IMD scientist files cheating case against cook for ‘posing’ as Brahmin

first_imgA senior government scientist with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has come under flak from activists and social outfits in the city for lodging a case against her cook for allegedly ‘impersonating’ as a Brahmin since May 2016 and lying about her caste.Dr. Medha Vinayak Khole, who is Deputy Director-General for the IMD’s weather forecasting section, sparked controversy with her complaint lodged against the cook Nirmala Yadav at the city’s Sinhagad Police Station on Thursday evening.Police sources said that Dr Khole filed a complaint after she discovered that the cook was not of the Brahmin caste, but belonged to the Maratha community following the recently-concluded Gauri Ganpati festival. The police said that Dr. Khole alleged in her complaint that Ms. Yadav had ostensibly concealed her caste to secure the job as she was under severe financial stress. But according to Ms. Yadav (60), Ms. Khole had never asked her about her caste when she sought work with her in 2016.“She [Khole] only asked my name when I went to her for work last year. It was only after Gauri Ganpati that she [Khole] discovered I was a Maratha and not a Brahmin. Following this, she barged into my house and began assaulting me, while stating that our God was of the streets while theirs was in the heaven. She also threw my mobile phone while abusing me,” Ms. Yadav alleged.Dr. Khole, however, claimed that her “religious sentiments were hurt” as she had wanted a married Brahmin woman to cook for family events such as the death anniversary of her parents and the Gauri Ganapati Festival. She further claimed that she had paid Ms. Yadav wages amounting to ₹20,000 since the past year.In her complaint, Dr. Khole alleged that it was Ms. Yadav who had assaulted her and lodged a case under sections 419 (impersonation), 352 (assault or use of criminal force) and Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).At a time when caste issues are flashpoints across Maharashtra, the case has sparked a furore among Maratha groups. Since Friday noon, a number of Maratha groups, including the Maratha Kranti Morcha, demonstrated against Dr. Khole in front of the Ved Bhavan in Kothrud, leading to tension in the area.Members of the Sambhaji Brigade have demanded a counter-case be filed under against Dr. Khole under the Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016 and relevant sections of the IPC dealing with abuse of official position and assault. “It is shocking that an educated woman like Khole can behave in such an insensitive fashion at a time when such issues are particularly inimical to to social harmony. This [case] merely exemplifies just how deeply entrenched notions of caste are. Despite the woman [Yadav] working honestly for a year, Khole had objections with her caste. The complaint against Yadav is utterly false and shameful,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.Members of the outfit met with Joint Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Kadam and demanded an immediate probe into the case.“What is disturbing is the alacrity with which the Sinhagad police lodged the case against Yadav without listening to her side. In contrast, they are extremely tardy when it comes to filing cases pertaining to social boycott or caste discrimination “ said Nandini Jadhav of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) alleging that Dr. Khole had completely distorted the true nature of events by filing a false case.last_img read more

Tripura CM to meet PM Modi to seek special financial package

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to seek a special package to tide over the financial crisis in the State, a minister said on Saturday.Mr. Deb will also meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with the same proposal, Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy told reporters here.“The State’s financial condition was reviewed in a meeting of the council of ministers yesterday. The State is reeling under deep financial crisis. The budget deficit in the current financial year is ₹ 1,588.19 crore,” Mr. Roy said.Finance department officials have been asked to put forward a comprehensive report on the State’s fiscal condition in the next three days and after getting the report, the Chief Minister will leave for Delhi, he said.The State’s revenue generation is poor while fiscal deficit is on the rise. The State’s own revenue is currently able to manage only 12.94 per cent of its expenditure, he said.To a question, Mr. Roy said agriculture, tourism and many other sectors needed immediate financial attention.He said the cabinet meeting also laid importance on austerity measures and the State’s own revenue generation. The government would implement all its poll pledges including 7th Pay Commission benefits, higher wages for labourers, social welfare benefits for distressed people and free smartphones to the youth.The chief minister will visit Delhi with his proposal before the Assembly session begins on March 23.Mr. Deb took oath as the first BJP Chief Minister of Tripura on March 9, ending the 25-year rule of the Left Front.last_img read more

