Selections from the stellar lineup at Coachella are satcasting now as SiriusXM puts you front-and-center for performances and interviewsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 1:13 pm On April 11 SiriusXM announced it will be satcasting Coachella Radio beginning on April 12 and continuing through April 25. “Our broadcast will include major artists such as Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Post Malone, Kygo, and St. Vincent, but also an array of emerging artists just beginning to make their mark,” said SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein. “We love bringing our subscribers, wherever they may be, inside the vibe, atmosphere, and music of this big festival.”Also available through the SiriusXM smartphone app and on their website, Coachella Radio programming for Days 1 and 2 includes Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Kygo, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, The Weeknd, and Alison Wonderland. Facebook SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio With Beyoncé, Cardi B, The Weeknd, More https://twitter.com/TheWeekndBible/status/984246083743289345 Additional sets are expected to be available on YouTube livestream and be sure to take our poll on which Coachella 2018 performance you are looking forward to the most.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio: Back On The Air siriusxms-coachella-radio-beyonc%C3%A9-cardi-b-weeknd-more Email Content Not Available Twitter
Map of JessoreA man died on Thursday of his injuries sustained in a road accident at Bagacchra in Sharsha upazila of Jessore district on Wednesday evening.The deceased is Najrul Islam Naju, 45, son of a certain Dader Ali Dhabak, a resident of Dhabak para village of the upazila, reports UNB.According to eyewitness, Najrul was passing the road when a speeding motorcycle crashed into him, leaving him and two others critically injured.Later, locals rescued them and took them to Jessore Medical College where Najrul was referred to Dhaka. But he succumbed to his injuries early Thursday on the way to Dhaka.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that the ruling Awami League has depoliticised the country by ‘restoring one-party BAKSAL rule as it did in 1975’, reports UNB.”Now, there’s no politics in the country. Politics is now under the grip of one party,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the remarks while exchanging views with local journalists at his house in Thakurgaon.The BNP leader said multiparty democracy was restored by their party founder Ziaur Rahman after Awami League had introduced one-party BAKSAL rule in 1975. “The one-party rule has now been again restored undercover of democracy.”He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been subjected to government’s political vengeance as she has been kept in jail by convicting her in ‘false’ cases.Fakhrul alleged that Khaleda is neither getting bail from the court nor proper treatment by the government though she is very sick.He renewed their party’s demand for shifting Khaleda to a specialised private hospital for her proper treatment.The BNP leader said Jatiya Oikya Front is united though two – MPs of Gono Forum, one of its components, took oath violating the alliance’s decision.”Organisational action has been taken against those who have taken oath. We’re united and working for the restoration of democracy. We must move forward together with people,” he said.About the stance of their party and the alliance on the current government, Fakhrul said they think Awami League has been ruling the country illegally by usurping the state power. “There’s no reason to accept such a regime.”He demanded the government immediately hold a fresh national election annulling the results of the 10th parliamentary one.
