Ramachandran says will take up IOA suspension with government

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Breaking his silence, embattled Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today said he will take up the issue of IOAs suspension with the government after consulting the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia. Cracking the whip on IOA, the Sports Ministry yesterday suspended the Olympic body till the time it reverses the decision to make the scam-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala its life presidents. “I am away in New Zealand, on a personal issue relating to my family. I understand that the government has suspended the Indian Olympic Association due to the conferment of the life time presidency to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi and to Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala,” Ramachandran said in a statement. The veteran administrator, who was heading World Squash Federation before taking over as IOA chief in 2014, added, “The IOA is a body that has to function under the guidance and supervision of OCA and IOC. On my return in the New Year I shall discuss this issue with the OCA/IOC after their offices open in the New Year for their guidance and advice, and thereafter take this up with the government to see how this issue can be resolved.” The government took the firm decision to suspend IOA after it failed to reply to its showcause notice within the stipulated December 30 deadline. Kalmadi spent nine months in jail after allegations, stemming from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He was released on bail pending an appeal to Delhi High Court and has denied any wrongdoing. Chautala is also facing unrelated corruption charges in an ongoing court case. He has also denied the allegations. Following the suspension, the IOA will cease to enjoy the privileges and prerogatives bestowed on it by the government as the National Olympic Committee (NOC). PTI AH PM AHadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-OLY-ROBERTSON 2LAST

first_imgRobertson, who said one of Londons innate strengths was Robertson, who said one of Londons innate strengths was that they had an all-Party binding agreement to first support the bid and then the delivery of the Games, said casting the Olympics as part of the establishment was wrong. “Voting against the Olympics as a tool of the establishment is a profoundly illogical thing to do,” said Roberston. “In amongst everything else that happens at an Olympics you can forget what an Olympics is which is at its core 28 world championships in 16/17 day period.” Robertson, who was ennobled for his part in the successful delivery and hosting of the Games, said it was time for the IOC to remind people that sport is the essential ingredient of the Games. “Probably part of the error in as much as an error has been made has been to lose sight of that (the sporting side) and if you brought it back to its DNA that it becomes a sports competition then it would be much more palatable. “You dont see too many people revolting against hosting a football World Cup in anything like the same way. “So getting it back to its core values is a big part of the solution. “Even if the IOC were to take my advice and wait for in that great modern phrase the caravan to move on (allocating the two Games at same time) it would be worth going through this process in stripping the Games back so it becomes just 16/17 days of sport.” AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Madame Tussauds unveils Meghan Markle waxwork ahead of her wedding

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, May 9 (PTI) Londons iconic Madame Tussauds today unveiled a waxwork figure of Meghan Markle, ahead of the May 19 royal wedding for which the excitement is reaching “fever pitch”. The figure will open to public as part of a new royal family line-up on May 19, the day the American actress walks down the aisle in a royal wedding at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle.”Excitement ahead of the royal wedding is reaching fever pitch and we have been inundated with questions about when people can finally meet Their Royal Likenesses,” said Edward Fuller, general manager at Madame Tussauds London.”There is a lot of love out there for Meghan and Harry and were following their lead by inviting the great British public to join the couple in their wedding celebrations here at Madame Tussauds London,” he said.Markles figure, wearing a replica of her engagement ring designed by her fiance, is dressed in the emerald green sold-out PAROSH dress that she wore for the announcement of the engagement last year and beige heels.The 36-year-old joins a re-styled figure of her groom Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne. Harrys figure was originally created to mark his 30th birthday in 2014 and has been updated for the special occasion, most notably adding the beard that the royal now sports.”With royal wedding fever extending across the Atlantic, Madame Tussauds Londons sister attraction in New York will also reveal its own Meghan figure… Marking the first time a US citizen will join the British Royal Family in 80 years,” a statement from the world-famous wax museum said.advertisementIn London, the newest royal couple will be placed in front of a 15-foot-wide video wall that would allow guests to choose how they would like to pose with them.Visitors would be able to select from a range of backdrops and props to capture a moment with the young Royals ? from the cutting of the cake at their wedding to relaxing on a private beach.The museum is holding a special “stag and hen do” event on May 18, the eve of the royal wedding, at which over-18s would be able to take photographs with Harry and Meghans wax figures. It also plans to offer free entry to guests named Meghan or Harry on the day of the royal wedding.To celebrate the upcoming nuptials, Legolands Windsor resort has also created a 39,960 Lego brick Windsor Castle. The mini-brick castle took a team of eight model-makers 592 hours to complete, Legoland said.It will house a 10-cm tall, 60-brick Meghan Markle in her wedding dress and veil alongside Prince Harry. PTI AK MRJ AKJ MRJ MRJlast_img read more

