Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hanscom AFB is a critical asset for the Air Force with a bright future, Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday following a tour of the installation located outside of Boston. Wilson, who was accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the service is spending about $225 million on construction at the base and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “It’s a huge investment for us, a tremendous commitment to Hanscom as a base,” Wilson said, reported the Lowell Sun. … To counter the threat posed by a cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure, military installations should be able to operate independently of the electric grid, either permanently or on a short-term basis, Robert Knake, the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said in a recent interview. Knake, now a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, also suggested the commercial grid should be moved offline onto a separate internet for critical infrastructure, according to a Washington Post op-ed.Air Force Photo by Wayne Clark
Two persons, including an NGO official, were killed and five others injured as a microbus crashed into a motorcycle and a rickshaw van Gopalganj’s Ratil in Kashiani upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Nurul Islam, 40, manager of Kathi Bazar branch of Jagorani Chakra Foundation in Sadar upazila and son of M Abdul Morol of Rupdia in Jashore Sadar upazila, and rickshaw van driver Rakib Sheikh, 45, son of Noor Mohammad Sheikh of Dhankora village in Kashiani.Officer-in-charge of Kashiani police Station M Azizur Rahman said the microbus first smashed into the motorcycle of Nurul and then the van around 2:30pm before plunging into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the steering.The accident left the NGO official dead on the spot and Rakib and five passengers of the microbus injured.Physicians at Kashiani Upazila Health Complex declared the van driver dead on arrival after the injured were taken there.The rest of the injured were later sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, the OC said.
A child was killed and three others injured in gas line explosion in Shyampur of the capital city.A child was killed and three others injured in gas line explosion in Shyampur of the capital city.The incident took place at around 6:30pm on Tuesday.The deceased is Abir, 7, and the injured are Abir’s mother Shathi Akhtar and sister Adiba, 11 and van driver Rubel, 30. All of them were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Inspector at DMCH police outpost, Bacchu Mia, said four including Abir were brought to the hospital in a critical condition.The physicians on duty pronounced Abir dead at 7:45pm. Others are undergoing treatment at the hospital.Official of the fire service headquarters, Rasel Sikdar, told Prothom Alo that three pedestrians were injured in a gas line explosion at Munshibari of Jurain in Shyampur. The local people took them to DMCH, he added.According to Abir’s family and police, Abir and his family lived at Dhupkhola in the capital. Shati Akhtar and her two children went to her father’s house in Shyampur. The explosion took place when they reached Munshibari. Shyampur police station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman said police visited the spot after the explosion.
Style, it would appear, never goes out of fashion. But the passion to spend on designer clothes and accessories took a beating in the past year, ever since the Narendra Modi government implemented the demonetisation policy. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July added to the woes, say designers.”Demonetisation was a wonderful move by the government, but it was badly executed. They did not see the entire scenario. It has disrupted the business (of fashion). There were a lot of times that my employees – like tailors and embroiderers – could not go to the bank. Demonetisation impacted them badly,” Rahul Mishra, a regular participating designer at the Paris runways said.The stress, he says, was felt more by weavers, embroiderers, tailors and craftspersons. The introduction of GST on July 1 impacted the same set of people more than others.”I am not against GST. We work with handmade clothes and labour is intensive. So if I supply merchandise worth Rs 1 crore, then 12 per cent needs to be paid upfront as GST. Next month, again if I am supplying, then I have to pay 12 per cent, so I have to pay so much to GST and then wait for the sale to happen.”He says the government should encourage the handmade industry by bringing in separate laws for it. “I want to pay taxes on what I am selling because if I am not selling, then business is less, opportunity is less and so is potential for employment,” said Mishra.A report by Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India (ICRA) stated that the Indian textiles and apparel industry, which accounts for almost 24 per cent of the world’s spindle capacity and eight per cent of global rotor capacity, has been struggling due to the impact of demonetisation and GST.The report stated that the disruptions caused by demonetisation and transition to the GST regime has “narcotised the Indian apparel and fabric industry”.Other designers say they are witnessing reduced business, but they are hopeful that the forthcoming wedding season may bring a touch of relief. Many feel that banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was a good move to weed out corruption in the country, even though it took its toll on the design world. GST only added to their troubles.Designer Samant Chauhan is disappointed that the festive season failed to raise the shoppers’ spirit.”I always knew that the market is slow and we will get good sales in Diwali. But things were not that great during the festive time either, with sales at less than half. There was no (big) party happening on Diwali, so why will people buy designer clothes. I think the note ban did have an impact on that (party culture).”He said that after demonetisation, prices of yarns and fabric went up. “Only those people survived who had systems (workstations and mills). There was a huge crunch of fabric as most of the weavers were in the bank getting their cash. When things normalised, the prices went up,” he added.Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country’s apex fashion body, admitted that sales had slumped due to demonetisation and GST. “I’m hoping that the business is going to be regularised in the near future. Certain amount of discipline has set in for both the customer and designer. However, there is no doubt that the volume of business has gone down, which is not a good sign. Hoping for the market to pick up soon,” Sethi said.Menswear designer Pawan Sachdeva echoed the sentiment. “The effect of demonetisation has lingered even after a year. The luxury market has faced a major slowdown. Even as the effects of demonetisation hadn’t lessened, GST was introduced as a new policy, slowing the market even more,” he said.The major problem, according to him, was that cash flow declined sharply, resulting in slashing of up to almost 80 per cent of luxury sales.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — It’s a sign of the times that news services have taken to compiling lists of fake news items, in an effort to weed out the real stories from the not-so-real.Wire news service The Associated Press says it’s dedicated to fact-checking misinformation that is shared widely online, and alerting users with roundups of fake news. Recently that roundup included WestJet.Not that the airline had done anything wrong. On the contrary, AP was drawing attention to an online ticket scam involving WestJet that the airline has been pushing back against for years with consumer warning advisories and blog posts.It’s the age-old Facebook-based free ticket scam, using WestJet’s branding.“THE FACTS: WestJet Airlines is not giving out two free tickets to celebrate its birthday despite an offer circulating on social media,” says AP.The scam asks users to fill out a survey to receive a pair of 332 remaining tickets. Afterward, users are asked to share the ad and type “Thanks for tickets #Westjet!” in the comments field. It then says users can click the ‘Claim Now’ button to enter their personal details.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe advertisement “is not a legitimate offer,” says WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell. Bell said more information about dealing with scams is available on the airline’s advisory page.The ‘Not Real News’ roundup with the WestJet item came out in recent days but the scam has been circulating for years. “I don’t understand why Facebook allows these scammers to freely post their frauds,” says one post on WestJet’s advisory blog. Here’s why WestJet landed on the Not Real News list With files from The Associated Press Travelweek Group Tags: Facebook, WestJet Share