Rescuers sit in a boat on Lake Victoria on 22 September, 2018, during searches for victims a day after the ferry MV Nyerere capsized. Photo: AFPTanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning Sunday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead.Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led “national funerals” on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday.He spoke of “great mourning by the whole nation” as the first coffins were placed in individual graves, many of the victims unidentified.The remainder of the dead were to be lain to rest later or taken away by families wishing for privates funerals.The prime minister said a memorial would be built on Ukara.Hopes had faded of finding any more survivors three days after the disaster, even after rescuers pulled out an engineer on Saturday who had holed up in an air pocket in the upturned vessel.But Majaliwa said divers would continue the grim search in the waters around the boat. The ferry would also be refloated.He updated the death toll to 126 women, 71 men, 17 girls and 10 boys. Just 41 people survived.- ‘Overloading’ blamed for tragedy -Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe said 265 people had been on board the ferry, which had an official capacity of 100 or 101 passengers.The prime minister said initial investigations suggested overloading was one of the causes of the accident.”We have already arrested all those people in charge of operating and supervising the MV Nyerere. Questioning has begun,” he said.A broader commission of inquiry into the disaster would also be set up, Majaliwa added.One survivor was an engineer who shut himself into a “special room” with enough air for him to stay alive until he was found, said local lawmaker Joseph Mkundi.Transport minister Kamwelwe said on Saturday that 172 of the bodies had been identified by relatives.State television cited witnesses reporting that more than 200 people had boarded the ferry at Bugolora, a town on the larger Ukerewe Island. It was market day, which usually sees the vessel packed with people and goods.Witnesses told AFP that the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock. Others blamed the captain, saying he had made a brusque manoeuvre.- Grief and anger -Dozens of wooden coffins had lined the shore on Saturday, waiting to be seen by families as police and volunteers sought to keep hundreds of curious locals at bay.Aisha William came to collect the body of her husband. “He left on Tuesday around noon, but he never came home. I do not know how I am going to raise my two children,” she said.Ahmed Caleb, a 27-year-old trader, railed at a tragedy “which could have been prevented. I’ve lost my boss, friends, people I went to school with,” he sighed.The ageing vessel, whose hull and propellers were all that remained visible above water, was also carrying cargo, including sacks of maize, bananas and cement, when it capsized.Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of the ferry’s management and declared four days of national mourning.”It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded”, he said, adding that the government would cover the funeral expenses.With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on the lake, and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people cannot swim.In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.
Industries have been set up encroaching the river banks. the picture taken from the banks of Balu river near the Sultana Kamal Bridge in Demra area. Photo: Prothom AloA list of 42,423 persons has been drawn up by the National River Protection Commission, naming those who have encroached upon rivers all around the country. The list includes tradesmen who have set up small shops as well as industrialists who have set up huge factories on the rivers. The encroachers include well-known persons and politicians. The commission has submitted the list to the parliamentary standing committee of the shipping affairs ministry.The encroachers have not only taken over rivers, but canals and wetlands all over the country. The local administration has drawn up lists of these encroachers upon directives from the river protection commission.The commission has said that the list will be scrutinized further to ensure no encroacher is left out. After that, a crash programme will be taken up to remove all illegal structures from the rivers within a year. The commission, however, has said it does not have adequate funds for the drive.The river protection commission is yet to receive the list of river encroachers in 12 districts including Dhaka, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bagerhat, Mymensingh and Netrakona. The administration of many districts has not given complete lists as yet. The commission has urged the concerned district administrations to submit the lists immediately.The lists indicate that local persons have set up shops and houses on most of the rivers. And in areas near around the capital city, alongside the local people, big industries have also encroached upon the rivers Sitalakkhya, Turag and Balu. In the port city Chattogram, the river Karnaphuli and the Chaktai canal are entangled in encroachments.On 1 July the Supreme Court passed a verdict declaring river encroachment to be a criminal offence. Rivers were declared to be living beings and the river protection commission was given legal guardianship of the rivers.Chairman of the river protection commission, Mujibur Rahman Howladar, told Prothom Alo, for the first time a list has been reared of river, canal and wetland encroachers. The deputy commissioners in the various districts basically carried out this task. This is a continual