Gennady Golovkin to return in June after signing deal with DAZN

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – The Chivas Fight Club in the ring with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at Banc of California Stadium as he prepares for the anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 15th, on August 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Chivas Regal/AFPNEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez.No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second fight after they fought to a draw in the first one.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Determined to repay coach’s trust, Baser Amer shoots out of slump to carry Bolts in clutch Alvarez already has an exclusive deal with the sports streaming service and is set to meet Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification match on May 4 in Las Vegas.The three-year deal announced Friday calls for Golovkin to fight twice a year on DAZN for the next three years. Also, GGG Promotions will do two cards per year on DAZN beginning in 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Asian Cup group stage elimination a setback, says Jeje Lalpekhlua

first_imgIndian football team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua rued the country’s crashing out of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup and said it could have done better in the continental showpiece event.The Indian team was on the verge of booking a maiden knock-out round berth but conceded a gold via penalty at the fag end of the group match against Bahrain. India needed a draw to reach the Round of 16 but lost 0-1 to Bahrain to exit from the tournament.”We gave our 100 per cent in every match. But we could have done better. Not qualifying out of the group stages is a setback for us. But it shows anything can happen in football,” Lalpekhlua said.”It was a very difficult match against Bahrain and it was unfortunate the way we lost. However, that is life in football, and the important part is the experience earned by the young players that will give dividends in future,” he was quoted as saying by the official website of All India Football Federation.India outplayed Thailand 4-1 in the opening match to notch up their first win in the Asian Cup since 1964. Thailand eventually qualified for the Round of 16 where they lost to China.”Our biggest achievement was the win against Thailand,” said Lalpekhlua, who had scored India’s fourth goal in that match.”But we have to make Asian Cup qualification a regular feature. Now we need to focus to do well in World Cup Qualifiers, followed by yet again qualifying for the Asian Cup [for 2023],” said the player from Mizoram.advertisementIndia had qualified for the Asian Cup after an eight-year hiatus. Their previous appearance was in 2011 in Doha where they had lost all their three group matches by big margins.”The sleeping giant is now awake. We have shown to all in Asia that we belong on the same page as them. Our performance in the Asian Cup has improved tenfold, and it can only get better from here as young players have been given the needed experience. Indian football can go only upwards from here towards a brighter future,” Lalpekhlua said.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgRishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in England as they prepare for their next match against New Zealand on Thursday.Rishabh Pant will reach England on June 14 after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday night.The Indian team management for now, will be monitoring Dhawan’s recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.Pant meanwhile, will join the team and start training straightaway. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed for the game against New Zealand.The BCCI in a statement said: “Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.”Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday.”Latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 2 weeks as he only has a minor fracture. In his absence, the Indian team in all likelihood open with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13.Dhawan suffered his injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia.The real question now is who will bat in the middle-order? Will it be Dinesh Karthik or will India bring in Vijay Shankar who can also bowl decent medium-pace?advertisementIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh backed the idea of Pant being the first-choice replacement and also threw Ajinkya Rahane’s name into the mix, citing his experience of having played in the United Kingdom.”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself.”I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan told India Today.”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen also suggested that Pant should be flown to England as soon as possible.Shikha OUT the World Cup.Get Pant on the plane ASAP.KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 11, 2019Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in NottinghamAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit Sharma, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Matic: United can compete for title

