High Court grants bail to Upendra Rai in money laundering case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions, noting that he has already spent more than 13 months in custody and the trial is likely to take some time.Justice Mukta Gupta granted the relief to Rai on furnishing a personal bond of Rs one lakh with a surety of like amount and directed him not to influence any witness or tamper with the evidence of the prosecution. The court also said he shall not leave the country without prior permission. Rai was arrested on June 8, 2018 by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, moments after he secured bail in a Central Bureau of Investigation case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions. The CBI had arrested him on May 3, 2018.last_img read more

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One LiveAction shot in The Lion King revealed

first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker Jon Favreau has shared a snapshot of the only “real” scene in his latest release, The Lion King. It is the first scene of the film, depicting a sunrise photographed in Africa. “This is the only real shot in The Lion King. There are 1,490 rendered shots created by animators and CG artists. I slipped in a single shot that we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice,” Favreau captioned the image, adding: “It is the first shot of the movie that begins (the song) ‘The circle of life’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaFavreau took to Twitter to share the photograph of the rising sun. The image is conisdered iconic and found space in the 1994 animation version of The Lion King, too. The new film brings back the adventures of Simba, the lion cub who is to succeed his father Mufasa as King of the Pride Lands. The film updates the classic tale with photo-realistic and computer-generated animation. Favreau had earlier helmed the 2016 global blockbuster, The Jungle Book.last_img read more

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FICN of Rs 55L smuggled from Pak via Nepal border seized

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special Cell of Delhi Police busted an international syndicate indulging in circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in Delhi NCR, Bihar and other parts of India. FICN amounting Rs 5.50 lakh has been recovered from the arrested Nepal national identified as Aslam Ansari aged 27 years.He is a resident of Beerganj District Parsa (Nepal). The arrested accused has revealed that FICN was smuggled in India from Pakistan via border through Indo-Nepal border. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn August 24, a specific information was received that a Nepal national Aslam Ansari , who is a key member of the syndicate would reach Delhi at Nehru Place Bus Terminal to deliver a big consignment of FICN to his one of contacts. Having received the above information, police team swung into action and a trap was laid near the said bus terminal and the accused Aslam Ansari was nabbed and 275 high quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in denomination of Rs 2,000 amounting Rs 5.50 lakh were recovered from his possession. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He used to receive FICNs from three persons (all Nepal nationals). Aslam Ansari used to further supply FICN in India through other members of this syndicates,who are residents of Raxaul, Bihar. It has also been disclosed by accused Aslam Ansari that he has been involved in supply of FICN for the 5 years. He further disclosed that recovered FICN was being smuggled in Nepal from Pakistan and same was further brought in India via Nepal border,” said PS Kushwaah, DCP Special Cell. All the recovered FICNs are of fine quality that it is difficult to distinguish it from original ones. Investigation of case is on to identify/arrest source of FICN and to receiver of same in India & Nepal.last_img read more

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One worker dead after being trapped in derailed train in Manitoba

