first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a ninth FIR in connection with the Parekh Aluminex bank fraud cases, where the company is alleged to have defrauded multiple banks and financial institutions to the tune of Rs 1,446 crore, officials here said on Thursday.It has been alleged that Mumbai-based Parekh Aluminex Ltd (PAL), an aluminium manufacturer, took out loans from nine banks and several financial institutions between 2004 and 2012 by providing false financial data and fabricating net sales in their balance sheets. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The country’s premier investigative agency said the net sales shown in the balance sheets were created by “round-tripping loan proceeds through shell companies floated by the Director of the company and his associates, including relatives and friends.” CBI has named the company’s chairman and managing director Amitabh Arun Parekh alongside his company in all of the nine FIRs, with the first one being registered in May 2017 and the latest one being filed on March 20 this year. This is despite the fact, that CMD Parekh passed away in 2013. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpeaking to the Millennium Post, officials said that even after his passing, Parekh remained his company’s CMD on paper and given his death, the next director in line will be held responsible for the crimes committed by the company at large. Adding to the bank fraud charges, the agency said that Rs 468 crore of the loan proceeds were diverted to Kamlesh Kanungo’s Kanungo Group of Companies, a major real estate developer in Mumbai, under the pretext of receiving machinery and raw materials from them. Official sources said in addition to this, Kirti Kedia Group and JK Shah Group in Mumbai also received loan proceeds of Rs 513 crore and Rs 110 crore respectively, from shell companies floated by directors of PAL. Based on the first FIR registered in the case, CBI conducted searches at six official and residential premises related to Kanungo, Kirti Kedia, and JK Shah Groups in and around Mumbai, from where several documents and hard disk pertaining to the case were recovered. The searches ended on Wednesday, agency sleuths said. The CBI alleged that a sizeable amount of the proceeds diverted to the three groups were used in further real estate and other business investments. Some of the banks that were defrauded include Indian Overseas Bank, Corporation Bank, and Bank of Baroda. Officials said the fraud was discovered when these banks started reporting PAL’s loan defaults after declaring their accounts as Non-Performing Assets.last_img read more

Berlin – German daily “Die Welt” underlined the leadership of King Mohammed VI in the Muslim world and the sovereign’s role in the promotion of peace and coexistence values among peoples.In an editorial on the latest speech by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the German daily stressed that in this regional context which is marked by unrest, Morocco is distinguished by its stability and resilience thanks to a series of reforms initiated under the leadership of the King and the sovereign’s role as commander of the faithful.The paper underscored that the stability prevailing in Morocco, thanks to the role of the King in fighting religious fanaticism, is a shield against obscurantism and withdrawal into oneself. “Die Welt” highlighted, in this regard, the call by the King on Muslims, Jews and Christians to join hands to counter fanaticism. This call was heard beyond the frontiers and was a clear message to all those using Islam for their own interests, it added. read more

By Hajare El KhaldiRabat – The Appeal Court in Paris has denied the release of Tariq Ramadan on Thursday, February 22, after a medical report indicated that Islamic theologian’s health was “compatible with his detention.”The renowned Swiss Islamic scholar, grandson of Hassan Al Banna the founder of the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt, has been in custody at the Fleury-Merogis prison since February 2 for two separate accusations of rape. After he was taken to hospital for treatment of multiple sclerosis on Friday, his lawyers claimed that his health deteriorated since his detainment, and argued that his condition is incompatible with imprisonment in an attempt to attain his release under bail.The lawyers have offered the delivery of his Swiss passport, paying a deposit of 50,000 euros, and the obligation of presenting every day at the police station.The French court ordered a new medical report and found, on Monday, his health to be compatible with his continued detention. The medical expert also said that Ramadan’s pathologies are unlikely to severely deteriorate.Ramadan fully denies the accusation and deemed them to be part of a “campaign of lies launched by adversaries”, which is a sentiment that was shared by his supporters.The scholar’s supporters have been outraged by his confinement, and claim that the entire matter is part of a “conspiracy” against one of the few celebrated figures of Islam in Europe.On the other hand, others