HFCL bags 2467 crore order for building Defence communication network

first_imgNew Delhi: Domestic telecom gear maker HFCL on Tuesday said it has bagged Rs 3,329 crore order from state-owned BSNL to build and maintain communication network of Indian army under Network for Spectrum project. The project is to be completed within 18 months. “HFCL has received its largest ever purchase order worth Rs 2,467 crore from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for turnkey development, operations and maintenance of communication network for Indian Army,” HFCL said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe project has an additional operations and maintenance component of Rs 862 crore for 10 years, which takes the total value of contract to Rs 3,329 crore, the statement said. “We are proud to have been awarded this prestigious Project. This advanced next generation network would be very critical communication Network for Indian Army,” HFCL Managing Director Mahendra Nahata said. The project will connect various locations of Indian Army, while integrating all existing and legacy communication set-up with advanced internet protocol based network to offer secure transmission of voice, data, video and multi-media. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Besides augmenting revenue growth, this project shall add to the company’s profitability and cash flows. The O&M component, at the same time, shall contribute to the profitability of the company over a fairly long term,” Nahata said. The defence ministry and Department of Telecom (DoT) had signed a pact in 2009-10, under which the former had agreed to vacate 25 MHz of 3G spectrum and 20 MHz in the 2G band in phases. In return, the DoT had committed to set up an exclusive defence network for its communication services. BSNL has been assigned the task to set up this network. The government in May 2018 nearly doubled the budget to Rs 24,664 crore for the NFS project from around Rs 13,000 crore allotted earlier.last_img read more

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BC chickencatching company denies neglect cruelty accusations

first_imgVANCOUVER – The head of a British Columbia chicken-catching company under investigation for alleged animal neglect and cruelty says his employees have not done anything wrong.Elite Services president Dwayne Dueck says in a statement that the company, which loads birds onto crates for processing, follows all animal welfare guidelines according to industry standards.Dueck says the company is fully co-operating in the investigation.Marcie Moriarty of the BC SPCA has said investigators are examining claims of animal cruelty involving Elite Services and a farm in Abbotsford following the release of video footage allegedly showing hens stuck in mounds of feces and packed into wire cages with dead birds.The SPCA previously recommended charges be laid against Elite Services after video emerged last year allegedly showing workers throwing, hitting and dismembering chickens.The company responded to that video by saying six staff members had been fired and some remaining employees would be required to wear body cameras while on duty.last_img read more

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James Cromwell To Spend 75th Birthday Protesting Cruel Experiments On Monkeys

first_imgAcademy Award nominee and longtime PETA activist James Cromwell has big plans for his 75th birthday — moderating PETA’s Capitol Hill congressional briefing on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) maternal-deprivation experiments on baby monkeys.Along with a panel of experts, Cromwell will point to the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness.“By the time you get to be my age, you start to think that maybe you’ve seen it all — and then you realize that you haven’t. When I first heard that PETA had released videos of maternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys, I guessed it was some kind of retrospective,” says Cromwell. “These barbaric experiments weren’t justifiable 60 years ago. They certainly aren’t justified in the 21st century, and they do not deserve the support of Congress and taxpayers.”As revealed in video footage released by PETA, NIH experimenters at a laboratory in Maryland breed monkeys to be prone to depression, remove infants from their mothers at birth to induce trauma, and then subject the young ones to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure the babies’ severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness and are superseded by human brain imaging and other modern techniques but have continued for more than 30 years and cost taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.Last year, Cromwell caged himself at the Los Angeles International Airport to protest Air France’s practice of flying thousands of terrified monkeys to laboratories, where they’re caged, cut into, poisoned, and killed. In 2013, the Oscar-nominated Babe star was arrested for interrupting a meeting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to protest the school’s cruel and deadly brain experiments on cats.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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Paul First Nation elder fighting bed bug infestation inside deteriorating home

