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With more than 71,000 ex-combatants from Liberia’s 15-year-long civil war – double the original estimates – having given up their arms so far, the United Nations mission seeking to bring peace and democracy to the strife-torn West African country has given remaining former fighters just two more months to turn in their weapons. “I encourage all combatants who are out there to disarm,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Jacques Paul Klein, head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said yesterday. “Do not let people talk you out of it. You will be the beneficiaries of vocational training, education and other benefits that the disarmament program has built into it.”Mr. Klein said leaders of Liberia’s three warring factions would come together on 1 November to formally announce the end of the disarmament exercise in the country. Anyone found with weapons after 30 October would be prosecuted for illegal possession of weapons under Liberian law, he warned.He expressed satisfaction over the smooth progress of the disarmament programme, which got off to a somewhat rocky start last December when some ex-combatants demanding immediate payment of a stipend rioted. Liberia had come a long way during the last one year, he said, praising the peacekeepers, ex-fighters and ordinary citizens for the success of the programme.”We now have our civil affairs officers stationed throughout Liberia. We have the civilian police and the military deployed throughout the country,” he said. “In fact we are starting military rotations for people who have been here for a year now.”Mr. Klein also announced plans to accelerate preparations for national elections scheduled for October 2005. He said a six-week voter registration exercise would begin in April with the help of some 4,000 Liberian students hired for the purpose.More than 16,000 international troops and police are participating in UNMIL operations to support the peace process after last year’s ceasefire between former President Charles Taylor’s forces and two major opposition groups, Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). They are also carrying out humanitarian and human rights missions while assisting in national security reform, including police training and military restructuring.
Brock University was recognized Thursday night at a celebration event for United Way Niagara’s 2018 fundraising campaign.In a room filled with hundreds of donors, volunteers and charity representatives, Brock’s United Way committee co-chairs accepted the Campaign of the Year Award, which recognizes an organization that achieved tremendous success in their workplace campaign.“This is a University-wide accomplishment,” said committee co-chair Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing, after the event. “Our enthusiastic committee members and generous faculty and staff are the reason we were so successful. They recognize the importance of giving to our local community and funding programs that help our friends, family and neighbours.”More than $186,000 was raised in the University’s largest employee fundraising campaign to date, far surpassing Brock’s 2018 goal of $145,000 and last year’s $160,000 accomplishment.Brock University raised more than $186,000 for the 2018 United Way campaign. Pictured from left: Brock President Gervan Fearon; Kevin Jong, Director of Development, United Way Niagara; Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education and Brock University United Way Committee Co-Chair; Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing and Brock University United Way Committee Co-Chair; and Frances Hallworth, Executive Director, United Way Niagara.“It’s amazing what a group of dedicated and caring individuals can achieve,” said Brock’s United Way committee co-chair Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education. “The money raised supports programs that will strengthen and enhance the quality of life for the people who are most vulnerable in our community.”In addition to the 16 per cent growth in donations over 2017, highlights of Brock’s 2018 campaign included a Souper Star Lunch kickoff event attended by 200 employees, the University’s first move-a-thon for United Way, a raffle for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, a Hot Chocolate for Hope pop-up awareness event and record-breaking attendance at the ninth annual Trivia Night.“We are extremely grateful to Brock’s committee for the creativity, growth and effort they contributed to the 2018 campaign,” said Frances Hallworth, Executive Director for United Way Niagara. “We are humbled by the generosity of all of the volunteers and donors at Brock who contributed to this result.”Brock University has a long history of supporting United Way as one of their Top 20 workplace campaigns. Since 2003, the University community has raised more than $1.9 million. Approximately 50 per cent of United Way Niagara’s 2018 campaign achievement of more than $5.2 million came from workplace campaigns like Brock’s.The University was also recognized Thursday night for its annual sponsorship of a Brock co-op student. Fourth-year Business Administration student Megan Truong has been working in United Way Niagara’s office as a communications and campaign assistant since January.Brock University President Gervan Fearon and Associate Vice-President, Ancillary Services Bryan Boles were acknowledged as members United Way Niagara’s Board of Directors and Campaign and Major Giving Cabinet, respectively.Brock alumna Caroline Sherk (BA ’16) was announced as United Way Niagara’s 2019 campaign chair. At 24 years old, Sherk is the youngest chair the organization has ever had.United Way Niagara funds 114 local programs and special initiatives that help more than 163,000 people annually.Employees still wishing to make a donation to Brock’s United Way campaign can donate online.More information on the University’s United Way fundraising campaign can be found on SharePoint.
