The Regional Office will provide a range of consular services to the public that were previously provided only through the Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo. Services provided by the Regional Office will range from attestation of birth, marriage and death certificates as well as educational certificates for their use abroad; extending assistance to family members of Sri Lankans who may be stranded abroad; facilitation of redress and compensation claims of families of migrant workers; and repatriation of human remains from abroad. (Colombo Gazette) Following the vision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to the public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday.The Consular Office which will be located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna, will be declared open with the participation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D. Swaminathan, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, and State Minister of Women & Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheshwaran.
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 7:50 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. Steel Canada to ask court for extension of protection to restructure HAMILTON – U.S. Steel Canada Inc. will seek a court order to continue restructuring under court protection beyond this year, the company said Thursday.The former Stelco Inc., purchased by U.S. Steel in 2007, has been operating under Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection since September 2014, and it was most recently extended until Dec. 11, 2015.The company said it has been unable to negotiate a sale of its operations in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ont., or reach a restructuring agreement, and without an extension of the court protection it would likely have to cease operations at the end of the year.“With a court order we can preserve work and meet obligations to approximately 2,200 employees and continue to deliver high-quality steel products to our customers from our two Canadian steelmaking facilities,” said Michael McQuade, president and general manager of U.S. Steel Canada. “The court order, if granted, would also provide additional time to find a consensual restructuring solution, and to conduct a new Sale and Restructuring Process when market conditions improve.”Also contributing to the need for this court order are the steps taken by U.S. Steel Canada’s parent company, United States Steel Corp., to reallocate Canadian production to its facilities located in the U.S., the company said.As part of the extension request, the company will ask the court to allow “the immediate suspension of all pension funding contributions, except contributions for current service.” Payments to retired employees and surviving spouses from company pension plans would continue, but supplementary pensions paid directly by U.S. Steel Canada would be suspended.It also wants to suspend payments of post-employment health, medical, dental and life insurance benefits in the near term, and suspend real property tax payments.
76ers’ Jrue Holiday was big.It had been a while since Philadelphia won a playoff game, in Boston, but Monday night the 76ers were undaunted by that gory past — and the Celtics considerable home-court advantage.Doug Collins’ band of young, talented players held it together in the fourth quarter — unlike in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series — and earned an 82-81 victory to even the series at 1-1 and assume home-court advantage.Seocnd-year forward Evan Turner made the driving, go-ahead layup with 40.4 seconds left and Phlly held off with six straight free throws down the stretch. Turner finished with 10 points, including his layup that put the Sixers up 76-75. He added two free throws with 12 seconds to go.Guard Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and Andre Iguodala added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won Game 1.Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Celtics.Game 3 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.Philadelphia led 57-49 entering the fourth, but Boston tied it twice before going up 72-71 on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer, setting off a series of shots from beyond the arc.Holiday answered with a 3 for the Sixers, then Ray Allen got the lead right back for the Celtics on a 3-pointer with 1:40 left. The Celtics had a chance to extend the lead after forcing the Sixers into a 24-second shot clock violation, but Rondo missed a shot and Iguodala got the rebound, leading to Turner’s layup to put the Sixers up 76-75 with 40.4 seconds to go.
