Neil Lennon reveals plan to sign two strikers

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has outlined his January transfer plans to sign two strikers for the club.Speaking from Dubai where the Hibernian squad is camped for warm-weather training, Lennon highlighted their need for investment in attack.“We want to bring in strikers if we can bring two in then great. But we’re hoping to at least bring one in just to add to what we have here,” he told Sky Sports.“At times it’s been a bit flat and we need that extra bit of competition and motivation for them all.”Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).Lennon was asked what kind of message he’s sending to the current strikers at the club, he said: “Must be better. You know you can do better and I know you can do better.“But we want more competition in that area and we want more goals in that area.”Lennon since last month has been demanding for better strikers for the club.last_img read more

Racist rant report goes viral couple identitied

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Magnetic Media’s report on the atrocious and racist comments of an American couple at the Mango Reef restaurant has gone viral.   The story was picked up by US TV stations, especially in the hometown of the pair, Memphis Tennessee and expose to even more people the racial slurs hurled at employees of the Providenciales restaurant when the woman could not find her cell phone.  Not only did Lauren Loeb Marelle, the woman heard on that recording, accuse the staff of theft, but she threw her food onto the owner of the Mango Reef and used profane and racist language toward her also.The husband, who is Joe Marelle and his wife were commanded to leave the restaurant and eventually they were captured in a phone call, by a courageous waiter and that audio recording got to us and we reported upon the exchange which was both shocking and illegal.Over 23,000 people have viewed the reports at Facebook alone.  Magnetic Media has since been interviewed by Memphis Media houses and even the NAACP of Memphis is commenting on the contents of that recorded call.Meanwhile, the Marelle’s, who are well-to-do, company owners and executives and former Chamber of Commerce employee, have gotten a lawyer and say the recording was fabricated.  Mango Reef is not yet commenting, but Magnetic Media confirmed that not only was Lauren Loeb Marelle captured on audio but on video ranting in the restaurant and the couple reportedly did not pay their bill either.Seven Stars resort, where the pair was staying has blacklisted the couple who left the TCI on Tuesday before this story broke.#MagneticMediaNews#Racistrantreportgoesviral Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Racistrantreportgoesvirallast_img read more

Carlsbad pastor caught molesting female family member sentenced to 15 years in

first_img VISTA (KUSI) — A Carlsbad pastor whose wife caught him molesting a young female family member was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in state prison.Matthew John Otis Tague, 44, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of committing a lewd act on a child.Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca said Tague repeatedly molested the victim over a two-year period in 2016 and 2017, when she was 12 and 13 years old.Lavermicocca said Tague’s wife caught him in the act late last May and reported him to authorities. Tague — a pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel on Poinsettia Lane — turned himself in a few days later. Posted: April 10, 2018 Carlsbad pastor caught molesting female family member sentenced to 15 years in state prison KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:54 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Nielsens New Corporate Values Integrated Open Simple

first_imgNOTE: FOLIO: editors are in California this week, filing reports from American Business Media’s annual Spring Meeting.LA QUINTA, California—Incoming ABM chairman and Meister Media CEO Gary Fitzgerald opened the ABM general session by saying, “It’s time for leaders to lead.”For Nielsen Co. chairman and CEO David Calhoun, that means establishing a new series of corporate values to direct the company in “The Google World.” “We chose a set of leadership values that’s what changes the nature of a company. Sounds soft but it’s measurable. Didn’t pick value changes we thought we were good at.”Those values include:1. Integrated: “Advertisers want to put things together,” says Calhoun. “There’s a notion that integrated data will save the day. We gave our people a blank check and have them working on how to integrate processes. This isn’t about saving a buck but how to begin to put data together. This is measurable and our leaders know they are accountable.”2. Open: “If your values preclude you from looking at the models of others, you will lose,” said Calhoun. “Proprietary systems were the world we used to aspire to but that’s the world we need to crush.”3. Be Simple: “It’s getting harder every day in the Google World but if you can provide clarity in an open environment, you will win,” Calhoun added. “We aren’t going to budget our way to change. We all have to get a clear view and a lot of emotion behind it before it’s real.”FOLIO:’s Spring Meeting Coverage:The New Must-Have Skills for B-to-B Media: Project ManagementPublishers on Redefining the Role of Printlast_img read more

