Gym trainer arrested for killing his father in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: A 27-year-old gym trainer was arrested for killing his father in Dwarka district. Police said that during interrogation accused claimed that his father was very abusive.Police identified the accused as Amit, a resident of Jafarpur Kalan. On August 27, an information was received at the police station that one person has been shot in village Khera Dabur. The deceased was identified as Ashok Kumar (52). It was ascertained that his son had shot him dead on some domestic issues. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that raids were conducted at several places in Haryana/Rajasthan/UP and Delhi to trace the accused. On September 3, Kumar was arrested from Surheda Mod. The arrest was made by special staff team under Inspector Naveen Kumar. On interrogation, Kumar stated that his father had lost his right hand a few years back in an accident. His father had not been working after amputation of his hand and mostly stayed at home. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The accused claims that his father was very abusive, even in front of his children and women of the family and often curse the whole family. This abusive routine of the deceased lead to arguments daily in the family,” police said. On August 27 deceased confronted the accused on some domestic issue but accused avoided and did not give much attention. It irked the deceased and he started abusing and cursing the accused and his minor daughters. Accused, took out the pistol and shot his father when he was playing cards with his friends in the neighbourhood. “He was planning to meet some friend on September 3 to arrange for some money so that he could escape to Nepal,” police said.last_img read more

Video Moroccan Police Officer Caught on Camera Taking a Bribe

Rabat – Another ‘money in exchange for car papers’ scandal shakes up the Moroccan police. A video shows a police officer in Casablanca caught on camera allegedly taking a bribe from a car driver.In the video posted on YouTube, the police officer was seen being handed MAD 200 by the car driver.The driver paid the money in exchange of getting his car’s papers back.

New Ecofiscal commission to focus on environment and economy

OTTAWA — Preston Manning, Paul Martin and Jean Charest walk into a bar with 10 economists.No, it’s not a joke, but the punchline is a new, fully private commission that hopes to engineer a fundamental change in Canada’s fiscal policies to help the environment — and the economy.Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission launches today advocating a single, overriding principle: To start putting a price on pollution and stop taxing income, employment, profits and other things we actually want more of in our economy.“We should not be indifferent about how we raise revenues,” says Chris Ragan, a McGill University economist who is chairman of the $1-million-a-year commission. “They’re not all the same.”He believes the notion is no less ambitious and controversial than public health care, or the Canada Pension Plan, or continental free trade, policies that have become national orthodoxy.“We’re here to say, ‘Hey, not only is this doable, it’s smart,”’ Mr. Ragan, who has served as an adviser to the governor of the Bank of Canada at Finance Canada, said in an interview.“I actually think this is the next great policy opportunity.”While the message may not be new, the messengers are.The commission, funded by five family foundations and two corporate sponsors, is comprised of 10 nationally recognized economists and backed by a cross-partisan advisory board that includes everyone from Manning, Martin, Charest and former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt to tax specialist Jack Mintz, former Alberta finance minister Jim Dinning, Suncor CEO Steve Williams and Dominic Barton, the global managing director of McKinsey and Co.In some respects it replicates the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, a research shop begun in 1988 by the Mulroney government but axed in the 2012 budget by the Harper government.While the official line was that the roundtable’s research was duplicated elsewhere, senior cabinet minister John Baird acknowledged the government pulled the plug because the research kept pointing to politically unwelcome carbon taxes.“We think the independence is crucial,” Ragan said of the new, privately funded group.“The Ecofiscal Commission is independent of all governments. Period.”And while he said the commission won’t shy from critiquing policies that are ineffective or counterproductive, “our goal is not to enter into a fight with anybody,” said Ragan.“Our goal is to lay out practical, sensible, good policy options. What we will not do is simply be critical.”These are serious people with a serious agenda, not likely to be derailed by predictable screams out of Ottawa about job-killing carbon taxes.“Here’s where we’re hoping that who we are is as important as what it is we have to say,” Ragan said.The commission also has much broader aims than picking a fight with a Conservative government in Ottawa that’s been playing off the economy against the environment since it came to office almost nine years ago.Leona Aglukkaq, the federal environment minister, was back at it Monday in the House of Commons, batting away questions about the latest UN report on climate change by saying the Harper government is “committed to protecting the environment while keeping the economy strong.”Canadian governments of all levels raise about a third of the national GDP in revenues each year. Taxes on environment related activity amount to just one per cent of GDP.Other comparable countries to Canada in the OECD raise up to five per cent of their revenues from environment taxes.Mr. Ragan called the commission “national in scope but regional in details.”“What we are not doing is looking for textbook solutions and hoping they can just kind of work anywhere. We are aiming our report and aiming our analysis at the provinces and cities because that’s where most of the rubber hits most of the road.”The biggest hurdle, said Mr. Ragan, is the mind set that it can’t be done.“If a bunch of pretty accomplished, policy-experienced economists, who are non-partisan and fully independent, stand up and say,’This would be good for the economy and good for the environment,’ hopefully that message is credible.”Canadian Press read more

