I-T department attaches ₹400-crore ‘benami’ property of BSP chief Mayawati’s brother

first_imgThe Income-Tax Department on Thursday attached a ₹400 crore worth “benami” property belonging to Anand Kumar, brother of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.Sources in the department confirmed that the attached property belonging to Mr. Kumar and his wife was allegedly purchased using ₹400-450 crore of funds from benami transactions. However, the actual value of the property was not clear.The commercial property is located in a prime location of Noida and is said to measure 7 acres.After the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Ms. Mayawati reappointed her brother, a businessman who maintains a low-key political profile, as her deputy in the party. Mr. Kumar’s son, Akash Anand, who is seen as Ms. Mayawati’s successor in the BSP, was also appointed national coordinator, with the BSP overlooking its traditional stand against dynasty politics. The I-T Department issued an order under section 24(3) of the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988 to attach Mr. Kumar’s property, reported PTI, which accessed a copy of the order. The agency reported that according to the findings of the probe, the tax department detected a “complex web of shareholding” by at least six firms, including dummy companies, who were the “benamidars” or the entities in whose name the “benami” property is standing.This is not the first time Mr. Kumar’s financial dealings and businesses have come under the scanner of officials.A month after demonetisation of high-currency in November 2016, the Enforcement Directorate detected cash deposits of over ₹ 104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and ₹1.43 crore in an account belonging to Mr. Kumar in a branch of United Bank of India in Delhi during a routine survey to check suspicious deposits.Ms. Mayawati then accused the BJP-led Union government of misusing official machinery to “target” and “malign” her party and its top leaders. She said all deposits were made in banks in accordance with tax “norms” as part of the party’s “routine exercise.”The BJP, however, used it in its 2017 Assembly polls campaign to target Ms. Mayawati with its star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi even labelling the BSP as “Behenji Sampatti Party” in his public meetings. Ms. Mayawati is yet to react to the I-T Department’s latest action.last_img read more

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Sushil, Yogeshwar to skip FILA World Wrestling Championships to prepare for Asian Games

first_imgYogeshwar and Sushil won gold each in the men’s 74kg and 65kg freestyle in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.Star grapplers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt have decided to skip the FILA World Wrestling Championships to be held next month in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to avoid injuries and preserve themselves for the upcoming Asian Games.Sushil and Yogeshwar, who won a gold each in men’s 74kg and 65kg freestyle in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will not take part in the world meet to be held from September 4 to 18.Amit Kumar Dahiya and Babita Kumari, who won a gold each in Glasgow in men’s 57kg and women’s 55kg freestyle, will also not take part in the World Championships.Wrestling head coach Vinod Kumar told PTI that India will send a ‘B’ team in the World Championships in view of the Asian Games.”It will be really hectic for Sushil and Yogeshwar to take part in both the World Championships and Asian Games as barely 10 days separate the two events. They have to be kept fighting fit for the Asian Games and avoid injuries. Amit Kumar Dahiya is also not taking part (in World Championships).So basically we are sending a ‘B’ team in the World Championships,” Vinod Kumar said.”World Championships is an important event in the wrestling calendar but we feel Asian Games are even more important as they are the premier multi-sporting event of the continent and the performance of our wrestlers will reflect on India’s medal tally. We have to choose between two important events and we opted for Asian Games to field our top wrestlers,” he reasoned.advertisementlast_img read more

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Harvard University to hold training prog for jail officials

