Two arrested in ERRPF joint raid for posing as TTE

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested in two joint raids conducted by the Eastern Railway’s (ER)Vigilance department and Railway Protection Force (RPF) from Howrah railway station and Fairlie Place for allegedly posing as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) and promising railway jobs for money.According to ER authorities, acting on a tip-off, officials from ER’s Vigilance department and RPF personnel raided the Howrah railway station complex to nab people harassing passengers posing as TTE and ticket collectors on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring the raid, officials saw a man who was wearing uniform like a TTE and was continuously approaching passengers. On suspicion when a ER officials intercepted him, the accused identified as Swapan Kumar Roy claimed himself to be a TTE. He also indicated the nameplate on his coat. Smelling a rat, RPF personnel were called and Roy was detained. During interrogation Roy admitted that he used to cheat passengers posing as a TTE. Also, he said had cheated several people in the name of providing railway jobs and taken money from them. Later, he was handed over to Government Railway Police (GRP) in Howrah. In another case on Wednesday, a man was arrested from in front of ER’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place. The accused was found convincing a person to pay money for a railway job. He was also handed over to the police.last_img read more

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Kejriwal Sisodia granted bail in defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Special Court in Delhi on Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in connection with a defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta. Gupta had filed the case alleging Kejriwal of tweeting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to get him killed after he was slapped during a roadshow. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 each. The court posted the matter for further hearing on July 25. The court also granted bail to Kejriwal, Sisodia and another AAP leader Sushil Gupta in another defamation suit filed by the BJP leader Rajiv Babbar. Babbar had filed the case after the AAP leaders accused the BJP of deleting the names of 30 lakh people from the electoral rolls.last_img

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Congrats to Eliza Martin on her Toronto Monologue Slam win

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: WHAT IS A MONOLOGUE SLAM?A Monologue Slam is an acting competition where actors perform on stage in front of a panel of experts, who provide feedback and select a winner. Exact rules and format vary from region to region, but the essence of the event is to give actors a space to play, create a community of artists and build a stronger industry.THIS MONTH’S JUDGES WEREWendy Olunike Adeliyi – Actor and Co-Founder (Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards)Jesse Griffiths – Casting Associate at Stephanie Gorin CastingMarissa Richmond – Casting Director and Owner of Marissa Richmond CastingLewis Baumander – Acting Teacher and Owner of LB Acting Studio & Casting CentralABOUT ELIZA MARTINEliza graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts with a Drama Specialist. She then attended the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Specialist, English Major) from the University of Toronto and an Acting Diploma from Sheridan College. Eliza is now an actor, writer and artist educator living in Toronto. Eliza’s recent credits include Isabella in The Changeling -​a staged reading with Shakespeare BASH’d, Molly in the Lower Ossington Theatre’s Peter and The Starcatcher, Petandra in Paul and Petandra in the 2016 InspiraTO Festival (Peoples’ Choice Award), Gloria in Hart House Theatre’s Boeing Boeing, Hedvig in Re:Current Theatre’s the Wild Duck Project, Cecily in Hart House Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Messala in Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective’s Julius Caesar Project (2014 Toronto Fringe Festival), Hellena in The Rover, Mary Warren in The Crucible (Theatre Erindale) as well as u/s Louise in Gypsy (Hangar Theatre), Emily in Bodies and Patricia in Hiding Like Elephants (Hangar Wedge Series). Eliza starred in Seven to Forty Cinema’s short film No Connection, which was an Official Selection of 2016 GCN Film Festival, 2016 Future of Film Showcase and 2016 Korean International Expat Film Festival.ELIZA MARTIN LINKSSITE: http://www.elizamartin.ca/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/eliza.martin.52le/REPRESENTED BY: CARRIER TALENT MGMT. – TORONTOABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAMEach and every month, the cities hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Monologue Slam Champion! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, teachers, directors, casting directors, producers and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes and the honor of defending their title at the next slam.TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM LINKSSITE: http://www.caribrand.com/toslam2/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MonologueSlamCanada/INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/monologueslam/last_img read more