UN Chief concerned over Presidents decision

“The Secretary-General underlines the utmost importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law and due process.” he said.Guterres renewed his call on the Government to ensure peace and safety for all Sri Lankans and uphold its commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said he was was concerned over President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold elections.Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General said Guterres learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s Parliament and move to new parliamentary elections on 5 January 2019. read more

Afghans turn out for historic elections with uncoordinated attacks reported

“Preliminary indications are that a good number of voters are going to the polling stations,” UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul. “As of nine o’clock this morning, we only have reports of one polling station that did not open and that is in Nuristan, as a result of flooding.”Among refugees, the first Afghan to vote in Islamabad was 19-year old Muqadasa Sidiqi.But reports of violence marred the milestone election. Ministry of Defence Spokesman General Zaher Azimi reported that four people were injured during an attack on Afghan National Army forces outside of Kabul. He also cited reports of an attack in Farah province.But he stressed that “the voting is going on as normal and people are going to the voting stations and voting for the candidate they like.”Ministry of Interior Spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said there were “some minor attacks on polling stations” overnight “but no casualties are reported as of yet.” He described the violence as “uncoordinated, hit and run or indirect attacks” and praised the cooperation between Afghan and international security forces.The Joint Afghan-UN board overseeing the process issued a statement in response to allegations of irregularities by a number of candidates who are calling for the election to be halted and for the votes already cast to be invalidated. “Given the complexities of this electoral process, there have inevitably been some technical problems,” the board, known as JEMB, said. But it emphasized that “halting the voting at this point is unjustified and would deny these individuals their fundamental right to vote.”The statement reassured voters, candidates, and observers that procedures exist to respond to complaints. “All complaints and irregularities raised with the JEMB will be thoroughly investigated and taken into account when the JEMB deliberates on the extent to which the election accurately reflects the will of the Afghan people.”The Board encouraged all Afghans to vote and, “above all, to maintain the peaceful environment that has prevailed today throughout the country.” read more

IAAF maintains doping ban on Russia

MONACO — The IAAF says Russia remains banned from competing internationally in track and field because of its past doping practices.The decision was announced Tuesday after an IAAF Council meeting.The IAAF has two remaining conditions for Russia to be reinstated. It wants the country to pay its costs, including legal costs, incurred from dealing with the Russian doping crisis. It also wants access to a Russian computer database that could flag up other athletes suspected of doping.The IAAF also announced that Budapest will host the 2023 world championships. The decision was expected because the IAAF had already said the Hungarian capital was its preferred choice.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

At least 20000 mobile phones and sim cards discovered in prisons last

first_img 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. “There is clearly an epidemic of banned phones entering our prisons. This is a shocking failure by the GovernmentDavid Hanson, the Labour former justice minister Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced new measures to crack down on their use, including giving prisons power to jam the signals “These figures demonstrate how many phones are found, but don’t tell us how long it took to find them. Therefore, these mobiles and sims could have been in the hands of convicted criminals for weeks, if not months. This is a shocking failure by the Government.”Answering the parliamentary question, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said the Government has brought in tough measures to find and confiscate phones. He said: “The illicit use of mobile phones undermines the safety and security of prisons, which is why we are taking urgent and decisive action.”Under measures introduced in late 2016, we can now apply for Telecommunications Restriction Orders at court to block specific mobile phones being used in prisons.”Since the legislation was introduced in August, we have had more than 150 mobile phones cut off.”In addition, we have announced new measures in the Prison and Courts Bill that will allow the Secretary of State to authorise mobile network operators to block illicit mobile phone signals across entire prison sites.”This will allow industry experts to work more creatively and effectively to block signals and means that we won’t require a court order to stop the illicit and harmful use of mobile phones in prisons.” Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced new measures to crack down on their use, including giving prisons power to jam the signalsCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Wire At least 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards were discovered in prisons last year – more than double the number recorded two years earlier. The proliferation of handsets in jails has been linked to drugs and organised crime, while some inmates have used the devices to film themselves and post videos on websites such as Facebook.Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced new measures to crack down on their use, including giving prisons power to jam the signals.But David Hanson, the Labour former justice minister who uncovered the latest figures in a parliamentary question, urged tougher action. At least 20,075 mobile phones and sim cards were found in prisons in 2016, according to the Ministry of Justice numbers.This is up around a fifth (18%) on the 16,987 finds – which can include handsets, sim, USB or media cards – which were found the year before, and more than double the 9,745 mobiles and sims found in 2014, according to the figures.The Ministry of Justice cautioned against drawing direct comparisons with the numbers as a new and “enhanced” incident reporting regime was introduced in October 2015 which “allowed better recording of the number of mobile phones and sim cards found”.But Mr Hanson said the figures show that an “astounding number of mobile phones are now washing through our prison system”.He said: “Each one of these phones and sim cards enables criminals to gain access to the outside world, empowering them to undertake further criminal activity such as intimidation of juries, operating drugs smuggling into their prison, or ordering violent attacks on people.last_img read more

