Chennai woman held in Manipur for trafficking Myanmar nationals with fake Aadhaar cards

first_imgThe Manipur police have caught a 60-year-old woman with a Chennai connection for attempting to smuggle in nine Myanmar nationals with fake Aadhaar and voter identity cards.The arrest of the nine in Manipur’s border town Moreh on Sunday follows that of 24 Bangladeshi nationals in Tripura. The 24 were caught at Agartala railway station after getting off a train that arrived from New Delhi on May 10.Police in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district said Paritha Begum, a resident of Sriram Nagar in Chennai, was among 10 people caught travelling in two vans with forged documents.“Inquiry revealed the woman from Chennai is part of an international human trafficking network. All the nine Myanmarese with fake Aadhaar cards are from Yangon state in Myanmar, and two of them are into trafficking,” S. Ibomcha, Tengnoupal district’s superintendent of police, told reporters.The police also tracked down two Moreh-based traders — one into software and the other into online ticketing — who had forged the nine Aadhaar cards between them.The police raided the residence and shop of the duo and recovered several Aadhaar cards, biometric finger scan machine, laminating machine, laptops and printers besides other “incriminating documents”.The online ticketing agent, identified as Gopal Krishna, had procured train tickets for the 10 arrested people to Chennai from Dimapur in Nagaland.Referring to the arrest of the nine Myanmar nationals, Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Tuesday evening said the possibility of foreigners moving around with fake Aadhaar was a serious issue.“We perhaps need to verify all Aadhaar cards, as we have a small population and such illegal migration raises serious issues,” Mr. Singh said.He mooted the idea of checking the credentials of passengers arriving at Imphal’s Tulihal Airport.last_img read more

Be accountable for every penny spent, CM tells bureaucrats

first_imgChief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed bureaucrats in the State to be humble towards citizens and transparent in their spending.Mr. Thackeray on Friday held his first review meeting with senior government secretaries and bureaucrats and directed them to be accountable for every penny that was spent on development work. He said, “This should work like a government of the people, for the people.” Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister’s Office Bhushan Gagarani and secretaries of various departments were present at the meeting.Mr. Thackeray said his priorities would be the development of Mumbai and the welfare of farmers in the rural hinterland. “The funds for development work are made available from the tax paid by people. It is necessary to give an impetus to development through optimum utilisation of the funds allocated. We can earn the faith of the public by working with an attitude of service. It is our responsibility to make sure the people have an allegiance to the government. People have entrusted this responsibility of the Chief Minister to me with great faith.” Later, addressing journalists, Mr. Thackeray said the government would look towards increasing taxpayers’ income and making funds available for development work. He said priority should be given to development work to bring “better days in the life of farmers and workers”. Mr. Thackeray said, “The officers should concentrate on providing transparent and clean administration as this is necessary to earn the respect of people and make sure they have an attachment to the government.” Mr. Thackeray said senior officers have to play an important role in ensuring that the government achieves these targets.‘Suspicious files’Senior secretaries said Mr. Thackeray instructed them not to escalate ‘suspicious’ files to the CMO. A senior secretary said, “Mr. Thackeray told us to bring any file that raises suspicion of officers to him. He also encouraged us to make notes on files, instilling faith in decision making and accountability.”last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir will play third Test, confirms captain Virat Kohli

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli on Friday confirmed that seasoned opening batsman Gautam Gambhir will return to the playing eleven when the Indian cricket team takes on a beleaguered New Zealand in the inconsequential third and final Test at the Holkar stadium here on Saturday. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)After losing his place during the England tour in 2014, Gambhir was named as replacement for Lokesh Rahul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first Test against the Kiwis.Confirming his place in the playing eleven, Kohli said the team will not experiment with a make-shift opener and instead give the Delhi southpaw a chance to resurrect his career after two years.”That’s a natural change because of injury to Shikhar (Dhawan), natural because he is the third opener in the team,” said Kohli at the pre-match presser here. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)Dhawan was on Monday ruled out of the third match after suffering a thumb injury during the second match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which India won by a whopping 178 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. (Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli)Karnataka rookie batsman Karun Nair was named as a replacement for Dhawan, but with Gambhir already warming the bench during the second match, Kohli opted to go for a regular opener.In the bowling department, India will miss the services of medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is out with a back injury after grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings in Kolkata.advertisementAlthough Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has been roped in as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar but Umesh Yadav is most likely to partner Mohammed Shami with the new ball.SHAMI BACK WITH A BANGKohli also praised Shami for returning to the team following a long injury, saying he is a very important part of the bowling attack. (India’s future bright under Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”Shami has come on well. He has worked very hard on his fitness as well. In the five-six overs (spell) he runs in, gets bit of momentum. He can take wickets on any wicket.””That’s the sort of skills he has. He is a strike bowler and whenever he comes on to bowl he makes something happen. He is a very important bowler for us,” Kohli said.In the spin department, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja are automatic choices and could spell more trouble for the visitors.New Zealand, on the other hand, will be aiming to stop the hosts from notching up their 12th win at home from the last 14 encounters.Captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game is likely to return to the playing eleven for the final game. His inclusion will boost the batting, which had a torrid time in both the previous matches.The visitors will also count on opener Martin Guptill to provide a sound start with Tom Latham, who has been in good nick in the series. Senior batsman Ross Taylor, who was the stand-in-skipper in the second Test also showed signs of coming back to form.If the Kiwis want a turnaround in their fortunes, the middle order comprising Williamson, Luke Ronchi, B.J. Watling and Mitchell Santner will have to step on the gas while facing the Indian spinners.In the bowling department, pacers Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have been in good form but spinners Ish Sodhi and Santner failed to put any pressure on the Indian batters.Teams:New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and B.J. Watling.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Karun Nair.last_img read more

