London: A UK judge who denied bail to Nirav Modi for a third time remained unconvinced that his community ties to Britain were strong enough to not make him a flight risk even though the fugitive diamond merchant was willing to double his security to 2 million pounds and live on a strict 24-hour curfew at his posh apartment in London. The 48-year-old, wanted in India as the main accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case amounting to up to USD 2 billion, is back in prison after his bail was denied on Wednesday by Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghModi, clean-shaven and smartly dressed for court, sat in the dock and took notes as the prosecution painted a picture of a “diabolical” mastermind behind the luring away of witnesses, mostly his former employees, to far off destinations and destruction of potential evidence. There were moments during the hearing of his third bail application at court when it seemed like Judge Arbuthnot might be persuaded to allow him out of prison on a “24-hour curfew” at his Centrepoint apartment in London. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”A combination of interference with witnesses, destruction of servers and mobile phones and the lack of community ties means I still have doubts that he would fail to surrender before the court,” she concluded in the end. “There does seem to be a luring away of witnesses (to Egypt) and some pressure that took witnesses away from India,” she noted, making specific reference to a transcript of a conversation which indicated that Modi may have been using his US-based brother Nehal Modi to do his “dirty work as it were”. In the judge’s own words, Modi’s barrister Clare Montgomery made a “compelling” argument against his continued imprisonment while he awaits trial in his extradition case and submitted that her client was willing to abide by any stringent conditions as long as he did not have to be lodged in the “unliveable” Wandsworth prison cell. “His experience in custody has been vivid and damaging,” said Montgomery, as she sought to counter the evidence put forward by the Indian authorities. A team from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as well as the High Commission of India were present in court. PTI
VALCOURT, Que. — The chairman of recreational products maker BRP Inc. is stepping down, ceding the head spot to longtime president and chief executive Jose Boisjoli.Laurent Beaudoin’s retirement follows his departure last year from Bombardier Inc., which BRP was spun off from in 2003.Over 55 years, Beaudoin steered Bombardier from a snowmobile maker to a global transportation giant.While Bombardier’s reputation has taken a hit recently due to delivery delays and government loans, BRP has emerged as a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles such as Sea-Doos and ATVs whose net income rose 40 per cent between 2016 and 2018 to $308 million.Boisjoli has helmed BRP since it broke off from the plane-and-train maker 16 years ago, overseeing its growth to 12,500 employees.BRP says Boisjoli will take Beaudoin’s place at BRP’s annual general meeting May 30.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday after a string of sharp losses prompted by emerging market worries.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,687.66 +105.37 0.78%S&P 500 — 1,792.50 +10.94 0.61%Dow — 15,928.56 +90.68 0.57%Nasdaq — 4,097.96 +14.35 0.35%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 105.37 points to 13,687.66. with gains spread across all sectors, after tumbling 400 points over the previous three sessions.The Canadian dollar closed at a fresh 4 1/2 year low, down 0.35 of a cent at 89.64 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher as traders shrugged off a surprisingly weak durable goods orders report for December and concentrated on other data showing U.S. consumer confidence has reached its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions. The Dow Jones industrials was up 90.68 points to 15,928.56, the Nasdaq composite index moved up 14.35 points to 4,097.96 and the S&P 500 index rose 10.94 points to 1,792.5.Markets have been severely buffeted over the last few sessions on concerns about emerging markets, including slowing growth in China, the world’s second-biggest economy.Investors have also been jittery because of currency turmoil involving the Turkish lira, the Russian ruble and the Indian rupee as investors wonder how the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy to reduce its monetary stimulus impacts on them.“What’s fearful is that currency instability often leads to economic and stock instability,” observed John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds.Investors felt reassured after the People’s Bank of China on Tuesday injected more money into the country’s financial markets to ease strained credit conditions.India’s central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates to prop up its ailing currency and Turkey’s central bank was expected to follow suit at an emergency policy meeting called after the lira hit a series of all-time lows.The Fed’s massive bond purchases over the last few years has resulted in a stream of cheap money into those markets. But now the central bank is cutting back on those asset purchases.The Fed is widely expected to further pare its bond purchases by another US$10 billion a month to $65 billion on Wednesday.At the same time, analysts have suggested that North American stock markets are vulnerable to a correction after Fed monetary easing helped underpin a strong rally on many equity markets last year that left the S&P 500 up about 30% for 2013. That index is now down about 3.5% year to date.“We’ve had a correction. I don’t see us going down 10%, and 3, 4%, that’s a pretty healthy correction and it’s time to start looking to buy,” Stephenson said.All TSX sectors were higher with gains paced by a 2.89% rise in the base metals sector even as March copper on the Nymex was off a penny at US$3.25 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was ahead 85 cents to C$27.73 while Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) gained 18 cents to $3.03.The tech sector rose 2.39% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 34 cents to $11.18 as the company said that it’s making several changes to its BlackBerry 10 smartphone operating system, including a revised incoming call screen.February bullion declined $12.60 to US$1,250.80 an ounce, but the gold sector moved up about 2.29%. Goldcorp (TSX:G) ran up 69 cents to C$26.62 while Franco Nevada (TSX:FNV) rose $1.72 to $52.03.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.69 to US$97.41 a barrel. The energy sector rose 1.05% and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 93 cents to C$36.30.Financials also lifted the TSX as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) moved up 62 cents to $36.87.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) is offering to buy U.K.