Conflict of Interest Policy For School Boards

first_img Do you undertake any outside work or service for compensation, that is related to the field of expertise in which you are employed by your school board? Do you currently have, or are you involved in a business or employment outside your school board which involves a service, product or facility which is offered by the school board? School board staff will be in a better position to identify andavoid potential areas of conflict now that all boards arerequired to have a conflict of interest policy. “Requiring all school boards to have a conflict of interestpolicy is another step we’re taking to ensure properaccountability for money spent on education,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. A conflict of interest is any situation in which an employeeattempts to promote a private or personal interest either for himor herself or for some other person(s). Actions that would fallinto that category include accepting or soliciting fees or giftsfor services provided or personally benefiting from school orboard programs more than a member of the public. School boards were asked earlier this year to start developingtheir own policies, and are implementing them over the remainderof the school year. A model policy was sent to the boards as aresource tool. It included a conflict of interest checklist foroutside activities. Examples of questions for staff on the checklist included: Staff from the Department of Education will follow up with theboards in the new year to learn the status of their policydevelopment. The province introduced a Code of Conduct for Civil Servants in There are already provisions governing conflict of interest for elected school board members in the Education Act and in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Introducing a policy for school board staff that is consistent with the current provincial policy is the natural next step. The mandatory conflict of interest policy is part of revisionsthat have been made to the Education Act through the FinancialMeasures Act in 2002. Since that time, staff have been working with the school boardsand others to prepare the necessary amendments to regulations. Inaddition to the new conflict of interest policy, amendmentsinclude establishing audit committees in all school boards formonitoring and maintaining internal controls over its operation,mandatory financial reporting and a ban on commercial activitywithout government authority.last_img read more

Palestinian Pres. laud King Mohammed VI’s Efforts for Palestine Cause

Ramallah  –  Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas lauded King Mohammed VI’s efforts  for the Palestinian cause, underlining the sovereign’s unwavering support for Palestine.Abbas, who was speaking at a reception on Thursday by Morocco’s ambassador in Ramallah Mohamed Hamzaoui on the occasion of throne day, surveyed the honorable positions by the Kingdom in favor of Palestine, recalling efforts made by late king Hassan II to serve the Palestinian cause. He also said that he is glad to share the joy of the Moroccan people on the occasion of throne day, underlining the solid ties between Morocco and Palestine. These ties are unswerving and will remain as such until the Palestinian people recover all their rights, which are also advocated by the Moroccan people, he said.Mahmoud Abbas also commended actions undertaken by the Bait Mal Al Quds Agency which is supporting Al Quds inhabitants via the construction and restoration of hospitals and schools. read more

Tahltan First Nation buys into 25 billion hydro project in British Columbia

VANCOUVER — The Tahltan First Nation says it has signed a $124.3 million deal to buy into a trio of hydro projects in its territory in what it says is British Columbia’s largest-ever renewable investment by a First Nation.The nation, which includes the communities of Iskut, Dease Lake, and Telegraph Creek, says it has agreed to purchase a five per cent stake in the Northwest British Columbia Hydro Electric Facilities from Axium Infrastructure Inc. and Manulife Financial Corp.The facilities include the 195-megawatt Forrest Kerr, the 16-megawatt Volcano Creek, and the 66-megawatt McLymont Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects that together are valued at $2.5 billion.   The investment comes as part of a wider effort by Indigenous communities across Canada to invest in renewable projects, both to reduce dependence on fossil fuel energy and for the potential long-term financial returns.Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan central government, says the clean energy deal is an example of the nation’s careful use of collective title to secure long-term economic opportunities.The Tahltan Nation’s territory covers 95,933 square kilometres in northwest British Columbia, or about 11 per cent of the province, and includes three operating mines as well as numerous mineral exploration projects.The Canadian Press read more

