Criminal complaint against BJP leader Gautam Gambhir for allegedly holding 2 voter

first_imgBJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference in New Delhi, on April 25, 2019.IANSGautam Gambhir, former cricketer and one of Bharatiya Janata Party’s latest members, found himself in hot water after his AAP rival Atishi accused him of possessing two voter ID cards.Atishi brought the matter to light when she tweeted on April 26 that Gambhir possessed a voter ID for Karol Bagh as well as Rajinder Nagar. She has even filed a criminal complaint.In another tweet, she wrote, “Under Section 17, read with Section 31, false declaration in the matter of electoral rolls is punishable with jail time of up to one year.”If Gambhir is found guilty, he could face a jail sentence of one year. The complaint was filed at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi.Atishi had tweeted, “I have filed a criminal complaint against the BJP candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir over his possession of two voter IDs in two separate constituencies of Delhi, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar. #GambhirApradh.” TwitterIn her complaint, she also demanded the immediate disqualification of the cricketer-turned-politician. In addition to this, AAP president and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted to the Delhi voters saying that there is no point in voting for a leader who is soon to be disqualified.According to News18, Gambhir rubbished the claims stating “First they make allegations, then go to court and then they apologise.” Gambhir has been in the eye of the fire ever since he joined the BJP in March and was fielded from the East Delhi constituency.Earlier this week, both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party had called for the disqualification of Gambhir over an alleged problem in his nomination papers. However, their claims were rubbished by the polling officer who said that there is “substantial compliance” in his papers and his nomination will be accepted, reports NDTV.Gambhir’s nomination exposed the fact that he is the richest candidate to be fielded in Delhi with Rs 147 crore worth of movable and immovable assets.last_img read more

SC extends Subrata Roys parole asks Sahara Group to deposit Rs 5092

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Sahara Group to deposit Rs 5,092 crore for its chief Subrata Roy’s bail by selling 13 of its properties. The court also said they may be granted more time if the group were unable to sell these properties by April 7. Meanwhile, the court also extended Roy’s parole till April 17.The SC also asked the Ghaziabad Development Authority to compensate the Sahara Group with Rs. 1,112 crore for acquiring 91 acres of the latter’s land. The money has to be deposited by the Ghaziabad Development Authority on behalf of Sahara. The next court hearing is on April 17.The Sahara Group also gave the SC a list of properties that it wishes to sell for repayment, which the court agreed to. The SC also ordered global real estate company MG Holdings to deposit Rs 750 crore to prove its bonafide for buying Sahara’s share in New York’s Plaza Hotel. MG Holdings told the court that it would pay $550 million for buying Sahara shares in Plaza Hotel.The apex court had earlier ordered that the group’s prime property worth Rs 39,000 crore at Aamby Valley in Pune be attached in an ongoing case against Roy.Roy was jailed on March 4, 2014, until he was granted a four-week custody parole on May 6, 2016, to perform his mother’s last rites. The apex court had earlier extended the Sahara chief’s parole till November 28, 2016, after he deposited Rs 200 crore with the SEBI in October.In August 2012, two companies of the Sahara Group were ordered by the SC to deposit over Rs 24,000 crore to SEBI. The money was collected from around three crore investors, who invested in their optionally fully convertible debentures (OFCDs) between 2008 and 2011, through issuance of certain bonds with 15 percent interest.Roy was sent to jail on March 4, 2014, after he failed to abide by the court’s order to pay a sum of Rs 10,000 crore. SEBI had said, earlier in February 2017, that the Sahara Group still has to pay Rs 14,779 crore towards principal.last_img read more

