JuD chief Saeed arrested on terror financing charges

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Saeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DaySaeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6last_img read more

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Canada and US lift tariffs on steel and aluminum

first_imgWord of the agreement began to trickle out amid reports that U.S. negotiators had backed off long-standing demands for a hard limit on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, part of an effort to keep cheap Chinese product out of the country.Late Friday morning, Trudeau and President Donald Trump wrapped up their third phone call in less than a week on the tariff dispute, including Canada’s decision to retaliate with more than $16 billion of its own punitive levies on American products. OTTAWA – Canada’s year-long standoff with the Trump administration over punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs is finally over, removing a key hurdle in efforts to ratify the new North American trade pact.Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs will be removed within two days.BREAKING: now official! Canada and the US reach deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum. Here is the joint statement on what the countries have agreed to. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0PCeE8PWaq— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 17, 2019Canada has also agreed to drop all of its retaliatory measures and legal actions at the World Trade Organization.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making an unscheduled, last-minute trip to Hamilton, Canada’s steel-manufacturing capital, where he’s expected to confirm the breakthrough at an event at steel giant Stelco with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.last_img read more

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Alicia Silverstone Feed Pussy Riot Girl Vegan Meals

first_imgAfter learning from PETA that Maria Alekhina, a member of the protest band Pussy Riot, collapsed from malnutrition during a recent court appearance, actor Alicia Silverstone fired off a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking that he show consideration regarding the jailed rocker’s vegan diet.In the letter, Hollywood sweetheart and vegan cookbook author Silverstone asks Putin to make plant-based foods available to not only the imprisoned Alekhina but also all Russian prisoners.“Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right to show compassion and refrain from harming animals by being vegan”, wrote Silverstone.“We hope Putin will give serious consideration to Alicia’s request”, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA and Alicia stand ready to help Russian authorities plan nutritious, inexpensive vegan meals for all inmates.”For more information on making the switch to a vegan diet, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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US stocks rebound but still face losses for the week

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded in morning trading on Wall Street Friday, but were still on track for a third straight week of losses.The market has been swaying between gains and losses all week as investors face the prospect that the trade war between the U.S. and China will drag on longer than anticipated. Trading has been volatile since the dispute escalated earlier this month, with both sides taking measures to raise tariffs on each other’s goods.President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit next month in Japan. Both sides have expressed a willingness to resume negotiations, while at the same ratcheting up the antagonistic rhetoric, leaving investors confused about what happens next.Technology stocks rallied on Friday after leading losses on Thursday. Tech companies have been bearing the brunt of the now monthlong downturn as they face the possibility of restricted sales to Chinese companies. Apple rose 1% and Intuit jumped 5.8% after reporting solid profit results and issuing a surprisingly good forecast.Health care stocks and financial companies also led the gainers. Medtronic rose 2%, Prudential Financial rose 1.3% and Capital One rose 1.2%.Utilities lagged the market with small gains as investors shifted their money into riskier holdings. That marks a reversal from Thursday when investors fled to utilities and other safe-play holdings, including bonds. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.33% after slipping to 2.29% Thursday, its lowest level in more than a year.Consumer staples, which include beverage company Coca-Cola and General Mills, was the only losing sector.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 138 points, or 0.5x%, to 25,630. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.8%.SORE FEET: Foot Locker tumbled 16%, erasing all of its gains for the year. The shoe store reported disappointing first quarter financial results and trimmed its profit forecast.The company’s profit and revenue both fell short of forecasts, along with a key sales measure used by retailers. The company now expects full-year earnings per share to be up by high-single digits, a more reserved outlook than the double-digit increase it had forecast earlier.Foot Locker, retailers and shoe companies all face higher costs if the U.S. goes ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese goods that would impact footwear. The company and others have sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to put these additional tariffs into effect.SPORTING GAINS: Hibbett Sports surged 21.9% after the sporting goods retailer blew past Wall Street’s profit expectations and raised its forecast for the year.The solid first quarter results included a surge in a key sales measure that also dominated analysts’ forecasts.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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DPR Korea Ban sounds alarm on lack of progress in human rights

