking to Business Day, Brancato said the assistance from the local industry and the government did not disappoint. Comparing the differences between the American and South African counterparts, he said seasoned Hollywood film industry members working on the Of Kings. production were incredibly impressed with the work ethic and skills level South Africans had shown, adding that it “is not a common response in Hollywood”.Another ABC production head, Gary French, reiterated the international film community’s enthusiasm for working in South Africa and with South Africa talent, telling Business Day’s Sue Blaine: “We couldn’t have done it without the South Africans who have come on to our show and become part of our family.”Of Kings and Prophets is the largest ABC production yet to be filmed in SA https://t.co/s22HlFShtb pic.twitter.com/vP22HBDPqM— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 19, 2016*Of Kings and Prophets, starring Ray Winston, premieres on US television in March 2016 and locally on DSTV Edge later in the year.Source: Bizcommunity, Business Daylast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCArguably the Aug. 10 USDA report is the biggest of the year because it provides the first estimated yields for the upcoming harvest. With population estimated counts the highest ever, and ear weight estimates lower than the past two years but still on the high side, the USDA is predicting a 178.4 average national yield.The weather throughout the growing season has been very good for a large percentage of the Corn Belt to this point. Even if there is widespread dry weather throughout the Midwest during the last half of August, I’m not sure how much of a negative impact there would be on yields. On the other hand, I think some timely rains could still have a positive impact on yields going into harvest.That being said, I’m not bearish corn long-term. Even if national yields would climb another 3 bushels per acre, next year’s carryout would still be lower than this year. Plus, corn demand estimates have been increasing too. As along as the expected demand is maintained, I think there is upside potential for corn after the harvest is complete. The upside in the corn market would be magnified if the national yield were to drop going into the end of the year.Bean yield estimates also increased. Demand for old crop was increased as well with this report but with the ongoing trade issues the export demand picture for beans doesn’t look great. To keep bean prices from sliding further, we’ll need either hot and dry weather for the next month or Chinese trade issues will need to be resolved. Even if current yield estimates are accurate and the trade issues were resolved overnight, prices over $10 may prove to be difficult.Long-time followers know I’m usually not a fan of buying puts. I just don’t like putting protections in place well below wherever current prices may happen to be. If I’m concerned prices are going lower, it usually makes more sense for me to just sell, instead of paying money for protection and the right of hoping for a rally.Sill, sometimes you have to break your own rules. I was worried corn yield estimates on the August report could exceed market estimates. So on 7/31/18 when Sep corn futures were $3.70, I did the following 2 trades at the same time:I bought Sep $3.60 puts to cover 50% of my 2018 production for 4 centsI sold a March $3.90 call for 24.5 cents on 10% of my 2018 production.Basically, I bought 5 – Sep puts for every 1 – March call I sold.After commissions, I was able to net just over a 1 cent premium between the 2 trades. What Does This Mean?These trades, along with all of my other positions already in place provide me with good protection for any outcome of the August USDA report.With a Bullish Report – I only have to sell 10% of my production for slightly below $4 pending where prices are in late February.Under a Bearish Report – I’m protected at only 10 cents below what the market was trading for the day I made the trade until August 24th two weeks after the report.In a Sideways Report – All of my other trades that I have already working likely would put additional money in my “pot of premium” to add to my sales prices later.There is a chance that both trades could actually get hit. Prices could tumble in the next 2 weeks and I could have the puts make money or get exercised and then after harvest the market could rally high enough that my March calls also get exercised. Before the report and now after, I would be happy with that outcome knowing what I know today.Why Did You Place These Trades?I wanted some protection in place if there was a corn market free-fall through August after the USDA report. On 7/31, much of the data I was looking at indicated yields could be higher than the trade was expecting. Plus, for the last few years corn’s low for the year has been around the end of August.If the USDA would stun the trade with lower than predicted yields, this trade would only cap me at having to sell grain at $3.90 on March futures.If the USDA provided a neutral report, corn prices would likely remain sideways for the next few weeks. I have several trades in place already that would allow me to capitalize on this market situation. So in my mind I didn’t really see any downside to the outcome of the report.After placing the trades above and before the report, several farmers asked me what I wanted the report to say. I told them it didn’t really matter, because I had safeguards and opportunities put into place for all possible scenarios, so I would be comfortable with any outcome. And generally, that’s my preferred approach to my grain marketing strategy. Like all farmers I want prices to rally obviously, but I’m also prepared if prices don’t rally and am comfortable with that outcome too. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. 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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistThings are changing for the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for agronomic crops. We are giving these updates this winter in advance of the publication update likely to come at the end of winter, and maybe too late to put in your plans for 2019. First the work. Steve Culman our OSU soil fertility specialist coordinated much of it:From 2014 to 2017, over 300 on-farm strip trials were conducted across Ohio.Yield responses to P and K fertilizer in soils at or above the current maintenance range were very rare.Long-term data shows that when Ohio soils are in the current maintenance range, they supply sufficient P and K to meet corn and soybean demand for many growing seasons without yearly fertilization.Recommended corn N rates were updated and are based on maximizing farmer profitability, not maximizing yields (http://go.osu.edu/corn-n-rate).Corn, soybean and wheat today yield more grain with less nutrients.We also learned from the trial participants that most fields are in the maintenance range, unless it is rented. So we will provide recommendations for fields in the maintenance range for the most part. We learned that crop nutrient removal was less that it was in the past. Ohio grain nutrient removal (lb/bu) for corn, soybean and wheat. As expected to be in the forth-coming Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations.NutrientCurrent Data1995 Tri-State% decreaseCornP2O50.340.375%K2O0.190.2726%SoybeanP2O50.800.80—K2O1.081.419%WheatP2O50.490.6322%K2O0.240.3735% The other big news is that we will be making recommendations based on a Mehlich III soil test for both phosphorus and potassium. The previous Tri-State made recommendations based on Bray P1 for phosphorus and Ammonium acetate test for potassium. What Steve did was calibrate for the new recommendations based on the newer Mehlich III test, because that is what all the labs in Ohio are using. It’s quicker and should be cheaper to run. And if we stay in the agronomic ranges for P & K, then the tests are not that different.So what are the new maintenance ranges?Based on Mehlich III test, and our work here in Ohio the maintenance range:for P is 20 to 40 ppmfor K is 100 to 150 ppm.If soil test levels are above maintenance range, then no nutrient application (P and K) is needed. So that things do not get too out of whack, sample and retest every three to four years. Generally, we believe the research supports these remarks as well:If P level is below the critical level, then make an annual application. A band application of P2O5 can be beneficial when P test is below maintenance range.If the CEC is very low or very high an annual K2O application may be warranted. Low is below 6 meq/100g and high is above 25 meq/100g.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:g20, jamaica, peter phillips Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON DC, April 14 (JIS): Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has welcomed the opportunity for the Caribbean to engage with the powerful G20 to highlight and address some of the peculiar challenges that are impeding the progress of countries in the region.He was addressing the first Caribbean Regional Dialogue with members of the G20 Development Working Group on Monday (April 13), as part of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings now underway in Washington DC.Jamaica was asked to co-chair discussions on the challenges confronting Caribbean countries at the meeting with the G20 Development Working Group.Dr. Phillips, in his remarks at the start of the meeting, said the session will be of great value to the Caribbean, because it is the first time there has been engagement between the Caribbean and the G20 in an organised fashion. Dialogue of this nature, he contended, allows for the opportunity to bring to the attention of the G20 countries and the Development Working Group, the specific conditions of the Caribbean region, which he identified as low growth and high debt.He noted that the Caribbean is still suffering the effects of the crisis of 2008-09, pointing out that the consequences of that crisis are impeding the region’s capacity to grow, particularly because of the high debt.