THE CENTRAL BANK of Ireland has issued a warning about the investment firm Nelson Capital Advisors.It says they have been offering investment services to the Irish public even though they are not authorised as an investment firm in Ireland.It is a criminal offence for an investment firm to operate in Ireland unless it has an authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland.Consumers should be aware that, if they deal with an investment firm which is not authorised, they are not eligible for compensation from the Investor Compensation Scheme.This is the Central Bank’s list of 214 unauthorised firms.Read: It might be time to say goodbye to those tiny cent coins>
Robots are about to go underground — for a competition anyways.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense dedicated to developing new emerging technologies, is holding a challenge intended to develop technology for first responders and the military to map, navigate, and search underground. But the technology developed for the competition could also be used in future NASA missions to caves and lava tubes on other planets.The DARPA Subterranean Challenge Systems Competition will be held August 15 – 22 in mining tunnels under Pittsburgh, and among the robots competing will be an entry from a team led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that features wheeled rovers, drones, and climbing robots that can rise on pinball-flipper-shaped treads to scale obstacles.“By investing in this competition, we are investing in our future,” Leon Alkalai, manager of the JPL Office of Strategic Planning, said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that the next grand challenge for JPL and for NASA is to do more subsurface exploration.”JPL has partnered with Caltech, MIT and KAIST (formerly the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) to form the Collaborative SubTerranean Autonomous Resilient Robots Systems team (CoSTAR). CoSTAR is one of 11 teams that will compete in formerly operational mines managed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program.The CoSTAR team, which is comprised of 60 members, will be using several specialized robots instead of one, due to the “complexity of the terrain” inside the tunnels.The fleet of robots will work together to map the underground passages, navigate using artificial intelligence, and locate objects like cellphones or heated mannequins hidden within the course.No humans are allowed in the tunnels; the team that uses its robots to autonomously map the most objects to within about 16 feet of their location will win the Tunnel Circuit, the first of four stages. This will be followed by the Urban Circuit in February 2020, the Cave Circuit in August 2020, and the Systems Final in August 2021.Teams competing in the final event have the opportunity to win up to $2 million in funding, according to DARPA.In the Tunnel Circuit, wheeled rovers and tank-like tracked robots will cover the ground, while flying drones will find out-of-reach objects. CoSTAR’s Drivocopter can do both, driving over difficult terrain and flying along cave walls and through ceiling openings. However, it won’t be used to identify and map items until the Urban Circuit.“The big question for NASA is: Is there life beyond Earth? One of the main places to find answers to that question is subsurface environments because they are some of the most pristine locations, shielded from ultraviolet radiation and cosmic rays,” said Ali Agha, the principal investigator of CoSTAR’s team. “If there is life in the solar system, these are the most likely places to harbor it.”More on Geek.com:You Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired RobotNASA Engineers Develop Exploring Robots for Future Space MissionsCrab Robot Designed to Search for Ocean Litter Makes First Dive Off Italian Coast Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
When Woodland residents vote in November, they’ll have the opportunity to approve a 0.2 percent sales tax for transportation projects.The tax, to be applied on top of the city’s existing 7.8 percent rate, comes from the transportation benefit district that formed in June.State law allows a city or county government to set up a transportation benefit district, which can then charge an extra vehicle registration fee or sales tax to fund local transportation projects. The district money can’t be diverted, and must go to transportation improvements. The sales tax needs a simple majority to pass.In Clark County, Battle Ground formed a district in 2014 and raised $203,000 in its first year. Vancouver’s district started July 1, and the city anticipates raising $2.4 million in its first year.Where Woodland differs from Battle Ground and Vancouver is that its officials decided to go with a sales tax hike. Both Battle Ground and Vancouver transportation benefit districts preferred $20 vehicle license fees. Woodland Mayor Will Finn said city councilors opted to go with the sales tax partly to collect money from people other than city residents.“We’ve got people all around us,” he said. “They’re all using the roads, but we’re expected to maintain those for everybody.”