first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. – A railway worker has died and another suffered serious injuries after rescuers spent hours trying to free them from the wreckage of a derailment in northern Manitoba.The Arctic Gateway Group, which recently purchased the Hudson Bay Railway, said in a statement that authorities have confirmed the death, adding that a second employee sustained serious injuries from the wreck south of Thompson on Saturday evening.RCMP said the man who died was 38 and was from The Pas, Man. The man who survived is 59 and is also from The Pas, police said, noting his injuries were life-threatening.“On behalf of the entire Arctic Gateway Group, and all of our employees, our hearts go out to the families of these dedicated employees,” Murad Al-Katib of AGT Foods, one of the group’s partners, said in a statement.The company said the train had three locomotives and several dozen railcars, some of which were carrying liquefied petroleum.It said that based on information it has received, it believes that none of the railcars has been compromised and there doesn’t appear to be any environmental danger.Deputy Chief Selby Brown said the workers were trapped in the train for hours as first responders worked into the early hours of Sunday morning trying to free them.He said the train went off the tracks on a washed-out trestle bridge in a swampy area at about 6:30 p.m.The Arctic Gateway Group is a public-private consortium which bought the Hudson Bay Railway earlier this month from U.S.-based Omnitrax. Sections of the railway north of the derailment washed out in 2017 and Omnitrax had refused to make repairs, claiming the line was been losing money for years and would cost tens of millions of dollars to fix.The railway is the only land link to Churchill, Man., a community of about 900 people on the shores of Hudson Bay, and crews have been working since the sale to try to reopen the connection before winter.“We have said repeatedly that we will not compromise speed for safety and this is a stark reminder for us as we repair the northern section of the rail line to Churchill,” Al-Katib noted in the company’s statement.Police said that officers were flown to the crash site, more than 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on Saturday evening and remained on scene until rescue personnel and specialized equipment could be brought in.RCMP said that Transport Canada will investigate the derailment with assistance from police.The Arctic Gateway Group said it is co-operating with the emergency services teams on site and will also be conducting a full internal review to determine the cause of the derailment.The names of the workers were not released and the company said police were still notifying families on Sunday.last_img read more

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Annie Lennox Gets Honorary Degree For Activism

first_imgInternationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and human rights activist Annie Lennox was this week presented with an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex.Annie Lennox Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of EssexLennox received her Honorary Degree in recognition of her work in political and social activism and her extensive campaigning for humanitarian causes. She was presented with the honour by the University’s Chancellor Lord Phillips of Sudbury during a packed Graduation ceremony at the University’s Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall on Colchester Campus.“People ask me all the time, about HIV/AIDS,” Annie said during her speech. “They’ll say ’I’ve heard about the AIDS pandemic in Africa…but I don’t know what to do’. The answer is, of course, both simple and complex. You do what you’re drawn to do. And if you’re interested enough, you figure out what your contribution is going to be. You start by becoming aware, by being concerned, by breaking through your indifference, passivity, cynicism or intolerance. You transform. You become passionate..You become an activist.”During the ceremony, the University’s Dr Pam Cox spoke about Ms Lennox’s support for a wide-range of humanitarian projects which have made vital, practical, life-saving differences – above all in South Africa. Dr Cox also mentioned Ms Lennox’s ‘SING’ campaign which works with women and children with HIV – raising awareness regarding preventing the transmission of the virus from mother to child.After the ceremony Ms Lennox said: “The University of Essex has been recognised by both the Queen and Nelson Mandela for its involvement with the fight for human rights around the world, and I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my work to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian causes and, in particular, for those affected by HIV and Aids. It is vital to work together to help people who need access to education, health care and justice.”Ms Lennox is one of seven distinguished individuals to receive Honorary Degrees at this year’s Graduation at Essex, which will see 2,745 students graduate ̶ the University’s biggest Graduation ever held.Also receiving an honorary degree today at the University of Essex was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Laura Trott, in recognition of her significant achievements in European, World and Olympic cycling.last_img read more

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UN crime fighting agency boosts antitrafficking efforts in Central America

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has strengthened its efforts to tackle human trafficking in Central America by bolstering national prosecutors’ capacities and improving regional cooperation in law enforcement.UNODC, in concert with the UN Latin America Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, is assessing strengths and weaknesses of public prosecutors and police to create training courses to be held in 2009-2010 at the national and regional levels.This scheme seeks to boost law enforcement agencies’ investigative and prosecutorial capacities and aims to increase collaboration in Central America on investigations, witness protection programmes and investigative techniques.“We need to make this a long-term, sustainable programme capable of supporting not only public prosecution and police services in the fight against trafficking, but also other justice operators, such as the judiciary and border control authorities,” said Felipe De La Torre, a crime prevention expert with UNODC based in Mexico City.“Prosecutors, especially in rural areas, still conduct investigations from a very local perspective, paying no attention to elements that can lead to cases of a transnational nature.”He noted that strong domestic and regional stewardship is crucial in effectively curbing human trafficking, lauding the commitment demonstrated by Central American prosecutors and attorneys-general. 19 September 2008The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has strengthened its efforts to tackle human trafficking in Central America by bolstering national prosecutors’ capacities and improving regional cooperation in law enforcement. read more

