Jailed Saudi bloggers children appeal to Justin Trudeau in video message

first_imgMONTREAL – Raif Badawi’s children are appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to personally call Saudi Arabian authorities to ask for their father to be freed as the fifth anniversary of his imprisonment looms.“Now it’s enough, we’ve waited too long, we need to see our father,” one of the blogger’s three children says in a French-language video message posted on Amnesty International’s website Friday.“Mr. Trudeau, pick up the phone, call the king of Saudi Arabia, so our father comes back,” the message continues.The Canadian chapter of the human-rights organization posted the video on its French-language website ahead of the anniversary of the Saudi blogger’s arrest.Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife and children live in Sherbrooke, Que.He was arrested in June 17, 2012 and later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his criticism of Saudi clerics.He received 50 lashes in January 2015 during a public flogging but has not received any since then.His imprisonment has drawn widespread international condemnation and Amnesty International has accused Trudeau of not doing enough to free him.A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said the government has raised Badawi’s case “at the highest levels” and repeatedly called for clemency.“We will continue to raise our concerns over his situation both in Riyadh and Ottawa, as the International Development Minister did last month with the Saudi Ambassador to Canada,” Jocelyn Sweet said in an email.Joel Lightbound, a Liberal MP from Quebec City, also offered reassurance that freeing Badawi was a government objective and “something on which work is being done at this moment,” including at the highest levels.While members of the government have raised the case with Saudi authorities, Trudeau has appeared reluctant to intervene personally.He told The Canadian Press in late 2015 that calling Saudi Arabia on Badawi’s behalf was not in his “immediate plans” and it’s unclear whether his position has changed since then.In the video, Badawi’s two daughters and son take turns speaking as photos of Trudeau posing with the family play in the background.The children describe a previous meeting with Trudeau and their disappointment at his perceived inaction.“We’re very happy to meet you in person,” the message reads. “You raised our level of hope, we hoped he would come back sooner.“At the beginning the meeting, we were very happy. At the end, we were disappointed.”Amnesty International has organized a demonstration in Montreal on June 16 to mark the anniversary of Badawi’s imprisonment.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP says aggressive panhandler is in custody

first_imgNeal Apsassin is currently in custody as he has been charged with two counts of Mischief of $5000.00 or under. The charges come from incidents on July, 12th, 2019 and the second on August 19th, 2019.Apsassin is due back in court on Thursday, September 12th, 2019, at 9:30 am.We just put the “Neil” info out as several people have commented that they have not seen him out on the streets lately. #YXJ #Safestreets— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 10, 2019Apsassin is known on social media due to his approach in panhandling and asking for $10, according to local chat groups, a FB group was made in light of his actions.To view the criminal file; CLICK HERE To view the FB Group; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP tweeted on Tuesday, as a result of numerous complaints regarding an aggressive panhandler named ‘Neal’ is now in custody.The tweets said that an RCMP member put together a comprehensive court package and Neal had remanded into custody.As a result of numerous complaints regarding an aggressive pan handler known as “Neil”, one of our officers put a comprehensive court package together and he has been remanded into custody.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 10, 2019last_img read more

Former Embilipitiya ASP remanded till February 17

The youth died following an altercation with the police which took place when then police visited a house where a party was taking place. The police headquarters had later temporarily transferred 21 policemen over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The Embilipitiya Magistrate had earlier issued instructions to arrest the former ASP and the Headquarters Inspector (HQI) of Embilipitiya in relation to the incident. The former Embilipitiya Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) DWC Dharmaratna who was arrested yesterday over the death of a youth in Embilipitiya recently was today ordered to be remanded till February 17.The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was ordered by the Embilipitiya Magistrate last week to arrest the police officers allegedly involved in the incident which led to the death of a youth in Embilipitiya recently. read more