Arrow hits SAI trainee?s throat during practice

first_imgSuri (WB), Oct 30 (PTI) An arrow hit the throat of a girl trainee during archery practice this morning at the Sports Authority of India centre at Bolpur in West Bengal and was later removed. SAI centre in-charge Utpal Ganguly said Farida Khatun, a 15-year-old trainee of Kabiguru Kriangan was injured on the right side of her throat by an arrow thrown by another trainee during practice. The arrow broke after hitting her.”The direction of the arrow had changed suddenly due to the wind. The girl is now out of danger,” he said.Farida, who hails from nearby Labhpur village, was rushed to Bolpur sub-division hospital where doctors took out the broken arrow, he added. PTI COR KK KKlast_img read more


first_imgThe second week of testimony is underway in the $1.9 billion dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products Incorporated against ABC Broadcasting and reporter Jim Avila.BPI’s attorney’s played taped witness depositions on Monday beginning with Dr. David Theno, a food safety expert.Dr. Theno had been interviewed by attorneys from both ABC News and BPI in that deposition.Theno talked about a phone conversation he had with Jim Avila where he had told Avila that lean finely textured beef was safe and that Avila hung up on him:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….don’t need to hear this. :29Dr. Theno says Avila then swore at him and hung up on him again.There were also taped depositions from ABC news producers who talked about how ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer wished that citizens would march to grocery stores demanding explanations about why they carried ground beef containing LFTB from BPI that ABC’s reports alleged was pink slime and potentially unsafe.:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….uh yes. ;24Judge Cheryl Gering also told the jury that they would have to rely on their memories or notes for much of the evidence that’s being presented at the trial.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….or by video :14That also includes other forms of evidence including power point slides, drawings and documents used by witnesses.Jurors will be provided laptop computers and flashdrives for some types of evidence when they begin deliberations.The trial continues Tuesday in Union County District Court in Elk Point, South Dakota.last_img read more

Barca set De Jong release clause at €400m

first_imgAfter beating Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona are taking all necessary precautions to ensure they do not end up losing their incoming star for a cut price in the future.The Catalan side struck a deal with Ajax that sees a long transfer saga come to an end as 21-year-old midfielder De Jong will head to Camp Nou in the summer for an initial €75 million (£65m/$85m) which could rise to €86m (£75m/$98m) depending on performances.AdChoices广告Speculation surrounding the Netherlands international’s future had been circulating for over a year, with PSG, City and Barca all seemingly determined to land him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But he will complete a “dream move” to the Spanish champions at the end of the season after assessing all of his options.”The fact that they were so serious about getting me and that I have a good chance of getting playing time made the decision a bit easier,” De Jong said. “It’s not like I’m going to Barcelona as a tourist to watch Messi in action. I am not going to say that I will bench Sergio Busquets or anything! But I think I have a good chance of getting plenty of minutes.”Just as De Jong is determined to make the best of his time in La Liga, though, his new club are hoping to prevent the young star from being lured away by one of his many suitors.Perhaps still feeling the sting of being forced into selling Neymar to PSG in 2016, Barca have handed De Jong a contract that will run for five years and Goal understands it comes complete with a €400m release clause.Indeed, only a few Blaugrana players have bigger release clauses than that. Lionel Messi’s is the biggest at €700m, while the likes of Gerard Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti have theirs set at €500m.De Jong will become the 20th Dutchman to represent La Liga giants Barca, and he admits he has long wanted to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Johan Cruyff and Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.”I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then when I was a bit more aware of the game you had the Guardiola era with all their successes,” he said.”That turned me into an even bigger fan. I have always been a big fan of Messi, although I liked the entire team.”last_img read more