process and the lists will be scrutinized further to check if there are any more encroachers.He said a dive has already begun to remove the encroachments. A one-year crash programme will be taken up and implemented by the district administrations. He has called upon the government for adequate funds for the purpose.Sitalakkhya swamped by sand traders and dockyardsA look through the list shows that the banks of Sitalakkhya have been taken over by a number of dockyards. These include the Saudia, Shefa, Saud Khan, Abul Hossain and Ibrahim dockyards among others.Then again, sand traders are dumping sand into Sitalkhhya and filling it. The sand traders include HI Traders, Masum Enterprise, Salek Enterprise, Biplob Enterprise, Beauty Enterprise and Jashim Enterprise. Each of these traders has filled around 4800 sq ft of the river near Rupganj.State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has told Prothom Alo, the shipping ministry has a task force to protect the rivers. It would look after the rivers in and around Dhaka, but now, upon directives from the prime minister, it would look into all major rivers or the country.He said that the district administration has been told to take action against the encroachers, but this would require adequate funds. However, eviction has already begun in some districts.Industries on Turag, BaluThe rivers Turag and Balu on the outskirts of the capital city have also been illegally encroached upon by large industries. Anontex, Zarina Textiles, Anwar Group and other industrial groups have filled parts of the rivers and set up their structures.Karnaphuli encroachmentsAt least 777 persons have encroached upon the River Karnaphuli. Most of this has been done in the name of Bastuhara Samity (association of the homeless), by the association’s president and members. They have erected structures along the river.And another 2112 persons have occupied parts of Karnaphuli and tributaries. They have set up industries, temples and so on.Commercially important to Chattogram, the Chaktai canal has also been illegally encroached upon by at least 51 persons.And 10 persons have illegally occupied the river Banshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, by setting up fish farms there. Another 48 persons have set up bamboo houses and plantations on 13 acres of the river area. Similarly the rivers Sangu, Loharia, Laukathi, Ichhamati and others all over the country are disappearing under the establishments being set up by these illegal occupiers.Speaking to Prothom Alo about river encroachment, chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Iftekharuzzaman, said that it is a positive move that for the first time a list of river encroachers has been drawn up. More importantly, the list has been handed over to the parliamentary standing committee. The government should evict the encroachers with no discrimination or bias and also take legal action against them.* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
Brandon Formby / The Texas TribuneHouston “flood czar” Stephen Costello in his office on Sept. 12, 2017.When we caught up with Houston’s newly-appointed “flood czar” last year, he told us he had no money and no staff.That’s still largely the case, Stephen Costello told us in an interview on Tuesday at his Houston City Hall office. He now has one paid staff member.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s record floods, the city of Houston is poised to receive billions — maybe even tens of billions — of recovery dollars in the coming years that may cover significant improvements to the city’s woefully inadequate drainage system as well as other projects to reduce flooding. And Costello said on Tuesday that he expects to play a key role in deciding how that money will be spent. “Over 60 percent of our infrastructure is beyond its useful life,” he said. “So that’s what we’re dealing with right now.”He said at least some of the money should be used to buy up entire neighborhoods that border bayous and have inadequate flood protection and then to turn those areas into green space. That would be a big change: previous buyout programs have had little success because of inadequate funding and opposition from homeowners who don’t want to move.Costello said repeatedly on Tuesday that the city will have to “get creative” to find the extra money to pay for all the flood control upgrades that are needed in a city where, according to Costello, more than half of the homes that have flooded in recent years weren’t in a designated flood plain. And he added that development rules will have to change to help prevent more damage from flooding. Below is an edited and condensed version of our interview. TT: Last year at a meeting you told residents angry about flooding that ‘I don’t have any money, I don’t have any staff.’ Has that changed?COSTELLO: My former chief of staff when I was a city council member has joined me, back in January. So we’ve doubled our size [laughs]. So that’s a good thing. But we still don’t have money. We interface internally with the departments who do have money for flooding and drainage. And we’re out seeking additional monies whether it’s with federal dollars or state dollars.TT: So your staff has doubled in the last year from one person to two (including you). And you don’t have any extra money in your department. Will Harvey change your role or the scope of your role?Maybe it’ll just make my job a little bigger. I think the real issue is that we need more funding. Everything is all about the dollar. I mean every engineering problem has a solution. And the real question is whether or not the public wants to pay for it. TT: Last year you said you think they are willing to pay if they