first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) US-based Harvard University will take up a training programme for Maharashtra jail officials next year on various issues ranging from inmates welfare to renaming of prisons as Correction Homes. “The University has agreed in principle to take up a customised programme next year. The programme will be as per our requirement on surveillance, jail security and inmates welfare. Superintendent and DIG rank officials will be selected to attend the programme. American officers will also be part of it,” Principal Secretary (Home) Vijay Satbir Singh told PTI. On the lines of Chicago jails where 30 per cent of inmates suffer mental disorder and the prisons are called as Correction Centres, state authority will take steps to rename domestic jails as sudhar griha (correction home). “We too are going to call our jails Sudhar griha and the jails will also have Department of correction,” Singh said. Meanwhile, the Home department is in the process of simplifying all permissions and licenses for eating joints, arms licenses and other licenses under the Bombay Police Act. “We want to make the process of applications simple, transparent and hassle free with minimal paper work. Home department is concerned with security, law and order and traffic. As Regulatory authority, the relevant information while complying with all norms and standards, will be sought in simple format,” he said. Singh said the rules and Acts will be amended to provide for Single-Window Clearance. “Due to repetitive procedures, there is difficulty in starting businesses. Hence, rules and Acts will be amended to provide Single-Window Clearance,” he said. PTI MR ARS ISHadvertisementlast_img read more

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China hails new era with 5G network

first_imgBeijing: 5G network is already a reality and China wants to spearhead its growth, experts at a mobile communications fair in Asia said Wednesday. Telecommunications companies at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai – an offshoot of the world’s biggest fair which takes place every year in Barcelona (Spain)- have put all their efforts into showcasing 5G advances, a technology that, according to experts, will ring in a new era in areas ranging from medicine to transportation, the Efe news reported. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app 5G goes far beyond mobile phones and as such telecoms specialists are in a race to diversify and position themselves at the helm of this technology that will allow the sharing of information and data at a speed up to ten times higher than that of the currently used 4G network. This ensures that there is hardly any network latency, the time it takes for a bit of data to travel across a network to an endpoint or other networks. The groundbreaking speed of 5G data sharing will have an impact on myriad activities and sectors. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Driverless trucks that circulate in dangerous areas such as mines could be operated remotely; surgical operations could be done using robots that operate with millimetric precision thanks to the absence of the aforementioned network latency, and autonomous vehicles will be capable of minimising braking distances. These were just some of the possible applications that were presented at the fair. “Today, everything is ahead of us. A year ago we dreamed about what could happen but now I firmly believe that 5G is already here, it is coming,” Ken Hu, Global Vice President of Huawei Technologies said during a talk at the MWC fair. In the last year “many countries have already started to develop 5G networks” and there are “increasingly more terminals and electronic devices developed for this new technology”. Hu presented Huawei as a pioneer in the development of 5G and noted that the multinational has managed to sign 50 commercial contracts for 5G to date (28 of them in Europe, 11 in the Middle East, six in Asia, four in America and one in Africa). The growth the Chinese tech giant has enjoyed proves that the US’ veto, in place since May, has not hindered its development, Hu added. “I can clearly say to everyone that with regards to 5G we will not be affected at all,” he continued. “We will continue to be leaders in 5G because, among other things, we will maintain and increase investment,” Hu said. Huawei began to research the field a decade ago and to date has invested over $4 billion in the technology. The battle to dominate 5G has been one of the elements that has underpinned the US-China trade war. On June 6, the Chinese government decided to hail a “new era” in the telecoms industry and granted the first licences for the commercial use of 5G networks to China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network. Despite this, experts cited by the Asian giant’s specialist press agree that the companies will probably take longer to offer full 5G services to their customers due to the “high costs” it incurs. Something experts agree on though is that sooner or later when 5G is widely available, it will trigger a revolution. “I believe that all industries will benefit from a change in the use and approach of all these technologies. 5G will be an important foundation for China’s digital economy,” Hu said. Although 5G dominated the congress, some brands also presented some innovations, such as the Chinese telecoms company OPPO, which exhibited its first under-screen selfie camera. Minor news for a fair that still lives in the shadow of its parent, the Mobile World Congress that was held in Feb. in Barcelona.last_img read more