While members of the Ohio State football team continue the national championship celebration, an unexpected surgery for coach Urban Meyer prompted the cancellation of at least one event.Meyer’s scheduled appearance at the University of Findlay on Wednesday evening was cancelled due to a “previously unscheduled surgery,” a team spokesman told The Lantern on Wednesday.Reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that the surgery was an emergency appendectomy.The spokesman said that Meyer could be out of the hospital sometime Wednesday, but there is a chance he will be held overnight.Meyer is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. The spokesman said as of Wednesday morning, the plans are still intact for Meyer’s trip to New York.This is the second consecutive spring in which Meyer underwent a minor procedure. Last March, he had minor brain surgery to drain a cyst. He returned to practice the next day after that procedure.Meyer’s health problems when he was coaching at the University of Florida were well-documented as well, culminating in him resigning after the 2010 season.
The NHS is wasting an estimated £400 million a year on three million “ghost patients” who are registered with a GP despite having died, moved or left the country, new figures suggest.Data from NHS Digital shows that the number of patients registered with GPs in England increased from 57.2 million in September 2015 to 57.3 million in March 2016. Many GPs patient lists appear to be out of dateCredit:Telegraph John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, criticised findings in the NHS Digital report.”We rarely see a day go by without the NHS asking for more taxpayers’ money or claiming that there are no more savings to be made,” he said.”Yet a system that allows around three million people to be left on the books who may have died or moved home is one that is deeply flawed and wasteful.”GPs should not be billing taxpayers for patients they are not treating, so it is important that changes are made to the system to avoid any further money being needlessly wasted.”Tuesday’s report on the GP workforce from NHS Digital also found that 41,985 GPs – both full and part-time – are working in general practices.This is an increase of 108 (0.3 per cent) since September 2015.Some 52.1 per cent of GPs are women, up from 51.9 per cent in September. From October 2015 to March 2016, there were 308 GP vacancies.The report, which NHS Digital stresses contains experimental figures, also found that the number of practices in England had decreased by 61 in those six months.In 2014, the Government pledged to increase the number of GPs in the workforce by 5,000 by 2020 – an aim which critics say will not be realised.The report also showed that NHS England London has the highest proportion of GPs aged 55 and over (25.5 per cent) followed by NHS England Midlands and East (23.9 per cent).Average practice list size varied between 6,103 patients in NHS England North (Greater Manchester) and 9,292 in NHS England South (Wessex) compared with the national average of 7,521. But population estimates for 2016 are just 54.3 million, based on data from the 2011 Census.The difference means GPs are being paid for potentially up to three million patients who no longer need their services.NHS Digital’s report said: “This discrepancy is known as ‘list inflation’ and may be due to patients being registered at a general practice who no longer exist due to death, emigration or moving home, or due to registered patients not completing the 2011 Census (for example, patients who are refugees or homeless).”In July, it emerged that NHS England has employed private firm Capita to carry out “list cleansing” – meaning patients who do not visit their GP for five years face being axed from the practice list.Under the initiative, those who have not seen their GP for five years will be sent two letters asking them to respond.If they cannot be contacted to say they still wish to be registered with their doctor, they will be removed from the practice list.GPs are paid for every patient on their list – in 2013/14 they received funding of £136 per registered patient.The list-cleansing drive aims to find out whether patients no longer require services or have moved house, left the country or died.Some critics have warned that “ghost patients” are being removed inappropriately and patients are being penalised for not visiting their doctor. This discrepancy is known as ‘list inflation’ and may be due to patients being registered at a general practice who no longer existNHS Digital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
On the day she turned 21, the then Princess Elizabeth pledged to dedicated her life to serving the Commonwealth, in what has become one of the best-known and most moving public declarations of her long reign.Surrounded by her family, at the close of a week that has cemented her Commonwealth legacy for a new generation, the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday in some style, with a Royal Albert Hall concert designed to honour all she has done for her country.With a line-up of music from each decade of her reign, the concert marked not just, as Her Majesty put it, “another birthday”, but the culmination of a lively week which brought all corners of the Commonwealth to London.Introducing the evening the Prince of Wales led the birthday wishes with a touching written tribute to his mother.“While all birthdays are special, this year, the Queen’s birthday falls at the end of the week-long Commonwealth Summit in London, which has brought together 53 countries. “Tonight we pay tribute to her devotion to duty, her steadfastness in times of uncertainty, and her vital role in uniting people from all walks of life through her enduring strength and humanity.“With my family, I join you in wishing my mother, the Queen, a very happy birthday.”The Royal Family were out in force once more, after spending the week dropping in to forums, roundtables and Buckingham Palace receptions to lend their support to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. But concert organisers were sure to be on safe ground with songs from Oklahoma and a ukulele performance from 40 members of the George Formby Society. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Addressing her from the stage, he joked she is not always “easy to buy gifts for”, saying the Trust and its work with future of the Commonwealth would be the perfect present. “Your Majesty, happy birthday,” he said. “Tonight we reflect on the pledge made by the Queen on her 21st birthday in 1947 in South Africa, to serve the Commonwealth for her whole life.“With my father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at her side, the Queen has dedicated herself, throughout her reign, to serving the United Kingdom and the other countries of the Commonwealth. Formby himself is known to have been invited to play for Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at Buckingham Palace when they were children, with the Queen rumoured to have once triumphantly claimed: “I know all his songs and I can sing them.”The event was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, which has the Queen as patron and is 150 years old this year, and hosted for the BBC by Zoe Ball, who described it as “what must surely be the best birthday party ever”. the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday in style with a Royal Albert Hall concert Credit:Andrew Parsons/PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attendedCredit:John Stillwell/PA The Saturday night concert saw the Queen flanked by her son and heir, the Prince of Wales, who was this week secured in the position as the next Head of Commonwealth.Her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, joined them, with Meghan Markle, who will become the newest member of the Queen’s Family at her Windsor Castle wedding in May.Also in attendance The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child any day now, stayed at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, able to watch the show on television along with millions of others from the comfort of her own sofa.In a speech, Prince Harry wished his grandmother a very happy birthday, announcing the official launch of her Queen’s Commonwealth Trust as a present. As the Duke of Cambridge whispered in her ear, perhaps explaining the finer points of who each performer was, the Queen clapped enthusiastically after songs from Luke Evans, singing Oklahoma, Sting and Shaggy, and Kylie, accompanied on stage by a group thrusting cowboys. The undoubted stars of the show, though, were the George Formby fan club, led by Frank Skinner, Harry Hill and Ed Balls, who played a cheery rendition of When Im Cleaning Windows.As footage of Formby from the 1930s played, the Queen was seen nodding her head in time as Prince Charles’s and Prince William beamed on either side of her and the Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice danced in their seats behind.Chosen to represent the full breadth of the Commonwealth, from Canadian Shawn Mendes to South African male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, some members of the line-up may have been more familiar to the Queen’s grandchildren than her own generation. The Prince of Wales attended after securing the position as the next Head of CommonwealthCredit:John Stillwell/PA
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new contemporary mosque, 23 years in the making, is not far away from opening its doors, and the unique design is the work of Greek Australian Angelo Candalepas.The award-winning architect behind Candalepas Associates is no stranger to religious projects, having worked alongside Belmore’s All Saints Orthodox Church on designing All Saints Grammar Primary School.But he admits when he was approached by the Australian Islamic Mission (AIM), he was initially surprised and unsure about taking the project on.“I didn’t know what to say. What do you say when someone asks you to do what could be one of the most important buildings [to their community], particularly when their aspirations are so lofty?” Mr Candalepas told the ABC.The architect revealed that praying to God, and seeking the spiritual guidance of a Greek Orthodox priest was what helped him in coming to an affirmative final decision.“He said ‘We are all the children of God, and you must do every single one of these projects and they must be the most important projects of your life’,” he recalled.Architect Angelo Candalepas. Photo: YouTubeKnown as the Punchbowl mosque, the project has been championed by non-profit organisation AIM since the mid-1990s and is being made possible with funding from the community through grants, donations and non-interest-bearing loans.The impressive place of worship, which puts a contemporary spin on what is a space where religious traditions are observed, is expected to open its doors ahead of the end of Ramadan, Muslim holy month, which falls on 14 June.The Punchbowl mosque.
A candlelight vigil will be held 8 p.m. tonight at Heritage High School for the Vancouver man whose body was recovered from the Yale Reservoir. Austin Woldford’s memorial takes place on the baseball field of the school, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave.The 19-year-old was believed to have drowned shortly after noon Sunday while swimming with friends. Wolford drifted out on an inner tube to a deep area of the reservoir, slipped off and could not get back on, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly Crain, a family friend and spokesman for the Wolford family, said Wolford was a 2013 graduate of Heritage High School, where he participated in baseball, football, and wrestling.For those wishing to help the Wolford family with funeral expenses, donations cn be made to “The Austin Wolford Memorial Fund” at any Columbia Credit Union branch or through the online Austin Wolford Memorial Fund.
ADC AUTHOR The Senate is expected to consider two separate spending bills Thursday, but they are both likely to fail.The House again on Wednesday passed a stopgap spending bill, as well as six of the spending bills House and Senate negotiators had worked out last year. Senate Republicans are unlikely to follow suit without a promise of border wall funding President Trump wants.House Democrats were contemplating an immigration counter-offer to the President.Among the federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown are more than 40,000 Coast Guard members.“I find it unacceptable that @USCG members must rely on food pantries & donations to get through day-to-day life,” Admiral Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard commandant, said in a video on Twitter.
