Kashmiri journalist Iftikhar Gilani charged with spying for Pakistan

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on India RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more September 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kashmiri journalist Iftikhar Gilani charged with spying for Pakistan Organisation February 23, 2021 Find out more News News March 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF_en News to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific IndiaAsia – Pacific Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) today denounced India’s formal accusation of “military spying” against journalist Iftikhar Gilani.”The charge of spying for a foreign power is a big favourite of governments trying to silence or intimidate journalists who criticise,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Indian interior minister Lal Krishna Advani, who is also vice-premier. “This charge is not based on anything concrete,” he said, demanding that Gilani, who is New Delhi bureau chief of the Kashmir Times and correspondent for the Pakistani daily The Nation, be freed at once and the charges against him dropped.  The Kashmiri-born Gilani has been in prison for the past three months.Police in New Delhi formally charged him on 7 September with spying by handing over to Pakistan documents about the position of Indian soldiers and paramilitary forces in the disputed territory of Kashmir.The charges brought before Judge Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal were based on several articles of the Official Secrets Act and on article 120-B (concerning criminal conspiracy) and article 292 (concerning pornography) of the Indian penal code.Police claim Gilani confessed that documents found in his apartment were being sent to Pakistan.  The charges came two days before expiry of the 90-day limit for Gilani to be held without charges. The court set for 16 September a hearing for an application for his release on bail.After successively accusing Gilani of financial irregularities, spying and involvement in pornography, police said they had found in his computer a document downloaded from an Internet website about the fighting in Kashmir.  The document is available to any Internet user, but the judge handling the case said she “did not have time to check this out”.Gilani, who is being held in Tihar prison, says he is innocent and recently told Reporters Without Borders he was “very depressed.”  At the start of his imprisonment, he was beaten by other detainees and he was refused access to the prison library.last_img read more

5 things to know before accepting ITINs

first_imgFor many credit unions, helping people achieve the American dream is an idyllic fulfillment of their cooperative’s vision. Yet, providing products and services to individuals new to the country brings up a lot of questions for staff, particularly those unfamiliar with the day-to-day challenges of the immigrant journey. Quite a few of those questions are regulatory in nature, and credit unions are right to consider compliance as they research whether this strategy makes sense for their organization, its members and the larger community. That said, the rules and regulations surrounding service to immigrants are not so onerous that they should stand in the way of a credit union’s pursuit of it. This is especially true if the outcomes of such service will have a positive impact on the cooperative’s local community. Credit union executives and board members may find it difficult to visualize service to individuals who do not have social security numbers. Because those 10 digits have made up the cornerstone of our identities for so long, it’s difficult to see another way forward. However, many financial institutions have found exactly that – and are providing much-needed products and services to individuals by accepting what’s known as the ITIN in combination with other identifying data. ITIN stands for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, and it is issued by the IRS to individuals who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a social security number, but are still required to file an income tax return.Granted, the use and acceptance of ITINs as a business practice has been somewhat controversial, and that’s largely because the majority of ITIN holders are undocumented immigrants.  However, some credit unions have been willing to accept the risk associated with this segment because they see the possibilities, understand the value of inclusivity and want to provide needed products and services to their communities.  As you consider whether it makes sense to accept ITIN to further your cooperative’s mission, here are some things to think about…No Regulation Says You Must Accept ITINChoosing not to accept ITINs for loans will not trigger a fair-lending concern.  Denying an ITIN is not considered discriminatory. In fact, many credit unions (and banks) do not accept ITINs, mainly due to the unique risks involved with ITIN lending. ITIN Acceptance May Set You ApartGiven the above, ITIN acceptance may provide your credit union with a competitive advantage in your area, especially if it is experiencing rapid growth of the Hispanic population – a segment that includes millions of ITIN holders. Membership growth is another potential outcome from executing the strategy of ITIN acceptance. ITIN Can Not Stand AloneIt’s important to understand the ITIN is not a considered a form of identification. The IRS actually states on its website that the agency does not perform validation or verification of the information provided during the ITIN application process.  So, it cannot be relied upon as a form of identification. However, Customer Identification Program (CIP) rules make it relatively easy to comply with account-opening Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements for ITIN holders.  All that is needed is name, date of birth, address and one of the following:  U.S. taxpayer identification number, foreign passport, U.S. immigrant ID card or government-issued document evidencing nationality with a photo from a non-U.S. country.ITIN + SSN = Red FlagA person can have either an ITIN or a SSN, but generally not both.  If someone presents both, additional research is needed.   If you are unable to resolve this discrepancy, this could be a situation for which a suspicious activity report (SAR) may need to be filed.Risk Tolerance Must Factor into ITIN DecisionUse of an ITIN does not automatically mean there is a higher risk the loan won’t be paid back. It does, however, present risk related to the collateral, such as the borrower being forced to leave the country before the loan is paid off.  This should be considered as part of your credit union’s risk appetite.There is no right or wrong answer as to whether your credit union should accept ITINs or offer loans using an ITIN as part of the documentation.  It is a business decision for your board and executive management to make as they weigh the potential impact to the community against the associated risk to the cooperative. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cindy Williams Cindy Williams is vice president of regulatory compliance for PolicyWorks, a national leader of credit union compliance solutions. She can be reached at [email protected] Web: www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

