With another competitive and intriguing Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships just over three months away, Excelsior High School’s athletics fraternity is looking to make its 13th annual Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) track and field meet a massive one that will help them rally momentum to do well in 2016.The event, which was launched at Excelsior High yesterday, is set for Saturday, December 12.It is open to clubs and institutions, high, junior high and primary teams, with a total of 40 track and 28 field events billed for boys and girls from Classes One to Four.A team from The Cayman Islands has been specially invited for the meet. Olympian Grace Jackson will serve as meet director.Yesterday’s guest speaker, legendary sprint coach Glen Mills, who has conditioned six-time-Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt at the Racers Track Club, said his charges won’t be participating but gave the meet high marks.”It’s too early for us,” said Mills of his Racers charges.”I think it’s an excellent meet. I was here last year, and I was very impressed, and it’s the kind of meet that you would need at this time of the year to evaluate where you are and how your training programme has been going,” he told The Gleaner in an interview.”Excelsior must be congratulated for maintaining the format over the 13 years,” Mills said yesterday.Excelsior’s team is coached by Michael Vassell, while competitions directors are David Riley and Xavier Gilbert.Heart Institute of the Caribbean is in its second year of a $10-million sponsorship, and will be awarding gift certificates to winners.”At HIC and HIC Foundation, activities such as these form a very important part of our outreach to the nation. We are keen on this because it concerns the care and well-being of our young people,” said Lisa D’Oyen, executive director of HIC.The meet was first staged in 1998 to honour Wesley Powell, the founding principal of Excelsior High School.
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You can add items onto your subscription too (“put a bird on it” if you’re feeling like chicken next week).The basic box is $50 (or $4.69 per serving), but specialty selections like the Breakfast Box are also available — and to kick off summer, there’s a “Grill Master Box” with dry-aged steaks, dry-aged burger patties and brats for $70 (six pounds of meat total, or $6.56 per serving), with free shipping. Whatever tempts you, get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for the company’s newsletter. Its pledge? “Once you taste the difference, you’ll never go back.” Only one way to find out… Thrive Market Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Visit ButcherBox for more details Visit Snake River Farms for more details Snake River Farms meat delivery service (and its partner, Double R Ranch) offer something truly special: not only dry-aged, USDA Prime beef, but American Wagyu (Kobe-style) beef, known for its rich marbling, tender texture and fantastic flavor. All of its cows are raised sustainably and humanely in the Northwes, and it offers heritage breed Kurobuta Berkshire pork from pigs raised on small family farms in Idaho and the Midwest. In addition to its exclusive (and accordingly expensive), chef-approved cuts of rare steak, it touts several sustainable ranching practices, from rotational grazing that promotes healthy rangelands to composting cattle waste and using beef tallow for fuel. Even the shipping foam in its boxes can be dissolved and used as plant food, composted or used as a fire starter. In addition, the company is a founding member of Beef Counts, which helps provide food to families in need.But you’re here for the Wagyu. While the company doesn’t offer recurring subscriptions, you can buy all sorts of individual cuts like American Wagyu tomahawk steaks ($50 per pound), filet mignon, porterhouse and ribeye, not to mention Wagyu burgers and hot dogs (and don’t forget about its Kurobuta bacon and baby back ribs). When it comes to Snake River Farms Wagyu, most products are offered in both Gold Grade (the highest quality — and price — available), and Black Grade (still special but slightly less devastating to the wallet). You can also purchase variety-pack gift boxes, some curated by chefs like Thomas Keller and Naomi Pomeroy. Order by May 19 with code BBQPREP15 and you’ll get 15% off your order. As with most other meat delivery services, your cuts will come vacuum-sealed and frozen. Shipping cost varies, depending on how quickly you’d like to chow down. Thrive Market Visit Omaha Steaks for more details Try easy and convenient meat delivery services. Chris Monroe/CNET Meat has no season, really; it’s braised, slow-cooked and roasted to comforting perfection in the colder months, and seared over open flames on grills across America all summer. If you’re fortunate, you have access to prime cuts of juicy steak, organic chickens that actually have flavor, and tender, high-quality pork ribs and chops wherever you live.But if you don’t have a reliable butcher (or good grocery store meat department), or if you’re just constantly pressed for time, meat delivery services are here to help make your life easier and more delicious.As with meal kit subscriptions and grocery delivery services, companies