Road accidents claim 12 lives

first_imgTruck being retrived at Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha district on Saturday. Photo: Shahabul Shahin/ Prothom Alo.Twelve people, including two minor schoolgirls, were killed in three road accidents in Gaibandha and Jessore districts on Saturday.In Gaibandha, 10 people were killed and at least 10 others injured in two accidents in Palashbari upazila.Seven people were killed after a truck overturned in the upazila in the afternoon.The deceased could not be identified immediately.In another incident, three people were killed and 10 others injured as a bus hit a stationary public transport vehicle, a ‘human hauler’, in front of a filling station in Palashbari in the morning.Witnesses said the driver of the Bogra-bound bus lost control over the steering after the tire burst and the bus hit the human hauler in the area around 9:30am, leaving three killed on the spot.Deceased Khoshru, 56, Zakirul 25, and Raju, 27, were labourers, from Gobindaganj upazila in the district.Palashbari police station officer-in-charge Mahmudul Hasan confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo.The injured were admitted to Palashbari upazila health complex.Overturned truck carrying iron rods. Seven workers were killed in the accident in Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha district, Saturday. Photo: Shahabul Shahin/ Prothom AloIn Jessore, two schoolgirls were killed in a road accident in Sharsha upazila in the morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Roja, 11, daughter of a college lecturer Alamgir Hossain and Zerin, 11, daughter of Ibrahim Hossain of Bairi village in the upazila.Both the victims were class-VI students of Bagachhra Girls High School.The accident took place when a sand-laden truck hit a motorcycle carrying the two girls at Bagachhra bazar around 8:00am, leaving the two dead on the spot and Alamgir injured, said Bagachra police outpost officer-in-charge Humayun Kabir.Alamgir Hossain, a lecturer of Bagachhra College, was taking his daughter and niece to their school, the OC added.The injured was admitted to a local clinic in critical condition.last_img read more

Baltimore County Cop Connected to GTTF Resigns

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force broadened after a Baltimore County police officer whose name surfaced during the trial of two of the accused city cops resigned.Baltimore County Officer Michael Woodlon left the agency voluntarily Aug. 20, a spokesman for the department told the AFRO.(Courtesy Image/Logo)During the trial of two of the seven members of the disbanded elite gun unit, one of the former detectives, Momodu Gondo, testified that Woodlon had participated in several robberies with members of the GTTF.Woodlon was suspended on July 18 during an internal investigation after the allegations surfaced.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight Baltimore City officers who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, stealing and dealing drugs and filing fake overtime slips.The scandal has embroiled the beleaguered agency in an ongoing series of damaging revelations. However, Woodson’s resignation marks a widening of the agencies now engulfed in it.All eight members have been sentenced to federal prison, including the ring leader, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who received 25 years.last_img read more

Black Film Comes to DC

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFROThe D.C. Black Film industry is on a steady incline. In the last two years, big advancements have been made to enrich African-American cinematic culture in the nation’s capitol; 2017 was especially important because it was the inaugural year of the DC Black Film Festival. A groundbreaking media platform, the DC Black Film festival is helping to reshape Black cinema along with the African-American film festival that will be taking place at various Smithsonian locations this fall.The first of its kind in the District, the DC Black Film Festival’s mission is to provide people of the African diaspora with a new resource to express themselves, and to ultimately get their work recognized on larger media platforms. The DC Black Film Festival is important because it gives D.C.’s own filmmakers a chance to interact and engage with other Black filmmakers from all over the country, while also setting a new standard for Black film in the District of Columbia.“Boom For Real” is a new film featured in the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. (Courtesy Photo)When interviewed for DCist, DC Black Film Festival founder Kevin Sampson said, “We only get a certain amount of films each year led by an African American. I realized there are a lot of screenwriters and directors out there trying to do the work—but they don’t have the accessibility.”Initially attempting to raise funds for an independent film on the lack of diversity in 2014, Sampson switched gears and decided to provide an answer to the problem. Three years later the DC Black Film Festival had its first event.  With this year’s festival featuring films like “United Skates,” which documents the resurgence of skate culture in different Black communities, as well as the festival’s local pick “Odyssey: A Web Series,” the festival is paving its own way.In its inaugural year is the Smithsonian African American Film Festival, which will be taking place this fall at a slew of Smithsonian locations throughout the District. An international platform, the launch of the Smithsonian African American Film Festival is a welcomed surprise to many because it provides filmmakers and film enthusiasts with a second experience of cinematic excellence to look forward to in one year.Juxtaposing themes within the museum with those featured in the films, the focus is on these three themes; 1) Making a way out of no way, 2) Power of place and 3) cultural expressions.  Featuring films like the highly acclaimed “Boom for Real” which documents the teenage years of the art legend Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well “Copper,” which explores death from a gender perspective, the Smithsonian African American Festival is giving Black filmmakers the opportunity to both curate and abstract the Black experience.While different in presentation and packaging, both festivals are important in making strides in the film industry  as they both seek to create new opportunities for the Black voice to be recognized and properly represented moving forward.last_img read more