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Bombardier on the cusp of breaking even on runway to turnaround says

first_imgMONTREAL – After years of underwhelming results, layoffs and near bankruptcy, Bombardier Inc. says it is on the cusp of breaking even on the runway to a financial turnaround in 2020.“We’re largely there,” chief financial officer John Di Bert told a New York investor day conference Thursday.He said breaking even is “touch and go” in 2017 but next year should deliver positive earnings per share.The Montreal-based transportation giant said it’s on track to deliver on its promised five-year turnaround with better revenues and profits at its aerospace and railway divisions.Chief executive Alain Bellemare said Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) anticipates strong growth now that it is winding down heavy spending to develop the C Series and Global 7000 business jet.“The transformation of Bombardier is well underway and with the significant investment cycle coming to an end we have the right foundation in place to drive profitable growth for years to come,” he told analysts.Bellemare pointed to business jets, which are increasing margins despite flat deliveries. He said the company had expected this key part of its business to have recovered, but industry aircraft deliveries have fallen despite rising corporate profits.“Honestly we were expecting a much better business aircraft rebound than what we’ve seen.”Bellemare said the company’s overall focus is to get the new Global 7000 to market next year and close the Airbus C Series joint venture. After that, he’s open to any other strategic alliances for all parts of its operations.“The good news is we have no time pressure right now to do anything quick. We have time to think, we have time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go.”Asked if there can still be a larger C Series, Bellemare said it’s premature to say how that could strategically fit with the Airbus A320 family.“On a standalone basis I think it would have been a real challenge to launch a CS500,” he added.Bombardier said revenues will grow to between US$17 billion and US$17.5 billion next year.That’s up by about US$1 billion from its guidance for 2017 at the mid-point of the range, but below the US$18.4-billion forecast by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.Bombardier said the growth in revenue is expected to be driven by the ramp-up of key projects at Bombardier Transportation and higher C Series aircraft deliveries.Over the next three years, the company’s objective is to grow revenue by US$4 billion to reach US$20 billion, which represents a seven per cent compound annual growth rate.It also aims to improve the free cash flow by about US$1 billion to break even in 2018 and generate US$750 million to US$1 billion of cash in 2020.Industry analysts said the updated guidance largely met their expectations although revenue forecasts were lighter than they had expected.“Equity investors own Bombardier for multi-year cash flow improvement and so the unchanged 2020 outlook with good progress in 2018 does not change the investment case and the key from here is execution,” said Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan.He said questions linger about the future of the commercial aircraft division given lower than expected CRJ and Q400 deliveries and the proposed sale of the C Series program to Airbus.Bombardier expects to deliver just 35 regional planes and 40 C Series aircraft in 2018.Fred Cromer, the head of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, insisted that its workhorse regional jets continue to have a future within Bombardier. While the Airbus partnership won’t directly help that part of the business, he said there would be some unforeseen benefits.“Having that joint venture with Airbus as a partner strengthens all of commercial aircraft and certainly can open doors for new opportunities where we maybe not see them today.”last_img read more

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City of Fort St John releases construction values for October 2018

first_imgIn comparison to 2017, the overall construction value of the projects is down from $42,277,500.00 to $37,345,190.00; an approximate difference of $4.9 million.Despite being down on the construction value, the number of permits issued for the year is up to 95 from last year’s number of 92; a difference of three building permits.You can view the full October 2018 building permit report here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the construction value of building permits issued for October 2018.For the month of October, the construction value of the permits was $4,415,000.00 with a number of 10 permits issued.The largest project on the list is for renovations to a multi-family apartment complex located at 9003 86 street. This building suffered extensive fire damage back in May 2018. At the time, the Fort St. John Fire Department said the fire started on the third floor of the building’s west side and approximately 47 residents were forced from their homes due to the fire. The cost of the project is estimated at $2,400,000.00.last_img read more

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New Sask minimum wage takes effect

Saskatchewan’s latest minimum wage increase takes effect Tuesday, bringing it to $11.32.Announced in June, the change is the 11th increase since 2007 when the minimum wage was $7.95 — but it still keeps Saskatchewan in last place across Canada. It’s also low compared specifically to our western neighbours, with $11.65 an hour in Manitoba and $15 in Alberta (with some exceptions for students.)Before the latest increase, the minimum wage was $11.06.Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is calculated annually using an indexation formula. The provincial government introduced the formula in 2010, which gives equal weight to changes to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage for Saskatchewan.“This annual review provides regular and predictable changes to the minimum wage,” the province stated in a news release.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Increases are announced by June 30 and take effect on Oct. 1 of each year.The provincial NDP has advocated for a $15 minimum wage, with NDP Leader Ryan Meili announcing in 2017 that he’d make that change were he premier. read more

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Need to advance Middle East process discussed in Annans meeting with Arafat