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IMF raises outlook for economic growth in Canada expected to be tops

OTTAWA — The International Monetary Fund expects Canada to lead the G7 for economic growth this year.The IMF raised its outlook for Canada as part of its latest world economic outlook update.It now expects the Canadian economy to grow by 2.5 per cent in 2017, up from its April projection of 1.9 per cent.The IMF says it revised its 2017 outlook for Canada following strong growth in the first quarter and indications of “resilient second-quarter activity.”However, it trimmed its outlook for Canada for 2018 to 1.9 per cent compared with its earlier forecast for 2.0 per cent.The IMF says global economic growth is expected to be 3.5 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2018, unchanged from the April forecast. read more

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TNA questions arrest of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today asked the Government to explain the reasons behind the arrest of some rehabilitated former LTTE cadres.TNA Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan said that the arrest was spreading fear among the Tamils in the North and East. Four former LTTE operatives were arrested recently on separate occasions on suspicion of trying to revive terrorism. The Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on Monday issued a receipt acknowledging the arrest of one Krishnapillai Kaileshan who allegedly operated as the LTTEs eastern Batticaloa district intelligence senior, reports said. It was also said that three more intelligence seniors from the eastern districts of Ampara and Batticaloa and Jaffna in the north had also been arrested in recent days.Northern Tamil media sources said that since March 29, some 23 former LTTE operatives had been arrested in the north and east. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Stocks move higher on Wall Street as bond market recovers sending US

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2013 4:22 pm MDT Stocks move higher on Wall Street as bond market recovers, sending US yields lower AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing higher for the second day in a row.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 149 points, or 1 per cent, to 14,910 points Wednesday.It’s the first two-day gain since the Federal Reserve said last week that it could end its bond-buying program by the middle of next year so long as the economy improves.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,603. All 10 industry sectors in the S&P rose.The Nasdaq composite index rose 28 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 3,376.Investors also bought bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 2.55 per cent.The price of gold fell to the lowest level in nearly three years.Trading volume was average at 3.5 billion shares. read more

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Timbers beat Sporting KC 32 to earn MLS Cup trip

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals, including one in stoppage time, and Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Thursday night to advance to MLS Cup for the second time in four years.Sebastian Blanco also scored in the second half for Portland, which didn’t even need Valeri’s clinching goal. The teams had played to a scoreless draw Sunday in Portland in the first leg of their aggregate-goal Western Conference final, and with road goals being the tiebreaker, the Timbers were assured of playing for a championship even when the score was 2-2.Valeri’s stoppage goal merely allowed the Timbers to begin celebrating a few minutes early.The Timbers will visit Atlanta United on Dec. 8 to play for the league title. Atlanta beat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate to win the Eastern Conference final series.Daniel Salloi scored in the first half and Gerso Fernandes scored in the 81st minute for Sporting KC, which still has not played for the MLS Cup since winning the 2013 title.Sporting KC did control the first 45 minutes of the game, much to the delight of a sellout crowd that included Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce. But the Timbers turned up the pressure in the second half, knowing any score-draw would send them through.Blanco provided it when he made a nifty move near midfield and unleashed a driving shot — the first on goal for Portland all game. It somehow found the sliver between the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Tim Melia and the crossbar to knot the game 1-all.The strike in the 52nd minute was followed by Valeri’s header off a rebound moments later, a goal that not only silenced the crowd at Children’s Mercy Park but led to a rather bizarre scene.Fans in one corner of the stadium began throwing bottles and other trash at Portland players, and referee Mark Geiger brought both teams to the sideline. Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes then stalked more than halfway across the field to admonish his own club’s fans.Sporting KC was left needing two goals to win the match and advance, and nearly got one of them in the 72nd minute. Johnny Russell’s free kick from about 15 yards glanced off Felipe Gutierrez’s head and sailed over the net as Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella exhaled.Gutierrez put another shot on goal moments later that Attinella kicked away.Fernandes finally got one of the goals Sporting KC needed, and the home crowd roared when it was announced that there would be nine minutes of stoppage time. But the Timbers managed to tamp down each attack by Sporting KC, ultimately solving what had been a near-impossible riddle.Sporting KC had been 15-2-4 in home playoff games, their only losses coming in 1997 and 2011. Sporting KC also had been 12-2-5 at Children’s Mercy Park this season, losing just three times in 48 matches across all competitions in one of the toughest venues in all of Major League Soccer.The Timbers made it four defeats on Thursday night.Dave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