-based investment manager F&C Asset Management PLC in a cash deal valued at $1.3 billion. BMO shares inched up eight cents to $70.54.A major loser was Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Its shares tumbled $1.07 or 12.3% on heavy volume of 12.4 million shares after a Merrill Lynch analyst cut price and profit targets for that carrier and WestJet. Glenn Engel said they will face severe headwinds from a sharply lower Canadian dollar, which has already dropped over four cents this month. He said the pressure will come in the form of higher prices for fuel and new aircraft. WestJet fell $1.06 or 4.09% to $24.83.In earnings news, grocer Metro (TSX:MRU) says its net earnings fell 15% to $99.2 million in the latest quarter on a slight dip in sales. Same-store sales decreased 0.5% in the quarter. Adjusted profits were $1.11 a share, four cents lower than forecast. Metro is also increasing its quarterly dividend by 20% to 30 cents and its shares were up $2.76 to $65.25.Automaker Ford said net income ex-items was 31 cents per share, topping analysts’ forecast of 27 cents but its shares shed most early gains to edge up just one cent to US$15.72.Apple shares were down 7.99% to US$506.50 even as the company reported its best quarter but it also delivered a revenue forecast that fell below analysts’ predictions for the current quarter.TOP STORIESGood day to buy! Apple shares got hammered today as earnings backlash continuesBillionaire investor Carl Icahn says he just bought another US$500-million in Apple stockBank of Montreal agrees to buy U.K fund manager for $1.3-billion in second-largest takeover in its 196-year historyLoonie slips below 90¢ as emerging market meltdown spooks investorsWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYU.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy decision at 2 p.m. CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAgf Management Ltd Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share Canadian Pacific Railways Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.91 a share Cgi Group Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 70¢ a share UNITED STATESThe Boeing Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.57 a share The Dow Chemical Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 43¢ a share Facebook Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share Marathon Petroleum Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.15 a share
WASHINGTON — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare fraud scheme Friday that exploited seniors’ curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed about $2 billion.Dubbed “Operation Double Helix,” the crackdown targeted telemarketing companies, doctors and labs, in a joint effort by the FBI, U.S. attorneys’ offices, and the Health and Human Services inspector general. More than 30 people were charged around the country.The alleged scam flourished at a time when many people are getting DNA tests to trace back their family heritage.Fraudsters preyed on people’s fears of harbouring genetic markers for diseases such as cancer. However, genetic testing is not routinely used to screen for cancer.“A decade ago, it would have given Medicare beneficiaries pause if someone wanted to get a swab from their cheek of their saliva,” said Shimon Richmond, who heads the inspector general’s investigative division. “Today people know and recognize what (genetic testing) is, and they think ‘I can get that done, and I can get it done for free and find out if I have health issues that I need to address.’”It’s a bad decision, said Richmond. Not only does it put the patient’s Medicare ID in the hands of fraudsters who can then keep reselling it for illicit purposes, but it can potentially compromise unique details of an individual’s make-up.Another downside: Medicare might deny future coverage for genetic testing when it’s really needed, since the patient’s record would show such an analysis was already done. Patients should only have genetic testing if their own doctor orders it, officials said.The alleged scam worked like this: Officials said a telemarketing or in-person “recruiter” would convince a Medicare enrollee to take a genetic test, assuring them that the program would pay the full cost. The patient would provide their Medicare information. A doctor in league with the fraudsters would approve the test, and collect a kickback from the recruiter company. A lab participating in the scheme would run the test, bill Medicare, and share payments collected from the government with the recruiter.Bills to Medicare connected with the scheme typically ranged from $7,000 to $12,000, Richmond said, with some much higher. In many cases the patient never got a report back, or the results provided were incomprehensible. Medicare paid out hundreds of millions of dollars before authorities detected the fraud and moved in.There was no single organization behind the fraud and Friday’s operation went after several regional networks.Medicare enrollee Linda Morris of Parker City, Indiana, said she was roped in at a conference on aging well. The retired high school math and journalism teacher got her cheek swabbed by one of the many health vendors at the event.“Their ploy was, ‘Get a mouth swab and we can analyze how well your system synthesizes the drugs you are taking,’” she said. “It never crossed my mind there was anything wrong with this.”Then her Medicare statements started coming in, showing charges as high as $33,000. The program paid almost $10,000.Morris said she was never billed, and was never sent results. When she looked up the address for the test vendor it was “a house on a back road.”“I feel stupid, and in the meantime, I’m furious,” Morris said. Health fairs, church events, and senior centres are like magnets for the fraudsters, officials said.Dennie Krivokapich of Farmington, New Mexico, said he almost sent in his cheek swab following a telemarketing pitch. The retired accountant is a three-time cancer survivor and concerned about his future risk. The company sent him a kit, but the paperwork that came with it made him suspicious.“The physician who requested it was not my physician,” said Krivokapich. The marketing company kept calling him, until he blocked the number.Government-backed anti-fraud organizations known as the Senior Medicare Patrol have been trying to spread the word about genetic testing scams. Retired federal investigator Jennifer Trussell, a consultant to the groups, said fear of cancer is the scam artists’ most effective tool. “These are bad actors trying to take advantage of good medicine,” she said.Fraud against government health care programs is a pervasive problem that costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year. The true extent is unknown.Experts say part of the problem is that Medicare is required to pay medical bills promptly, which means money often goes out before potential frauds get flagged. Investigators call that “pay and chase.”In recent years, Medicare has tried to adapt techniques used by credit card companies to head off fraud. Law enforcement co-ordination has grown, with strike forces of federal prosecutors and agents, along with state counterparts, specializing in health care investigations.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press
