first_imgThe second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards presented by YUM! Brands Foundation took place last night at the Louisville Downtown Marriott.The event was created to celebrate the greatness of people from around the world who are making differences in their communities and beyond. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years and younger, were honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards personify what the Ali Center stands for,” said Lonnie Ali, Vice Chair of the Ali Center. “Tonight, we honored some exceptional humanitarians who are demonstrating that one person’s conscious actions can effectively change the lives of many, and ultimately transform the world. We hope the Ali Humanitarian Awards continue to inspire young people to be great and do great things. It was a privilege to be among these great humanitarians who are tomorrow’s hope.”Recipients of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included: former NFL star, social justice activist, and actor Jim Brown; international humanitarian and entrepreneur, Mick Ebeling; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon; musician, poet, and activist Common; six young adults (age 30 and under), and Kentucky humanitarians, Robert and Deborah Blair.Jim Brown was presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim Brown is known worldwide for his Hall of Fame football exploits as a running back for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. He boldly stood up for civil rights at a time it was not a cool thing to do, and fought for equality and against injustice with necessitated courage and uncompromising integrity. It was Jim Brown who rallied the premiere athletes of the 1960s to support Muhammad Ali’s right to conscientiously object to service in the Vietnam War. Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Life Management Skills program in 1988, a program that has changed and saved thousands of lives.Mick Ebeling was named Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year for his work as founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems. Impossible’s latest endeavor, Project Daniel, is the subject of Intel’s latest Look Inside campaign. For Project Daniel, Ebeling flew to Sudan to 3D-print and fit prosthetic limbs for children of the war-torn region, then left the equipment behind with locals he’d trained who continued after he left, thus establishing the world’s first 3D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Mick also created the Eyewriter: a DIY, open-source, low-cost device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes.Susan Sarandon was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship. The Academy-Award winning actress and social and economic activist’s charitable work includes serving as an ambassador for UNICEF, on the board of advisors for the Yele Haiti Foundation, and on the Advisory Committee for FilmAid International. She also has served on the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) Board of Directors and is now on their Advisory Board. Susan was Action Against Hunger’s award recipient at the “Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign” gala in 2006, in honor of World Food Day.Common was presented the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. Common, who is a multiple Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, poet, and guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds at prestigious universities across the country. In 2000, he launched his own philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.“The incredible efforts of the humanitarians who were honored this year serve as a testament to the fact that one person can change the world. Muhammad Ali is a living example of that statement. It is our hope that these awards create a catalyst in younger generations to get out and make a difference,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. Holly Robinson-Peete was a presenter, and Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s Today Show, hosted the event.last_img read more

first_imgTumbler Ridge Secondary – News Update –— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) February 11, 2019 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – School District 59 has released news, on Twitter, that Tumbler Ridge Secondary School is currently in a secure and hold situation as a precautionary measure.According to SD 59, an indirect threat was made towards an employee earlier today.The School District says RCMP are involved and there is no immediate threat to students or staff.last_img

11 July 2011The process aimed at attaining United Nations membership got under way today for the Republic of South Sudan as the President of the Security Council referred the application of the world’s newest country to the body tasked with examining such requests. The process aimed at attaining United Nations membership got under way today for the Republic of South Sudan as the President of the Security Council referred the application of the world’s newest country to the body tasked with examining such requests. The Council’s Committee on the Admission of New Members met this afternoon to review the application, which was submitted by the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, on 9 July, the day the country formally separated from Sudan and became independent.