Triple Threat on tonights WWE NXT Post613 Smackdown videos

first_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Videos Articles Triple Threat on tonight’s WWE NXTAdvertised for tonight’s WWE NXT on the WWE Network is Asuka defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross in a triple threat elimination match. Drew McIntyre will also be in action tonight.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight.Post-6/13 Smackdown videosWWE posted these videos following last night’s Smackdown Live in New Orleans. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Drew Mcintyre Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more

PeaceHealth Mercy team for new housing

first_imgPeaceHealth and nonprofit developer Mercy Housing Northwest announced a plan Friday to build 72 units of affordable family housing near the hospital.PeaceHealth will donate land for the project at Northeast Fifth Street and 93rd Avenue, about two blocks east of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The Vancouver-based not-for-profit Catholic health system will also work with Mercy to determine on-site resident services and programming, according to a news release. Mercy will own and manage the housing development.The project was announced at a time when rents are escalating in Vancouver and surrounding communities amid a shrinking supply of housing.“We recognize that our role of caring for our community goes well beyond the walls of our clinics and hospitals,” Sean Gregory, chief executive of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, said in the news release. “By collaborating with Mercy, it enables us to directly address housing needs. And, we know that in Vancouver one in three low- or moderate-income households are experiencing a severe cost burden, spending more than half their income on housing.”Since its founding 27 years ago, Seattle-based Mercy Housing Northwest has developed more than 2,000 affordable rental homes across 16 counties in Washington. The Founding Communities for Mercy Housing Northwest include the Sisters of Providence, Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Sisters of the Holy Names and the Adrian and Tacoma Dominicans.“Mercy Housing Northwest is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with PeaceHealth,” Mercy Housing Northwest President Bill Rumpf said in the release. “We look forward to creating 72 new rental homes, with resident services designed to support health and wellness, children’s success in school and financial stability. We also acknowledge the Vancouver community for approving a housing levy to make it possible to create well-designed, affordable housing.”The project location was chosen based on proximity to health care services, jobs, schools, bus service, and major thoroughfares. Resident services and programs will be offered on site.last_img read more