Pentagon Looks to Expand Civilian Hiring

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense officials plan to increase civilian hiring as part of a new plan calling for reducing the department’s reliance on contractors and military personnel, and moving away from the use of caps on staffing levels. “While it may be appropriate for other federal agencies to reduce their civilian workforce, for the DOD, right-sizing will necessitate targeted growth to both restore readiness and increase the lethality, capability and capacity of our military force,” the business plan states. DOD sent the Office of Management and Budget a “workforce rationalization plan” which it said marks a “significant shift” in its approach to “workforce sizing, shaping and structuring,” reports Government Executive.The department’s plan could conflict with congressional policy. The House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill calls for spending by defense agencies and field activities on civilian resources management, logistics management, services contracting and real estate management to drop by 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2021.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OMahony Brings People Together Always Helping Others With

first_imgDear Editor,I’m writing in support of Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.I’ve known Jomarie for many years and have always be amazed at how she has been able to balance her family life, work schedule and volunteerism to the people of Wilmington.Whether she’s taking her children to a sporting event or to other activities in town, she’s always there with a smile.Many of you know Jomarie as a strong supporter of helping those who need assistance.Jomarie has always been very active in programs to help others and does it with a smile and knowledge that with others she can help and make a difference.She supports our education system, sports and arts programs.She supports after school programs for the children of Wilmington.She is a supporter of our Police, Fire and all Departments.She wants to keep Wilmington’s small town feel.She understands the issues facing Wilmington and is willing to give her time, energy and knowledge to making Wilmington a better place to live and work.She will work with our State delegation on the Rt 38 corridor, Fire substation, school, the MBTA issue or any project in our town.She will work with the residents of Wilmington to find solutions to issues, whether it’s a Fire Substation, School, Housing for our seniors or Veterans or a pothole she will be at forefront.Most importantly, Jomarie will bring civility to the Board of Selectmen.It’s time to elect a person that bring groups together and not separate them and that person is Jomarie O’Mahony. I strongly ask you to Vote for Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter Of Support For Jomarie O’Mahony From The Person Who Knows Her BestIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday August 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, August 5, 2019:#1) Revere Beach Memories At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a talk on the history of Revere Beach at 2:30pm. Don’t miss this trip down memory lane. Revere Beach, established as America’s first public beach in 1896, was a place that created lasting memories for thousands of beach goers. The Revere Beach of old comes alive through photos and stories presented by Bob Upton, a Revere Beach enthusiast and historian. Join us for a night of history and nostalgia. Bring your own photos and stories to share as well. Register HERE.#2) The Ooch: Yo-Yos, Music & Dance At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hostingThe Ooch at 6:30pm. Yo-Yos, Music & Dance is a 60-minute show that combines three of Ooch’s favorite activities – yo-yo tricks, cool music and sweet dance moves. The show is half yo-yo tricks and half dance party. During the first part of the show, Ooch performs some of his favorite yo-yo tricks as well as takes requests from the audience. The second part of the show is “dance”. In Ooch’s world “dance” can mean MANY things like follow-along dance (where the audience copies Ooch’s movements to the music OR VICE VERSA), popular line dances such as the Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, Cha Cha Slide & others, body percussion, Freeze Dance and even Hula Hoops to music . . . all to popular songs requested by the audience. Ages 4+. Register HERE.#3) Little Movers At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Little Movers session at 10am. Let’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2. Register HERE.#4) Learn To Sail Program BeginsAll hands on deck! The Wilmington Recreation Department’s ‘Learn to Sail’ program is returning this summer on the Charles River. Children age 10 – 18 are eligible to register for this class which offers classroom instruction and on-the-water education. New students are required to pass a swim test. The program will take place Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019, from 10:30am to 4pm. The cost of the program is $150. To register, visit www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by the Reference Department in Room 8 of Town Hall. The required registration form can be found HERE.#5) Public Health Museum’s Camp BeginsIs your high schooler interested in a career in medicine, infectious disease, or nursing? The Public Health Museum is inviting students to apply to OUTBREAK! 2019.  This week-long summer program is for Massachusetts high school students entering their junior and senior year as of Fall 2019. For the seventh year in a row, the program will be offered for FREE.The program is scheduled for August 5, 2019 to August 9, 2019 at the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.OUTBREAK! 2019 is an interactive, challenging program designed to introduce high school students to the history and importance of public health. Students will learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of public health careers, and more. Field trips include the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain and additional other public health facilities.The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural museum that strives to preserve records and artifacts from our nation’s public health history, educate the public about the achievements and contributions of public health, and inspire people to build upon the past and continue to advance the future of public health.Applications are available on line from the Museum’s website or by contacting the museum at 978-851-7321 ext. 2606 or phmuseum@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Blade Shadow Ghost turns your TV into a snappy cloudgaming PC