UN Afghan mission probes reported ban of male teachers in girls schools

A spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today that at a meeting which included representatives of the UN and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the Herat Education Department explained that the decree had in fact come from the Ministry of Education. “The authorities reportedly took action after receiving letters of complaint from the parents of female students protesting against their daughters being taught by male teachers,” Manoel de Almeida e Silva said. The problem had emerged particularly in the so-called winter courses for girls – the private courses attended by girls to make up for lost school years. The Herat Education Department explained that the measure would not affect the access of girls to education, since there is a sufficient number of female teachers in the province. And while a UN Children’s Fund (UNIICEF) rapid assessment generally supports that, Mr. de Almeida e Silva noted that “[girls’ education] might be affected in the rural areas where the number of female teachers is smaller, or in specialized courses such as English language or computer courses where the number of female teachers is particularly low.”The UNAMA rights adviser and UNICEF will follow up the meeting with the Ministry of Education, discussing how the decree is being implemented, if at all, at national level and to assess its impact in other parts of Afghanistan, the spokesman added.In other news from Afghanistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Housing and Development signed an agreement today in Kabul to facilitate planning, management, and implementation of urban reconstruction projects. Similar projects have already created employment opportunities for over 30,000 local Afghans in Kabul. Other programmes have benefited 15,000 Afghans in Jalalabad and 30,000 in Kandahar. The programmes under the agreement are funded by the Government of Japan and the European Commission. read more

Multotecs new cylindrical welding machine doubles capacity for wedgewire cylinder production

first_imgMultotec has just commissioned a second cylindrical welding machine (CWM) for producing wedgewire cylinders for cylindrical interstage screens. Based on its pioneering original unit developed several years ago, the new CWM is capable of producing seamless wedgewire cylinders of 1.9 m in diameter and up to 3 m long. This diameter is believed to be the largest of its kind available worldwide. Multotec worked with German partner Steinhaus some eight years ago to develop the original machine to produce wedgewire cylinders for the coal, gold, diamond and brewery sectors, but specifically with a view to producing robust, long life wedgewire cylinders for interstage screening applications in carbon-in-leach (CIL) and carbon-in-pulp (CIP) processes in the gold industry.Multotec’s Derrick Alston says the new machine, which is already in operation alongside the existing CWM, effectively doubles production capacity and reduces lead times, and is expected to meet market demand for the next decade. About 40% of the company’s wedgewire cylinders are produced for the export market.The existing CWM produces wedgewire cylinders with a maximum diameter of 1.7 m and a length up to 6 m.“Multotec has supplied wedgewire to the industry for more than three decades and we have steadily evolved to become the most reliable supplier on the market,” he says. “In carbon recovery applications, wedgewire cylinders go to the heart of the process and are therefore of a critical nature. Prompted by increasing market demand and driven by the objective of giving our customers confidence in an uninterrupted and reliable supply of these cylinders, towards the end of 2009 our shareholders gave the go ahead to make a significant investment in developing a second CWM, which has now been commissioned.”“One of our foremost users is Kemix who, in conjunction with Anglo American, some years ago developed an innovative technology for interstage screening in the gold extraction process. Used in CIL or CIP applications to separate activated carbon from pulp, its Mineral Processing Separating and Mineral Processing Separating Pumping screens are today considered the benchmark in interstage screening.”Multotec wedgewire cylinders are unique on the global market in that they are produced without joins using a cylindrical welding process, and can be produced to size to suit specific customer applications. Apertures down to 200 micron are produced using a variety of wedgewire profiles and materials. Multotec’s specially developed CIP profile is designed for the gold mining industry and has a high release angle to reduce blinding and an improved open area to increase throughput. The 28 SB profile, also used in the gold mining industry, can provide even longer life. 304 stainless steel is used for applications subject to corrosion, while 430 stainless steel is used in areas that require abrasion resistance properties only. Wedgewire cylinders are manufactured for all types of mechanically and air swept cylindrical interstage screens.Alston says the accuracy of the aperture is essential to the efficiency of the process and the new Multotec CWM features enhanced capabilities to ensure this, including a modified welding head that applies a more consistent welding pressure to the weld, resulting in a consistent and repeatable quality. All standard aperture sizes are available, dictated by the carbon or resin size range, and both CWMs are able to manufacture any intermediate aperture size required by customers. Advanced measurement and control instrumentation allows close tolerances on apertures to be achieved.last_img read more

Sandvik seeking other options after Mining Systems sale falls through

first_imgThe process to exit from the Mining Systems business continues with different interested parties. Mining Systems remains reported as discontinued operations in Sandvik’s financial statements. “I am disappointed that we have not been able to close the transaction as planned. However, we relentlessly progress to find a solution for our exit from the project business Mining Systems”, said Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Sandvik. Sandvik had earlier announced the ambition to close the Mining Systems transaction during Q4 2016. The company has now announced that the deal will not be finalised according to the original plan as all conditions for closing have not been met. The business includes the In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) equipment and project arm of the company.last_img read more

