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ED files chargesheet against Punjab firm

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a chargesheet against the proprietor of Ludhiana-based Jaldhara Export, and others for alleged money laundering after availing of fraudulent Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds to the tune of ₹1.56 crore from the Punjab government.The chargesheet has been filed against the company’s proprietor Raman Kumar Garg, Vinod Kumar Garg and Umesh Kumar. Jaldhara Export had allegedly shown fraudulent exports of readymade garments worth ₹33.36 crore to Bangladesh during 2012-13 on the basis of which it claimed VAT refunds to the tune of ₹1.56 crores from the State.During an enquiry with the Custom authorities, it was found that the shipping bills and other documents submitted by the company were allegedly fabricated. “The stamps and seals on these bills were also found to be forged. Accordingly, an FIR was registered [against] Raman Kumar Garg, the company’s proprietor, in Ludhiana,” said an ED official. Based on the police investigation, the ED registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the proprietor and the company. “Mr. Garg and his family members were involved in said illegal activity. The ill-gotten money was transferred to different firms owned by the family members and from there, it was withdrawn in cash,” said the official. During the probe, the ED attached two immovable properties worth ₹58.45 lakh in May last year. On December 13, the agency attached three more properties worth ₹79.84 lakh.last_img read more

NBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The seemingly out-of-nowhere trade sent shock waves to the league, considering it involved the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the NBA’s most skilled guards.NBA pros quickly shared their reactions on Twitter, in what may be the biggest deal in this action-packed off-season.Fellow NBA guards Jordan Clarkson, Elfrid Payton, Jamal Crawford , Eric Bledsoe and Terrence Ross weighed in on the league’s latest massive shake-up.Screen Grab from TwitterSome, meanwhile, let the emojis do the talking, highlighted by Rudy Gobert’s apparent shot at Isaiah Thomas for his earlier tweet.🌴🏆🏆🏆☘️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎷🙅🏾‍♂️ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It needed a slight adjustment, but this is basically what a Kyrie-Isaiah swap looks like.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 22, 2017 Kyrie-for-Isaiah the strongest evidence yet we live in a simulation— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) August 22, 2017 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throw We have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.📝: STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017 — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 2, 2017Screen Grab from TwitterScreen Grab from TwitterPortland Trailblazers guard Evan Turner also chimed in, acknowledging Thomas’ massive contributions to the Celtics for the past two and a half seasons.Screen Grab from Twitter/@thekidetMeanwhile, NBA fans also took to Twitter to address the trade, with some offering humorous responses.  /ra“Why Kyrie 3 feet shorter”— ainge pls (@MPleasing69) August 22, 2017 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas would mean trading the No. 1 pick for the 60th pick from the 2011 draft.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 22, 2017 The Kyrie Irving trade talks have somehow reached a stalemate, up until the Boston Celtics shocked the world and announced that they had acquired the prolific point guard in a blockbuster swap on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — sourceADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

‘Sorry’: Germany arrive home after World Cup agony

first_img\R Frankfurt Am Main, Jun 28 (AFP) Germany’s chastened national team arrived home today after their shock World Cup exit plunged the football-mad nation into mourning and left the future of coach Joachim Loew in the balance. The four-time champions landed at Frankfurt airport shortly after 3pm (1300 GMT), a day after their humiliating 2-0 defeat against South Korea at Russia’s Kazan Arena sent them packing in the first round. In a mea culpa on their official Twitter account, the German Mannschaft apologised to a country in agony. “Dear fans, we’re just as disappointed as you,” the tweet read. “We’re sorry we didn’t play like world champions. That’s why we deserved to be eliminated, as bitter as it is.” Defender Mats Hummels had earlier also tweeted out his regrets with a succinct “sorry…” and a crying-face emoji. German media have given a damning verdict of the titleholders’ World Cup campaign, which will be remembered as the first time since 1938 that the country has failed to make it past the first round. “No words!” chided the best-selling Bild daily, over a picture of a despondent-looking Toni Kroos. The headline mirrors the one used four years ago after Germany’s stunning 7-1 victory over Brazil at the last World Cup — but this time the nation has been left speechless out of sheer disbelief. Anger was mounting too after a weak performance in Russia that has left commentators calling for radical changes in German football. “Our elimination is fully deserved,” Bild wrote, lamenting the “shame” of the defending champions getting knocked out after just 10 days, “reduced to ashes and rubble”.advertisement Other newspapers, like the Rheinische Post and Berlin’s Tagesspiegel, simply went with the headline “Out”, while the Stuttgarter Zeitung spoke of a “historic debacle”.- Off-pitch drama -=================== Bild said head coach Loew’s fate would be decided “in the coming days” following talks with the German football federation (DFB). After 12 years in charge, Loew is now under fire for placing too much faith in former stars past their prime. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said only Loew’s departure could give Germany the “new start” it needed. “That the party ended before it really began is bearable — but only if German football strategists recognise the sign of the times and act accordingly,” the conservative daily wrote. Sports website Kicker spoke of a “collective failure”. “There was no real team in Russia,” it wrote, noting Germany’s earlier lacklustre performances against Mexico and Sweden in Group F. Alongside criticism of missed chances and the woeful performances of some veteran players, recent off-pitch drama added to a picture of a team in disarray. Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish origin, sparked a storm of controversy when they posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London last month, prompting angry fans to question their loyalty to the national team. German-born Ozil in particular came in for sharp criticism after an underwhelming turn. The far-right, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was quick to blame the Arsenal midfielder for the nation’s heartache. “Without Ozil, we would have won!” tweeted AfD lawmaker Jens Maier. Despite the premature end of the Mannschaft’s campaign, main sponsor Adidas said it still expects to sell around eight million football jerseys this year — more than during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The German shirts may yet be snapped up by bargain-hunters, with stores promptly hawking them on steep discount after Wednesday’s defeat. Major German shopping centre chain Kaufhof offered a 40-percent price cut on World Cup merchandise in a promotion called “Too bad, Germany”. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