“I have the honour, on behalf of the Republic of South Sudan and its people, in my capacity as President, to submit this application for membership in this esteemed body as a full Member State,” Mr. Kiir wrote in a letter sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“The Republic of South Sudan accepts the obligations contained in the Charter of the United Nations and solemnly undertakes to fulfil them,” added the letter, which Mr. Ban referred to the Presidents of the Council and of the General Assembly. Any recommendations for admission must receive the affirmative votes of nine of the Council’s 15 members, provided that none of its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – vote against the application.If the Council recommends admission, the recommendation is presented to the 192-member Assembly, where a two-thirds majority of members present and voting is necessary for admission of a new State.Should South Sudan’s application be approved by the Council and subsequently the Assembly, the country of more than 8 million people will become the UN’s 193rd member. Membership becomes effective on the date the resolution for admission is adopted by the Assembly.South Sudan’s independence is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South. In a related development, the Council today decided to close the six-year-old UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was set up to assist the parties in implementing the CPA, and called on the Secretary-General to complete the withdrawal of all its uniformed and civilian personnel, except those needed for its liquidation, by 31 August.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council emphasized the need for an orderly withdrawal of UNMIS following the 9 July termination of its mandate to pave the way for the new UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). The Council also requested the Secretary-General to transfer appropriate staff and supplies, including “the logistics necessary for achieving the new scope of functions to be performed,” from UNMIS to the new Mission and to the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which the Council set up last month to monitor the withdrawal of northern and southern troops from the region that is disputed by both sides. read more

“The success or failure of the Darfur process has the potential to make or break the stability in the whole region, if not the whole continent,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres told reporters at the agency’s in Addis Ababa at the end of a two-day visit to Ethiopia.The AU has several thousand troops monitoring the situation in Darfur, where two years of fighting between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels has killed some 180,000 people and displaced 2 million others.“The world should help the African Union succeed in Darfur, and I will personally be your advocate for the international community not to shy away from its responsibilities,” Mr. Guterres told AU Commission President Alpha Oumar Konaré. The two leaders also discussed their common vision of a strong African political integration and committed themselves to strengthening their organizations’ cooperation. They resolved to jointly approach donors with creative projects to address the gap between short-term humanitarian relief and longer-term development assistance.“The funds always come too late,” Mr. Guterres said, alluding particularly to the Southern Sudan situation, where reconstruction should have started early on, after last January’s settlement of a two decades-long war between Government and rebel forces, to allow for the sustainable return of some 4.5 million displaced people and the country’s recovery. Organized repatriation to South Sudan, which began over the weekend from Kenya, is due to start from Ethiopia in February.Mr. Guterres, accompanied by UNHCR’s Geneva-based Africa Bureau Director Marjon Kamara, also met with the UN country team and deplored the frequent unpredictability of funding for Africa – a perennial problem for UNHCR and its partners.“Money follows television,” he said. “Unfortunately television does not often come to Africa.” read more

by Bradley Klapper And Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:59 am MDT WASHINGTON – The United States targeted more than a dozen companies and people on Thursday for allegedly evading sanctions against Iran, an effort by the Obama administration to show it will enforce existing law even as it presses Congress to hold off on additional measures while world powers pursue a comprehensive nuclear deal with Tehran.The action freezes the U.S. assets of firms in Panama, Singapore, Ukraine and elsewhere for maintaining covert business with Iran’s national tanker company. Other companies involved directly in the proliferation of material useful for weapons of mass destruction also were blacklisted from the U.S. market. American citizens are banned from any transactions with the listed individuals and firms.The announcement by the Treasury and State departments comes as the administration is furiously lobbying lawmakers to refrain from any new package of sanctions on Iran after last month’s interim nuclear agreement in Geneva. As part of the deal, the U.S. agreed to no new nuclear-related financial penalties against Tehran for six months, and Iran’s foreign minister has warned that any such action could kill the diplomatic effort.Still, many Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for even tougher measures to raise the pressure further on the Islamic republic, despite the administration’s pleas for patience.On Thursday, the Obama administration received important support from Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which had been seen as a likely starting point for any new sanctions from Congress.