claim that the revelation of Ramadan’s health condition last week as an explicit media strategy by his supporters, and argue that the sharing of the medical news coincided with the release of a video of Ramadan’s wife, Iman Ramadan, in which she claimed that her husband has been wronged by the French justice system.French newspaper Liberation claimed that the release of the new information displays “a diabolically efficient sense of timing by Ramadan’s supporters.”The theologian’s accusers, French activist and author Henda Ayari and another woman that was described by the French media as a Muslim convert suffering from a disability, have both declared to the investigators that they have been lured by the “spiritual master” who mentally controlled them, and described appointments that have, allegedly, turned into violent coerced sexual intercourse.If the charges are confirmed, the scholar will face up to 15 years in prison on the charge of rape, and up to 20 years on the separate charge of rape of a vulnerable person. read more

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified last week by the Iraqi Government, covers a number of key areas such as accessibility, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination.“The ratification of this convention by Iraq marks a historic step in ensuring that persons living with disabilities enjoy full participation in the Iraqi society and can contribute to the community to their full potential,” said Francesco Motta, chief of the human rights unit of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Iraq.Mr. Motta stressed that the ratification represents the Government’s recognition of the “potential contribution which persons with disabilities can make to society if given the same opportunities enjoyed by other Iraqi citizens.”UNAMI noted in a news release that the ratification requires Iraq to introduce measures such as anti-discrimination legislation, the elimination of laws and practices that discriminate against persons with disabilities, and considering these persons when adopting new policies and programmes. Other measures include making services, goods and facilities accessible to them.“The important thing now is for the Government of Iraq to ensure that the provisions of the convention are implemented,” Mr. Motta said. “The best way to do this is in consultation with civil society organizations and representatives of people with disabilities so as to ensure that measures taken to implement the convention promote and protect their right to participate equally in the economic, social and political life of Iraqi society without discrimination.” 30 January 2012The United Nations welcomed today the ratification by Iraq of a convention that protects, promotes, and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. read more

The body of a 48-year-old man was recovered Sunday afternoon near Fisherville by the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.The boater went missing on Lake Erie Thursday morning and has been the subject of a search by Haldimand County OPP’s Marine Unit, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and an OPP helicopter. The OPP Emergency Response Team did a shoreline search of the area as well.The man’s name is not being released by police at this time.Police say the man went onto the lake near Featherstone Point to fish at about 11 a.m. Thursday.Less than an hour later, a friend checked on the man through a telescope and noticed his boat was unoccupied. Police were called and a search for the man was immediately begun.His boat was located but the man was not. The search was called off Thursday evening and resumed on Friday, continuing over the weekend.At about 3 p.m. Sunday, the underwater search team recovered the man’s body just east of Featherstone Point.Police said Victim Services of Haldimand-Norfolk are involved with helping the family.The OPP is asking for anyone who might have further information on the incident to contact them at read more

Charles-Hervé Wénézoui, the Foreign Minster of the Central African Republic, which borders Chad and Sudan, echoed concern over the situation in Darfur. He encouraged the Sudanese Government and the parties to engage in a constructive dialogue, and to spare their people the unnecessary additional suffering of sanctions now threatened by the Security Council. Video Speaking for Libya, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalghem, the Secretary of the General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation, argued that his country “deserves to have a permanent seat on the Security Council.” He cited his country’s “central location, a place of conflicts and a haven for tourism.” In addition, he argued that Libya gave birth to the “Third Universal Theory,” which he described as “the middle ground between capitalism and communism.” Video Also taking part in the general debate was Vinci Niel Clodumar, Chairman of the Delegation from Nauru. Video .video { font-family: Verdana; font-size: 9px; font-weight: bold; background-image: url(; padding-left: 14px; background-repeat: no-repeat;} –> Nagoum Yamassoum said that while Chad has welcomed and is caring for the beleaguered refugees, international support in the long-term must be oriented towards fostering their return to Sudan. He also reaffirmed that Chad would never allow its territory to be used by subversive elements. Video The Foreign Minister of Mauritania, Mohamed Vall Ould Bellal, spoke about the situation in Western Sahara, expressing support for efforts by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN peacekeeping mission there to find a long-term solution to the dispute. Video Foreign Minister Ali Said Abdella of Eritrea said that, while he recognized the vital contributions of the international community, including the United Nations, to the promotion of peace between his country and Ethiopia, he had to express his dismay with the lack of resolute action by the same international community, at a time when the entire process was on the verge of collapse. Had the international community respected its obligations and seen the process through with requisite seriousness, the border would have been demarcated long ago, and today would have been a moment to celebrate the resounding success of a United Nations peacekeeping effort. Video Speaking for the UN’s newest member nation, José Ramos-Horta, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste, analyzed past international responses to atrocities. The Security Council, he said, “never even discussed the Khmer Rouge genocide” in Cambodia, nor did it debate or act in regards to the situation in Uganda under Idi Amin. While the UN, and particularly its Secretary-General, have been criticized for their alleged failure to act on Rwanda “it is too convenient to lay the blame on the UN when, in most past cases of alleged inaction by the UN, the real blame lies at the door of the powers that be,” he said. Video The Foreign Minister of the Federated States of Micronesia, Sebastian Anefal, voiced concern over the practice of deep sea trawling. “The region of the Pacific contains literally thousands of seamounts, which scientists are finding to be extremely rich in biodiversity, holding great potential value to future generations,” he declared. “Yet, short-sightedly, too many are dragging trawl nets over these deep-ocean areas, unknowing and uncaring of the damage they cause to the seabed below.” He called for more research on the ocean environment so that it can be properly managed. Video read more

Report: Indian companies bidding for ConocoPhillips oilsands stake by News Staff Posted Sep 25, 2012 3:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MUMBAI, India – A report says a consortium of state-run Indian oil companies has bid $5 billion for a stake in six Canadian oilsands assets owned by U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips.The Press Trust of India news agency says Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India Limited made their joint, non-binding bid a few weeks back.It cited an unnamed executive as its source.ConocoPhillips is selling a 50 per cent stake in its Alberta oilsands assets.India imports three-quarters of its oil and its state-owned oil companies have been looking to secure energy supplies overseas to meet rising domestic demand.Executives at the three Indian companies could not be reached for comment.ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Davy Kong says, “We do not comment on market rumours.” read more

OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State Buckeyes are set to begin fall camp in a week.The most frequent question surrounding the defending national champions during the offseason is who will play quarterback for the 2015 season. It’s dominated college football talk since OSU defeated Oregon in January.But for the players in the locker room — whether it be redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett or redshirt junior Cardale Jones — they aren’t worried.“I don’t think anybody is worried about (who will start),” senior left tackle Taylor Decker said while speaking to the media at the 2015 Big Ten Media Days.Decker, who has started every game for the Scarlet and Gray over the past two seasons, emphasized that regardless of who is behind center, his role is the same.“It doesn’t change my job at all,” he said. “I love those guys, but at the end of the day, who is at quarterback doesn’t change the fact I’m going to be blocking a defensive end almost every play.”Contrary to popular belief, the locker room isn’t divided between the two quarterbacks, according to Decker.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry agreed with Decker’s assessment of the state of the locker room.“For us to see (Barrett and Jones) working so hard together and helping each other out even though they’re competing, that kind of helps with the team looking at it saying, ‘OK, they’re not all about me,’” Perry said. “So it’s hard for us to pick sides when they’re doing that.”The mindset amongst the team is to focus on each player’s own specific unit and individual tasks.The rest, Decker believes, is up to the coaching staff.