CFL Preview: Mohun Bagan vs Tollygunge Agragami

first_imgMohun Bagan vs Tollygunge Agragami CFL Preview: Team News, Timing, TV details Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 9/2/17 Mohun Bagan players at practice Second placed Mohun Bagan eyes fifth straight win against Subhash Bhowmick’s Tollygunge Agragami…. Mohun Bagan will look forward to bettering their four-match winning streak in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) when they take on Subhash Bhowmich’s Tollygunge Agragami in a fifth round clash on Sunday at their home ground.It has been a terrific start to Bagan’s campaign this season and they are well on course to stop their arch-rivals East Bengal from winning their eighth consecutive title this time. The Green and Maroons last won the CFL in 2009.Shankarlal Chakraborty’s men have so far scored 13 goals in four matches and have conceded only two. Striker duo of Stephane Bayi Kamo and Ansumana Kromah have done wonders for the club so far. It has been the foreigners who have scored most of their goals in the tournament. While Kamo has netted six, Kromah has managed to score three so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The coach is expected to make a few changes in his starting XI from the previous match. Raynier Fernandes, who had an off day in midfield may get replaced by Surchandra Singh. Goalkeeper Shibinraj who came in place of injured Shilton Paul in the last game had a terrible outing under the post. Soram Poirei who came as a substitute against Calcutta Customs may get his first start in Bagan colours.After getting thrashed by Mohammedan Sporting in just their second match in the league, ace Indian coach and former India international Subhash Bhowmick took charge of Tollygunge. The team has managed a draw and a win under the tutelage of Bhowmick so far.The minnows have some quality names in their squad this time. They have roped in former Trinidad and Tobago international and Sporting Clube de Goa striker Anthony Wolfe to their strike force. Other notable names in their squad are former India international Deepak Kr. Mondal, R. Vashum, former Pune FC and Salgaocar defender Chika Wali.It will be a tough task for Mohun Bagan to notch their fifth straight win against a spirited Tollygunge side.Kick off: 5:00 PM (IST)Venue: Mohun Bagan groundTelecast: Kolkata TVTeam NewsMohun Bagan possible lineupInjury: Shilton PaulSuspension: NoneDoubtful: NoneKey Player: Stephane Bayi Kamo  read morelast_img read more

DSME Suffers USD 4.3 Bn Loss in 2015

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding major Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) posted a KRW 5.13 trillion (USD 4.3 billion) worth loss for the full year of 2015. DSME’s sales fell by 23% when compared to the previous year standing at KRW 12.97 trillion and the company’s operating loss amounted to KRW 5.51 trillion, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The poor results were attributed to falling number of newbuilding orders and further delivery delays in its offshore segment that continued their negative effect on the company’s financial results.The slump continues into this year as well, as South Korean’s big three, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), DSME and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), failed to book any new ship orders in January.The blank order-book adds to the woes of the big three, as they report major losses that forced them to cut their yearly targets with DSME eyeing USD 10 billion worth of new orders for this year.The company has been in an intensive restructuring mode, offloading its non-core businesses and cutting workforce so as to boost liquidity.In October 2015, state-run creditors of DSME decided to pump KRW 4.2 trillion (USD 3.7 billion) into the company, however, the Korea Development Bank (KDB) said that there will be no additional bailouts for Daewoo Shipbuilding this year, since it has already received KRW 2 trillion in aid.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Readers Picks of the Week