Greece promotes filmfriendly credentials

first_imgThe Greek government has promised to make Greece ‘film friendly’ with new incentives for the local industry and international producers. The move follows last year’s adoption of a legal framework for the development of the country’s audiovisual sector, and at its heart is a 25 per cent cash rebate to film and TV companies producing in Greece.The scheme covers the whole audiovisual media sector, including fiction and documentary films, TV programs, animation, and games. Under the new system, Greek or international production companies can apply for a refund of up to 25 per cent of eligible production expenses, if the expenses are realised on Greek territory. A minimum of €100,000 has been set for eligible expenses incurred in Greece, while the maximum amount of funding, via cash rebate, is set at €5 million.Production companies can apply by setting up a branch in Greece, or by recruiting a Greek company to execute the production. Applicants will also have to pass a ‘cultural test’ that values the project’s relevance “to the cultural, historical, geographical and touristic singularity of Greece”.Devised to complement other EU member-state film support schemes, the overall aid amount for international co-productions is limited to 60 per cent of total production costs. Productions that fall under a category described by the EU as ‘difficult’ audiovisual works i.e. a first or second-time director’s or producer’s work; an independent low budget production; or projects that are deemed ‘commercially difficult’, up to 70 per cent of production costs may be applied for.In a statement to media, Greece’s National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication (NCAMC) promised a “smooth and fast” process to the application process, with decisions made in less than 45 days. In 2017, Greece’s Minister for Digital Policy, Nikos Pappas, described the scheme as a means to reinvigorate the recession-hit domestic production industry, and that it could “tone up the local economy in many sectors that are directly or indirectly influenced.”Paxos Kouanis, CEO of NCAMC which is administrating the program, said: “This is a cash rebate system like they have in most countries around us. We want the new incentive to boost fiction, the kind of fiction that is expensive and high quality.”Australian producers looking to establish productions in Greece are advised to contact the Hellenic Film Commission for initial assistance at filmcommission.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le volcan Popocatépetl crache des cendres sur Mexico

first_imgLe volcan Popocatépetl crache des cendres sur Mexico Mardi, le volcan Popocatépetl situé à 70 kilomètres au sud-est de Mexico a craché des nuages de cendres sur la capitale mexicaine à quatre reprises. Par précaution, les autorités ont conseillé aux habitants de se tenir à 12 kilomètres minimum du cratère.Le volcan Popocatépetl montre des signes de réveil. Mardi, les autorités mexicaines ont informé que des nuages de cendres avaient jailli du cratère à quatre reprises et à plus de 800 mètres de hauteur, menaçant la ville de Mexico. Culminant à près de 5.450 mètres d’altitude, le volcan est en effet situé à seulement 70 kilomètres de la capitale mexicaine. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueL’Agence mexicaine de prévention des désastres a donc prévenu les habitants qu’un nuage de cendres pouvait s’abattre dans la nuit sur la ville. Par mesure de précaution, les autorités ont de même conseillé aux Mexicains des Etats voisins de ne pas s’approcher du cratère à moins de 12 kilomètres, rapporte l’AP. Le volcan Popocatépetl est la deuxième plus haute montagne du pays avec le pic d’Orizaba qui est également un volcan. Ses éruptions sont assez fréquentes mais restent peu explosives et localisées, se manifestant surtout pas l’émission de panaches de cendres. Toutefois, elles représentent une véritable menace pour les dizaines de millions d’habitants des agglomérations proches.   Le 31 août 2011 à 10:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google plonge dans le local

first_imgGoogle + plonge dans le localLe réseau social vient de se voir ajouter un onglet “local” qui se base sur les recommandations du réseau Zagat, racheté l’an dernier par Google. Google veut s’implanter aussi au niveau local, comme le prouve la nouvelle fonctionnalité présente sur le réseau social Google + : Google+ Local. Ce service de recommandation localisée intègre le service de notation dans le domaine de la gastronomie, Zagat. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Racheté en 2011, celui-ci permet à Google de fournir des informations détaillées sur des restaurants, des commentaires et une note sont aussi associé au lieu. Le service s’appuie évidemment sur les recommandations écrites par ses amis, précise Zdnet.Les résultats seront également intégrés à la recherche Google et à Maps, autant sur le web que sur Android et bientôt sur iOS. Google espère percer dans la localisation sociale et ne compte pas seulement s’arrêter à la gastronomie. “A la fin de l’année, on aimerait pouvoir recenser tout ce qui est services et divertissement. Les salons de beauté pourraient s’y retrouver”, a ainsi expliqué Bernardo Hernandez, directeur marketing international de la firme.  Le 2 juin 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Orchards Feed embraces future and past