“I trust the coaches completely,” Decker said. “I know their process of how they approach who starts and who plays works because we have won a lot of games since I’ve been here.”Senior left tackle Taylor Decker addressed the media on July 30 in Chicago during the 2015 Big Ten Media Days. Decker says he and his teammates are not worried about which quarterback starts for the Buckeyes. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorOSU coach Urban Meyer laid out that process.Meyer admitted that, ultimately, there will be a level of gut instinct involved. However, components of the evaluation process, which has already started, will consist of leadership, an academic aspect of “how they handle their business” and how they deal with tough situations throughout the offseason.Additionally, Meyer said they will be keeping a weekly score of Jones’ and Barrett’s performance in drills, from 7-on-7’s to third-down work. Everything from touchdowns, interceptions and pass completions will factor into the weekly score.Meyer and his coaching staff will “chart and watch very closely” all of the data they collect. This unusual level of transparency about the process is critical to Meyer.He believes the two quarterbacks and their families have “earned that right.”Once the preseason evaluation process is complete, Meyer said he will refrain from naming a starter until immediately before the Sept. 7 opener against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.Regardless of who wins the job — Jones or Barrett — Decker and his teammates said they won’t worry.“We’ve seen that we can win with both Cardale and J.T.,” Decker said. read more

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE RELEASED the two people arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of former detective garda John Kerins.The 49-year-old was found dead at his home in Baileboro, Co Cavan in November last year. A garda spokesperson told that the two men arrested have now been released without charge and the investigation is ongoing.Searches in the Baileboro area, including a dig at the home of the former garda, have now also concluded.Kerins was arrested and questioned over the disappearance of a neighbour, Gerry Daly in 2011 and it is believed he was also suspected of being involved in the drugs trade.It is understood Kerins was medically discharged from An Garda Síochana a number of years ago and moved to the area. He had served in a number of specialist units in the force throughout his career.Read: Two men arrested over murder of former garda John Kerins>last_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — A new report from the state Attorney General’s Office says nearly a half a million residents were impacted by data breaches between July 2015 and July 2016.A new law went into effect last year that requires businesses and public agencies to report data breaches. In the first year under the law, companies reported 39 incidents and affected at least 450,000 Washingtonians. The reports came from hotel chains, telecommunications companies, a school district and retails stores. The report says some cases were targeted cyberattacks. In other cases, information was mistakenly lost or disclosed.Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the report shows how important it is that consumers are notified when information may be compromised.last_img

first_imgManchester United great Gary Neville expects the upcoming six months to be critical as the club aim to rebuild once againThe Red Devils parted with manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.The Portuguese coach was left frustrated by the lack of support he received in the summer transfer window and refused to make changes to the club in a similar manner to what Arsenal have done.“This next six months is a critical period of planning and restructuring,” Neville told Sky Sports.“I can’t for one minute believe that the board and owners are going to continue to operate the club off the pitch in the same way they have in the last few years.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“They need the best in class football leaders in that club, that’s people who have done it with the best clubs in the world, the best clubs in Europe who have operated recruitment departments, who have looked at the technical side of the game, academies to first team – Sir Alex Ferguson did that himself. He linked the whole club as one, and that’s not possible any more. The club’s too big, it’s huge.“They have got a fantastic commercial and operations side, a model that has been copied all around the world, and they deserve huge credit for that.“It’s innovative, it’s a machine. But on the football side, since Sir Alex and David Gill left, there’s been a huge void.“I think it’s time to put a more modern system in – sporting director, technical director – but the very best in class.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to replace Mourinho as interim manager at Old Trafford.