first_imgManchester United Manchester United can compete for the title, claims Matic Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 22:23 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matic - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Red Devils midfielder insists his side can challenge for the Premier League following their late 1-0 victory over Tottenham Nemanja Matic says Manchester United can compete for the Premier League title should they replicate their performance in the victory over Tottenham against their other top-six rivals.Anthony Martial’s late strike sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday, with Tottenham suffering from Harry Kane’s absence at Old Trafford.Benfica 9/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Matic was at the heart of a resilient display from the hosts, who hit the post through Romelu Lukaku just prior to Martial’s winner, and having gone two league games without a win, the former Chelsea midfielder claimed a victory was vital to put United back on track for a title challenge.”If we play like this and continue to play like this we can compete for the title,” Matic told Sky Sports.”It was very important for us against a very good team – one of the best teams in the league.”And thanks to Martial we managed to score and win a difficult game against opponents who were very good today.”They had more of the ball in the first half but we had more clear chances than them. As I said they are great and play great football but the most important thing is the result and we managed to win.”It’s important to continue to win these types of games. We dropped points in the last game and against Liverpool so it was very important to win at home especially.”Overall, it was a game of few chances – with Dele Alli going closest for Tottenham before Lukaku’s header struck the woodwork.But Martial’s introduction in place of Marcus Rashford changed the course of proceedings, and the France striker acknowledged that – after netting four goals from the bench this season – he is eager to start more games.4 – Anthony Martial has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player in the @premierleague this season. Cameo.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017″I want to play,” Martial told Sky Sports.”I don’t want to be on the bench but Rashford has played good too, so the manager wants to try to give us a chance so we have to score and give assists.”The manager told me to find the space. I know Romelu is good with his head and it was a good header so I found the space behind and managed to score.”last_img read more

Mou: Man Utd deserve credit for Spurs win

first_imgManchester United Mourinho: Man Utd deserve more credit for Tottenham win Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 22:38 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) josemourinho - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The manager believes the Red Devils deserves recognition for defeating a Spurs side that has earned wins over Liverpool and Real Madrid Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have not been given enough credit for their victory over Tottenham, who convincingly defeated Liverpool and Real Madrid either side of a loss to the Red Devils.Sections of the Old Trafford crowd jeered the decision to take off Marcus Rashford when the score was locked at 0-0 against Spurs last week, but the mood was soon lifted as replacement Anthony Martial scored an 81st-minute winner.Man Utd 7/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At full-time, Mourinho was seen shushing the camera and later criticised supporters over a perceived lack of support for striker Romelu Lukaku.The Portuguese aimed another apparent dig at those fans in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Benfica when he wrote: “I hope you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham.” And with Spurs having defeated Liverpool and Madrid 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, Mourinho wants his side to be given more recognition.”I don’t want to comment [on criticism of United’s performances]. Because if I comment I’m going to do a job that’s not my job and sometimes I feel I could or should and sometimes I need to cool down and think I shouldn’t,” he said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.”I know that it’s a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason. Similar performances for some clubs are magic, are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude by the players and for other teams the same type of performance is seen as negative.”But honestly, just as an example, Spurs beat Liverpool and Real Madrid and Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United, so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve.””We have to wait a little bit,” says the boss, on the availability of injured players. “I prefer to say two more days to confirm.” #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2017Mourinho was also questioned about the fitness of the injured contingent among his squad, with Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) pictured at the club’s training ground.But the former Madrid boss says it is too early to provide an update on the status of his injured players.”I need to wait a little bit. Normally the press conference is a bit later in the week, we still have Friday and Saturday,” he added.”I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie or for you to say I have lied if I say no chance of recovery. We have two more days to confirm my expectation.”I think next two days will be important for the decision.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photos: A Lot Of Ohio State Fans Are Naming Their Cute Puppies After Buckeye RB Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliot with his helmet off during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sits on the sideline during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The most famous Ezekiel currently living in Ohio is the Buckeyes’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. There are plenty of other Ezekiels currently running around the Midwest, though, and not all of them are humans. Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, has become a very popular dog name for Ohio State fans following the impressive performance of the Buckeye tailback during his program’s national title run this past season. Many Buckeye faithful have been tweeting pictures of their newly-named canines at Elliott. @EzekielElliott ZEKE getting bigger! All my Nikes bleed Scarlet & Gray!— Josh Salapack (@OilOperator154) January 30, 2015@EzekielElliott our new puppy Zeke! Pretty sure he’ll love to hunt ducks! #BuckeyeNation— Q.J. McDowell (@joey_56) January 30, 2015“@MichaelFess55: Had to name this little guy Zeke after @EzekielElliott. #BuckeyeNation”— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) January 28, 2015@EzekielElliott my best friend got a new puppy and named it after you!! Meet Zeke the Shiba Inu!— Stacy Marie (@StacySothard) January 25, 2015Hey @EzekielElliott we named our puppy zeke after you! Now bring us that ship!!! #GoBucks— Nate Nealon (@NateNealon) January 3, 2015S/O to @EzekielElliott though. Absolutely killed it and you have the cutest puppy in the world named after you #Zeke— Caitlin Curtis (@caitlincurtis12) January 2, 2015Winning a national championship is nice, but nothing is greater than having a bunch of cute puppies named after you.last_img read more

Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these pics

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Television actress Surbhi Chandna, who was last seen in Ishqbaaz, is enjoying quality time with herself these days. After fun holiday in London and Switzerland, Surbhi has been keeping herself fit and fab with dancing and yoga sessions. Recently, she posted sultry pictures on social media which are too hot to handle.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: And ever since then, Surbhi has been on a rise. Her on-screen chemistry with co-star Nakuul Mehta in Ishqbaaz was appreciated by fans and critics.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi can be seen sporting a floral maxi dress with plunging neckline. With minimal-make up and open hair, she looks ready for a brunch get together with friends.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi Chandna had made her debut in 2009 but tasted fame with Zee TV’s Qubool Hai in 2014.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Recently, Surbhi went on a girl trip with actress Erica Fernandes and posted pictures and videos of the snow-clad mountains on her Instagram page.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi is glowing in this graphic print dress.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Credit/Source: Credit to AllCredit Name: InstagramTags: Surbhi ChandnaIshqbaazNakuul MehtaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Television actress Surbhi Chandna, who was last seen in Ishqbaaz, is enjoying quality time with herself these days. After fun holiday in London and Switzerland, Surbhi has been keeping herself fit and fab with dancing and yoga sessions. Recently, she posted sultry pictures on social media which are too hot to handle.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5ca3267cb8f1c1554196092_1492012_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 14:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these picsApp headline: Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these picslast_img read more

Gov’t Working to Take Profit Out of Crime

first_imgStory Highlights “We will also see, in short order, the Micro Credit Bill and amendments to the Companies Act and Trust Act as additional steps by the Government to improve our fight against (acquisitive) crimes and those who profit from it; to improve transparency and to be able to cope in the environment (of) increased de-risking arrangements by financial institutions,” Mr. Shaw added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Government is undertaking measures to combat acquisitive crimes, where the offender derives material gain from the criminal activity. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Government is undertaking measures to combat acquisitive crimes, where the offender derives material gain from the criminal activity.The measures include revisions to the Companies Act to incorporate the retention of beneficial ownership information; the designation of certain professions as reporting entities under the Terrorism Prevention Act; passage of the National Identification System Act; and the development of a system for capturing statistics related to trial matters.“We will also see, in short order, the Micro Credit Bill and amendments to the Companies Act and Trust Act as additional steps by the Government to improve our fight against (acquisitive) crimes and those who profit from it; to improve transparency and to be able to cope in the environment (of) increased de-risking arrangements by financial institutions,” Mr. Shaw added.He was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 31) opening ceremony for the Financial Investigations Division’s (FID) conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Taking the Profit out of Crime: What does it take?’.Mr. Shaw noted that most career criminals who are “in the business of making money” are adaptive, flexible and “ready to switch to more lucrative forms of crime”, citing the lotto scamming racket as an example.He said it is important that measures are “aggressively” taken that will lead to the profits of these illicit activities being taken away from criminals, and that this is done expeditiously.He lamented that taking a case to trial can sometimes take between five to seven years and, unfortunately, even after the arguments are closed, litigants can wait as long as three years for a judgment.Mr. Shaw noted that the National Security Policy underscores that removal of the profits from crime is a key objective in tackling domestic and transnational organised crimes.He said that the Economic Growth Council’s goal of improving citizen safety and public security also points to the need for measures to take the profit out of crime.“It is full time that (illicitly acquired) property be taken away from criminals… and put to the public good,” the Minister said.He noted that the FID sits at the centre of the Government’s efforts to take the profit out of crime.“If the (goals) of Vision 2030 (of) prosperity, peace and creating a society in which we can raise our children (are) to be met, it requires the FID, in collaboration with its partners, both domestic and overseas, to continue to work diligently to take out the profit from crime,” he said.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, who spoke during the opening ceremony, said the United Kingdom remains committed to working “relentlessly” with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to implement measures in this regard.The FID’s Chief Technical Director, Robin Sykes, for his part, argued that removing the economic benefits from acquisitive crimes will diminish the attractiveness of these illicit activities.The two-day conference, which the FID is hosting in collaboration with the United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to build partnerships with key stakeholders across the financial sector.The FID, which was established in December 2002, is mandated to investigate and heighten public awareness of financial crimes and their impact on the society.The agency falls under the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, has collaborated on cases with several local and overseas entities. Mr. Shaw noted that most career criminals who are “in the business of making money” are adaptive, flexible and “ready to switch to more lucrative forms of crime”, citing the lotto scamming racket as an example. last_img read more