first_imgKlaveness: No Company Is “Too Great to Fail”One month after the South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping sought bankruptcy protection, there are a number of important lessons to be learned from the event, according to Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness… Read More Report: Kawasaki Heavy Could Exit ShipbuildingJapan’s shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries is considering whether it should pull out of the shipbuilding industry as it revised its full-year profit forecast… Read More Maersk Line Awards Vessel Tracking Contract to BigOceanDataDanish shipping company Maersk Line has entered into a two-year agreement with BigOceanData for its vessel tracking services … Read More World Maritime News Staff Drewry: Container Shipping World Shrinks amid Mergers, AcquisitionsShippers could face fewer choices and higher rates in the long run as the container shipping world continues shrinking due to an increase in merger and acquisitions and carrier failures… Read More New Zealand Welcomes Maersk Mega ShipNew Zealand’s government has welcomed the arrival of the Aotea Maersk in Tauranga, the biggest container ship to have ever visited this country… Read More last_img read more

Prompt Payments for Construction Industry

first_imgLegislation introduced today, March 15, will ensure Nova Scotia’s construction businesses and workers get paid on time for the work they do. Proposed amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act will establish prompt payment rules so that contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry are paid for their services based on clear timelines set out in regulation. The legislation will provide the authority for establishing an adjudication process to resolve disputes faster when timelines are not met. The changes will also establish a rate of interest for payments not made and it will rename the legislation as the Builders’ Lien and Prompt Payment Act. “The construction industry is important to the economic growth of the province and to the well-being of the people who work in the industry,” said Mark Furey, Justice Minister and Minister responsible for the Builders’ Lien Act. “This legislation and the regulations to be created under it will clearly set out the prompt payment responsibilities of all parties on a construction project. “It will help companies meet payroll, purchase supplies and cover other expenses in a timely fashion.” There will be extensive consultation on the regulations before the legislation comes into effect. Targeted consultations will be held with contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, trade unions, engineers, roadbuilders, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, municipalities, the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and other interested stakeholders beginning in the spring. “It is important that we hear from all interested parties on the regulations before this legislation is proclaimed,” said Mr. Furey. The industry association and a coalition of construction trades have said that payment delays have become a problem and that strengthening existing legislation would help address delinquent payments. “We are extremely pleased that Nova Scotia will bring in legislation that establishes minimum standards and clearly articulates the rights and responsibilities of all parties to a construction project,” said Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “Based on our research, delayed payment is having a growing negative impact on businesses, workers and our economy.” Two other provinces, Ontario and Saskatchewan, have, or are introducing, prompt payment legislation. Other provinces are actively considering it.last_img read more