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Jane Lynch Voices New Video For Love Has No Labels

first_imgThe Ad Council is celebrating Valentine’s Day and the one-year anniversary of Love Has No Labels with the release of a new video voiced by award-winning actress Jane Lynch and social activations across platforms to further the message of acceptance across all communities.The new video looks back on the extraordinary strides the nation has made in diversity and inclusion, and reminds viewers about the continued need to rethink their biases. Campaign brand partners The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, P&G, Unilever and State Farm will join the celebration, including sharing social content on their channels.“Love Has No Labels instantly struck an emotional chord with people throughout the world and initiated a dialogue about the importance of accepting and loving others, and celebrating our differences,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “With the one-year anniversary of the filming coming up and the holiday that celebrates love, I can’t think of a better time to remind audiences about our messages.”Created pro bono by R/GA, Love Has No Labels encourages audiences to examine their implicit biases — ones most people don’t realize they have — in order to promote acceptance regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, age and ability. Since the initial video, filmed on Valentine’s Day 2015, debuted exclusively by Upworthy it has been viewed over 160 million times making it the 2nd most viewed video of 2015. Additionally, it was the 2nd most viral video on Facebook, the 4th most viewed on YouTube and one of the best performing Upworthy videos of all time. As a result, there have been over 2.7 million sessions on lovehasnolabels.com, where visitors can take a quiz to examine their own bias. Since the video launched, more adults report discussing discrimination and prejudice and saying that they are regularly accepting and inclusive of others, according to a recent Ad Council survey. However approximately 20 percent of adults still report they themselves are prejudiced or discriminatory.Today Upworthy is kicking off the anniversary activation with an original video highlighting milestones in diversity over the past year, including the legalization of same sex marriage, transgender awareness, the first female Army Rangers and many more, as well as noteworthy moments for the campaign. The video calls on viewers to share their own stories using the hashtag #lovehasnolabels to further awareness around this issue. The campaign also encourages audiences to use Faces of Love, a social tool on the campaign website, to upload a picture showing how their love has no labels. To date, more than 1,000 personal stories have been shared in the social gallery of the website and the hashtag has been used over 30,000 times generating over 110 million potential impressions.Additionally, HelpsGood, a social good-focused digital agency, created a series of Valentine’s Day e-cards featuring the campaign’s iconic skeletons that can be shared with loved ones, including friends and family members across social media channels. The ecards remind users to put aside identity labels in the name of love and symbolize that before anything else, we’re all human. A number of social and digital partners are also lending their support and resources to the Love Has No Labels celebration, including AOL where there will be features on the campaign throughout the site.Since the campaign launched last year, it has received an outpouring of support and recognition: the video, created by R/GA, won eight Cannes Lions and 11 Clio Awards; YouTube creator, Joey Graceffa exclusively shared his coming out story to help further campaign messaging; and within days of the initial video launch, the message was shared by influencers including the First Lady, George Takei, Deepak Chopra and Mario Goetz.To date, the campaign has received nearly $27 million in donated media, including $8.68 million in media value generating nearly 6 billion digital impressions from AOL. New creative for Love Has No Labels will be launching across the country this spring.last_img read more

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Average US 30year mortgage rate dips to 415 per cent

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 per cent from 4.17 per cent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.65 per cent a year ago and averaged 3.65 per cent through 2016, lowest in records going back to 1971.The rate on 15-year mortgages dropped to 3.35 per cent this week from 3.39 per cent and 2.95 per cent a year ago.Both rates fell for the second straight week.But rates have soared since President Donald Trump was elected Nov. 8. Investors have bid rates higher because they expect Trump’s plans to cut taxes and increase spending on infrastructure will boost growth and inflation.The Federal Reserve raised short-term rates in December and is expected to continue hiking rates this year. read more

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UN agency hails pledge by more than 100 cities to fight hunger