El Tri can’t give comeback kids Haiti an opening

first_imgMexico manager Tata Martino has watched the film. He’s analyzed Haiti’s strengths and weaknesses – as well as those of his own team.Martino’s calculus for Tuesday’s semifinal, however, is relatively simple. Give Haiti an opening, and it will take it. Les Grenadiers have trailed in three of their four Gold Cup matches. They’ve won all four, including a stunning come-from-behind victory against Canada in the quarterfinal, making the first semifinals for the first time in Gold Cup history.Mexico’s task is making sure there are no openings for Haiti to exploit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “The first thing I have to say is Haiti is a tremendously effective team that has taken advantage of the chance the opponent has given them to get into the game,” Martino said at a news conference Monday. “Costa Rica allowed it, and they took advantage. They turned it around. Canada let them get into the game, with a mistake on a ball played back and later a penalty, and they took advantage. “So, it occurs to me that it’s an opponent against which you have to play the 90 minutes with a lot of intensity and attention because the smallest concession you give to the opponent they’re going to take advantage.”Focusing for a complete match hasn’t always been easy for Mexico. In friendly matches this season, El Tri have scored a minimum of three goals in each match. But their only clean sheet to this point in eight games during Martino’s tenure. That was against Cuba.Haiti is a team who can take advantage of a team’s errors. It’s not always apparent exactly where Haiti will attack from, with six different goalscorers during the tournament and no goal quite alike.”It’s a really powerful team. Honestly, they’re also a bit disorganized but with that disorganization, they can generate big chances,” Mexico defender Cesar Montes said Monday. “They came back in three games, and that’s a fact you have to keep in mind.”Keysher Fuller Costa Rica v Mexico 03302019The winning goal against Canada, a chaotic symphony of a counter-attack that started with a ball won in their own half, a long cross to spring the attack and a fantastic if fortunate finish, is an example of the type of goal Haiti could find against El Tri.While Martino’s initial reviews of his team have generally been positive in the first six months, the manager recognized his team is vulnerable in moments of transition. Some of it is, as the coach points out, simply down to playing style. Put the fullbacks as high up the field as he wants them, and there will be space. Other times, “We’ve got an attacking position with a lot of players, so we can take charge of the game,” Martino said. “While we do prepare well for the moments in which the opponent can pressure us or command the match, don’t forget the first goal in the Martinique game, we also prepare to go to the space and the reality is we play a lot of time in the opponent’s half with possession of the ball, putting a lot of players into the attack. What we have to do is slow down the quick exits the opponent makes. “With the way we play, there really aren’t that many chances teams create on us with counter-attacks, with how much time we spend in the opponent’s half. Even so, we have to analyze them, realize and fix the situations that were conceded in every one of the matches.”Martino’s side have dominated most matches in which he’s coached them. Even the contest against Costa Rica was controlled by El Tri. The Gold Cup finalist isn’t decided by who controls the game, though. Mexico will win the possession battle. It will have more talent on the field. But Martino rightly recognizes Haiti is a team who will take advantage of any error possible. Every team makes mistakes, but Mexico has had matches (including one against a French-speaking island eager for an upset, sound familiar?) in which it has made mistakes and been punished.A cleaner match is needed in the semifinal, even if Haiti isn’t as much of a traditional power in the region as the Ticos were in the last round. As it should be in the semifinal, there is little room for error.last_img read more

Statement by Justice Minister Michael Baker

first_imgThe following statement was issued today, Nov. 4, by JusticeMinister Michael Baker: “Earlier today I received a written request to establish ajudicial inquiry under the Fatality Investigations Act into thedeath of Theresa McEvoy of Halifax. I will carefully review andconsider the request. Since charges have been laid in connectionwith the fatal collision on October 14, 2004, I will not bemaking any further public comments until I have reached adecision in this matter. I extend my sympathies to the McEvoyfamily.” -30-last_img read more

Cypriot leaders agree to open new crossing point during UNbacked talks

26 June 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to open a new crossing point linking the two communities on the Mediterranean island, the United Nations envoy to the country announced today. “The two leaders decided to proceed with the opening of the Yesilirmak/Limnitis crossing point under normal rules of existing crossings,” Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, said in a statement read out after today’s meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Mr. Zerihoun said that the crossing of persons wishing to visit Erenköy/Kokkina will take place with the escort of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which has been in place on the island since 1964, after the outbreak of inter-communal violence. The visits will be made by minibuses every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Humanitarian issues, including travel by ambulances, fire engines and water tanks, were also agreed on during the talks. In May 2008, the leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership will comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status. read more

Group sues to make La insurers keep taking payments from federal AIDS

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.Lambda Legal filed the suit in a Baton Rouge federal court Thursday saying at least one insurance company is violating the Affordable Care Act by refusing to take premium payments from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.Lambda Legal earlier filed complaints with federal agencies after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana said it would stop taking payments March 1 from unrelated third parties such as the White program.The Louisiana Health Cooperative said it also would stop taking such payments and a third company, Vantage Health Plan, says it’s considering doing so.Spokesman John Maginnis says Blue Cross/Blue Shield has not seen the lawsuit. by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2014 7:14 pm MDT Group sues to make La. insurers keep taking payments from federal AIDS program read more