Fake notes worth Rs 7 lakh seized from duo at Hare Street

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police on Thursday nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from them at Hare Street. The duo has been produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court, Calcutta.According to sources, police officers recently got a tip-off that a few people were planning to make some deal in fake currency notes at Hare Street. Based on the information, STF officers were keeping an eye on the area. On Wednesday evening, they noticed two persons were roaming aimlessly in the area and one of them was carrying a bag. On suspicion, they detained the duo. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe duo allegedly tried to mislead the police by stating that they were searching for an address. One of them said he was from Malda. Hearing this, STF sleuths grew suspicious. Immediately the bag which they were carrying was searched and a considerable amount of fake currency notes were found. Immediately, the duo identified as Razzak Shaikh of Baishnabnagar in Malda and Vikash Kumar Gautam alias Vikash Kumar Lodi alias Sunil of Unnao from Uttar Pradesh were taken to the STF office in Lalbazar. Later, it was found that they were carrying 350 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination. The duo was arrested immediately. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSTF sleuths suspect that the duo was working as carriers of FICN. Sources informed that the duo would be interrogated to find out who was the prospected receiver of the FICN seized. Sleuths will also try to identify who gave them the fake notes. The duo has been booked under Sections of 489B IPC (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C IPC (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 120B IPC (punishment of criminal conspiracy).last_img read more

James Bonds Next Aston Martin Might be Electric

first_imgMarch 19, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read James Bond movies tend to be a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist, and that might be reflected in his choice of whip next time around. The Sun sources have claimed that the director of the next Bond movie, Cary Joji Fukanaga, wants 007 to drive Aston Martin’s electric Rapide E (above) instead of one of its gas-powered coupes. It may seem like blasphemy for Bond’s flashiest vehicle to be a sedan, but Fukanaga, lead actor Daniel Craig and the producers reportedly believed “the time was right” for the secret agent to use an emissions-free ride.There’s no guarantee this will happen. If it does, though, it’ll represent a milestone for the spy thriller series as the first actual environmentally-friendly Bond car. While the agent was supposed to be driving a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Edge in Quantum of Solace, that was just a conventional model gussied up as the then-unavailable Edge HySeries. Here, Bond could drive the real deal.It’d be up to the job, too. The Rapide E’s dual motors will make it getaway-ready with the equivalent output of 602 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph, and it should stay cool enough at speed to last for a entire chase scene. Let’s just hope Bond doesn’t need to drive too far. The Rapide E does have an estimated 200-mile-plus range and a very fast charging system, but it wouldn’t be much fun to watch Bond twiddling his thumbs at a charging station. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Pearlman joins Travel Leaders Network as Sr VP International Leisure

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Pearlman joins Travel Leaders Network as Sr. VP, International Leisure Tags: Travel Leaders Network Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Wednesday, July 10, 2019 TORONTO — Travel Leaders Network has appointed Lindsay Pearlman to the newly-created position of Senior Vice President, International Leisure.Pearlman reports to Travel Leaders Network President Roger E. Block, CTC.“Lindsay will work with our International Partners to expand Travel Leaders Network leisure programs throughout Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific,” said Block. “Many of our international partner agencies have a very large leisure operation in addition to their corporate division and we are pleased that Lindsay will bring his years of industry experience to help us grow our leisure division with partners across many countries.”Pearlman most recently served as Co-President of Ensemble, where he worked for 12 years, including as executive vice president and general manager of the retail travel group. Prior to Ensemble, Pearlman was with American Express Global Travel Services for 11 years in a variety of roles. Based in Toronto, Pearlman will work closely with Angeles Yugdar, Senior Vice President of International Markets for Travel Leaders Group.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTravel Leaders Network now counts travel agency members in more than 60 countries worldwide as it continues its international expansion.last_img read more