“A majority of the population of the world already lives in cities and the urban population is going to increase, particularly in developing countries,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a press release. “Unfortunately, many cities cannot ensure regular and stable access to adequate food and water for all, nevertheless food security and nutrition remains overlooked in urban planning and development,” he warned.Meanwhile, at a mayors’ summit in Milan organized in the context of the Expo Milano universal trade exhibition under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” Mr. da Silva applauded Milan’s Mayor Giuliano Pisapia and his counterparts from other cities for signing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Through the agreement, cities adhere to four principles: guaranteeing healthy food for all, promoting sustainability in the food system, educating the public about healthy eating, and reducing waste.Urban centres will be key actors in achieving the globally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the eradication of hunger by 2030, Mr. da Silva said, noting that achieving these goals or sustaining them in the long run will also require tackling climate change and reducing emissions.He also referred to the need to address unhealthy or wasteful practices. “Obesity grows at alarming rates, particularly in urban areas of middle and upper income countries, where diet changes are driven by people’s lifestyles,” he said, underlining how food waste in cities is increasingly higher.“Among other reasons, urban customers often discard fruits and vegetables that don’t look good, even when they are perfectly fresh,” Mr. da Silva added.The framework for the Urban Food Policy Pact, which was developed with FAO’s technical assistance, recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach that brings together governments, private sector and civil society.It also underscores the importance of enhancing the links between urban centres and their surrounding rural areas. In this context, Mr. da Silva cited innovative solutions such as the increase in small-scale urban and peri-urban agriculture that can produce food which helps to diversify and foster healthier diets of families and households living in cities. Expo Milano began in May and continues until the end of October. read more

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Loch Lomond hotel fire Two people killed after blaze hits luxury resort

first_img“Around 0650 hours, police were called to a report of a fire at the hotel. More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building which has been extensively damaged. A spokesman added: “Officers remain at the scene and are working with other emergency services to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.”One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Four people were taken to hospital, one to the RAH who later died. A further three people were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.”A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.” “The fire has caused extensive damage to the central section of the hotel.  Our crews have been working tirelessly since 7am. We have 14 fire appliances at its height tackling this fire and more than 70 firefighters. “As you can imagine, as well as being an absolutely tragic incident where people have lost their lives, it is an extremely complicated incident and fire to contain and will continue to do so. “We will continue to work with partners to bring this incident to a conclusion.  But again, I reiterate that our thoughts and condolences very much are with the two people who have lost their lives this morning as a result of this fire.” Andy Roger, the hotel’s resort director, said: “The safety and well-being of our guests, employees and neighbours is our first priority, and our deepest condolences are with the families of those affected.”We are working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire, and to provide support to our guests and the families of those affected.” Jim Slight, from Dalkeith in Midlothian, was staying at the hotel with his wife to celebrate his 57th birthday. He left the building by a fire door after the alarm sounded then walked along the front of the building, past the main entrance.He said: “Smoke was billowing from the building. We could see two of the rooms were filled with smoke.  And just as we were passing the corner of the building we heard glass smashing above. “That’s when three people came out on the balcony above. You could only see their heads because there was a stone balustrade around it.” Cameron House Hotel is one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotelsCredit:Chris Watt for The Telegraph Cameron House Hotel  Two people have died after fire tore through a five-star hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond. Police Scotland confirmed the deaths after the blaze broke out at the luxury Cameron House hotel in the early hours of Monday.Three others were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but were later discharged.More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel  – which was “extensively damaged” – while emergency services took control of the area.Firefighters searched the building and tackled flames in the roof of the hotel from an aerial unit.Police and fire officers are now investigating the cause of the fire. Cameron House Hotel Cameron House is one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotels with views across Loch Lomond. On its Facebook page, the hotel said the fire was within the main building.An 18th century Baronial mansion, it was converted into a luxury hotel and resort in 1986 after it was sold by the Smollett family, who held the property for three centuries.The venue offers a romantic location for weddings, a championship standard course for golfers and five-star facilities for guests.Chef Martin Wishart has a Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel. On its website, Cameron House said the fire was within the main building.A message read: “We would ask all guests and customers to remain patient as we work with the emergency services to establish the extent of the damage and ascertain when we will be able to re-open.” Cameron House Hotel Smoke pours from the luxury hotel on Monday morningCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Emergency services standing by to treat hotel staff and guestsCredit:Andrew Milligan /PAcenter_img Flames and smoke billow from the Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond Cameron House Hotel is a landmark on the banks of Loch LomondCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA He said a fire engine arrived with a ladder and firefighters rescued two adults and a baby from the balcony, which he said had “started to get really thick smoke up there.”The majority of evacuated guests were wearing their hotel bathrobes and were given blankets to keep warm. Mr Slight said the “consensus” among those watching the blaze was that it started around the reception area and he paid tribute to the “excellent” hotel staff.Guest Ainsley Huxham told BBC Scotland: “As soon as we left our room – I just thought it was a fire alarm, just like a practise go. But when we left – five stairs down from our room – we saw a whole room full of smoke and flames.”So we had to run back down the hall, chapped on everyone’s doors and shouted ‘fire!’. And by the time we had got outside, the whole field was full of people.”Much of the interior of the main central section of the hotel, thought to be the oldest part, was visibly blackened, with upper floor windows smashed to allow the firefighters’ water jets access to the flames.A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can now confirm two people have died following a fire at the Cameron House Hotel earlier today, Monday 18 December 2017. Cameron House Hotel Flames lick the skyline above the Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch LomondCredit:Phil Dye /Daily Record David McGown, the assistant chief officer of Scottish Fire and Rescue, confirmed that two hotel guests passed away as a result of the blaze. He said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call this morning at around 6.40am to a fire within Cameron House Hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond. “Unfortunately, and tragically, this has resulted in two people losing their life as a result of the fire. “The fire and rescue service’s condolences go out to the people involved in this tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives this morning.  This is absolutely dreadful news. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who have died, and to all those affected. My thanks also to our brave firefighters and emergency services. https://t.co/JnIbVs6vHr— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 18, 2017 Local MP Martin Docherty described the blaze as “dreadful news”, while Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said: “Devastating news about the fire at Cameron House. So terrible to hear of casualties at this time of year.”Thanks to the emergency services who have been working all morning to get the fire under control.”Speaking on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council, Provost William Hendrie said: “It is heart-breaking to hear that people have died as a result of the fire at Cameron House today. “The families of those who have sadly died in such tragic circumstances will need all of our support and I know that the thoughts of the people of West Dunbartonshire will be with them. For something like this to happen so close to Christmas is just too painful to comprehend.” The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said officers carried out a search of the building, which has more than 130 bedrooms.A spokesman said: “Operations Control has mobilised a total of 12 appliances to the scene.”Firefighters are currently in the process of searching the building while fighting the fire using powerful water jets. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service remains in attendance.” A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 6.44am today to attend an incident at the Cameron House Hotel.”We dispatched four ambulances, our special operations response team and the trauma team to the scene.”Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, described the fire as “dreadful news” on Twitter: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Police officer who rammed suspected moped thief off his bike with car acted