Column If youd like to work in an industry dont be discouraged

first_imgSupport needed from both sidesThis is a process that requires input from both sides. Women need to be more open to pursuing careers in these sectors, and employers in those areas need to be more open to addressing the issues that continue to hamper female progress.Some sectors continue to be male-dominated simply because there are not enough suitably qualified female candidates to fill the roles and some because their culture is not conducive to women employees aspiring to senior rank. But we’re increasingly seeing employers taking tangible action to break down those remaining barriers.For example Engineering Ireland, the professional body for engineering and engineers in Ireland, is taking huge steps at second and third level education level to ensure that they encourage more interest from female students in pursuing a career in engineering, thereby helping ensure a pipeline of female candidates are well equipped for senior roles into the future. Likewise, the legal sector is keenly focused on making changes to its culture to ensure it is attractive to female candidates and employees. In the last 12 months, the top ten legal firms have been looking carefully at their benefits packages, most notably their maternity policies. This is specifically to ensure that they operate in a way which enables them to attract and retain high quality female employees and retain them for the long term.Maternity leaveAll too often in environments that don’t handle maternity leave well, employers miss out on benefiting from the skill, knowledge and experience of female employees and the female employees in turn miss out on achieving their full career potential. The legal profession is just one area working to change that situation. We are also seeing other sectors from finance to manufacturing putting much more focus on ensuring they are equally attractive to both sexes.Manufacturing and supply chain and logistics are still tough nuts to crack for females but even that tends to be more generated by the availability of suitably qualified female candidates than any real reluctance to employ them.Which brings me back to my belief that it requires commitment and determination from both sides to truly maximise the career opportunities open to women. Sometimes that famous glass ceiling metaphor does harm as well as good. Recognising it exists is a great incentive for change. However it can also be demotivating and lead women to believe that more opposition and hurdles exist than actually do in terms of them pursuing certain careers.More sectors are genuinely open to female candidatesMore and more positive changes are happening all the time, and more and more sectors are genuinely open to female candidates with the right qualifications. So my advice is, if you think you’d like to work in a particular area don’t be put off by negative perceptions and third party anecdote. Find out for yourself and you might be pleasantly surprised.I’ve been encouraged by the changes I’ve seen over the past several years in the attitudes of employers towards employing women at senior level and in the ambition of female candidates who are not prepared to accept a “this far and no further” limit to their ambitions. I think it all bodes well for a future where there are many more holes than glass in that infamous ceiling – enough even to make it shatter completely.Mairead Fleming is the Managing Director of Brightwater Recruitment.Read: Lack of finance the biggest barrier to starting new businesses in Ireland, say entrepreneurs REFERRING TO THE number of votes she received in the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hilary Clinton famously said “the glass ceiling now has 18 million holes.”From my own perspective, I can say with confidence that those holes keep on getting bigger – big enough for ever-increasing numbers of women to climb through and reach the very top of their chosen career.Sectors such as marketing, PR and my own area, recruitment, have never really suffered from a gender imbalance. Likewise, the IT industry operates a very level playing field when it comes to employing staff at all levels. Finance and accountancy are also seeing more women rise to senior levels. There may not yet be as many female CEOs and senior partners as males in these professions but the trend is definitely encouraging.But make no mistake, there are still challenges, particularly in traditionally male-dominated sectors. But the obstacles preventing women reaching their full potential in the workplace are being steadily dismantled.last_img read more