Profitability Wasnt the Question Roger Friedman Explains NRN Sale

first_imgFOLIO: Alert spoke to Friedman on Wednesday. “We had just had financial pressures,” he said. “We owed money from the Dowden purchase, and with the downturn, we just wanted to straighten out our debt structure. We were always making money, so profitability wasn’t the question. We were in violation of some of our covenants with GE.”Asked if he regretted taking on debt with the Dowden acquisition, or whether he would have done anything differently, Friedman was frank: “I would have still bought Dowden. It was a good company. But I would have sold off a major piece of it earlier to make the debt go down earlier. So even if there was a downturn, we would have been okay.”And he offered some perspective as well. “Things aren’t good. There may be some green sprouts here and there, but everyone’s out of compliance right now. You know who they are. Are there gains in pages over the prior year? Yes, but you don’t know what they’re getting for the pages. There’s price cutting all over the place.”As mentioned above, speculation remains in the industry that Lebhar-Friedman will need to do more, possibly including the divestment of its Dowden Health Media custom-publishing unit. Traditionally, media companies start as entrepreneurial efforts, very often family-owned, and then, as they grow, they are acquired and absorbed by larger, more corporate businesses. Not so Lebhar-Friedman, the venerable, 85-year-old trade-publisher run by the second-generation owner, Roger Friedman, who, coincidentally, is one of the best known and wittiest people in the industry.So it must have been a difficult time for Friedman when he was forced to sell off Nation’s Restaurant News to Penton Media in order to satisfy the demands of a creditor. The brand, which was founded in 1967, was the company’s flagship in the food-service market, which, along with retail and medical media, has been its long-time focus. The NRN sale, as well as the reported shopping of Lebhar’s Dowden Health Media, is seen as part of a plan to pay back GE Capital, which financed Lebhar’s estimated $40 million acquisition of Dowden Health Media in 2005. In 2006, Dowden Health Media founder Carroll Dowden bought back the consumer magazine division of Dowden Health Media (which included four regional titles with combined revenue of under $10 million). Last year, Lebhar-Friedman sold Dowden Professional Publications to Quadrant HealthCom Inc.With the sale of NRN, Lebhar-Friedman retains four retail-focused publications: Home Channel News, Chain Store Age, Retailing Today and Drug Store News.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 8, 2018:Part-Time Administrative Clerk at Wilmington Fire DepartmentFull-Time Project Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Customer Successor Advisor at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Customer Marketing Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Certified Preschool Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time IT Business Analyst at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Customer Service/Insurance Representatives at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Drivers at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time SW Test Engineer at Randstad TechnologiesFull-Time Field Service Technician at Industrial Protection ProductsFull-Time Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Educational Assistant at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Catering Manager at Compass GroupFull-Time Marketing Coordinator at AltroPart-Time CrossFit Coach at CrossFit AresFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Sandwich Artist at SubwayFull-Time Technical Trainer at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Direct Solar Sales at JuicyBluePart-Time Afternoon Loader / Warehouse Associate at OptimaFull-Time Sales Manager (Facility Solutions) at VeritivFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Cashier at Lucci’s SupermarketFull-Time Customer Success Advisor at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Manager (Global Facilities) at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Courier Driver at AmerisourceBergenFull-Time Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at Scully Signal Co.Full-Time Customer Service/Sales Manager at The Seguar AgenciesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Chemical Mix Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Laboratory Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Project Coordinator (National Accounts Division) at Standard ElectricFull-Time Financial Center Manager at Bank of AmericaFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Information Security Specialist 4 at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at Vivint SolarPart-Time Marketing Assistant at Security Innovation, Inc.Full-Time (Temporary) Summer Mover at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Delivery Driver at FedExFull-Time S&R Shipping and Receiving (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Warehouse Worker at Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Helper at Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc.Full-Time Cruise Merchandising Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time IT Administrative Assistant at UniFirstFull-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Accounts Payable Analyst at UniFirstFull-Time Marketing Communications Writer at Analog DevicesFull-Time Drain Service Experts at Super Service Today, Inc.Full-Time Dispatcher/CSR at Super Service Today, Inc.Full-Time/Part-Time All Positions at Rocco’s Restaurant & BarFull-Time Electronics Assembly Technician at Kelly ServicesFull-Time Fence Installer at Pro Fence Co. Inc.Full-Time Scenic Carpenter at Art of the EventFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Xpress MoversFull-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Disaster Restoration Crew Chiefs & Technicians at Service Master Disaster Associates, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at Scully Signal Co.Full-Time Certified Electrician at SunRunPart-Time Retail Project Merchandiser via Advanced Solutions(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Equifax will reportedly cough up 700m for data breach

first_img Post a comment Tags Now playing: Watch this: Legal Equifax Equifax could be paying $700 million in a settlement. Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Equifax is reportedly close to reaching a $700 million settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies over its massive data breach in 2017. The money would also go towards resolving a consumer class-action lawsuit against the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday afternoon.The Equifax data breach allowed hackers to steal the personal information of 147.7 million Americans from its servers, including Social Security numbers and home addresses. A House Oversight Committee report (PDF) released in December 2018 called the breach “entirely preventable,” saying Equifax didn’t take steps to prevent it and also wasn’t ready to handle the aftermath. Share your voice The settlement could be announced Monday, the Journal reported, adding that the money could also to be used to create a fund to compensate consumers for any harm caused by the data breach.Equifax declined to comment, while the FTC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Equifax data breach 1:41 Congressional committee slams Equifax in report on data breach Former Equifax exec gets 4 months in prison for insider trading after breach Thanks to Equifax breach, 4 US agencies don’t properly verify your data, GAO finds Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US Computers Security 0last_img read more