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Football No 10 Ohio State searches for revival opportunity against Nebraska

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) carries the ball downfield in the fourth quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State needed a bye week more than pretty much any team in the nation.Following a 49-20 loss to Purdue, which came after disappointing outings against Minnesota and Indiana, the Buckeyes were left with various areas to improve before they had to face another opponent.Now, head coach Urban Meyer wants to move past the defeat and into his team’s next matchup.“We’re in the grind,” Meyer said. “This is all about getting ready for Nebraska, and moving forward.”Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince is not exactly forgetting about the loss to the Boilermakers: he is using his anger and taking it into Saturday.“If I lose, it’s a bad day for me. Whether it’s a video game, a rep, I don’t like losing. So yeah, I’m mad,” Prince said.  “I just want to see the Buckeyes play angry and pissed off, and let everybody know we’re still here.” Nebraska comes in with a two-game winning streak against Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman after losing its first six games to start the season.Head coach Scott Frost is in his first season with the Cornhuskers after leading UCF to an undefeated record, including a victory over then-No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl.Frost has brought his offensive coaching ability to Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers ranking in the top 50 in the NCAA in rushing, passing and total offense.Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez has gained momentum as the season progressed, breaking 400 total yards in three of his past five contests. On the season, Martinez is up to 1,656 passing and 408 rushing yards, completing 66.3 percent of his throws for 15 total touchdowns and six interceptions.Meyer said Martinez is an “elite guy” that offers a dual-threat ability, and who has “done a great job” over his past two games.Martinez’s main weapon is redshirt sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman, who has 53 catches for 686 yards and seven touchdowns.Spielman has been compared to Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore, who caught 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns against the Buckeyes two weeks ago. Meyer said Spielman is “very close” to Moore, and a “very talented guy.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller covered Spielman often in Ohio State’s matchup with Nebraska last season in the nickel, and he said he remembers the talent the then-redshirt freshman could bring.“Really talented guy, quick and fast, so we definitely gotta keep our eyes on him,” Fuller said. “He enjoys space, though, so don’t give it to him.”Defensively, Nebraska has struggled in all fronts, but mostly in the passing game. The Cornhuskers allow the 20th-most passing yards with 272.0 per game. This has given teams the opportunity to light up Nebraska’s defense for 33.4 points a game, 29th-worst in the nation.The Cornhuskers had allowed 24 points or more in every game this year prior to their 45-9 win over Bethune-Cookman.PredictionNebraska has some playmakers to work with on the offensive end, and Spielman could find some space in the middle of the field if Ohio State has yet to make any adjustments since the Purdue loss.Martinez could find success in the option game, much like Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley did in his record-breaking performance against the Buckeyes a month ago.But Nebraska ran into Ohio State at the wrong time.After losing to Iowa by 31 last season, the Buckeyes came out a week later and annihilated a then-No. 12 Michigan State team 48-3, scoring 35 unanswered points less than 25 minutes into the game.If Ohio State squeaked out a close victory over the Boilermakers before the bye, maybe Nebraska had a chance. But as it stands, the Cornhuskers are running into a buzzsaw, coming up against a Buckeyes team that is both better on paper and incredibly angry.Even if all of that wasn’t enough, the lackluster pass defense will not do Nebraska any favors against redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and only time will tell if sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber will finally break loose on a subpar Cornhusker rush defense.If Ohio State comes out as mad as it did against the Spartans last year, this will get ugly, fast. If not, the Buckeyes are still the much better team, and should be able to handle any scares the Nebraska offense could give.Wyatt Crosher: 52-10 Ohio StateColin Gay: 49-14 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 42-21 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 45-10 Ohio State read more