A police officer who rammed a suspected moped thief off his bike can keep his job because his actions were “reasonable”, a tribunal has ruled, as rank and file officers have attacked how he was treated.Pc Edwin Sutton faced a disciplinary hearing this week for allegedly breaching professional standards by using a “dangerous” method to stop a teenage driver escaping after a suspected handbag theft.However a panel yesterday concluded that Pc Sutton, who could be seen wiping away tears as the decision was read out, acted “reasonably” and that his action was “necessary for the apprehension of a suspected criminal”.The incident occurred on May 21, 2017 when the moped driver – a 17-year-old boy known only as Mr G – was allegedly seriously injured after Pc Sutton moved his marked vehicle into the rider’s path to stop him speeding off.Colleagues of Pc Sutton, who will retire from the Met Police in four weeks time after 30 years of service, criticised the “absurd” misconduct procedure being brought against him by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in the first place. Last year the Met Police announced it would target moped thieves “at every opportunity” with the new tacticCredit:Metropolitan Police Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, told the Telegraph: “My colleague has been through just over two years of complete hell. His family life has suffered from it. He is four weeks from the end of 30 years of service which has been exemplary and he has had to face this.”What do the public want? Do they want us to protect them and the streets of London. Then we will go out and do what we are doing and take bad people off the streets. But at times there will be a cost. There will be injuries. Sorry about that but we want to look after the goodies and go after the baddies.”Mr Marsh suggested that hearing was a complete waste of taxpayer money, adding: “What this has cost is two years of a police officer’s salary and thousand and thousands of pounds in terms of investigation. For what?“We have no issue about the transparency of colleagues being investigated but come on. This was so straightforward, he was so evidently in the clear.”The outcome of the hearing comes days after the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to change the law to give police greater protection when choosing to engage in the tactic known as a “boxing manoeuvre”. Figures showed that it had slashed moped crime by 50 per cent.Under Mr Javid’s proposed reforms, a new legal test will require prosecutors to recognise the skills and training of police drivers which enable them safely to carry out manoeuvres at high speed that would be regarded as dangerous or reckless if attempted by an ordinary driver. Last year the Met Police announced it would target moped thieves "at every opportunity" with the new tactic Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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MMX opts for Outotec Larox disc filters at Serra Azul