Renowned conservationist was involved in £60m tax dodging scheme court hears

first_imgThe case was heard at Southwark Crown CourtCredit:AFP Southwark Crown Court Southwark Crown Court was told that the alleged schemes involved trading carbon credits through removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, for example by planting trees in an area where they had been cut down.This was a “suitable” plan as it meant lots of money would be spent at the outset before any returns were made.The example was given of a banker who had been paid a £1 million bonus. By parting with around £230,000 the banker would “loan” the rest of the cash from a lender connected to the scheme.As a result he would only pay out the £230,000 rather than the £400,000 he would usually pay in tax as he had “lost” £1million in investment, the prosecutor outlined.Mr Christopher said: “No doubt the clients believed when they made use of the schemes that they were entitled to make claims.”But he claimed that “nothing like” the amount said to have been being used on  environmental research was actually spent. Swingland denies cheating the public revenue and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representationCredit:Ed Willcox/Central News The prosecution allege that each of these five defendants knew that the tax advantages were dependent on a false account being givenJulian Christopher QC, prosecutor Swingland is alleged to have given his support to the schemes involving environmental research even though he “must have realised” they depended on lies.Julian Christopher QC, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution allegation is that the tax advantages were entirely depend​ent on a false account being given to HMRC and the prosecution allege that each of these five defendants knew that the tax advantages were dependent on a false account being given.”The alleged total amount of tax avoided was said to be “over £60 million”, supposedly through “sideways tax relief”, whereby losses from one business are offset against profit from another, resulting in what appears to be less profit being made.“For it to work and be legitimate the loss has to be made in the course of trade which is being carried out commercially and with a view to making a profit,” Mr Christopher explained.center_img The scam allegedly ran between 2005 and 2008.Swingland, of Canterbury, Kent, denies cheating the public revenue and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.Andrew Bascombe, 58, and John Banyard, 67, each deny two counts of cheating the public revenue.Anthony Blakey, 65, and Martin King, 54, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue and one of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.The trial, expected to last three months, continues 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. Ian Swingland  A renowned conservationist who was awarded an honour for his work took part in a £60m tax-dodging scheme which used climate change projects, a court heard.Professor Ian Swingland OBE, 69, allegedly took part in a three-year scam which helped wealthy investors avoid tax on £170m worth of income.Swingland founded the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in 1989 at the University of Kent, a world-leading research facility into biodiversity, communities and sustainable development.He is accused alongside four others of being involved in “the promotion of a series of dishonest tax schemes” which sheltered people with high income from paying the highest rate of tax.last_img read more

Abandoned 7yearold saves brother from burning building

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of siblings saved from fire in custodyFebruary 7, 2018In “Crime”Mother of siblings saved in fire charged with neglect, granted $500,000 bailFebruary 8, 2018In “Court”3-year-old perishes in early morning fireDecember 30, 2016In “latest news” …Police seeking motherQuick thinking by a 7-year-old girl on Monday evening resulted in her saving herself as well as her 4-year-old brother from their burning home in Glasgow New Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice.Police “B” Division Commander,  Lyndon Alves told INews that details surrounding the fire remains sketchy but it appears as though the children’s mother abandoned them.“We’re still looking for the mother. It seems like she abandoned them since yesterday morning,” he said.This online publication understands that the two children were asleep in their two storey concrete home, when the older sibling awoke to the smell of smoke.Upon realising that the home was on fire, the child reportedly wrapped her younger brother in a blanket and eased him out of the house through the front window.She then made her way out of the burning building, sustaining a fractured arm in the process.Nevertheless, the child raised an alarm in the neighbourhood and the Guyana Fire Service was contacted resulting in majority of the concrete structure being saved.The 7-year-old was treated for her injured arm and they were placed in the custody of their aunt.Residents in the area reportedly told police that the children’s mother would often leave them alone for lengthy periods.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Columbus McKinnon introduces the ultimate rigging resource

first_imgColumbus McKinnon Corp has released its “new ultimate rigging resource”: the CM Chain and Rigging Attachments Catalog. This catalogue is filled with information on the proper selection, use and care of rigging products as well as insight on application and industry requirements. It also provides detailed information on the company’s extensive rigging product offering, ranging from chain and shackles to overhead lifting hooks and load binders.Material handling customers need and want information on the proper selection, use and care of rigging products, as well as insight on application and industry requirements – now this information is available to them.“This catalogue was a major collaborative effort between our product, application, industry and training teams with feedback from a number of our Channel Partners and end-users,” said Steve Vitello, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing – Hoists & Rigging, North America. “The result is a one-of-a-kind rigging resource.”“In addition to the new catalogue, this year we have expanded our In-Stock Guarantee to include more than 275 hoists, chain and rigging products guaranteed to ship in three days or less,” said Vitello. “We have also made a number of significant product improvements, such as our enhanced product markings, as well as major financial investments in equipment, facilities and warehouses to support the rigging market.”Columbus McKinnon offers comprehensive rigging training, including rigging gear and sling inspection as well as Qualified Rigger Workshops. These professional training programs are designed to promote the safe and proper use of rigging and overhead lifting equipment.Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators and rigging tools. The company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering knowhow.last_img read more