According to the readout of the meeting, Mr. Annan briefed President Arafat on the meetings he had had with many leaders, including Presidents George Bush and Jacque Chirac, on how to reenergize the peace process, with particular focus on the Palestinian track. The Secretary-General assured President Arafat that he would continue his efforts, working closely with other key players, among them the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation. The situation in the Middle East was also high on the agenda of the Secretary-General’s meetings today with US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Russia’s Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. A UN spokesman said that the “quartet” welcomed President Bush’s statement on the Middle yesterday in the General Assembly. “The four, who are in constant telephone contact and whose representatives meet regularly, encouraged their representatives in the field to continue working together to help the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way to resolve the current crisis in their relations and to move toward the implementation of the Tenet Understandings and the Mitchell recommendations,” said the readout of the talks released after the meeting.The Secretary-General’s appointments today included a meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, with whom he discussed issues of security in the Great Lakes region, particularly focusing on the situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. According to a UN spokesman, they touched on the meeting held in London last week between President Museveni and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.Later, the Secretary-General met with Bosnian Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija, who stressed the need to establish a road map for the country’s return to normality as the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) prepares to wind down towards the end of next year. The political and military aspects of the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was the focus of Mr. Annan’s encounter with the country’s President, Joseph Kabila. They examined ways of advancing the inter-Congolese dialogue and discussed Phase III of the UN Mission in the country (MONUC), the demilitarization of Kisangani, the disarmament process and the withdrawal of foreign forces. read more

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Rivals groups reach compromise on Primaris to carve up property portfolio

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The two rival groups that have been competing to buy Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:PMZ.UN), one of Canada’s largest shopping mall operators, have reached a $4.6-billion compromise.Under the deal announced Tuesday, some of the Primaris properties will be bought by the KingSett Capital consortium but H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) will end up owning Primaris and the rest of its portfolio.The three CEOs for H&R, KingSett and Primaris described the deal as a win-win-win for their stakeholders.“We’re acquiring the vast majority of what we really wanted,” said Thomas Hofstedler, president and chief executive of H&R.He said H&R will become Canada’s largest diversified real estate trust after adding the Primaris shopping malls to its retail segment, which will account for 51 per cent of the REIT’s overall net operating income after the deal.“We selected the high-qualify assets that are most closely aligned to our conservative acquisition strategy and enabled a broader portfolio diversification geographically. We’ve also obtained a valuable new management platform.”Primaris unitholders will end up with about 25 per cent of H&R’s equity, assuming the deal goes through as planned, giving them the opportunity to continuing in the real-estate sector through the enlarged H&R.Primaris CEO John Morrison says the revised offer provides a larger cash portion than under the previous agreement with H&R.“So it’s a superior offer and one that our board obviously supported,” Morrison said.“It’s a $4.6-billion transaction,” he said. “KingSett’s cash contribution is approximately $1.9 billion and H&R is taking $2.7-billion of assets.”The KingSett consortium, which had started the bidding last year but was rejected in favour of H&R, will acquire 18 of the Primaris properties.“In today’s deal, we each get what we really want,” said Jon Love, managing partner of KingSett Capital, which approached H&R with a compromise on behalf of a consortium that included Ontario Pension Board and RioCan REIT.“This transaction is one that we’re all very pleased about,” Love said.“We approached H&R with an idea that we thought would create value for everyone and then it was an iterative process after that.”H&R is offering Primaris unitholders $27.98 per unit — about 65 cents per share above a previous friendly agreement between the two income trusts.Through that part of the deal, worth a total of $2.7 billion (up to $1.28 billion in cash) and the rest in units of the real estate trust, H&R will acquire 17 existing Primaris shopping centres plus nine other properties that Primaris is buying.Primaris units edged up 50 cents to $27.43 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the announcement. H&R units fell 23 cents to $23.43 and units of RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN), a member of the KingSett consortium, rose 21 cents to $27. Rivals groups reach compromise on Primaris, to carve up property portfolio by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 11:54 am MDT read more

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Paying bills and consumer consumption hurting Canadians ability to save study