providing meat delivery and butcher subscriptions have proliferated in the past several years and with so many meat delivery services many have sought to fill a specific niche sub-category of the market. Some specialize in grass-fed or wagyu beef while others focus on a wider range of organic cuts of fresh meat, chicken and sausage or hard to find meats like wild boar and venison. Whether you’re looking for a great value on meat delivery or specifically seeking out humanely raised and eco-friendly meat, or simply hungry to try the latest, greatest and highest quality meats available (hello, American Wagyu), there is a best meat delivery service out there to fit your needs.Read more: The best gas grills of 2019 | The best grilling tools We started with a little nibble and looked at five of the most popular meat delivery services including the types of meats available, price point, special services, shipping costs and more to help you choose the best one for all your fresh meat needs.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. reading • The best meat delivery and subscription services for 2019 ButcherBox is a subscription service that offers three types of meat, but puts an emphasis on its 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, pasture-raised beef from cows that are free to roam (grass-fed beef is said to be higher in antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fatty acids, is often more environmentally friendly since it’s pastured and not raised on feedlots, and has a purer beefy taste). The company also offers heritage breed pork from pigs with plentiful outdoor access and an all-vegetarian diet from forage and feed, and free-range, organic chicken that’s humanely raised, with no antibiotics or added hormones. 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As a bonus, the company is usually running some sort of promotion, like free bacon for the life of your subscription or 2 pounds of sockeye salmon — right now, for grilling season, you can sign up and get a free BBQ Box with baby back ribs, 2 pounds of ground beef, and two NY strip steaks. CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Omaha Steaks Tags Porter Road Visit Porter Road for more details Snake River Farms Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2 Online grocery provider Thrive Market is also a one-stop shop, in a somewhat more traditional sense: It sells all manner of organic, 100% non-GMO, fair-trade products at wholesale prices, so you can buy various brands of things like paper towels, marinades and snacks — and bundled boxes of meat and seafood. To shop from the site, you must pay a $60 annual membership fee (which nets you guaranteed savings and free gifts, plus sponsors a free membership for a low-income family), but you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to test it out first. The company guarantees you’ll make back your membership in savings every year, but if not, will give you store credit for the difference.The company’s meat delivery options include several boxes (a la carte cuts are not available), which feature 100% grass-fed, free-range beef from small and midsize, family-run ranches in Chile that don’t use antibiotics or hormones; certified free-range and organic chicken from family-owned farms in Virginia; antibiotic- and hormone-free, pasture-raised pork from a family-owned farm in Georgia; and both wild-caught and sustainably farmed seafood like fish, shrimp and scallops. You can choose from single-protein boxes or mixed packs like the Thrive Market Meat Sampler (11.75 pounds of chicken, beef and pork for $110, or $3.51 per serving), and can also curate your own meat and seafood box if you like to pick and choose (average cost $5.95 per serving). Shipping is free on all orders over $49. Comments Porter Road Omaha Steaks — one of the first-ever meat delivery services — bills itself as “America’s Original Butcher” and has certainly been in the business for a long time. Keeping up with the growing preference for grass-fed beef, both grain- and grass-fed are now offered (and both options start with grass-fed but their signature beef is grain-finished); read more about how each option compares. The company doesn’t advertise organic meat like many others do, nor provide much specific information about how and where the animals are raised, but does stand behind “a nearly 100-year tradition of providing customers premium, aged, and hand-trimmed beef with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.” There’s also a lot more on offer besides the namesake product.Truly, the range of items on the site is somewhat staggering. From various cuts of beef (steak galore, of course, including “king cuts” you would probably struggle to finish even if you hadn’t eaten for a week), bison, veal, pork, chicken and seafood, to charcuterie, full meal kits, a la carte side dishes and desserts, wines and even dog treats, this could be a one-stop web shop. While it doesn’t offer subscriptions by name, there are plenty of gift boxes (like an $80 per month Steak Box or a Monthly Grilling Box for the same price) that you could certainly order for yourself. Another interesting thing it offers: butcher services where you can consult one-on-one with a butcher to custom order precisely what you want. Shipping prices vary based on order total and how fast you want your stuff, but you can find some “free shipping” deals and combos on the site. There’s also a Steaklover Reward Points program for committed carnivores. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See Thrive Market for more details Omaha Steaks • Butcher Box Share your voice Snake River Farms See All CNET Smart Home Appliances Wellness