A Brock University research team has created a tool that can potentially be used in a future computer that will be made out of DNA.Chemist Feng Li and graduate student Xiaolong Yang, formal postdoctoral fellow Yanan Tang and undergraduate student Sarah Traynor have devised a strategy that “helps simplify the design of DNA circuits that may eventually be used in a DNA computer,” says Li.The team’s research was recently featured in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Scientists are researching ways of using DNA to replace chips, electrical circuits and other materials found within a computer.“Because we’re at baby steps now, it’s not something like what we know as a computer yet,” says Li. “What we have now, if you can imagine, is something more like a calculator where you can use DNA to solve mathematical questions.”DNA computers can also be used to store information.“Living creatures use DNA to store basic genetic information, so in principle, you can save anything into DNA,” he says. “For example, there are researchers who coded an entire book into DNA sequences. It’s different from hardware; you only need a tiny amount of DNA to store an entire book.”DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is a molecule that contains information from genes that regulates all living organisms’ growth, development, functions and reproduction.When someone types on the keyboard of a conventional computer, the machine generates binary codes, which consist of a series of 0s and 1s that represent each letter, symbol and anything else is entered into a computer. For example, ‘01100001’ represents the letter ‘a.’The codes, in turn, translate what is entered into the computer into the form of text, graphics or other things we see on the computer screen. Binary codes are used in various methods of encoding data in computing and telecommunications. They are currently produced and transmitted by silicon-based technologies.Scientists discovered that DNA is able to generate binary codes just like computers do. And it does not require electricity or materials such as silicon, aluminum and cobalt to do so.“Chemicals generate their own energy,” explains Li. “DNA mimics the electrical currents in the current computer.“There are many people who are interested in developing DNA for use in information technology,” says Li. “The big idea is to use DNA as a computing component to construct a molecular computer. It’s not the electricity-based computer we use now, but rather the fundamental units are molecules of DNA.”What we ‘input’ into a DNA computer are not letters typed on a keyboard but strands of DNA that have been altered to produce a certain result.Inside the computer are more DNA strands, which ‘read’ and interpret the incoming DNA.“The physical structures of the DNA molecules are re-arranged; these new structures will give you a series of 0s and 1s,” says Li.And that’s where Li and his team’s research comes in.The team developed a method — called the ‘allosteric DNA toehold (A-toehold) strategy’ — in which DNA molecules can be manipulated using the principle of allostery, which has been used widely for regulating enzyme activities by nature.This is done within the context of a process called “toehold exchange,” in which an input DNA strand binds to a sticky end, or ‘toehold,’ on another DNA molecule.Li explains that the toehold exchange method streamlines the design of DNA circuits.“If you want to use DNA to replace a computer, you also need to somehow manipulate those DNA strands the way you want,” explains Li. “You need rules to manipulate those DNA.“There are existing rules you can use to manipulate DNA, but what we’re trying to do is to simplify this process by providing alternative rules. If you simplify the design, you save DNA molecules, you save money.”How the output of the DNA computer — a screen displaying text, graphics and video in our current conventional computers — will be displayed for the average user is still unknown in the long run, says Li.Li and his team’s research, “Regulation of DNA Strand Displacement Using an Allosteric DNA Toehold,” was published recently in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Traffic on the A303 passing Stonehenge on Salisbury PlainCredit:Chris Ison/PA It has argued that the tunnel presents “a once in-a- generation opportunity to to provide a setting worthy of some of the nation’s most important ancient monuments.”But more than 50 members warn in a motion to be debated at next month’s AGM, that the expanded road would draw significantly more traffic onto the site, “blight currently tranquil areas with noise and light pollution” and “intrude” on the sacred setting. Signatories include Tom Holland, the historian and radio presenter, who accused the National Trust of ignoring the impact of the tunnel on the broader Stonehenge landscape. , and Kate Fielden, vice-chairwoman of the British Archaeological Trust and a member of the anti-tunnel campaign group, the Stonehenge Alliance.Ms Fielden told the Telegraph: “As members of the National Trust our hope is to somehow persuade the Trust to change its mind.”We think the Trust should be going for the very best for a World Heritage Site, sticking to its basic principles and seeking a better solution.”She said there was an argument for leaving the road alone as there may be far fewer vehicles in 40 years time, noting too the cost of the project and that the heavy traffic was intermittent and tended to be confined to weekends and peak holiday times. Traffic passes along the busy A303 that runs besides the ancient neolithic monument of StonehengeCredit:Matt Cardy/ Getty Images Europe 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. The road tunnel has been condemned by Unesco, the agency that oversees world heritage sites, which has urged the government to build a bypass instead and questionned the position of the National Trust.The row over Stonehenge is the latest in a series of controversies to hit the 122 year-old guardian of the nation’s heritage.It has faced claims of profiteering after hundreds of tenants were told they faced ground rent increases of up to 10,000 per cent. It was also forced into an embarrassing U-turn after banning volunteers at one of its stately homes from meeting the public if they refused to wear rainbow badges celebrating gay history.The Trust’s forthcoming AGM is already set to be one of the stormiest for some time after 50 members of the trust endorsed a motion to ban trail hunting on its land, threatening division between its urban and rural membership. The current £1.4 billion plan, expected to be rubber stamped by Highways England within the next few weeks, involves transforming the road into a dual carriageway, with a 1.8mile tunnel dug through the 3.4mile-wide Stonehenge World Heritage Site.Both the National Trust, which owns land around the site, and English Heritage, which manages the monument, have cautiously