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Mariner believes Mesut Ozil hasn’t done anywhere near enough to deserve the lucrative deal he received from Arsenal last yearThe German playmaker signed a three-year contract on the final day of last January’s transfer window for a salary of £350,000-a-week.Considering they had lost star forward Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United at the time, news of Ozil’s renewal came as a welcome boost for Arsenal.Aside from the odd brilliant performance, however, Ozil has frequently failed to justify Arsenal’s decision to award him such a lucrative salary compared to the rest of the squad.“I’m dumbfounded why Arsenal would let Sanchez go,” said Mariner on ESPN.“Sanchez, when I used to go to Arsenal to watch him play, he was phenomenal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It didn’t pan out so much for United but they let Sanchez go, they’re letting [Aaron] Ramsey go for nothing! What’s going on?“And with Ozil, there’s something going on with Ozil that we don’t know about.“Arsenal decided to put all their eggs in one basket with Ozil, right? But what’s Ozil done for the club? Absolutely zero! Zero.“Yes, he’s a fantastic player, but he’s got to get fit. He’s never fit! There’s something going on with this kid that we don’t know about.”Mariner is a former defender who spent two years at Arsenal in the 1980s and recently coached MLS side Toronto FC until 2013.last_img read more

first_imgElenia Amaya, ASA/WISHH Country Representative Fradbelin Escarraman and others visit the community kitchen where soy-based meals have significantly reduced malnutrition.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) hosted Elenia Amaya on a Soy Nutrition See for Yourself trip in Guatemala this month.Amaya works in El Salvador’s Ministry of Health and is responsible for administering social programs in the country. ASA/WISHH brought Amaya to Guatemala to visit the factory that is currently providing the Government of El Salvador with a soy-based beverage that is distributed to social program participants.The Guatemalan company producing the soy-based beverage imports over 4,000 metric tons of U.S. soy flour per year that is used in the production of foods and beverages for government social programs, as well as in products for sale on the commercial market. During her trip, Amaya also heard presentations on the value of soy nutrition and visited a community in Guatemala where malnutrition has been reduced among children from 80 percent to 48 percent through the usage of a soy-based meal program.Upon Amaya’s return to El Salvador, convinced of the value of soy nutrition, the Ministry of Health again placed an order for the U.S. soy-based beverage to continue to be used in the country’s social programs.last_img read more

first_imgA Wednesday afternoon fire north of Washougal caused $300,000 damage to a home and its contents, according to the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, said Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Martin.“I’m still doing interviews, working on some loose ends,” Martin said Friday.Staff and volunteers with East County Fire & Rescue rushed to 530 S.E. Blair Road in Washougal at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.They found the house fully engulfed and battled it from the outside.By 5 p.m., Fire Chief Scott Koehler, the incident commander, radioed to firefighters a warning that they were getting tired, the building couldn’t be saved and was collapsing — and to “be careful.” When Martin arrived at dusk, the destroyed structure was still unsafe to enter. A car parked outside the house had been destroyed by heat from the blaze.The nearest house to the downed structure is about 100 yards away.The property, owned by Jon and Billinda Jantzer. is assessed at about $355,000, with the house assessed at about $224,000, according to county records.last_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: PUBG Corporation 0 Post a comment See at PlayStation Store GTA V is five years old and is still one of the most played games. Its online multiplayer recently added a new casino for players to gamble in-game currency for more money.  Tags Resident Evil 2 is one of the best games released in 2019 so far. Players return to Raccoon City in a remake of the PlayStation classic.  PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… Rockstar Games Share your voice The military battle royale game PUBG continues to be one of the most popular games.  See at PlayStation Store Grand Theft Auto V — $15 (Discounted from $30) 1:57 Dark Souls III, $15(discounted from $60)Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, $24 (discounted from $60)Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, $36 (discounted from $60)Dead Cells, $17 (discounted from $60)Kingdom Come: Deliverance, $20 (discounted from $30) Red Dead Redemption 2, $39 (discounted from $60)Persona 5, $14 (discounted from $20)Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, $1 (discounted from $20)Rez Infinite, $15 (discounted from $30)Shadow of the Tomb Raider, $20 (discounted from $60)Shadow of the Colossus, $13 (discounted from $20)The Last Guardian, $12 (discounted from $20)Salt and Sanctuary, $9 (discounted from $18)Nier: Automata Game of the Yorha Edition, $27 (discounted from $40)Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, $30 (discounted from $60)Originally published on July 24.Update, July 30: Adds more titles.  