7 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against the lack of “tangible progress” made by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in addressing serious human rights concerns, with reports from the nation pointing to such actions as torture, public executions and forced labour. DPRK authorities have “not recognized the resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on the situation of human rights in the country,” Mr. Ban said in a report to the General Assembly made public today.The Government has yet to engage in a substantive dialogue on the rights situation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Further, the DPRK has not cooperated or given access to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the nation.“Reports emanating from the country continue to indicate trends of arbitrary arrests, absence of due process and the rule of law, torture, inhumane conditions of detention, public execution, ill-treatment of refugees or asylum-seekers repatriated from abroad, and forced labour,” the Secretary-General wrote.“In addition, reports also indicate that the population is being denied the freedoms of thought, religion, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, movement and access to information.”Calling on the Government to protect fundamental rights and freedoms, he urged authorities to enact domestic legal reforms to comply with international standards.Mr. Ban spotlighted the dire food shortages in the DPRK, and their impact on the economic, social and cultural rights of the population.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) cautioned in July that millions faced dangerous hunger levels, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of a 1.7 million-ton cereal deficit.But positive steps have been taken, the Secretary-General noted, such as the Government’s agreement to boost food assistance and expand the operations of UN agencies, including WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).He stressed the need for authorities to increase budget allocations for food and highlighted the importance of preventing discrimination in distributing food and health services.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the Government’s recognition of the urgency of the problem and its desire to address the issue of the people’s sustainable access to food, and he welcomes the Government’s extension of cooperation to the United Nations agencies and encourages the international community to lend its full support to efforts to address this issue,” the report said.Additionally, Mr. Ban welcomed progress made under the six-party talks, also involving China, Russia, the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea, calling “upon all regional and international actors to facilitate the creation of an environment conducive to generating greater engagement between the Government of the [DPRK] and the international community.”Late last month, DPRK authorities informed the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it planned to restart nuclear activities at its reprocessing plant in Yongbyon, shut down last year.They also said they are terminating access by IAEA inspectors to the facilities, which the agency verified had been taken off line last summer. read more

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Facebook takes aim at fake news with new trending formula

Facebook takes aim at fake news with new ‘trending’ formula SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is updating its “trending” feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president.With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook’s trending list will consist of topics being covered by several publishers. Before, it focused on subjects drawing the biggest crowds of people sharing or commenting on posts.The switch is intended to make Facebook a more credible source of information by steering hordes of its 1.8 billion users toward topics that “reflect real world events being covered by multiple outlets,” Will Cathcart, the company’s vice-president of product management, said in a blog post.Facebook also will stop customizing trending lists to cater to each user’s personal interests. Instead, everyone located in the same region will see the same trending lists, which currently appear in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and India.That change could widen the scope of information Facebook’s users see, instead of just topics that reinforce what they may have already heard or read elsewhere. The broader perspective might reduce the chances of Facebook’s users living in a “filter bubble” — only engaging with people and ideas with which they agree.Facebook introduced its trending list in 2014 in response to the popularity of a similar feature on Twitter, the short-messaging service that competes for people’s attention and advertising revenue.Questions about Facebook’s influence on what people are reading intensified last summer after a technology blog relying on an anonymous source reported that human editors routinely suppressed conservative viewpoints on the site.Facebook fired the small group of journalists overseeing its trending items and replaced them with an algorithm that was supposed to be a more neutral judge about what to put on the list.But the automated approach began to pick out posts that were getting the most attention, even if the information in them was bogus. Some of the fake news stories targeted Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton, prompting critics to believe the falsehoods help Donald Trump overcome a large deficit in public opinion polls.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially brushed off that notion as “crazy ,” but in December the company announced a slew of new measures to curb the spread of fake news.To discourage the creation of fake news in the first place, Facebook also is banishing perpetual publishers of false information from its lucrative ad network.Google, which operates an even larger digital ad network, has taken a similar stand against publishers of fake news. In a report released Wednesday, Google said it had exiled about 200 publishers from its AdSense network for various misrepresentations as part of a review conducted during the six weeks of last year. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 9:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is updating its “trending” feature, which shows popular topics discussed and shared on its site, in an effort to root out fake news and misinformation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) read more

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Aboard Italian navy ship Ban urges collective action to ease plight of