first_img Share your voice Post a comment Blade Shadow Ghost delivers great gaming performance… The Ghost itself costs $140 (£110), while the service runs $35 (£27) per month. All told, it’s a pretty good deal. It’s not available in Australia yet, but the Ghost’s price converts to about AU$205.Like many competitors, the service is essentially a Windows virtual machine (VM) running on a Windows server within a datacenter; in my case, the server is running a 3.2GHz Xeon E5-2667 V3 with 12GB RAM and a Quadro P5000 with 16GB GDDR5X. It’s not cutting-edge gaming performance, but it is roughly in the same league as the GTX 1070 max-Q laptops we’ve seen recently. Overall performance will depend on the game and your quality settings.But unlike almost every other cloud gaming system I’ve seen, it runs well in 1440p and, depending upon the game, even 2160p. And it feels more baked now than it did when we tried it in its early US rollout. It’s probably the slickest, too, for a VM. (Gaming-only services such as GeForce Now are obviously more streamlined.)Though it publicly specs frame-rates of 4K at 60 frames per second (which matches most 60Hz displays and TVs and thus shows fewer artifacts) and 1080p at 144fps, it also does 1440p at 75fps, which is a solid happy medium for a lot of games. The alternative resolutions are also a perk that many competitors don’t supply, as most are limited to 1080p.04-blade-shadow-ghostGhost provides all the essential connections. However, if you hook up wired devices to the USB ports, it does ruin the look a bit, like a Mac Mini. Sarah Tew/CNET The Ghost box connects to a display via HDMI. It has four USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack and an AC adapter input. You connect via gigabit Ethernet or 802.11ac Wi-Fi (aka Wi-Fi 5). The overall fit and finish is good — for a device that feels like it’s 3D printed.It’s easy to set up and compact enough to tote from one place to another. Windows recognizes USB devices such as keyboards, mice and an HP Omen Mindframe headset as if they were running locally. (Note that I didn’t test chat or streaming functions.) There’s one big problem with the Shadow: Its 256GB Windows partition isn’t nearly big enough. You’ll need a USB hard drive to swap game installations. I’d like to see the company either increase the base configuration or introduce a tier of service with more space.       The Shadow can also connect to wireless input devices via Bluetooth. The connection isn’t really through Windows, though, just through the box itself. It doesn’t work while the VM’s open, so it’s not as convenient as it could be. 02-blade-shadow-ghostThere’s only one button, for turning it on and off. Sarah Tew/CNET Performance on the Shadow side is one thing, but your connection to the internet is another. It doesn’t handle latency problems gracefully — that’s when your internet connection sends data packets erratically and is a bigger issue than bandwidth for most people, since it can vary so much from moment to moment. It’s hard to diagnose if your network’s at fault, because (obviously) you can’t launch offline or in safe mode, among other things. And it requires a mouse and keyboard to start up, so disconnecting them to diagnose any USB connection issues isn’t an option.There’s a control panel application that displays network statistics and lets you select some basic options. In the US, Blade owns its own servers in data centers around the country (called “co-location”), and it’s newer to the US than Europe. At the moment, you can’t pick which data center to access; it’s all automatic. 03-blade-shadow-ghostSwoopy! Sarah Tew/CNET The Shadow suffers the same problems as every cloud gaming system I’ve tried, most notably a compressed tonal range. No matter how good your bandwidth is, the bitrate is never high enough that it doesn’t have to compress the video signal, which can result in flatter colors. Some people may not even notice, or they’ll notice it less once they’re immersed in gameplay. Aside from selecting the option to automate Windows updates, the rest is in your hands, such as Nvidia driver updates. Restarting during driver updates can be a bit wonky, since that tends to close the Shadow on the first reboot. But it keeps running in the cloud for 90 minutes, which means it’s really easy to launch right back into what you were doing.And when you’re not gaming? I’ve been using it as my primary work system, attached to a monitor. So far it hasn’t groaned once under the weight of several browsers’ worth of tabs or anything else I’ve thrown at it. Updated 1:04 p.m. ET: Blade doesn’t lease servers in datacenters as originally stated; it co-locates its own servers in datacenters. In practice, that gives the company more flexibility over the configurations. Tags 1:47center_img Now playing: Watch this: Desktops Gaming 0 It glows from the bottom to indicate it’s on. Sarah Tew/CNET Blade’s Shadow Ghost is a cool little box that lets you use the Shadow desktop-in-the-cloud service with just a TV or monitor. No PC required. The box that gives you the device and network connections you need to use the Windows-based desktop service. When I tried it out, I kept forgetting I wasn’t on a local PC and never found myself shrieking about the speed. I still can’t believe I like it so much.A “Shadow,” as Blade dubs the virtual system the service provides, can be used for anything, but the most obvious mainstream allure of a virtual machine these days is for cloud gaming. Think of the Ghost as a console without any local storage and simple video decoding that can run any Windows game. This is actually the second version of the box, but now it’s got a catchy name and most of the kinks worked out. last_img read more