Le Brésil devient membre de lObservatoire Européen Austral ESO

first_imgLe Brésil devient membre de l’Observatoire Européen Austral (ESO)Le 29 décembre, le ministre brésilien des Sciences et Technologies et le directeur général de l’Observatoire Européen Austral (ESO), ont signé un accord qui fera du Brésil le quinzième Etat membre et premier pays non-européen à intégrer le partenariat.Il ne manque plus qu’une ratification par le parlement brésilien pour que le pays devienne le premier Etat non-européen membre de l’organisation intergouvernementale pour l’astronomie en Europe. Jusqu’alors, l’ESO regroupait quatorze pays européens qui grâce à ce partenariat ont pu se doter dans l’hémisphère sud de grands observatoires astronomiques tels que la Silla, le Very Large Telescope (VLT), ALMA qui est actuellement en construction, ou encore le futur European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletL’ESO est implanté depuis longtemps en Amérique du sud, le Chili ayant été désigné en 1963 comme l’endroit le plus propice à l’établissement des télescopes européens. Mais le Brésil sera le premier pays sud-américain à faire pleinement partie de l’organisation. Cette adhésion permettra aux astronomes brésiliens de profiter des télescopes chiliens de l’ESO, selon des temps d’observations bien définis. Quant à l’Observatoire, il bénéficiera de moyens supplémentaires pour financer la construction de ses télescopes, et notamment celle de l’E-ELT, dont le chantier doit débuter cette année au Chili pour devenir le plus puissant télescope au sol existant.”Rejoindre l’ESO donnera une nouvelle impulsion au développement de la science, de la technologie et de l’innovation au Brésil et constitue une part des efforts considérables que notre gouvernement met en œuvre afin de maintenir la progression du pays dans ces secteurs stratégiques”, se réjouit le ministre brésilien des Sciences et des Technologies, Sergio Machado Rezende. “L’adhésion du Brésil donnera à la dynamique communauté astronomique brésilienne le plein accès à l’observatoire le plus productif au monde et offrira à l’industrie brésilienne des hautes technologies des opportunités de contribuer au projet de télescope géant européen. Cette adhésion apportera également de nouvelles ressources et de nouvelles compétences à l’organisation au bon moment pour les brésiliens qui pourront apporter une contribution majeure à ce fabuleux projet”, estime de son côté Tim de Zeeuw, le directeur général de l’ESO.Le 4 janvier 2011 à 20:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

City officials want old health care provider back

first_imgIn January, the city of Vancouver signed with a new health care provider, aiming to save money. But now, eight months later, city officials are unhappy with the service and want to switch back to the previous provider.Debby Watts, human resources benefits analyst for the city of Vancouver, said the new insurance provider called HealthSmart gave city employees misinformation, such as saying they weren’t covered for acupuncture. She said HealthSmart sometimes gave wrong deductible numbers and it had long wait times on the phone — 10 minutes in some cases.“We gave them all the opportunities to improve,” Watts said. “It just wasn’t getting any better.”The city also paid more than planned because doctors through the old plan, Regence, would cost more on the new one; people wanted their old doctors.Watts said there was more of a difference in provider options than they were expecting, costing the city more.Phil Christianson, CEO of HealthSmart, said the Texas-based company is taking actions to prevent problems like this in the future. “We’re doing everything and more to help transition the plan back to Regence and we’re sorry for our problems for which we’re responsible,” Christianson said.After problems with HealthSmart began in January, Watts said representatives HealthSmart repeatedly told her they would improve the training of their staff who were giving misinformation.last_img read more

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

first_img Posted: August 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families KUSI Newsroom, August 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A federal judge in San Diego said Friday he is encouraged by the government’s plan to locate parents who were either deported or released into the United States after being separated from their children at the border as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said he was very impressed with the government’s plan to reunify removed parents, which will be headed up by key members of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services.DOJ attorney Scott Stewart told the judge that federal officials have been in contact with 299 out of 386 parents who were removed from the country.“That is a very, very encouraging number,” the judge said.Sabraw told attorneys for the government and the American Civil Liberties Union that it was “very important” for the parties to continue to look for 26 removed parents who they have not been able to find.“That is a very significant statistic,” the judge said.Sabraw ordered the government to provide a number of updated lists by Wednesday, including a list of parents removed from the country with their children and a list of children who agreed to take voluntary departure to be reunited with their parents.Last week, Sabraw said finding parents and reuniting them with their children was “100 percent the responsibility of the (Trump) administration.”In June, the ACLU won a nationwide injunction in its class-action lawsuit requiring reunification of children under age 5 by July 10 and all children by July 26.Even though the government missed both deadlines, Sabraw said he was pleased with the progress the government was making to reunify separated families.The judge said he was pleased that the ACLU has formed a steering committee to coordinate the location and reunification of class members who have been deported or released into the interior of the United States.The judge’s comments came two days after he upheld a previous order barring the government from deporting recently reunited parents and children who were separated at the border.Sabraw, considering a request for a temporary restraining order in a case transferred from the District of Columbia, said Wednesday that an order he issued three weeks ago prohibiting the government from removing reunified families from the United States before they’ve had a chance to discuss their immigration status is still in effect for both cases.Plaintiffs in the case of M.M.M. v. Sessions received assurances from the judge that the order halting deportations applies to both parents and their children who may be seeking asylum hearings.Another status conference on the San Diego case is set for next Friday. last_img read more

PickClickGive Program Launches New Pick Tool

PickClickGive Program Launches New Pick Tool

first_imgNew for 2018 is the “pick tool’ located on the website, according to Program Manager Sofia Fouquet it matches donors with causes they may not have considered before. The tool asks a series of questions such as; what types of non-profit is most appealing, region or cities within the state you want to donate, and then the tool will suggest 3 non-profits, or similar alternatives. Fouquet: “When you have over 600 non-profits that are eligible to participate in Pick.Click.Give, as a donor, that can be a little daunting if you don’t already have someone in mind that you want to give to.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-pick-click-give-tool.mp3VmJennifer-on-pick-click-give-tool.mp300:00RPdcenter_img Pick.Click.Give is a program for Alaskans to share a portion or all of their dividend to causes or organizations that they care about. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents on the Kenai Peninsula who choose to donate a portion of their dividend through Pick.Click.Give have new way to choose a charity.last_img read more