Landslide victim Shadhon Mala Chakma in front of her new home. Photo: Supriya ChakmaIt had been raining from early Sunday morning, sometimes lightly and sometimes a bit heavier and so it looked like we wouldn’t be able to go to Monighona. But then armed with an umbrella, we decided to make our way to the village which had been devastated by a landslide. The people had no choice but to return to the village despite the risks because the district administration had hurriedly shut down all shelters on 7 September. And now these hapless people, tucked away in the remains of their little village, were forgotten.A devastating landslide on 13 June had damaged the livelihood and property of 22 families in the village. Twelve families had lost everything and 10 families were partially bereft. Six persons were killed, three from one family.After an auto-rickshaw trip from Rangamati town, we walked the rugged terrain to the village Monighona. The village is surrounded by hills. As we entered the village, we caught side of a sandy expanse. This used to be crop land even four months ago, but the avalanche has rendered the area barren.So far 15 of the 22 families have returned. Three new houses have been erected with Tk 6000 allocated by the administration and whatever the families have managed to borrow. The other 12 families have partially repaired their damaged homes and live in them somehow. The other seven families who haven’t returned are still living with their relations.Shadhon Mala Chakma lives in one of the newly built houses. The house is not complete as yet and construction materials lie strewn in the foreground. She relates how their home was destroyed by the landslide. When the administration evicted them from the shelters, she built this house on her brother’s land.After the avalanche they were first taken to the Jubo Unnayan shelter and then to the gymnasium shelter. Her reproach tinged with anger, Shadhon Mala told Prothom Alo, “The two bundles of corrugated tin and Tk 6000 are not enough to build a house! I had to borrow from my relations and have so far spent Tk 30,000 building this house.”Jibon Basu Chakma’s house rebuilt after the devastating landslide. Photo: Supriya ChakmaShadhon Mala Sarkar isn’t safe even in the new house. It is located at the foot of the hills. Before the disaster, she would sell vegetables and rear poultry, but now her means of earning a living have been wiped out. She is submerged in debt, struggling for the upkeep of her family. Her husband has been unwell for long. She is just one of the many in her village facing the same predicament.In the same village, Jibon Basu Chakma’s house was partially damaged in the landslide and he had to move with the others to the shelters. But he too had to return to the village when the shelters shut down. He carried out some repairs and lives in their makeshift home.He was worried. “We are not safe. There are hills all around. When the rains come, we will have to shift. Just look at our living conditions,” he said, pointing to the remaining signs of devastation all around.Jibon Basu Chakma was a clothes vendor and has used up all his savings to rebuild his damaged house.Kalparanjan Chakma used to live with his family next door. He lost his wife and a daughter in the disaster. They had been sleeping when the avalanche took place at around four in the morning. There had been a loud noise followed by screams. Neighbour Jibon Basu Chakma had rushed out and saw the house had been reduced to a pile of rubble. He managed to rescue one of the little girls from under the rubble and the father survived too. But they left after the tragedy, never to return.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.
.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the filing of a case against six people, including Biswas Fashions Limited managing director Taslim Ahmed, for allegedly misappropriating Tk 366.7 million from the Kakrail branch of AB Bank Limited. The decision was taken after a two-member ACC team — assistant director Mohammad Sirajul Haque and Deputy assistant director Sahidur Rahman — investigated the complaints and found those to be true, ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told UNB on Sunday.The other accused are director of Bits Fashion Limited Shamima Ahmed, Fair Trade Group MD Jasim Ahmad, former senior assistant vice-president and Kakrail branch manager of AB Bank Ltd Mohammad Saiful Islam who is presently serving as the senior vice-president and head of credit, administration and monitoring of the bank, former senior principal officer of the branch Md Al Amin Miah, former SA, VP and in-charge, credit administration monitoring, Azad Hossain. During the investigation, it was found that between 2012 and 2018, they embezzled the money from the bank. A case will be filed very soon against the alleged people, Pranab said.