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon aboard the San Giusto with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ ›Critical to that is finding a political solution, on the ground, particularly in Libya and all the political instability in northern Africa. The European Union (EU), a group of countries that has “maximum capacity and willingness,” must continue its leadership on this issue, he said, pledging support from the United Nations.“As Secretary-General of the United Nations and also concerned departments and agencies, particularly the High Commissioner for Refugees, we are ready to work with you. First of all, we have to stop and prevent human trafficking. This is criminal,” Mr. Ban stressed. “So many thousands of people have lost their lives in their pursuit for a better future. I know why they have been risking their lives despite very difficult challenges,” he continued. “They are the most vulnerable and poorest people, in fact. They do not have any means.” The UN chief also thanked Prime Minister Renzi and his Government for its “compassionate leadership” and for “bearing the brunt” of the crisis and commended EU High Representative Mogherini for strong leadership to address this problem. “I really appreciate your hard work, despite limited resources and capacity. But only your commitment and hard work can handle this matter,” Mr. Ban also told the officers. Today’s briefing was an “invaluable experience,” he said, pledging to raise voice” for collective responsibility and sharing of responsibility and burden in the name of humanity. “We have to help them and you can help them with your compassion,” Mr. Ban said. “That is very sad. I think it seems to be the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on board the San Giusto in Sicily, Italy. “It is because [of a] lack of opportunity, their pursuit for peace and a better future. We have to care for them,” he added about the migrants. According to the UN, some 219,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2014, and at least 3,500 lives were lost. So far this year, more than 30,000 people are known to have made crossings to Italy and Greece – the first and second largest countries of arrival respectively. And numbers have recently been picking up further as sea and weather conditions improve.Focused on the growing crisis, Mr. Ban, on an official visit to Italy, arrived in Rome this morning to meet with Italian and European leaders. Later in the day, he travelled to Sicily with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini to get a first-hand look at Italian naval operations to protect people on the high seas.“I know it is a huge challenge for the Italian Government and, in a broader sense, European governments. Not a single country – like Italy – can bear all this responsibility,” the UN chief stressed, emphasizing the need for a more united front to focus on saving lives of those who are at sea. read more

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Brocks graduate student research excellence recognized

Michael Plyley, Naomi Johnson and Carly Cameron at the 2014 Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition ReceptionLast month, more than 150 guests, including graduate students, donors, and faculty and staff, gathered in Pond Inlet for the University’s annual Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.This year’s event celebrated the success of more than 240 graduate students in winning a total of $2.5 million in internal and external scholarships and awards.“This is one of my favourite days in Brock’s graduate studies calendar,” said Michael Plyley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at the outset of the event.“As you leaf through the pages of the awards booklet you received when you entered, you’ll see the many reasons why we’re celebrating today,” he said. “Congratulations to all of our student award winners, many thanks to our generous donors, and a special thank you to our long-term donors who continue to support our students.”“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our faculty and staff,” he added, “who do so much to support the students in their success.”As part of the reception, graduate students had the opportunity to share their academic experiences with those in attendance. Award-winning students Naomi Johnson and Carly Cameron spoke about their research and the importance of graduate awards and scholarships in supporting their success.Johnson is an MA of Applied Disability Studies student who works with Tricia Vause, associate professor of Child and Youth Studies. In her studies, she researches the effectiveness of a group cognitive behavioural therapy for children with high-functioning autism and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.“Being involved with research has given me many unique experiences that I did not think possible before I entered the program,” said Johnson. “I was able to work as a therapist and provide potentially life-changing therapy to children and all of these families, and I was able to watch the impact that the program had on their lives.”In support of her research, Johnson has received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Kathy Tweedy Memorial Award, and the Susan Tough Award.“Receiving awards means that I do not have to worry about finding work to support my schooling and I can focus on my research and my school work,” she said. “It serves as a boost to my confidence to know that the donors, the faculty and the staff all feel that my work is important enough to deserve these awards.”Carly Cameron, an MA student in Applied Health Sciences, also spoke at the event.“During my undergraduate degree here at Brock,” said Cameron, “I fell in love with the small tight-knit and supportive university community that we have here.”“When considering my options for future education, my incredibly positive undergraduate experience helped encourage my decision to continue studying at Brock,” she said. “Graduate students here are provided with a wealth of opportunities to submerge themselves in the research field while gaining personal and professional development skills.”Cameron works under the supervision of Kim Gammage, associate professor of Kinesiology, and her research in exercise psychology looks at ideas of body image in an exercise setting. Her graduate research program has received support from the Vern and Donna Sutherland Memorial bursary.Lee Belding, a PhD student in Chemistry and president of the Graduate Students’ Association for 2014-15, also spoke at the reception about internal and external funding support he’s received for his research at Brock.For complete testimonials from all of the event’s grad student speakers, go to: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/faculty-news-3/celebrating-excellence read more

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Ohio State pistol team finding success shooting in relative obscurity