“The administration’s request for a diplomatic pause is reasonable,” Johnson said at an Iran hearing he chaired. “A new round of U.S. sanctions now could rupture the unity of the international coalition against Iran’s nuclear program. Existing sanctions will continue to bite, and to bite hard.”U.S. officials have stressed that most U.S. oil, banking and commercial restrictions remain in place despite the deal last month, which eased $7 billion in sanctions on Iran for a series of nuclear concessions. Secretary of State John Kerry argued earlier this week that Iran would still lose $30 billion as a result of economic penalties that stay in force under the interim deal.Separately Wednesday, the Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to pay $100 million to settle claims by U.S. and New York state regulators that it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran and other countries. Regulators said the bank channeled about $523 million in transactions to other banks for clients from those countries and concealed the clients’ identities in the paperwork.“We have not imposed sanctions for sanctions’ sake,” David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department’s sanctions chief, told Senate Banking Committee members. “One of the key purposes of sanctions always has been to induce a shift in the policy calculus of the Iranian government and to build the necessary leverage for serious negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program.”Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. nuclear negotiator with Iran, also testified.The administration appears to have succeeded in heading off any immediate sanctions, but Senate action may not be far off. Aides said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been talking about possible votes in January after the passage of a defence bill he hopes to secure before senators break next week for Christmas.And in the House, legislative aides said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., would wait at least until January before introducing a nonbinding resolution spelling out suggested terms for any final deal. Cantor had been working on the resolution in recent days with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who decided Thursday against supporting immediate action.The No. 2-ranked House Democrat “believes Congress has the right to express its views on what should be included in a final agreement, but that the timing was not right to move forward this week,” Hoyer spokeswoman Stephanie Young said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US hits firms evading Iran sanctions, while Congress debate over new measures goes on read more

by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2015 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Another day, another oil company cutting spending.Calgary-based Bankers Petroleum has announced it will cut its capital spending plan for 2015 by $65-million to $153-million U.S.The company’s president says they have to show capital discipline to keep the balance sheet strong in light of low commodity prices. Bankers Petroleum cuts capital costs by $65M

“The ongoing destruction of Palmyra’s cultural artifacts reflects the brutality and ignorance of extremist groups and their disregard of local communities and the Syrian people,” decaled UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, strongly condemning this new assault on Palmyra, a World Heritage Site, particularly funerary busts and the renowned Lion statue of Athena from the entrance of the site’s museum.”The destruction of funerary busts of Palmyra in a public square, in front of crowds and children asked to witness the looting of their heritage is especially perverse,” she said, explaining that the busts embody the values of human empathy, intelligence and honor the dead. They also represent a wealth of information on costumes, jewelry, traditions and history of the Syrian people. “Their destruction is a new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history, to deprive them of their cultural roots in order to better enslave them, “she declared. With this in mind, Ms. Bokova reiterated her call to all religious leaders, intellectuals and young people to stand up against the manipulation of religion, to respond to the false arguments of extremists in all media and through the #unite4heritage campaign.”I commend the courage of the youth from the Arab world who are committed to protecting their heritage as a source of strength, resilience and hope in the future,” she said.Finally, she called strongly on all UN Member States, the art market and experts to join forces to curb the illicit traffic of cultural property.“I call on all researchers, artists, filmmakers and photographers to continue to cooperate and join forces with UNESCO to document and share the wealth of the Mesopotamian civilization. Neither bombs nor jackhammers can erase this great culture from the memory of the world,” she declared, adding that nothing can ever stifle human creativity – despite the obstacles and fanaticism, this energy will come back stronger than before, buildings and sites will be rehabilitated, and some will be rebuilt, and culture will find its place because it embodies the vitality of societies.“UNESCO will continue to work with the people of Syria to make sure that moment comes as soon as possible,” the Director General concluded. read more