Klopp refuses to become complacent

first_imgJurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.last_img read more

Raffael set to extend stay at Borussia Monchengladbach

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Raffael is understood to be edging closer to signing a contract extension at Borussia MonchengladbachThe 33-year-old will be out of the contract come to the end of the season and, due to recurring injury problems, his long-term future at Borussia-Park had been in doubt.Raffael’s long absences in the first half of this season have restricted him to just seven appearances in the Bundesliga.But the Brazilian remains committed to Gladbach and is allegedly prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“My heart is attached to Gladbach, and my family also feels well here. That’s why. There is no reason for a change,” Raffael told Kicker.After starting out his European football career in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, Raffael has also played for FC Zürich, Hertha BSC, Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke 04.The veteran Brazilian has been at Gladbach since 2013.last_img read more

Miami Beach officer cleared in 2015 fatal shooting of suspected bank robber

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Beach police officer has been cleared of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber.The Florida State Attorney’s Office decided not to file criminal charges against Fabio Cabrera.Officials determined the officer was justified in using deadly force against suspected bank robber 51-year-old David Winesette.Winesette, armed with a straight razor, was stunned with a Taser and shot after, police said, he claimed he had a bomb while attemping to rob a South Beach bank in 2015.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Facial recognition overkill How deputies cracked a 12 shoplifting case