Avengers Endgames Brie Larson would direct an MCU movie

first_imgIf there’s one character I’m excited to see in Avengers: Endgame, it’s Captain Marvel. She’s the only character we haven’t really seen interact with the rest of the Avengers, and based on the teasers, it looks like she’s ready to get brought up to speed. Recently, Audi released an ad spot called “Debriefing” where the company attempts to show Carol Danvers what she’s missed since her exit from Earth in the 1990s. I got the chance to talk to Captain Marvel herself (Brie Larson) about electric vehicles and why they’re important to her — you can check that Q&A out over on Roadshow — but we also took a few minutes to chat about the MCU and what she hopes the future brings for Marvel’s superhero movie juggernaut. Check out “Debriefing,” and then meet me afterward for our Q&A. Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… I’m so ready to see Kamala Khan in the MCU.Me too, me too! I’m ready. I’m so ready.Big fists!Stretchy arms!So you’re not just an actress, you’re a director, too. Do you have any aspirations to direct an MCU movie?Totally. I mean, for me, whether it’s acting or directing, it’s about story. And I’ve always been incredibly impressed with Marvel’s ability to talk about very difficult subject matters; whether it’s internal human condition stuff or worldwide issues, through the metaphor of superheroes and aliens in space. I feel like they’ve become such a powerful tool of connection that of course it’s something I would love to tackle eventually, given the right story. Because, just on the acting side of Captain Marvel, I worked on it for two years. And I think it’s even longer when you’re writing and directing a Marvel movie. So it has to be a story that you really feel passionate in your gut that it’s undeniable and will carry you through for a couple years.Makes sense. OK, two more questions for you. If Carol were to show up in another MCU film like Thor: Ragnarock, which was kind of a buddy movie between Hulk and Thor, what character would you want to team up with?I’m still really into this idea of an all-female Avengers movie. Getting all the women together and getting them to work as a team … would be so powerful and iconic. Just because having just seen Avengers: Endgame, getting to see all of those characters on screen, you realize the beauty of these new superhero movies is that everybody has their own special skills they bring to the table. Their own, you know, superpower. And to see women work together, and in that way as a team, is not something we’ve seen enough of on screen. You had to go through two different workouts: Physically, we all know you got in insane shape for Captain Marvel. But you’ve also talked a lot about feeling more empowered and able to stand up for yourself and what you believe in throughout this process. What’s your advice for anybody looking to fight for a cause? How can they “flex their activism muscles,” so to speak, and make a bigger impact over time?The main thing is finding out the thing that only you can do. And you might be surprised to discover what that is. Telling stories, making movies that reflect my value system, that put people in the shoes of others, that are able to bridge empathy and show you what the world looks like, has been really profound for me, and in some ways, much more impactful than any words I could ever possibly say, or any street corner that I could shout on. But everybody has their own unique thing. 3:14 Comments 5 Show Us Yours: Marvel fandom pictures from our readers 26 Photos Share your voice Endgame is here TV and Moviescenter_img I was just at the Time 100 Gala. And it was really powerful to be in that room of people who are all working really diligently and in completely different ways, whether that’s in science or in politics, in any part of the globe, the arts, music … there are so many ways to get involved, and it starts with you. It starts with you figuring out what your thing is that you bring to the table, and then living your life by those value systems.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters worldwide, but if you haven’t caught it yet, you can get ready by watching every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order CNET: What kinds of technology would Carol be the most surprised by when she returned to Earth? If, of course, there wasn’t a Snapture to avenge?Brie Larson: Well, Carol’s sort of interesting in that she’s at the intersection of like, super-advanced technology and the ’90s at the same time, so I mean, she’s already — even in the ’90s — when she comes down to Earth, surprised by the lack of technology. Things like, carrying around a driver’s license or an ID card just seem totally insane to her. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger But at the same time, she’s she’s been able to retrofit the pager. So I think communication devices would be the thing she would be both surprised to see how far it’s come, and also wish that it had gone further; having come from, you know, outer space, where they have much more advanced communications equipment.During your time playing Carol, you’ve been really vocal about intersectional feminism. There are so many amazing female heroes in Marvel Comics. Which one you would like to see headline their own MCU movie? Anyone you’re just dying to see on screen?I would love to see a Valkyrie solo movie for sure. I’d love to see a Ms. Marvel movie for sure. I mean, they haven’t even begun to tap into her abilities. And I love her story so much. It would be my hope she comes in sooner rather than later as Carol’s sidekick, and then eventually kind of takes over. And then of course, the Wakanda ladies, I could watch a whole movie of those warrior women, there’s so much to be mined from that. So I think there’s a lot of material out there and a lot of new worlds to delve into. 49 Photoslast_img read more