first_imgWhenever a manufacturer releases a new device, there’s the mandatory selection of accessories made available to compliment it. In the case of a tablet, these accessories usually include cases, stands, and cables. For the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has gone one step further and teamed up to produce a bike mount.Created in partnership with 14 Bike Co. the mount hangs your Galaxy Tab in the middle of a bike frame held securely in a carbon fiber case. Why this doesn’t strike me as a very good idea is because the Tab’s display remains exposed.Allowing access to the screen while in the case may make it more accessible, but what happens if a stone flies up off the road and hits it? Or, you fall off your bike, leave your bike unattended, or it starts raining? There’s also a question mark over why you would want the Tab accessible why your were riding along. Tableting and biking surely isn’t a recommended form of multitasking.At the moment, this is just a concept rather than a readily available accessory. However, 14 Bike Co will provide you with one on special order, apparently. There’s no price listed anywhere, but special order usually translates into very expensive.If you did want a mount on your bike specifically for a tablet, I think it would be a lot more practical, and therefore sell better, if the case offered total protection, had a locking mechanism, and actually hid the fact you had a tablet inside it.Read more at SlashGear, via Geeky Gadgetslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t quite remember the Peek mobile email device? Back in 2008 the email-only handset (a TwitterPeek was announced in 2009), was a pretty hot gadget, that is at least among some small parts of the tech crowd and the for non-smartphone users. Others took serious issue with the Peek’s limitations (it couldn’t even handle HTML email), its slow speed, and its keyboard. Now Peek has announced that the company is discontinuing its email and Twitter services –both of which were sold as being “lifetime” — for its devices. It turns out that lifetime meant for the life of Peek’s offering the service, as opposed to the life of the device, the company, or the owner.The company’s CEO, Amol Sarva, noted that it’s just not tenable for them to maintain their US network for the small number of remaining users any longer. The company will focus on software only at this point, moving their business to the cloud and then working with other platforms, including Android. We’ve heard the company will focus on emerging markets, ostensibly where smartphone penetration is limited and mobile email is not ubiquitous.After paying up to $299 for the handset and lifetime service you’d imagine that Peek users would be furious, but I’ve been unable to find much outrage on Twitter, aside from some people like @whipstats asking about the “lifetime” service on his Peek9 . Either there just aren’t that many users left or they’ve restricted their complaints to other platforms. Peek’s forums, which used to live at, seem to have been closed down recently, if Google Cache is to be believed.Peek does not seem to have said anything about the shutdown on their blog, and aside from the statement on Engadget, nor has the CEO. On the company’s Twitter feed they did post this short message:via Engadget.last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Share185 Tweet Email Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeTHE FAMILY OF 34 year-old William Maughan have issued an appeal for information about the murder of their son and his girlfriend, 20 year-old Anna Varslavane.The couple, who lived together in Gormanstown, Co Meath, went missing on 14 April, 2015 on the way to meet William’s mother Helen to get a lift to Tallaght, where the Maughan family lived.The couple had planned to leave Gormanstown to move back to the Tallaght area at the time of their disappearance.Gardaí believe the couple were murdered on their way to meet Helen, but their remains have never been found.Four years on from their disappearance, William’s family continue in their attempts to find the couple’s remains. Ana Varslavane and William MaughanSpeaking to Crimecall for RTÉ, Helen Maughan said the last four years have been “torture” for the family, which she says has been “torn apart”.“Nobody knows what this pain is until they’re in this situation themselves,” she said. “It’s a nightmare that no family deserves to go through.”William’s father Joseph says the experience has dragged him “through hell”, and describes himself as ”a broken man”.The couple are set to make an emotional appeal on the show, to be broadcast tonight, asking anyone with information about the couple’s disappearance to come forward.“If there is anyone with information out there…I plead to please have it in your heart to just pick up the phone,” Helen says.“Put the Maughan family at some kind of peace so we can lay our son with Anna,” Joseph will say. “Please, come forward…Do the right thing.” By Stephen McDermott 22,733 Views Mar 25th 2019, 12:55 PM Monday 25 Mar 2019, 12:55 PM Short URL ‘Put our family at peace’: Parents of murdered Willie Maughan make appeal to find his killers The appeal comes ahead of the fourth anniversary of Willie’s disappearance.