first_imgWhat: Vancouver-based retailer specializing in pet, farm and garden supplies.Owner: Loren Carlson.Employees: Seven.Where: 10902 N.E. Rosewood Ave., Vancouver.What’s New?: The company recently opened a 22,000-square-foot store next door to its 124-year-old feed mill.What’s next?: Grand re-opening event on Oct. 12-13.Web: Orchards FeedIn the Orchards community, where changes are making everything new, some people want to hold onto the old and familiar roots of the area’s rural past.Orchards Feed store owner Loren Carlson knows that historic connection is symbolized by the old wooden feed mill that served the agricultural-turned-suburan community for more than a century. That’s why he is keeping the weathered, 124-year-old building even as his business expands into a multi-building complex, located at Northeast Covington Road and Rosewood Avenue, that includes a brand new feed store building and a retail nursery. Carlson intends to preserve the old, weathered building, despite its limited space for his growing business to compete in sales of farm, garden and pet supplies.The six-acre property is anchored by Orchards Feed’s new 22,000-square-foot store, which opened in July to accommodate the company’s core pet food sales. The business annually sells more than $1 million in pet food, carrying brands such as Natural Choice, Nutri Source and Pure Vita, Carlson said.“We’ve expanded our product lines,” he said, in a focused strategy to compete with the area’s growing collection of national retail chain stores.Over the summer, Orchards Feed also added a nursery, afterhaving accepted longtime Vancouver plant retailer Cascade Greenhouse’s offer to merge with his business. And so many people asked him about the fate of the original Orchards Feed building that Carlson decided to keep the structure, even though he hasn’t decided yet how he will use it.last_img read more

CompareNetworks Acquires Russell Publishing

first_imgSan Francisco, California-based CompareNetworks, which operates online b-to-b marketplaces for the scientific and healthcare industries, has acquired Indianapolis, Indiana-based Russell Publishing, LLC, publisher of titles American Pharmaceutical Review, Pharmaceutical Outsourcing and International Drug Discovery. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The goal is to “produce a multi-use content platform” that will be “the ultimate online resource for technology and product information in the life science industry,” according to a statement from CompareNetworks CEO Brian Cowley. Russell Publishing’s print publications, each complemented by a website, e-newsletter and webcast, join CompareNetworks’ Biocompare.com and Drugdevcompare.com brands, which integrate their marketplaces with e-newsletters, videos, whitepapers and editorial content. “By merging with CompareNetworks, our content will reach an even larger audience and provide more comprehensive product information for readers at all stages of the buying cycle,” says Russell Publishing president Nigel Russell in a prepared statement.last_img read more