first_imgOutotec and the Brazilian mining company MMX Mineracao e Metalicos have signed a contract for the filter technology delivery to the expansion of the Serra Azul iron ore processing facility in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of 17 Outotec Larox CC 144 capillary action disc filters for filtering pelletising feed slurries in iron ore processing. Micro porous ceramic discs replace conventional filter cloth in these advanced filters.Capillary action draws liquid through the pores, and only a small vacuum pump is required, resulting in significantly reduced energy consumption. The filters will be manufactured in Outotec’s facilities in Finland and delivered in two phases. “This is our fourth recent large scale filter order. Outotec Larox CC 144 filters are currently the largest in use in the industry and have proven their unique advantages also in iron ore beneficiation. They significantly improve the process and environmental performance of the plant”, said Pertti Korhonen, CEO of Outotec.last_img read more

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SOLIDARITY ACTION HC Leipzig need 900000 EUR to avoid insolvency

← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup 1/4 final: Sporting CP to Greece – Valur in Serbia Next Story → VTK TV: Win over PICK Szeged in 6 minutes The big gap between projection and reality has one of the most successful German female teams – HC Leipzig. Current debt is about 900.000 EUR which put 21-time German champions in serious problem until end of the season, which could mean transfer to 3rd women’s Bundesliga.Both teams from Leipzig, Football Club Red Bull Leipzig and men’s handball team DHfK Leipzig joined action of saving women’s handball team.In action inside and outside of the football stadium during last weekend match against Cologne, over 20.000 EUR were collected.Now, DHfK have action before match with FA Goppingen. Exactly 2.5 EUR per ticket will be transfered to the girls’ account.  read more

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Small local station scoops Europes biggest radio drama prize

first_imgYou can also listen back to the award-winning play by clicking here.Ocean FM has been proving itself a bit of a David among Goliaths in the radio drama world recently. They also took the Gold Award for Drama at the PPI awards in Kilkenny in the past month.“We have had an extraordinary run of success in the past 18 months having won the IMRO Award for Commitment to Irish music two years in a row, seven PPI Awards including five Golds and now another first for Francisco in Europe’s most sought after radio and television awards, The Prix Europa,” said Tim Collins.RTÉ’s Documentary on One scoops two Prix Europa awards>Radio documentary on Irish school stand-off wins gold award> A THREE-PART radio play from one of Ireland’s smallest local radio stations made off with a major award last night.Ocean FM won the Prix Europa for Radio Drama in Berlin for its three-parter, Francisco, beating off competition from major European broadcasters including BBC radio.A delighted Tim Collins, CEO of Ocean FM – which serves Sligo, south Donegal and north Leitrim – said that telling the story of Captain Don Francisco De Cuellar had been “an obsession” of the radio team for the past few years.The play was written and directed by Donal O’Kelly, recorded at the Glens Centre in Co Leitrim, sound produced by Ray Duffy and scored and performed by Kila. It was produced by Aisling Heraughty (with assistant producer Peter Collins), and supported by the BAI’s Sound and Vision Fund.It is based on the writings of the aforementioned ship’s captain who was shipwrecked off the northwest coast of Ireland from an armada sent by King Phillip II of Spain to invade England in 1588. Following the shipwreck, De Cuellar trekked across the northwest of the country in a bid to secure a way back to Spain. His journals record observations of life in Ireland of the 16th century.The route De Cuellar took through Ireland is mapped on a special site set up in conjunction with the production of Francisco. The site also carries transcripts of his original letters and lots of fascinating context on his story, so it’s worth a look.last_img read more