Paying bills and consumer consumption hurting Canadians’ ability to save: study by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2013 8:05 am MDT MONTREAL – Almost a third of Canadian households report never or almost never having any money left to save after paying their bills, according to a new study issued Wednesday.Households that reported no wealth accumulation tended to be working, middle-aged people — although of varying income levels, says the study by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.“They felt that their incomes were not keeping pace with the cost of living,” said Rock Lefebvre, co-author of the study, which surveyed more than 1,800 people.Consumer consumption, such the use of home equity lines of credit, were among things hurting the accumulation of wealth, Lefebvre said.“This consumption pattern that has emerged over the last decade . . . is playing havoc with people’s ability to save,” he said.“Because of the low interest rates coupled with the behaviour of borrowing, people are possibly buying homes and cars that are a little more expensive than what they would typically be able to afford.”Meanwhile, two-thirds of households with no wealth accumulation — meaning the value of their assets was less or about the same as the amount of their household debt — didn’t expect to get any further ahead in the next three years, the study said.However, about 70 per cent of Canadian households reported they had accumulated some wealth.But Lefebvre said the result may have been more of a “feeling” than an objective assessment of wealth.“They could be saving $100 or they could be saving $100,000,” said Lefebvre, vice-president of research and standards.Lefebvre said one of the main ways for most Canadians to accumulate wealth is to pay off a mortgage as quickly as possible.But the survey found that only 10 per cent of households had refinanced a mortgage to pay it off sooner.“This is a beautiful time to get ahead with these low interest rates. (But ) people just seem to be living the life rather than make the sacrifice to get rid of this debt while it’s low interest and come out of it on the bright side.”Meanwhile, Canada’s household savings rate plummeted to 3.8 per cent at the end of 2012 from its peak of about 20 per cent in the early 1980s, the study said.The wealth of an average Canadian adult was only $6,600 in 2012, or 2.7 per cent higher when compared to the wealth controlled by households at the beginning of 2008.The report also found that only three in 10 households surveyed believed the accumulation of wealth was a very important personal goal, while half saw it only as a somewhat important pursuit.The online survey was conducted last Sept. 14-21 by Ipsos Reid with 1,805 Canadians aged 25 and older.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UNESCO chief condemns killing of Guinean journalists raising awareness about Ebola

“I condemn the killing of Facély Camara, Molou Chérif and Sidiki Sidibé,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a statement. On 16 September, Facély Camara, a reporter for Liberté FM, a private radio station in Guinea, Molou Chérif, a technician at the N’Zérékoré province rural radio station, and his colleague, Sidiki Sidibé, were in the N’Zérékoré district accompanying a five-member team of experts informing people about the virus and how to prevent its spread. The bodies of all eight victims were found on 18 September in the village of Womé. Ms. Bokova called on the local authorities in Guinea to fully investigate the team’s killing and protect aid and media professionals working to raise awareness and educate people about the deadly Ebola virus – a critical step in preventing the spread of the disease which has already sickened more than 6,500 and killed more than 3,000 across West Africa. “With the virus spreading as it is, the role of the media in providing populations with up to date and relevant information is more important than ever,” Ms. Bokova continued. “This crime must not be left unpunished. Journalists must be able to continue their vital work.”The UN has recently amplified its response to the Ebola crisis with the deployment of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) which will be based in Accra, Ghana, and have offices in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – the three countries most impacted by the disease. The Head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury, is scheduled to begin work in Ghana early next week. read more

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Opinion Michael Sams coming out could open road to brighter future in