Senior Joe Totts aims his pistol during a team practice Feb. 12 in Converse Hall at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.Credit: Nick Deibel / Lantern reporterWithin view of Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center, a reigning individual national champion, a Hall of Fame coach, and an undefeated team are all preparing to compete at nationals for the second consecutive year.The Ohio State pistol team set a school-record overall team score at the Midwest Collegiate Pistol Sectionals, held Jan. to 31 Feb. 1, to remain undefeated this season. Now, OSU is in its final weeks of practice before the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships March 8-13.In 15 years as the head coach, James Sweeney has led the pistol team to five national titles and coached seven student-athletes to 23 NRA collegiate individual championships, including senior Joe Totts, the 2013 National Individual Champion in the standard pistol event.Gene Smith, athletic director and university vice president, said Sweeney is a great teacher and an icon he is proud to have in his athletic department.“Jim is awesome. Jim has been in it for so long and he’s just a great human being,” Smith said. “He does it the right way, he understands what our goals are — to help young people get their degrees.”Sweeney, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame last year, said he is confident this year’s team can add to his already long list of champions.“All we have to do is shoot our average and we’ll at least be on the podium, if not win it,” Sweeney said.Despite the program’s winning past, some members of the team said when their classmates hear they are on the pistol team, usually involves elicited reactions like, “That’s a real thing?” But Sweeney said the team is aware it is one of the least recognized sports at OSU and that it is comfortable that way.“We shoot in relative obscurity because we love the sport and we’re very fond of each other,” Sweeney said. “We’re a nice tight-knit team and shooting in obscurity doesn’t bother us. I’m proud of my team, that they don’t need the adulation of 100,000 people to try their best.”Smith said even though the athletic department makes sure it does everything it can to make every sport they sponsor successful, it is up to the program to generate interest in the sport.“We do not have a marketing program that is designed to do that. We let the people who are interested in finding and following that sport follow it,” Smith said. “Pistol is a unique sport and as far as fan attendance in Converse Hall, it is very difficult to have fans in that environment, so we don’t promote it that way.”As he prepares to defend his title in standard pistol, Totts said he is pleased with where he and the team stand right now in terms of OSU athletics.“I’m not real sure where exactly we fit in. We’re not well-known, that’s for sure,” Totts said. “I’m happy to be off in the corner doing my own thing. It’s unfortunate we’re not well recognized, but it’s understandable because if you’ve ever watched us shoot, it’s not exciting to watch.”Regardless of how obscure or unexciting the pistol team might be, the program’s five team championships as a team count toward OSU’s total number of team championships. Also, because it is a varsity sport, every time a pistol team member wins a national championship, Smith gets an extra week of base pay, more than $18,000. Smith said even though they are not in the NCAA, the pistol team’s status as a varsity sport makes it equal to every other sport at OSU.“They are a varsity sport for us. They compete in their own conference, they just don’t have a NCAA Championship,” Smith said. “They’re not a club sport. They have scholarships, they actually go out and recruit talent.”Sweeney said the support of the athletic department is a major influence on the program’s success, making it a mutually beneficial relationship.“OSU gives us almost unlimited resources — so we have the guns, the bullets, the uniforms, the travel. The resources are there,” Sweeney said.Junior Clay Beckholt said the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall and the equipment provided by OSU gives the team an upper hand against its competition.“I think having such a great facility at our disposal and being able to shoot a hundred rounds a day definitely helps. Not a lot of people can say that,” Beckholt said.OSU is the only non-military school in the country to offer scholarships for shooters, an advantage assistant coach Donna Knisley said allows her and Sweeney to get some of the best junior shooters to come to OSU. Knisley said the majority of the team’s opponents are military academies that attract a large number of talented shooters.“We don’t have as many walk-ons as we used to because we’ve been able to recruit ones that have prior shooting experience,” Knisley said. “In the military academies, they are required to do some sort of physical education or recreation, so a lot of them choose to shoot.”Totts said his only concern right now is bringing home another championship.“I constantly try to improve. A perfect score has never been shot so you strive towards that,” Totts said. “I know how to shoot, so I just have to not think about shooting and go do it.” read more

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Jamaican jailed for threatening US immigration judge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaican guilty of passport fraud gets 8 months jailMay 2, 2018In “Court”Man remanded for threatening to kill his children’s motherAugust 23, 2013In “Crime”Repeat offender jailed for beating, threatening to kill wifeMarch 12, 2015In “Crime” A Jamaican man who threatened to “bash the head” of an immigration judge in the United States will spend the next three years in federal prison.Delroy Anthony McLean, 42, was slapped with the prison term on Tuesday.According to prosecutors, he was at a hearing at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia, where he was awaiting deportation, when he made the threat towards the judge.But he did not stop there, according to an Associated Press report. McLean also threatened the judge’s husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.He is expected to be deported to his homeland at the end of his sentence. (Caribbean360.com)  read more