More public transit still needed on Highway of Tears community members say

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. – On a recent crisp fall morning, a compact white shuttle bus rolled to a stop just off the Yellowhead Highway. Four people hastily exited and began to walk briskly toward their destinations.After all, it was 9:38 a.m., giving them just over five hours in Smithers before the bus departed again at 3 p.m.One of the passengers was Joe Scheck, 50, who catches the bus from Houston three times a week to do yard work in Smithers. His boss would like him to work full time, but the bus only runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.“If I could, I would do it five times a week,” said Scheck, standing next to his rusty Jeep bicycle, his only other form of transportation.Scheck, like many residents of small communities along Highway 16 in central British Columbia, can’t afford to live in Smithers but also can’t find work — or even buy groceries — in his town. If he were able to work five days a week, he estimates he’d take home an extra $400 a month.The province launched the $5-a-trip bus route from Burns Lake to Smithers in June. It also started a route from Prince George to Burns Lake, which operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A route that connects Smithers and nearby Moricetown has operated since January.Still, advocates say the service is only a patchwork, and it arrived more than a decade after families and Indigenous advocates called on the government to provide public transportation along a notorious stretch of Highway 16 known as the Highway of Tears.The RCMP says 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered on the route between Prince Rupert and Prince George, but advocates argue the real number is more than 40. Many of the women disappeared while hitchhiking in remote areas with poor or no cell service.At hearings held by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Smithers last week, the lack of adequate transportation in the region came up repeatedly.Gladys Radek, whose 22-year-old niece Tamara Lynn Chipman disappeared while hitchhiking in Prince Rupert in 2005, told the inquiry she knows people who have to hitchhike just to go to work. There should be a free shuttle bus service, she said.“I’ve even picked up a young lady, just outside of Smithers, to take her back to Moricetown because she had to go see a doctor. She was nine months pregnant,” she said.The community is also reeling from the news that Greyhound Canada has applied to provincial regulators to cancel its route from Prince George to Prince Rupert, said Radek.Greyhound said the deaths and disappearances of women in the area are tragic but that the new publicly subsidized routes have “literally put us out of business” in this corridor.VIA Rail also operates a train along the route. Last August, it was widely reported the company was in talks with the B.C. government to offer $5 fares to “vulnerable” riders, but the idea has yet to materialize. VIA Rail said it is still discussing the matter.The call for a shuttle bus that visits every reserve and route along the route dates back to 2006, when First Nations leaders, families and advocacy groups held a Highway of Tears Symposium that produced 33 recommendations.In 2012, Wally Oppal completed his final report after leading a provincial inquiry into missing and murdered women. The former B.C. attorney general urged the province to immediately commit to his recommendation that it implement public transit along the highway.But it wasn’t until 2015 that the former Liberal government announced a $3-million plan for transportation along the Highway of Tears, including transit expansion, First Nations driver training and a community vehicle grant program.Liberal spokesman Shane Mills said the safety of women along Highway 16 was a priority for the government.“Improving transportation was done in consultation with First Nations and local governments,” he said in an email.The NDP regularly criticized the government on the issue while in Opposition, but did not commit any new funds to public transit on Highway 16 in its recent fiscal update. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena couldn’t be reached for comment.Oppal declined to offer an opinion on the province’s response to his recommendation, but he said it’s clear there must be satisfactory transportation on the route that discourages hitchhiking.“We owe it to the women,” he said.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

David Beckham Honored At HMV Football Extravaganza

first_imgDavid Beckham was honoured with the Legend of Football Award at the 20th Anniversary HMV Football Extravaganza at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London recently. Celebrating its 20th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza raises funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, having raised nearly £7 million to date, enabling them to provide over 200,000 music therapy sessions for some of the UK’s most isolated and vulnerable people.David Beckham said: “I’m incredibly honoured to have received this Award. When you look at the list of the previous recipients, I feel very fortunate to join them. More importantly the night has been about recognising the fantastic work that Nordoff Robbins does and raising funds for their vital work. I have seen over the years the positivity that sport can bring to children with special needs, so to come to Nordoff Robbins to learn a little more about how music can do that for people, it’s something that is so touching when you see it. Thank you to everyone at Nordoff Robbins, what they are doing is so incredible, changing the lives of children with difficulties who are in situations which most of us will never have to face. Congratulations on your work, it really is incredible.”David Beckham received the award from former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, who was last year’s recipient of the award. David was joined on the night by his mum, dad and sister as well as Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Alex McLeish, Graeme Souness and Brendan Rodgers, amongst other footballing stars.Led by hosts Geoff Shreeves and Richard Keys, guests heard from Judith Suadoni, who has been bringing her five year old autistic son David to music therapy sessions at Nordoff Robbins for 18 months, changing his life for the better.The event raised £541,000 – £225,000 of which was raised during an auction. Lots included two lunches with David Beckham, which each sold for £55,000, a meet and greet package with One Direction which sold for £25k and a collection of seven framed shirts signed by David Beckham, from seven clubs he has played for which sold for £21k.Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

Fort St John City Council to Vote on new look for Frozen

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council will be deciding whether or not to give the City’s mascot a makeover at Monday’s council meeting.Last fall, the City started the public consultation process with the idea of replacing Frozen John due to the mascot costume’s age. After gathering public feedback, staff put forward a proposal to replace Frozen John with a hockey-playing moose.Last December, Council rejected the idea due to the City getting confused with this radio station’s news website, At Monday’s meeting, staff will present a new version of the mascot based on the City of Fort St. John’s branding guidelines.“These guidelines ensure that the new Frozen John is aligned with the corporate look while maintaining his character and charm.”The mascot will swap his elf shoes and bright orange jacket for a pair of boots, a blue scarf and a yellow zip-up jacket.The estimated cost for the mascot update would be $6,930.If approved, the new Frozen John would be unveiled at an upcoming city celebration like the Santa Claus Parade or Canada Day, depending on when the mascot is finished.last_img read more