About 3.6 million Americans and more than 250,000 veterans use wheelchairs, according to a 2018 study. More than one billion people in the world need at least one type of assistive technology; only one in 10 people have that access, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Assistive technology is a category of specialized, often costly, tech designed to help people with disabilities live more fulfilling, independent lives. The smart home industry is a mainstream extension of assistive technology. App- and voice-controllable smart locks and LED lights might be a convenience purchase for you and me, but for Phil (and so many others), it means there’s one less thing he has to ask Pam — or one of his caregivers — to do for him. Access to smart home technology could also potentially be live-saving, a way to contact someone if he’s on his own, to let them know something’s wrong.Together Phil and Pam make a concerted effort to keep up-to-date on all of the latest innovations. Pam searches New Mobility Magazine for the newest devices. Phil reads about research studies and university programs doing interesting work related to spinal cord injuries. He volunteers to test beta software and one-off devices from all over the world — and provides feedback on what’s working and what isn’t. Largely because of their efforts, their house is full of smart home technology. “Even [within] the VA, you have to fight for everything,” he explains, and Pam is his strongest advocate. Phil knows he’s lucky, and that many don’t have the same access. He believes it also helps that he retired as a colonel, a high-ranking position in the US Army. “[Part of] a senior officer’s job is to write and speak, to advocate for his unit, the Army, and if necessary, himself. A guy who gets medically retired as an E4 specialist in the Army [a comparatively low rank — read more about Army ranks] is not going to have those skills, more than likely,” he explains. The WHO estimates that the number of individuals needing assistive tech will double to two billion people by 2050. Hopefully access will improve with this growing need, but for now, Phil might just have one of the most decked-out setups around. I’m here to find out what technology is in his house, how he uses it, how well it works and what he’d like to see that hasn’t emerged yet. Tags For injured veterans, smart tech is crucial to quality of life Smart home technology is giving wounded veterans the life they deserve How one man made Google Home more accessible for anyone The techControl4, a professionally installed smart home system, is the brains powering Phil’s smart home. It isn’t marketed as an assistive technology, but it is commonly used for that purpose. The McGuire VA alone has requested about 26 Control4 systems for veterans in the past five years, Melissa Oliver, assistive technology program coordinator at McGuire, tells me over email. (The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit that builds custom homes for veterans and first responders critically injured in the line of duty, installed Control4 in the home they built for retired Marine Sergeant Rob Jones.) Control4 consists of touchscreen control panels, an app and Amazon Alexa speakers to control various connected devices. You could install and configure various smart home devices in a similar way yourself, but Control4 unites them under the same app, which makes them more manageable. “Due to the vast integration and customization possibilities of Control4, our systems have been installed for many veterans and those who use technology to improve their lives. We love seeing the ways that a Control4 smart home can help, even [in] just the smallest ways,” Brad Hintze, Control4 senior director of product marketing said via email. Phil has Amazon Echo Dot speakers, security cameras, door locks, fans, lighting and doors — all controllable via Control4. During my visit he demonstrates opening the door in his bedroom, turning lights on and off, turning on the TV and changing the channel, playing music, and even answering a Ring doorbell. He says the tech works “nearly 95% of the time,” which seems about right. He experiences the classic voice assistant annoyances we all do: When Alexa or Google Assistant (on his phone) either doesn’t respond when you give a command or thinks you said their name when you didn’t. There were some other issues, particularly in the specialty assistive technology Phil’s testing out. One such software, called Open Sesame by startup Sesame Enable, was developed by Giora Livne, a retired naval officer from Israel who’s quadriplegic. Open Sesame had a successful Indiegogo campaign back in 2015, where it raised nearly $60,000. The Open Sesame app, which costs $20 per month, uses the cameras in Phil’s phone and laptop to scan his face (note: Open Sesame is only compatible with Android and Windows at this time). He then navigates apps, responds to emails and plays games — all using head gestures, with his nose as the cursor. When Phil uses Open Sesame