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What happened on the furious phone call between Sean Quinn and Anglo

first_imgTHE TRIAL OF three senior executives at Anglo Irish Bank has heard details of an angry phone call between Sean Quinn and bosses at the bank, just hours before a plan began to end the holding he had built up in the bank.During the phone call Quinn told the bank he did not want to go ahead with the plan which would see him getting rid of the financial instruments which had built up his ownership in the bank.Quinn remained optimistic that the share price in the bank would recover and the plan wouldn’t have to go ahead, the former CEO of the Quinn Group Liam McCaffrey told the court this afternoon.The conversation was “angry and difficult”, McCaffrey said, and ended either when David Drumm of Anglo walked out or when Sean Quinn hung up the phone.McCaffrey said Anglo told Quinn that he had needed to go ahead with the plan, which had been put together as the share price in the bank cratered.“They… were saying if you don’t [do this] then we have a major, major problem here,” said McCaffrey.The conference call in question took place on the day in which the unwinding of the contracts for difference began in July 2008, the prosecution said.McCaffrey said the conference call was between himself, Sean Quinn, and finance director Dara O’Reilly for the Quinn Group with CEO David Drumm on the Anglo side, along with accused Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer, he said. He believed Matt Moran may have been on the call too.McCaffrey told the court that he and Quinn had met with Sean FitzPatrick and David Drumm of Anglo at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan in September 2007, ten months earlier.McCaffrey said this was the first time that the Anglo bosses had been told about the level of Quinn’s holding in the bank through contracts for difference (CFDs), which now stood at 24 per cent.McCaffrey said they were concerned at the level of it “and somewhat surprised”.The discussion moved on to what Quinn’s intention was to do with the holding and he told the Anglo bosses that it was purely an investment which he would unwind if there was some recovery in the share price.McCaffrey was the fifth witnesses out of around 103 who are due to appear in the trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, which is in its second day.Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones,  Pat Whelan of Malahide, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – to buy shares in the bank in 2008last_img read more

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Kytherian Association of Australia honours former president Dr Victor Kepreotis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) honoured one of its longest serving president for almost 19 years Dr Victor Kepreotis, in a special event last month.In a Testimonial Luncheon held at the Kyle Bay on Georges River in New South Wales on Sunday 14 October, 200 plus people, including the Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife, and the Trade Commissioner of Greece Katia Gkikiza.Praised by several speakers who flew in from the USA, Germany, Athens and Kythera for the event, Dr Kepreotis stepped down from his role as president in June but remains a board member of the committee.Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife Katia Gkikiza.Victor (M) and Helen Zerefos OAM (R) who performed at the event.Victor Kepreotis. Victor and his wife Kathy.Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife Katia Gkikiza.Under his leadership, the Kytherian Association which is one of the oldest established Greek associations in Australia, has gone from a financially struggling association to one where it is now in a prosperous position, and as quoted by the Consul General of Greece “one of the most prominent and significant Associations of Greek Australians in Sydney”.The association provides functions for varying interest groups of which its members are of Kytherian descent often acting as a charity organisation that raises funds for various other charities.An example of some of the events the KAA provided successfully under Dr Kepreotis’ helm is the annual Debutante Ball; many childrens’ events such as bowling and movie nights; a wine making sub group; a four wheel drive and a recreation sub group; a ladies auxiliary group that organises theatre groups; visits to museums; Melbourne Cup and Mothers Day luncheons; there is also a soccer club, while until recently KAA held various cooking classes among several other activities.last_img read more

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Un faible QI entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculaires

first_imgUn faible QI entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculairesGrande-Bretagne – Selon une étude publiée dans le European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation de février, un QI faible entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculaires.Selon cette étude, réalisée par le Medical Research Council britannique, les personnes avec un QI moins élevé, c’est-à-dire dotées d’une intelligence plus limitée, ont un taux de maladies cardiovasculaires bien plus accru que les personnes avec un QI supérieur. D’autres facteurs étaient auparavant connus comme l’obésité, le manque d’activité physique, le tabac et l’hypertension artérielle. En matière de fréquence des maladies cardiovasculaires, un QI faible représente le deuxième facteur, avant même la pratique d’une activité physique, ce qui le place juste après le tabagisme.Il avait déjà été démontré qu’une faible intelligence entraînait un risque élevé de développer une maladie cardiovasculaire, mais ce risque n’avait jamais été comparé avec ceux qu’occasionnent les autres facteurs (obésité, tabac…). À lire aussiDes chercheurs réussissent à imprimer un coeur en 3D à partir de tissus humainsCes résultats sont issus d’une étude effectuée pendant 20 ans sur 1.145 femmes et hommes de 55 ans ou plus. Elle a consisté en un suivi régulier de leur taille, poids, tension artérielle, éventuels tabagisme et activités physiques, niveau d’éducation ainsi que le métier qu’ils exerçaient. De plus, des tests ont permis d’évaluer leur quotient intellectuel. Ce qui différencie cette étude des autres, c’est que les résultats des facteurs à risque ont été statistiquement comparés. La cigarette arrive donc en tête de ces facteurs, suivie par un QI faible. Les indices relatifs d’inégalité sont de 5,58 pour le tabagisme, 3,76 pour le QI bas, 3,20 pour les faibles revenus, 2,61 pour l’hypertension systolique et 2,06 pour le manque d’activité physique. Ces résultats, en ce qui concerne le QI, peuvent être expliqués par le fait que ces personnes ont une idée erronée du mode de vie sain et n’appliquent pas les méthodes les plus logiques dans leur hygiène de vie.Le 12 février 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sami Khedira signs a new twoyear deal at Juventus