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The last thing any Australian parent is going to want is for politicians to be deciding which bits of our country’s history their children should learn about, and which bits they shouldn’t – Angelo GavrielatosMigrant history and multiculturalism might be reduced or cut in the national curriculum as the Abbott government seeks to review the program. The government hopes to clear the way for reforms that could expunge parts of the history syllabus, which Prime Minster Tony Abbott has blasted for favouring leftist views. The current national curriculum includes quite an extensive exploration of migration and Australia’s multicultural history, and much of the syllabus aims to create intercultural understanding amongst students. Multicultural history in Australia is taught over six years in the history syllabus, including examining the role people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of a local community, early migration and democracy and citizenship in Australia. In year seven, students can also take an elective to study ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. The first stage of the national curriculum introduced in 2011 after two years of consulting. The ACT was the first state to implement the curriculum, and other states have followed to become national curriculum compliant. The curriculum was an initiative the then Gillard Government hoped would centralise education and increase literacy and numeracy test results in the country that have been falling for the past decade. She hoped to include three themes in the curriculum, sustainability, indigenous affairs and Asia. Many states still haven’t introduced the national curriculum in the syllabus yet, with many hoping to introduce when schools start late January, prompting eachers to argue the review is premature. Only Mathematics, English, History, Science and Geography are ready to be implemented, while the rest of the curriculum is still being developed. The language program that includes Modern Greek is still being developed and is predicted to be ready in May. A group of 150 professors, lecturers, teachers and principals have signed an open and highly critical letter to Education Minister Christopher Pyne expressing their concerns about the timing and design of the review announced on Friday. Minister Pyne wants to see a “balanced” curriculum and says he will implement the suggestions of the review panel when they submit the final report in July 31. “The review will evaluate the robustness, independence and balance of the Australian Curriculum by looking at both the development process and content,” he says. Federal president of the Australian Education Union, Angelo Gavrielatos has slammed the review, saying Minister Pyne is “playing politics with the education of Australian children”. ‘The last thing any Australian parent is going to want is for politicians to be deciding which bits of our country’s history their children should learn about, and which bits they shouldn’t,” he tells Neos Kosmos. For teachers about to start the school year, some teaching from the national curriculum for the first time, the review will be weighing heavily on their minds. If all recommendations are taken on board and the curriculum changes, many students might be feeling like half the year was a waste. “Teachers put a great deal of time and effort into preparing class plans, resources and activities,” Mr Gavrielatos says. “If Mr Pyne takes the whole thing back to the drawing board, there’s no doubt this will have implications for teachers and students when any changes are introduced.” Minister Pyne has picked Professor Ken Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly, both vocal critics of the national curriculum to man the review. Dr Donnelly has previously sited the state curriculums teach ”a politically correct, black-armband view” of the world. In their letter, more than 150 signatories questioned the credibility and expertise of the two-man panel, saying “we are concerned about whether the panel members will hold the requisite openness to diverse views and perspectives required to produce a balanced and fair review”. Minister Pyne has voiced he will welcome diverse submissions to the review.last_img read more

first_img The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems weirder and wilder than ever after the climatic events of Avengers: Endgame. But before we see how this world goes on after everyone was dead for five years (and after Spider-Man seemed to disappear for some reason) the first Phase 4 MCU movie goes back in time. At D23 attendees got a first look at next year’s Black Widow solo film prequel. And artist Andy Park later tweeted it out.BLACK WIDOW!!! Official D23 poster I had the honor of painting. She’s very near & dear to me since it’s the gazillionth time I’ve concept designed/painted her. What a cast & crew! #BlackWidow @MarvelStudios #ScarlettJohansson @Florence_Pugh @DavidKHarbour #RachelWeisz @DisneyD23— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 25, 2019Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as the former Soviet super spy turned founding member of the Avengers. But you already knew that. More interesting are these first looks at the supporting cast in this tale supposedly set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.On the left we see Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a next-generation Black Widow and Natasha’s sister of sorts. Presumably the other young faces next to her are more students of the Red Room that turned Nat into a killer. Meanwhile, on the right is David Harbour as Red Guardian, a communist counterpart to Captain America wearing a very Captain America outfit. Next to him is Rachel Weisz