“This first contact, I think, is important and it will be the first of a number of contacts. We are grateful to the Turkish authorities, who are President of the G20 this year and the Chinese, who will preside next year. During these engagements, we’ll have to collaborate with the G20 to examine some practical solutions to the issues facing the Caribbean,” he said. “We should also be grateful to the Trinidadian authorities, who took an active part on behalf of the Caribbean in this regard. This dialogue will continue and there are specific areas in which practical solutions can be brought to the table to benefit the Caribbean,” he added. Last October, Dr. Phillips urged the G20 to make good on its promise to assist the Caribbean region to mitigate the effects of the recession of 2008. Speaking during a Caribbean breakfast and caucus meeting in Washington DC, Minister Phillips expressed concern that the group of major economies has not kept its promise to provide financial support to assist the region.“We continue to suffer because the expectations that were generated in 2008, coming out of the first meeting of the G20 nations, for resources to alleviate the plight of the region that was hardest hit by the crisis, have been unfulfilled,” he stated.Dr. Phillips said there is urgent need for the G20 to fulfil its promise, citing the region’s high debt burden, climatic vulnerabilities, along with energy insecurities.The G20 Development Working Group was established in 2010, and is responsible for implementing the G20 Development Agenda, which includes increasing financing for infrastructure investment in developing countries.The G20 is a forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The members include 19 individual countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.Dr. Phillips is leading Jamaica’s delegation at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings, which provide a forum for discussion among governors of central banks, high-level authorities of member countries, representatives of multilateral financial institutions and development agencies. The Jamaican delegation also includes Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Brian Wynter; Wayne Robinson also of the BoJ; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; and head of the IMF Coordination Implementation Unit in the Ministry, Judith Reid.The summit will end on Sunday, April 19, 2015. While in Washington, Dr. Phillips will meet with representatives of the IMF, World Bank, and the US Treasury. Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

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first_img Updated: 9:23 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Spring Valley stroke victim who went missing after walking away from the Hillcrest hospital where he was recovering was found safe Thursday morning at a family member’s home.Gregory Gavino, 52, was reported missing about 2 p.m. Wednesday after he walked away from Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego police said. He was considered at-risk because of impaired cognitive abilities resulting from a recent major stroke.Family members called police about 8 a.m. Thursday to report Gavino had found his way to their Spring Valley home, San Diego Police Officer Steven Bourasa said. Officers went to that home Thursday morning and drove Gavino back to the hospital. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018center_img Missing stroke patient found safe in Spring Valley KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_img 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Enlarge ImageWhatever material that is in the wings of the “Flying B,” it’s probably expensive. Bentley If you love the Bentley Continental GT coupe but want something a bit bigger and statelier, that’s what the Flying Spur sedan is for. The two-door Conti was recently given a makeover, which we loved, and it appears the Flying Spur, which leans heavily on the coupe’s style, is next on Bentley’s to-do list.Bentley has put out two teasers for its upcoming generation of Flying Spur grand touring sedan. The first teaser shows off the front end’s hood ornament, which takes the traditional Bentley “Flying B” and fills in the wings with a likely fancy material. It also appears that the hood ornament can shrink into the body when the car is parked, which has been a staple of Rolls-Royce vehicles for years, too.The second image shows off the new Flying Spur’s silhouette. As with previous generations, the Flying Spur isn’t as squared-off as the flagship Mulsanne sedan, carrying more of the Conti GT’s flowing style. From what my eyes can see, it looks like the Flying Spur will probably pick up a number of visual enhancements first seen on the 2020 Continental GT. bentley-flying-spur-teaser-2Enlarge ImageIt doesn’t look all that different from the current Flying Spur, although there’s a bit more smoothness than before. Bentley It’s likely that the Flying Spur will pick up the same revised W12 engine in the Conti GT. This 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged honker puts out a proper 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the coupe, improvements of 44 and 133 (respectively) over the previous generation’s W12. There’s no need to guess about the interior — it’s going to be as sumptuous as any other Bentley, and I hope that the Conti GT’s wild Bentley Rotating Display makes an appearance, too.Bentley didn’t offer up any more information than the two teasers, saying only that more information is slated to be revealed “later this year.”  More From Roadshow Bentley Post a comment Bentley Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise insidecenter_img Superluxury Cars Future Cars Sedans 0 Share your voice Tags 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring 26 Photoslast_img read more