Then-redshirt-senior Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) celebrates a sack during a game against Vanderbilt Oct. 5 at Vanderbilt Stadium. Feb. 9 Sam came out as gay and hopes to become the first active openly gay NFL player.Courtesy of MCTTypically an article like this would begin with something clever. A witty pun or a topical joke used to entice someone to dig further.But I feel this deserves more. Any attempt at humor would diminish and, honestly, disrespect the incredible bravery shown by former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam.In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Sam has come out as “an openly, proud gay man.”“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am,” Sam said in the interview with ESPN’s Chris Connelly. “I’m Michael Sam, I’m a college graduate, I’m African-American and I’m gay.”Sam recently finished his career at Missouri and is an NFL draft prospect, something that already comes with a heavy amount of scrutiny.Now the limelight will shine even brighter on the young football player.In 2014, this shouldn’t be big news. In the U.S., we have openly gay teachers, doctors, politicians, even pastors, and yet a major professional athlete admitting he or she is gay remains somewhat of a taboo.There has never been an openly gay player actively playing in the four major American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL).Although former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins came out in April, he has not played for an NBA team since his announcement. LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers made the same courageous announcement in January 2013, but Major League Soccer isn’t given as much attention as the NFL.There have even been former NFL players who have come out as gay after retirement — Dave Kopay, Kwame Harris and Wade Davis to name a few — but never someone who is, or is seeking to, actively play in the league.What Sam is attempting to do is break into the most popular and over-analyzed sport in America.Sam is putting his career, his livelihood and, to be frank, even his life, on the line so he can be a role model and a leader for countless others across the country.“I understand how big this is,” Sam told “Outside the Lines.” “No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”I don’t pretend to understand what going through adversity is truly like. I am an upper-middle class, heterosexual, white, liberal male, but that does not diminish the respect that I have for what Sam is doing.His courage and fearlessness are something that could pave the way for the future.But now that the announcement has been made, another hurdle must be jumped: getting drafted.Sam — projected as a mid-round draft prospect by nfldraftscout.com — is set to continue preparing for the NFL draft in the hopes of being selected in May.It would be completely naive to pretend that his draft stock will not be affected with this coming to light.Even with all of the talent he possesses — Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss in 2013 — the media circus that is sure to follow him wherever he goes might make NFL general managers think twice before pulling the trigger and selecting him.It shouldn’t, though. If this were an ideal world, Sam would be judged on his football accomplishments and not his sexual orientation. In 2013, Sam had an incredible season for the Tigers, being named first team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.“It shouldn’t matter,” Sam said about coaches and players reacting to his sexuality. “If I work hard, if I make plays, that’s all that should matter. ‘Can he help us win games, is he a team player,’ that’s all that should matter.”“Sports Illustrated” reported there are anonymous sources in the NFL who believe Sam’s presence in the locker room will prove to be a distraction, which is an argument that is not only ridiculous, but offensive to the gay community.“I mean, people will talk about the stereotype of gays being in the locker room … to me, I think that it’s a little stereotyped that gay people are predators,” Sam said. “It’s just very offensive.”Sam said in the interview he told his teammates at Missouri in August before the 2013 season began. If his coming out to the team was a distraction, it wasn’t a very good one. The Tigers finished with a record of 12-2, tied for the best in program history, and finished the year ranked No. 5 in the country.Since the announcement, there has been a large number of people come out in support of Sam.Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams took to Twitter to back Sam.“I could care less about a man’s sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!,” Williams tweeted  Sunday evening from his personal account, @DeAngeloRB.The NFL issued a statement on their stance, which said “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with the ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Despite all of the positive support, it is the detractors — whether they be players or coaches — who could change Sam’s fate.If even one player in the locker room comes forward to the general manager, the owner or the coach and voices his opinion against Sam, it could be the difference between Sam being drafted or not.I am asking, nay I am begging NFL owners to try and not see Sam just for his sexual orientation but to see him as a player. Look at his résumé to judge his abilities — don’t base your decision to employ him on a factor that has nothing to do with football.At the end of the day, it will come down to just one team deciding that it wants Sam and the barrier will be broken.Only time will tell if Sam will be rightfully rewarded for his bravery or not. But one thing is clear to me.People like Sam, Collins, Rogers and the many others deserve to be celebrated more than any other athlete. What they are doing reaches beyond sports and into the culture of America.Michael Sam, I am in awe of you and what you are doing, and want to thank you for the step you are taking toward a brighter future. read more

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Teen fined 80000 after admitting to stealing colleagues salary

A 17-year-old of Kingston, Georgetown, was on Friday fined $80,000 when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of theft.The teen admitted to carrying out the act when Magistrate Leron Daly read the charge to him.He admitted that between July 31 and August 1, 2017, at Kingston, Georgetown, he stole $80,000 cash property of Damascus Grant.According to the prosecution’s case, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and defendant work together and on July 31, 2017, Grant collected his salary together with other monies and placed it in the pocket of his bag which he then secured at the said place of work and proceeded to go clubbing.However, upon his return the following day, at around 09:30h, he checked his bag and observed that the money was missing.A report was made at the Police Station and the defendant was arrested and questioned. He admitted to stealing the cash and as such was charged with the offence.When questioned as to why he stole the money, the defendant said he was “sorry” for what he did.Magistrate Daly fined him the said $80,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving six months in prison. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaught red-handed…18-year-old fined for stealing iPhoneJanuary 28, 2016In “Crime”Carpet thief pleads for freedom, fined $25,000April 25, 2018In “Court”Zinc thief before Court again, jailed for stealing water pumpApril 9, 2018In “Court” read more

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ATT revises unlimited throttling policy