as Melina Wostokoff, an older more sinister Black Widow. Finally on top is Taskmaster, the villain of the movie with the ability to copy any physical action they see.Upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier got first posters as well.WANDAVISION!!! Official D23 poster I had the honor of painting during the early concept phase of preproduction. This @DisneyPlus show is gonna be something totally fresh.. & weird! #ElizabethOlsen #PaulBettany @DisneyD23 #D23Expo #D23Expo2019 #Disney+ @MarvelStudios #WandaVision— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 25, 2019 Stay on target Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 center_img There’s only so much we can glean from a poster though. Black Widow is in theaters next May so hopefully a trailer drops before the end of the year. For more on Marvel learn about other upcoming Phase 4 movies and streaming shows.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:beaches resort and spa, providenciales, Turk and Caicos Hotel and Tourism association, wheel of fortune PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Nov 2015 – The Turk and Caicos Hotel and Tourism association is calling the link between Providenciales, Beaches Resort Villages and Spa and Wheel of Fortune, perfect. “It puts Turks and Caicos again on the map, and their audience in itself is in the millions so it’s one of those things we call zero dollar marketing initiative for Turks and Caicos and now we can just ride the wave and showcase it ( Wheel of Fortune TV show) and use your Twitter, use your Facebook or any of your social media outlet not only Vanna White and Pat Sajak but the destination at large.”The episodes are still being filmed by two TV crews at 15 different sites at the Beaches Resort; Wheel of Fortune Family Week in Provo will air February 1-5, 2016. TCI Govt Estate needs $20M injection, Minister announces rent-cutting plan Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are looking for someone who opened fire on a car in Miami, Monday night.According to Miami Police, the incident took place in the area of Northwest 11th Avenue and 57th Street.Investigators said a bullet struck the vehicle. There were five occupants inside, but no one was hurt.If you have any information about this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgBanks with an exposure of ₹40,000 crore in Bhushan Steel are said to be in talks to appoint a management agency to monitor the company’s operations.The step taken by the group of banks is followed by the arrest of Neeraj Singhal, vice chairman and managing director of the company. Singhal has been taken into custody in connection with an alleged ₹50 lakh bribery case involving Syndicate Bank chairman S K Jain.”SBI has an exposure of Rs 6,000 crore in the company. We are in talks with other banks, including Punjab National Bank which is the consortium leader for term loans, to appoint a management agency to handle day-to-day affairs. Banks may approach the board of the company with the proposal,” Financial Express quoted SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya.”Even in this case I don’t think the borrower would have any objections.”Bhattacharya added that the bank has no plans to change its loan sanction process in the wake of Syndicate Bank bribery charges.”There’s no policy change. We accept proposals and adopt strict due diligence while processing the loan applications. It (Syndicate Bank chairman’s arrest) seems to be an aberration. It should be treated as an incident at an individual level,” she added.Bhushan Steel’s borrowings were at ₹21.6 thousand crore, while sort term debt was ₹5.2 thousand crore as on 31 March.Incorporated in 1989, Bhushan Steel reported net loss of ₹19.57 crore in Q4 March 2014, against its net profit of ₹280 crore in Q4 March 2013. Net sales plunged by 10.9 percent to ₹2,399.73 crore in Q4 March 2014 over Q4 March 2013.During the year 2013-14, the company took a loan of ₹1, 042 crore from Axis Bank. Bhushan Steel facility is located in Sahibabad (Uttar Pradesh), Khopoli (Maharashtra) and Meramandali in Orissa state.On Friday, stock price of the company slipped as much as 10 percent or ₹24.40 to end up ₹219.60 per share.last_img read more

first_imgEarly last week, the Bihar Assembly passed the stringent Bihar Excise and Prohibition Bill, 2016, to enforce its total prohibition policy. Back on April 1, the state government imposed a ban on country-made liquor. Within days, the ban was expanded to cover Indian-Made Foreign Liquor. But in a bid to answer its critics, who had claimed that such penal laws and administrative measures did not prevent alcohol consumption, the Bihar government has doubled down on its prohibition policy. The Nitish Kumar government has pushed through a Bill so stringent that some have called it draconian.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReports indicate that this piece of legislation will supersede all previous Acts on the subject. The new Bill takes the discourse on prohibition to a whole another level. Some of the provisions of the current Bill are indeed excessive. One provision that stands out is that legal action can be taken against all adult members of a family, if liquor is found on their premises or one of them is suspected to have consumed it. Suffice it to say, such a provision amounts to collective punishment. It presumes that all the family members must be aware of the offence until proven otherwise. Standard norms of criminal jurisprudence state that a person is innocent, until proven guilty.