Oman conducting feasibility study on Sri Lanka project

Oman says it is conducting a feasibility study on taking a 30 percent stake in a new oil refinery project in Sri Lanka.Arab News quoted Omani Energy Minister Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy as sayin Oman Oil Co. was conducting a feasibility study regarding taking a 30 percent stake in the new oil refinery project on Sri Lanka’s south coast. The project will be Sri Lanka’s first new refinery in 52 years after Iran built a 50,000 barrel-per-day refinery near the capital, Colombo, to blend Iran light oils. Meanwhile, the Minister also said he expected global oil prices to stay in a range between $65 and $75 a barrel until the end of the year. The OPEC+ alliance was formed in 2017. Since its inception, oil prices have doubled to more than $60 per barrel, mainly as a result of a series of production cuts by its members. The official selling price (OSP) for Oman crude in May will rise by $2.50 to $66.98 a barrel, the highest in five months, Reuters calculations based on data from the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) showed on Friday.However, Saudi Arabia is having a hard time convincing Russia to stay much longer in OPEC-led pact, and Moscow may agree only to a three-month extension. Should Russia pull out of the latest deal on cutting output, oil prices would drop. (Colombo Gazette) He was also quoted as saying Oman remained committed to the OPEC+ agreement until the end of 2019.Under the accord reached in December 2018, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) along with Russia and other non-OPEC producers — an alliance known as OPEC+ — agreed to reduce oil supply by 1.2 million barrels per day from Jan. 1 for six months. read more

UN environment agency to mobilize millions of volunteers to clean up world

Some 35 million volunteers from 122 countries are expected take part this weekend in rubbish-clearing efforts at sites across the globe as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend, which is held in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Clean Up the World mobilizes people around a powerful idea – taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to our front doors, our backyards, and everywhere else around the globe,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in a statement.Volunteers will pick up trash on beaches, in villages and at various other sites around the world, among them Australia’s Sydney Harbour, the Nile River in Egypt, Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, and the Chinese city of Shaoxing.Additionally, there will be environmental parades, and community implementation of recycling and educational programs, as well as water and energy conservation projects.Since its launch in 1993, the Clean Up the World Weekend campaign has collected an estimated 3.5 million tonnes of rubbish, enough to fill 5,710 Olympic size swimming pools. Plastic, glass, metal and cigarette butts are among the most commonly found items. read more

MI5 stopped Scotland Yard taking Choudary down sources claim

first_imgPolice also believe he has connections to as many as 500 of the 850 young British Muslims, who have travelled to Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).Choudary was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to Isil and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the murderous group. But there have been questions about why it took the authorities so long to prosecute Choudary, with some suggesting the law was not adequate. Choudary with one of the Lee Rigby killersCredit:BBC News The security services repeatedly prevented Scotland Yard from pursuing criminal investigations against hate preacher Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.Met counter-terror officers often felt they enough evidence to build a case against the radicalising cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5, because he was crucial to one of their on-going investigations, a source has claimed.The situation led to tension between the two sides with police feeling “frustrated” that Choudary was not being brought to justice, the source added.After almost 20-years at the forefront of radical Islam in Britain, Choudary was finally convicted of a terrorism offence last month and faces up to ten years in prison when he is sentenced on September 6.But following his conviction it was revealed that the 49-year-old former lawyer had been linked to at least 15 terror plots dating back as far as 2001. However one counter-terrorism source, who investigated Choudary on numerous occasions, insisted the decision not to prosecute him had come from the security service, MI5.He said: “I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority.“That is what they did constantly. While the police might have had lots of evidence they were pulled back by the security service because he [Choudary]was one of the people they were monitoring.“It was very frustrating and did cause some tension but we were told we had to consider the bigger picture.”Security expert Will Geddes said while the police and security service had a good record of working together, there was often a difficult balance to strike between prosecuting evidence and gathering intelligence.He said: “Whilst the cops always want the collars the spooks want the information and it is a challenge getting the right balance“Choudary was certainly clever and knew where the line was and that was part of the reason it took so long to get him, but it was certainly possible that MI5 wanted to continue to monitor him because he was the focal point of so much.“Given how influential he was in terms of setting up the forums for those guys to get inspired, it made perfect sense for the intelligence agencies to say ‘we haven’t exhausted this yet’.“In the end though he got caught because he believed his press too much and he got carried away with his own media profile.” Choudary with one of the Lee Rigby killers Raffaello Pantucci, a terrorism expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said: “Intelligence officers have to generate leads somewhere, so if you have got a kind of honeypot that is Anjem Choudary and every nutter in the UK is gravitating towards him and from there you just trail them and follow them, you can see how it’s doing your job for you in some ways.“There is undoubtedly an element of security folk who work in the intelligence side who would probably see this as something that is potentially quite useful.”But he said he believed the authorities had always intended to convict Choudary as soon as they had a strong enough case to take him out.He said: “I feel like there was a desire to do it, I think Anjem was just very careful about what he said and how he said it and he made sure he never associated himself specifically with the plot.“Was it possible that the agencies were like ‘Let’s focus on the guys actually making bombs rather than the guy who is loosely somewhere in the background, let’s focus on him later’, that’s possible, but I would be very surprised if you found a directive somewhere in [MI5] or somewhere else that said ‘Don’t touch him because he’s more useful out there than he is inside.’” Scotland Yard counter terror officers had been pursuing Choudary for more than a decade Scotland Yard counter terror officers had been pursuing Choudary for more than a decadeCredit:Matt Dunham/AP 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.last_img read more