Climbers HeliRescued Off Mt Dickey After Slide

first_imgTwo climbers were rescued off of Mt. Dickey, southeast of Denali, Monday night.Download Audio:The National Park Service reports that two Idaho climbers have been rescued after an avalanche on Mt. Dickey in the Alaska Range.  According to a statement from Denali National Park, 27-year-old Saxon Spellman and 24-year-old Michael Wachs, were on the mountain when the avalanche occurred, but neither was caught in the slide. The pair attempted to climb down after the avalanche, but could not find a safe route.Maureen Gualtieri, spokeswoman for Denali National Park, says the climbers signaled a local air taxi pilot by stomping an ‘SOS’ into the snow and waving their arms. They also activated a GPS locator. After mountaineering rangers spotted Spellman and Wachs from the air, a search and rescue helicopter was dispatched. The rescue helicopter, piloted by veteran rescue pilot Andy Hermansky, was able to land on the mountain and pick up the two stranded climbers.Photos taken by a ranger show that where Wachs and Spellman were was one of few safe places on the face of Mt. Dickey.Park Service staff have reported an increase in avalanche activity following several feet of fresh snow and windy conditions. Thus far, no major accidents have been reported in the Alaska Range for the 2015 climbing season.last_img read more

HD Kumaraswamy lost his mental balance after son Nikhils

HD Kumaraswamy lost his mental balance after son Nikhils

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi on Thursday slammed HD Kumaraswamy and said he had “lost his mental balance” after the Karnataka Chief Minister lashed out at workers of Yermarus Thermal Power staging a protest over wages in Raichur. “The people of Karnataka didn’t vote for Kumaraswamy to become the chief minister. Then why is he the CM? He is holding the position with an unhealthy alliance with Congress. Now, he has lost his mental balance particularly after his son’s defeat in the recent polls,” Karnataka MP told. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us On Wednesday agitated employees of the Yermarus Thermal Power Station had shouted ‘shame shame’ and blocked the Chief Minister’s convoy for a short while, urging him to fulfill their long pending demands. Kumaraswamy, who was on his way to Karegudda for his ‘village stay programme’ got angry after witnessing the protest and was later seen scolding them for blocking his way. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Joshi had put out a tweet after the incident which said, “This is how our CM @hd_kumaraswamy reacted when asked for basic amenities. Is he CM for the entire state or only for JD(S) voters?” This comes in the wake of political differences between coalition partners Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress are coming out in the open in the state. However, two parties have repeatedly said there is no threat to the coalition and the government would last for the full term of five years. Advertise With Us Joshi also spoke about Opposition’s claims of tampering with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Joshi said, “There are many leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who had to face defeats in various polls in the past, however, we have examined the reasons and moved past it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has explained everything regarding EVMs in the Rajya Sabha for the people.” “Instead of blaming EVMs for their debacle, the opposition should focus on the reasons why they had to face such a defeat. Blaming EVMs will not help them anyway,” he added. Various opposition parties have alleged that EVMs were manipulated during the recently held Lok Sabha elections and demanded that the country should return to ballot papers. The BJP won swept the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, winning 25 out of 28 seats in the state.last_img read more