first_img(Elder Olin Rain and his daughter Connie Rain at his home on the Paul First Nation. Brandi Morin/APTN photo)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsPAUL FIRST NATION, Alta. – Connie Rain says her father has always been a proud man.Olin Rain, 73, fathered 10 children and has 52 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was once a traditional dancer, singer and drummer. In recent years, Olin’s health has wavered and he usually stays pretty close to his home on the Paul First Nation.But his home, built 41 years ago, is falling apart.There are holes in the walls, when it rains water leaks through the ceiling in his bedroom, a piece of flooring in the bathroom is soon to give way to the basement below. The baseboards had to be removed along with most of his furniture because of an infestation of bed bugs.The bed bugs have been there for years, said Olin.The last year in particular has been pretty bad, waking up every other day with itching and bite marks. He’s tried to get rid of them by using pesticides that his son sprays in the house and on the furniture, but they keep coming back.Olin allowed APTN National News into his home.“They’re awful,” he said, although, the past few days there’s been little signs of the bugs because they sprayed the house again last week.But that only killed the live ones, he said, and as soon as the egg batches hatch the cycle will start all over again.Olin Rain’s son has been using this pesticide inside the home to fight bed bugs.An environmental health officer recently visited the home and recommended the entire house be fumigated. However, that comes at a cost of at least $1,000, and that is money Olin, who lives on a pension, doesn’t have.His daughter Connie is unemployed, and said if she had the money she would help him. It breaks her heart to see her father living in these kinds of conditions.“It’s not a good scene,” said Connie. “We need help, now. There is an urgency.”She said she has been asking for help from the band for a while but hasn’t yet had any response.“I guess there’s no funds available in that area,” said Connie.APTN contacted the band and spoke to Russell Bird, a council member.Bird said he wasn’t aware of Olin’s plight and said the band will help him to cover the costs of fumigation. The band has recently paid to fumigate several other homes and said these types of situations are considered a priority.Paul First Nation has a mix of Cree and Stoney history located approximately 70km west of Edmonton near the eastern shore of Wabamun Lake. It has a population of over 2,000 with over 1,100 living on reserve.Connie doesn’t live in the community anymore, however, she said she feels for other people that are going through what her dad is. People living at Paul are living in third world conditions and are in dire need.“When I watch the news I think ‘ok, they’re sending money over there’. But I don’t see any red flags coming up for the First Nation communities saying there’s elders living with infestations and much needed renovations so they don’t fall through their floor here in Canada,” she said.Olin Rain’s daughter Connie Rain shows where the floor in his bathroom is damaged.Loneliness adds to the affliction, said Connie. With the bed bug infestation no one wants to come visit Olin, his grandchildren don’t come around to laugh and play outside, anymore.Nevertheless, he’s not too proud or embarrassed to admit that he needs help.“He’s in need and it’s very humbling to actually bring someone into your home to share this,” said Connie.As for a new house or renovation request, Olin will remain on the long list of others waiting until the money becomes available.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Couples learn how to be romantic and business partners

NEW YORK — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking.In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires them to be more direct with each other than they once were as spouses. Like the time Debbie Douglas was on a ladder in their Newport Beach, California, home and her husband told her to come down because she might break an ankle.“I said, ‘don’t worry about it.’ He said, “this is your partner speaking, you have a trade show to do next week and you can’t do it with a broken ankle!’” says Debbie Douglas, co-owner of Douglas Strategic Communications.Romantic partners who are also business partners can find there’s a lot of tough talk, listening, learning and compromising needed as they run a company, a personal relationship and often a family. Couples may have unique struggles depending on their personalities and the type of business they own. But there are common hotspots: Roles and responsibilities that aren’t well defined, vastly different styles of communication or decision-making and sometimes a clash of egos.While the Douglases know how to take a hard line with one another, they also know when to budge.“You yield to the other person if they are more qualified to make a decision,” Gary Douglas says. “You can’t have your own way every day, every time.”Ben Taylor and his wife Louise learned that lesson the hard way.“At the end of the first work day, my wife burst into tears and said, ‘I want to tell my husband how horrible my new boss is!’” Ben Taylor recalls. The problem was that the husband, who owned a technology consultancy, needed his wife’s help but wasn’t spelling out her role; he’d never really thought it through. Like many entrepreneurs, he also found it hard to relinquish some tasks.“I know I’m a bit of a control freak. It just didn’t jell — we just got irritated with each other,” says Ben Taylor, who also owns Homeworkingclub.com, an advice website for freelance workers based in Kent, England.The business partnership started in 2006 and failed in just a year. But the couple tried it again in 2013, this time with each of them handling specific responsibilities. She is a writer. He does the consulting and administrative tasks.“My wife would far rather be free to do work for her clients — essentially working in the business while I’m working on the business,” Ben Taylor says.Spouses who co-own companies say friction, while unpleasant in the moment, ultimately helps them strengthen their relationships.“We have learned to get through disagreements the old-fashioned way — through arguing and eventually coming to a compromise that one or both of us are happy with,” says Clinton Smith, who owns the retirement planning firm Government & Civil Employee Services with his husband, Galen Bargerstock.The couple founded the business in 2010, five years into their relationship. At first, it was rocky. Smith remembers the fights they had over who should be doing what. But the company, based in Indiana, Pennsylvania, thrived, and “this was when we knew no matter what, we had to keep working hard,” Smith says.They learned how to divide responsibilities according to each partner’s strengths; Bargerstock handles sales and Smith manages marketing.“We have grown both as a business, but also as a couple,” Smith says.Some couples go for help — not to a therapist, but a business coach. That’s how Wendy and Scott Schultz reconciled their differing styles that, as Wendy Schultz put it, turned decision-making into a battlefield.“I would see an opportunity to expand our business in the form of a new investment and would want to act quickly. He would see all of the reasons the investment could go wrong and wanted to take time to assess all the pros and cons,” says Wendy Schultz, CEO of The Simple Life Hospitality. The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company invests in and manages vacation rental properties; Schultz founded it in 2013 and her husband joined her in 2016.There was also tension between the couple over who was in charge, and the fact that running a business isn’t a 9-to-5 occupation, like the job Scott Schultz previously worked at. They began working with a coach to understand and change their dynamics.“There wasn’t a defining moment where we resolved our differences, but over time, we’ve found ways to make our styles complementary for the success of our business,” Wendy Schultz says. “Through our own trial and error, we’ve developed a happy medium.”Sometimes, working well together takes brutal honesty. Cynthia Smoot remembers struggling with her husband Randy for several years after she joined his advertising agency, Gangway Advertising, in 2008. They had an ongoing clash of egos and a hard time accepting each other’s point of view. She remembers one argument during which he was pretty blunt.“You want to do your own thing? What do you think you’re bringing to the table?” Cynthia Smoot recalls her husband saying. “Some things that I thought were strengths, he saw as weakness. That was an eye-opening exercise.”Part of the problem was too much closeness — being together 24/7 didn’t work. So, they transitioned from sharing a home office to two separate rooms in different parts of their house in Dallas.“I was as far away as I could get from him,” Cynthia says. “I told him, ‘don’t even come walking in here. Google-chat me!’”Now, she says, they share harmony and a successful company._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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Annan condemns rebel massacre of nearly 200 civilians in northern Uganda