Republicans boycott Twitter ad spending after McConnell campaign account locked

first_img Tags Comments 14 Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Following similar tweets from the House and Senate GOP campaign organizations, the National Republican Campaign Committee joined the ad spending stand-off. “I have directed the @nrcc to immediately halt all spending with @Twitter until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team_Mitch. We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias,” NRCC director Parker Hamilton Poling tweeted Thursday.Republican lawmakers have accused Silicon Valley giants of bias before. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump, without evidence, accused Google of anticonservative bias in a series of now-deleted tweets.Trump alleged that Google is trying to “illegally subvert” the next election. “All very illegal,” he tweeted. “We are watching Google very closely!”Originally published Aug. 8, 2:44 p.m. PT.Correction, 3:47 p.m.: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect Twitter account that was locked. It was McConnell’s official campaign account. Also, the story misstated the day the account was locked. It was Wednesday. Update, Aug. 9: Adds that Twitter will allow the video, with a sensitive media warning. The Twitter account of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign has since been restored, and the video has been removed.  Win McNamee/Getty Images After Twitter temporarily locked the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a string of leading Republican campaign committees announced an ad spending boycott against the social media platform. McConnell’s official campaign account was locked Wednesday after his team posted a video of protesters outside his Louisville, Kentucky, home earlier this week.Twitter’s blanket policy bans videos that include violent threats, even from those who receive such threats. The video in question, which also aired on Fox News, featured protest chants calling McConnell “murder turtle,” and shouts from the crowd inciting violence against him. Twitter told CNET in a statement that McConnell’s campaign account was locked because the video “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”McConnell’s campaign account has since been restored.On Friday, Twitter said it reviewed the case more closely after multiple appeals and will allow the video to be visible with a sensitive media warning.”Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules,” the company’s communications team tweeted. Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules. https://t.co/Cuvh305ERA— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 9, 2019center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Digital Media Politics Share your voice 1:23 Twitter Donald Trumplast_img read more

AgustaWestland chopper scam ED raids involved firms freezes assets worth Rs 86

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Monday raided several firms and their premises across New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, freezing over Rs. 86 crore shares held by them in ventures abroad, reported Press Trust of India. The raids were part of the agency’s probe into Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.Officials reportedly said the agency seized a number of documents during the searches as they were connected to the case. It also ordered freezing of shares worth Rs. 86 crore of firms based in Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore.The report noted that both the ED and the CBI have issued judicial requests to many countries in order to collect more evidences and proofs.AgustaWestland’s parent company Finmeccanica allegedly paid Rs. 360 crore kickback to Indian individuals and enterprises to secure the deal. The deal involved selling 12 helicopters to be used by VVIPs in India and was masked as transactions performing multiple work contracts, reported IANS.Under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA), the ED registered the case in 2014 and has so far listed 21 people in its FIR. Former Air Force Chief S.P. Tyagi, businessman Gautam Khaitan, Italian middlemen Christian Michel James, Guido Ralph Haschke and Carlo Gerosa have been named in the FIR.The Indian government in January 2014 cancelled the deal alleging breach of contractual obligations and charges of bribery. However, investigation in Italy reached a new crescendo with the chief executive of Finmeccanica held guilty of international corruption and money laundering. The court also highlighted that a few politicians too were involved in the corruption in the chopper deal in 2010.last_img read more