Directors businessmen at large bankers in jail

Directors businessmen at large bankers in jail

first_imgCartoon: Shishir BhattacharjeeNone of the BASIC Bank directors, who were on the board when a big scam took place in the bank, have been brought to book.Worse, the government has rewarded a number of them with promotions and new assignments.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had nabbed a number of businessmen involved in the scam, but all of them are out on bail now. Some of them even fled the country as soon as they got the bail.A number of bankers who had been found involved in the irregularities, however, are behind the bars.The mastermind of the scam, the bank’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu, remains at large. He was summoned by the ACC on 4 and 6 December and 8 January, but nothing more than that.During Bacchu’s tenure as the chairman (2009-2014), the bank was robbed off around Tk 45 billion. In 2009, the bank’s default loan was five per cent, which rose to 68 per cent in 2014.The board of directors was behind the irregularities but the government gave the bank a subsidy of Tk 30 billion. However, the bank is still languishing in a sorry state.The ACC has till date filed 59 cases in relation to the scam. Still, none have been against the board members.A total of 120 people were framed in those cases, including 82 businessmen, 27 bankers and 11 surveyors. Among them, the ACC has so far arrested 10 businessmen, five bankers and a surveyor.The board the government had named on 10 September in 2009 led by the then chairman Bachchu is mainly responsible for the bank’s downfall.Shuvashish Basu and Nilfufar Ahmed, two DGs (director general) at the prime minister’s office, the education ministry’s additional secretary Razia Begum, BISCIC chairman Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman and the finance ministry’s joint secretary Bijoy Bhattacharya were among the directors named on the board that day.Chandpur Chamber of Commerce president Jahangir Akhand Selim, former tax commissioner Shakhawat Hossain, Kustia Islamic University’s accounting and information systems department chairman Qazi Akhter Hossain and ARS Lube Bangladesh managing director Anwarul Islam were also named on the board the same day.BASIC Bank sources say Shuvashish Basu was later promoted to the vice chairman of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). The moment the irregularities were taking place, he was the EPB’s vice chairman and a director of the bank. At present, he is the commerce secretary.Soon after being named a director, Bijoy Bhattacharya was made the economic minister at the permanent mission of Bangladesh in Geneva. On his return, he was promoted to the rank of an additional secretary. He is now a vice chairman of EPB.When Bijoy Bhattacharya left for Geneva, joint secretary to the finance ministry’s Economic Relations Division Kamrunnahar Ahmed was made a director at the bank. She was on the board during the time the irregularities were committed. She was later promoted to the rank of an additional secretary.Soon after being named a director, Razia Begum was made the secretary to women and children’s affairs ministry. On 31 July in 2010, Razia and BISCIC chairman Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman were killed in a road accident in Manikganj on their way to Tungipara to attend the inauguration of a branch.When additional secretary Fakhrul Islam was made the BISCIC chairman, he was also made a director of BASIC Bank. Later he was made the chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority while you continued to serve the bank as a director.Another director of the bank, Shyamsundar Sikder was later made the chairman of BISIC. He was later promoted to the secreary of information and communication ministry. At present, he is the secretary of the posts and telecommunications ministry.During those five years, Anis Ahmed, assistant editor of Uttaran, the mouthpiece of the ruling Awami League, certified accountant Quamrul Islam and former additional secretary AKM Rezaur Rahman were also on the bank’s board.Anis is the news editor of Uttaran now. Rezaur Rahman and Quamrul Islam could not enter the bank since July 2013 after they had tried to report the irregularities carried out by chairman Bachchu.Anwarul Islam, managing director of ARS Lube Bangladesh, was made a presidium member of the Jubo League three years after he was made a director of the bank. He claimed that he and some other directors had always been kept in the dark in the board meetings.Foyezun Nabi Chowdhury, managing director of Farsi International, swindled Tk 550 million from the bank. He was arrested in two cases filed by the ACC on 28 March in 2016 and two months later his appeal for a bail was rejected by a lower court. On 30 May, he was freed on a six-month bail. Soon he left the country.  Md Akbar Hossain, the owner of Asian Shipping BD, is also out on bail.Businessman Syed Hasibul Ghani alias Galib also took Tk 1.32 billion from the bank, in the name of different establishments, but he never returned the money. He was arrested in four cases on 28 March in 2016. He also left the country soon after getting bail.Other businessmen, including Yasir Ahmed Khan of Vasavi Fashions (Tk 680 million), Kamal Jamal Molla of Tahmina Denim and Tahmina Knitwear (Tk 550 million), Md Sabir Hossain of ARSS International (Tk 850 million) and Md Saiful Islam of Nahar Garden (Tk 300 million), have secured bail from the High Court.On 26 July in 2017, a joint bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Sahidul Karim ordered the investigation be completed in 60 days. It was only then the ACC moved to quiz Bachchu.However, commerce secretary Shuvashish Basu has requested to change the date of the hearing on a number of occasions, so the ACC is yet to speak to him.Among the 27 bankers framed in the cases, former MD Qazi Fakhrul Islam was Bachchu’s main accomplice. Near the end of 2010, AKM Sajedur Rahman resigned as the MD and the then deputy managing director (DMD) Sheikh Manzur Morshed was made the acting MD. Soon Fakhrul took over and he was at the helm till he was removed in May 2014.The ACC in January 2016 arrested DMDs Md Fazlus Sobhan and Md Selim. The same month Gulshan branch’s in-charge Shipar Ahmed was arrested, followed by assistant manager Ikramul Bari in March and general manager Joynal Abedin in April.However, none of them could secure a bail in the last two years.ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmud said he had nothing to say about only the bankers being put behind the bars. The level of the crimes of the directors will be assessed once the hearings end and the ACC will then act accordingly, he added.”There had been looting at the BASIC Bank, to say the least. Now if the directors are untouched and the businessmen are out on bail whereas the bankers are left to languish in jail, you can call it tyranny, oligarchy or plutocracy,” said lawyer Tanjeeb Ul Alam, an expert on bank and company law.Financial experts say bringing the likes of Bachchu to book is a must to save the banking sector. Or else the public will lose trust in the sector, which will hit the economy hard.*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.last_img read more