The massacre in the Barlonyo camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Lira “was reportedly carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army,” a spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement.”The Secretary-General appeals to all those at the national and international levels who are in a position to stop the terrible cycle of violence in northern Uganda to do their utmost to protect innocent civilians,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.UN agencies in Uganda are on standby to bring assistance to the survivors as soon as safe passage to the area is guaranteed. Representatives from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are expected to travel to the area tomorrow.OCHA, which calls the situation in northern Uganda “the world’s largest neglected emergency,” reported that the victims had been either burned in their shelters, shot, bludgeoned, or hacked to death.About two weeks ago rebels massacred 70 people in Abia camp, also in Lira District.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) stands ready to deliver food to the survivors, while the Uganda Red Cross Society and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are prepared to provide shelter as the 4,800 people in Barlonyo camp are relocated in Lira district, home to some 120,000 other IDPs.All children in the area are at risk of being abducted and forced to commit atrocities, as well as being subjected to sexual violence and sexual slavery, according to OCHA, which estimates that since the mid-1990s the LRA has abducted about 30,000 children.The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, who visited the area last November, called the LRA’s insurgency a war against children and said the number of IDPs in northern Uganda has risen to more than 1.3 million. read more

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Sony Corps chief executive condemns vicious cyberattack on USbased film studio

Sony Corp.’s chief executive condemns ‘vicious’ cyberattack on US-based film studio LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sony Corp.’s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a “vicious and malicious cyberattack,” while adding that he’s proud of them for standing against “the extortionist efforts of criminals.”CEO Kazuo Hirai, who hasn’t spoken about publicly about the hack before, opened a press event at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas by saying he “would be remiss” if he didn’t mention the controversy over the Sony comedy, “The Interview.”Hackers calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace” managed to cripple the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment in late November, before subsequently releasing a trove of sensitive corporate and employee records. The FBI has since blamed the North Korean government of orchestrating the attack, apparently over the film’s portrayal of an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Sony initially said the film would not be released to major theatres in the face of terrorist threats by the hackers, but after the company was criticized for that decision, it scrambled to release the film to independent theatres and through streaming Internet outlets.Hirai did not offer any new information about the hack, but said Monday evening that freedom of speech and expression are “very important” to Sony and its entertainment business. He went on to thank the telecommunications and Internet companies who helped with the release, and “most importantly the people who have gone out to see the movie in theatres or through various online venues.”He also joked about another Sony film release, saying: “By the way, ‘Annie’ is also a great movie as well.” Sony executives spent most of the CES event talking about new televisions, high-resolution cameras and other electronic gadgets that the company is introducing this year. Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a news conference at the International CES on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 8:37 pm MDT read more