backed the proposal, arguing that the current situation cannot continue, as the existing A303 “blights” the site and impacts more than 50 monuments. It believes the tunnel, if well-located and designed, will provide environmental benefits, enable wildlife to flourish and the monuments to be protected. The National Trust is “compromising its reputation” with its support for a controversial tunnel cutting through the sacred Stonehenge site on a “brutal scale”, members have warned.The embattled charity is accused of giving its blessing to a plan that will “inject enormous amounts of concrete into the most significant prehistoric landscape if not in Britain, in the whole of Europe”.It is facing a rebellion from members, who are demanding that it rethink its position on the proposal to upgrade the clogged A303 and have accused it of prioritising Government criteria such as value-for-money and deliverability, which have no relevance to the Trust or its aims.Debate over plans to reassign the notoriously busy route that links London with the South West have rumbled on for more than two decades, hampered by opposition from the environmental and archeological lobbies and the astronomical cost.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has announced the recipients of its 2013 awards for outstanding contributions and excellence in the mineral industry. The PDAC’s prestigious awards program goes back to 1977, when the first Bill Dennis Award for prospecting success was handed out. Recipients of the 2013 awards will be honoured at the PDAC’s awards evening on March 4, 2013, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The awards evening takes place every year during the PDAC Convention-the mineral exploration and development industry’s premier networking and educational event. New Afton, shown here, was one of the winners. The 2013 award recipients are as follows:Pretium Resources is the recipient of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. Pretium is receiving the award for advancing the Brucejack Property’s Valley of the Kings, which was first discovered in 2009, into a world-class, high-grade gold deposit. Since 2011, Pretium’s successful exploration program has seen the high-grade Indicated Mineral Resource Base for the Valley of the Kings grow to the current 8.5 Moz of gold.New Gold is the recipient of this year’s Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development. It is receiving the award for demonstrating leadership in management and excellence in best practices in bringing the New Afton mine to production. The New Afton copper-gold mine, located in Kamloops, British Columbia, is a large underground copper-gold deposit which is expected to produce, on average, 85,000 oz/y of gold and 75 Mlb/y of copper over a 12-year mine life. The New Afton Participation Agreement with local First Nations is considered a best practice in Canada.Daniel G. Wood is the recipient of this year’s Thayer Lindsley Award for international mineral discoveries. He is receiving the award for his leadership of exploration teams responsible for numerous discoveries of mineral deposits in a variety of geologic settings, with an aggregate gross value in excess of $100 billion. Daniel retired from mineral exploration in late 2008 after 24 years with BHP and almost 18 years with Newcrest Mining, leading teams exploring for a range of mineral resources in Australia, SE Asia/SW Pacific and the Americas. Their efforts produced coal, gold, gold-copper and copper-molybdenum discoveries in Australia, Indonesia and Peru, including the large Cadia gold-copper deposits in NSW.Ronald P. Gagel is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Ron is receiving the award for his outstanding contribution to the mineral industry in the field of finance, and for his contributions to the PDAC. Ron’s background in mining finance, accounting and taxation has provided outstanding support to the financial activities and affairs of the PDAC, particularly through his work on the Finance and Taxation Committee. Ron was part of the team that successfully lobbied the federal government to implement the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, and is the Chair of the Mining Industry Task Force on International Financial Reporting Standards.Cameco Corp is the recipient of this year’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Award. Cameco is receiving the award for its outstanding accomplishments in establishing good community relations to support its exploration and mining operations. Cameco’s five-pillar Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model is designed to ensure local community support and proactive environmental stewardship, and has led to recognition of Cameco as an industry leader in CSR by Aboriginal associations and industry rankings.Windigo Catering is the winner of this year’s Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry. Windigo Catering is receiving the award for its achievement as a Canadian Aboriginal-run business and its service to the Canadian mining industry. Located in northwestern Ontario, the company is solely owned by Windigo First Nations and boasts an 83% First Nations employment rate. Windigo specializes in providing catering services to industry, including remote camps, and is currently providing camp management, catering, housekeeping, laundry, and light maintenance services to Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine at the remote fly-in camp on Opapimiskan Lake.
ITRI reports that the latest official customs statistics released by China yesterday reveal tin ore imports from Myanmar in January soared to an all-time record of 72,436 t (gross weight), a 239% year-on-year increase. The figure also represents a 66% rise from the 43,531 t imported in December.ITRI says the “current understanding is that the increase was a result of two key factors, the first being that production from a new mining area in Myanmar’s Wa County has increased. It is believed that 70-80% of Myanmar’s January tin ore exports to China originated from this new site, which began shipping unprocessed ore grading 7–8% Sn in the second half of 2015, offsetting declines in the original production area in Wa, which has been extensively exploited over the last two years.“The second factor is the rally in China’s domestic tin price in the second half of January, which encouraged export of producer stockpiles of tin ore kept in warehouses in the border town of Pangkham. It is understood that these warehouse are now nearly empty and therefore that stockpile sales will be unable to provide the same support to export volumes going forward.“Based on a Sn grade of 12%, the content of Myanmar’s January tin ore exports to China can be estimated at 8,000 to 9,000 t of tin metal. This made Myanmar the world’s largest tin exporting country in January, with Indonesia exporting 2,486 t of refined tin in the same month for comparison. China’s total annual tin imports from Myanmar last year amounted to 285,593 t of ore, accounting for 98% of the country’s total ore imports.”