BNPs Rony Milton cleared for polls

BNPs Rony Milton cleared for polls

first_imgFormer Awami League MP Golam Maula Roni speaks after joining BNP at its chairperson`s Gulshan office on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe Bangladesh Election Commission on Thursday cleared the candidature of several BNP aspirants, including Golam Maula Rony of Patuakhali-3 and Morshed Milton of Bagura-7, to contest the 11th general election, reports UNB.The election commission, the appellate authority, cleared them off the rejection list during the first hours of hearing at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Thursday.A total of 25 candidate aspirants got back their candidatures till 12:00 noon. Golam Maula Rony, Morshed Milton, Khandaker Abu Ashfaq of Dhaka-1, Tamij Uddin of Dhaka-20 and Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman of Kishoreganj-2 constituencies are among those who got back their candidature.Morshed Milton is BNP’s lone candidate for Bagura-7 constituency.The EC started earlier hearing on the petitions around 10:00am and disposed of several petitions instantly.Some 160 petitions will be disposed of on Thursday maintaining the serials of the appeals while 150 on Friday and the remaining 233 will be sorted out on Saturday.A total of 543 petitions were filed with the election commission within stipulated three days till Wednesday challenging the decisions of returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the next national election.Of them, 222 petitions were submitted on Wednesday while 237 on Tuesday and 84 on Monday.The national elections are scheduled to be held on 30 December.last_img
Speed and Red Light Cameras Return to Baltimore

Speed and Red Light Cameras Return to Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore City officials announced Wednesday that a speed and red light camera program will return by the end of the month.  But in a much smaller version than the program that was taken offline more than three years ago.The prior program had more than 160 speed and red light cameras; it was one of the largest programs in North America.Baltimore Speed CameraThe city plans on putting 36 cameras online: 10 red light cameras, 10 fixed speed cameras, 10 portable speed cameras and six commercial vehicle cameras.  A specific date for when the cameras will come online will be announced soon.Mayor Catherine Pugh said the city will generate revenue from the cameras – about $8 million for the first year – but the overall goal is to keep citizens safe.“Do we want people speeding through our streets? No,” she said.  “Do we want folks running through red lights? Absolutely not.”The city will pay three separate companies to administer the program.  American Traffic Solutions will receive $5.4 million to administer the speed camera program; Conduent State and Local Solutions will be paid nearly $4.2 million to run the red light and commercial vehicle cameras; and MRA Digital will get $80,000 to calibrate the cameras.Conduent was spun off from Xerox earlier this year.  Xerox administered the speed and red light camera program until 2012 when a Baltimore Sun investigation found errors with some of the cameras.  The errors persisted under a new vendor, Brekford Corp.The city ultimately shut the program down at the end of 2013, paying Brekford $600,000 to get out of a five-year contract.Bill Tente, senior product manager with Conduet, said the company will be using different technology for the cameras this time, a more focused radar compared to what they were using previously.“This [radar] can pick out individual vehicles across a whole roadway,” Tente said, adding that the camera would only need to see if the vehicle drives over the line and into the intersection.The new program will be overseen by Robert Liberati, a former Prince George’s County police commander.Unlike the former program, the new program will have multiple layers of review between police and the city transportation department.  In addition there will be an ombudsman that will be an intermediary between the court and someone who receives a citation.Unlike previously, there will be no “bounty” program that allows the vendor to receive additional money based on the number of tickets accrued.  Such programs were outlawed by the General Assembly in 2014.  The city will essentially be renting the equipment for the new program, paying the vendor for each camera used per month. Previously, vendors operated city-owned cameras. Those will now be removed and possibly auctioned off.last_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Blaster Master Zero