Third place is the target for Lyon – Genesio

first_imgLyon manager Bruno Genesio has refused to get carried away over their recent form and maintains that their target is to beat Marseille to third place in the Ligue 1 standingsThe seven time Ligue 1 champions are currently ahead of their rivals in third on a superior goal difference and are just four points away from AS Monaco, on the back of their five game winning streak.Due to Monaco’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to the newly crowned league champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, there is a possibility that Leonardo Jardim’s side may struggle to recover from the setback immediately and so therefore may provide Lyon with an opportunity to snatch second place in the table.“For now we’re focused on the fight with OM for third. We can’t control second place as it depends on Monaco’s results and there’s no point focusing on that. Maybe in a game or two’s time it will be worth looking at it if we’re in the hunt. The most important thing is to stay third for the moment.” said Genesio, according to the Ligue 1 website.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…The Kids have received a welcome boost with captain Nabil Fekir making a return from injury as a substitute in Lyon’s 3-0 over Amiens.“Nabil is our captain and he carried the team for a long time. In difficult times for us he allowed us to get back into the race. There is no debate when it comes to him. When he’s at 100% physically he’s our captain and a guaranteed starter. And he’s at 100%.”Up next for Lyon is another league encounter against Dijon with the two sides having shared 18 goals against each other in their past three meetings.“Dijon play with attacking principles and their coach loves them to play creative football. They want to play and enjoy their football. I think we can expect a very open game on Friday evening.”last_img read more

Teen patients attend prom at Jackson Memorial Hospital

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Many teenagers dream of the night they attend their own proms. For patients at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Medical Center, that dream came true on Friday.“I was so excited,” said promgoer Stephanie Tinoco. “I like getting pampered.”Volunteers from multiple charities and schools throughout Miami-Dade County offered their time to help these teenagers have one of the best nights of their lives“We’ve been doing prom for about five years now,” said Pediatric Nurse Coordinator Kim Juanico.Juanico described the event from its inception, to how it became what it was today.“The students at Miami Country Day School came to me with the idea. They thought it would be fun for the kids to be able to experience something that they always get to experience,” she said. “So the idea took off and we built on it year-to-year. The kids get full makeovers, the weeks before prom, they get to pick out their outfits — the parents get involved as well. And then they come, they have professional photography, great food, a DJ — everything a normal teenager would experience at their own prom.”All of the dresses and suits worn by the teens were donated by Jackson Memorial Hospital employees before the event. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Just seeing the looks on all these kids’ faces, ’cause most of them are stuck in the hospital, unfortunately,” said student organizer Isabella Allen. “They want to get out, they just can’t and it kind of gives them a little piece of normality.”Those participating in the fun get a different view of their hospital, trading exams and medication for loud music and lots of laughs.Some revelers expressed their gratitude toward those responsible for putting together the annual bash.“It’s really nice of them because, there’s some people, like me, that had the opportunity to go to prom but never actually went to prom, so to actually experience this is awesome,” Tinoco said.Past patients who themselves went to the prom are now offering their help and support, but more importantly, hope.“I was there once eight years ago. Today I’m an eight-year cancer survivor, and it brings back memories,” said former patient Cynthia Lau. “I did attend events like this when I was in the hospital, so for me to be able to come back and be helping today, it gives me the hope that one day, they’ll be me and realize that they are warriors and we are here for them.”Each annual prom has its own theme. This year’s theme was “Winter Wonderland.” last_img read more