Binghamton University holds ‘STEM’ career fair Tuesday

first_img“What’s amazing is, every year the different technologies, the different fields that come up because of science and engineering. We’re constantly trying to stay in the forefront,” said Fleishman CareerCenter Director Denise Lorenezetti. Held in the Mandela Room on campus, the fair gave students a wide variety of full-time and part-time jobs, as well as internship opportunities. The university held a job fair, featuring dozens of employers in the STEM fields, or the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. While the job fair had a focus in STEM, students of all majors and studies were invited to attend.center_img Educators say with the ever-changing job market, it’s important for students to stay ahead of the game when looking for their next job. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University students got a head start on their careers Tuesday.last_img read more

Penn Hills beats Gateway 18-7 in annual Backyard Brawl

first_imgBIG DEFENSIVE PLAY—JayVaughn Kirkland of Penn Hills bats down a pass by Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson. As the kickoff drew near Friday night between Gateway and Penn Hills, there was almost a basketball- like atmosphere. The Gateway student section, dressed in black and gold, was cheering loudly and the Penn Hills percussion section was aiding in the pre-game revelry. Then, the Gators went out on the field, holding hands marching 2-by-2 to the beat of its own drum. But in front of one of the largest crowd ever to fill Walter “Pete” Antimarino Stadium, the Penn Hills “road warriors” left with bragging rights and an 18-7 victory. Both teams are led by outstanding Black head coaches, Gateway’s Terry Smith and Penn Hills’ Ron Graham.The 2010 edition of the Penn Hills Indians has the potential to be very, very good. They entered the season having to replace graduating seniors, including defensive lineman Aaron Donald (Pitt), linebacker Myles Davis (Syracuse), cornerback Cullen Christian (Michigan) and wide-receiver-cornerback Brandon Ifill (Pitt).Sophomore Aaron Bailey got the Indians on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown run. Gateway blocked the kick and Penn Hills led 6-0.Penn Hills extended its lead to 12-0 when Corey “If I’m even, I’m leavin’” Jones sprinted around left end for a 49-yard touchdown run.Jones, who is like a thoroughbred racehorse, with great speed and athletic ability on his side, vaulted out of the stable with a game high 103 yards rushing, trampling the Gators.Jones, who already returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, is establishing himself as one of the top game breakers in the area and WPIAL.Hopewell junior Rushel Shell is the best in the nation and Schenley’s Deandre Black is the most underrated game breaker.Jones is a breath of fresh air with all the WPIAL superstars out with injuries.West Allegheny’s Mike Caputo, Gateway’s Dondi Kirby, Chartiers Valley’s Wayne Capers, Woodland Hills’ Lafayette Pitts, Charleroi’s Quentin Briggs and Aliquippa’s Troy Jeter are all down and out.Penn Hills’ Jones and offensive coordinator Demond Gibson are ready to reveal “secret weapons” to all their fans.Gibson, who captained the Penn Hills 1995 State Championship team, del­ved into the psychological factors that could seriously affect victory or defeat. Having been on the biggest high school, college and professional stages himself, Gibson knows the mindset it takes to win at Penn Hills.“A great running game and defense is what wins championships,” said Gibson.“When I played at Penn Hills we had two 1,500- plus yard rushers. The greatest feeling for an offensive lineman is to move somebody off the ball against his will.” Smithwoke up his troops after halftime when “super sophomore” Darin Franklin returned the second half kickoff 56 yards to the Indians 39-yard line. Quarterback Thomas Woodson passed 23 yards to Wayne Blye for a touchdown to cut the lead to 12-7. New Gateway field general Woodson is only a sophomore, but the young quarterback has some big shoes to fill.Rob Kalkstein, the former four-year starter, passed for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. Kalkstein is one of the WPIAL’s all-time passing leader with over 6,000 career yards.“This is my ninth year as the head coach of Gateway and this is my youngest team,” said Smith. “I really like our secondary. We converted Nolan Toran and Armstead Williams from linebacker to safety. We have a very physical defense.”Penn Hills won in spite of itself at times—the Indians committed 10 penalties for over 100 yards. The mistakes did little to level the playing field, because Gateway committed 14 penalties and threw four interceptions.The final touchdown came courtesy of junior running back Malik Bateman, who scored on a 23-yard scamper to give the Indians a very rare victory at Gateway. Most teams that enter Antimarino Stadium have a very negative, defeatist attitude, but Jones is a different cat and Gibson has the winning formula.last_img read more