The server room at Nome’s Trinity Sails and Repair, which is the only confirmed company to be in negotiations with Quintillion to provide residential service in Nome (Photo by Gabe Colombo, KNOM)Residents of Nome continue to wait to access high-speed internet through Quintillion’s fiber-optic cable, though a handful of business customers are now connecting to it.Listen nowThe system came online in Northwest Alaska on December 1, and Nome’s residents are the only ones waiting out of the five communities that are on the cable, including Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright and Utqiaġvik.In 2012, the Anchorage-based telecommunications company Quintillion announced its plans to build a 1,200-mile undersea fiber-optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to five coastal communities in northwest Alaska, connecting them into the company’s road-system network.Quintillion said the fiber-optic technology could allow for internet speeds up to 16,000 times faster (100 gigabits per second vs. .006 gigabits per second) than current satellite or terrestrial tower-based broadband service in Nome and Kotzebue.Initially, the targeted turn-on date was 2014, but a series of delays meant the cable wasn’t completed and operational until December of last year (2017).Kristina Woolston is Quintillion’s vice president of external relations. She says there have been few problems with the system since the launch.“We’re pleased that for two winters now our system has performed flawlessly, and we don’t expect that to change,” Woolston said. “We’ve spent an awful lot of time and resources on installing and engineering a system that is both resilient and will stand the test of time, and we’re excited about where we’re at right now.”But Quintillion is only the owner of the infrastructure; it doesn’t sell cable bandwidth directly to customers. Instead, third-party providers — companies like GCI, TelAlaska and AT&T— can purchase capacity on the cable and then sell it to customers.These providers negotiate with Quintillion on price, packaging and other logistics. And until deals are finalized, non-disclosure agreements often prevent information about the negotiations from being released.Woolston would not give specifics about any talks Quintillion is having with providers.“Every community is unique, and every provider is unique, and I can’t speak to the nature of the conversations we’ve had with providers, but I think it’s worth noting that Quintillion has made wholesale capacity on a broad base, either from large capacity down to very, very small capacity offerings to multiple providers, and we’re getting close,” Woolston said.Woolston says Quintillion’s pricing is “significantly lower” than terrestrial or satellite service.One provider that has confirmed business customers in Nome is Alaska Communications System (ACS). Heather Marron, ACS manager of corporate communications, says the company has been providing business service to Kawerak, Inc. since January 15, and is also now serving one other organization in Nome; but she declined to specify that organization, saying ACS had not received permission from the entity to release its name.Besides the two organizations served by ACS, Nome Public Schools (NPS) switched in March from GCI to Quintillion fiber-optic service through Leonardo Diagnostic/Retrieval Systems (DRS), which primarily serves military clients. NPS IT Director Jacob Phillips could not be reached for further information at the time of this story’s airing.The University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus is also now online with Quintillion fiber service as of May, through AT&T.Northwest Campus Director Bob Metcalf says it’s an upgrade for administrative staff, who have to exchange a lot of information with the main campus in Fairbanks.“Whereas sometimes they’d have to wait for screens to refresh and be ready for the next entry, it was a lot quicker,” Metcalf said.Metcalf says he’s hopeful the fiber-optic internet will make it easier to connect to UAF teleconferences and events around the state. But he says video streaming still isn’t that much quicker.“It was better, I’m pretty sure, than what we would have been getting on the satellite. But it still buffered, and it would still stall. Not so much that it was what we would do in the past, and just say, ‘Agh, this is no good,’ and just disengage, but still not seamless.”And Metcalf says they’re also conscious that the campus serves a lot of people outside Nome who still don’t have great internet access.“Still, a lot of our students and a lot of our communities that do rely on the old satellite connections, or, now, it’s cell service,” Metcalf said. “(We want to make sure) that we’re still staying connected with them and provide access that they can actually use. So, we don’t want to leave anyone behind.”The City of Nome — including Nome Joint Utility System (NJUS) and the Nome Police Department — is also set to go online with Quintillion fiber service, by the end of July.NJUS Assistant Manager Ken Morton says their current provider, AT&T, is switching them onto Quintillion’s infrastructure. Morton hopes that’ll help with.“Less lag. Quicker service. Should make the billing process easier,” Morton said.Dana Handeland, the city’s payroll accounting technician, says the city still has no plans to provide direct service to Nome residents.And as of right now, none of the major providers have plans to do that, either.GCI has not signed on to provide service through Quintillion, even for businesses. Last year, GCI completed its own telecommunications project: the 300-million-dollar TERRA ring, or Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska. TERRA provides high-speed terrestrial broadband internet to 84 Western-Alaska communities, from the Northwest Arctic to Bristol Bay.In January, Quintillion’s Woolston said the two companies were in discussions, but GCI’s director of corporate communications, Heather Handyside, wouldn’t confirm whether those have continued or if anything has been decided.