head gestures to click the Ring push notification, Open Sesame will crash. Megan Wollerton/CNET But Open Sesame doesn’t work perfectly — the voice command that used to work to open the app has stopped working, and the app crashes when it’s competing with a secondary video feed, like the live stream from the Ring doorbell Phil and Pam have out front. Now he has to use a joystick or his head array (a physical device with built-in sensors that allows Phil to control things with head movements) to pull up the app, which slows things down. That’s especially frustrating when he’s trying to do something time sensitive, like answer the front door, which is compounded by the issues with the secondary video feed.Phil likes to order pizza for Pam when she works late. He always instructs the delivery person to bring the pizza inside, but they always ring the doorbell first. (I don’t blame them, honestly. I’d probably be hesitant walking into someone else’s home too.) When they buzz the Ring doorbell, Phil gets an alert on his phone. He uses Open Sesame to answer it, but the technology can’t continue to scan his face and simultaneously pull up the video of whoever’s out front. So instead, Open Sesame crashes, and by the time Phil gets the app open with the joystick or head array to tell them to come in, the person is long gone. We tested out the Open Sesame/Ring doorbell issue ourselves, along with CNET video producer, Vanessa Salas, and it did indeed stop working. Vanessa waited at the door for at least a minute as Open Sesame stopped and Phil had to switch to a different technology. When it’s working, Open Sesame is his fastest option, so it’s typically his default choice. But it’s essentially a beta technology, so there are glitches.I also messed up Open Sesame for him at least once by accidentally sticking my head in front of the phone’s camera as he tested it out, which, of course, confused the face-tracking software and caused it to crash. I saw his frustration, navigating these technologies that don’t always work the way he needs them to. But Phil is hopeful; he has plans way beyond his current range of motion — and his current array of smart home tech. Phil is training to walk again. Megan Wollerton/CNET His goalsMarita Allen, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who’s one of Phil’s caregivers, grabs an iPad and shows us videos of Phil walking at the Fairfax DPI Adaptive Fitness Training Center. In the videos, he uses a walker and electrical stimulation bands attached to his legs that send signals to his brain to help him move. While the staff keep close by in the videos, Phil is walking, the strain of determination clear on his face. He has a specific goal in mind: his daughter’s wedding is coming up, and he wants to walk her down the aisle. My hope is to someday regain upper body movement from the implantation of stem [cells]. I think I’m well along the way in terms of eventually being able to walk with minimal help. Phil Swinford Share your voice 4 The smart home tech one injured veteran uses every single day Phil Swinford plays music on his phone. Megan Wollerton/CNET “OK Google, text Pamela ICE [in case of emergency],” says retired US Army Col. Phil Swinford from his home in the Virginia suburbs, roughly an hour’s drive from Washington, DC. He’s using Google Assistant on his Android phone to talk to his wife, Pam, who’s working today at her consignment shop, the Copper Cricket, a few miles away. I’m listening in, which feels a little too invasive, but it’s OK: This text is just for demo purposes.”Sure,” Google’s AI responds. “What’s the message?” “Hey, babe. I love you,” Phil says clearly and deliberately into his phone. “I got, ‘Hey, babe. I love you,'” it speaks back to him. “Do you wanna send it or change it?” “Send it,” Phil says. “OK. Message sent,” it confirms. Demo or not, it’s sweet that this is the message he chooses to send. I first met Phil and Pam in 2017 at the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where they talked with me about the smart home technologies he uses everyday. I’m here now to see all of it in action. Phil is an incomplete quadriplegic. His injury was caused in a mountain biking accident in 2015. The “incomplete” part means he has some movement, mainly in his fingers, hands and arms, but he relies on an electric wheelchair to get around. 