Public Works catches up on services still lacks workers

first_imgAfter a month of backlogs and overtime, Bethel’s water tanks are filled and sewer pipes emptied. Public Works caught up on water deliveries Wednesday and on sewer Saturday after a month of delayed service.Bethel water truck (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK)The gridlock began on December 23, two days before Christmas, when a water truck rolled off the road. City Manager Ann Capela says the accident started a cascade effect that spread throughout the Public Works Department.“What we had in December was what you call a perfect storm,” Capela said.The rollover took out a truck and temporarily a driver as well. Meanwhile, a number of people had resigned. Workers were on leave for the holidays. Others were sick.“And all of a sudden, you had a shortage of trucks, shortage of drivers, and shortage of mechanics, and that’s what we’ve been grappling with the past month,” Capela said.To make up for the deficit, drivers worked holidays, weekends, and double-shifts from the time of the accident through this Saturday. Winter’s harsh conditions compounded the problem. Truck breakdowns happened more often, and the Sterling models forming the fleet aren’t made anymore, making finding parts difficult and expensive.Public Works Director Muzaffar Lakhani says with the shortages, the bottleneck squeezed tighter.“We tried to catch up with the previous day’s routes,” Lakhani said, “and then the new day’s routes fall behind. So that’s how we have been behind a day, day and a half, up to two days since Dec 23.”To close the gap, drivers took on multiple shifts and additional routes. Capela says with the push to catch up, stress built and errors multiplied.“Let’s say it’s a new driver on a new route. They don’t know all the nuances, and they get back to the shop, and, ‘Oh my gosh, I missed this address.’ That happens,” she said.Lakhani says customers accommodated the department and Public Works kept an ongoing list of re-dos.In a special meeting last week, City Council approved the purchase of a new water truck. At 4,000 gallons, it holds more than the city’s current trucks. The larger capacity should save the drivers time, allowing them to haul more water in one trip. More importantly, the vehicle is a new Mack truck, and parts should be easy to locate. The Mack should arrive this fall.City Council has also requested $2.6 million from the state to purchase a new fleet, but with the Alaska budget deficit, Capela expects the city will have to create its own designated fund.“The custom, practice and tradition of Alaska for many rural areas,” Capela said, “has been that when villages or cities needed capital investment for infrastructure, they would go to the state, the state was flushed with money, and the state would allocate it. That’s gone.”But even if the city gets new trucks, it’ll still need more workers to drive and fix them. The city is short two mechanics—almost half its budgeted staff—and three drivers. Lakhani says there’s a core group of employees who’ve worked in the department for decades, but a few positions always remain open.“I don’t remember any month we haven’t been looking, haven’t taken the driver positions off our website,” he said.The city has partnered with Yuut Elitnaurviat, an adult workforce development center in Bethel, which started offering Commercial Drivers License courses in 2013. Lakhani says of the six drivers they’ve hired from the school, three remain with the city, and the reasons the others left are common.“The new, young drivers get the experience and then go join their families in the villages or in Anchorage,” Lakhani said. “Either they are not comfortable here, they find a better job, or they find a better place to work.”Public Works isn’t the only city department looking for employees. The finance and police department are both operating on half their budgeted staff.Capela says the deficit comes from Bethel employers competing for a limited skilled labor pool in a geographically isolated area.With Public Works caught up on deliveries, the city doesn’t expect anymore delays. That is if the trucks keep running and the workforce doesn’t diminish.Correction: A previous version of this story said the city has hired three workers who’ve completed the Yuut Elitnaurviat CDL program and only one of those drivers remains with the city. Those numbers are incorrect. The city has hired six workers who’ve completed the Yuut Elitnaurviat CDL program and three of those drivers remain working with the city. Also, a previous version of this story incorrectly titled the adult workforce center as Yuut Elitnaurvik. The correct title is Yuut Elitnaurviat. KYUK regrets the errorslast_img read more

Igiugig hikes to Big Mountain as a part of their local food

first_imgBackpackers from Igiugig hiked the 23 miles to Big Mountain in four days. (Photo by Tatyana Zackar)Igiugig is more than half way through their local foods challenge. The village decided to try eating only locally produced food for six weeks when the students read about a similar project in Australia. They also incorporated a traditional hike into the experiment.Listen nowBig Mountain, 23 miles east of Igiugig, is a customary meeting place between people from Igiugig and Kokhanok. 15 adults and students from elementary to high school braved the four-day hike in the wind and rain. No dehydrated camping food lightened their packs. Since the walk was a part of the food challenge, their menu included moose, dry fish and fresh produce.“It was tough because some of us had to carry apples and heads of lettuce and stuff like that instead of just packing Mountain House [freeze dried food],” eighth-grader Kaylee Hill said.All seemed to agree that one part of the trip was most difficult — swimming Belinda Creek.“That was our biggest obstacle,” Tate Gooden, one of the adults leading the trip, said. “After walking most of the day along the beach that was flooded due to the wind, so we were walking through waves, we were already wet. Then at the end of the day, we had to swim across a frigid creek. It was a little daunting, but everybody rose to the occasion.”The first group that swam across got a fire going so everyone could dry out quickly. It provided an opportunity for the adults leading the hike to talk with the students about preventing hypothermia.The hikers set up a system to ferry bags across Belinda Creek. Then they all swam the stream. (Photo by Tatyana Zackar)The sun came out on Saturday for the final stretch of the hike. The hikers celebrated with a traditional foods feast at Big Mountain. People who stayed behind in the village brought the meal by skiff. After the meal, because there is a runway at Big Mountain, everyone was able to fly home.“Part of the goal was to connect to the landscape that we inhabit and then also connect more to our bodies, and I think we did that. I think at the end everyone was empowered by the fact that we made it,” Gooden said.Back in Igiugig the local food challenge continues. Moose meat dipped in seal oil, bone soup, dry fish and berries are just some of the foods Igugig has been dining on for the last few weeks. Many have made accommodations, participating in the challenge with differing degrees of rigor. Some have decided to eat only foods produced in Alaska. Some have resolved to stick with minimally processed whole foods.Hill has made eating whole foods her goals. She said pizza is the food she misses most. But almost four weeks, into the challenge she feels the benefit of eating well.“I feel like I’m getting a lot more sleep than I used to get,” Hill said.Her father, Karl Hill, is the only one in Igiugig sticking to the most rigorous version of the challenge, eating only foods produced within a 100 mile radius of the village. He too has noticed that he is getting better sleep.“One of the main things I’ve taken away is that it just takes a lot of preparation to be able to eat this way,” Karl Hill said.Overall, he noted that the communal nature of the project has kept people motivated.“I think doing it as a whole community is key to having more people stick with it at one level or another. We have different levels of participation, but I think everybody is having a positive experience of it,” Karl Hill said, adding with a laugh, “We do talk about food a lot.”The six-week project wraps up on Oct. 28. Residents of Igiugig have been taking their weight, blood sugar and heart rate every month during 2017. When they finish the food challenge they will compare the results to see what affect their participation had on their health.last_img read more