State plans to clean oil contamination from Alaska Native land

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) is coordinating the clean-up process of contaminated lands throughout the region and all over the State.White Mountain’s oil drum storage area is one contaminated site out of 338 sites on ANCSA land that is still in the clean-up process. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome)White Mountain’s oil drum storage area is one of nearly 1 thousand sites transferred from federal entities to Alaska Native Corporations under ANCSA. The Bureau of Land Management deems 338 of these sites to be contaminated lands still in need of cleanup, including White Mountain’s oil drum storage area.Based on a preliminary assessment report done in 1999 by the Ecology and Environment company for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), White Mountain’s oil drum site has relatively minor petroleum contamination, up to 540 ppm (parts per million) across a 4-acre site.As of right now, the contaminated lands have already been designated and surveyed by the Bureau of Land Management, then organized into an online interactive database. Since this database was finished, the BLM’s role in the cleanup process has been very limited.BLM Project Manager Paul Krabacher says, legally, the BLM can’t do anything, including cleaning up the lands, since the lands have already been conveyed and are no longer managed by the BLM. But, as the clean-up process continues, ADEC focuses on high priority sites, helps negotiate agreements between parties, and examines orphan sites.John Halverson, the Environmental Program Manager for ADEC’s Contaminated Sites program, defines orphan sites as, “those sites where there’s either known or suspected contamination and there’s not a agency or another party that’s already either working on the site to characterize it and clean it up or planning to do so in the foreseeable future,” explained Halverson.One example of an orphaned site is White Mountain’s oil drum storage area near the old BIA school. Halverson says the level of contamination and the amount of diesel range organics (DRO) present determines the priority of the site. DROs are a mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons found in diesel fuel.“We have different clean-up levels based upon the site’s circumstances; even our most conservative clean-up levels are typically based on the contaminants’ potential to migrate to ground water,” stated Halverson. “So, for DRO, our default clean-up level is 250ppm; that’s kind of the starting point, and then people can propose alternative clean-up levels that are higher based on the site’s specific circumstances and information that they collect.”According to APRN, Daniel Cheyette, Legal Counsel from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, voiced his concerns about Alaska’s contaminated lands back in August.“As the landowners, as participants in ANCSA who believed that the land grants were in satisfaction of their land claims, it’s really frustrating that, so many decades later, we still have contaminated sites. And the federal government (is) really moving very slowly in terms of correcting the problems that it created. It’s a step, it’s a start, but it’s taking way too long, and it’s very frustrating for the landowner,” said Cheyette.According to a DEC report from March 2011 on the White Mountain oil drum storage area, the community’s previous Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) coordinator indicated that whatever was left of the original 1,000 oil drums would either be transported to Nome’s drum crusher or be reused by the community. Current White Mountain IGAP environmental coordinator Jay Adams says there are still about 60 fifty-five-gallon drums left at the site, less than a mile away from the BIA school building.Even though the community of White Mountain has removed some of those oil drums on their own, it is not their responsibility to clean up the site. The DEC deemed The Bureau of Indian Affairs as the entity responsible for the cleanup of this site. After repeated attempts to contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs, they could not be reached for comment.There is no set timeline for the rest of the cleanup at this White Mountain site, or for the other orphaned sites in the region, including the Marshall Fish processing plant and Emmonak’s tank farms.*Note: more information on the Bureau of Land Management’s report on ANCSA contaminated lands can be found in this article from Alaska Business Monthly.last_img read more