come to understand the issue and how much it’s going to cost to address it. Has Harvey helped with that?COSTELLO: I don’t know. I’ll be candid with you.I think they’re beginning to recognize that there is a risk that there’s always a possibility of flooding no matter where you are in the city of Houston, whereas I think people that didn’t flood prior to this event have always felt immune from flooding. And I think now they realize that the risk is everywhere. TT: How has Harvey changed the public conversation around flooding?COSTELLO: Usually a flooding event is an isolated event. It doesn’t impact the majority of the community. And they’re usually five or ten years apart. So people forget and they don’t really pay much attention to the need for infrastructure investment. The 2015 [the Memorial Day flood], 2016 [the Tax Day Flood] sort of changed that. The frequency of flooding got a little bit more common. And then we have a regional event like Harvey, so now everybody’s starting to talk about it. So that’s a good thing. It’s a good thing that we’re starting to talk about it. The real issue is: What are we going to do about it and where do we go moving forward?TT: Last year you told us that there needs to be a discussion on development regulations in Houston. Has any progress been made on that front?COSTELLO: We’re going to roll out [a task force] in October. And the mayor is really excited about it. It’s a group of probably a little over 50 people. There will be be a couple of developers, people that are representing some of the trade associations, engineers, landscape architects, bureaucrats like myself, as well as community people.We want a dialogue between all the groups so that the development community can get a better understanding of what the community at large is thinking. And then we can have a frank discussion about these issues and we want to address it.TT: Have you been able to secure any extra money for flood prevention as flood czar?COSTELLO: We created the Stormwater Action Team, going into areas [where] we have known flooding problems and doing whatever maintenance-related type activities that we have to do. The mayor set aside $10 million [from the city’s General Fund] for that. We’ve about exhausted that money. And so we’re in the process of figuring out how we get additional funding. And that was prior to Hurricane Harvey. TT: How much more money do you need for those maintenance projects?We don’t know. Because we’re doing it on an ongoing basis. It could be in the tens of millions. It could be north of a hundred million dollars.TT: It sounds like you came into this job and you said ‘We need more money.’ The county is spending something like $120 million per year on construction and maintenance of flood control projects. How much is the city spending now? How much does it need?COSTELLO: We’re spending over $250 million per year on — we call it ‘street and drainage’ so it’s a combination of drainage and street and the reason why we combine the two is when you get an extreme event, the water travels down the street as well, so it’s part of the drainage system. Several years ago public works had made an estimate that in order to stay ahead of the decaying infrastructure they need about $650 million a year … to spend on their street and drainage program. TT: What I’m hearing you say is that this is a pretty dire situation.COSTELLO: I wouldn’t say it’s a dire situation. I mean, the the problem has existed for a very, very long time. And as a result of this biblical event — [which] is what I call it — it’s come to the forefront now. Our job, my job, is to make sure people don’t forget. I mean that’s why the mayor created this position, is to remind people that we have to keep continuing to invest in drainage infrastructure. And so the real issue is how how big are we going to get? Are we going to be kind of microscopic in terms of doing these piecewise improvements or are we going to go global and figure out area-wide, how do we want to change the way we do drainage and flood control? TT: Separate and apart from the drainage projects that we’ve been really focusing on, you have this task force you mentioned and people talking about development regulations. Do you see a component of this recovery potentially resulting in changing those regulations, strengthening them?COSTELLO: What I see with this event will be looking at areas that are subject to repetitive flooding and figuring out ways to buy them out. I think you’re going to see a pretty aggressive buyout program. The city has never been in the buyout business and (Harris County) flood control has been doing predominantly most of the buyout and their budget is less than $3 million for this year for buyouts, which is a fairly nominal amount of money. Share
Taking a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has said that he has now taking U-turn on his favourite tool ‘sting operation’.“Kejriwal has used sting operations to defame several politicians but now his team is questioning the legality of the operation,” said Satish Upadhyay. He was speaking on the recently released audio tapes of Kejriwal’s telephonic conversation. He further argued that the truth of Kejriwal who claims to be practising clean politics, transparency, nationalism and internal democracy and Lokpal, has been exposed. “It is surprising that the party and its leaders who were claiming of exposing corruption by recording and sting operations are now saying that these stings are not acceptable under law when their turn has come,” he added. He also claimed that the audio sting of talk between Kejriwal and former AAP MLA Rajesh Garg has also exposed the politics of dividing society on communal lines by AAP.