Shawn DuBravac The TV and advertising industries w

first_imgShawn DuBravacThe TV and advertising industries will start to move away from “archaic” demographic definitions, with new data due to give much deeper insights into character, according to Shawn DuBravac.Speaking on a panel session at IBC yesterday, DuBravac, who is chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association, said that in the future, data will be able to map emotional responses and drive “a greater seamless experience.”“Right now, when you sell advertising against a show, you’re basing it upon the popularity of the show, the demographics of the show – you’re using basic data,” said DuBravac.“What if you start to tie it in to other pieces of data relevant to the show? Age, gender, income, education – they’re so archaic. I think we’re going to move away from all these basic demographics and we’re going to just define people based upon their type of characteristics.”Speaking on a panel about ‘disruptive storytelling’ and wearble technology, DuBravac said that in a digital world, the basic data that defines content experiences can be “fully changed”.“Commercials will start to map to a show based upon that emotional response and where it fits in. Rather than saying ‘I want this 30 seconds’ you might say ‘that commercial fits best immediately following this piece, so we’re going to break that content here and drop the commercial in,” he said .“Everything is on the table when it comes to this, because it allows us to redefine the story-telling.Also speaking on the same panel, Gawain Morrison, the CEO and co-founder of Sensum – an emotion-based software solutions company focused on the market research and marketing industries – said that emotional mapping could fit well in the broadcasting space.While he claimed that “marketing and brands is where the money is”, Morrison said that measuring and co-opting an emotional response from the audience could add a compelling angle to performance-based shows like the X Factor, game shows and current afairs programmes.Jeorg Tewes, CEO of Avegant, a firm that specialises in near-eye video display headsets, said on the panel that while 3D technology suffered from a lack of compelling content, virtual realiity will start to take off in the coming years.Though Tewes cautioned it would not happen overnight, he said that in the next three to five years, virtual reality will take off and people “will actually consume and get that content.”He likened the transition that will take place in the coming years to the switch from SD to HD and said “I think we’re really now getting to new types of experiences… I think the whole broadcasting production industry will be hoping to drive that to the next level.”Avegant is currently in the process of refining its Glyph Alpha headset prototype, and is due to launch this wearable display to consumers this autumn.last_img read more

Todd Miller Celestial Tiger Entertainment has stru

first_imgTodd MillerCelestial Tiger Entertainment has struck a raft of OTT deals for its movies, action and horror networks.The Lionsgate and Saban-backed channel operator runs a bouquet of linear nets in the region including Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies,action channel Kix and horror net Thrill.In Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster TVB has added CCM, Kix and Thrill to its myTV Super streaming service. Consumers will be able to stream the linear nets and watch individual shows on-demand. They will be part of the Action Thriller Movie Entertainment Pack.Another broadcaster launching Celestial nets on its streaming service is FTV in Taiwan. The CCM channel will go out on FTV’s Four Seasons streaming service. Also in Taiwan, OTT operator LiTV will carry CCM.In Singapore Celestial programming will be on the Catchplay SVOD service, which is available through StarHub’s pay TV.“We are moving rapidly to address the growing demand for Over-The-Top services of our channels,” said CTE CEO Todd Miller.“All six of our main channel brands are available as OTT services and these carriage deals are just the beginning of our OTT expansion. We look forward to working with our affiliate partners as well as new platforms to build their OTT offering.”last_img read more

Amazon is looking to grow its video advertising bu

first_imgAmazon is looking to grow its video advertising business with a series of initatives in the near future, according to investor relations director Dave Fildes.Answering a question on the e-retail giant’s latest quarterly earnings call, Fildes said that “one of the focus areas for us will be expanding our video and OTT offerings for brands”.He cited “some steps” that the company has already taken to boost advertising with live sports and its IMDb TV service and added: “We’ll continue to do things like add more OTT video supply, like Amazon Publisher service integrations and access for third-party apps, and we’ll add more inventory through Fire TV apps and IMDb TV.”Fildes said that Amazon was also “really excited” about the international opportunity for advertising revenue.He said that many of the tools to support advertising that Amazon had launched in the US were currently not available internationally and that this could be a focus for the company moving forwards.During the call, chief financial officer Brian Olvavsky said that Amazon would grow its advertising inventory on new devices and would boost its Amazon Prime Video offering in international markets.“We’re adding more and more advertising as we roll out devices, and new Prime Video content, in particular internationally,” he said.last_img read more

Talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has no

first_imgTalk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable. Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.The gold price was up about twenty-five bucks by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time yesterday…and then didn’t do much until about 10:00 a.m. in London.  From there, the price declined down to just above the $1,700 mark shortly before 9 a.m. in New York before rallying back to just under $1,725 spot.  It held that price until shortly before the close of electronic trading, when it got sold off about ten bucks after it made it too close to the $1,725 spot mark…just like it did in Hong Kong and London much earlier on Thursday.Gold finished at $1,717.70 spot…up $21.00 on the day.  Despite the lack of price movement, net volume was an immense 219,000 contracts.Up until 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, silver followed the same rally path as gold, but the subsequent sell-off ended very shortly before 12 o’clock noon in London…which looked suspiciously like an early silver fix.From that low/fix, silver rallied in fits and starts…and all three attempts that it made to get too rambunctious to the upside in New York, immediately got swatted down…including the rally into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there, silver basically traded sideways into the close of electronic trading.Silver finished at $35.51 spot…up 87 cents on the day.  Net volume was only half of Wednesday’s…but still a monstrous 55,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Silver Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It shows the three rallies that got sold off before they could get anywhere…the one at the Comex open, at 10:30 a.m…and the Comex close.The dollar index did precisely nothing yesterday…and was obviously never a factor in the precious metals market.The gold stocks pretty much followed the ups and downs of the gold price during the New York trading session…and, like the gold price, the shares sagged a bit into the close.  The HUI finished up 0.80% when all was said and done.Despite the nice gain in silver during the New York trading session, the shares were definitely a mixed bag…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index was only up 0.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Thursday’s CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 137 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The biggest short/issuers in silver were HSBC USA and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 76 and 47 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account with 122 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.When I posted Wednesday’s Daily Delivery Report in my Thursday column, I inadvertently used the delivery numbers for palladium instead of silver.  The real numbers showed that 160 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…and the big long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account.  They’ll have 137 contracts of that 160 total delivered today.  I thank reader Harvey Organ for pointing out the error of my ways.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, surprisingly enough, authorized participants over at SLV added 874,386 troy ounces of silver.  After Wednesday’s drive-by shooting in both gold and silver, I must admit that I’m still waiting for the big withdrawals from both ETFs.  Maybe today will be the day.  Then again, maybe not.The U.S. Mint started off the month with a small sales report.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 200,000 silver eagles.There was a lot of activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They received 618,921 ounce of silver…and shipped a rather large 1,190,391 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting gold chart that reader Julius Adams sent me yesterday.  Based on his T/A…his minimum target for gold is $2,015.  We’ll see how it goes.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you find some of them worth your while.I don’t mind if you are wealthy. I do mind if you got there by cheating. I don’t mind if you are on welfare. I do mind if you got there by cheating. – Author unknownAfter Wednesday’s debacle, it was pretty calm on Thursday…but I still got the impression that the subsequent rallies in both gold and silver were being watched over pretty carefully…and it was particularly noticeable in silver.However, what really was surprising was the number of well respected commentators that finally came out of the closet and stated the obvious [in public] about Wednesday’s hatchet job in the precious metals…and that it was done by not-for-profit sellers…and for it’s “effect value”.This is not just GATA saying it now…it’s completely obvious to everyone and, in the end, it could backfire on the perpetrators, because now everyone is watching these markets with fresh eyes.When people such as these raise their voices in unison like this, you know that everyone is now in on the game…and the jig is up.  At last, talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable.  Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.And it can’t come too soon for me…regardless of the consequences.  As I’ve said many times over the years, if the powers that be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash…and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to blow sky high…the world’s financial system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days.It’s going to happen anyway…and the longer this stinking, putrid mess is held aloft, the worse it’s going to be for everyone on Planet Earth when it finally does crash and burn.All that will be left standing will be the precious metals…and I hope that will be enough.In overnight trading, both gold and silver trended quietly lower.  At the moment…5:18 a.m. Eastern time…gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about 35 cents.  Gold volume is already pretty decent…and silver’s volume is relatively quiet.  The dollar index has been in rally mode since precisely 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and is up about 35 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button.With JPMorgan et al putting the metals and their shares back on sale for a limited time only, there’s still the opportunity to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well.  And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you tomorrow. 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Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

Snapchat Now Lets You Spy on Friends Locations

first_img June 22, 2017 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Snapchat Next Article The new Snap Map has a ‘ghost mode’ that lets you browse a map of your friends’ locations without sharing your own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Snapchat Now Lets You Spy on Friends’ Locationscenter_img Bored Snapchat users looking for something to do should update their apps today: they’ll be greeted with a new map view that shows where exactly their friends are and what they’re up to.Snap Map, as the company is calling it, can be activated by pinching your fingers together on the camera view when you first start the app. Once in map view, you’ll see “Actionmoji” versions of your nearby friends, which include their names and profile photos in a configuration that vaguely resembles the tags you might find on plants for sale at the nursery.When you tap on one of your friends’ icons, you’ll see stories they’ve posted recently, which might get you in the mood to go join in the fun they’re having. You’ll only see your friends on the map if they’ve recently opened their Snapchat map and have shared their location with you. Conversely, you can decide who can see your location on their maps, choosing from all your friends or a customized list. You can also browse the map in “Ghost Mode” without broadcasting your location to anyone.What if none of your friends are around or they haven’t posted anything interesting recently? Not to worry: the map view will also show a heat map based on the activity of other Snapchat users. For example, a map of San Francisco shows hot spots at Fisherman’s wharf and along Market Street. You can also zoom out to view events that Snapchat selects from around the country or the world, such a baseball game or current events like Tuesday’s special election in Georgia.The Snap Map is Snapchat’s take on the location-based social media genre, which already includes startups like Zenly that are designed to let you keep track of nearby friends. And given Instagram’s propensity to successfully duplicate Snapchat features, it also wouldn’t be surprising if Instagram copies the map idea in the near future. Tom Brant Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue News reporter Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Snapchat via PC Maglast_img read more

Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh

first_img Subscribe Now Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh Once the poster child of a stoner athlete, the ex-NFL running back is is making great strides with his cannabis company. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Former NFL running back Ricky Williams remembers when his use of marijuana made him an outcast among both his peers and potential business associates.Williams said that people didn’t want to associate with him because of his use of cannabis. “My past kept haunting me,” Williams told the Roll Up Podcast.That’s all changed for the Pro Bowl running back. Now, he’s become an entrepreneur in cannabis with his line of products called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams. According to his website, he is offering “an herbal approach to everyday wellness.”That may sound like the tagline of any number of marijuana brands. But Williams can claim he was far out in front — and in a very public way — on the issue of marijuana and the potential health benefits.Related: 5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization“Most Infamous Stoner Athlete”In a way, Williams’ experience with marijuana personifies the changing attitudes on cannabis. A decade ago, while a star in the NFL, he became the target of both jokes and the NFL’s substance abuse policy for talking openly about using marijuana.That was an unusual stance from such a big star. And at the time, he was one of the biggest. Between 1999 and 2011, playing mostly with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, Williams rushed for more than 10,000 yards, including five 1,000-yard seasons.He also was public about his use of marijuana, becoming “America’s most infamous stoner athlete,” according to Sports Illustrated. He failed four drug tests, all for cannabis use, he told the magazine. In 2004, he decided to retire early and spent the year studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda.He returned to the Dolphins in 2005. However, in 2006, he missed an entire season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.He told Sports Illustrated that those years in the middle of his career cost him about $5 million to $10 million in salary and endorsements. He’s hoping to make that back, and then some.Related: New California Law Makes it Easier to Erase Old Marijuana ConvictionsEarly AdooterWilliams launched Real Wellness earlier this year in California (a native of San Diego, he now lives in Venice Beach). Both medical and recreational marijuana is now legal in the Golden State.  But long before marijuana was the “in” thing, Williams believed in the medicinal value of marijuana. Since leaving the NFL, he ‘s spent his time studying the potential of marijuana for pain management and other conditions.Williams told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: “I am known as a professional football player. In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a healthcare practitioner.”His products include salves, tonics and vape cartridges, which he says are a “modern reintroduction to the healing power of ancient herbs.” The products contain either CBD or THC, or sometimes both.Williams believes there is a huge and growing market for his product. He saw a microcosm of that market in the NFL. Williams said more than half of the players he played within the NFL used marijuana, including quarterbacks and coaches, according to Sports Illustrated.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 25, 2018 3 min read –shares Add to Queue dispensaries.com Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: My Mystic Journey LA via Twitter Ganjapreneurlast_img read more

Mt Gox Files for Bankruptcy Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen said that Mt. Gox “had to die,” and it officially just did.After a rocky few weeks practically sputtering on life support, the troubled Bitcoin trading exchange, once most robust in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo District Court today.CEO Mark Karpeles blamed hackers for his company’s demise, saying they exploited a “weakness” in Mt. Gox’s computer system that enabled them to pilfer almost half a billion U.S. dollars worth of the digital currency. Karpeles, like Andreessen and scores of fellow Bitcoin defenders, says he still expects the controversial unregulated virtual currency to grow and thrive, even as his exchange pulls the plug on itself.  Related: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Apologizes About Crippling Hack, Says Withdrawals to Resume Soon”First of all, I’m very sorry,” he said. “The bitcoin industry is healthy and it is growing. It will continue, and reducing the impact is the most important point.”Mt. Gox, which claimed for a time that it oversaw approximately 80 percent of all dollar-for-Bitcoin trades across the globe, said it discovered on Feb. 24 that 750,000 of its customers’ bitcoins were missing, along with 100,000 of its own. That adds up to about $480 million total, approximately 7 percent of the estimated total of bitcoins in existence.The company halted customer withdrawals on Feb. 7 and later wiped out the contents of its website and Twitter feed, sparking accusations of insolvency and rocking the Bitcoin trading community worldwide.Related: Bitcoin Advocate Andreessen: ‘Mt. Gox Had to Die’The widely expected bankruptcy filing comes only one day after Japan’s highest government spokesperson announced that Japanese authorities, along with the country’s Ministry of Finance, are actively investigating angry investor claims that Mt. Gox lost their Bitcoin. Federal prosecutors in New York subpoenaed the trading platform this earlier this month.Meanwhile, as of 9:56 a.m. ET, Bitcoin prices hit $561.24, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. The price dipped below $500 last Monday, its weakest price since November, when it rallied at about $1,200. 2 min read Bitcoin Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Register Now » February 28, 2014 Next Article Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy, Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