Valley Nursing Home Beds Improve Seniors Care Free Up Hospital Beds

first_imgHEALTH–Valley Nursing Home Beds Improve Seniors’ Care, Free UpHospital Beds Thirty-two more nursing home beds in the Annapolis Valley willfree up hospital beds, reduce wait times for some hospitalservices, and provide more appropriate care for seniors. Premier John Hamm said today, Nov. 20, that the additional bedsare a part of government’s plan — Your Health Matters — toimprove care for seniors and for hospital patients in theAnnapolis Valley. “Seniors deserve the best care and as a government we’re workinghard to see that they get that care,” said Premier Hamm. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward in givingpeace of mind to Valley seniors and their families.” Annapolis Valley Health has been challenged to manage theirpatient needs as seniors in hospital waited for nursing homespace. This has limited the number of beds available to hospitalpatients. These new nursing home beds will help seniors get thelevel of care they need and help the health district. The beds will be added to Grand View Manor in Berwick in April This site has space available and can be renovated quickly. A vacant apartment unit on the site will be converted for long- term care use. Grand View Manor will invite tenders for the work.center_img “This change will also support the doctors, nurses and otherhealth care workers in the Annapolis Valley,” said Mr. Hamm.”They are to be applauded for providing exceptional care forseniors and their continuous dedication for all of theirpatients.” “Patients awaiting long-term placement deserve all the expertiseand special programs long-term care is able to provide,” saidAnne McGuire, CEO for Annapolis Valley Health. “Acute caresettings are geared to provide a different level of care. Forstaff and doctors trying to meet such diverse needs, it isfrustrating and stressful so we are pleased to see more nursinghome beds opening in our community.” Earlier this year, government announced funding to begin a studyon health care needs in the Annapolis Valley. In the new year,the Department of Health will also undertake provincewideconsultations which will result in a provincial plan for seniors’care.last_img read more

Can the heart of BCs gas land be cleaned up with new

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe LNG Canada project in British Columbia will move fracked natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to the Pacific coast.In the 40 year lifespan of the project, thousands of new wells will be drilled.While there might be jobs and opportunities for local First Nations, others worry that new wells will destroy an area already heavily impacted by