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Church community of South Yarra win council battle

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A protest held on Monday night by the community of St Constantine and St Helen’s Greek Orthodox church in South Yarra has forced the Stonnington Council to defer plans to create a Sunday art and craft market on Elizabeth Street. The parishioners and members of the community were concerned that the Sunday market would inevitably take up free access to car parking for the parishioners and make access to the church difficult for Sunday services. Cr Tas Athanasopoulos led the protest on Monday night to the council with the recommendation that the council refuse the application to close Elizabeth Street, South Yarra between Market Lane and Lara Street between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sunday. The application was refused by council with a vote of five to three.“I have had a few wins in my life but nothing like this,” Cr Athanasopoulos told Neos Kosmos adding that the voice of the community – when working together – can overturn a council decision.The councillor, alongside Fr Dimitri from the South Yarra church, presented the council with over 1300 signatures from community members and local businesses rejecting the proposal. On Monday night, members of the community – including two busloads of parishioners organised by Fr Dimitri – all gathered at council to protest against the plans to close off Elizabeth street on Sundays.“It was a great success,” said the councillor who added it was refreshing to see some of the younger generations of Greek Australians attend the protest.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones Showrunners We Want People to Love the Finale

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… On April 14, Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season. And, Game of Thrones Season 8 showrunners want to give fans a finale that they will remember forever.David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently discussed the final season of Game of Thrones in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where they highlighted what it was like filming Season 8’s intense episodes and why it’s important for them to craft a finale that will live up to the show’s legacy.5 more sleeps. #GoTS8 pic.twitter.com/LeiM16oNJO— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 9, 2019AdChoices广告“We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions,” Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. “There is no version where everybody says, “I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this” — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist.”There might be a lot of pressure to put on the best finale for the show, however, Benioff spoke about how excited he was for each actor’s performance in Season 8 episodes, and how he’s watched the show’s stars grow as characters and individuals along the way.“Part of what excites me is the performance of these actors. So many of them have been with us since the beginning and they’ve grown — both literally for the kids, and as characters. In many cases, they’re going so far beyond what was expected for them,” Benioff said. “To know them this well and to have their voices so clearly in your head when you write for them is a such a rare gift.”The Game of Thrones showrunners didn’t disclose many details on Season 8, so fans will have to wait until Sunday to watch the final season’s first episode, where Winterfell is expected to take on the Night King’s vast (and undead) army.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Teasers Show Powerful Ties and White Walker AftermathShake Shack Has a ‘Secret’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Menu for Valyrian Speakers The Most Ruling ‘Game of Thrones’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Stickys Pot Shop forced to close its doors

first_imgAfter months of legal conflict, a Hazel Dell marijuana shop that opened in defiance of Clark County’s moratorium against recreational pot businesses is finally closed.Sticky’s Pot Shop at 9411 N.E. Highway 99 was forced to close its doors Friday after Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke denied owner John Larson’s request for stayed enforcement. Larson also is on the hook for about $100,000 in fines he’s been accruing since this spring.Stahnke ruled late last month that Larson must close the pot shop, which was operating in violation of a county moratorium against marijuana sales. Larson asked that the county withhold action until he appealed the decision.But Stahnke did not grant that request, and code enforcement officers with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were able to tell staff to close the store for business. Code Enforcement Manager Paul Scarpelli said staff “complied willingly … with closing their doors.”“Store staff was very courteous and professional,” Scarpelli said Monday. “They posted someone at the door so no more customers could enter. All current customers completed their business and left.”last_img read more