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US home prices rise at steady pace in July lifted by higher

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, a for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. Standard & Poor’s releases its 20-city home price index for July on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2015 7:13 am MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose at a solid pace in July, as would-be buyers competed for a diminished supply of available housing.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 5 per cent in July from a year earlier. That’s up from a 4.9 per cent annual pace in June.Home prices rose in all 20 cities over the past 12 months. San Francisco posted the biggest gain of 10.4 per cent, followed by Denver with 10.3 per cent.Steady job growth and an economic recovery in its seventh year have encouraged more Americans to buy homes. That lifted sales to an eight-year high in July. Yet those buyers have bid up prices in many areas because the number of homes for sale remains limited.The current housing inventory is equal to 5.2 months of sales, below the six months that is typical in a balanced housing market.Price gains were much smaller in many Eastern and Midwestern cities. Home prices were just 1.7 per cent higher in Washington, D.C. compared with 12 months earlier, only 1.8 per cent higher in Chicago, and up just 1.9 per cent in New York.Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate data firm Zillow, said the housing market is continuing to improve despite some conflicting trends. New home sales jumped to a seven-year high in August even as existing home sales slipped. Mortgage rates remain low, though it can be difficult for first-time buyers to qualify for a loan.“The market is continuing to heal and find its footing in a new environment, one where highly local factors … matter more than national trends,” she said.The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The July figures are the latest available.Consistent price gains can make homeowners feel wealthier and more likely to spend, providing a boost to the economy. Higher home values also reduce the number of Americans who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, a condition known as being “under water.”Still, housing faces several challenges in the coming months. Prices are rising at more than double the rate of wages, which have increased just 2.2 per cent in the past 12 months. That is likely pricing many would-be buyers out of the market.And while mortgage rates are still low, they could be headed up soon. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has indicated that the Fed may raise short-term rates for the first time in nine years before the end of the year. That would eventually push up mortgage rates.Those trends may already be weighing on sales of existing homes. They slid nearly 5 per cent in August from July’s eight-year high to the lowest level since April, the National Association of Realtors said last week.And fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August. That suggests sales may slip further in the coming months. A signed contract typically precedes a completed sale by one or two months. Still, existing home sales are 6.2 per cent higher than a year ago. US home prices rise at steady pace in July, lifted by higher sales and limited supply read more

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Irish Air Corps capture great shots of wintery Skellig Islands

first_imgWHILE OUT ON a routine maritime patrol last week, the Irish Air Corps captured these amazing photos of the wintery November conditions off the County Kerry coast.Rough seasThe photos were taken by Sgt Damian Faulkner as they flew past the islands, which are famous for their thriving gannet and puffin populations.There is an early Christian monastery on the larger island, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.While on patrol that day the crew were told to divert to Cork Airport to answer an air ambulance call and as the crew waited for the medical team Sgt Faulkner took a photo of one of the aircraft they use, a CASA CN-235.last_img read more

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No Bus Éireann or Dublin Bus services tomorrow in Leinster and Munster

first_img Short URL No Bus Éireann or Dublin Bus services tomorrow in Leinster and Munster The decision was announced following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group. Feb 28th 2018, 1:12 PM By Rónán Duffy Image: RollingNews.ie Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 1:12 PM ALL BUS SERVICES have been cancelled for Leinster and Munster tomorrow as the country deals with ongoing severe weather conditions.The cancellation affects Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services.Bus services in the capital have been operating today with some delays but the expected worsening conditions means the decision has been taken to suspend services tomorrow.The decision was announced following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group.Schools are also set to close in areas covered by tomorrow’s ‘status red’ warning – which covers Leinster and Munster and stays in place until Friday at noon.Luas and Irish Rail services will be operating but at a “constrained service”, finishing between 12pm and 2pm.Met Éireann has issued a red alert snow-ice warning for Munster and Leinster, warning that ‘blizzard-like’ conditions are expected.“Our services are primarily operating on main roads only due to poor road conditions,” Dublin Bus said in its latest update.“Customers should be aware that services may also experience delays.”Bus Éireann said there were “major disruptions across the country due to deteriorating weather conditions”.You can get the latest on the weather situation here at our Liveblog.- With reporting by Daragh Brophy Read: All schools in Leinster and Munster to close tomorrow >Read: Tesco ‘unable to make most home deliveries’ today due to the treacherous conditions > Share1014 Tweet Email8 Image: RollingNews.ie 35 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3876884 62,752 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Waterford bishop backs victims requests for inquiry into paedophile Bill Kenneally