30 Photos Smart Home He uses electrical stimulation technology at home to continue strengthening his legs when he isn’t at physical therapy, as well as something called a mobile arm support to strengthen his arms. “Until I gain functional movement of an arm that would allow me to use a remote, or open the computer, or open the iPad, I pretty much have to have somebody here [to help],” he says. Arm strength is also crucial to helping him walk again. The mobile arm support is an arm brace that helps him extend his arm for things like eating, which, in turn, helps strengthen his arm. There are fewer than 50 of these devices in the United States, he says, because the company stopped selling them here. Pam found it in New Mobility Magazine, and they jumped at the chance to have one. “I’ve actually regained some strength and mobility in my right arm [from using the mobile arm support],” he says. Soon, he plans to switch the mobile arm support device to his left arm to help strengthen it, too. This goes way beyond feeding himself, though, and even beyond walking his daughter down the aisle. Phil is actively trying to keep up his strength so he’s ready for future technologies. He’s waiting for Dr. Harkema at the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center to further develop her embedded electrical stimulation research, designed to help people with spinal cord injuries to walk again. “My hope is to someday regain upper body movement from the implantation of [electrical stimulation]. I think I’m well along the way in terms of eventually being able to walk with minimal help,” he says.He also mentioned the Miami Project, which is working on upper-body mobility for quadriplegics. Phil is eager to participate in the research studies, but doesn’t qualify for most of them. They are often looking for complete, rather than incomplete quadriplegics — individuals with no mobility. “I don’t think I look like a “normal” quadriplegic [Phil says “quote, unquote normal” here]. I still have significant muscle mass. I mean, I can sit on a leg press and press 220 pounds,” he explains. In addition to his hope for embedded electrical stimulation, Phil wants an embedded device that helps him breathe. He currently uses a diaphragmatic pacing system to assist with breathing — it’s a battery-powered device that stimulates his diaphragm, allowing it to contract more naturally. “Instead of me having to carry this Star Trek Tricorder around [the pacing system], we can embed microcontrollers in my body and then recharge it at night, the way pacemakers work,” he explains. Phil kicks me out at exactly noon. His schedule is pretty full today, but he says I should drop in on Pam at her shop. Pam’s got Phil’s back (taken in 2017 at the McGuire VA Hospital). Tyler Lizenby/CNET The advocatePhil walks his daughter, Jillian, down the aisle. Wendy Atkinson When I walk through the doors of Copper Cricket a little after noon, the shop is buzzing and Pam is nowhere to be found. I eventually find her far in the back, after walking past a maze of rooms packed full of breakable tea sets, mirrors, paintings and a myriad of other collectibles. One particular embroidered wall hanging of birds looks strikingly similar to something that used to hang in my grandmother’s house. Pam is in the middle of lifting a giant planter to bring it to a customer’s car. I ask if she needs help with it; she says no. The area where they live has a lot of former military and state department employees who’ve moved a lot, she tells me as we walk back to the front of the the store, so she gets items from all over the world.She talks fast; she has a lot of customers to get to. She reiterates something I remember Phil mentioning when we first met at the VA hospital two years ago — that technology is great when it works and not so great when it doesn’t. She clearly isn’t fazed by it, though. She and Phil will figure it out together.I find out later that Phil did indeed walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Now he’s one step closer to his goal. 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Legal Google The Audiophiliac’s best-sounding bookshelf speakers Post a comment Computers Music 1:16 Share your voice 0 Tags 30 Photos How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Genius provides annotated lyrics and song facts for songs across platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and even YouTube.While Genius didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, its chief strategy officer, Ben Gross, told The Verge that there is “irrefutable evidence” that Google has been copying Genius lyrics in its Lyrics OneBox. “This is a serious issue, and Google needs to address it,” Gross reportedly said.A Google spokesperson added in a statement that the company takes creator rights “very seriously.””The lyrics displayed in information boxes on Google Search are licensed from a variety of sources and are not scraped from sites on the web,” the statement emailed to CNET said. “We’re investigating this issue with our data partners and if we find that partners are not upholding good practices, we will end our agreements.”One third-party provider, LyricFind, responded to the reports of theft in a blog post Monday.LyricFind said it “invests heavily” in its own global content team to build a lyric database using text from artists, publishers and songwriters, which then works to stream, correct and synchronize the data.”Some time ago, Ben Gross from Genius notified LyricFind that they believed they were seeing Genius lyrics in LyricFind’s database. As a courtesy to Genius, our content team was instructed not to consult Genius as a source,” LyricFind said. “Recently, Genius