first_img 65 Amazon Facial recognition James Martin/CNET On a Saturday afternoon in late November 2017, a woman walked into a Wilco Farm store in Oregon, stuffed a $130 pair of Georgia Boots in her purse and walked out. About 24 hours later, she turned herself in to the Washington County jail. Facial recognition: Your face, your passwordThis is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition. CNET Her about-face didn’t come from a revelatory change of heart or divine intervention — it was facial recognition, the same kind of technology that lets you unlock your iPhone XS. The speedy investigation was made possible by Amazon’s Rekognition, facial recognition software that let the Washington County Sheriff’s Office create its own searchable database of county jail mugshots. A WCSO deputy watched a surveillance recording of the woman pilfering the boots, grabbed pictures of her face from the footage and imported them into the sheriff’s office’s new tool. He quickly got back a digital lineup of mugshots and found a possible match. When the deputy spoke to the woman the next day, she admitted to the crime and was charged with second-degree theft. Facial recognition represents a watershed in policing tactics, sometimes letting authorities like the WCSO solve investigations in hours instead of days. Agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation now use facial recognition databases, while other police forces are looking into the technology, raising the prospect of broader adoption in law enforcement. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Security Smart Home Tags Share your voicecenter_img 5:11 Now playing: Watch this: The company has highlighted Rekognition’s use by nonprofits, including Thorn, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Marinus Analytics, to find potential leads on missing children and human trafficking victims.”New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, said in a blog post last month. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.” That’s not O.J. Simpson Rekognition, which Amazon introduced in late 2016, works by mapping out a person’s face and analyzing how many of its  features match those of other faces in a database. The same kind of technology is used by Apple’s Face ID, by Facebook to find people in photos and by US Customs and Border Protection to check people’s identities at airport kiosks. One of the biggest benefits of this technology is that it’s not fooled by a new haircut or a different pair of glasses, things that might throw off the naked eye. For Washington County, Talbot said, the tech gives deputies an advantage in finding potential suspects they may have missed otherwise. Several agencies, including the FBI and Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, use facial recognition databases that search driver’s license photos and mugshots. In one high-profile incident last year, Maryland authorities used their database to identify the suspect in a mass shooting in Annapolis after the man refused to identify himself when captured.Makers of police body cameras have also looked into using facial recognition, which could be deployed for real-time identification of people on livestreaming video. With little legislation guiding facial recognition in policing, both Google and Microsoft have held off on providing their versions of the technology to authorities. Amazon, meanwhile, has decided to work with law enforcement, which includes a pilot program with police in Orlando, Florida, and marketing of Rekognition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. WCSO, which has about 600 employees and patrols parts of a 606,000-person county just west of Portland, has also found itself at the center of the brewing controversy over facial recognition because of its relationship with Amazon. Before Washington County started using Rekognition, Talbot said, hours and sometimes days were taken up trying to identify pictures of potential suspects. Deputies would send internal emails to colleagues, provide bulletins to other local departments and post faces on social media and a Can You ID Me? website. They’d also manually review mountains of mugshots.Wilco Farm store shopliftin… by on ScribdIn the cases of suspects who refused to give their names when arrested, using their fingerprints to get a match could add hours to an investigation — assuming they’re in the state system. These methods are still being used, but Chris Adzima, a senior information systems analyst at the sheriff’s office, embraced Rekognition. He placed an archive of 300,000 mugshots from the Washington County jail management system on an Amazon Web Services cloud server. Adzima then connected those mugshots to Rekognition to create a tool on the sheriff’s office’s internal web service, allowing deputies to submit pictures and find potential matches in less than a minute. Adzima described the system as “an extraordinary bargain,” costing $400 to set up and $6 a month for web services, according to emails the ACLU published last year from its own public records requests on Rekognition. Illustrating the popularity of the new tool, 152 unique users made 1,004 facial recognition queries using WCSO’s system last year, according to the agency’s annual audit of its Rekognition system. WCSO’s system, though, is far from perfect. A slide in a Washington County training presentation pointed that out by showing a 93.5 percent match between O.J. Simpson and a mugshot of a white male with a mustache. It’s erroneous matches like these that alarm civil liberties groups, who say police may use information like this to make false arrests or unfairly target minority communities. To highlight that point, the ACLU released a study last year that found that Rekognition incorrectly matched 28 US Congress members with mugshots of criminals.mugshot-comparison-redactedAn image from WCSO’s training presentation, which reminds deputies of the importance of human decision-making when using facial recognition. WCSO Talbot said the ACLU study mischaracterized how Washington County uses Rekognition, saying the tool is used only as a digital lineup to gain potential leads in an investigation, not a form of evidence. That’s why WCSO policy doesn’t allow deputies to arrest someone based solely a Rekognition match; they are required to investigate further to verify a suspect’s identity.He confirmed that most cases solved using Rekognition are property crimes, in which video surveillance at a store or home is available. The second most common use is identifying people that refuse to provide their names, he said. Most major crimes don’t include video footage and aren’t typically stranger-on-stranger incidents, he said, reducing the need for Rekognition in those cases. While Rekognition has been used primarily for lower-level crimes so far, Talbot noted that crimes are rarely isolated, so an arrested suspect in one of these lesser cases may have an outstanding warrant or has been arrested for a similar crime in the past. He disagreed that Washington County’s use of the technology would lead to blanket surveillance, saying that an internal tool to speed police work is nothing close to the dystopian scenario civil liberties groups are portraying it could become. Addressing concerns of mass surveillance, he said: “We’re not, we never have and we never will.” Shoplifting, bike theft and trespassingDuring an incident last April, Washington County authorities were called to an apartment complex at 1:33 a.m. by the apartment manager, who complained about a man banging on a door. Deputies warned the man repeatedly that he’d be arrested if he didn’t leave, but he refused. Soon after, he was arrested and put in handcuffs. The police report continued: “I asked the male what his name was but he still would not answer. I could not get the male to answer any of my questions, at times he would reply with an insult or tell me to shut up. I took a picture of the male and