first_img 17 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha We were swept under the carpet 30 years ago. We’re asking the Minister not to do the same to us now. Image: RTÉ http://jrnl.ie/3323817 Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 4:19 PM Waterford bishop backs victims’ requests for inquiry into paedophile Bill Kenneally Victims want to know if gardaí didn’t arrest Kenneally because of his political connections, among other issues. Share2 Tweet Email2 Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 4:19 PM With reporting from Órla Ryan and Garreth MacNamee.Read: ‘We were swept under the carpet 30 years ago’: Victim of prolific paedophile pleads for inquiry 11,555 Views THE BISHOP OF Waterford and Lismore wants an inquiry to be established into paedophile Bill KenneallyKenneally was sentenced to 14 years in prison in February last year after admitting to abusing ten boys in the 1980s.Despite the overwhelming evidence and his guilty plea, Kenneally is appealing the severity of his sentence.Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has confirmed that he supports the desire of the victims to establish a Commission of Inquiry.Among the questions Kenneally’s victims want answered is whether gardaí purposely avoid arresting Kenneally due to his family’s political connections.Speaking exclusively to TheJournal.ie last year, one of Kenneally’s victims Jason Clancy outlined what he hopes to get and why an inquiry was important to establish.“What we’re looking for is a commission of investigation from the Minister of Justice. It’s still in an early stage. Our solicitor Darragh Mackin has written to the Minister requesting it. Image: RTÉ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Police to display photos of wanted people on vans around London

first_img Anna Silva, Anthony Maughan, Bradley Allingham, Anton Krasnioi, Anthony Philips and Bledar Zefi – all wanted by Met Police. Image: Met Police Police to display photos of wanted people on vans around London They are wanted for crimes that include street robberies, burglary and violation of release conditions. Monday 18 Mar 2019, 1:30 PM Share80 Tweet Email We are relentlessly pursuing violent offenders and bringing them to justice, but we need the help of the public as well. Somebody somewhere knows something about these criminals and I urge people to pass any information to us as soon as possible. One phone call could potentially solve or even prevent a crime from happening.He also urged the people in the photographs to hand themselves into their local police station.“Knocking on our door is infinitely better than us knocking on yours,” he said.Full details of all 38 of the wanted individuals can be found here.  METROPOLITAN POLICE HAVE launched a new awareness campaign seeking the public’s help in tracing 38 wanted individuals and will be displaying their faces on vans around London this week.Police said the individuals are wanted for crimes that include violent moped-enabled crimes, street robberies, burglary and violation of release conditions.Two vans will be driven around London to encourage people to come forward with information that could help locate the people in the photographs.A public appeal will also feature on BBC’S Crimewatch Roadshow today and operational teams will be working to respond to any live intelligence received.Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, from Operation Venice, said: “These offenders have callously robbed, stolen or burgled from communities, commuters and tourists within London, often using violence and weapons, for their own financial gain. Short URL 35,031 Views Anna Silva, Anthony Maughan, Bradley Allingham, Anton Krasnioi, Anthony Philips and Bledar Zefi – all wanted by Met Police. Mar 18th 2019, 1:30 PM By Michelle Hennessy 17 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4548750 Image: Met Police Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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South Australia kicks off monthlong celebration of Hellenic culture

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 12th Odyssey Festival kicked off with a spectacular show at Olympic Hall last week to the sounds of the bouzouki.Hundreds of people attended the anticipated event, which saw the unveiling of this year’s month-long programme full of events curated around this year’s theme A Journey Through the Arts. The event was officially opened by Greek Orthodox Community of SA president Bill Gonis, who took the opportunity to reaffirm the Community’s goal of preserving Hellenic culture and sharing it with the rest of the state. “The progress and growth of our organisation in South Australia from the time of its incorporation in 1930 to the present represents a journey for us too and one which we are happy to share with you,” Mr Gonis said. Guests were in for a surprise when 25 students from the Con Dalagiorgos School of Music hit the stage with bouzoukis in hand, filling the hall with classic Greek tunes accompanied by dance performances from the Community’s dance academy.Attendees then had the chance to enjoy some unique pieces of art on show, three of which were voted as top art competition entries for this year’s Odyssey. Taking out the top prize was Maria Sagias with her 3D work Meteora in Autumn, with second prize awarded to Despina Maragkozidi and third to Helen Victoria. (L-R) 3rd prize winner, Helen Victoria, 1st prize recipient Maria Sagias, art judge Suzanne Morizzi, winner of 2nd prize Despina Maragkozidi, art judge Julia Karpathakis, Treasurer of the Community Carlene Vassilakis Starr, and President Bill Gonis.Among those present on the night were a number of official guests including Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le, who said he was pleased to witness such a vibrant cultural event. “I always look forward to spending time with our state’s Greek community, and I am proud to support this fantastic event,” said Governor Va Le. For more information on the Odyssey Festival’s month-long programme, visit gocsa.org.aulast_img read more