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Inmarsat and IMDEX collaborate in the cloud for drilling intelligence solution

first_imgInmarsat has said it and IMDEX, a leading mining equipment, technology and services provider to the global minerals industry, are working together to enhance a drilling intelligence solution with satellite connectivity.Now combined with Inmarsat’s L-band satellite connectivity as standard, IMDEXHUB-IQ™ gives mining and drilling companies the ability to analyse and upload field data in real-time from the most isolated locations around Australasia without the need to procure their own communications, Inmarsat said.IMDEXHUB-IQ (formerly REFLEXHUB-IQ) provides secure access to validated data, seamlessly transmitted from a range of sub-surface instrumentation, analytical instruments and mobile form data inputs, according to IMDEX.Inmarsat said: “IMDEX’s innovative, cloud-based solution aggregates and transmits vital field data collected from a range of subsurface instrumentation and mobile units. IMDEX’s instruments and systems can connect to IMDEXHUB-IQ to instantly upload real-time field data to headquarters.”Michelle Carey, General Manager IMDEX Product Development, said: “For mining and exploration operations to be successful, accurate subsurface data needs to be quickly collected and analysed to provide teams on the ground with intelligence to maximise the value of their decisions. This collaboration will allow our IMDEXHUB-IQ solution to connect to the cloud via Inmarsat’s highly secure and reliable network, meaning that the data obtained can be uploaded for analysis in real-time, even in areas with no terrestrial coverage.“In the first instance we expect to take the solution to market on a regional basis to mining organisations across Australia and New Zealand, with worldwide distribution following closely behind.”Joe Carr, Director of Mining Innovation at Inmarsat, said: “Inmarsat is committed to enabling the connected mine. We are working closely together with IMDEX to power its IMDEXHUB-IQ drilling intelligence solution, making it accessible to resource and drilling companies across Australasia by providing access to our L-band network.“By building our global mobile satellite connectivity into the solution as standard, end-users do not have to spend time and considerable effort to reduce the complexity of procuring their own network providers on a project by project basis.”Earlier this month, IMDEX and Seequent announced an ongoing partnership to deliver a real-time 3D visualisation solution for the mining and exploration industry, aimed at dramatically improving the speed and accuracy of decision-making for drilling projects.last_img read more

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Child soldiers increasingly recruited in Syria