IMA ponzi scam 7 directors auditor arrested over 20000 complaints filed

first_imgPolice filing complaints of IMA depositors at AS Convention Hall, Shivajinagar, BengaluruAmal RasheedaliThe fraudulent IMA scam has claimed the lifetime savings of many people who thought the Ponzi scheme to be a good investment for a better future. Not just from Karnataka, many people from Kerala and other places have also invested lakhs of rupees in it.After the IMA kingpin, Mohammed Mansoor Khan fled to the UAE, seven directors of the harried group – Anwar Pasha, Arshad Khan, Naveed Ahmed, Nasir Hussain, Nizamuddin, Dadapeer and Waseem – who went into hiding surrendered themselves to the police on Tuesday (June 11) and have been remanded for police custody. The police are interrogating the IMA directors over the whereabouts of Mansoor Khan. Their passports have been seized by the authorities to stop them from fleeing the country. The police have also arrested the auditor and partner of IMA’s bullion trading Iqbal Khan.While Khan had accused senior Congress leader and Shivajinagar legislator Roshan Baig of taking Rs 400 crores from him and not returning it back in his alleged audio clip, the MLA has denied the accusation claiming that he was being targeted by his own party and that cheap politics is at play.Baig who was addressing a press conference on Wednesday told media that he has no involvement with IMA and has not taken money from them. He also demanded the CBI to take over the case promising fully cooperate with the investigations.It is also alleged that the Minister for Minorities Welfare and Food and Civil Supplies B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan also had some involvement with the group on some land deal. However, the minister said that he has no links with the scandalous IMA but he has sold a property of his to the group back in 2017 and had received Rs 5 crores for it.Minister Zameer Ahmed said that he had visited IMA’s office regarding complaints in May after some messages were circulated on Whatsapp claiming the company of defaulting payments to its investors. Ahmed along with other top Muslim Congress leaders including Shantinagar MLA NA Haris and Rizwan Arshad had a meeting over the issue and has submitted a list of 25 assets owned by IMA to the Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Home Minister MB Patil. People gathered in front of AS Convention Hall in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru to file a complaint against IMA Ponzi schemeAmal RasheedaliEven though the police have registered more than 20,000 complaints, the magnitude of the scam is yet to be ascertained as the investors are flooding to AS Convention Hall at Shivajinagar to file more complaints.The government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of MA Saleem, Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crime and Technical Services), Deputy Inspector General of Police (Fire and Emergency services) BR Ravikanthe Gowda and Deputy Commissioner of Police S Girish along with three ACP-level officers and four inspectors to nab the absconder Khan who has duped innumerous depositors of their investments.last_img read more

Khaleda admitted to BSMMU

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia comes out of the vehicle at BSMMU hospital for treatment on Saturday. Photo: Dipu MalakarBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday afternoon after prison authorities shifted her there from the abandoned central jail for better treatment in response to a court order, reports UNB.”BNP leader Khaleda Zia was admitted to our hospital. She’s now on the 5th floor of the cabin block,” BSMMU director brigadier general Md Abdullah-Al-Harun told reports at a press briefing.He said a 5-member fresh medical board, headed by physician Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, a professor of medicine department, was formed as per the court order.After her admission, Md Abdullah-Al-Harun said professor Abdul Jalil examined Khaleda’s health and completed the necessary formalities for providing treatment to her.He said the medical board will hold a meeting at 1 pm on Sunday to take a decision about her treatment. “We’ll be able to start her treatment after the medical board’s meeting.”Khaleda Zia has been taken in this vehicle to BSMMU hospital from the jail on Saturday. Photo: Mosabber HossainThe other members of the board are Syed Atqiul Haq of Rheumatology department, professor Sajal Krishna Banerjee of Cardiology department, professor Nakul Kumar Datta of Orthopedic department and associate professor Badrunnesa Ahmad of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department of the BSMMU.Asked about Khaleda’s physical condition, the BSMMU director said they will talk about it after the medical board’s meeting.He said Khaleda talked to him and the BSMMU VC, and exchanged greetings with them when she was taken to the 5th floor of the cabin block.The director said they have taken additional security measures following the BNP chief’s admission to the hospital.Brigadier general Harun said they reconstituted the medical board for Khaleda following the apex court’s direction.However, physician AZM Zahid Hossain, secretary general of pro-BNP Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB), alleged that the medical board was not formed following the High Court’s direction as three physicians of the board are members of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip).Talking to reporters at the BSMMU, he said the court directed the authorities concerned not to include any member of DAB or Swachip in the board. “But Sajal Krishna Banerjee, Nakul Kumar and Badrunnesa Ahmad are the members of Swachip.”Earlier, Khaleda was taken to the cabin block of the hospital in a white car of Dhaka Metropolitan Police around 3:40pm.Hospital sources said she was kept in room No 611 on the 5th floor of the cabin block of the hospital. Earlier, the jail authorities booked room No 611 and 612 for Khaleda.Several police vehicles escorted her to the hospital from the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road.Earlier, her orthopedic bed was shifted from the central jail to the cabin block around 2:55 pm.BSMMU director brigadier general Harun-Ur-Rashid and other physicians were present when the car carrying Khaleda reached the hospital gate.Clad in a pink sari, Khaleda stepped down from the vehicle amid rain around 3:45pm and sat down in a wheelchair. Later, she was taken to the fifth floor of the cabin block.Several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered on the Hospital premises to see their party chief, but police intercepted them from approaching Khaleda. They chanted various slogans braving rain demanding Khaleda’s release.Senior BNP leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee members Moudud Ahmed and Mirza Abbas, Zainul Abedin, AZM Zahid, Netai Roy Chowdhury, Amanullah Aman, Khairul Kabir Khokon and Nazimuddin Alam were, among others, present at the hospital.A huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members was deployed at the hospital to maintain law and order and security.Khaleda Zia has been taken in this vehicle to BSMMU hospital from the jail on Saturday. Photo: Mosabber HossainMeanwhile, Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir of Keraniganj Central Jail met Khaleda in the morning.The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia has been in the abandoned central Jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February.On 16 September, a medical board formed by the government for jailed Khaleda, suggested admitting her to a hospital like BSMMU though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.On 7 April last, Khaleda Zia underwent some medical tests at the BSMMU because of her illness.BNP has long been demanding that Khaleda be shifted to United Hospital in the city for her better treatment as the condition of her left hand and leg is very bad.She was finally admitted to the BSMMU nearly eight months after she had been sent to jail.last_img read more