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Pellegrini praises teams headquarters

first_imgThe West Ham United’s coach said that the facilities and atmosphere at Rush Green is perfect and he believes he has everything he needs for his clubFor West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini, the team’s training grounds are just perfect and he has said he believes he has everything he needs for.The Rush Green headquarters have been praised by Pellegrini after the media reported problems there.“There are absolutely no problems with Rush Green,” he told West Ham’s official website.“It is a modern, efficient facility that enables us to do everything we need with the squad in terms of training and preparation for matches.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The club has spent almost £10 million on training facilities over the last couple of years and that investment is set to continue,” he said.“We have excellent training pitches, which mirror the exact layout, dimensions, and quality of our home match pitch at London Stadium.”“The medical and fitness facilities are first class, and the changing areas for both the players and coaching staff are more than adequate,” he continued.“I cannot comment on what happened prior to my time here – all I know is that I have had every support from the owners and directors since arriving at the club and we are all working together with the same objectives and targets.”last_img read more

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Will identify and deport all illegal immigrants residing in

first_imgNEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the government will identify all illegal immigrants residing in the country and deport them as per the international law. “We will identify all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of this country and deport them as per the international law,” the BJP chief said in the Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us This comes a day after the Central government has observed that it has adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of international borders to check infiltration of illegal immigrants. The Ministry of Home Affairs had said in a written reply to Parvesh Sahib Singh in Lok Sabha that physical infrastructure like border fencing, floodlighting, construction of border roads and establishment of border outposts have been created. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us It had informed that border guarding forces conduct regular patrolling and establish observation posts and carry out anti-tunnelling exercises to stop illegal infiltration. However, some illegal immigrants are still able to enter into India in a clandestine and surreptitious manner, mainly due to difficult mountainous and riverine terrain in parts of the long international borders. Advertise With Us The Ministry had said that to deal with such illegal immigrants, the powers of the Central government under Section 3 of The Foreigners Act, 1946, have been enforced to detect detain and deport illegal foreign nationals. The exercise to update NRC 1951 is being conducted under special provisions in respect of State of Assam under The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, it had read.last_img read more

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Female teacher banker found dead

first_imgPeople gather in front of the house of Faridpur town where female college teacher, bank officer found dead. Photo: UNBPolice recovered the bodies of a female college teacher and a bank officer from the flat of a house at Dakhshin Jhiltuli of Faridpur town on Sunday, according to UNB.The deceased were identified as Sajia Begum, 36, an assistant professor of Home Economics department of Govt Sarda Sundory Mohila College, and Faruk Hossain, 36, from Agargaon area in the capital, and auditor of Principal Office of Sonali Bank in Faridpur.The victims used to live in separate flats on the ground floor of the house.On information by house owner Nur Islam, a team of police recovered the bodies and sent those to Faridpur Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said AFM Nasim, officer-in-charge of Faridpur Kotwali police station.David Hasan, son of the house owner, said he found the door of the bank officer’s flat open on his return home around 11:00pm.He said when he peeped through the door, he found Faruk’s body hanging from a fan while that of teacher’s lying on the floor in a pool of blood.They later informed police.David also said college teacher Sajia, a mother of two sons, rented her flat one year ago, while the bank officer barely a month ago.Sajia, from Bania Nagar under Sutrapur thana in the capital, used to live in her flat with her two sons as her husband, Sheikh Shahidul Islam, lives in Dhaka.Shahidul, who is in Faridpur for the last two days, said he contacted his wife last at 4:00pm on Sunday and she told him that she would return home soon from her duty at an HSC examination centre. But, she did not return.Shahidul said he then informed her colleagues about it and filed a general diary with the Kotwali police station.Jamal Pasha, additional superintendent of Faridpur police, said the victims used to live in separate flats on the same floor of the house. “But, it’s not clear how they got together in the same flat. We’ve launched an investigation to unveil the mystery.”last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday April 27

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uToday, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement saying his office of Minority Affairs will initiate a study on the racial disparities in Maryland’s medical marijuana industry. However, it seems those types of disparities don’t exist in D.C.’s medical marijuana industry. We’ll focus on the Black cannabis community in D.C. when we talk to Dezo El, the owner of Buttermilk 420 Farms, which teaches people how to grow marijuana and offers cannabis infused products, as well Buttermilk’s production coordinator, Imani Monet.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