first_imgJuventus have announced that Sami Khedira has signed a new two-year contract with the option to extend it by another 12 monthsThe German midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.Due to his expiring contract, Khedira had been heavily linked with an exit from Turin with MLS clubs allegedly keeping close tabs on the situation.Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel also suggested that he would welcome the chance to sign his compatriot for the Ligue 1 giants.But the 31-year-old has now signed off his best remaining years to Juventus.“It’s official! Sami Khedira will be a Juventus player until 2021 after signing a new two-year extension, with the option of a third year,” read a statement.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Khedira will be 34 by the time his new contract at Juventus expires.The former Real Madrid midfielder has managed 20 goals and 14 assists in 113 games across all competitions for Juventus.Juve e @SamiKhedira: la storia continua ?? Il centrocampista ?? ha rinnovato fino al 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ ?https://t.co/4YqPLIITkK #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/SlXLL3d4nK— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 12, 2018last_img read more

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The Atlantic Reddit Partner on AMA Series

first_imgThe Atlantic has been gradually expanding its use of video over the last two years, relying mostly on curation, but is delving into original content more aggressively of late.Headed by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, executive producer of Atlantic Video, the site has launched five original series since this summer.They’re launching another project Friday: “Ask Washington Anything.”Inspired by reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” series, or AMAs, The Atlantic is partnering with the social network to generate questions from the community for Washington insiders to answer on camera. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Sam Kass, executive director of “Let’s Move!” are the first to be featured. Unlike some of von Baldegg’s other series—namely, the editor-led ones like “Economics in Plain English” and “The Users Guide to Energy”—it’s a stripped-down, simplified format: an interviewee, a camera and a sheet of the best questions complied from commenters in their dedicated thread. Each speaker answers 10 questions and goes on for 20 to 30 minutes.”It’s been an exciting opportunity to make something that feels different than the political conversation as we know it,” von Baldegg says. “It’s becoming very clear that a lot of what we see on TV doesn’t really work online; it doesn’t take advantage of the interactivity that’s online and the communities you can engage with online. This experiment is one way to take advantage of the social media space.”All told, the three threads received more than 300 comments and 600 votes with minimal promotion from either side.For reddit, who is owned by Condé Nast parent company, Advance Publications, the project was a return to earlier initiatives it had gotten away from, says Erik Martin, the site’s general manager.”We used to do video AMAs a lot,” he says. “In the early days, especially with the political folks, asking them to spend two hours answer text questions on a site they’d never heard of was a pretty big ask. Having them do [30 minutes of video] was easier.””As the AMA became this sort-of phenomenon we didn’t have to,” he continues, “but it was something we always wanted to continue to do.”AMAs—especially political AMAs—exploded in popularity when Barack Obama answeredquestions on the site in the run up to the 2012 presidential election. His session drew more than 5.2 million readers in the first 24 hours.Both Martin and von Baldegg say they don’t have any immediate plans to extend the series right now, but both were open to continuing the relationship. “We’re excited to see how it goes, but this is an experiment for everyone involved,” von Baldegg says.last_img read more

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33 Properties Sold In Wilmington In October

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, 33 properties were sold in Wilmington during October 2018: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… Related40 Properties Sold In Wilmington In AugustIn “Business”42 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JulyIn “Business”44 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JuneIn “Business”last_img read more

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Kofi Annan to brief UNSC on Rohingya plight Friday

first_imgAerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state. ReutersThe Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said.The UN’s top political affairs official, Jeffrey Feltman, will travel to Myanmar on Friday for four days of talks on the crisis.More than 500,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have since late August fled an army campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine state that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to the military campaign, access for aid groups to reach the burned-out villages in Rakhine state and measures to allow the safe return of the Rohyinga.“Mr. Feltman will be holding consultations with Myanmar to address these urgent issues,” said a UN official.In late August, Annan presented the final report of an advisory commission on Rakhine state that he chaired at the request of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The report called for urgent action by Myanmar’s authorities to address the plight of the Rohingya, who are stateless and have long faced discrimination in the Buddhist-majority nation.France and Britain requested the meeting with Annan as the council weighs its next steps to confront the crisis over the mass exodus of the Rohingya, who have crossed into Bangladesh.A report by the UN human rights office in Geneva said Wednesday that the military operations were aimed at permanently expelling the Muslim minority from Rakhine state.Britain has been working on a draft Security Council resolution that would call for the return of the Rohingyas, but negotiations with China, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, have been slow, diplomats said.At the closed-door meeting on Friday, all council members are invited to attend along with a few regional countries and regional organizations, diplomats said.last_img read more