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.One of the best surprises of the Wii’s downloadable game service WiiWare was Mega Man 9. Eventually released on other platforms, Mega Man 9 was a direct sequel to the classic NES Mega Man games that looked and played like a game from that era. It was a new 8-bit game produced in 2008, and it was fantastic. The developers at Inti Creates, who previously worked on Mega Man Zero, followed up Mega Man 9 with the solid but less exciting Mega Man 10 and the regrettable Mighty No. 9. Now, they’ve turned their retro revival talents to another classic NES shooter. Blaster Master Zero is a great Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.The original 1988 Blaster Master is an extremely weird game. Yes, you master the act of blasting, but there’s so much more. Each of the game’s areas is a little nonlinear world to explore that opens up as you gain new abilities like wall-climbing and hover-jumping. But instead of playing as Samus or Alucard, these mini Metroidvanias have you controlling a sick tank called Sophia the 3rd from a 2D sidescrolling perspective.AdChoices广告Interspersed throughout these areas are dungeons where you must hop out of your tank and shoot enemies on-foot from a top-down perspective. These dungeons typically reward you with maps or new weapons. Gameplay is roughly split between these two sections. You occasionally must leave the tank outside of dungeons, too, but you’re incredibly vulnerable.Oh, and your goal is to rescue your pet frog who fell into a separate dimension full of dangerous mutants.Blaster Master Zero ($10) is essentially an enhanced remake, so all of these elements are intact, which is good because they hold up pretty well. The nine areas, from forest to cities to ocean depths, are still fun to poke around in and slowly feel out. The graphics are more stylish but still decidedly pixelated on both the 720p Switch screen as well as the 3DS, where the game is also available. The bosses are similar, including the other Mother Brain, although you can no longer use the infinite grenade trick.The game also retains the weapon upgrade system. You start with a basic gun, but as you collect power-ups, your blaster can do new and improved things like shoot fire and lightning and all-powerful wave beams. The only catch is taking hits lowers your weapon level. Most folks seem to prefer the exploration-heavy sidescrolling Sophia sections to these dungeon bits, but once I started really taking advantage of weapon upgrades, I enjoyed both playstyles and the cadence of switching between them.Like the best retro games, Blaster Master Zero plays like your memories of the original instead of the inevitably disappointing reality of the original. It looks better. The music sounds better. The weapons and environments and enemies are new and better. It feels better thanks to the uncanny pairing of old-school visuals and new-school HD rumble tech (as well as recently added Pro Controller support). And modern conveniences like infinite lives and checkpoints make the overall experience far less frustrating.Just temper your expectations if you’re expecting a full-on sequel since the bones of both games are really not that different. But Blaster Master has good bones, and they definitely aren’t Zelda.Check back next week for another Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

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first_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. October 16, 2014 – Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. unveiled version 2.0 of the SonoAccess educational app, a free mobile device application that provides the healthcare community with access to a multimedia library of ultrasound resources including instructional videos, clinical image galleries and a variety of case studies. Fujifilm SonoSite redesigned the app from the ground up based on collaboration from existing users, added more features and workflow improvements and extended its reach to include all Apple and Android phones and tablets.Within the SonoAccess version 2.0, users can customize a profile to generate a recommended list of content, download any content item for offline access, view the “What’s New” feed to browse through all of the content on the app and use the search functionality to find the content quickly. Additional features include the ability to:Watch ultrasound “How To” videos organized by specialty and product to pick up helpful tips from expert ultrasound users;Watch video case studies for more detailed information on clinical applications of ultrasound;Watch specially created 3-D animation videos which correlate ultrasound findings with anatomy;Access the clinical image gallery to reference and compare to the images you scan;Find reimbursement information and Quick Start user guides for SonoSite systems;Share the app via several social media outlets; andContact Fujifilm SonoSite from the app to get your questions answered. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | October 16, 2014 Fujifilm SonoSite Upgrades SonoAccess Medical App Version 2.0 offers customized content, offline access Related Content For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

Spanish lemon crop estimated to be lower than bump

Spanish lemon crop estimated to be lower than bump

first_img Spanish lemon crop estimated to be lower than bump … Production of the Verna variety is forecast at 380,000MT, which is almost double last year when production was 38% lower than the two-year average. This season’s forecast would be a 9% rise on the 2016-17 season.“Excellent flowering, new plantations coming into production and the impact of grafting orange trees with Verna lemon trees explain the strong growth of this native Spanish variety, which is marketed over the summer months, meaning Spanish supply will be available during most part of next 2019 summer,” AILIMPO said.The group said this campaign’s expected production will allow the sector to consolidate its export volume of fresh fruit to EU markets.It added that good volumes of both Fino and Verna varieties would allow it to boost exports to non-EU markets like the Middle East, Canada and Brazil.”With this harvest forecast, the lemon processing industry into juice, essential oils and dehydrated peel expects to return to normal lemon processing activity, where Spain ranks second in the world and which plays a key role in regulating supply and market balance,” it said.AILIMPO also expects the larger volumes to allow for “a proper balance of pricing and distribution of financial value along the chain”.Photo: Shutterstock Spain has forecast a rise in lemon volumes for the 2018-19 season, with “uneven” growth expected for the country’s two varieties.Industry association AILIMPO’s first estimate of the season pegged volumes at 1.3 million metric tons (MT). This figure will allow it to remain the main supplier of fresh lemons in the European market and the second processing country worldwide, it said.With harvests due to begin in September, the Fino variety is expected to see an increase of 14% due to good flowering conditions and new plantings coming online.A production of 920,000MT is forecast for the industry’s main variety, dependent on the amount of water available in summer and rainfall in autumn.“The Fino lemon crop forecasted will allow increasing exports to non-EU markets, more tonnage for processing and keeping similar volumes for the European markets,” the group said. You might also be interested in Argentine lemon export season delayed significantl … center_img July 25 , 2018 Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … last_img read more