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first_imgArms surrendered by `extremists` File PhotoThe 80 ‘extremists’ of Joypurhat who surrendered at an event in the presence of the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan in Pabna in April 2019, are evidently not extremists at all. Of these 80, at least seven were sentenced to death and were either imprisoned or absconding, a Prothom Alo investigation shows. There were also criminals and drug traders among these so-called extremists.Of the 80 ‘extremists’, 22 belonged to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) or its youth front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) or its student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the rest were from ruling Awami League’s youth front Jubo League and its affiliated organisation Swechchhasebak League, according to the investigation.They only pretended to be extremists so that they could be exempted from their charges and get financial incentives from the government, said local policemen and political leaders. The 80 ‘extremists’ of Joypurhat along with 515 others from 14 districts surrendered on 9 April 2019.The government has provided Tk 100,000 as incentive to every person who surrendered and Tk 1 million to every ringleader.A total of 16 ringleaders led the surrender programme. Ramzan Ali was the leader of Joypurhat. He is also joint general secretary of Swechchhasebak League of the district unit. He is facing several cases.Nandalal Parshi, a district committee member of Joypurhat Awami League, told Prothom Alo that he also submitted the names of some local youth to Ramzan Ali so that the charges against them would be dropped and that they could also receive money from the government.The members of an intelligence agency were also involved in preparing the list, but there was no extremist in Joypourhat, he added. Ramzan Ali, however, made no comment when contacted.Ramzan’s brother Selim Babu is on the list of these ‘extremists’. He said, “Many young men pretended to be extremists just to be exempted from charges against them. So what is wrong with my name being included too?”Romanur Rahman is a member of district Jubo League. He told Prothom Alo that he submitted names as advised by Ramzan and Nandalal Parshi. The entire list is fake, said Romanur.Two persons on the list are not even facing any charges. One of them is Mukta Biswas, nephew of Nandalal Parshi and other is Nuruzzaman Babu, an activist of Swechchhasebak League.About Mukta, Nandalal said his nephew was kept on the list as he is a friend of Ramzan.Nuruzzaman Babu said, “I agreed to surrender as my leader Ramzan told me that the government will give me Tk 100,000. I’m badly in need of the money.”Pabna’s additional superintendent of police Gautam Kumar Biswas told Prothom Alo that they freed all who surrendered. News of surrender plan surfaced in the media in early April, an intelligence agency reportedly being behind the plan.A top police official said the list of ‘extremists’ was supposed to be prepared by the police. However, they did nothing but sign some papers, he added.Superintendent of police of Joypurhat, Rashidul Hasan, told Prothom Alo, “As far we know, there is no extremist in Joypurhat. Despite that, we received a list of 71 extremists which was sent to Pabna.”But several police officers said that the list was made later, including nine more names. Then the death row convicts were added too.The Joypurhat police officers also said that the first list did not include names of the seven death row convicts. The convicts are Sadar upazila’s Bambu union’s Wazed Ali, Abu Hassan (Wazed’s son), Mahir Uddin, Chaitanya, Safadul Islam, Anisur Rahman and Mantu Miah.A lower court sentenced the seven people to death over Jubo League leader Abdul Matin’s murder.Wazed Ali’s son Jewel Rana said, “I don’t know whether my father was an extremist or not.”Another person, Mahbub Ali, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the same case, said, “There are several cases against us. Ruling party leaders told us to surrender pretending to be extremists. And so we did.”According to police documents, at least six people of the list are terrorists and drug traders. Of them, Ismail Hossain is facing 17 cases.Former law minister Shafique Ahmed told Prothom Alo that only the court has the authority to exempt, suspend or cancel one’s conviction.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo, “The police did not prepare the list. I was just present during the surrender event as chief guest.” The minister also said that he does not know anything about the process the list was made but assured that anyone facing charges would only be exempted thorugh legal means.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img
