The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA) CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it earned $29.2 million in its fourth quarter, down from $47.8 million in the same period a year earlier.The Calgary-based airline says the profit amounted to 26 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with 41 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Revenue in the last three months of 2018 totalled $1.19 billion, up from $1.12 billion a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 13 cents per share for the quarter and revenue of $1.19 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.For the full year, WestJet says it earned $91.5 million or 80 cents per diluted share, down from $279.1 million or $2.38 per diluted share in 2017.Revenue totalled $4.73 billion for 2018, up from $4.51 billion. read more

Drought and high food prices in much of the developing world coupled with a diversion to bio-fuels and the disincentive of high planting costs in the West look likely to reduce grain production in most of the world’s major producers.The latest issue of FAO’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report warned that acute food shortages persist in 32 countries worldwide and pointed to the situation in the Gaza Strip as cause for particular concern.In Eastern Africa more than 18 million people face serious food insecurity due either to conflict, unrest, adverse weather or a combination of the factors, while in Southern Africa the total number of food insecure is estimated at some 8.7 million. The report stressed that in Kenya, Somalia and Zimbabwe, the situation is very serious citing drought, civil unrest and economic crises as causes. The outlook for cereal crop production in low-income countries with food shortages is gloomy, with a likely reduction in maize crops in Southern Africa, and prolonged dry spells affecting wheat farmers in Asia. Almost half of China’s winter wheat harvest is already suffering from severe drought and India is experiencing a lack of rainfall.In South America, 2008 wheat production was halved by drought in Argentina, and persistent dry weather is damaging prospects for the region’s 2009 coarse grains.The report noted that despite the decline in international food prices in the second half of 2008, domestic prices remain very high in several developing countries, making food unaffordable for low-income groups. In Southern Africa and Central America, prices of their main food commodities have continued to rise or have not decreased in recent months, and in Western and Eastern Africa January prices were significantly higher than at the same time last year.Imported rice and wheat prices, staples in these sub-regions, are also on the increase, and remain high in several poor Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The FAO report pointed out that while conditions are generally favourable for winter wheat throughout Europe and the United States, the amount of planted area in these countries has declined, reflecting the prospect of sharply reduced profits compared to last year and persistently high input costs.FAO also forecasted further increases in the use of cereals for bio-fuel production with a total of 104 million tons, up 22 per cent from the 2007/08 estimated level, representing almost 5 per cent of world cereal production. The United States alone is expected to increase production of bio-fuels to roughly 93 million tons, which is up 19 percent from the 2007/08 level. 12 February 2009Bad weather, violent conflict and volatile market prices could force a drop off in the global production of cereal crops this year, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) predicted today after already warning that some 1 billion people worldwide are going hungry. read more

CALGARY — The head of the National Energy Board says a proposed overhaul of how the federal regulator consults, operates and is organized will make it better prepared to respond to modern expectations.Speaking at the sidelines of an industry safety workshop Wednesday, NEB chairman Peter Watson says recommendations last month by a modernization panel could fix some of the limitations of the regulator and help it keep up with the times.“Some of the things at the root of our challenges are embedded in our enabling legislation, so I actually think that whatever comes out of these reviews, it’s kind of time to refresh for the 21st century,” said Watson.“We know expectations have changed on us and we need to keep pace with where things are going.”He says changes to rules on governance, public participation and the role of indigenous peoples will help the NEB respond better to concerns of the public.The federal regulator’s own plans for more reporting on how it’s performing and driving safety culture in the industry will also help the public keep the NEB accountable, said Watson.