Sony is having another big sale on PlayStation titles. Sony Sony already had a big sale during E3 2019, but the company is having another sales event before the season ends. The PlayStation Store Summer Sale lasts until Aug. 20 and offers discounts on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games. This sale includes some of the biggest titles along with dozens of indie darlings worth purchasing. There’s also downloadable content and season passes on sale.Keep in mind, these are digital downloads of the game. There are also a few titles with an additional discount for PS Plus subscription holders. Here are some of the best deals of the sale: Sony See at PlayStation Store PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS — $15 (Discounted from $30) Capcom Gaming Resident Evil 2 — $36 (Discounted from $60)last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy told the District Collectors to remember that “we not rulers but public servants” and asked them to serve the people with utmost sincerity. Addressing the first District Collectors’ conference held at Praja Vedika in Undavalli, the Chief Minister advised them to remind this every day and meet the expectations of the people in the implementation of the welfare schemes. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Jagan said the people had reposed tremendous trust in the government and it was necessary that the manifesto was implemented in its entirety. He said he can give certain directions, but it was for the Collectors to implement the schemes effectively. Unless the officers and the executive work in unison, people’s aspirations cannot be fulfilled. If the promises in the manifesto are not implemented, they will not be able to go back to the people and seek votes again, he said. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Jagan asked the officials to take their opinion before making or taking any important decision. He also asked them to greet them with a smile. MLAs and officials are like two eyes of the government, he said. Stating that he would not tolerate any kind of corruption or irregularities howsoever big one might be, he said his only passion was to see that his photo was there in every house even after his death. Advertise With Us The Collectors normally sign off once they leave the district. But they should work in such a way that they would be remembered by the people for ever. He said importance should be given to farmers, SCs STs, BCs and minorities. “We have to raise their self-respect in society and every welfare scheme meant for them should reach them as envisaged in Navaratnalu. He said unlike in the previous regime, welfare schemes should be implemented and should be ensured that they reach everyone irrespective of party, caste, creed, status, region and beyond the realms of politics. Even if the party MLAs ask you to do something that is irregular or against the rules don’t listen to them. Politics are only until elections, after which every person is equal to us and they are all beneficiaries, he added. Jagan said village secretariats will be created in every village having more than 2000 residents. For every 50 houses, a Village Volunteer will be appointed to ensure that the benefits reach every doorstep. He said volunteers would be paid Rs 5000 as honorarium, so that they don’t fall prey to any kind of immoralities. If they do, you can call the CM’s office directly and register a complaint. “We will take action against them and remove them from services,” he said. The entire government machinery should work diligently and free from corruption right from the lowest to the highest official. “There should be complete transparency in the way we work, and change should start from the ground level,” he said. After formation of Village Secretariats, Jagan said he will organise the Rachchabanda programmes.last_img read more

first_imgQatar’s Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 percent of its staff, it announced on Sunday reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas.Most of those affected are based at its Doha headquarters, according to a statement from Al Jazeera, which is controlled by Qatar’s royal family. Before the lay-offs, the network had about 4,000 staff, a spokesman said.Mostefa Souag, Al Jazeera’s acting director-general, said the network needed to conduct the lay-offs to maintain its position in the industry “in light of the large-scale changes under way in the global media landscape”.Founded in 1996 as part of Qatar’s efforts to turn its economic power into political influence, Al Jazeera won millions of viewers across the Arab world by offering free-wheeling, uncensored debate rarely seen on other local broadcasters.But Qatar appears to have toned down its diplomatic profile under emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who took power in 2013 and has spoken about the need for austerity at a time of low oil prices.Al Jazeera also has faced increasing competition in its home region, and suspicion among many governments over the air time it gave to Islamist groups in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.In January, Al Jazeera said it would close its U.S. cable news outlet less than three years after its high-profile launch. It cited economic challenges in the U.S. media market.Al Jazeera is the latest state-funded institution to cut staff as the government reacts to shrunken oil and gas revenue. There were widespread layoffs in the energy sector last year. In January this year, state-owned health provider Hamad Medical Corp laid off hundreds of employees.last_img read more