Persistent Systems Joins Siemens MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions

first_imgPersistent Systems, a leading developer of software products and solutions across a variety of markets including Industrial and Manufacturing, announced it has joined Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to deliver its Industrial IoT solutions to market. MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling businesses to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) with advanced analytics.Persistent is delivering MindSphere solutions for Smart Energy Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other related offerings to manufacturing clients in APAC and North America. In addition to offering clients a fast track to remote connectivity and management for machines and programmable logic controller (PLC) assets through its MindSphere “Connect & Monitor” integration services, Persistent offers custom analytics that leverage MindSphere Analytics and Machine Learning service APIs.Marketing Technology News: DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing PlatformSanjeev Srivastav, General Manager – Industrial & IoT Practice, Persistent Systems“Aside from the benefit of working with a partner like Siemens with a huge installed base of industrial automation controllers, MindSphere can help reduce the amount of time it takes for us to develop applications for our clients, while retaining the option to develop related services on the cloud services from AWS and Microsoft Azure, where Mindsphere is available.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video ConferencingFlorian Beil, Head of Sales for MindSphere at Siemens PLM Software“Persistent Systems has deep domain expertise in IoT, Analytics and AI/ML and is well situated to deliver MindSphere solutions to firms with complex industrial operations in Discrete and Process Manufacturing sectors. We look forward to collaborating with Persistent Systems to help our joint customers achieve their goals.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video Conferencing Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:02 pmMay 6, 2019 Industrial and ManufacturingInternet of ThingsMarketing Technology NewsMindSphereNewsPersistent SystemsSanjeev Srivastav Previous ArticleMadison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations GloballyNext ArticleAmazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaderslast_img read more