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Politics to poetry

first_imgPolitics and films seldom mix, however in one of the firsts for the Indian film fraternity, Former Union Minister and a vibrant literary enterprise in his leisure time, Kapil Sibal has penned yet another 5 beautiful numbers including an item song and a Qawwali for a commercial gripping romantic political Bollywood potboiler that will hit theatres this year end apart from marking his debut as a Bollywood lyricist for the aforesaid film.On Saturday evening, the capital was witness to a gathering of friends, family and fans of the very illustrious and multi-faceted lawyer-politician, when his latest B-town venture, Zainab- A Celebration Of Humanity, was announced with much fanfare in the city in the presence of Jimmy Shergill, Lalit Pandit, and others.  Jay Bhanushali seamlessly conducted the discussion and anchored the event which was hosted for a selective gathering at Imperial Hotel, in the Capital. The event encompassed an item song showcase and unveiling of the film poster.last_img read more

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Why This Restaurant Chain Has Started Using VR to Train Employees

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 10 min read July 17, 2017 In this series, The Fix, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger shares her conversations with founders and executives whose solutions to inefficiencies can inspire others to find new ways to save themselves time, money or hassle. Every new hire at Honeygrow, a fast-casual chain that specializes in stir-fry and salads, sits through a training session, as is standard in the foodservice industry. They hear about protocol for cleaning up messes, stocking the fridge and preparing menu items. But they don’t learn these protocols by donning an apron and shadowing someone who knows the ropes. Nor do they pore over a thick handbook or passively sit through a safety video.Instead, they put on a virtual reality headset, tour a Honeygrow location with a 360-degree view and hear about company values from founder and CEO Justin Rosenberg, who virtually stands before them. Everyone who starts at Honeygrow, across 17 (and counting) locations, has the same immersive and engaging training experience.Related: Businesses Disrupting Industries With Their Brilliant Ideas — And What You Can Learn From Them“We like to do things a bit differently here,” the pre-recorded virtual Rosenberg says after introducing himself. “So for example, we get to onboard you and train you through VR.”By the time new hires are ready for training, many of them (mainly managers for now) have already seen some of the VR training features during their interviews. Honeygrow also uses this experience, which it developed in collaboration with Philadelphia-based Klip Collective, as a recruiting tool.Those who experience Honeygrow’s VR training watch real-life employees in action, in addition to playing a game in which they virtually stock an animated walk-in refrigerator. The game is complete with background music, punctuated by animal sounds that play when users place a computer-animated cow, chicken, pig and fish on shelves using a remote control — and falling confetti when they complete the game successfully.Click and drag as you watch this 360-degree preview of the Honeygrow VR training experience. “The truth is, retail, and especially fast-casual in restaurants, is so competitive for the same sample pool of people,” Rosenberg says. “ We want people to interview and have an amazing first impression and really to want to be part of this company.”Honeygrow is not the only retail company that’s applied VR to employee onboarding. In early June, Walmart announced plans to incorporate the technology into its 200 training academies, from which more than 140,000 associates graduate annually, by the end of 2017. Walmart worked with VR research and development startup Strivr, which formed out of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, to develop the tech. Strivr “uses VR to improve performance of athletes, brands and organizations,” according to its website. It has tested its VR experiences on athletes: NFL quarterbacks who trained with Strivr saw a 30 percent increase in their ability to recall topics.Walmart does not release data regarding the results of its pilot program for VR training, but a company spokesperson told Entrepreneur in an email that “the results were significant enough to cause us to expand the program, and we’re seeing better outcomes in both retention of the material and engagement with the content. Assessment scores in the pilot Academies have also generally improved.”Honeygrow rolled out VR training in early May. Even before adding VR, the five-year-old company had been tracking what percentage of its managers were certified on different categories within its training program, from cooking noodles to company culture. Within 30 days of implementing VR, the proportion of Honeygrow team members who were certified on culture jumped from 50 to 77 percent.