“We are always open to working with companies and partners to deliver service, and that depends on the reliability of the service and cost points and if it is affordable for our customers,” Woolston said. “So if it looks promising, that’s always a potential in the future.”Representatives of another telecommunications provider in Nome, TelAlaska, could not be reached for information about negotiations with Quintillion.ACS spokeswoman Heather Marron says her company doesn’t have any definite plans to expand into residential service in Nome. When pressed for more specifics about whether Quintillion’s infrastructure is being considered, she responded:“We’re always looking at ways to economically expand our network,” Marron said.Another company looking to expand its services is Trinity Sails and Repair (TSR), an automobile repair shop in Nome.Owner Rolland Trowbridge says he’s already providing unlimited residential internet plans via satellite for $299 a month, but says he’s also in negotiations with Quintillion to provide residential internet through the fiber-optic cable.“We’ve got this game-changing, impossible thing: We have fiber-optic in Nome, Alaska, where all the way down the west coast there are towns much bigger than us that don’t have any chance of getting fiber-optic,” Trowbridge said. “And we have some big players in the game that are well-established here, but they’re not accessing it.”So Trowbridge is trying to break open the market, but he says there’s a catch.“Right now, nobody wants to go first,” Trowbridge said. “Because the person that goes first is going to set the standard, the price, and then everyone else is going to cut them down by a little bit.”Another stumbling block, Trowbridge says, is that because of the location, Quintillion doesn’t have the ability to scale up the connection: They want the full subscriber money up front, money he doesn’t have.So as a workaround, Trowbridge says he’s buying business service through ACS or DRS, and planning to start offering a few residential connections to Quintillion’s fiber to people he knows personally. He wants to see how that goes for now as he continues to negotiate with Quintillion itself.But Trowbridge says for Nomeites dreaming about super-cheap and super-fast internet on Quintillion.“I’ve been in the number-crunching sessions with some pretty big players in the game, and the reality is that what you’re paying — in the $150 to $300 range for internet — probably isn’t going to change,” Trowbridge said. “What will more likely change is that speeds will go up, and your limitations, your caps, or how much data you can actually use, will go away or it will also go way up.”But Trowbridge estimates that there might not be any residential fiber-optic internet plans in Nome for 18 months.Meanwhile, Quintillion is moving forward with plans to build more undersea cables to Tokyo and London, and also says it’s looking at expanding the cable into “a handful” of additional communities in Western Alaska. Spokeswoman Kristina Woolston would not comment on which ones.“We have always said we intend to connect to other Alaska communities as we develop our international paths, and that has not changed,” Woolston said. “And we look forward to making some announcements here in the near future.”Woolston emphasizes that the company is actively working with providers to iron out agreements for residential service. But neither she nor providers would give a concrete timeline for when those deals might be announced. TSR is so far the only company to even confirm that a path to residential fiber-optic internet might be in the works.
Bhadrachalam: Assistant Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandra has released a story book, The Riverside Man and Other Short Stories, written by noted writer Murthy KVVS at his chambers on Monday. The ASP appreciated the author and said that the book would be very useful to students learning the language. On the occasion, the author gave insights into the book and urged the students to read it.
Close Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReutersAs the Videocon dirty loan investigation moves into another gear, the ICICI Bank board of directors has finally decided to remove tainted CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar. The latest reports suggest Sandeep Bakhshi, the head of the bank’s insurance division, will become the next CEO.The two momentous decisions that will change the course for India’s second largest lender under allegations of partisan loan sanctions, are likely to be announced today after a crucial board meeting, the Economic Times reported.Kochhar, who has been in sharp focus over the loans ICICI sanctioned to the Videocon Group, is currently on leave but has more than year in her as CEO under the contract.The ET report said the bank has informed the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) that Bakhshi may be moved to a different role at India’s largest private bank by assets. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:49Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The board meeting on Monday will also finalise the terms of the appointment of Justice BN Srikrishna as the committee to investigate the allegations of conflict of interest by Kochhar.Kochhar has battled unsavoury attention ever since a whistleblower complaint linked her to irregularities in the sanctioning of a multi-crore loan to the Videocon group. The whistleblower alleged that ICICI Bank gave a Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Industries in 2012 under Kochhar’s watch.Independent probeThe complaint said that a few months before that loan was sanctioned, Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot had lent a whopping Rs 66 core to Deepak Kochhar, the CEO’s husband.Though the bank defender Kochhar, it yielded to investor and regulatory pressures and announced an independent probe into charges against Kochhar earlier this month and asked her to go on indefinite leave.Apart from the whistleblower complaint, investor Arvind Gupta had also alleged in 2016 that the loans to Videocon were a clear case of conflict of interest. He had said that the funding of a company called NuPower jointly by Dhoot and Deepak Kochhar pointed to the possibility of there being a quid pro quo behind the sanction of loans. In March this year, the