first_imgFor many children and their families, this is seen as a source of pride. But some children are forcibly recruited into military activities, and in some cases children as young as eight have been used as human shields.One in three children reported having been hit, kicked or shot at, said the report entitled Children Under Fire, citing research carried out among refugee children by Turkey’s Bahcesehir University.Thousands of children in Syria faced malnutrition, and millions were forced from their homes and live in parks, barns and in some cases caves, it said.“For millions of Syrian children, the innocence of childhood has been replaced by the cruel realities of trying to survive this vicious war,” said Carolyn Miles, the head of Save the Children.“Many are now living out in the open, struggling to find enough to eat, without the right medicine if they become sick or injured.As society has broken down, in the worst cases, hunger, homelessness and terror have replaced school for some of these young people. We cannot allow this to continue unchecked; the lives of too many children are at stake.The British charity called for all parties to the conflict to allow access to conflict zones and for governments to deliver on pledges to fund a $1.5 billion humanitarian appeal for Syria.In a report on Tuesday, the UN children’s agency UNICEF also said children have been recruited as soldiers in the spiralling conflict that it says is threatening an entire generation of Syrians.Read: Shatter: Ireland would consider sending more soldiers to Syrian border>Read: Whole generation of Syrian children could be lost, says UN> CHILDREN ARE BEING increasingly recruited on the frontline in Syria’s war, with both sides to the conflict using boys as soldiers and even human shields, a British charity said today.Save the Children said in a report marking two years of violence in Syria that two million children were innocent victims of the bloody conflict that the United Nations says has cost at least 70,000 lives.These children were struggling to find enough food to eat and were therefore under constant risk of malnutrition and disease, said the report, adding many were unable to go to school.Early marriageGirls were being forced into early marriage in an effort to protect them from the perceived threat of sexual violence.“Children are increasingly being put directly in harm’s way as they are being recruited by armed groups and forces,” said Save the Children.There is a growing pattern of armed groups on both sides of the conflict recruiting children under 18 as porters, guards, informers or fighters.last_img read more

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Asus Transformer gets Ice Cream Sandwich in early February

first_imgOperating system updates are always welcome on our portable devices, and particularly so when they add loads of new functionality — as Ice Cream Sandwich does for Android smartphones and tablets. It’s too bad that the update waiting game has to get so confusing and frustrating at times. Take the Asus Transformer TF101, for example.Recently, Asus representatives had announced that their original keyboard-docking tablet would receive the bump to Android 4.0 immediately after it rolled out to their latest, the quad-core Tegra 3 Transformer Prime. That would’ve pegged the days following today (when the one for the Prime was due to head to users) as your Transformer update ETA. There seems to have been a miscommunication somewhere along the line, however.The ICS update for the Transformer still needs to be approved by the crew in Mountain View, which Asus Singapore reported to customers via their official Facebook page. They also said that they’re figuring it will take a couple weeks and that the update should be on schedule for delivery near the end of the month.But wait, there’s another twist! Asus has informed Android Police that the update is in fact coming in early February. That, of course, still fits with Asus Singapore’s estimate of “around the end of the month,” since the first few days of next month fall into that window, too.The bottom line, of course, is that if you own an Asus Transformer TF101 your update is coming very soon. Much sooner than some other ICS updates that have been announced by other manufacturers, and just in time for you to show off Android 4.0 to your friends who just received PlayBook OS 2 on their firesale RIM tablets.More at Android Policelast_img read more

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BRIEFS This was the week that was – from Disney dreams to