“Of the people who are getting certified, those certifications are happening faster, so they’re learning quicker,” Rosenberg says, noting that it’s too early to know how effective it’s been in reducing food safety breaches, but that “mistakes theoretically would be eradicated earlier” as people are trained faster and more efficiently.Entrepreneur spoke with Rosenberg as well as Honeygrow Chief Brand Officer Jen Denis about how the idea for VR training came about and the possibilities it offers.This conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.How did this solution come about? What was your a-ha moment?Rosenberg: The story for us using VR stems from me just collecting my New York Times one Sunday, opening it up and there was the Google Cardboard headset. I tried it and thought, “This is crazy.” It was a 360-degree story in a 360-degree environment, and I thought, “That’s insane.”Just doing some research on VR and where Facebook is going with it, and Google and all of these companies, I thought, “Well, cool, but how could we use it at our level?” Then I texted Jen [Denis] and I was like, “We need to figure something out, probably for training, right?”Denis: You brought it in. We all played with it. And we thought, “How great would it be if you could put someone in a Honeygrow no matter where they are?” You could be training someone in a conference room in a hiring center, and they could be far, far away. And also, as our stores evolve, it will be great to show them the beginning and how we started.Rosenberg: Any business has business challenges. One of them for us would be, “How do we engage our team when it comes to training and onboarding our employees?” So specifically, people at the store level, and probably ultimately people at the corporate level. When we’re bringing people on at the store level, we have to sit with them, and there’s the classic training book and they’re reading the text. I’m watching the guys that come in. You can just tell they’re not all there. And when they’re not all there, they’re missing points.Related: 6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged TeamsI used to be GM of our stores. I know how hard it is to train our people. So, let’s say I’m having a great day. In training and onboarding, my tone will be great, I’m covering all points, I’m not rushing it. Whereas if I’m having a bad day, I might be curtailing that message and not giving you the right tone or the right message. So a group of people training in Chicago will not be getting the same consistent authentic connection to who we are relative to people in Philadelphia or DC.With VR, right from the beginning, you’re getting a consistent message on things that, for us, are critical: hospitality, food accuracy, safety, cleanliness. All of those key points, we’re telling you, from the absolute beginning, with a super positive and consistent message. Plus being super authentic.I’m on there, I’m communicating with these guys, so they get to see who I am. They realize that we’re not just some corporate chain just out to make dough. We spend time, and my goal would be to connect with all of our team. That’s impossible, obviously, as we grow, but this is also a cool way to do that and really engage those employees.What was the process of building it like?Denis: Klip was getting into the VR space, so they were really excited to do something with us, and also to do something useful and not just fluff. There are tons of games out there, so they were excited that we were really going to apply this and use it. It was very collaborative, and the directors there worked with us to help us figure out which of our locations would be the best ones suited. Then we closed one of our stores for an entire day in order to do this. We gave out discounts and things to people who showed up outside just to not make them upset, and we gave them lots of fair notice. But it was great to take over the space, and we got to feature everybody in the piece — they all work for the company. Store-level employees got to star in the show.What was the process of implementing this like? Rosenberg: We had to educate our district managers. They’re kind of the keepers of this — when to use it, how to use it, how to store it, when to charge the phones — there definitely was a training aspect of that as well. It was easy — it wasn’t too complex. It wasn’t anything too different than managing your own iPhone or whatever.What do you weigh when you decide to implement new technologies in your company? Rosenberg: It’s not like, “Oh, let’s use VR, because it’s trendy and cool.” Like, who gives a shit?This space is getting so fierce for people and for real estate and for impressions that if, if this is something that can help us stand out, we’ll do it, and we’ll make sure that it’s thoughtfully designed.A lot of people are like, “Hey, is it worth the investment?” And my answer in my head was always like, “Well, people don’t know what they want until you give it to them.”What are the common misconceptions about this program?Rosenberg: I don’t think people realize the amount of time and thought that we put into this, and then, when they take the headset off, they’re like, “Wow, that’s awesome.” I haven’t heard anything about anyone saying “that wasn’t cool” or not looking really excited when they took the headset off.What work is left to be done or how will this solution evolve over time?Rosenberg: We’re talking about doing a 2.0 version of this. With it being so experiential and entertaining and a little bit comical, people are just that much more engaged to learn and you keep their attention longer. We want to study a bit more what impact it has, and we want to capture some data if possible. We’re always thinking about, “What else could we be doing to engage our team in different ways?”Related: Future Technology Will Bring Terrifying Prospects You Can Innovate AgainstWhat applications of this technology can you envision?Rosenberg: Our space, fast-casual, or even retail in general, is so competitive for real estate, and so competitive for people. We plan to use the VR headset to show landlords in different cities who we are and what we do, and it’s a great first impression. You’re like, wait, these guys are really thinking different, and they’ve invested in technology to impress me or to get this piece of real estate or to engage the right management team.It’s our chance to be totally different than the hordes of fast-casual out there. You gotta stay ahead of the curve. That’s something I’m super proud of, and that’s certainly, in this case, what we’re using technology for.center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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