Rattled by the Nirav Modi scam PNB to shut most operations at

first_imgFile photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe move to downsize the Brady House branch, which has come to symbolise the biggest banking scandal in the country’s history, comes as India’s second-largest state lender, Punjab National Bank (PNB) seeks to tighten controls and restore its reputation.The 123-year-old bank has lost more than half its market value since the fraud came to light in late January.PNB will move all big client accounts out of the branch in downtown Mumbai that according to an internal investigation saw “exceptional growth” in the past few years largely because of its controversial dealings with firms owned by two related jewellers.PNB has alleged that a handful of staff at the branch issued fake bank guarantees between 2011 and 2017 to help the firms of Indian diamond magnate Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi raise billions of dollars in foreign credit. The duo has denied wrongdoing and are currently abroad.Fronted by an imposing colonial facade, the branch has a foreign exchange department and handles mainly mid-sized corporate accounts. It also has a small retail operation, which will stay open after the restructuring, said the sources who declined to be named as the discussions were not public.One of the sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that PNB was transferring some employees and big accounts – each involving annual transactions of more than 500 million rupees ($7.28 million) – to large corporate branches for “better monitoring”.”The bank has already started moving accounts to neighbouring branches,” said one of the sources. “Only a small retail banking operation will remain at the branch for the time being.”The bank will consider similar steps for some other branches too so that risks are minimized, said one of the sources.The transfer of accounts was part of a regular restructuring, a PNB spokesman told Reuters. The Punjab National Bank unearthed a Rs 11,400-crore fraud at its Kalagodha branch in Mumbai.Reuters”Reallocation of some of the accounts is part of the regular restructuring process at PNB to strengthen internal systems and processes and centralize certain critical functions,” the spokesman said in a statement.”Retail operations for PNB customers continue to operate from the branch.”Three of the sources said that more than two-dozen employees were informed this week about the decision to cut back the Brady House operations. The sources said the branch could eventually be shut down.However, the spokesman said PNB had no plans to close operations there.Business at the branch’s foreign exchange operations has come down “substantially” since the fraud came to light, said one of the sources.PNB has mainly blamed a couple of Brady House employees for executing the fraud, but Reuters reported last month that a 162-page investigation report by the bank has found widespread risk control and monitoring lapses by 54 staff, many outside the branch.On Friday, Chief Executive Sunil Mehta said PNB was on track to “bounce back within six months”.last_img read more

Dont leave workplaces without permission SC asks judges

first_img.The Supreme Court administration has asked the lower court judges and officials not to leave their workplaces without informing the SC registrar.A circular issued on Thursday in this regard was published on the SC website, said UNB news agency.The circular signed by SC Registrar M Zakir Hossain asked all district and sessions judges, judicial officials equivalent to the rank of district judges, chief judicial magistrates, chief metropolitan magistrates and additional district and sessions judges not to leave their stations without informing the SC registrar.They were also directed again not to leave the workplaces before the designated time and on the last working day of the week without permission, not to stay outside the workplaces on working days and not to make delay in attending office on the first working day of the week.The circular also said the violation of the directives will be regarded as misconduct.last_img read more