ran it through the Facial Recognition program, which identified him as [name].” The man was charged with second-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor. Deputies spoke to the woman who lived at the apartment. She told them she had slept with the suspect a few times but stopped wanting to see him. She didn’t want to press charges. Trespassing report, 2018 by on ScribdThe case highlights two arguments over the technology. On the one hand, some may conclude that deputies could’ve just asked the woman in the apartment who the suspect was without relying on a sophisticated facial recognition database. On the other, some may see authorities’ ability to quickly identify a potentially dangerous suspect as a major benefit — a takeaway from the Annapolis shooting. Also, Talbot said some suspects refuse to identify themselves because there are warrants out for their arrest.The arrest was one of five CNET reviewed that involved suspects who wouldn’t identify themselves. None of those cases were for major crimes. In another report, a deputy used facial recognition to identify a man who wouldn’t give his name after he was caught stealing a bicycle intentionally left outside by police as bait.A shoplifting case in March helped highlight the value of facial recognition in solving crimes, though the incident was far from significant. A worker at an Ace Hardware store reported that an unidentified woman had stolen a $12 tank of gas. The employee provided surveillance footage of the theft, which deputies used to identify a suspect. A few months later, the deputy on the case saw the suspect driving in the same car reportedly used in the theft, confirmed her identity using her driver’s license and got her to admit to stealing the gas tank. She was charged with third-degree theft. CNET reviewed two additional police reports that used the technology but didn’t result in a match. In one case, a man attempted to obtain a credit card at a local Walmart using a forged driver’s license. No results came back from the facial recognition software and the case was suspended. In another incident, a car dealership said a man used someone else’s identity to buy a $55,800 Dodge Ram truck. Facial recognition used on video surveillance came up empty. The suspect and vehicle were found instead by turning on the GPS tracker in the truck. Both those cases show that facial recognition is no cure-all against criminals, though there are efforts to make the tech more powerful. Facing the future Several police agencies have contacted the WCSO to learn about its use of facial recognition, according to emails disclosed in public records requests from both CNET and the ACLU. In one example, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, which neighbors Washington County, had extensive conversations with WCSO officials about facial recognition and started testing its own tool. But pressure from the ACLU and others has certainly gotten law enforcement’s attention. In one email CNET reviewed, a Clackamas County official wrote last May: “I did hear about the ACLU and others challenging Wash Co’s use of the technology and the sheriff’s response. If CCSO were to use this technology, it should expect to be subject to the same type of criticism.” Ace Hardware shoplifting, 2018 by on ScribdA new frontier for facial recognition is paring the technology with real-time surveillance. That concept is already being used in China to track the public. In a tamer usage, Orlando police teamed up with Amazon to pilot use of Rekognition in surveillance cameras. For now, the program is only being used to track a few volunteer officers.In its policy guidelines for using facial recognition, Washington County lays out one potential use for real-time surveillance. If deputies have probable cause that a felony suspect they already identified will be at a specific place at a specific time, or they believe an identified suspect is about to engage in a terrorist act, they can use Rekognition in real time. WCSO’s Adzima cautioned that this capability isn’t actually possible yet, since it would require setting up a network of security cameras. But the ACLU’s Cagle noted that this policy is “a case study in mission creep,” showing how quickly facial recognition tools can turn into public surveillance. “One only need to look at their policy to see how this database can be expanded and abused,” Cagle said. “That policy suggests there are bigger plans afoot for this program.” Want to learn more about facial recognition? Read all about it at CNET’s Facial Recognition 101.  Editor’s note: CNET has removed the names and other personal details of civilians cited in police reports and images to protect their identities.Originally published March 18, 5 a.m. PT.Update, March 19: Adds information on ACLU study. But the use of such sophisticated technology — able to rapidly analyze millions of images using computer vision and deep learning — on such a petty crime raises questions about its application. Are police officers bringing a laser gun to a knife fight? There are also fears of Big Brother-style mass surveillance of the public, which is why civil liberties groups are working to stop police from using the technology. This clash of community safety versus personal privacy has quickly turned facial recognition into a controversial issue. Mundane crimes But behind this debate, WCSO officials confirmed they’ve mostly trained this sophisticated and controversial tool on mundane crimes, including one in which a woman stole a $12 gas tank from an Ace Hardware store, a CNET investigation into WCSO police reports found. That revelation from one of Amazon’s only known Rekognition law enforcement partners  could undermine the company’s promotion of the software for solving major crimes, like finding missing children. It raises questions about the value of facial recognition for everyday policing. Plus, it highlights how minimal legislation on the technology lets police use facial recognition for just about any case they want.facial-recognition-tool-redactedAn example of WCSO’s facial recognition tool. WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff’s office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. According to those reports, Rekognition played a role in five cases in identifying suspects who refused to give their names when approached by deputies. In those cases, suspects were arrested for crimes that included trespassing and theft of a bicycle. In two other reports, facial recognition helped solve shoplifting cases: one for the pair of $130 boots and another for that $12 gas tank. Matt Cagle, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, has called for an end to facial recognition in policing. He said these police reports prove that the use of this tech is “unnecessary.” “The investigation of petty crimes does not justify the creation of a massive facial recognition database like this one,” he said. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County’s public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on “crimes on multiple levels” using Rekognition, not just minor offenses. He added that the office has developed internal policies to account for the use of facial recognition and properly trains deputies who use the tool. Those policies, he said, have been shared with several elected officials and are available to the public. Talbot said that the software has made deputies far more efficient and that his office’s work could serve as a model for the responsible use of facial recognition by police. “Are we solving 500 crimes a year using this technology? Absolutely not,” Talbot said. “But do we think this is an important piece of technology that we should be utilizing while doing it responsibly? Absolutely.” Amazon declined to comment for this story. The investigation of petty crimes does not justify the creation of a massive facial recognition database like this one. Matt Cagle, ACLU Commentslast_img read more

New Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 arrive June 30 for 400 new

first_imgBose says the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are “much more than a product refresh.” And that’s not surprising given that it’s dropped the QuietComfort brand name and completely redesigned the headphones.”After years of development, we’re thrilled to introduce Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700,” its website states. “They’re much more than a product refresh — they’re a defining moment in headphone evolution. Smarter and more capable than anything we’ve ever done before, you’re about to see how Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will become an indispensable tool for surviving our ever-increasingly hypermobile world.”Read more: Best headphones for 2019bose-earbuds-500The upcoming Earbuds 500, currently slated for release in late 2019. Bose The company says the headphones are “packed with evolved noise-canceling functionality, an unrivaled microphone system and intuitive touch controls.” They’re also enabled with Bose AR, the the company’s audio-augmented reality platform. Both the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 500 and 700 will also support Bose AR. (Both new true wireless models appear to be more compact than the company’s current SoundSport Free true wireless earphones.)For now, Bose will leave the QuietComfort 35 II in its headphone lineup. Late last year it updated that model with a chip to support Bose AR (any QuietComfort 35 II manufactured after December 2018 is AR-enabled). But I suspect we may see a price drop on the QC35 II, which lists for $350. While $400 is certainly expensive for a headphone — some might argue too expensive — most people would seemingly prefer to pay $50 more for the latest and greatest from Bose and ignore the old model unless it was priced significantly lower.Read more: Bose Earbuds 500 true wireless early hands-onHere’s a quick look at the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 key specs, according to Bose. They do charge via USB-C like the Sony WH-1000XM3 and other new premium noise-canceling headphones. While they’re scheduled to ship on June 30, I should be getting some hands-on time with them next week and will add my early impressions once I give them a try.Weight: 254gOver-ear designNew acoustic and electronics package with new digital signal processingNew eight-microphone system11 levels of noise cancellationBuilt-In Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (one-touch access)Active EQ Sound ManagementControls on ear cupsBluetooth range: Up to 33 ft. (10m)Battery charging time: Up to 2.5 hoursQuick charge time: 15 min for 3.5 hoursBattery life: Up to 20 hoursUSB-C chargingPrice: $400Shipping date: June 30bose-earbuds-700Enlarge ImageRendering of the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, which aren’t due out till 2020.  Bose Originally published May 29. Bose Sony 17 Photos New Bose noise-canceling headphones coming soon Tags Commentscenter_img Enlarge Image Bose The long-awaited successor to the popular Bose QuietComfort 35 II has finally been unveiled: The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will cost $400 or £350 and arrive June 30. They’re available for preorder now. Australian pricing isn’t yet available but the UK price converts to about AU$640.The updated headphones were one of 3 new models that appeared when Bose quietly updated its website on Wednesday, May 29. There are also two new sets of totally wireless earphones: Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 and the Earbuds 500 (no noise-canceling). The latter are listed as “anticipated” to launch in late 2019 while the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are slated for a 2020 launch.Note: I got some hands-on time with the new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 on June 5. Read my early impressions of the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700’s sound quality and features.   25 Mobile Accessories Headphones Share your voicelast_img read more

Alaska governor says refugee vetting process stringent

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker says refugees seeking to come to the U.S. must go through a “stringent” process.His office says Walker was among the governors who participated in a briefing with officials from the White House, FBI and State Department on the refugee process.Since Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, some governors have questioned U.S. plans to accept more Syrian refugees, concerned that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.In a release, Walker acknowledged the federal government controls resettlement programs. He says he’ll remain focused on ensuring the vetting process the governors were briefed on “remains the most stringent refugee vetting process in the world.”Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the governor wants to be kept apprised of refugee relocations in Alaska.last_img read more

Xiaomis Revenue Doubles to 12 Billion as Phone Sales Triple

first_imgXiaomi, China’s largest smartphone maker, announced on Monday that its revenue had doubled to $12 billion on account of its phone sales that tripled in 2014.Xiaomi said that its 2014 pre-tax sales were up 135% from 2013 and it sold over 61 million phones in the last 12 months alone, up 227 percent from a year ago. The company managed to surpass its sales target of 60 million phones in 2014, up from its target of just 20 million in 2012.In a post on China’s local social media website Weibo, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin wrote:”2014 is a year of important milestones for Xiaomi. We came from behind and became market leader in China. Almost all major players in the smartphone industry have conducted microscopic level study of our business model. We have faced, and will continue to face more intense competitions in the industry. However, we are determined to face the competition with the following priorities in mind.”The spectacular success of Xiaomi is worth noting. News of the stellar revenue and figures comes just a week after the company confirmed that it has managed to raise $1.1 billion, pegging its net worth at $45 billion.In August 2014,  Xiaomi confirmed that it was valued at $10 billion after a round of fundraising. It, however, did not disclose the amount. That was a significant leap from the $4 billion net worth in 2012.The four-year-old smartphone maker has come a long way since. Xiaomi’s raging success in its latest Asian market, India, has propelled the company to new highs. Investors see great potential in the firm and its valuation could double to $100 billion in the near future.”I don’t think there’s any company that has reached $1 billion in revenue as fast as Xiaomi. In every conceivable benchmark, it’s almost unprecedented in terms of its speed of growth,” Yuri Milner, an investor who put his cash in Facebook and Alibaba when they were just startups, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.What about Xiaomi’s 2015?Some are worried about its super-fast pace of growth adding that Xiaomi could fall short on huge expectations in 2015 because it was going “too fast, too soon.””I don’t think Xiaomi can repeat this astounding growth of 135 percent, it’s a case of too big, too soon. We’re definitely in wait-and-see mode; investors are not looking to raise their profile on Xiaomi yet. The results are too dramatic and can only go downhill from here,” Cyrus Daruwala, managing director at IDC Financial Insights was quoted by CNBC.On the other hand, some think the company’s revenues will keep expanding not just from its smartphone line but also other electronic devices and diversified businesses, which will mostly sprout from its huge loyal customer base.last_img read more