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Understanding GST from scratch

first_imgGST being India’s one of the most important Indirect Tax reforms since Independence has transformed the lives of people. Not only has it affected the business class but the common man equally. Understanding the complexities and taking this opportunity to make GST easy and understandable for the public, Sumit Dutt Majumder – Former Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs – has come up with his book titled ‘GST: Explained for Common Man’.Published by Niyogi books, the book will be launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee, followed by a comprehensive dialogue concerning the book by Bibek Debroy – Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister(EAC- PM), Mahendra Singh – Member (GST) Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Indivjal Dhasmana – Economic Affairs Editor, Business Standard and Sumit Dutt Majumder – Former Chairman, Central Board of and Excise and Customs (CBEC) along with the author of the book. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book reaches out to masses explaining the basic concepts of GST, along with the technical issues in a simple language. It covers the concepts of Supply, Input Tax Credit, IGST for inter-state trade, the Business Processes like Registration, Returns-filing, etc, and subjects like Composition Levy, Reverse, Charge Mechanism, and many more. Besides manufacturing, services, and trading, this book has also explained the GST application issues in sectors like education, healthcare, cooperative housing, telecom, tourism, etc. The narration has been backed by FAQs to facilitate easy understanding. This book will also help the beginners among the consultants, GST officers, and students. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSumit Dutt Majumder joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1974, after his Masters in Physics from IIT Kharagpur. As a member (Central Excise) and then Chairman, CBEC, he was actively associated with the preparations for GST. He has been interacting with the trade across the country explaining the basics of GST. As Senior Advisor, International Tax and Investment Center, Washington, Sumit has been addressing Asia Pacific Tax Forum and African Tax Dialogue on GST in India. The European Union (EU) appointed him for its project in India on Capacity Building in GST. He is the author of a book on customs valuation and two more books on GST.last_img read more

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Gay Bermuda tourism CEO LGBTI boycott counterintuitive after marriage equality reversal