Thanks to everyone who’s applied so far! Anybody interested in applying – here’s the link you need! http://t.co/fXhDxOSbYW #Over18sonly— Drunk (@DrunkTelevision) May 23, 2014 The series will “focus on facts and evidence, providing answers to a very wide range of questions”. Such as:How exactly does alcohol effect us – in the short and long term?What does it do to our motor skills?Why do we get hangovers?Do beer goggles really exist?Is it a bad idea to mix your drinks?How does alcohol affect your emotions, your judgement or your sex life?RTÉ warns that:This series may not stop you from sending embarrassing drunken texts but it will help you understand why you did it!It will be presented by Eoghan McDermott and broadcast later this year on RTÉ Two.Read: Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world>Read: Alcohol kills more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined – WHO> A NEW SCIENCE based TV show is going to explore what happens to us when we get drunk.RTÉ says the show “will put our commonly held perceptions and beliefs about alcohol under the microscope”.The programme called ‘Drunk’ will invite volunteers to drink alcohol in front of the cameras and then take on a range of “specially designed tasks”.It will aim to “explore, explain and illustrate the effect of drinking on the body and mind”. Source: Drunk/Twitter
Source: Nicolas Taylor/Twitter RT @nicolastaylornz: Mind the Gap !!, Stirling Station this am #perthnews #wanews @thewest_com_au pic.twitter.com/p0uKvltadf— Nicolas Taylor (@nicolastaylornz) August 6, 2014 A MAN IN Perth who became trapped after his leg was wedged between the platform and the train was freed after his fellow passengers came together and harnessed their collective strength to push the train off him.The incident occurred at Stirling Station in Perth on Wednesday afternoon when the man was getting on the train. Source: ImgurThe effort required two big pushes before the man was able to free himself. Ambulance services were called to the scene, but he was uninjured.Take a gander at security footage below: Source: ABC News (Australia)/YouTubeIt’s like Salt-n-Pepa always said. When a man gets trapped between a train and a platform, you’ve gotta just… Source: Vampire Diaries/WikiaCan’t stop your baby from crying? Try some Katy Perry >Little boy comes up with ingenious way to decide what food to eat > Staff and passengers then came together to push the train and tilt it backwards in order to rescue the man.Look at them go.
#slowdownday Special thank you to schools/students across the country who provided poster images, poems and songs. Go to Garda Facebook page pic.twitter.com/lyNaESXR6h— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 22, 2016 Social mediaSpeaking to TheJournal.ie after his speech, McLindon explained the approach the gardaí took to communicating with the public across different media platforms.Gardaí in recent years have had a strong presence on social media, particularly on Twitter, where the @GardaTraffic account has around 262,000 followers.The account tweets out all kinds of information about operations, appeals and others. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “Humorous posts are popular… I also think you can’t force humour either” – Managing social media for gardaí We chatted to the director of communications about social media management. “I would say that social media is more effective between 18 and 25 year olds,” said McLindon.He explained that other forms of media (for example, taking out ads in local papers) are used to communicate messages to different age demographics.While the gardaí have had a social media presence before McLindon arrived, he explained that he helped to streamline it.“Social media was there before I arrived,” he said.“What I kind of did was put a strategy in place and looked at how we can expand it so now we have a number of social media channels.The @GardaTraffic account frequently uses humour to get across the people, which McLindon said is an effective way of communicating with the public and building credibility.“We could put out dry public safety messages every day of the week, so that would fulfil the mandate of communication,” he said.But it wouldn’t fulfil the mandate of going to everybody and actually having an impact. By Cormac Fitzgerald 8 Comments He said that different posts are popular depending on what the context is.“Some things are more popular than others – humorous posts are popular,” he said.Posts with animals are very popular but you just don’t know what’s going to catch the public’s imagination either.“I also think you can’t force humour either.If you try to be too humorous or if you try to be funny all the time I think you wouldn’t be taken seriously I think it would dilute your credibilityWith reporting from Paul O’DonoghueRead:Over 30 people arrested and charged after six day garda operationRead:Man arrested after gardaí search 6 premises in 3 Leinster counties Share2 Tweet Email2 Oct 23rd 2016, 8:00 PM IT CAN BE hard work managing the communications and social media output for gardaí and mistakes have been made down the yearsAddressing the annual PRII (public relations institute) conference yesterday, director of communications with An Garda Síochána Andrew McLindon recalled one event that caused him some trouble.“We have made mistakes. We tweeted out something about a crash just off the M50 – it involved a female driver,” he said.“We put out a tweet basically saying ‘can you guess whether it’s a female or a male driver?’”Retrospectively not the best thing to do and that leads to a front page story in the Sun rightly criticising us.However, McLindon said he didn’t receive a call from the Commissioner telling him to shut down the social media output because he had already built up “credibility”.“What you really need to do is demonstrate credibility and the impact and effectiveness of what you’re doing,” he said.People can see now internally the benefit of doing it. http://jrnl.ie/3039542 Limerick – Motorcycle detected on Patrickswell Motorway doing 218kph!!! Driver arrested for dangerous driving pic.twitter.com/6YJvTtwxzP— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 10, 2016 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Short URL Galway Driver stopped on phone in Oranmore. Tyres have seen better days!! pic.twitter.com/GCsmpvCvZo— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 5, 2016 20,415 Views Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM
Un cyclone frappe le sud-est de l’IndeInde – Un cyclone a touché jeudi les côtes du sud-est de l’Inde. Alors que les vents soufflent à près de 110 km/h, plus de trente mille personnes ont été évacuées.Qualifié de “sévère”, le cyclone baptisé Laila a touché ce jeudi l’État de l’Andhra Pradesh, à cinquante kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville de Machilipatnam. Les météorologues prévoyant une montée du niveau de la mer, comme des coupures d’électricité et des réseaux de communication, des dizaines de milliers de personnes vivant au bord de la mer ont été évacuées.À lire aussiDes canards d’élevage découvrent les plaisirs de l’eau après avoir été libérés en IndeDes écoles et des bâtiments du gouvernement local ont été réquisitionnés pour les accueillir, avant que des pluies torrentielles et des vents extrêmement violents ne viennent s’abattre sur les régions côtières. “Le cyclone Laila devrait être centré sur les régions côtières pendant quatre heures. Les effets devraient durer 12 heures”, a précisé V. Prasad Rao, directeur du centre de surveillance des cyclones de la ville de Visakhapatnam. Une marée de tempête, s’élevant de deux mètres de plus que la marée normale, pourrait engendrer des inondations.Laila devrait ensuite remonter les côtes de l’Orissa et du Bengale occidental, avant de pénétrer dans les terres.Le 20 mai 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
KABUL, Afghanistan — Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban’s 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.No exact figures were immediately available for either the U.S. fatalities or injuries. The dead included 14 foreigners, Afghan officials said. Eleven of the 14 foreigners had been previously identified as working for the private Afghan airline KamAir.“We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded,” the State Department said. “Out of respect for the families of the deceased, we have no further comment.”The siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel ended Sunday with Afghan security forces saying they had killed the last of six Taliban militants who stormed the hotel in suicide vests late the previous night, looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill. More than 150 people were rescued or managed to escape including 41 foreigners. Some hid in bathtubs or under mattresses as the attackers roamed the hotel’s hallways killing people.Afghan’s interior ministry said an investigation was underway to find out how the attackers got into the building so easily. Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said Tuesday that security forces also defused a vehicle full of explosives near the hotel after the siege ended.