Ottawa on a different economic planet Alberta finance minister

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta’s finance minister says Ottawa’s latest fiscal update shows the federal government doesn’t appreciate how badly the price squeeze on western Canadian crude is hurting the Canadian economy.“It’s clear the federal government’s not speaking the same economic language of Albertans,” Joe Ceci said Wednesday. “Ottawa is living in a different economic planet.”Ceci said he was disappointed the fall economic statement included no actions to help Alberta oil producers narrow the price gap between their product and U.S. light crude — around a staggering $45 a barrel recently.He said Ottawa has not demonstrated a clear understanding of the economic damage caused by the failure to build new pipelines to coastal waters, enabling exports outside the United States.“We face a critical time for Canada’s energy sector and until our market access issues are addressed, the national economy will continue to forfeit billions to the American economy,” Ceci said.“This update does not address one of the biggest concerns Albertans have — getting fair value for our non-renewable resources.”Last month, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley proposed Ottawa invest in moving oil to market on rail cars as a stop-gap measure to relieve some of the landlocked oil glut until new pipelines come into operation.Ceci said he would have liked to see a mention of crude-by-rail in the economic statement.But he said there could be more information on that matter as soon as Thursday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit Calgary.“We’re busily working to get those numbers together.”Ceci said he is pleased with measures included in the fiscal update to allow manufacturers to write off certain capital costs immediately. It was something Ceci pitched in a letter to his federal counterpart.“This improves our competitiveness and is a win for Alberta workers and companies,” Ceci said. “I’m pleased the federal government listened to our advice and took action.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN refugee agency deplores murder of displaced Colombian families

The United Nations refugee agency today strongly condemned the brutal murders of eight people, including three children, in northwestern Colombia, the latest in a string of attacks against people who had been displaced by the decades-long conflict between left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and Government forces.Officials from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are scheduled to travel tomorrow to San José de Apartadó to meet with community members and military authorities, and the agency called on the authorities to prosecute those responsible for “these deplorable crimes” and ensure the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Colombia who are at risk of violence, threats and intimidation.According to witnesses, unidentified armed men in military fatigues last week abducted Luis Eduardo Guerra, founder of the San José de Apartadó peace community, his wife and 11-year-old son. They were taken to the property of another member of the peace community, who was also held along with his wife and two children aged 6 and 2. The two families, together with another man, were then brutally murdered and their bodies left in a shallow mass grave.The murders are the latest in a series that, according to the community, have left 154 of their members dead since 1997. Peace communities were established in the late 1990s in the region by people displaced by the conflict who gradually began to return. They are committed to peaceful civil resistance and neutrality. They reject the presence in their territory of irregular armed groups and the regular army.Mr. Guerra had represented the San José de Apartadó peace community in talks with the Government.“These murders clearly show the difficult situation facing the peace communities and the risks confronting their leaders,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva. “In the last eight years, the Colombian State has not been able to undertake sufficient measures to protect and solve the problems faced by these communities.”Overall more than 1.5 million IDPs throughout Colombia are registered with the Government, but non-governmental organizations (NGOs) estimate there could actually be over 3 million. According to official sources, 74 per cent of the displaced are women and children. read more

Gilmore would support councils cutting property tax by 15 per cent

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said he would support councils in highly populated urban areas if they decide to implement a cut of up to 15 per cent to the property tax.Gilmore said today that this option was already in the legislation and this would be at the discretion of each individual local authority. This year, 80 per cent of the money collected through the tax is supposed to be retained by local authorities to fund services.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Tánaiste said “those authorities where property values are higher, densities are high and therefore income to them is high, will be able to reduce it by 15 per cent.He said the Labour Party “supports that” and it is a policy that will be followed by Labour councillors following the local election.“I expect that where councils are led by the Labour Party after the local election, the Labour Party will pursue this policy in these local authorities,” he added.Read: €1 million deducted from social welfare benefits to pay property tax>Read: Your questions about the local property tax answered>last_img read more