first_imgQuite the stink has been made lately over AT&T’s policy of throttling unlimited data users. Throttling, of course, refers to the slowing of data speeds; but another meaning of the word is “to strangle by forcibly constricting the throat.” To some AT&T customers, the carrier has been doing both.Not long after AT&T raised the prices on its capped data plans, customers who were grandfathered into unlimited data plans started seeing their speeds reduced to a crawl. The kicker is, this was happening (at least in some cases) after only using about 1.5-2GB of data. The $30 that the unlimited data consumers were paying was equal to what capped users pay for 3GB. In other words, AT&T was forcibly choking these “unlimited” customers until they submitted and switched to capped data plans (never to return).Though it isn’t much consolation, AT&T has now (sort of) relented and tweaked its throttling policies. Previously, the company said that it was throttling the top 5% of unlimited data users. Now it has said that unlimited customers will get throttled after 3GB of data use, and LTE customers will see Edge -like speeds after 5GB.So you can officially kiss AT&T’s unlimited data goodbye. As throttled data speeds are far too slow to serve much of a purpose, unlimited data customers are now essentially 3GB data customers. At least AT&T made the change so that throttling won’t happen after 2GB, but that won’t likely appease many unlimited customers.It’s one thing if you knew this going into your contract, but many of these customers stayed with AT&T for the very reason that they could keep their unlimited data. Now that their “unlimited” plans are anything but, these customers are caught in a classic bait-and-switch.Fortunately, contracts eventually end and customers still have three other major (and other minor) carriers to choose from. Sprint has thus far held true to its unlimited data plans, so perhaps it would be wise for Dan Hesse & company to launch a marketing campaign designed to snag some former AT&T customers.via CNETlast_img read more

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Eléphants les Maliens se mobilisent pour protéger leurs derniers pachydermes

first_imgEléphants : les Maliens se mobilisent pour protéger leurs derniers pachydermesMali – Alors que le nombre d’éléphants ne cesse de décroître au Mali, des habitants du nord du pays ont mis en place des “brigades de vigilance” pour lutter contre le braconnage et protéger les derniers pachydermes.Dans le Gourma malien, qui comprend les régions de Mopti, Tombouctou et Gao, les éléphants se font de plus en plus rares. Menacés par la sécheresse et le braconnage, ils étaient 550 dans les années 1970, et ne sont aujourd’hui plus que 354.S’ils ne peuvent pas lutter contre la sécheresse qui a tué en juin vingt-et-un éléphants, des habitants du nord du Mali ont décidé de s’organiser en brigades de vigilance pour protéger leurs derniers pachydermes des braconniers qui convoitent l’ivoire de leurs défenses, mais aussi leur viande. Réputés pour être les plus gros d’Afrique et les seuls éléphants nomades au monde, certains se sont vu équiper d’un GPS. “Pour les protéger des braconniers et les suivre, nous avons pu mettre au cou de certains éléphants un modem GPS. Donc, de manière permanente, nous connaissons leur position” explique Biramou Sissoko, colonel des Eaux et forêts, et coordinateur national du projet de conservation et de valorisation de la biodiversité du Gourma et des éléphants.”Nous prenons nos mesures de précautions. Dans cette réserve, les éléphants ne sont plus victimes de braconnage depuis que nous sommes organisés en brigades de vigilance. Mais on n’est jamais assez prudent”, souligne l’adjudant-chef des Eaux et forêts Bakary Kamé.Alors que le Mali est en train de durcir sa loi anti-braconnage, les autorités assurent une formation aux habitants et une fonction “d’animateur de biodiversité” a été créée. “Notre rôle est d’éduquer, de sensibiliser les populations sur les méfaits du braconnage et de la déstructuration de l’environnement”, explique l’un de ces animateurs, Amadou Boré. Un projet de conservation de la biodiversité dans le Gourma a par ailleurs été mis en œuvre pour protéger le cadre de vie des animaux.Le 4 juillet 2010 à 16:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Nature lovers find refuge in rain

first_img Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife RefugeRidgefield National Wildlife RefugeRIDGEFIELD — Bird book in hand, Josie Finley, 31, on Sunday afternoon guided a dozen people through part of the 5,300 acres she calls her second home.“These oaks are hundreds of years old … We’re walking through history,” Finley told her nature walk group. They ranged from a 3-year-old to a grandpa.Finley is the park ranger at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.Sunday’s misty weather did not seem to bother the group following Finley on the Oaks to Wetlands Trail of the Carty Unit.It is home to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and you find the parking lot just a mile north of downtown Ridgefield.Finley offered binoculars to those in her group and 13-year-old Rajah Shirron of Ridgefield made good use of them, spotting ducks and other birds.“I do love animals,” he said.It is the top goal of the refuge to “conserve and restore wildlife for the American people,” Finley said. The refuge is home to waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, river otter, black-tail deer, coyotes and other wildlife.On the tour, Finley stopped to let her guests gaze at Duck Lake.“You see that pile of sticks,” she asked. “It’s a beaver lodge.”She noted the Columbia River is just to the west and that the original Cathlapotle village of the Chinook Indians was on the shore of the great river that Lewis and Clark noted in their travels. Josie Finley was equipped with her bird book when leading a tour Sunday.last_img read more