raised the issue again and provided a few examples. All of those examples were also available on many other lyric sites and services, raising the possibility that our team unknowingly sourced Genius lyrics from another location.”LyricFind said it offered to remove lyrics that Genius said were stolen, but that Genius didn’t respond to the offer.”Despite that, our team is currently investigating the content in our database and removing any lyrics that seem to have originated from Genius,” LyricFind said. Apple Music News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Google’s music streaming numbers, U.S. Senator wants… Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch Now playing: Watch this: Google says it pays music publishers the rights to display their lyrics. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Google has responded to reports that it’s stealing lyrics from Genius, explaining how it finds lyrics to show on its search pages. Google conceded its lyrics feature has been “under scrutiny this week,” but said it pays music publishers for the rights to display their lyrics.Reports on the alleged lyrics thefts, which emerged in The Wall Street Journal last week, suggested that Genius can prove lyrics on Google are its own by looking at the apostrophes. Once the apostrophes are converted into Morse Code, they spell out “red handed,” CNN added.Google said Tuesday, in a blog post called “How we help you find lyrics in Google Search,” that it ensures songwriters are paid for their lyrics by working with music publishers who manage those rights. However, the tech giant added that publishers often don’t have lyrics in digital text copies, so it works with third parties to get access to these.”News reports this week suggested that one of our lyrics content providers is in a dispute with a lyrics site about where their written lyrics come from,” Google said. “We’ve asked our lyrics partner to investigate the issue.”Google added that it will soon include third-party attribution on its digital lyrics text.
APD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Lawmakers are seeking to prevent law enforcement from requiring those accused of crimes – and their family members or associates — to forfeit their property before they’re convicted.Listen nowA bill introduced in the Legislature, House Bill 42, is part of a national trend targeting what’s known as “civil asset forfeiture.”Bill sponsor North Pole Representative Tammie Wilson said she wants to set up a legal process that will make it easier for people to keep their possessions.“This has to do with the belongings that are taken,” Wilson said. “They still can seized. But now there will be a process for those who were not involved to be able to get their items back without a lengthy proceeding and have to get an attorney to be able to do that.”Wilson gave an example of what the law is trying to prevent: a case where a person lends their car to a roommate, who uses it to rob a liquor store.Wilson said the state could take the car under current law. But the bill would put the burden on the state to show that the car owner was aware that it could be used in a crime.John Skidmore directs the Department of Law’s Criminal Division. He says the state would benefit from making the rules for forfeiting assets more uniform. But he says the bill goes too far in affecting cases where forfeiture would be appropriate. “The example that I’ve heard most frequently is the example of a flophouse or an abandoned boat someplace,” Skidmore said. “And the state has to actually take possession of it in order to remove from what it is as that nuisance.”Skidmore said he’ll work with Wilson on the bill, which has attracted sponsors from both parties.The Drug Policy Alliance, a national group that advocates for easing drug laws, and the Resident Hunters of Alaska support the bill.
Amaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has left for the US trip, along with the family members, on Thursday (August 15) midnight. He will be touring the United States for a week. This is the first US trip for YS Jagan after becoming the Chief Minister. After participating in the Independence Day celebrations, YS Jagan has reached Hyderabad and flew to the US from Shamshabad Airport. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The NRI members have made huge arrangements to give a grand welcome to CM YS Jagan and his family members on their arrival in the US. In this context, the CM will be addressing NRIs at Dallas Convention Center (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) on August 17. It’s said that CM YS Jagan is in States to enroll his young daughter, Varsha Reddy, in a graduate course at a leading university. During the tour, the CM will also participate in various programs. He’ll be flying back to AP on August 22. AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has left for the US trip, along with the family members, on Thursday (August 15) midnight. He will be touring the United States for a week.