first_imgAcquire Learning collapse examinedCrown Resorts director Andrew Demetriou was questioned in court on Wednesday over the $145 million collapse of education group Acquire Learning. The former AFL boss told the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria that “decisions about the financials were left to the directors”. The court heard that though he was paid $75,100 per month as an executive chairman of an advisory board, he was never a director. The court heard that Mr Demetriou had asked the company to approve a $150,000 bonus payment for “professional services” about a week before Acquire Clayton Utz law form sent a letter suggesting that the company was on the edge of trading while insolvent. The day the letter was received on 22 June, 2016, was the day that Mr Demetriou’s private company received payment.Mr Demetriou could not remember what the bonus was for. “I can’t recall,” he said.Greece launches Brexit websiteThe Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry has launched a new website to assist Brits living in Greece after Brexit on 29 March, 2019. The Greek-English bilingual website includes valuable information for British people living permanently in Greece as well as for British citizens who travel to Greece during their vacations. Areas covered include passport controls and visas, as well as issues of citizenship, trade and elections. Greece has already stated that it will protect the rights of Brits living in Greece. Visit the website at https://brexit.gov.gr/uk-citizens-in-greece/Folli Follie’s stocks take a tumbleOnce a global success story, Folli Follie’s stocks took a plunge on Thursday after Greece’s stocks watchdogs on Tuesday slapped a 20.3 million euro fine on the management of the luxury jeweller for breaching manipulation rules. In June, the watchdog had sued the company’s management and several other former company officials. The watchdog said that it had found evidence of fewer than 300 points of sale, compared to the 630 mentioned in the company’s 2016 report. Folli Follie was founded in 1982 in Athens and enjoyed a 35-year span with continued expansion to global markets including great success in Asia.Burger King comes to GreeceThe first Burger King has opened in mainland Greece at Athens International Airport on 20 December. Food and beverage company SSP opened the fast food joint at a 526 m2 facility and hopes to sell Burger King’s flame-grilled Whoppers to a large portion of the 24.1 million passengers that pass through the international airport after the facility saw an 11 per cent rise in visitor numbers last year.Greek pavillion at DisneyGreek-American Lee Pashalopoulos, a resident of Massachusetts, has started a petition to add Greece to the countries in the World Showcase at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Those who would like to help realise the dream should visit https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/726/680/883/greece-pavilion-epcot/ The petition organiser is hoping to get 25,000 signatures and quotes the Disney founder as stating, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”Disney’s Grecian destinationsThe Disney Cruise Line has announced a lineup of cruises for the summer of 2020 with destinations from around the world. After a five-year hiatus Disney will return to Greece one 12-night sailing and two nine-night sailings from Rome that include stops in Piraeus, the gateway to Athens; Katakolon, near ancient Olympia; and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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VIDEO Third and final vignette for Kevin Steen in NXT

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Pinterest WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE has posted the final vignette for the impending debut of the former Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) that aired during last night’s 12/4 WWE NXT on the WWE Network. Steen is set to debut on next week’s 12/11 NXT Takeover: R Evolution live special on the WWE Network.You can view the video below. Videos Articles WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Videos Articles Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhy WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn DaughterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 5.18%0:00Remaining Time -0:49 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 Maryse Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next The Miz Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlamlast_img read more

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Invasive plants targeted as Gee Creeks banks undergo another round of weeding

first_imgAnother piece of the city of Ridgefield’s multiyear effort to eradicate invasive nonnative plants along Gee Creek was recently completed.The city received a $10,000 Department of Ecology grant in 2009. City employees, AmeriCorps teams and volunteers recently completed the work funded by the grant, which included replacing nonnative plants with 150 native trees.“The people are very cognizant of the water around them and the wildlife around them,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “Wildlife is important to people here. They want to keep that quality up. They want the wildlife to be safe. So they’re willing to step up and do it.”The city began the effort in 2005 with a $12,500 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The recent grant, coupled with about $30,000 in city funds, allowed the city to continue the eradication efforts, said Public Works Director Steve Wall.“There’s been a concerted effort for quite a few years, and I think they’re gaining on it, which is nice,” Onslow said.Volunteer groups, led by city employees, worked to clear invasive Himalayan blackberry and English ivy plants from the area bordering Gee Creek. A shot in the stemVolunteers also marked large Japanese knotweed plants for eradication with herbicide, Wall said.The city used some of the grant money to hire an AmeriCorps team to inject herbicide into the knotweed, he said. AmeriCorps teams used a device that looks like a gun with a long needle to inject herbicide into the stems of the plants, Wall said. The herbicide injection is the most effective way of removing the plant, he said.last_img read more