PM orders police to settle cases fast

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses senior police officers on the occasion of the Police Week -2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday put emphasis on building a more ‘people-friendly’ police force instructing the authorities concerned to dispose of police cases properly and on time to ensure quick justice.“Being imbued with patriotism, you’ll have to work becoming more people- friendly policemen and creating confidence and trust among the people,” she said while addressing senior police officers at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning on the occasion of the Police Week -2019.The prime minister said it is fact that the police cases are not finished on time and there is lacking of those who conduct cases.“So you’ll have to play a special role in monitoring this properly and completing the cases speedily … you should also have a team to look into the fate of the cases,” she added.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police Mohammad Jabed Patwary, secretary of the public security division of home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin and additional IGP (admin) Mokhlesur Rahman addressed the function.Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, deputy inspector general (DIG-highway) Atikul Islam, additional police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam, deputy police commissioner of Tejgaon Zone Biplab Kumar Sarkar and Rajbari superintendent of police Asma Siddika Mily also spoke.The prime minister said the police cases remain pending in the courts years after years which need engagement of government officials along with the lawyers.“So, I think there should have a separate arrangement to look into these issues,” she said.Terming terrorism and militancy as a worldwide problem, the prime minister said her government has been able to control the twin monsters.“But we will have to continue our drive against militancy and terrorism and we should have a strategy to thwart any possible militant attack promptly side by side increasing intelligence surveillance and training,” she said.While talking about the framing of the Digital Security Act, the prime minister said many people are speaking against the law. “But the reality is that the law has been enacted to ensure security of the innocent and common people and protect their human rights,” she said.“The law has been enacted to save the life and property of the people alongside protecting their rights,” she added.The prime minister said the law is helping the police in investigation and filing the cases as well as identifying and arresting the criminals involved in cyber crimes.She praised the role of the police force in rooting out terrorism, militancy and drugs and vowed to continue the government’s fight against corruption side by side combating terrorism and militancy“Graft impedes the economic development of the country while drugs destroy a society and country … from the abuse of drug, hijacking and theft take place and even the children kill parents for it,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also laid stress on increasing the members of the specialised police force to guard mega projects. “We’re implementing many mega projects like the Padma Bridge. So, we need more members of specialised police force to guard the schemes,” she said.The prime minister also laid importance on proper training of the police and said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones where specialised Industrial Police will be deployed.She stressed the need for imparting specialised training to other specialised police units like River Police, Airport Police and Tourism Police alongside Industrial Police.Sheikh Hasina said members of the police will have to move with immediate action taking into account the nature of the activities of the criminals. That specialised training must be imparted to make them capable of facing any situation fast, she added.In this context, she said necessary steps will be taken to establish a specialised training institute for the police to create facilities for their specialised training.The premier mentioned that the police are giving more labour to maintain a peaceful environment in the country for economic development.“We’ve been able to take the country forward economically as you have given that labour with efficiency and for it I would like to thank you,” she said.The prime minister called upon the police to work with dedication and utmost sincerity for turning Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country.“Our journey has not yet ended, we’ve to go a long way,” she said.About increasing manpower of the police, she said more manpower will be added to various units of the police so that the people can get their desired services.On various demands of the police, Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to look into the issue of giving posting of the police personnel in different embassies and missions of Bangladesh abroad.The prime minister expressed her determination to build a middle income country in the golden jubilee year of independence and a developed and prosperous one by the year 2041.last_img read more

Rickshawpuller arrested for raping minor girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Tuesday arrested a young rickshaw-puller for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the city’s Purbail area on Monday, reports UNB.The arrestee is rickshaw-puller Faruk, son of Abdul Zabbar of Fulbari in Dinajpur district.Police said Faruk had been staying at a rented house in the area where the minor girl was also living with her parents on the same premises.They said the girl was alone at their home when her parents, both assistants to a local mason, went out for work in the morning.At noon, Faruk allured the girl out of their home and took her to the first floor of a nearby two-storey building in the area and violated her there.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and took the victim to Shaheed Tazuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital.Faruk, however, managed to flee the scene.Later, police arrested Faruk from Mirpur area in the capital, a day after the victim’s mother filed a case with Pubail police station, said Nazmul Haque Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of the police station.last_img read more

Political Perspectives A Closer Look At Harris County Precinct One

first_img Share Earlier this year Harris County Judge Ed Emmett appointed attorney, Gene Locke as interim commissioner to replace the late El Franco Lee for Harris County Precinct 1.Commissioner Locke has a history of public service, serving as Houston city attorney between 1995 through 1998, special counsel to Metro and general counsel to Harris County Houston Sports Authority.Since taking office in January, one of the many issues on the commissioners “to do” list was to put forth an aggressive plan to help improve streets throughout the precinct. As of last week, the Commissioners Court passed a measure that adds $1 million to an existing contract to make concrete repairs. Also, this week Commissioner Locke threw his hat into the race to seek the Democratic nomination for the Precinct 1 seat.  We look at Precinct 1 and the interim Commissioner Gene Locke.  Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue.  Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.last_img read more

US Ambassador To Panama Resigns Saying He Cant Serve Trump

first_img Share Arnulfo Franco/APJohn Feeley, soon after his appointment as ambassador to Panama in February 2016. The career diplomat has now announced his resignation.John Feeley, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, is stepping down from his post, citing irreconcilable differences with the Trump administration, Reuters reports.Feeley’s resignation, widely reported on Friday, is not a response to President Trump’s remarks Thursday at a noon meeting about immigration. Sources tell NPR that at that meeting, Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and questioned why the U.S. admits immigrants from Haiti. Trump denies reports about his remarks, which have prompted uproar around the world.However, the ambassador to Panama had tendered his resignation by Thursday morning, before the meeting occurred, a State Department official tells NPR’s Michele Kelemen.Feeley, a career diplomat, informed the White House, the State Department and the Panamanian government “of his decision to retire for personal reasons, as of March 9 of this year,” the State Department says.Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary for diplomacy, told Michele that all ambassadors and other diplomats have the right to be in the job they chose and that it is up to them if they leave for moral reasons, or any other reason.Reuters has more detail on Feeley’s stated explanation of his resignation:“Feeley, one of the department’s Latin America specialists and among its [most senior] officers, made clear that he had come to a place where he no longer felt able to serve under Trump.” ‘As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies,’ Feeley said, according to an excerpt of a resignation letter read to Reuters on Friday.” ‘My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come.’ “Editor’s note: NPR has decided in this case to spell out the vulgar word that the president reportedly used because it meets our standard for use of offensive language. It is “absolutely integral to the meaning and spirit of the story being told.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Most and Least Ethnically Diverse US Cities Identified