Azim Premji investment arm to buy 4 stake in ICICI Prudential Life

first_imgPrivate sector lender ICICI Bank has finalised to sell 6% in its life insurance business to Premji Invest, an investment firm of Wipro chairman Azim Premji, and a subsidiary of Singapore’s state-owned enterprise Temasek Holdings in a deal worth Rs 1,950 crore.The stake sale values ICICI Prudential Life Insurance at Rs 32,500 crore, making it the most valuable private-sector insurance company in the country.Earlier this year, the valuation of the insurer stood at Rs 36,000 crore and the firm was valued at Rs 38,000 crore when it handed out stock options to its employees last year.”The board of ICICI Bank has at its meeting today (Tuesday) approved, subject to government and regulatory approval, the sale of 6% out of ICICI Bank’s shareholding in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance,” said the bank in a filing with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).While Premji Invest and its affiliates will acquire 4% stake from ICICI, the remaining 2% will be sold to Compassvale Investments Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek, The Economic Times reported.With HDFC Life and Reliance Life selling stakes to “financial and strategic investors”, stake-sale activity has been on the rise in the country’s private-sector insurance space. This is seen as a precursor towards listing some of the firms on exchanges.As of now, the insurance regulator has not defined the terms for listing of insurance companies, but a clause in the Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA) Act of 2000 that says 10 years of operations are mandatory for listing may be “enforced soon”.Following the completion of the deal, ICICI Bank’s stake will come down to about 68% in the insurance venture, while its British partner Prudential Plc will hold a stake of 26%. An amendment made to IRDA Act passed earlier this year allows Prudential Plc to increase its stake to 49% in the joint venture.The deal marks the second transaction by Premji Invest in life insurance after it bought 0.95% stake in HDFC Life from HDFC for Rs 200 crore in December last year.last_img read more

Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called gunfight with them in Ballavpur area of Patuakhali sadar upazila early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased, identified as Chand Mia of Amtoli upazila, was a leader of an inter-district robber gang, police claimed.The law enforcement also said Chand Mia was wanted in 30 different law suits including of six murders and convicted in a robbery case filed with Barguna police station.Tipped off that Chand Mia along with his associates gathered in the area to commit robbery, a team of police conducted a drive there in the small hours of Saturday, said Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, the robbers opened fire on police, forcing them to shot back that triggered a gunfight, he said.At one stage, Chand Mia was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.One pipe gun and shells of several rounds of bullet were recovered from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

PRESS ROOM Homeownership in DC Maryland Get 71 Million Boost from NeighborhoodLIFT