“People should understand how we’re performing and then use that information to assess whether they think we’re good enough or not.”Watson says he’s not concerned by the suggestions the panel put forth. These include splitting off data production into a separate organization, a one-year federal review of projects to determine if they’re in the public interest before a detailed review by the regulator, and no longer requiring board members to live in Calgary.The panel made the recommendations after finding that the regulator had fundamentally lost the confidence of many Canadians.Watson added that while waiting for the government overhaul, the NEB is also taking its own initiative to improve pipeline safety and regulations — including a two-day workshop being held in Calgary to discuss how to improve manufacturing standards for pipeline parts.“Even while the modernization review is going on, we’re making significant steps on how we drive safety culture into the oil and gas industry, and into the companies we regulate,” he said.The NEB organized the workshop after the regulator and pipeline companies found flaws in parts being supplied by several global manufacturers.Since the Canadian regulator has no direct control over the manufacturing process, it has brought together academics, manufacturers, international regulators and others to identify the issues and find solutions, including better standards.On Wednesday, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association also released its annual report that showed members leaked 38 barrels, or 6,042 litres, of crude oil in three minor incidents, with no incidents classified as significant for the second year in a row. read more

OTTAWA — The federal finance minister says steps taken to tame Canada’s hottest housing markets have already helped slow down a sector he believes was moving at an unsustainable clip.Bill Morneau’s comments Tuesday follow this week’s release of data showing Canada’s home sales for June posted their biggest monthly plunge in seven years. The national figure was led by a drop in the Greater Toronto market.The new data provided the latest evidence that steps taken at federal, provincial and municipal levels have begun to temper the country’s real estate sector, particularly in the Vancouver and Toronto regions.“What we’ve put in place has had some impact — and some impact in having a slight cooling in the market, which of course was our objective,” Morneau told The Canadian Press in an interview at his Ottawa office.“We thought that the price increases in Vancouver and Toronto, specifically, were unsustainable.”Earlier Tuesday, Morneau told a news conference that changes in the housing sector were playing out “largely the way we thought it might.” He also noted, however, that it was “too early” in the emerging situation to draw conclusions.On a national basis, last month’s housing transactions were down 6.7 per cent compared with May, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday. It was the third-straight monthly decrease and the Greater Toronto Area registered a 15.1 per cent drop.Compared to May, sales fell last month in 70 per cent of all local markets measured by the association, including the Lower Mainland in B.C., Montreal and Quebec City.Earlier this year, the Ontario government put in place more than a dozen measures to curb the Toronto market, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers. Since then, sales in Canada’s largest city have slowed.A number of federal measures have also been introduced in recent years to address housing market concerns during the extended period of low interest rates. They’ve included higher minimum down payment requirements, reduced amortization periods and stress tests on insured mortgages.Separately, mortgage interest rates have started to rise following last week’s hike in the Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate.The federal banking regulator recently proposed to expand stress tests to include uninsured mortgages as part of the effort to tighten lending rules.Asked about the recommendation by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Morneau said the measures under consideration are slightly different because they’re clearly aimed at the higher-end part of the market.In the months ahead, Morneau said the federal government will remain vigilant.“We’re going to be careful as we do this every step along the way,” he said.“We need to continue to focus on this market. We’re not going to assume that the measures that we’ve put in place so far have necessarily given us comfort that the market’s exactly where we want it to be.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

In a statement issued in Nairobi and London, UNEP and WEC said the findings challenged the widely-held belief that the stalling of the UN Climate Change Convention talks in The Hague last year and political disagreements over the science and the need for legally binding reduction targets had paralyzed the worldwide effort to fight global warming. Studies by the WEC indicate that the number of new clean energy schemes, government initiatives and renewable energy projects will, by 2005, save the equivalent of 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (C02) annually. This equals to a saving of over 3 per cent in terms of global greenhouse gas emissions emitted in the year 2000. In fact, the figure of 1 billion tonnes may be a “dramatic understatement,” the statement said. A survey of 91 countries indicates the actual level of additional projects planned or in the pipeline could raise the global C02 savings to as high as 2 billion tonnes (two gigatonnes) by 2005 or 6 per cent of current global greenhouse gas emissions. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP, said the pessimism and gloom hanging over the UN Climate Change Convention talks, which are set to resume in Bonn on 18 July, had masked small but real progress towards reducing emissions. He highlighted the progress with the achievements made in China, which accounts for 14 per cent of world C02 emissions. “China has, despite economic growth estimated at 36 per cent, managed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 17 per cent since 1996/97. The figure of 17 per cent may prove premature, with the real reduction likely to be in the range of 10 or 12 per cent, but this is still remarkable and encouraging progress. It has been achieved by an active effort to promote energy conservation, end coal subsidies and support more efficient coal-fire power generation,” Mr. Toepfer said. A study by scientists at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California concludes that China’s C02 emissions are already 400 to 900 million tonnes below what was expected in 2000, which is approximately equivalent to all C02 emissions from Canada, at the low end of the range, or Germany, at the high end of the estimate. read more

The most important issues for the UK in Spring 2016 Overall, however, Britons are looking positive. Personal well-being levels have also improved in the UK, as have mental health scores – increasing by 4.6 per cent between 2011 and 2016 to 63.2 per cent. This is close to the EU average of 64 per cent.The proportion of Britons reporting feeling close to those in their neighbourhood increased by 3.6 per cent to 62 per cent between 2011 and 2016, compared with an average decrease of 4 per cent across the EU to 63 per cent.Mr Snowdon added: “People in the UK forget that there’s some pretty miserable people out there in the EU and throughout this whole period of austerity, life satisfaction in the UK has been increasing so whether these lifestyle surveys are worthless, or we are all pretty gloomy, I don’t know – it’s probably a bit of both!”The ONS research was compiled using the latest data available from sources including the OECD, Eurobarometer, European Quality of Life Survey, Eurostat, Gallup World Poll, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The most important issues for the UK in Spring 2016Credit:ONS Most important issues in 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Most important issues in 2018Credit:ONS By 2018, the nation’s priorities had shifted: 33 per cent of people said health and social security was their main concern, while dropped to 21 per cent.Meanwhile across the EU, the most frequently cited issues in 2018 were unemployment (25 per cent) and health and social security (23 per cent). The report found that in 2016, 38 per cent of Britons prioritised immigration as their main concern, followed by 26 concerned by health and social security. Immigration is no longer the public’s top concern, a study has found, after it was replaced by health as the nation’s number one priority.Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that as the nation prepares to leave the EU later this month, not only has the general population become happier, their priorities have also shifted.The ONS report, ‘Measuring national well-being in the UK: international comparisons, 2019’ compares personal well-being levels within the UK and with the rest of Europe.In Spring 2016, immigration was British people’s main concern, followed by health, social security and terrorism. However by Spring 2018, health and social security had overtaken international concerns to take the top spot, followed by housing and the rising cost of inflation and living.Economists believe that the shift signals “a return to traditional, domestic issues” as the UK prepares to leave Europe and the Brexit negotiations are underway.Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA) said of the trend: “It’s very obvious that people concerned about immigration believe that Brexit is going to be a way to reduce it.”“There’s a perception that Britain is getting control back of their borders so people are focussing on the traditional issues like health and the NHS, social security and spending,” he added. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrian Lara joins Chanderpaul to play for MCC against Rest of the WorldMay 29, 2014In “Sports”MCC calls for ‘shift in attitude’ over Australia ball scandalMarch 26, 2018In “Sports”PCB wants Windies for day/night TestApril 28, 2016In “latest news” Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting (MCC)Countdown timer clocks to speed up the pace of play in Test cricket, free hits for no-balls in the longer format and the use of a standard ball in the World Test Championship are some of the radical proposals put forth by the MCC World Cricket Committee to “improve the spectacle” of the longest format.According to the MCC, the proposals, discussed last week during meetings held in Bangalore, will be tested as well as forwarded to the ICC for consideration.In an exclusive chat with ESPNcricinfo, former England captain Mike Gatting, who chairs the MCC world cricket committee, and former Australian legspinner Shane Warne, outlined the idea behind each of these proposals which are as follows.Timer Clocks to prevent time wastingA timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of “over”. This will be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler. If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they will receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five penalty runs being awarded to the opposition.A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero.During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be ‘Not out.’ For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for LBWs, only to see that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking data has been loaded, if it will result in a ‘Not out’ decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately.Free-hit for no-ball in TestsThe MCC committee felt the free hits had been successful “deterrents” in limited overs cricket to bowling no-ball, and should be tried out in Test cricket, too. Having free hits would not only make it exciting for the fans, it would also speed up the over-rate.Warne cited an example to illustrate how free hits could prove to be an advantage. “Let’s say I bowl a ball, the umpire gives it out and it’s a referral. And then it’s found out that I actually bowled a no-ball. One, the batsman thought he’s out, but not only is he not out, but it’s also a free-hit. Imagine what happens to the crowd. They go from ‘Oh no, my favourite player is out’ to ‘No, he’s not out, it’s a no-ball’ and ‘Wow, it’s a free-hit.’ Imagine the excitement!“It’s in there for T20s and ODIs, why not in Test cricket? It actually helps the no-ball situation too. For instance, England only bowled their first no-ball in ODIs for three years, because of the free-hits. I think it can help reduce the number of no-balls in Test cricket as well. I think it’s a good change and a recommendation to the ICC, hopefully they pick it up.”Dukes to be the preferred ball in Tests?Currently, SG, Kokkaburra and Dukes are the major ball manufacturers engaged by various boards. With the World Test Championship kicking off with The Ashes as the first contest this summer, the MCC has proposed to standardise the usage of balls in Test cricket, barring day-night Tests where the pink Kookaburra has been used. One of the methods proposed is to have players from around the world vote in. Also, the MCC is going to try out the red Dukes ball in Asia and see the results.According to Gatting, the choice of which ball to use ought to be based on the opinions given by current players including Indian captain Virat Kohli, who last year had been critical with the lot of SG balls used during the home Test series against West Indies. India’s senior off spinner R Ashwin had also given a thumbs up to the red Dukes ball, which he used while playing in county cricket in the last few years. “You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like,” Gatting said. “And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that’s what we should be looking to get and play with.“Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It’s not what I think, it’s the players. They’re going to play with it. And they’ve spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

first_imgMise à jour majeure de la Freebox RevolutionLes utilisateurs de Freebox Revolution ne l’attendaient plus ! Dès aujourd’hui, ils vont pouvoir bénéficier d’un vrai guide des programmes avec une vision plus intuitive des enregistrements. Mais le nouveau firmware de la box de Free ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin…C’est Xavier Niel, lui même, qui a annoncé cette nouvelle version du firmware de la Freebox Revolution. Et pour cause, elle est importante et apporte un lot de nouveautés conséquent. Outre le nouveau guide électronique des programmes, la box supportera dorénavant le flash pour sa navigation internet. A vous les joies du stream sur la toile !À lire aussiIliad peut remercier Free MobileAutre avancée majeure : le support de la 3D pour le lecteur Blu-Ray. Les utilisateurs d’écrans en trois dimensions auront de ce fait un système complet pour visualiser leurs films en haute définition. Par ailleurs, les touches “Menu” et “Info” seront désormais fonctionnelles pendant la lecture d’un titre.Enfin, cette mise à jour permet également de créer des bouquets “personnalisés” de chaînes de télévision. Le PDG de Free soulignant que cela facilitera la navigation des utilisateurs sur les 400 canaux de programmes proposés par la Freebox.Le 11 octobre 2011 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe Chelsea midfielder is back to the national team after missing two full years of call-ups and he believes he can do wellChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has missed two full years with the England national team.The footballer was not called during this time, missing important tournaments like the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.And now that he’s back, he believes he can reach his potential with his country.“I’ve had difficult times over the last two years,” he told Reuters.