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSimilarly, the owner of any piece of property on which liquor is stored or consumed is liable for prosecution. In other words, anyone could land up in jail because one family member, tenant or a visitor decided to have a drink on the premises. Authorities have been given the power to seal or confiscate the property for repeated transgressions. However, there is a notable exception to the new law–toddy. The consumption and sale of this drink is permitted 100 to 200 metres away from the markets and public places. Reports indicate that the move was brokered by Kumar’s alliance partner, the RJD, to protect the livelihood of Scheduled Caste communities, particularly the Passis.  Despite the criticism meted out to the Nitish Kumar government, Bihar is not the first state to embrace the idea of prohibition. Many political parties have sought to move their respective states towards liquor bans. The ban on liquor in the apparent interest of protecting public health may seem like a politically prudent move. In Bihar, for example, prohibition was a key promise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made to women voters, who were seen to have played an important role in his reelection last year. The massive sale of liquor, especially country-made, and the consequent rise in alcoholism is a major social ill in the state. It is hard to argue against Kumar’s claims that alcoholism particularly affects poor families and women, who often bear the brunt of alcohol-abusing husbands. Reports indicate that many women, especially in the rural areas, are pleased with the prospect of total prohibition. But such a policy is fraught with ill-fated consequences. Experts contend that there is a significant drop in crucial revenue, the formation of mafias with illegal sales and a spike in outright corruption. The only possible consolation of Bihar’s new liquor ban is that officials who misuse it will be punished. But it still does not prevent the possibility of gross misuse. As this column has argued before, prohibition has never succeeded anywhere in the world and at any point in time. Gujarat is the only other “prohibition” state in the country. News reports, however, have claimed that the prohibition lobby in Gujarat is financed by the bootlegger lobby. The ban has clearly not worked with liquor freely available all over Gujarat. Going beyond India, the experience in America, where prohibition was imposed in 1920, and lasted till 1933, was that it gave rise to organised crime. It is hard to see how the Bihar Chief Minister’s decision to double down on his prohibition policy will ever work.There are other ways of preventing drinking such as higher taxes, limiting the construction of outlets and drinking places, and banning the sale of arrack or hooch in plastic pouches. The last state to introduce prohibition was Andhra Pradesh and it was a miserable failure. In fact, what we witnessed, as a result, was the rise of wealthy politicians, who stood to benefit. The road to disaster is paved by the need to implement policies with good intentions.  Moreover, with no intervention by the state, there will be no official quality control on the sale of alcohol, making it a free for all. A bottle of whisky, for example, might include a little rum, which is not harmful. But a packet of arrack or hooch sometimes contains poison that can kill people. For example, Gujarat has witnessed repeated hooch-related tragedies.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Police could not able to arrest any person in connection with the Jodhpur Park murder till Friday night. According to Kalyan Mukhopadhyay, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South East Division (SED) of Kolkata Police, no detection could be made in this case.Sources informed that sleuths are almost sure that the elderly lady identified as Shyamali Ghosh (74) has been murdered by someone or some persons who were known to her. Primarily it is suspected that the killer or killers used to go to her flat often. Even Ghosh’s mobile phone could not be found at the murder spot. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have already initiated International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number tracking to locate the lost mobile phone. On Friday after completion of autopsy examination, concerned surgeon could not able to point out the time of death as it was in highly decomposed state. But from the autopsy it has been confirmed that Ghosh has been killed by strangulation. Also several injury marks could be located on her head and body. Though the motive is not clear, sleuths suspect that the murder was done over some gain. Though no costly things have been stolen, sleuths suspect that the gain might be in some other aspect. To know whether she had owned any land or property which she might had declared to give away to someone after her death, sleuths are contacting her keens. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from her family members, police are also questioning another occupant of the said building who is a businessman by proffession. Sleuths came to know that when his close people used to visit Kolkata, he used to arrange the two flats in the same building on rent. The caretaker of the building is also being questioned to find any clue. Ghosh was last seen on Tuesday afternoon by her neighbours when she told them that she is going to market.last_img read more

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