M’Town Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Accident

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Town­ship police are continuing to investigate a traffic fatality at a Route 36 intersection that occurred last weekend.Police said, that while information about the collision was still limited, they know that at 8:06 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, a vehicle traveling south on the highway struck and killed a female pedestrian. The woman was crossing the road at the Wilson Avenue intersection, located in the township’s Port Monmouth section.Detective Lt. Stephen Dollinger, a police spokes­man, identified the victim as Erica L. Hamdan, 31, a Port Monmouth resident. Hamdan was crossing the intersection with another pedestrian, who was not identified, when she was struck, Dollinger said.Police identified the driver as Jordan E. Bishop, 23, Long Branch.Emergency personnel treated Hamdan at the scene, transporting her to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where she was pronounced dead at 8:54 p.m., according to Dollinger.Police and emergency personnel closed a portion of the highway to traffic for approximately two hours, the spokesman said.Any witnesses are asked to contact the police department traffic bureau at 732-615-2045.last_img read more

Holmdel Cop Steps Off The Beat To Help His Brothers

first_imgThree-Day Trek To Raise PTSD AwarenessBy John BurtonHOLMDEL – It was a long, tough weekend for Mike Dowens but worth every step of the journey.“I figure if I can help one person or maybe two, it would be a successful mission,” said Dowens this week, as he talked about three-day foot trek to Washington, D.C.Dowens, who has been a Holmdel police patrolman for six years, is a 37-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who decided to walk continuously from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in the township, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital over a period of three days.Dowens undertook what became a pretty arduous endeavor for a dual purpose: to raise public awareness of the impact post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is having on scores of returned and returning military veterans and to raise money for The Refuge, an Ocklawaha, Florida, treatment facility specializing in caring for those dealing with PTSD and trauma.Dowens was able to raise $26,000 for the facility through a GoFundMe campaignEarlier this week Dowens was recovering from the effects of the 237-mile walk that began last Thursday morning and concluded at about 8:45 p.m. on Saturday. Upon returning to New Jersey, Dowens was admitted to Bayshore Community Hospital, in the township, to be treated for dehydration, exhaustion and what the walk did to his feet, hip, knee and the backpack straps to his back, he explained on Monday.It was grueling,” he said, explaining he did not stop not even to sleep or for a severe rainstorm, stopping only to eat. “But I could barely eat anything,” he said, and opted to continue. “I was able to push through it.”Dowens had begun the trip with two other veterans, but they wound up having to drop out after injuring themselves before making it out of New Jersey.As tough as it was, “If I had to put myself through a small amount of discomfort and agony to realize what they go through,” with “they” referring to veterans who continue to suffer the lasting effects of PTSD—“You can’t compare the two.”Post-traumatic stress syndrome- “It’s something that American public needs to know more about,” he said. Dowens said it qualifies as a disease and should be treated as such.Dowens speaks from personal experience. From 2002 to 2006 he was a U.S. Navy search and rescue swimmer, having served in Liberia, Somalia and Haiti, where his service led to his PTSD which he was treated for at The Refuge.He was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran, stemming from his diagnosis of asthma. He said he had tried to re-enlist on nine separate occasions, hoping to continue to serve, but was rejected because of his asthma. He acknowledged that led to a sense of guilt and loss of camaraderie and wanted to figure out some way to continue to serve.“I thought what better way to serve again and help other veterans get the same help I did.”He hopes his efforts will make people aware of what some returning veterans go through – the anxiety, depression, inability to adjust to civilian life; in some cases, alcohol and drug abuse – all of which can be as disabling as any physical combat wound.“I just wish government-subsidized programs did more for veterans coming home,” he said. “Since they don’t, I figured I would take it on and help someone else who’s suffering from it.”And this will be an ongoing effort. “I plan on doing it every year,” he vowed. “If it helps someone, I’ll do it as long as I can.”last_img read more