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“But I’ve kept a positive mind, worked really hard, fitness wise I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt before and I’m looking forward to the games ahead and the rest of the season.”“I’m over the moon to be back. It’s been a long time coming but I feel like I’ve worked hard over the last two years and I feel like it’s probably deserved,” he added.“I feel much more mature now, I feel like I’m ready to show what I’m capable of. To show I can produce the goods on game day.”“Maybe over the last few years I’ve been a bit inconsistent but now I’m fully focused on giving consistent performances,” Barkley commented.“I had a difficult spell in my last couple of years at the club and it was hard for me to leave but I thought that it was the right decision, Chelsea are a massive club and I feel like the rewards are coming now.”last_img read more

first_imgJuneau resident Jeff Campbell bought two truckloads of Christmas lights and decorations at a garage sale more than 20 years ago. Ever since then, he’s been decorating his house in a big way, making his downtown neighborhood a more festive and bright place. People joke that you can see his house from space.Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Jeff Campbell moved to Juneau in 1985. He’s been decorating his house since the early 1990s. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Download AudioOn a drizzly Monday night, 8-year-old Ferguson Wheeler counts the number of Santa Clauses at Jeff Campbell’s house in a neighborhood near the Federal Building known as The Flats.“I add Santas every year,” Campbell said. “That’s always new. The kids come and count the Santas.”“How many Santas?” I asked.Neighborhood kids love counting the number of Santa Clauses at Jeff Campbell’s house. He adds new ones every year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“I can’t tell you. The kids got to count them.”Besides Santas, the busy holiday display includes reindeer, candy canes, nativity scenes, nutcrackers, drummer boys, Disney and Winnie the Pooh characters, and thousands of lights. There’s not much room to walk around the yard. Campbell has even wired some outdoor speakers to play Christmas music.He creates his own decorations as well.“Snoopy on his house, because of the new Peanuts movie. Whatever the newest kid movie out – the Christmas movie – I try to do a character from that,” Campbell said.More than 600 lights on a plywood board in the shape of Snoopy radiate heat and good cheer.Campbell has been covering his house and yard with lights and decorations since the early 90s and each year the display grows.Jeff Campbell gets 98 percent of his decorations from garage sales. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“Ninety-eight percent of it is from garage sales, unless I get something on a blow-out sale at a store,” Campbell said.He starts setting up for Christmas right after he takes the Halloween lights and decorations down. He tends to put things in the same spot every year for simplicity’s sake.“Some of these guys are marked where they go, so I don’t have to think about it and it gets out a lot faster,” Campbell explained.He points to a written message on the back of a Santa: Under the ash tree.“So I know where he goes.”Campbell debuted the lights Dec. 4 by flipping eight switches. The lights turn on daily after work, and off around 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. He’ll turn them off for good in early January.Jeff Campbell’s house is located on W 11th Street in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)His electricity bill has been doing better since LED lights became part of his collection.“It used to triple from what we normally had. Now, it’s doing better. It’s a little over double,” Campbell said.The cost of holiday joy, though, is priceless. Campbell’s house is known around town.Cars constantly slowdown and children walk into his yard to pose for photos — something Campbell has no problem with.“A neighbor, one time, did hijack a Santa and he took pictures around town with him — up on the tram and the glacier and had pictures of them sent to us,” Campbell said.Campbell occasionally receives donated decorations, as well. There’s Goofy next to some bushes on the edge of the property, but he needs a better spot.“He was put here. Someone left him. Either I’ll move him out further or I’ll find a place in the yard for him. I got one already so I have to keep them separated. I don’t want fighting,” Campbell said, laughing.If you haven’t yet stopped by Jeff Campbell’s house on West 11th Street in The Flats, make sure you do, and don’t forget to count the Santas.