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Family finds teddy bear from soldier in Afghanistan with message for child

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (WSVN) — A woman is on a special mission to find the owner of a teddy bear sent home from a soldier in Afghanistan.“It’s just a lost bear, and it needs to find its way home,” said Amanda Fields. “This belongs to somebody, and it needs to be back with them.”Over the weekend, a neighbor asked Fields’ daughter Amaya if she wanted any stuffed animals from a garage sale. Amaya picked out three teddy bears, a black one, a brown one and a tan one. However, the tan one ended up being a bit different than the others.“My daughter was playing with it, one of my puppies stepped on it, and it made a noise, so she was going through each one, pushing their tummies or their hands or anything, and once she knew which one it was, she brought it to me immediately,” Fields said. “She said, ‘Mommy, it has a boy’s voice.’”Upon closer inspection, Fields discovered the bear had a recorded message.“Merry Christmas from Afghanistan. Daddy misses you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you soon. I love you,” the bear said.When she heard the word Afghanistan, the family knew the bear had a special meaning. “They know what that means. They’re like, ‘This is a daddy who is in war, and we need to find this person,’” Fields said.Fields and Amaya know the feeling. Amaya’s father and Fields’ husband is a Marine. “It hits close to home for us,” Fields said. “Just those little words of ‘I miss you,’ or ‘I’ll see you soon,’ or ‘I’m OK,’ is just so soothing. It hits home.”Fields took to Facebook in an attempt to find the proper owner.“Maybe they will be so happy, could be the last words. It could be just the voice and memories, sorry. It would be amazing to get it back,” Fields said.Until the bear is back with its owner, Amaya said she promises to keep it safe, just like her brave daddy, and the daddy’s voice in the bear keep the country safe.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Questlove Keynote More Added To ASCAP I Create Music Expo

first_img Email Other additions to the expo include a panel on emo rap and Nashville’s take on of international soundsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2019 – 5:15 pm GRAMMY-winning musician, DJ and producer Questlove will have a keynote conversation with GRAMMY-winning songwriter and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams at the ASCAP I Create Music Expo.The Roots drummer will also be presented with ASCAP Creative Voice Award, the membership organization announced. Others added to the expo panels include GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer TOKiMONSTA. The event will take place May 2−4 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  Facebook https://twitter.com/ASCAP/status/1116722463478439936 Questlove Keynote, More Added To ASCAP Conference questlove-keynote-more-added-ascap-i-create-music-expo News Questlove Keynote & More Added To ASCAP I Create Music Expo Twitter “This Is Us” composer Sidd Khosla, Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child, songwriter Priscilla Renea and singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop were also added as panelists. Among other additions: The Rise of Emo rap panel featuring Morgan Freed, producer Charlie Shuffler, and artists Lil Aaron and Kreayshawn and Nashville Goes Global, which will feature Ashley Gorley, Tommee Profitt, Chris Farren, Steven Battey and Dave Kuncio and will explore the city’s support of international sounds. Wyclef Jean and “Shallow” writer Anthony Rossomando are some of the music creators previously announced for the music expo designed to give rising music makers tools and resources.  For more information on how to attend the expo, visit ASCAP’s website. Read morelast_img read more

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WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 Attractions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department provides discounted admission tickets to the following:IMAX Tickets — $11 each — Redeem at Jordan’s Furniture box office (Reading/Natick) for a full-length feature film, including 3D.AMC Black — $11 each — No restrictions.Showcase Tickets — $10 each.Altitude Trampoline Park — $12 each (save $3) — 1-hour pass.Six Flags New England — $41 each (save up to $31) — Good for anyone age 3 and up; two & under are free.Canobie Lake Park — $36 each (save $4) — Good for anyone 48″ tall and over; 3 & under are free.Water Country — $37 each (save $8 per ticket) — June 8-September 2 — Good for anyone 48″ tall & over, ages 2 & under are free.Cape Ann Whale Watch — $25 each (regular cost: $48 adults, $45 over age 60, $35: ages 4-16) — These tickets have no expiration date and are valid for any sailing except the 1:30pm weekend sailings from July 1 – Labor Day. Reservations are required. Parking is free. A whale sighting is guaranteed! If you do not see a whale on your trip, you can sail again FREE FOR LIFE until you do.(NOTE: The above information is from the most recent Wilmington Recreation Department’s newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHECK YOUR REC: Wilmington Rec Dept. Offers Variety Of Discounted TicketsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Discount Tickets Available For Cape Ann Whale WatchWilmington Recreation Has Discounted Tickets To Canobie Lake Park’s ScreeemfestIn “Community”last_img read more