Poll Do you have a Trócaire box in the house

first_img No, but I never did (1363) Poll Results: Yes (408) YesNo, but it used to be a traditionNo, but I never didI’m not familiar with the Trócaire box campaignVote THE IRISH CHARITY Trócaire is marking its 40th anniversary in operation this year.While it is now just one of several Irish charities involved in projects in the developing world, it is fair to say that the ‘Trócaire box’ has long been a high-profile fundraising device every Lent. But is the Trócaire box as prevalent in households around Ireland as it once was?Do you have a Trócaire box in your home? I’m not familiar with the Trócaire box campaign (274) No, but it used to be a tradition (1495)last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #SEAN DUNNE: The Sean Dunne bankruptcy saga rumbles on after Ulster Bank intervened in proceedings in the US. RTÉ News reports that the bank has claimed that Dunne filed for bankruptcy in the US to avoid bankruptcy rules in Ireland and they want the Irish proceedings to go ahead,2. #US TRAIN: A rush-hour collision between two commuter trains in a suburb north of New York City Friday injured 60 passengers, five of them seriously. Metro North, which carries around 280,000 passengers each day, said the cause of the crash is not yet known.3. #DIESEL LAUNDERING: Custom officers have discovered a sophisticated diesel-laundering operation in an industrial estate in Blanchardstown, Dublin. The operation was at a €1.75 million loss to the exchequer.4. #ABORTION: The government is likely to face pressure to modify the proposed legislation for abortion after the Master of the Rotunda expressed concerns about the suicide clause, reports The Irish Times.  Meanwhile, here is the 12 interesting moments from the Oireachtas abortion hearings.5. #PUBLIC PAY: Fifty-five staff under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills earn more than the Taoiseach. Data published by education minister Ruairí Quinn shows that a significant number of staff – assumed to be employed at the country’s universities and institutes of technology – earn over €200,000 a year.6. #FRANCE: France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage today after President Francois Hollande signed the measure into law following months of bitter political debate.7. #SHOOTING MASSACRE: A novel by Irish author Colum McCann has been selected to help surviving students overcome the grief and trauma they suffered after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut on 14 December. McCann said the selection of ‘Let the Great World Spin’ was “possibly the greatest honour of my life.”8. #JAPAN: A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the northern coast of Japan’s main Honshu island earlier, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.9. #FLYING NUN: A 75-year-old nun made a parachute jump to raise money for Aware and other charities yesterday. Sr Patricia Wall, who made the skydive in Galway, has so far raised around €25,000.last_img read more

Baggott PSNI shouldnt have to investigate Troublesera killings

first_imgOUTGOING PSNI CHIEF Matt Baggott has said Northern Ireland needs to find a new way to investigate killings that happened during the Troubles.He said the force should not not investigate murders that happened before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.He made the comments to BBC Northern Ireland, as be marked his final day in office, saying there was a ”need to separate the past from the present”.“I think how ever that is done, the PSNI should no longer be accountable for dealing with issues that pre-date the Good Friday Agreement.”“We have to create a situation where police resources are focused on the here and now, without taking away from the needs of justice or victims. But that can be done in a different place, under a different authority.Baggott, who took up the top job in 2009, is being replaced by Co Down-born PSNI officer George Hamilton.Read: RUC sergeant shot dead could have been saved ‘if he was warned’ by senior officerslast_img read more

Low to play young players in Euro qualifiers

first_imgFollowing an abysmal performance at the World Cup and a disastrous UEFA Nations League campaign, Germany manager Joachim Low says he give young players a chance in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.Germany were awful in Russia as they were knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup crown, and have also been relegated from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League. It has been a miserable past few months for Joachim Low, who is now turning to youth to save Germany further embarrassment.Speaking ahead of Germany’s match with Holland on Monday, Low said in quotes on “The Netherlands deserved their win against the world champions.“For us, the feeling is obviously quite bitter since we now no longer have the chance to stay in League A. We have to accept that.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Our focus, however, is now like it was before – solely on qualifying for the European Championship, where we want to send a strong team out.“With this in mind we will have lots of room to allow young players to come in and for them to get more and more experience with the national team.“In this year, which overall has been very disappointing for us, we want to put on a good show for the fans on Monday in Gelsenkirchen.”last_img read more