Secrets & Sabotage: Hands-on with the Nazi Enigma Machine

first_imgBy Ben Forest |“Everything written about World War II before the 1970s is basically wrong. The breaking of the Enigma machine code changed the course of the war,” Tom Perera, Ph.D., told the packed gathering at the keynote presentation of the annual Vintage Computer Festival held April 1 and 2 at the former Fort Monmouth “Camp Evans” in Wall Township.“Inside the Enigma: The history, technology and the real story behind The Imitation Game” was the theme of the keynote presented by Perera and his son Dan. They are the principles behind EnigmaMuseum.com, a for-profit company with an online museum dedicated to locating, restoring, preserving, and trading German Enigma machines, as well as other antique communications devices. The elder Perera is a former professor of neuroscience at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Montclair State University.“The most important use of the Enigma was on the German U-boats,” said Perera. “Every submarine had one. During the war, submarines were deadly. They sank 3,000 ships and killed 150,000 men. Fifteen million tons of cargo went down. They were really threatening to win World War II. It was critical to decipher the Enigma messages.”“I am going to say this for the first time in public,” he told the room of computer enthusiasts, contending the machine was actually an early kind of computer. “The Enigma has a keyboard, display and a central processing unit,” Perera explained. “What I want you to ask yourself during this presentation is, ‘Was the Enigma an early form of computer?’”The Enigma machine was a very effective and complex coding device used by the Nazi military during World War II. Allied forces considered breaking the code and the machine’s operation vital to their efforts to defeat the Axis powers. The Allies’ eventual breaking of the Enigma code during the war was actually kept secret from the public for 30 years afterwards.“The Imitation Game,” a 2014 movie about the breaking of the Enigma codes starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is an “inaccurate” picture of how the codes were broken, said Perera. Ironically, the machine used in the film was provided by Perera’s Enigma Museum.A working Enigma machine can sell to collectors for more than $200,000.“The Polish mathematicians did not get any credit for the essential work until 1999,” Perera said. He contends the Poles were the first to break some of the Enigma codes and the French smuggled their work to England when Poland was invaded in 1939. It was a “team effort” according to Perera. The Polish government realized early on the threat posed by Germany and invested in breaking Enigma’s secrets.Alan Turing, a British mathematician and cryptanalyst and the focus of “The Imitation Game,” played a big part in the development of the British Colossus, the computer that continued to break the Enigma codes, said Perera. “Turing realized the Germans were constantly improving their technology and built upon the work of the Polish mathematicians,” he suggested. Another key breakthrough was the British capture of the Enigma code books from German ships. Perera points to “Seizing the Enigma” by David Kahn as a seminal work about this event.The Pereras realized the Enigma decoding was only part of the German’s undoing. The two have taken apart and analyzed over 60 machines and found “sabotage” to individual units, as well. The Germans “foolishly used prisoners in building the machines,” explained Perera. The Jewish prisoners building the Enigmas found creative and innovative ways of ensuring the machines would pass factory inspection but fail in the field. They could short-circuit the decoding in many ways, said Perera, through non-conductive glue on the wiring connections to a simple fishhook placed in the unit.The Pereras have a global network of contacts, collectors and historians who provide information and help in finding and purchasing Enigma machines. A working Enigma machine in good condition can cost over $200,000.Like many attendees at the Vintage computer show, Perera said he had a lifetime passion for computers. Sharing his computer-nerd war-stories with attendees – including years of “dumpster-diving” to get computers and other technology being thrown out by the U.S. government.He became interested in codes and the Enigma during his work in neuroscience, which is “the study of electric connections in the brain,” said Perera. Those connections seemed similar to the connections needed to code the Enigma. Perera enjoys the travel involved with the Enigma Museum business and the amazing people he has met.The annual Vintage Computer Festival is organized by the Vintage Computer Federation and hosted by InfoAge (Information Age Learning Center), which utilizes some of the historic district buildings on Camp Evans to promote science and the scientific and military history of the camp. Camp Evans was home to a 1914 transatlantic radio receiver and various World War II/Cold War laboratories of the United States Army.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Collier, Matthew pace Neptunes Silver City attack

first_imgSamuel Matthew and winter club swimmer Niallan Collier captured gold medals to lead the Nelson Neptunes at the Trail Stingrays meet Sunday in the Silver City.Matthew won gold in division three boys while Collier, who swims for the Kootenay Winter Club squad, topped the O Cat 2 Boys category.The medals highlighted the weekend for the rebuilding Neptunes, finishing sixth overall in the team standings.Host Trail captured the top prize over rival Castlegar with surprising Grand Forks third.Kimberley finished fourth with Colville, Wash., fifth.Creston rounded out the seven-team field.Other medal wins by Neptune swimmers were by Rebecca Afford in division seven girls. Afford edged out sister Melissa for the second place finish.Kinadra McLaren took home the bronze in division six girls while Jakob Broger finished third in division one boys.The Neptunes travel to Creston Saturday for the annual meet in the East Kootenay [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay Wildcats hope public jumps on board goal of attending hockey tournament in Saskatchewan