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Walker said today he’s created a new cabinet level position in his administration- an Oil and Gas advisor. He appointed John Hendrix to the job, who most recently worked as General Manager for Apache Alaska, a company that pulled out of the state this spring, citing low oil prices.Listen nowJohn Hendrix, Governor Walker’s new Oil and Gas advisor (Photo courtesy of Governor Walker’s Office)Walker made the announcement during a speech Monday at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce lunch event. He said he has long believed the state needs a good working relationship with the oil and gas industry:“I’ve created a new cabinet position- working within our budget, we’re not adding anything to our budget- to bring a person on that would act as my liaison and my advisor on all oil and gas issues.”Walker said Hendrix understands Cook Inlet, where Apache mainly operated, as well as the North Slope. Walker angered many in the industry last month when he vetoed more than 400 million dollars in tax credit payments the state owed companies.Today is Hendrix’ first day on the job. Hendrix is an advisor, not a commissioner, so he doesn’t have a department.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: The Tollywood comedian and YSRCP leader Prudhvi Raj who gained popularity as 30 years industry Prudhvi have campaigned for the YSRCP during the general elections in AP. Prudhvi joined the YSRCP during YS Jagan’s Praja Sankalpa Yatra in West Godavari district, and also walked a short distance with Jagan in the yatra. On several occasions, Prudhvi has strongly raised the YSRCP ideologies, and worked for Jagan’s party victory in the elections, has finally got a key position. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us It’s said that the YSRCP government has decided to appoint Prudhvi as the chairman of SVBC Bhakti channel. It’s reported that already CM YS Jagan has made a phone call to Prudhvi over the issue. Recently, with the resignation of veteran director K Raghavendra Rao, the SVBC chairman post is vacant, and now Prudhvi has got that chance. However, an official announcement is yet to made on the issue, which can be expected in one or two days.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: The TDP president and Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu commented that the decisions of YSRCP government are in favor of the Telangana. Speaking at the Assembly on Monday, Chandrababu has thrown a challenge that if the capital city farmers say that the decisions of YSRCP government are correct, then he is ready for anything. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He alleged that earlier also the YSRCP leaders have opposed the construction of Amaravati capital city, they have burned down crop and provoked a few farmers against the government. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed anger that they have written letters to the World Bank against the capital region. He said in the capital city land acquisition, 7,000 acres of land would be left over, and with that, Amaravati project can be completed. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that if the city like Bangalore and Hyderabad are built, then only the revenue will be generated to the state. He also criticized that after YSRCP coming into power, the land prices in the capital region have fallen. The farmers who have given their lands are now worrying. Chandrababu Naidu has clarified that there was no corruption happened in the Amaravati project. On this occasion, he recalled that earlier the World Bank team had visited Amaravati.last_img read more

first_img.Terming the 21 August 2004 grenade attack an attempt to create leadership crisis, the relevant tribunal emphasises the ruling party’s tolerant view of the opposition in a democracy.”Does politics mean carrying out gruesome attack on the opposition? The people do not want such politics,” the tribunal’s judge Shahed Noor Uddin said in the observation of the judgement in the case on Wednesday.“Should there be any attempt to create leadership vacuum although dispute between the ruling and opposition parties is natural,” said the tribunal which awarded death penalty to 19 people including a former state minister and an ex-deputy minister, and sentenced life-term to 19 others including BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.The court cautioned that the people might lose their interest in politics if a ruling party continues its ‘evil attempt’ to annihilate the opposition to create vacuum in leadership. The tribunal referred to the attacks on the public rally.“In a democratic society, the ruling party should show generous attitude toward the opposition to help flourish democracy,” the court insisted.It went on to say that it is in no way a reflection of democratic feelings of the ruling party leaders to gain politically by trying to kill the opposition leaders.The judge said the court does not expect recurrence of such incidents like the attacks on prime minister Sheikh Hasina, on former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and at Ramna Bato Mool.“It’s possible to stop such heinous attacks by giving exemplary punishment to the perpetrators,” he expressed his conviction.The then opposition leader prime minister Sheikh Hasina received injuries in her right ear, said the court adding that witness Nila Chowdhury, who was injured in the grenade attack, is now leading a ‘difficult life’.The court said weapons like Arges grenades were used with the assistance of then administration in broad daylight attack on the Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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