Logo of arrestDetectives have arrested a ‘constable’ for allegedly raping a woman and extorting money and ornaments from her through blackmail in Narayanganj, reports UNB.The arrested is Sabbir Ahmed Mehedi, son of Anwar Hossain of Haziganj upazila in Chandpur and he is learned to be a constable of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.The accused used to live in Sanarpar of Siddhirganj here.A team of Detective Branch of police picked him up Monday.The victim, a mother of two girls, filed a case with Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station stating that she had a friendly relation with the accused. Sometimes, they used to talk over phone.On 7 August, Sabbir came to meet her around 6:30pm when she was alone at her brother’s residence at Chashara in the city.Taking the advantage, he violated her after feeding her beverage laced with sedatives and took pictures of the nefarious act.The victim also mentioned that the constable raped her several times after that day and took Tk 2.30 lakh in cash and ornaments from her threatening to disclose her indecent pictures.Meanwhile, Enamul Haque, inspector of Narayanganj DB, said they arrested a youth named Mehedi for allegedly raping a woman. “We’re investigating whether he is a constable.”
Kolkata: The state Agriculture department has set a target of bringing a land of 1,000 acre under organic farming in the financial year 2018-19.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, said in the Assembly on Monday that 50 clusters with a total area of agricultural land of 1,000 acre will be brought under organic farming.He added that currently there are 120 clusters of organic farming. Each of the clusters measures 50 acres and the clusters are spread across 13 districts of Bengal. The 13 districts include Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Nadia, North and South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further stated that 6,000 vermicompost pits have been set up across the state to support organic farming.At the same time, tools have also been provided to the farmers for carrying out organic farming.The Agriculture minister further informed the Assembly about the 7,560 sample soil tests that have been carried out to ascertain the presence of organic carbon in the soil. It ensured better yield out of organic farming.He further said: “The yield out of the organic farming has gone up in the state and more initiatives have been taken to further promote the same.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOrganic cultivation of crops has already started in tribal areas as well.In reply to a question in connection with the pension of the farmers, Banerjee said: “A major step has been taken to extend support to the farmers as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to give old-age pension to as many as 1 lakh farmers above the age of 60 years. Till March 31, 69,440 aged farmers have been benefitted. Now, the number has gone up to 1 lakh and the amount of the pension has also been increased. Earlier, an elderly farmer used to get Rs 750 per month as pension and now it has been increased to Rs 1,000 per month.”He further said that Bengal has bagged Krishi Karman Awards for the five consecutive years for its development in the agriculture sector.He also mentioned about Jayanti Dalui of Digambarpur at Patharpratima in South 24-Parganas, who has bagged Krishi Karman Puraskar for her success in pulse cultivation.
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By Lizzy IoannidouIN AN extraordinary meeting on Saturday, the parliamentary audit committee gave the Hellenic Bank and the legacy Co-operative Bank until Monday to find solutions to 4,500 current accounts linked to p erforming loans that were terminated and not transferred to the Hellenic Bank, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported.The meeting, conducted in the presence of House president Demetris Syllouris, was called on Saturday to deal with the offsetting of deposit accounts against loan accounts by the Co-op, allegedly without prior notice to clients.The chairman of the committee, Zacharias Koulias, said that too many accounts were closed either unfairly or illegally, or illegally offset, and unsuspecting citizens had been deprived of the opportunity to access their money at a time when schools were starting.The Co-op had combined the balance of deposits accounts with those of non-performing loans, including some in the midst of restructuring loans and those on the point of signing new repayment plans with the bank.MPs present at the meeting voiced their strong opposition to the sending of out-of-date notices by the Co-op informing their customers that their deposits had been offset with their loans, or that their accounts had been frozen.Regarding the accounts that were not transferred to the Hellenic Bank and were therefore terminated, the Cyprus Asset Management Company (CAMC), the company managing €8.3bn of former Co-op assets including €7bn in non-performing loans, explained on Thursday that these were cases where accounts had a negative balance and were non-performing, or the owner of the account was directly or indirectly linked to a non-performing loan.