Bridge in Italy had unusual design required constant work Update

first_imgA view of the evacuated houses built under the remains part of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge, in Genoa, northern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 meters (nearly 300 feet) into a heap of rubble below. (AP Photo/Nicola Marfisi) Safety codes can lead to over-built bridges, higher building costs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. But Brencich, who warned two years ago that the design of the bridge was a failure, said the structure should have been destroyed rather than be subjected to more repairs.The Genoa bridge, along with the two similar bridges in Libya and Venezuela, have deteriorated at “unimaginable speeds,” Brencich told Sky News Italian television station Wednesday. “Since this bridge was under constant maintenance, the time had come to consider a replacement for the bridge.”The Italian CNR civil engineering society said structures as old as the Morandi Bridge had surpassed their lifespans. It called for an ambitious plan to repair or replace tens of thousands of Italian bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s, citing a series of collapses in recent years, not all fatal.The collapse of a freeway bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 drew similar alarm bells about aging infrastructure in the U.S.The Interstate 35W bridge, whose collapse into the Mississippi river killed 13 people, was also built in the 1960s, though federal investigators ultimately concluded that poor maintenance wasn’t the main cause of the disaster. Instead, they pointed to a design defect, saying crucial gusset plates that held the beams together were only half as thick as they should have been.Since then, there has been a push to improve bridge designs and make changes to the way they are inspected.A more recent fatal collapse involved a newly constructed pedestrian bridge in Florida. U.S. investigators have said they are looking at the emergence of cracks in the structure before the collapse of the bridge near Florida International University, which killed six people.Matteo Pozzi, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, said the bridge in Italy “was known to have problems,” as evidenced by the upcoming upgrades. But he said older bridges can often be sustained with maintenance and repairs—and collapses are rare.”It’s still a challenge to predict exactly when, or if, a bridge will collapse,” Pozzi said. “Overall, we are doing a good job because a failure of this kind is rare. But we are trying to improve the ways in which we understand and monitor these bridges.”Of the bridge’s design, Hawkins said the concrete encasement improves the anchorage of the cables but “in a marine environment there can be a buildup of chloride in the concrete and that can lead to cable corrosion.” He said any broken cables would have to be examined to determine whether that was the case in the Morandi bridge.The bridge in Venezuela, which is much larger and spans Lake Maracaibo, also has had mishaps. In 1979, corrosion caused the rupture of one of the concrete-encased cables, forcing a complicated effort to replace it.Pozzi said use of concrete-encased cables for bridges was considered a “pioneering technique” at the time but it was never widely adopted and came to be considered problematic.However, he said there are many bridges around the world whose original technology has been abandoned, and he cautioned against concluding that any are in danger of collapse.More often, it means “there is a maintenance cost,” he said. “The question is for how long and in what way.” Citation: Bridge in Italy had unusual design, required constant work (Update) (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-italy-collapse-difficulties-aging-bridges.html The Morandi Bridge was severed in its midsection during a heavy downpour Tuesday. Government officials initially said 39 people were killed but revised the death toll to 38 on Thursday. Italian prosecutors focused their investigation into possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance of the bridge that opened in 1967.Engineering experts said the disaster points to the challenges of maintaining any aging bridge, regardless of its design.”What the general public does not comprehend is that bridges have been traditionally designed in the past for a life span of 50 years,” said Neil Hawkins, a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of Illinois, who specializes in reinforced and prestressed concrete design. “The environment in which the bridge exists can have a major effect on how much it can last beyond that 50-year design life span.”The structure is a cable stayed bridge designed by Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, who died in 1989. Among its unusual features were its concrete-encased stay cables, which Morandi used in several of his bridge designs instead of the more common steel cables. There are two similar bridges in the world, in Libya and Venezuela.Experts have said a number of factors could have contributed to the collapse, including wear and tear from weather and traffic that surpassed what the bridge was originally built to sustain.”Genoa is a port city so that there can be marine effects and also it is a major industrial center so that there can be air pollution that impairs the concrete,” Hawkins said in an e-mail. “Whether any of these effects, or other major deficiencies in the foundations, were present I have no knowledge. But all can contribute to a bridge failure.”Antonio Brencich, a professor of construction at the University of Genoa, said the design lent itself to swift corrosion and the bridge was in constant need of maintenance.Most recently, a 20 million-euro ($22.7 million) project to upgrade the bridge’s safety had been approved before its collapse, with public bids to be submitted by September. According to the business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, the improvement work involved two weight-bearing columns that support the bridge—including one that collapsed Tuesday. Explore further The bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa was considered a feat of engineering innovation when it was built five decades ago, but it came to require constant maintenance over the years. Its design is now being investigated as a possible contributor to its stunning collapse. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat courts arrest in Gairsain

first_img Press Trust of India GopeshwarJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:41 IST Harish Rawat also accused the BJP government in the state of doing nothing for Gairsain. (Photo: PTI)Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat Friday courted arrest along with several supporters in Gairsain to protest the recent arrest of 35 demonstrators, demanding a permanent capital status for the hill town in Chamoli district.Harish Rawat was joined by former Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, former deputy speaker A P Maikhuri, Congress MLA Karan Mahra and others as he arrived in Gairsain and led a procession to the Ramlila ground there.The former chief minister addressed a public meeting where he accused the BJP government in the state of doing nothing for Gairsain.Rawat said an amount of Rs 45 crore was sanctioned during his chief ministership for the construction of a secretariat in Gairsain but the amount was not utilised by the current dispensation.”Nothing has been done for the hills in the last two years with migration continuing unabated,” he alleged.Rawat led a procession to the tehsil headquarters later and courted arrest along with 115 other party leaders.The demand for the permanent capital status for Gairsain has been raised by different political parties over the years.Also Read | I have played my inning: Congress leader Harish Rawat hints at quitting active politicsAlso Read | Day after Rahul Gandhi, AICC general secretary Harish Rawat resigns citing 2019 poll defeatAlso Watch | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat courts arrest in GairsainHarish Rawat was joined by former Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, former deputy speaker A P Maikhuri, Congress MLA Karan Mahra and others as he arrived in Gairsain and led a procession to the Ramlila ground.advertisement Nextlast_img read more