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David Smith loses appeal US extradition looms attorney says onto a new

first_img Related Items:#DavidSmith, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedKingdom, November 16, 2017 – London – There was grave disappointment for the David Smith team after a loss of their appeal at the Appellate Court sitting on Wednesday.   Smith, held for a string of financial crimes continues a near three year battle against a US extradition order which among other things could land him in a Federal prison for up to 30 years.His attorney, Oliver Smith said the fight is not over though and admitted to #MagneticMedia, it continues to be an uphill battle but they will take their case to the Privy Council in London.    #DavidSmith, of Olint is accused of creating and managing a Ponzi scheme; he completed a jail sentence at HMP in Grand Turk and was rearrested less than 24 hours later in a move to cart him off to the United States to complete a Federal sentence in Orlando.Smith is originally from Jamaica, but is also a Turks and Caicos Islander. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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No update on missing man from crash landing off Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – There is no update on the search  for a 57 year old man said to have gone missing in waters about 8 miles off West End, Grand Bahama Island when a small plane he was on, crash landed around noon last Thursday.   A 60 year old woman was rescued from the water and eventually airlifted to the United States.The plane had come from the US, investigators surmised but it remained a mystery where the plane crashed landed exactly.   US Coast Guard, Police and Customs were a part of the search and rescue operation; not only is the man missing at last report, but so is the aircraft.#MagneticMediaNews#USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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General Electric reports an 88 mean gender pay gap

first_imgDigital industrial organisation General Electric has reported a 8.8% consolidated mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay across its 13 UK legal entities.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.General Electric’s consolidated median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 14.9%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the last year is -12.4%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is -1.5%. Over this period, 79.9% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 78% of male employees.Less than a fifth (18%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at General Electric are female, compared to 14% in the second quartile, 17% in the third quartile and 32% in the lowest pay quartile.General Electric attributes its gender pay gap to the fact that there is a nationwide underrepresentation of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)-related fields. The organisation has therefore implemented a new initiative, called Balancing the Equation, which aims to increase the number of women working in STEM job roles at General Electric by 2020, as well as improving the representation of women in its technical entry-level leadership programmes.The organisation will also continue to promote its women’s network, which provides visible role models and helps champion the development and promotion of women at General Electric. The women’s network regularly hosts training and networking events for staff and also runs organisation-wide initiatives such as Women in Technology, Commercial Women and Women in Operations.To further address its gender pay gap, General Electric will hold managers accountable for creating a culture shift that facilitates openness around flexible working opportunities, and the organisation will also adopt a renewed focus on increasing the awareness of its family-friendly policies, such as shared parental leave, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave. It will additionally highlight specific policies on flexible working arrangements, for example, job sharing.Furthermore, General Electric will maintain its work around its GirlsGetSET initiative, which runs STEM-related activities during the course of the academic year in order to educate students about the career opportunities within STEM subjects. Linked to this, the organisation’s flagship engineering leadership programme for early career professionals, the Edison Engineering Development programme, had a 66% female intake for 2017.General Electric states in its gender pay gap report that it regularly reviews its approach to pay equity.The report reads: “As a digital industrial [organisation], we rely on highly-skilled [employees] from STEM-related fields. The UK-wide underrepresentation of females in these fields from school age through to later career is well documented and [General Electric] also recognises the importance of achieving more balanced gender representation within its workforce. [General Electric] recognises that it is not possible to provide overnight solutions but we are fully committed to leading and accelerating this change with continued vigour and focus.”A spokesperson at General Electric said: “[General Electric] employs more than 15,000 people in the UK and we regularly review our approach to pay equity. Our pay gap of 8.8% is below the UK average and we are confident that we offer equal pay between our male and female populations undertaking comparable work. That said, we recognise there is more to do, and we have already set ambitious targets to increase the number of women in [General Electric]’s STEM based roles where our results reflect the UK-wide underrepresentation of women in these fields.”last_img read more

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Police Missing Miami Gardens woman back home safe

first_imgA elderly woman who went missing in Miami Gardens has returned home safely, police said on Monday.According to Miami Gardens Police, 83-year old Shirley Gibson had been last seen in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and 191st Street, Saturday night.Detectives said Gibson stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs around 110 pounds, has brown eyes and was wearing a short-length brown wig. She had been last seen wearing a light blue shirt, multicolored pants and black and silver slippers. She was carrying a red bag.Gibson’s family said she suffers from high cholesterol and hypertension.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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