This is what Ram Gopal Varma says about Priyanka Chopras Met Gala

first_imgAsalu #MetGala meaning telsa? And for your kind info, she’s slaying at Metgala, her design was one of them with perfect execution for the given theme , its fine to comment cuz teledu kabatti chestharu , atleast know now @deepikapadukone’s dress was cute where you can’t make fun of hers, but she’s the most disaster outfit in the whole gala , METGALA antene oka theme ichi aa theme ki tagottu design cheyamani, CAMP is the theme given and PC slayed . TheEnd Sunny‏ @Sunnyteja001 That Is Gala, teri jaisa Galeej ko kya malum, let her bcenter_img Priyanka Chopra’s hairstyle at the Met Gala 2019 and funny memeCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookFilmmaker Ram Gopal Varma aka RGV, is the latest to join the group of people, who are amused by Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s hairstyle at the Met Gala 2019. He also shared a funny memes.The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Every year, the event celebrates a theme and guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. This year the theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. The celebrities went all extra to follow the theme and look better than each other.Priyanka Chopra was one of the celebrity guests who walked the pink carpet the Met Gala 2019. She flaunted Dior-designed sheer, quirky silver gown worth of Rs 45 lakh and earrings worth of around Rs 10 lakh. But the highlight of her look was her make-up and short curly hairdo with silver cage crown!Priyanka Chopra’s look undoubtedly turned heads at the Met Gala 2019, but it did not go down well with many people in Indian, who took to Twitter to mock her weird avatar on this occasion. They came up with funny memes on her hairstyle through their wild comparisons and one of them was featuring her hair as the moustache of late forest brigand Veerappan.Ram Gopal Varma, who is quite active on Twitter, apparently went through various funny memes on Priyanka Chopra. What thrilled him the most was the meme drawing comparison between her hair style and Veerappan’s moustache. The director shared the photo and praised the person, who created it.Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “A truly fitting hair style salute to the most famous moustache ever and i personally salute to whoever this great hair stylist is who can make the great Priyanka’s hair look below veerappan’s moustache ..But I love it for inexplicable reasons which I will explain in a few hours.”Some fans of Priyanka Chopra were not happy with Ram Gopal Varma making fun of her hair style. They expressed their outburst against the filmmaker, by asking him whether he knows the meaning of Met Gala.Raja Kishore Pula‏ @RajaKishorePulalast_img read more

Reactions to Budget 2016 No immediate stimulus to create disposable income or

first_imgPolitical leaders belonging to the main opposition party, the Congress, criticised Budget 2016 Monday as incapable of providing “immediate stimulus to create disposable income in the hands of people or generate employment.” The Sensex crashed 600 points after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech. The Budget saw a host of reactions from leaders of political parties and the masses alike. While many lauded the investment promised towards primary and secondary sectors, the most-asked question on Twitter was: “Where is the defence budget?”Many analysts and journalists took to Twitter to express their surprise at the missing defence budget.The common man heaved in relief, albeit for a little while, due to increase in tax relaxations like House Rent Allowance (HRA), while expressing resentment at the increase in prices of cars, fuel and cigarettes.  Among political leaders, Congress members expressed their displeasure at the “general picture” that Budget 2016 gave. Many Twitterati expressed surprise at the “populist” budget, while the Economic Times quoted Lord Meghnad Desai as saying: “This is a political budget, an early firing gun for the 2019 elections.” Among the Congress leaders who criticised the budget, Manish Tewari took to Twitter early and condemned it as a “piece of rhetoric”, while ANI quoted Shashi Tharoor as saying, “Government has painted a very general picture, have adopted many old policies of UPA. (sic)” Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mallikarjun Kharge, was quoted by ANI as saying: “There is nothing in this budget for anybody other than corporates close to them.” The barb was clearly aimed at the BJP.Former urban development minister Kamal Nath was quoted by ANI as saying: “There is no immediate stimulus to create disposable income in hands of people or generate employment.” Other political parties also criticised the budget. “Prime Minister Modi said he will double the income of farmers by 2022. What is the guarantee? They want to secure their ‘berth’ till then, govt will fall in 2019, ” ANI quoted RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav as saying. His coalition partner and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Budget has “nothing concrete” about development in agriculture.The Communist Party of India’s D Raja was quoted by ANI as saying: “Outside budget they promised a lot to corporate sector. Not evident now. Nothing spectacular in budget (sic).”Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi said: “Its not a budget which will boost growth, neither one which will have ease of doing business.”last_img read more