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWith immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities.To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics: ethno-racial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic diversity than any other city in the country, a figure that’s four times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest.Meanwhile, Hialeah enjoys the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, at 96.44 percent while Laconia, New Hampshire has the highest concentration of whites, at 94.81 percent.Jackson, Mississippi has the highest concentration of blacks, at 81.44 percent.Jersey City, NJ; Gaithersburg, Md.; Germantown, Md.; Silver Spring, Md. and Spring Valley, Nevada were the most ethnically diverse cities in America according to the study.New York City, Oakland, San Jose, Ca.; Rockville, Md. and Kent, Washington also made the top 10.Barre, Vermont; Clarksburg, West Virginia; Watertown, South Dakota; Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Hialeah, Florida, comprised the rest of the 10 least ethnically diverse cities.Rutland, Vermont; Wheeling, West Virginia; Laconia, New Hampshire; Miles City, Montana and Bennington, Vermont, were identified as the five least ethnically diverse cities.Havre, Montana; had the highest concentration of residents who spoke English (98.57 percent), while Hileah, Florida found itself at the opposite end with just 5.59 percent of its residents speaking English (93.96 percent of Hileah residents speak Spanish and just 0.33 percent of those in Havre speak Spanish).For birthplace diversity (locations where residents continue to reside long after they were born) Greenville, Mississippi topped every city with 86.79 percent, while Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in last at 16.80 percent.New York (69.40 percent) is the most diverse large city, Jersey City counts as the most diverse mid-size city and Gaithersburg, Md., is the most diverse small city in America, according to the report.“A growing body of social psychological research suggests that information about increasing ethnic diversity can lead white Americans to express greater concerns about their ethnic group’s status and, further, these concerns can have implications for interethnic attitudes as well as political attitudes,” said Dr. Maureen Craig, a WalletHub expert and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University.“For example, prior research has found that viewing a media report detailing increases in national ethnic diversity can lead white Americans to express ethnic bias, support more exclusionary political stances, and express greater concerns about anti-white discrimination,” Craig said.“However, an important caveat is that these experiments all focus on what happens when white Americans are asked to anticipate ethnic demographic change,” she said.There are many benefits to a diverse, multicultural city some of which are being exposed to different neighborhoods, communities, culture, parks and restaurants, said Dr. Kwame Dixon, a WalletHub expert and an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.“In most cases a diverse cultural setting leads to some common boundaries of understanding. The social citizen of the 21st century must be being exposed to multiple cultural settings and environments,” Dixon said.If diversity becomes a smokescreen for displacement or gentrification or if a historically black or Latino community is diversified in a short period of time by newcomers defined as white then there will be tensions around space, identity and displacement, he said.“This may lead to other tensions – former residents being pushed to the margins or to poorer communities,” Dixon said.Click here to view the full report.last_img read more

Unravelling the written word

first_imgWhat role does literature play in contemporary societies? How do writers see their responsibilities vis-à-vis the public and, turning that over, how do we see writers? How has the written word adapted to its place among the growing pantheon of varied and addictive forms of cultural transmission? Join in the thinking brigade and get closer to these answers. Writers, Etc is a literary platform: a space where the written word gets primacy, where written ideas and their practitioners can interact with each other and the general public, coming together to ask pertinent questions and seek their answers to queries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For their twenty second session, they have have Manu Joseph in conversation with Karthika V. K.Manu Joseph is the author of two novels — The Illicit Happiness of Other People, which was released in 2012, and Serious Men, his first novel, which won the PEN Open Book Award. It was one of Huffington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2010, and was shortlisted, among other awards, for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Bollinger PG Wodehouse Prize for best comic fiction. Serious Men has been optioned for an Indian language film. Karthika V.K. started her career in publishing with Penguin Books India in 1996 after an M.Phil in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. The aim is to encourage a discovery, unencumbered by genre, of all the written oeuvres, ranging from living legends to new and emerging talent.last_img read more