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USbased Mexican restaurant chain Taqueria Chapala Jalisco fined 208642 in back pay

first_imgTexas-based Mexican restaurant chain Taqueria Chapala Jalisco is to award 69 employees $208,642 (£161,811.26) in back pay, after a US Department of Labor investigation found it had violated minimum wage, overtime and record keeping requirements across four of its operating sites.The investigation, conducted by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), found that Taqueria Chapala Jalisco paid its staff a daily flat rate salary that did not take into account the number of hours employees worked. This resulted in the organisation violating overtime regulations included in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Kitchen and waiting staff were reported to have worked up to 60 hours a week without additional pay.The investigation further found that, in some cases, employees worked so many hours a day that the daily wage rate failed to meet the federal minimum wage of $7.25 (£5.62) an hour. In addition, Taqueria Chapala Jalisco did not comply with the FLSA’s record keeping requirements because it failed to maintain time records for these employees.Taqueria Chapala Jalisco cooperated with the WHD’s investigation and has now taken steps to comply with federal regulations moving forward.Cynthia Ramos, district director, San Antonio at the Wage and Hour Division, said: “The US Department of Labor is committed to ensuring employees receive all the wages they have rightfully earned, and that employers compete on a level playing field. We encourage employers to reach out to us for assistance to ensure they are in compliance with the law.”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly April 2 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioTribal Judge: Bill to Improve Village Public Safety Doesn’t Go Far Enough Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee today looked at a raft of bills aimed at improving the safety of Native American communities, including Alaska Native villages. A bill that would strengthen Alaska tribal courts and tribal law enforcement drew no opposition at the hearing, but the bill is likely to become more controversial.Most Citizen Measures Could Make November BallotAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauBetween a contested Senate primary and a mess of ballot questions, the August primary election is expected to be particularly lively. But a set of unusual circumstances and odd timing has the potential to push all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.Sitka Shops For Teachers At Seattle FairEd Ronco, KPLU – SeattleFor school districts in rural Alaska, this is prime recruiting season. Next week, they’ll hold a job fair in downtown Anchorage, looking for teachers to fill hundreds of openings statewide. But they’re also looking outside the 49th state.Helicopter Improves Access To Akutan Airport, For NowAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaFor the past year and a half, people on Akutan have been taking a hovercraft to get to their airport on a different island. Now, the Aleutians East Borough has made the switch to a helicopter as their new airport taxi. The change has been a relief for residents.Petersen Trumps Trombley Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageVoters in Alaska’s largest city elected six municipal assembly seats Tuesday, but with thousands of absentee and early ballots still to be counted, the outcomes of some races may change.Alaska Native Village CEOs Association Conference Addresses Land ContaminationJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageUnder the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, more than 200 village corporations were promised land in and around their communities. At a meeting of the Alaska Native Village CEOs Association in Anchorage this week, participants described the problems they’re encountering with the contaminated lands that were conveyed to them.last_img read more

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US court will not put Trump travel ban case on hold

first_imgBeth Kohn protesting outside the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco. Reuters file photoA federal appeals court on Monday rejected a US Department of Justice request to place on hold an appeal over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries.The order from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals could increase pressure on the Trump administration to clarify its intentions regarding the controversial executive order.The 9th Circuit suspended Trump’s travel ban earlier this month while litigation over the measure proceeds. Trump has said he will soon issue a new executive order that addresses concerns raised by the appeals court judges.The president’s Jan. 27 order caused chaos at airports around the world as visa holders heading to the United States were pulled off planes or turned around upon arrival at US airports.Trump has said travel limitations are necessary to protect the United States from attacks by Islamist militants. His original order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. Refugees were banned for 120 days, except those from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.Americans were deeply divided over the measure, which was condemned by prominent US companies and allies and challenged in court by the state of Washington.The 9th Circuit had directed the Justice Department to file a legal brief defending the travel ban later this week. Given Trump’s intention to issue a new order, however, the Justice Department asked last week for the appeal to be placed on hold.In a response, the state of Washington said the Trump administration has said both that it would pursue an appeal, and that it would issue a new order.“Throughout these proceedings, there appears to have been a lack of communication between the Department of Justice and the White House,” the Washington attorney general’s office said in a court filing arguing that the 9th Circuit move forward now.Representatives for the Justice Department declined to comment.After stating that a new travel ban would be issued last week, a White House official said on Wednesday that a new order would come sometime this week.last_img read more

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