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats Girl’s Hockey team needs help from the public to attend the prestigious Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament next month in Wilcox, Sask.The tournament attracts many elite teams and college scouts from across North America.“This year the Wildcats have worked hard and as result of their early achievements have for the first time qualified to participate in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament to be held at Notre Dame,” said a team spokesperson.The estimated cost to attend the tournament is approximately $20,000. The players are currently locked in fundraising plans to help offset costs.The Wildcats, consisting of players from Golden to Trail, compete in the B.C Hockey Female ‘AAA’ Midget League playing against teams from Richmond, Fraser Valley, Prince George and Kelowna.Team members train weekly, some traveling hours in cars to attend practice.The Wildcats program has experienced tremendous success during the past decade, twice earning Female Midget ‘AAA’ Provincial Championship honours.Graduates of the Wildcats have received scholarships at play at the college and university level while pursuing an education.For more information on how to help the Wildcats get to Saskatchewan contact Team Manager Curtis Biggs at (250) 357-9373 or email [email protected]; or coach Cary Fisher (250) 368-1688 [email protected]: To help raise funds the Kootenay Wildcats have entered the Best Buy All Star Grants competition. This is an online voting competition with 10 winning teams taking home a $2000.00 grant. Voting is open now until December 6, allowing fans to can vote once everyday. Go to http://application.3tierlogic.com/bestbuy/microsite/bc/preview.php?p=&cid=482# to help Kootenay Wildcats:last_img read more

Round-up: Knee problem keeps Hall sidelined

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesGrant Hall is set to miss QPR’s game against Nottingham Forest.Rangers hoped Hall would return from a knee problem in time for the game at Loftus Road, where a win would guarantee their Championship status.But his season is almost certainly over as he is still recovering from the injury and is also expected to miss the match at Norwich on the final day of the campaign. Smithies wins awardsAlex Smithies has been named QPR’s player of the year.The goalkeeper won the Supporters’ Player of the Year, Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year and Junior Hoops Player of the Year awards.Ryan Manning has won the Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year award. Holloway’s plea to fansEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway has urged QPR fans to get behind their team in Saturday’s game against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.“The lads have lost a bit of confidence, and we need the crowd to help us,” manager Holloway told the club’s website.“That’s all I’m asking – if you see the effort you demand, please keep on encouraging the players.“If you don’t, you can hammer them and you can hammer me, because that’s not right.“But I’m telling you, they’ll be at it – and they won’t let you down.” Chelsea set to face LukakuEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte says he is well aware of the threat Romelu Lukaku will pose to Chelsea when the Everton striker faces his former club on Sunday.Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, has scored 25 goals this season.He will come up against a Chelsea side that leads the Premier League table but has shown some of vulnerability at the back.“Lukaku for sure is a really good player and is scoring a lot of goals. We must pay great attention,” said Blues boss Conte.“As always, we study the opposition to try to find the best solution to stop them – single players and the team.” ‘Four or five’ good Chelsea prospectsEmbed from Getty ImagesConte says Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup triumph showed they have players with real potential.Conte watched alongside club owner Roman Abramovich as Chelsea won the trophy for the fourth season in a row, beating Manchester City in a one-sided second leg at Stamford Bridge.The Blues boss was encouraged by what he saw but acknowledges it remains difficult for players at top clubs to make the step up from youth level.“We watched the game together. It is always good to see Mr Abramovich and to see our team win for the fourth time in a row – it was good,” Conte said.“In this team I saw four or five with good prospects for the future, but you know that it is not easy for them to be Chelsea players in the first team.“Because of this gap, it is not simple, not only for Chelsea but also other teams. But we must be proud of our work in the academy.“We have four players (in the first-team squad) from the academy in Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina and I think this is great.” Weather frustrates MiddlesexHalf-centuries from Paul Stirling, John Simpson and James Franklin – plus some brilliant late hitting from Ryan Higgins – proved fruitless as bad weather prevented a result in the opening Royal London One-Day Cup match at Lord’s.Stirling (71), Franklin (69), Simpson (82 not out) and Higgins (48 not out) propelled Middlesex to a challenging total of 341-5 in their 50 overs.But the rain arrived with Sussex 26-1 from four overs in reply, meaning both teams take a point each.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more