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Senate passes survivors benefits bill allowing municipalities to opt out

first_imgSen. John Coghill, R- North Pole, testifies April 5 before the Senate Finance Committee in favor of Senate Bill 48, a bill he sponsored that would give medical insurance premiums for surviving dependents of certain peace officers or firefighters who die in the line of duty. The Senate passed House Bill 23, after amending it to include elements of the Senate bill. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The survivors of state employed police and firefighters who die in the line of duty would receive health insurance under a bill the Senate passed Wednesday.LISTEN NOWThe Senate amended House Bill 23 so that it no longer requires municipalities to cover their workers’s survivors. Instead, municipalities will be able to opt in if they choose.North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill said the bill combined different ideas after more than two years of debate.“It would be so wrong for us to fail those communities and family members because we can’t agree on a couple of issues,” Coghill said. “This is the best we can do, given the timeframe we have and all the conditions we have to work with.”Both former Gov. Sean Parnell and Gov. Bill Walker have provided benefits to survivors of state troopers who’ve died in the line of duty. But these survivors have lobbied over the last two sessions for a law to make the benefits permanent.The bill would cover surviving spouses for 10 years, most dependent children until age 26, and dependents with permanent disabilities for life.Anchorage Democratic Sen.Bill Wielechowski proposed an amendment that would have required municipalities to participate. The state would cover half the costs of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Larger boroughs and cities would have been required to pay the full cost.Wielechowski said no one should be left out of the system.“If you were to ask the people of Alaska should be something that is required, I think it would overwhelmingly be yes,” he said.Wielechowski’s proposal was defeated by a 13-6 vote, with Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy joining the five minority-caucus Democrats in voting for the amendment.Coghill said it may be appropriate to require municipalities in the future, once there’s a system in place. He noted the bill would allow both private donors and the state to provide money to lower the cost for municipalities that choose to opt in.“Maybe there should be a requirement put on it. I don’t disagree entirely,” Coghill said. “I just don’t know that when you first formulate it, and you put it out like a suit of clothes and you must fit it, if it’s going to work for every community. So I think there has to be time for that.”All 19 senators present voted for the bill. It goes back to the House, which must decide whether to agree to the Senate’s changes.The survivors of state employed police and firefighters who die in the line of duty would receive health insurance under a bill the Senate passed today.The Senate amended House Bill 23 so that it no longer requires municipalities to cover their workers’s survivors. Instead, municipalities will be able to opt in if they choose.North Pole Republican Senator John Coghill says the bill combined different ideas from more than two years of debate. “It would be so wrong for us to fail those communities because we can’t agree on a couple of issues. This is the best we can do, given the timeframe we have and all the conditions we have to work with.”Both former Governor Sean Parnell and Governor Bill Walker have provided benefits to survivors of state troopers who’ve died in the line of duty. But these survivors have lobbied over the last two sessions for a law to make the benefits permanent.The bill would cover surviving spouses for 10 years, most dependent children until age 26, and dependents with permanent disabilities for life.Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski proposed an amendment that would have required municipalities to participate. The state would cover half the costs of municipalities with fewer than ten thousand residents. Larger boroughs and cities would have been required to pay the full cost.Wielechowski says no one should be left out of the system. “If you were to ask the people of Alaska should be something that is required, I think it would overwhelmingly be yes.”Wielechowski’s proposal was defeated by a 13 to 6 vote, with Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy joining the five minority-caucus Democrats in voting for the amendment.Coghill says it may be appropriate to require municipalities in the future, once there’s a system in place. He notes the bill would allow both private donors and the state to provide money to lower the cost for municipalities that choose to opt in.Coghill stated, “Maybe there should be a requirement put on it. I don’t disagree entirely. I just don’t know that when you first formulate it, and you put it out like a suit of clothes and you must fit it, if it’s going to work for every community. So I think there has to be time for that.”All 19 senators present voted for the bill. It goes back to the House, which must decide whether to agree to the Senate’s changes.last_img read more

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Chicago Bishop Curry to Speak at Royal Wedding Ceremony

first_imgBy The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says the head of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, will speak at the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.Curry, from Chicago, will give the address — a sermon — at the May 19 event in Windsor. He will join the dean of Windsor, the Rt. Rev. David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will officiate at the service.This undated handout photo provided by The Episcopal Church shows the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. (The Episcopal Church via AP)Welby has baptized Markle ahead of her marriage to Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England. Curry is the first African-American to have served as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States. It is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.last_img read more

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