“Such accounts are not included in the deal with Hellenic Bank and have remained at the Cyprus Asset Management Company as loans to be collected,” the company said.CAMC executive director Stavros Iakovou said on Saturday that there were a total of 12,000 accounts that remained outside the Hellenic perimeter, “of which 1,800 had already been terminated, while 7,500 were linked with non-performing loans with delays of more than 90 days”.However, it emerged on Saturday’s meeting that among the thousands of non-transferred accounts, “there are 4,500 current accounts linked to loans, which according to our categorisation are performing loans, and therefore in these cases the intense reactions of clients of the former Co-op are justified,” Iakovou added.Iakovou explained that these accounts remained outside the perimeter of the healthy accounts that would be transferred to the Hellenic Bank, but Hellenic was nevertheless considering transferring these 4,500 accounts within their remit.“We may have made some mistakes that were limited and CAMC is available to those who have been affected to deal with complaints,” Iakovou added.He added that if these accounts are transferred to Hellenic, all those who should have money available in their current account, with have this amount available on Monday.Financial ombudsman Pavlos Ioannou, who was instructed on Thursday by President Anastasiades to investigate how thousands of Co-op customers unknowingly had their deposits offset against their non-performing loans, called the entire lack of management on behalf of the CAMC an “Aristophanic farce”.Ioannou said that “since September 4, when the President of the Republic was informed about this problem, he expressed his deep interest in the whole situation and how it would be dealt with, and that is why he asked me to prepare a summary that I handed over to the House today, describing the problem and including preliminary suggestions for dealing with it.”However, he said, even though these suggestions were endorsed and efforts have begun towards their implementation, their complexity is such that we cannot expect their enforcement in the coming days.“It’s tragic,” Ioannou added, “that this is happening to ordinary citizens, pensioners, receivers of state subsidies and grants,” adding that in addition to the necessary good will of the CAMC, good will is also required from the Hellenic Bank, if this issue will be solved.CEO of Hellenic Bank Ioannis Matsis said: “If it is possible to transfer accounts to the Hellenic Bank, we will do so,” adding that the issue was being examined until late Friday night and will continue to be examined.Committee chairman Koulias expressed his hope that a joint effort will be undertaken by Hellenic Bank and the Central Bank in order to open the accounts of those affected as of Monday, and added that a new commission session will be convened on this issue.You May LikeStairliftThe Cost of Stairlifts in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouStairliftUndoBuzzFondConsumer Reports’ Ranking: 11 Worst Fast Food Restaurants in AmericaBuzzFondUndoFittors15 Best Dog Breeds For SeniorsFittorsUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in 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A Palestinian national was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday after he was found guilty of two counts of attempting to the facilitate the illegal entry of two men at the Pergamos boundary on January 31, the British bases reported on Thursday.The man, Mohammed Aljaro, who lives in Paphos, was attempting to cross over the bases’ customs-manned crossing point at 1am in the morning when he was stopped as part of a routine check.During the search, customs officials noticed two men attempting to cross over on foot on the opposite side of the road.The two men were immediately stopped and questioned and they admitted the driver of the vehicle had taken them from the Turkish controlled areas and left them close to the crossing point.Once they entered bases they were to be picked up once more and taken into the Republic of Cyprus after paying Aljaro a fee.All three men were arrested by customs officers and handed over to British bases’ police.“Both the SBA [Sovereign Base Areas] police and our partners in SBA customs take the security at the crossing point in Pergamos and Ayios Nikolaos extremely seriously and we are constantly carrying out regular patrols in those areas to ensure that illegal entry cannot be gained,” said temporary superintendent, Andreas Pitsillides, speaking after Monday’s ruling.“This was an important arrest, made initially by SBA customs, because it sends out a very strong message to the facilitators of this crime that it doesn’t matter when you attempt to commit this offence – this was in the very early hours of the morning – you will be stopped and when caught, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoWeeklyPennyCalifornia Woman Was Playing on This Free Slot Machine App, When All Of A Sudden She Won BigWeeklyPennyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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