first_imgVIA KUT.ORG/ GUTTMACHERThere’s a clinic that’s right in Kelsey’s town of Sioux Falls, S.D., that performs abortions, but she still drove hours away to get one.Back in 2015, she was going through a difficult time — recently laid off, had to move suddenly, helping a close family member through some personal struggles — when she found out she was also pregnant.“I kind of knew right away that this was just not the time or place to have a child. I mentally wasn’t ready, financially wasn’t ready,” she says. “The whole situation really wasn’t very good.”When Kelsey decided to end her pregnancy, she found herself navigating a maze of legal restrictions, in a part of the country where providers are few and far between. NPR is not using her last name to protect her privacy.South Dakota has a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and requires women to meet with their doctor in advance of the procedure. Kelsey, a nurse, had recently started a new job and couldn’t take the time off to go to two appointments at the clinic in her city.She was just a few weeks along, and it was important to her to end the pregnancy early.“I just knew that I didn’t want to wait on this too long,” she says. “Everybody has their own feelings about what is appropriate for them to have an abortion … how far they want to wait and things like that. I just knew I just wanted to do it.”She called several providers throughout the region, some hundreds of miles away, before she finally found an appointment in Minneapolis, about a four-hour drive away, on a day she happened to have off work.Kelsey’s story is similar to that of many women across the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization that supports abortion rights.The report, published in The Lancet Public Health, includes an analysis by Guttmacher researchers of the distances women must travel to obtain abortions in the United States. For 1 in 5 women, the report finds, the trip is more than 40 miles one way.The trip is often longest for women in rural areas, with some in South Dakota driving more than 330 miles, according to Jonathan Bearak, a senior research scientist with Guttmacher and lead author of the report.“I think there’s an unfortunate extent to which access to abortion is a bit contingent on your ZIP code, and that doesn’t need to be the case but it is,” he says.Bearak says that increasing the use of options like telemedicine to provide medication abortion and reducing legal barriers to the procedure, like cumbersome health regulations on clinics and providers, could help improve access.Social pressure is another factor that deters some doctors, midwives and nurse practitioners from providing those services, Bearak says.“I think right now the issue is that it’s hard to do that because there are so many barriers in place to providing that care — not just the patients, but the doctors are affected by stigma,” Bearak says.In South Dakota, where patients like Kelsey struggle with limited access to abortion services, Planned Parenthood has had to find creative ways to staff its local clinic. There’s no full-time abortion provider there, so Planned Parenthood flies a doctor from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls and back twice each week — first to consult with patients, as required by law, and then to perform the abortions.Dr. Carol Ball has been making that trip for about a decade. She said local doctors are unwilling or unable to provide abortion services.“I’ve been told by a supportive physician here that basically providing abortions for a South Dakota physician in Sioux Falls would be — quote unquote — ‘career suicide,’ ” Ball says. “Because I believe that the feeling is that there would be consequences to their practice.”Ball says many of her patients travel hundreds of miles, some from out of state, to obtain an abortion at the clinic in Sioux Falls.“It means that they have to find time away from their jobs and find child care for their children and all of the other sort of logistical things that it takes for us to stop and go to a doctor’s appointment,” Ball says. “They have to do that twice.”Planned Parenthood’s Upper Midwest region has been flying abortion providers in and out of Sioux Falls for more than 25 years. Communications director Jen Aulwes says women there have limited options for abortion services.