PORTLAND — The Portland police lieutenant under investigation for his friendly text and email exchanges with right-wing protest leader Joey Gibson at one point told his supervisors that he had started to doubt Gibson’s promises to remain peaceful.Lt. Jeff Niiya shared his concerns as the Police Bureau was preparing for competing rallies planned for Dec. 23, 2017 — Gibson’s March for Jesus event and Direct Action Alliance’s community feed and clothing drive.“I am losing stock in Joey’s word as he get (sic) wrapped up in the crowd mentality and also cannot control those who attend,” Niiya wrote to supervisors in a memo six days before the two events.Niiya told his supervisors that Gibson billed the march as a family-friendly gathering and asked if police could notify him when anti-fascist counter-demonstrators were about to arrive so Gibson’s Patriot Prayer group could try to avoid them.The memo was included in about 500 pages of emails released late Wednesday by the Police Bureau in response to a public records request made in February seeking Niiya’s communications as the bureau’s crowd control liaison.
Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has revealed that he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Neymar and that he expects his former teammate to remain at the clubThe Portugal captain cast doubt on his own future at the Santiago Bernabeu by reflecting on his time at the club in past tense after Real’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool in last weekend’s Champions League final.But Casillas insists that Ronaldo is now a symbol at Real and is irreplaceable.“Even with all the things that have been said [Ronaldo] has always stayed,” said Casillas, according to AS.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 same as Alfredo Di Stefano was a symbol of that Madrid, now Cristiano is on a level with Di Stefano.“I know him and he is very competitive. I would not change him for anybody, not even Neymar. For me, Cristiano is Real Madrid.”Following Ronaldo’s comments last Saturday, he has been linked with a return to Manchester United with Paris Saint-Germain also believed to be interested in a shock move.
Officials finally jumped in after the alligator settled in an elderly couple’s backyard.“When the alligator made its way into the backyard we realized that the alligator was contained momentarily, at which time the trapper arrived and was able to at least rope the alligator,” said Carroll.The reptile put up a fight, and unfortunately, officials said, the weather conditions that night put trappers’ safety in jeopardy.“The ground is wet, the alligator is wet. He didn’t want to take a chance, so the trapper made the decision to put the alligator down,” said Carroll.Neighbors expressed their gratitude toward first responders for keeping them safe.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Alligators are known to be dangerous, especially something that’s 11 foot,” said Carroll.“It started to move step by step, really slow,” said Diaz.“I was scared. I thought it would come into our house because that gate was open,” said area resident Aaron Diaz.Meanwhile, crews ensured no one got too close to the scaly visitor.“For about an hour, they monitored this alligator, along with Miami Police, as it continued to make its way further into the residential neighborhood,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.Fortunately, officials said, the animal’s sluggish movements enabled them to keep the situation under control.“The alligator was moving somewhat slowly, so we’re not sure exactly why, but that worked in our favor because we were able to monitor him until the trapper could arrive,” said Carroll. MIAMI (WSVN) – A group of firefighters worked well into the night to ensure an 11-foot alligator that was lurking around a Miami neighborhood was captured, but due to safety concerns, the creature was euthanized.The Miami Fire Rescue crew had noticed something strange during their drive back to the station near Northwest 13th Street and 37th Avenue, just after 11 p.m., Friday.At first, the crew thought the reptile was an unconscious person.“As they got closer, they noticed that this was not a person but actually an 11-foot alligator,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.Area resident Enrique Diaz was among the residents who spotted the large reptile. When asked what he plans to tell his classmates when he returns to school on Monday, he replied, “Uhh, guys? I think I just saw an alligator at my house.”City of Miami Police responded to the scene and contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assist in capturing the animal.Over the course of the next hour, the alligator kept moving.