13 dead as suicide car bomb hits Afghan militia

first_imgAfghan residents gather at the scene of a suicide car bomb that targeted a CIA-funded pro-government militia force at a public bus station in Khost province. Photo: AFPA Taliban car bomber killed 13 people in Afghanistan’s Khost city on Saturday, in the first major attack at the start of the holy month of Ramadan that targeted a CIA-funded militia group.It is the latest in a series of assaults on Western-backed forces as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive and the insurgency expands more than 15 years after they were ousted from power in a US-led invasion.The powerful explosion in the eastern Afghan city, which also wounded six people including children, left the crowded area littered with charred debris and the twisted and mangled wreckage of vehicles.“A suicide car bomb in Khost province has killed 13 people,” said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish. “The target was a public bus station which was hit by the bombing. The victims were in civilian clothes and it is difficult to verify their identities.”But provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat said the victims were civilians and members of the elite Khost Provincial Force (KPF) — known to be paid and equipped by the American CIA.“The bombing took place early morning when KPF members were heading to work,” Ghairat told AFP.The KPF, estimated to have around 4,000 fighters, are believed to operate a shadow war against the Taliban in a province that borders Pakistan and are accused of torture and extrajudicial killings.The brazen attack, claimed by the Taliban on their website, comes just a day after at least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when insurgents attacked their base in Kandahar, in the third major assault this week on the military in the southern province.The attack in Shah Wali Kot district followed insurgent raids earlier this week on military bases in the same area and Maiwand district, bringing the death toll among Afghan troops in Kandahar to around 60.‘Unforgivable crime’The battlefield losses mark a stinging blow for NATO-backed Afghan forces and have raised concerns about their capacity to beat back the resurgent Taliban.Afghan forces are beset by unprecedented casualties and blamed for corruption, desertion and “ghost soldiers” who exist on the payroll but whose salaries are usurped by fraudulent commanders.During another deadly Taliban attack on security outposts in southern Zabul province on Sunday, local officials made desperate calls to Afghan television stations to seek attention because they were unable to contact senior authorities for help.The pleas for attention, a major embarrassment for the Western-backed government, highlighted the disarray in security ranks.The United Nations this week called on all parties of the conflict for a halt in fighting during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.That has prompted no response from the Taliban, who launched their annual spring offensive in late April, heralding a surge in fighting as the US tries to craft a new Afghan strategy.“Terrorists, on the first day of Ramadan, conducted an attack in Khost that martyred a number of countrymen,” the Afghan presidential office said in a statement.“The terrorists do not value any religious and holy days, committing a war crime and an unforgivable crime.”US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last month warned of “another tough year” for security forces in Afghanistan.The United States and several NATO allies are considering sending thousands more troops to break the stalemate against the resurgent militants.last_img read more

Researchers stop and store light for 60 seconds

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Researchers stop and store light for 60 seconds (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 More information: Physical Review Letters DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.033601 In 1999 a team of researchers was able to slow light to just 17 meters per second. That led to another team devising a means for stopping its travel altogether in 2001, albeit for just a fraction of a second. Another team was able to increase that time to 16 seconds just a few months ago. In this new effort, the team in Germany has increased that time to a full minute.Stopping light and holding it in place, then releasing it is an important step towards the creation of a quantum repeater, a necessary component of a future quantum computer. Light carrying data must be held for a time then retransmitted to a destination based on data it’s carrying.To stop light and hold it the researchers started with a crystal that doesn’t normally transmit light at all. They cooled it to a very low temperature then fired a laser at it to cause a quantum superposition of two states, making it transparent for a precise range of frequencies. Next, they fired another laser through the now transparent crystal while turning off its transparency, trapping the light from the laser inside. They found they were able to hold the light in place for up to 60 seconds. Using the same technique the team found they were able to hold a pattern of light (three stripes) in place for the same amount of time. An analogy might be shining a flashlight into a dark room through a door, then shutting the door, waiting for a minute than opening a door on the other side of the room to let the light out. For light to be held, it has to be stopped, and that’s what the team did with their crystal and lasers.The researchers report that their findings suggest longer light-holding times should be attainable using other crystals. In order to apply their technique in a real-world computer, however, a way will have to be found to allow for holding then transmitting light at room temperature. Researchers use DNA origami technique to build nanoantennas with docking sites A team of researchers at Germany’s University of Darmstadt has succeeded in causing light to stop and then to be held in place for 60 seconds. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe how they achieved this feat and how their technique might be used in possible future applications.last_img read more