“They’re very few and far between. They’re very spread out.” Aulwes says. “There’s, over the years, fewer and fewer clinics that that are providing abortion.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgPastor is ‘more afraid for the disservice it has done to the gay community’‘[I] asked them if any minority group should have its right to be heard suppressed, and they said no.’‘People were trying to stir up controversy against us – I think it is just hot air.‘I’m not afraid for my safety or that of the people using the church building.‘I’m more afraid for the disservice it has done to the gay community.’Core Issues Trust director, Mike Davidson, introducing the controversial film (Picture: MLA Emma Rogan said: ‘Sinn Fein totally opposes the use of ‘therapies’ which are aimed to change, repress and/or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression.‘These ‘therapies’ are damaging, extremely dangerous and can have a very damaging psychological effect on people,’ she continued.‘Sinn Fein believe that ‘conversion therapies’ should be a banned throughout Ireland.’Gay Star News has reached out to Core Issues Trust for comment. GAYSTARNEWS- A church pastor received violent threats from LGBTI activists after his church screened a so-called ‘gay cure’ film.Rodney Stout spoke out after Christian group Core Issues Trust screened film Voices Of The Silenced at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, County Down on Tuesday (14 March). Vue pays ‘gay cure’ Christian group after refusing to show their filmUPDATE: Christian Concern will turn up to Vue to watch cancelled gay cure doc after “campaign of intolerance”Protesters at cancelled gay ‘cure’ screening call homosexuality ‘unnatural, abnormal and sinful’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An estimated 100 people attended the screening, which Core Issues Trust argues is ‘a critique of the sexual politics in the Western world’.The film’s message says that gay people can choose ‘not to live out their homosexuality’Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co Down, Northern Ireland (Picture: Google Maps)Around 30 people demonstrated outside the church including Sinn Fein’s Member of The Legislative Assembly (MLA) Emma Rogan, reported the Belfast Telegraph.Stout said he supported the protesters right to freedom of speech, but criticised those who ‘used the threat of extreme violence’ on social media.‘I went out and welcomed the protesters – I was totally behind their right to be there. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday July 30, 2013 file photo retired Lt. Col. Alexandru Visinescu, 87, looks at journalists as he enters his home in Bucharest, Romania. A court set a 20-year sentence for a communist-era prison commander on Friday convicted of crimes against humanity in the deaths of 12 inmates, in the first such trial in Romania. The Appeals Court on Friday, July 24, 2015 sentenced the 89-year-old Visinescu to 20 years for deaths which happened under his command. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The court ordered him to contribute, along with government agencies, to paying 300,000 euros ($330,000) to relatives of victims.Visinescu’s lawyer, Valentina Bornea, told The Associated Press her client was unhappy with the sentence but had not decided whether to appeal.From 1956 to 1963, Visinescu ran Ramnicu Sarat, a prison in eastern Romania where intellectuals and political and military officials were tortured and sometimes killed.“This is a moral victory for us, “said Anca Cernea, whose father and grandfather were political prisoners at Ramnicu Sarat. “He committed crimes and however long has passed since then, he should still be punished.”Prosecutors said detainees were kept in unheated cells, kept in solitary confinement, severely underfed, denied medical treatment and beaten in “a regime of extermination.” About 138 inmates were incarcerated under Visinescu’s command.“This is the most important decision ever taken by Romania’s justice system regarding accountability for the communist era,” Andrei Muraru, who initiated the case in 2013 when he was head of the institute investigating crimes under communism, told the AP. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This confirms a transformation in the justice system.”About 500,000 Romanians were held as political prisoners in the 1950s and early ’60s.Visinescu is the first prison commander from that time to stand trial.Ion Ficior, who ran the Periprava labor camp, is awaiting trial for crimes against humanity for the deaths of 103 people there.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court on Friday set a 20-year sentence for a communist-era prison commander convicted of crimes against humanity in the deaths of 12 inmates, in the first such trial in Romania.The Appeals Court sentenced the 89-year-old Alexandru Visinescu to 20 years for deaths which happened under his command. Visinescu, who was not in court to hear the ruling, has said he was merely following orders and has shown no remorse. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more