Asian share markets swept lower Monday after Wall Street suffered its worst starting week in history and doubts over Beijing’s economic competence sent investors into the arms of the safe-haven yen and sovereign bonds.The absence of Tokyo for a holiday only made liquidity even harder to come by, heightening volatility. Currency markets saw some wild swings with the South African rand collapsing to record lows at one point before bouncing.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS sank 2%, as did Australia’s main index . E-mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 were down 0.7% in a sizable move for Asian hours.Commodities remained on the ropes as Brent crude oil LCOc1 shed another 74 cents to $32.81 a barrel. US crude CLc1 was quoted 71 cents lighter at $32.45.China was again the epicenter of unease as the People’s Bank confounded analysts by guiding the yuan sharply stronger, a move that might calm concerns about a competitive devaluation but only added to market confusion as to Beijing’s ultimate intent.Equity investors seemed less than reassured with the Shanghai Composite Index and the CSI300 index both falling around 1% in erratic early trade.Perceived missteps by the authorities in managing the share and currency markets have led to concerns Beijing might lose its grip on economic policy too.That heightened tensions ahead of trade data on Wednesday where further declines are expected in exports and imports, underlining just how anemic world trade flows are right now.Both the Dow and S&P 500 had their worst five-day starts in history last week, and the corporate news flow is unlikely to get any cheerier with the coming results season expected to be a tough one.S&P 500 earnings are forecast to have dropped 4.2% in the fourth quarter, a second straight quarterly decline led by the hard-hit energy and materials sectors.The pain in stocks and worries over China even outweighed the positive impact of December’s upbeat US payrolls report and burnished the appeal of higher-rated government bonds.Yields on 10-, 7-, and 3-year US Treasuries all had their biggest weekly declines since early October last year, while five-year yields dropped by the most since September 2013.The gains continued on Monday with US 10-year Treasury futures TYc1 up a solid 6 ticks, while Fed fund futures were pricing in a shallower upward path for rates.In currency markets, the main beneficiary was the yen which is often favored in times of stress as Japan remains the world’s largest creditor nation.The dollar fell half a yen to a near five-five month low of 116.70 yen in early trade, before steadying around 117.13.Dealers said Japanese investors seemed to be bailing out of long positions in the South African rand by selling rand for dollars and then those dollars for yen.That saw the dollar surge as much as 10.3% at one stage to 17.9950 rand, before tracking back to 16.7205. That was still up sharply from 16.3150 late on Friday.The euro was well supported at $1.0940 while the dollar index dipped 0.26 percent to 98.281.
Yonat Shimron YonatShimron UCC General Synod endorses Green New Deal TagsDan Collison Evangelical Covenant Church First Covenant Church homepage featured John Wenrich LGBT LGBTQ same-sex marriage,You may also like News • Photos of the Week As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Awaken West Seventh Church meets in a former Catholic cathedral in St. Paul, Minn. Courtesy photo(RNS) — In voting to expel a Minneapolis congregation and two pastors from its ranks at its annual meeting last week, the Evangelical Covenant Church attempted to close off debate about LGBTQ inclusion.Explaining the majority’s decision, ECC President John Wenrich argued that the church and the two pastors were “refusing to live in harmony with our communally discerned position.” If further discussion were allowed, Wenrich wrote to church members in May, “we will continue to devote time, energy, and resources to conversations we have held now for more than 20 years.”But if church leaders hoped the expulsions would reinforce its position on heterosexual marriage and abstinence outside of marriage, there are signs it may not be entirely successful.For one thing, First Covenant Church, the prominent and historic Minneapolis congregation expelled from the ECC’s roster last week, is not alone in extending full rights to LGBTQ members.Less than 10 miles away in neighboring St. Paul, another Covenant church has taken a similar stand.Awaken West Seventh, a nine-year-old church that draws 400-500 people to its two Sunday services, is not about to revert to the denomination’s heterosexual standard in the aftermath of last week’s expulsions.The Rev. Micah Witham. Courtesy photoIts website proclaims: “We welcome and invite LGBTQ+ persons to participate at all levels of church life: partaking of the sacraments, serving in ministry, joining in partnership (membership), and holding leadership roles.”And although the church, which rents space in a former Catholic cathedral, is prohibited in its lease from holding same-sex weddings in its building, it has vowed to help couples find a space where they can celebrate their vows. And it will allow its ministers to officiate.“Our posture is we think we’re a Covenant church and the way we’re going about our life together is consistent with Covenant theology and history,” said the Rev. Micah Witham, “so, we’re going to be Covenant until we’re told otherwise.”Delegates to the annual meeting, which took place in Omaha June 27-29, easily surmounted the two-thirds threshold to expel First Covenant Church Minneapolis, as well as its pastor, Dan Collison, and a retired Grand Rapids, Michigan, pastor Steve Armfield from its roster of churches and clergy.But a minority of churches, especially urban congregations, have made clear they are not about to give up the fight.“I don’t think the conversation will die out,” said Dan Collison, the pastor of First Covenant Church.On Sunday (June 30), First Covenant held an upbeat service attended by at least 300 people, including approximately 150 newcomers who attended to offer their support as the 145-year-old congregation begins a new chapter as an independent congregation.The Rev. Dan Collison of First Covenant Church Minneapolis. Courtesy photoCollison said the church will spend at least a year documenting what happened and working to figure out its direction. The church is debt-free and will keep its historic brick building in downtown Minneapolis. It has numerous ministries to the poor, including a homeless shelter, that will go on.For five years the church has chartered a more inclusive welcome to LGBTQ members, vowing to treat them as equals.Its ouster was the first time in its history that the Evangelical Covenant Church, a small denomination with 875 congregations, has ever expelled a church. The denomination, which values diversity and defines itself as “evangelical, but not exclusive; biblical, but not doctrinaire; traditional, but not rigid” had been recognized for offering “freedom in Christ” where the historical record offers a variety of theological views.But lately, it has given in to the divisive spirit of the age, said John Phelan, president emeritus of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, the denomination’s only seminary, and a member of the Minneapolis church.