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWells Fargo Company, NeighborWorks America, MANNA, Inc. and Community Housing Partners announced the NeighborhoodLIFT program. The program which focuses on boosting local homeownership in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County, Maryland, will launch with a $7.1 million commitment by Wells Fargo.The 2019 NeighborhoodLIFT program is a successor to 2012’s CityLIFT program that created 350 homeowners in the area, according to a news release issued this week.Wells Fargo has conducted 67 LIFT program events in the U.S. since 2012, creating nearly 20,000 homeowners, company officials said in a news release.The NeighborhoodLIFT program is Wells Fargo’s single largest corporate philanthropic effort of its kind in the company’s history and is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.Registration opens Feb. 4 for the free event in Washington from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23Interested homebuyers may register beginning Feb. 4 at www.wellsfargo.com/lift to attend the free event on Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009).Walk-ins also are welcome while grants are available for reservation.To learn more about the eligibility requirements, visit www.wellsfargo.com/lift or call 866-858-2151.Participating homebuyers can obtain mortgage financing from any participating lender.MANNA, Inc. and Community Housing Partners will administer the grants, determine eligibility and provide homebuyer and financial education.Approved homebuyers will have up to 60 days to finalize a contract to purchase a home in Washington, D.C., or Prince George’s County.“NeighborhoodLIFT is part of Wells Fargo’s Where We Live program — a new, five-year, $1.6 billion commitment to lending and philanthropy in Washington, D.C.,” said John Allen, Wells Fargo’s region president in Washington.“The program will help hardworking families and individuals get on the path to achieve successful and sustainable homeownership. It’s one more way Wells Fargo is improving lives and strengthening communities,” Allen said.To be eligible for $20,000 down payment assistance grants, homebuyers must not exceed 100 percent of the local area median income, which is about $117,200 up to a family of four in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County.In addition, special parameters exist for military service members, veterans, teachers, law enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency medical technicians including down payment assistance grants of $22,500 for those earning up to 100 percent of the area median income.In addition, Wells Fargo announced it has committed $325,000 for up to 650 consumers to receive complimentary face-to-face homeownership counseling.Interested homebuyers can receive a voucher at the NeighborhoodLIFT launch event that will provide in-person homeownership counseling at no charge with a participating HU -approved housing counselor in the area.The complimentary Home Ownership Counseling grant program is an additional resource to the homebuyer education required for a NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant.“This innovative public-private collaboration will create about 270 more homeowners in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County,” said Donald Phoenix, regional vice president, Southern region, NeighborWorks America.“The required homebuyer education classes provided by certified professionals better prepare NeighborhoodLIFT homebuyers to achieve their goal of sustainable homeownership.”Approved homebuyers must be approved for home financing with an eligible lender and be in contract to purchase a home in Washington, D.C., or Prince George’s County.To reserve the full grant amount, participants buying a primary residence with the NeighborhoodLIFT program must commit to live in the home for five years.“The NeighborhoodLIFT program will provide homebuyer education and down payment assistance to help families become homeowners,” said the Rev. Jim Dickerson, founder and chief executive officer of MANNA, Inc.“We are excited to team up with Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America and Community Housing Partners to make this opportunity available for so many deserving families.”The NeighborhoodLIFT program is Wells Fargo’s single largest corporate philanthropic effort of its kind in the company’s history and is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.Since 2012, Wells Fargo has committed more than $433 million of down payment assistance, housing counseling, homebuyer support and education in 67 communities across the U.S. through LIFT programs.A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories on the company’s website.last_img read more