CBI launched a probe into the connection between Videocon group and Kochhar’s husband. The bank had said last week chief executive Kochhar had received a notice from markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India seeking responses over alleged non-compliance. BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:50Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close This has to be the coolest PUBG Mobile trick, EVER!!! PUBG Mobile has become a household name in India and across the globe. Be it for good or bad reasons, PUBG Mobile is a hot topic of discussion among friends and families. For its players, PUBG Mobile brings an ultimate gaming experience without having a gaming setup in place. But that’s not the only reason why PUBG Mobile is so popular.Tencent Games, developer of PUBG Mobile, is constantly updating its battle royale game with new features and content that is attracting new players while keeping existing ones engaged to the game. But an upcoming update to PUBG Mobile has to be the most exciting one ever as it brings fresh weapons and content straight out of players’ wild imaginations.PUBG Mobile has updated its Chinese beta version of the app to introduce helicopters, new combat vehicle, enhanced weapons like RPGs and much more. Sadly, there’s no word on if and when the new content will arrive for the masses, but it could eventually make it to the rest of the world when the developers think it’s ready.For now, players can either wait in the excitement of the new update or try downloading the Chinese version of the game on the phone to test the new features. But doing so won’t sync your game progress, neither will it allow you to play with your mates unless they also have the Chinese version installed on the phones. PUBG Mobile updateScreenshotRegardless of what option you choose, it’s worth checking out the new content in the upcoming update before it is officially released.HelicoptersThis has to be the single best thing in PUBG Mobile. We played Call of Duty Mobile and found the choppers to be quite exciting. Bringing helicopters to PUBG Mobile enhances the gameplay by taking the combat to the skies. Helicopters also make it easier to commute and spot enemies to take them out while flying.The controls are pretty simple, top arrow to lift, down arrow to land and the direction is controlled separately. The chopper in the game replicates the real-life Boeing AH-6 Light Helicopter and it appears up to 4 people can sit in it.As the pilot flies the chopper around, other players will be able to engage in the combat, just like in the case of a car or jeep. But a sample video shows that the helicopters won’t be a part of the Classic mode in Erangel, but a special Arcade mode. The details of it remain to be uncovered.RPGs, grenade launcher and moreWith a new mode of transport included in PUBG Mobile, players need to be equipped with capable weapons. PUBG Mobile also comes with RPG and grenade launchers so players in the chopper or on the ground can engage in a fair fight. Both these new weapons don’t have a long-range, so players would need to get close to the enemies to take them out. PUBG Mobile Lite has RPGsIBTimes India/Sami KhanAdditionally, there are several new items for players, such as a repair kit for the chopper, binoculars and more. Players also get a chute to land safely if they jump out a flying chopper.Combat vehicleIn addition to the choppers and new weapons, PUBG Mobile also has a new BRDM combat ground vehicle, which can withstand gunfire and explosions. The vehicle is already seen in the PC version of the game and it can travel both on land and in water. If not a helicopter, this can be a really cool mode of transport in the game.Check out a video published by Mr. Ghost Gaming on YouTube, which has been taken from a Chinese beta tester of the game.Let us know what you think and if the new additions are exciting.
This picture shows flooded streets in Regent near Freetown, on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving morgues overflowing and residents desperately searching for loved ones.An AFP journalist at the scene saw bodies being carried away and houses submerged in two areas of the city, where roads turned into churning rivers of mud and corpses were washed up on the streets.Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.Mohamed Sinneh, a morgue technician at Freetown’s Connaught Hospital, said 180 bodies had been received so far at his facility alone, many of them children, leaving no space to lay what he described as the “overwhelming number of dead”.Many more bodies were taken to private morgues, Sinneh said.Images obtained by AFP showed a ferocious churning of dark orange mud coursing down a steep street in the capital, while videos posted by local residents showed people waist and chest deep in water trying to traverse the road.Fatmata Sesay, who lives on the hilltop area of Juba, said she, her three children and husband were awoken at 4:30 am by rain beating down on the mud house they occupy, which was by then submerged by water.She managed to escape by climbing onto the roof.“We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep,” she told AFP.Piles of corpses -Local media reports said a section of a hill in the Regent area of the city had partially collapsed, exacerbating the disaster.Other images showed battered corpses piled on top of each other, as residents struggled to cope with the destruction.Meanwhile disaster management official Candy Rogers said that “over 2,000 people are homeless,” hinting at the huge humanitarian effort that will be required to deal with the fallout of the flooding in one of Africa’s poorest nations.Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit each year by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera.Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless.Sierra Leone was one of the west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 that left more than 4,000 people dead in the country, and it has struggled to revive its economy since the crisis.About 60 percent of people in Sierra Leone live below the national poverty line, according to the United Nations Development Programme.
Plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages, the suit says.Bureau Veritas declined to comment Wednesday afternoon. Arkema said earlier this month that it would “vigorously defend a lawsuit that we believe is gravely mistaken.”Officials have compared smoke from the thousands of pounds of burning organic peroxides to what emerges from a campfire or barbecue and maintained that it was a “non-toxic irritant.” The Environmental Protection Agency said earlier this month that “surface level water runoff results were less than the screening levels that would warrant further investigation” and air testing “found no exceedances” of required levels.But the lawsuit criticizes company executives for “repeatedly [denying] that the chemicals were toxic or harmful in any manner … Plaintiffs relied upon these representations and suffered serious bodily injuries as a result,” the suit says.The fires started in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose floodwaters took out the plant’s primary and backup sources of power. Without refrigeration, organic peroxides in the plant began to degrade, culminating in a series of explosions beginning Aug. 31 and continuing over the next several days.Residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the plant were evacuated for a week while the chemicals burned. When they returned to their homes, they were advised to wear protective clothing and drink bottled water. Chemical Safety BoardThe Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas is covered in debris after a series of chemical fires that occurred as a result of floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.Eleven plaintiffs and a new defendant were added Wednesday to a lawsuit against Arkema Inc., an international chemical company whose plant near Houston spewed clouds of smoke from a series of chemical fires earlier this month after it was inundated by six feet of floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.The updated lawsuit alleges that Arkema and the new defendant, Bureau Veritas — an air quality monitoring company that Arkema contracted to conduct testing in the vicinity of the plant — failed to properly advise first responders and neighbors about the dangers of fumes from the fires, which spewed black smoke high above the plant in Crosby. The lawsuit, originally filed Sept. 7 with seven first responders listed as plaintiffs, has since swelled to include six additional first responders as well as a slate of area homeowners who claim that in addition to property damage related to the fires, they suffered “upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, itchy, burning eyes, tight, burning throats and the like — illnesses and injuries that did not exist prior to the explosions and fires at the Arkema facility and illnesses resulting from and exacerbated by the explosions and fire at the Arkema facility.”Medical personnel and police officers called to the first fire in the early hours of Aug. 31 “began to fall ill in the middle of the road,” and were “doubled over vomiting, unable to breathe,” the lawsuit claims. Share
Kolkata: The news of fatwa given by Darul Uloom to Nusrat Jahan for wearing bindi and marrying a non-Muslim, which is being circulated in national media for the past couple of days, has been found to be false.An investigation carried out by fact-checking website AltNews has proved that the news regarding Nusrat’s marriage is a fake one. Nusrat, the Trinamool MP from Basirhat who has recently married businessman Nikhil Jain, took her oath in Parliament in Bengali and touched the feet of the Speaker. Nusrat’s gesture was appreciated by social media and media alike. The controversy began after a national television channel telecast the statement of Asad Kashim of Darul Uloom, portraying him as an Ulema. He had allegedly criticised Nusrat’s gesture, her marrying a non-Muslim and wearing bindi. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome media channels subsequently began telecasting Asad’s statement as a fatwa. AltNews got hold of Asad, who told the reporter that the representatives of two national channels had asked him for his comment on the matter and he had expressed his views, which have nothing to do with a fatwa. He has also denied any connection with Darul Uloom. There is nothing on the fatwa in the official website of Darul Uloom either. When contacted by AltNews, a senior official of Darul categorically denied the issuance of any such fatwa against Nusrat.
Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 27. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 08:22Usual congestion A34Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.07:50Werrington Road busy in Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). (Image: Inrix)07:43Congestion on the A50 near UttoxeterTraffic congestion on A50 around B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout).Affecting eastbound traffic on the approach to the roundabout and also southbound traffic on Ashbourne Road. (Image: Inrix)07:42Congestion on A500 between Audley Turn Off and M6Traffic congestion on A500 Westbound from Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) to M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). No indication of roadworks or police incident. (Image: Inrix)07:36Usual congestion on Chell Street coming into HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. (Image: Inrix)07:35Usual congestion at Smallthorne RoundaboutsUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts (Image: Inrix)07:34Slow traffic in LongportUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:33Heavy traffic on A500 neare junction 15 of M6Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. (Image: Inrix)07:32Temporary traffic lights causing congestion on Middlewich Road in CreweSlow traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions at the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. (Image: Inrix)07:26Usual congestion on A500 Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)07:20Two lanes closed on M6 in Staffordshire after accident damages barrier Two lanes are shut northbound near Cannock – with a lane on the southbound carriageway reopening just after 6am. More here.07:16Usual congestion on A53 in Stockton BrookUsual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. (Image: Inrix)07:11Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news from across the region throughout the day.
Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes One lane remains closed on the A500 – after a diesel spillage shut the carriageway in one direction for more than eight hours. Traffic data company Inrix reports the lane is closed on the northbound carriageway of the D-Road (Queensway) at the junction with the A52 City Road/Whieldon Road, near Stoke and Fenton. A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged the fuel tank, leading to diesel spilling across the road. Inrix reports the lane closure will be in place into the evening as the road needs to be resurfaced after the spillage is cleared. The accident was first reported at around 4.30am today (Thursday, May 9) – with Inrix confirming the northbound carriageway was completely shut at around 5.40am. At around 1.45pm Highways England confirmed lane two had reopened. A spokesman said: “Lane two is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane one remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight.” Traffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm. A diversion was in place via and the entry and exit slip roads. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.18:05Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). On the roundabout. 16:29Take care in the wet weather!Travelling home soon? Still some heavy #Showers knocking around southern areas, and further #Rain to come across central and northern parts. Expect standing water and spray on the roads pic.twitter.com/fn1XVVQbUI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 9, 201916:18Inrix reporting the closure will remain into the eveningA spokesman said: Lane closure will remain in place as resurfacing works will take place tonight. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.”13:44Latest: One lane reopensHighways England said:Lane 2 is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane 1 remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight. “13:12Road could be closed until 6pm, according to latest estimatesTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm.12:54Latest photos from the scene (Image: Highways England)11:42A Highways England spokesman said:Closure is still in place as the carriageway is being cleaned from a diesel spill from the traffic collision, A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City road to re-join A500 Northbound. “11:05Traffic England now saying 3.30pmTraffic England are now saying it could be 3.30pm before traffic returns to normal.10:38Carriageway remains closedMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to after the junction with the A34 (Hanford Interchange).Emerency repairs dus to a A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road should re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.09:47Latest update according to InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Fenton.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 09:24Closure continuesThe A500 remains closed.09:04Delays in Meir due to A500 closureQueueing traffic on A520 Sandon Road in both directions at Uttoxeter Road.Not helped by the A500 accident. 08:58Disruption now expected until 1pmTraffic England are now reported disruption is expected until 1pm08:41Latest from InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Meir. Travel time is,from the A500, 20 minutes and, from the A50, 35 minutes.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 08:27Knock on effect on A34Queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).Not helped by the accident on the A500.08:17Closure remains in placeThe northbound carriageway remains closed.07:45Delays also affecting A50 Delays due to this accident are affecting the A50 – which is queueing back to Longton. 07:43Disruption could continue into the afternoonTraffic England are now reporting they are expecting disruption to continue until after 12pm.07:35Congestion now reported back to Hanford interchangeCongestion is now reported back to the A34 Hanford Interchange, Inrix reports07:32Latest photo from the sceneThe A500 remains closed, with traffic being diverted (Image: Highways England)07:28Closure remains in placeA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place for repairs to take place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier Collision .”07:05Queues back to HanchurchInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting queues back to Hanchurch.07:04Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier collision .”06:56Delays set to continue for several hoursTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 10.30am and 10.45am.06:33What we know so far:Here’s what we know so far:The A500 northbound is closed near the City Road interchangeA lorry blew its tyre at around 4.30am, leading to its fuel tank becoming damaged and diesel spilling across the carriagewayTraffic is being diverted via the slip roads and delays are buildingTraffic England are currently expecting the incident to fully clear by between 8.45am and 9am.06:17Traffic being diverted off the A500 northboundTraffic being diverted off the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:16Photo from the queuesTraffic queueing on the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:11No word on injuries at this stageIt is unclear if anyone has been injured at this stage.06:04Traffic now reported to be queueingWe’re now getting reports of traffic queueing in the area.05:53Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: The A500 Northbound is currently closed within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is due to a collision.” Driver named following fatal collision
GLASGOW — With all this talk about closing borders dominating the news, one tiny airport in Scotland is turning back the clock to a simpler time when airport security was virtually non-existent.Acting as an example of hope in today’s turbulent times is Campbelltown airport in Southwest Scotland, whose new streamlined check-in process has just been approved by the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority. Now, passengers who depart Campbelltown need only verbally declare that they’re not carrying any banned items – including sharp objects, firearms and liquids in containers over 100 ml – to fly.According to The Telegraph, two other facilities in Scotland – Barra Airport and Tiree Airport – have also introduced the new check-in arrangements.Aviation security expert Philip Baum said that screening does not have to be performed by X-ray systems. “Where better to perform behavioural analysis than in a community where the travellers are known and where baseline behaviour is easy to identify?” reports Traveltalk.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHowever, concerns have been raised about terrorism, The Independent reported. David Avery, a negotiator with professional services union Prospect, said: “Even with planes the size of these, which are very small, when they’re flying over urban areas, when they’re flying over oil depots, the size doesn’t particularly matter.”Tell us, would you get on small plane knowing that no security checks were in place prior to boarding? Share Posted by Tags: Trend Watch Travelweek Group You won’t believe what this Scottish airport has been approved to do Wednesday, February 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
January 1, 2002 Happy NewYear! A rainbow appears after a storm. [Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]