“It reflects what has become over the last 20 years within American politics and culture a commitment to balkanization that prevents people from hearing each other and working with each other.”Last year, the denomination suspended a chaplain at North Park after she presided at the wedding of two men.READ: Evangelical chaplain’s suspension intensifies denomination’s gay marriage debateThe ECC’s attempt to squelch the debate comes at a time where gay rights has become perhaps the most divisive issue since slavery.The rainbow flag is the most widely used symbol for the LGBTQ community. Photo by Ludovic Bertron/Creative CommonsThis year, the United Methodist Church doubled-down on its ban on LGBTQ ordination and marriage, to huge opposition from its members, especially those in the United States. The conflict over LGBTQ people has also produced splits in the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Presbyterian Church after those denominations adopted inclusive policies toward gays.To many Christians, what is at stake is less homosexuality itself but the authority of the Bible, which contains several passages seemingly opposed to gay sex.“The issue for many Covenant churches opposed to this is not LGBTQ people but the authority of Scripture,” said Phelan. “They think if openness is given to this, the clear message of Scripture is being ignored, and that removes all the underpinnings of authority and self-understanding.”Still, Covenant churches have been able to work through other matters on which traditional biblical interpretation and social issues clash. The denomination, for example, has been ordaining women for years, even though traditionalists point to Bible passages that require women to be silent in church. The ECC also allows a range of practices on baptism, with some allowing infant baptism and others so-called “believers baptism,” when people are old enough to give a profession of faith.Witham, the pastor of St. Paul’s Awaken church, believes the church ought to allow for differences on sexuality matters, too. He said he knows at least three other ECC churches just in his region that have more inclusive policies and half a dozen more nationwide.Wenrich told RNS that the vote to remove First Covenant was heartbreaking.“In spite of my own grief, I still feel like we needed to do this,” he said.The ECC president said that the denomination has turned down ministers and churches that wanted to join the denomination if they disagree with Covenant’s “communally discerned positions.”Covenant churches that disagree with denomination’s views have also left voluntarily in the past, he said. He believes that is a better outcome.“It is better for a church to own its own position and out of its love for the ECC, spare us from these decisions in the future,” he said. “If a church chooses not to voluntarily withdraw, then integrity may require us to face this kind of vote again. I would hope churches and pastors would have the integrity to say they have changed their minds, they have changed who they are and they don’t fit any longer.”Witham was suspended for six weeks in 2017 after he prayed at a wedding for a lesbian couple that attends his church. He did not officiate at the ceremony. His preaching license has since been restored, he said, but the denomination has kept him at a distance.“I’m blackballed, a persona non-grata,” Witham said. “I’m not invited to participate in anything beyond my duties at Awaken. The Covenant has refused to allow anyone in the room and at the table who doesn’t agree with the stated position.”He said he doesn’t expect Awaken to be kicked out until one of its ministers performs a same-sex wedding.“They’ll ignore us,” he said, “until they can’t.”(This story has been updated with Wenrich’s comments.) Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Sikh activists ask Kamala Harris for apology over beard ban for California prison guar … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Fox News hopes its most ardent fans will start and end their working day with Tomi Lahren.The conservative commentator has long been seen as a key element of “Fox Nation,” the Fox News subscription streaming-video service set to debut in the fourth quarter. And now, Fox News is detailing her involvement with the project. It’s one of the first announcements from Fox News about the type of content slated to be available on the service, which is geared toward the cable network’s most passionate fans. Fox News has not yet announced a price for a “Fox Nation” subscription.Lahren is slated to present both a “Final Thoughts” segment on Fox Nation at 5 p.m. eastern and a “First Thoughts” on the service at 9:30 a.m. Both episodes will offer her perspective on ” top issues driving the daily news cycle,” the network said, “and will focus on one specific topic, with Lahren providing her unique take on everything from politics to pop culture.” Fox News said it would take “Final Thoughts” off of its FoxNews.com site, where it has been running, after today,“I am ready to get started and can’t wait for Fox News fans to join us on this new platform,” Lahren said in a statement.Lahren joined Fox News as a contributor in August 2017, appearing on both “Fox & Friends” and “Hannity.” She had been in a communications role at Great America Alliance, a Super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, and hosted programs on The Blaze and One America News Network. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
With an aim to reveal the creative potential of young students, Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), on Friday organised an Inter School T-shirt Painting Competition at its Noida Campus. As the entire world is reeling under pollution, FDDI kept the theme of the competition ‘Go Green’ to encourage young participants pull their heart and soul in painting. More than 250 students from 17 schools participated in the competition. Young artists enthusiastically weaved their imagination with the strokes of brush. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPaintings were judged by faculty members of FDDI and anchor Vibhuti Pathania managed the event. Aditya Mittal from Khaitan Public School bagged the first position, Anushka Datta from Mayoor School and Harman Kaur from Guruharkishan School secured second and third position respectively. Adarsh Kumar Executive Director, FDDI gave away the prizes and motivated the students.FDDI is a premier academic and training institution dedicated to the development and growth of the footwear, leather products, retail and fashion merchandise and fashion design sectors. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe institute plays a key role in imparting education, facilitating the Indian industry by bridging the skill gap in the areas of footwear, leather accessory and life style products, and because of its continuous contribution towards nation building, FDDI has been awarded the status of “Institute of National Importance” in the year 2017.FDDI has also showcased the thematic and other creations by students of all departments at the 37th India International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The stall is set up at Haryana Pavilion. FDDI was established in 1986, under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India with an objective to develop Human Resources within the country by imparting appropriate knowledge and skills to promote the rapid growth of footwear and allied industry in the country. It has Pan India Presence with 12 state-of art campuses spread across the country.FDDI has a strong alumni base and strong industry linkage. Almost all the leading industries of the country are associated with the Institute and have a tangible participation in academic matters.