Wizards Kelly Oubre the Latest NBA Player to Open Up About Mental

first_imgAdd Washington Wizards swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. to the growing list of NBA players sharing their personal experiences with mental health issues. Oubre admitted to NBC reporters that he’s “going through a lot” internally. An adolescence in New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina shuffled Oubre to different schools and living environments. His breakthrough into the NBA was a rare occasion but apparently, behind the scenes, it’s still a tough fight.Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)After recent admissions from Toronto swingman DeMar DeRozan about his own bouts with depression and Cleveland forward Kevin Love about panic attacks he suffered earlier in the year, Oubre decided to come clean about his own struggles when he was “living in a Motel 6 with dead cockroaches all over the floor,” and “seeing my dad struggle, it was tough for me,” Oubre admitted to NBC Sports Washington. Mental health in sports isn’t a new topic as former NBA stars like Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman have openly expressed personal problems that weren’t as easily exposed during their careers. Oubre, however, isn’t as old or experienced as his peers as a 22-year-old reserve. In the age of flashy social media profiles, you don’t find too many athletes putting their coolness to the side to discuss internal matters so Oubre deserves some kudos.The NBA is forming a near all-star team of mentally-stressed athletes. Normally, change comes once a slew of occurrences begin. However, unless the NBA is willing to start installing therapists and sociologists in every locker room then we may continue to see a rising trend in athletes opening up about their own lives. Commend Oubre for sidestepping his ego to put his own self on blast. And expect a bunch more of these high-profiled athletes to come forward with their own stories. Things are just beginning.last_img read more