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first_img By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsArab nations Dubai homepage featured Jewish Community of the Emirates NYU Rabbi Yehuda Sarna United Arab Emirates,You may also like Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Sowing division, Islamists target Christians in Burkina Faso Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,The priest and the ‘Fleabag’ forge mutual faith in Amazon comedy series Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — It’s been a maxim for decades: Jewish synagogues in Arab countries are dying, and no new ones are being built.But there’s an exception. A new synagogue formed in the United Arab Emirates a few years ago  has persevered without a rabbi. On Tuesday (May 14), at a forum sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the UAE government, it was announced it will have a rabbi, too.Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, a Canadian native who has served for 17 years as New York University’s chaplain and executive director of its Hillel chapter, has been named chief rabbi of the Jewish Community of the Emirates.Sarna is not leaving his post at NYU but taking on a new responsibility. He plans to travel to Dubai four times a year and serve as a spokesman for the nascent Jewish community located there.“It’s a very exciting and daunting challenge to try to build the community in such a way that is not only sustainable and enriching for the people who are members of it, but also it serves the function of engaging with the Muslim world in that part of the world,” Sarna said.Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, chaplain at New York University. Photo courtesy of Religion and Ethics NewsWeeklyThe Jewish Community of the Emirates, as it’s known, meets in an unmarked home in a residential location in Dubai so as to attract little attention in this predominantly Muslim country. It draws about 200 Jews, many of them business people from all over the world who have flocked to the UAE to take part in its growing economic power as it shifts from a reliance on oil and trade to technology and artificial intelligence.Services are Orthodox in format, with separate seating for men and women, but Sarna said that in time the synagogue might offer multiple services to include various forms of Jewish worship in the same building.There are, of course, synagogues in other Arab countries: Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, for example. But those are historic communities that have existed for ages, dating back, in some cases, to pre-biblical times.In 1945, there were an estimated 1 million Jews living in Arab countries; today there are maybe 4,000. Countries such as Syria, Egypt and Iraq once boasted vibrant Jewish communities. Most have been forced to flee, and in some places, like Iraq and Syria, the Jewish population has dropped into the single digits.“Jewish communities have thrived under Muslim rule for hundreds of years,” said David Mednicoff, who chairs the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “In many ways, this is going back to something that was once normal.”The UAE, a confederation of seven emirates, has touted religious coexistence, appointing a Minister of Tolerance in 2016 and declaring 2019 “the year of tolerance.”In February, the country hosted Pope Francis. It has a minority Christian population of about 1.2 million, many from India and the Philippines.During the pope’s visit, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi announced plans to construct an Abrahamic House, which will contain a mosque, a church and a synagogue.The United Arab Emirates, red, located in the Middle East. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsDubai, the largest city in the UAE, has been perhaps the most open.“They’ve always been the least conservative and most loose, but in recent years they’ve embraced international businesses and have become a kind of self-contained unit,” said Curtis Ryan, a professor of political science at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., who studies the Middle East.Over the past few years, relations between Israel and the UAE have warmed, and diplomats have conducted stealth meetings, despite the two countries’ lack of official ties. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the neighboring country of Oman last year, and Israel announced it would take part in the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.The Dubai synagogue is one chapter in this warming trend.“This is a historic moment for interfaith cooperation for religious freedom, and it’s happening in the most complicated part of the world,” said Johnnie Moore, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom who attended the ADL-UAE forum Tuesday.Sarna who also spoke at the forum said he has already visited the synagogue in Dubai at least a dozen times in his role as NYU chaplain because the university has a four-year degree-granting academic center in Abu Dhabi.“You come to a community event and your mind is blown by the eclectic adventurous stories you hear,” Sarna said. The journey people have that brought them to the UAE and the vision of the future they aspire to. It’s an amazing crossroads for many people.”(National reporter Jack Jenkins contributed to this report)last_img read more

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