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Introducing the Domestic Partnership Act in November, it passed the House by a 24-10 vote and the Senate by an 8-3 vote, before receiving royal assent from the governor.‘Bermuda just banned marriage equality – I guess I’m canceling my trip’Many members of global LGBTI community were, of course, outraged. Everyone from TV star Ellen DeGeneres (‘Bermuda just banned marriage equality. I guess I’m canceling my trip. Anybody else?’) to LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell called for queer travelers to boycott the destination, which has a population of 65,000 people. (Meanwhile, Carnival Corporations is working with local LGBTI advocacy group, OUTBermuda to help its legal appeal against the law.)However, one LGBTI person has a slightly different take on the situation.Here Kevin Dallas, the openly gay CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, discusses the nuances of the bill, its potential effect on tourism, and just how LGBTI-friendly the island nation really is…How did you feel personally when you heard about the marriage equality reversal?The only answer is disappointed. However, I would say that it was personally complicated for me, because my partner and I were civil unioned in the UK. For us, the Domestic Partnership Act actually means new rights we didn’t have before. So on the one hand, I was personally disappointed that something was taken away. On the other, pragmatically, this law leaves my partner and I in a better place.Laws can be so confusing…They certainly can, and that’s one of the challenges in this situation. One of the reasons the Tourism Authority opposed the Domestic Partnership Act is that while we recognize that on balance it added more than it subtracted, we also recognized it boils out to a really unattractive headline.Are you afraid of the change in law affecting Bermuda’s tourism?It’s too soon to know what the impact could be. But it’s certainly something we’re monitoring closely. I think it’s been said elsewhere, but Bermuda’s had a fantastic run for tourism over the last two years. We’re up 30%. That growth is overwhelmingly coming from a younger more experiential visitor, who are almost by definition more diverse than the traditional Bermuda visitor.They are more likely to be non-white, more likely to self-identify as something other than straight. That is the reality of where [our] growth is coming from. The negative headlines are clearly something that mean something to a percentage of that target audience.A typical Bermudan scene | Photo courtesy of Bermuda Tourism AuthorityAre there any steps we as LGBTI people and travelers can take to help?I think so. I guess of course I would say that given my profession! But I really do believe in the transformative power of travel. Personally, in my career as an out professional in the US and more recently in London, I’ve found nothing makes a bigger difference to win hearts and minds than being present and visible. So to my mind the idea that LGBT people and supporters of equality would stay away from Bermuda and stay out of the debate [would be] highly counter-intuitive to what people are trying to achieve.What would you say to an LGBTI traveler who has a perception that Bermuda is LGBTI-unfriendly because of the law change?I would say two things. The first is very straightforward. LGBT visitors are safe and welcome in Bermuda. Bermuda’s tourism industry clearly is committed to inclusivity and treating all visitors with respect.The second thing is a bit more nuanced. As a gay Bermudian, I feel pretty lucky to have been born here and not the many other places where LGBT travelers go looking for a Bermuda-Like experience. Despite this more recent setback, Bermuda’s track record on advancing LGBT rights in the last 20 years is pretty good. We won same-sex partner immigration rights, we won same-sex partner adoption rights. Gays and lesbians can serve in our military. We have no ban on transsexuals like President Trump is trying to force in the US. And the Domestic Partnership Act gives us, as I said in the beginning, civil rights of marriage. It’s short of what we want, however, if you take the emotion out of it, and you compare Bermuda to most other island nations, Bermuda actually has a pretty progressive track record.Darren Burn from [tour operator] Out of Office wrote a blog piece suggesting travelers should avoid Bermuda and cruise lines should stop calling here. But at the same time, he recommends same-sex honeymoons in The Maldives. That does strike me as somewhat hypocritical. [Darren responds to Kevin’s comments at the bottom of this article].Did you meet your partner in Bermuda?No. I was born and raised here, but I was living in London for more than the last decade. So my partner and I met there and moved back here together.And now you live this beautifully idyllic existence on this paradise island together?[Laughs] I would say I would not have moved back to Bermuda if I was not convinced it was a welcoming place where we can openly be ourselves. For that matter, I would not have moved back if Bermuda did not have immigration rights for my same-sex partner. One thing I would throw in there is some of the stories of what it’s like to be gay in Bermuda in The Advocate and on The Huffington Post are [by] people who haven’t lived in Bermuda for 30 or 40 years. I think we all have horror stories of what the world was like 30 or 40 years ago. Bermuda today is not the Bermuda I grew up in. It may not have been a place I wanted to live.It’s interesting, isn’t it, to observe the change and progress that occurs in huge countries, and how it occurs on islands with small populations too…Yes, and perhaps on slightly different timelines. One of the things that I recognize is how quickly the world is moving on this issue. We kind of forget it was only 10 years ago that California voters passed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. And of course, they never repealed that. It was overturned by the courts in the end.Do you have lots of LGBT friends on the island?Yeah. Bermuda is a small but vibrant, racially-mixed LGBT community.Finally, what is the message you’d like to get across to LGBT travelers about Bermuda?Really simply, it’s that Bermuda welcomes them. Sometimes the law might lag behind. But LGBT travelers can feel safe in Bermuda.There’s a little bit of a misunderstanding between… there’s a difference between reaching out to a community that’s got a negative message to reassure them they are welcome and safe, verses actively targeting that community as travelers. It would be a rather bizarre thing to do to suddenly launch a big drive for LGBT visitors after passing the Domestic Partnership Act. That’s not what anybody here, or [at least] anyone at the Tourism Authority is talking about. What we recognize is that the passage of that act left many people confused and wondering. Our ambition is to reassure them that actually, regardless of the law, they are welcome.For more information about Bermuda, visit gotobermuda.co.uk.What happens now?Lawyer Mark Pettingill filed a motion on 16 February against the Domestic Partnership Act.He is representing US-based Bermudian Roderick Ferguson. While Ferguson is currently not attempting to wed, he wants that right for himself in the future.‘My client has the right to the constitutional protection of the law and that has been infringed as a result of the DPA,’ Pettingill has said.Meanwhile campaigners and activists in Bermuda, the UK and beyond, along with Carnival Cruises, are also supporting OUTBermuda‘s legal appeal against the Domestic Partnership Act.Darren Burn’s response:‘We set up [Out of Office] to help progress LBGT rights worldwide and we believe that because people want to travel to destinations where it may be illegal to be gay that we should help them do so in the safest possible way.‘I do, however, believe that the retraction of LGBT rights and laws is potentially more dangerous than those which have yet to change their laws. When laws go backward it sends a message to other countries that have yet to progress that it’s OK to not move forward and in my opinion, that poses real issues for the progression of LGBT rights worldwide.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . When Bermuda became the first country to repeal same-sex marriage in February, it made global news.The British Overseas Territory originally legalized same-sex marriage on 5 May 2017; however, when the Progressive Labour Party gained a majority in July 2017, MP Wayne Furbert announced his intention for a bill banning same-sex marriage, arguing it offered same-sex couples more rights. Ellen DeGeneres to boycott Bermuda following same-sex marriage banCruise operator called to boycott Bermuda for repealing equal marriageBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bermuda-tourism-authority-ceo-insists-lgbt-travelers-welcome-despite-marriage-equality-reversal/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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