Separate experiments show no evidence of violation of Lorentz invariance

first_img When physicists conduct relativistic experiments that involve physical measurement, their findings should not rely on the orientation or speed of the place in which the experiments take place, according to the standard model of particle physics. This principle is known as Lorentz invariance, and testing it is one of the ways of testing the theory of relativity itself. In this new effort, both research teams have tested the principle with the tightest constraints to date and both offer more accuracy than has been seen in the past.One of the groups, with team members from Italy, France and U.S., used a half-century’s worth of data collected via lunar lasing—bouncing a beam off a mirror left on the moon’s surface by manned Apollo missions. The data represents measurements of the moon’s orbit around the Earth as well as its rotation. Using the data, they found it consistent with null coefficients, which meant no violations of Lorentz invariance were found. They also report that their study offered accuracy between 100 and 1000 times better than was possible in previous efforts.The other group was made up of researchers at Carleton College in the U.S. They obtained data from other teams working over several years using superconducting gravimeters to conduct experiments. Such meters can be used to calculate gravitational acceleration by measuring the position of a superconducting sphere as it is levitated in a magnetic field. This team also reported that the coefficients they derived were all consistent with zero. They further note that their efforts were 10 times as accurate as prior efforts and that some of the results were the first of their kind ever obtained.By placing ever tighter constraints when testing physics theories, researchers offer stronger proof that the principles that underlie basic theories such as relativity are sound. Citation: Separate experiments show no evidence of violation of Lorentz invariance (2017, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-evidence-violation-lorentz-invariance.html (Phys.org)—Two teams of researchers working independently of one another have conducted experiments designed to test Lorentz invariance; both report no violations. One of the teams used decades of data from lunar lasing experiments, the other data from experiments conducted over several years using superconducting gravimeters. Both teams have published papers in the journal Physical Review Letters describing their work and their findings. Explore further Still no violation of Lorentz symmetry, despite strongest test yet © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: 1. A. Bourgoin et al. Lorentz Symmetry Violations from Matter-Gravity Couplings with Lunar Laser Ranging, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.201102 , https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.06294ABSTRACTThe standard-model extension (SME) is an effective field theory framework aiming at parametrizing any violation to the Lorentz symmetry (LS) in all sectors of physics. In this Letter, we report the first direct experimental measurement of SME coefficients performed simultaneously within two sectors of the SME framework using lunar laser ranging observations. We consider the pure gravitational sector and the classical point-mass limit in the matter sector of the minimal SME. We report no deviation from general relativity and put new realistic stringent constraints on LS violations improving up to 3 orders of magnitude previous estimations.2. Natasha A. Flowers et al. Superconducting-Gravimeter Tests of Local Lorentz Invariance, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.201101 , https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.08495ABSTRACTSuperconducting-gravimeter measurements are used to test the local Lorentz invariance of the gravitational interaction and of matter-gravity couplings. The best laboratory sensitivities to date are achieved via a maximum-reach analysis for 13 Lorentz-violating operators, with some improvements exceeding an order of magnitude. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: C. Carreau/ESA, via Physics Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

VIDEO Everything about micd up Jimmy G leading the gamewinning drive against

first_img Advertisement Jimmy Garoppolo looks like an A-list movie star, and he expertly played the role of ‘superstar franchise quarterback’ while mic’d up during the final drive against the Titans that led to the game-winning field goal on Sunday.Jimmy G gave the Niners and their fans their first dose of the Patriot Way by demonstrating complete command of an offense, coverage adjustments, and the cool end of game management he learned while studying at The Tom Brady Academy in New England. It’s also clear, most importantly, that he has the full confidence of his teammates.Everything about this video screams franchise star. Nothing jump starts a rebuild like finding a quarterback, and John Lynch has his guy with Garoppolo.Cool, calm and collected.@JimmyG_10 was wired for sound during the game-winning drive. Enjoy ? pic.twitter.com/uXPmWI6f6S— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 21, 2017last_img read more

Facebooks facial recognition features could cost it billions of dollars

first_imgFacebook could end up paying billions of dollars as the result of its facial recognition tech.Image: AFP/Getty ImagesBy Karissa Bell2018-04-18 01:20:40 UTC If you thought Facebook was already having a bad couple weeks, a federal judge just reminded us that things could get a whole lot worse for the company.A judge in San Francisco ruled Monday that Facebook users in Illinois can proceed with a class action suit against the company over its use of facial recognition software. The suit has the potential to cost the social network billions of dollars in fines.The lawsuit stems from Illinois’ strict laws around biometric privacy. The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act allows residents of the state to sue tech companies that don’t adhere to the law, which requires tech companies to obtain prior consent before they collect biometric data. (This is likely why Google’s viral selfie matching feature in its Arts & Culture app didn’t work in the state).According to the lawsuit, Facebook violated these rules with it’s Tag Suggestions feature, which uses facial recognition to suggest tags for photos users upload to the site. In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the company is “reviewing the ruling. We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously.”The company has a lot at stake in the case. It could theoretically face billions of dollars in fines, as the Illinois law says each violation can result in fines between $1,000 and $5,000 and millions of residents could be covered by the lawsuit.“Facebook seems to believe that a class action is not superior because statutory damages could amount to billions of dollars. Substantial damages are not a reason to decline class certification,” the judge wrote.Even so, it’s unlikely that Facebook would actually end up having to pay billions of dollars in fines. Monday’s ruling was just one step in what will likely continue to be a long legal battle (the suit was originally filed in 2015). But it’s not a good look for the company, which is facing more scrutiny than ever over how it handles users’ private data. The ruling comes less than a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent hours testifying before Congress about the company’s ongoing Cambridge Analytica fiasco and other privacy issues.last_img read more