BAHAMAS Minister Pintard says Fresh Start Graduates are Part of the Solution

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 26, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard said if Grand Bahama is going to change, it will not be because there is someone crying in the wilderness about what is wrong, but rather about someone finding solutions. “And the young people who are graduates of this Fresh Start Program are part of the solution,” he affirmed.The Minister of Youth was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for Grand Bahama’s Fresh Start Program on Saturday at the Social Affairs Convention Centre. Seventy-six persons graduated from the program and represented varied fields — including bartending, Butlering, office procedures, sales, welding and general maintenance.The graduates emerged from over 500 initial applicants, and of the 89 who were accepted. Each graduate received skill certification, Bahama Host Program certification and a customer service certificate. In congratulating the graduates, Minister Pintard noted they exemplified discipline, character and determination.“We are proud of you and we know that this is yet another aspect of your life, and in the future you will be doing incredible things,” he said.“Also, let me say to all of your support team – parents, guardians, friends, husbands, wives, teachers and coaches, mentors and lecturers – to all of you who have deposited into our young people’s lives, I want to say that on behalf of a grateful country and this government, thank you very much. The sacrifice you have made is appreciated.”The Minister noted there were people present at the graduation who had gone through some tough times in their lives and ended up in some very dark places, where the thought of giving up was prevalent.However, he encouraged those persons to make the commitment to rise up. “That’s the simple message tonight that no matter what position these graduates found themselves in, they made a commitment to invest in their future, to rise above the tough conditions in this economy; to rise above any choices they have made that may have derailed or distracted them for a moment.”He encouraged the graduates to treat every new day with a kind of sacredness and use the time to do something wonderful for themselves, their families and by extension, their communities.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo Caption: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard was the keynote speaker for this year’s Fresh Start Program in Grand Bahama. Seventy-six persons comprised the graduating class on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Minister Pintard told the graduates they have the opportunity to be part of the solution in turning Grand Bahama’s economy around.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)last_img read more

MercedesBenz CLA Shooting Brake puts junk back in the trunk

first_img See All • reading • Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake puts junk back in the trunk More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 86 Photos Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake adds function to form More From Roadshow Comment Tags Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is an A-Class that’s been chopped up to add style at the cost of capacity. But what if you want some style and cargo room simultaneously? You could get a regular A-Class hatchback, sure, or you could opt for the new CLA Shooting Brake.Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the CLA-Class Shooting Brake at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Just like the last CLA Shooting Brake, this one builds on the style of the CLA-Class with an extra dose of wagon at the back for added versatility.In terms of looks, it’s pretty darn close to the new CLA-Class. The headlights are on the more angular side, the side is largely free of character lines while the rear end relies on the same “coupe” taillights seen on the CLA and CLS. The Shooting Brake’s wagon-ish rear end packs an aggressive taper that helps separate it from the A-Class Hatchback. Its 0.26 drag coefficient is a little less slippery than the CLA-Class (0.23), but not by much.Enlarge ImageAs far as quasi-wagons go, this one’s a looker. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow The interior is almost a carbon copy of the CLA, with both its screens slapped onto the same “surfboard” piece of glass. There’s ample storage space ahead of the redesigned touchpad controller. If you’ve seen the A-Class or the CLA-Class, the story is pretty much the same here. The centerpiece of the CLA Shooting Brake’s tech is MBUX, Mercedes-Benz’s latest and greatest infotainment system. Like the A-Class and CLA-Class (again), MBUX packs a digital assistant with natural language processing, and the system itself is vastly more responsive and capable than the outgoing COMAND system. It also packs a suite of active and passive driver aids that allow the vehicle to hold itself in a lane on the highway, but it can also change lanes automatically after the driver applies the turn signal.In Europe, the CLA Shooting Brake will be offered with a variety of gas and diesel engines. Both manual and dual-clutch transmissions will be available, and buyers will have a choice of two or four driven wheels. The CLA Shooting Brake goes on sale in Europe in September and, as with the previous iteration, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see it in the US. Heck, we don’t even get the A-Class Hatchback. Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine Wagons Hatchbacks Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 1 Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the USlast_img read more

Accused stabbed dead by another in courtroom

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAn accused in a murder case stabbed another accused to death in front of the judge in a courtroom in Cumilla during hearing on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was Faruk, son of Ohid Ullah of Monoharganj in the district.The incident took place in front of judge Begum Fatema Ferdous of Cumilla Sessions Judge (third) court in the courtroom.The deceased and the attacker happen to be cousins.Cumilla police superintendent Syed Nurul Islam said accused Hasan started stabbing Farukh with a knife indiscriminately while the hearing in the murder case was going on in the court, leaving him critically injured.Faruk was taken to Cumilla Medical College where the physicians declared him dead.Security was tightened on the court premises after the incident, the SP added.Hasan was arrested after the incident, he said.last_img read more

UPDATE Harris County Commissioners Court Decides Not To Vote On Sanctuary Cities

first_img X Al OrtizJudge Ed Emmett (center) presided the Commissioners Court bi-monthly meeting held on July 11th that debated whether Harris County will join the lawsuit against SB4.Harris County will not sue the State of Texas over SB4, the new state law that will allow members of law enforcement agencies to ask the public about immigration status and the Commissioners Court meeting got heated when the matter was discussed on Tuesday.Immigration activists and elected officials urged the Commissioners to join the lawsuit against SB4.Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia was among those who voiced their concerns and told the Court, “[T]his bill cannot be implemented without racial profiling and that’s what it will lead to.”Judge Ed Emmett acknowledged that, on a personal level, he shares some of the worries.“Clearly, the show me your papers aspect of Senate Bill Four is a vast overreach,” Emmett noted during the debate, which got heated when a member of the audience demanded that the Judge and the commissioners take action.“If you do not lead now we will run you over and vote you out of office! You’re on notice!” the woman told the Court as Emmett asked for her to exit the Court’s chamber.Towards the end of the meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis proposed a motion to join the lawsuit.At that moment, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman said he has “serious concerns” about SB4, but added that suing the state over it could set a “dangerous precedent.”Neither Emmett nor any other commissioner supported Ellis’ motion and, ultimately, the Court didn’t hold a vote about Harris County joining the litigation.After the meeting, the Judge addressed the question and noted that “we’re not even sure we can sue.”“Technically, the [Texas] Legislature creates counties and abolishes counties. I mean, we are an arm of State government, so, it would be like kind of suing ourselves,” Emmett added.Several counties, including Bexar, El Paso, Maverick and Travis, have joined the lawsuit against SB4, which is supposed to go into effect on September 1st, although one of the goals of the litigation is to impede that. Listen Share 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more