Chicago EV Charging Station Powered by Wind

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The “Windy City” is about to make use of that natural source of power, thanks to the addition of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Last year, Chicago offered the first solar powered charging station, in an effort to create a situation in which the electricity being provided to plug in cars was clean. Now, Chicago offers the first wind powered EV charging station in the continental United States. (Hawaii has a wind powered EV charging station.) Image source: Coulomb Technologies The equipment is being provided by Coulomb Technologies, via its distributor Carbon Day Automotive. The wind power is actually coming from a local law firm. The law firm has a partnership with MC Squared Energy Services, and is sending some of the power to the charging station. The agreement uses energy from wind farms in Illinois. MC Squared provides clean energy to a number of commercial businesses.Going forward, Coulomb hopes to create an entire network of rapid-charging stations that could serve as places for electric vehicle drivers to get power for their plug-ins. This would work with all-electric vehicles or with plug-in hybrids. The idea is to assuage fears that electric vehicles don’t do much for the environment, since the electricity that powers them comes from fossil fuel sources. If, however, more EV charging stations offer power from clean sources, then it would enhance the overall “green-ness” of the power grid. Citation: Chicago EV Charging Station Powered by Wind (2010, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-chicago-ev-station-powered.html Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles More information: Green Car Advisor: blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvi … powered-by-wind.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Woodson comparison is an interesting one if only because the future Hall of Famer began his career as a cornerback but transitioned to safety as he got older, playing both positions with aplomb. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds Woodson had excellent size, whereas Mathieu’s 5-foot-9, 186-pound frame puts him on the small side for an NFL safety. Though Mathieu’s offseason will be spent rehabbing from a second knee surgery in three NFL seasons, Cardinals GM Steve Keim has made it very clear locking the safety up with a long-term contract extension is a priority, since the organization views the former third-round pick as one of its core players and a face of the franchise.At just 23 years old, if he can stay healthy Mathieu should have plenty of top-tier football ahead of him, and that’s why NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison put the former LSU Tiger on his All-Under-25 Team. Safety: Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona CardinalsSome league observers had Mathieu as their Defensive Player of the Year before he went down in that Sunday night game in Philly. The “Honey Badger” is the new Charles Woodson — that rare player who can do so many things well. Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher can move him around like the queen on the chessboard. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu is tackled by Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham after he intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories At this point there’s little doubt Tyrann Mathieu’s 2015 season cemented his status as one of the NFL’s premier defensive players.Though he missed the team’s final two regular season games and subsequent playoff matchups with a torn ACL, he finished with 89 total tackles, one sack, five interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one forced fumble.Mathieu was a terror all over the field, as the third-year pro became the type of player offenses had to game plan for. However, no one would argue that Mathieu plays larger than his size, and his production certainly matches Woodson’s.As for Bettcher being able to move Mathieu around the field like a queen on a chessboard, no doubt Mathieu’s versatility is part of what makes him so impactful.last_img read more

Captains Choice is returning to international ski

first_imgCaptain’s Choice is returning to international skies in 2018 with an exclusive portfolio of private jet adventures for the world’s most discerning travellers.To celebrate the announcement, Captain’s Choice hosted an exclusive luncheon at Chiswick in Sydney’s Woollahra on Friday 3 February. Guests, including LATTE, feasted on Matt Moran’s sumptuous shared menu, featuring wood-fired focaccia, beetroot salad, grilled baby octopus, whole roasted chicken and the standout Moran Family lamb shoulder with baby eggplant and chermoula.Guests were told of the newly chartered Boeing 757-200, configured to seat just 50 passengers in spacious luxury, will fly with Captain’s Choice guests to destinations that might otherwise take days to travel between on four separate itineraries, including a rare Around-the-World Journey.Each itinerary has been individually curated to deliver authentic and meaningful experiences in destinations as popular as Venice and as remote as Easter Island, while the miles between them are spent in effortless luxury.Unusually for a luxury jet operator, Captain’s Choice has designed all journeys bar one to depart from Sydney, removing the need for Australian travellers to fly long-haul on a commercial airline to meet their travelling co-hort.Captain’s Choice Executive General Manager, Rob Tandy, said the new programme represented an evolution in private jet touring for the brand, which pioneered the travel style for the Australian market in the 1990s.Notions of what constitutes luxury travel change. For Captain’s Choice today, luxury means small. Our new private jet could carry 230 but we’ve opted for a configuration that just seats just 50 because travelling in a group that is small enough to have meaning interactions in different destinations is a true privilege.Rob Tandy, Executive General ManagerUnique experiences unobtainable any other way are a key feature of the carefully curated itineraries, with Captain’s Choice locking in exclusive dinners with Michelin-starred chefs, private tours and guest-only events throughout the programme.On the Ultimate South America journey guests will have a meal prepared for them by Argentine master of fire, Francis Mallmann, and have a chance to watch him demonstrate his signature cooking methods.Guests on the 21-day Around the World journey will dine on the Great Wall of China, and will be treated to their own Mini Nadaam festival on the Mongolian Steppe before jetting off to Samarkand in Uzbekistan and attending a masquerade ball in Doge’s Palace in Venice.On every journey, Captains Choice is committed to the highest possible levels of service. Dedicated staff ensure that luggage magically appears in hotel suites, taxis arrive without being hailed and Wi-Fi is automatically connected.Guests stay in the world’s finest hotels and benefit from the local knowledge of the expert Captain’s Choice guides who are embedded at each destination.last_img read more

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