Engineers have approved a plan to begin removal of crane toppled by

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s labour minister says work will begin this weekend to remove a huge construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during Hurricane Dorian.The twisted, yellow structure is draped over a building that was under construction in the city’s downtown.Labi Kousoulis says the building may have been compromised, so crews will go floor to floor this weekend to add extra supports to ensure the building doesn’t collapse while the crane removal takes place.He says it will then take up to four days to pin and strap the crane to the building before another crane is brought in to begin removing the damaged machine piece by piece.Kousoulis says the work should take about two weeks.The minister says the crane collapse could have been much worse, but fortunately it fell on the only unoccupied space possible and no one was hurt.Kousoulis says he’s confident other construction cranes on the Halifax skyline are safe, but inspections will be done as a precaution.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccans’ Life Expectancy Nearly Doubled Since 1950: Ministry of Family

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Life expectancy at birth in Morocco has increased from 42.9 years in 1950-1955 to 77.6 years in 2015, revealed a study published Wednesday following the International Day of Older Persons.The study, carried out by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the National Observatory for Human Development (NOHD), noted that at the age of 60, Moroccan women in 2010 were expected to live 21.6 years longer instead of just 17.7 more years in 1980, while men were expected to live 19.5 years instead of 17. The dramatic increase is good news for Morocco, as according to the World Health Organization, life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality level of a population and reveals the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year.Despite this evolution, the study also reveals that medical and social support is still lacking, especially in a context marked by nuclearization of households and the intensification of residential mobility,which have a significant impact on the care of older people.According to the 2014 census, nearly 3.2 million Moroccans are aged 60 and over, up from less than 1 million in 1960. The study further revealed that by 2030, the number of people aged 60 and over will almost double to reach 5.8 million, representing 20 percent of the population.Ageing will be the main trend in the future demographic modifications. By 2050, Morocco will have more than 10 million elderly people, notes the joint report.The study found that about 60 percent of the elderly live in urban areas, with 20.7 percent residing in the region of Casablanca-Settat.The report also indicates that from 2006-07 to 2015, poverty decreased in cities from 4.9 percent to 0.7 percent and in the countryside from 14 percent to 4.5 percent.At the end of this study, the ministry suggests that the profound changes that have occurred in Moroccan society – in socioeconomic and demographic makeup as well in family structures, lifestyles, and consumption – are threatening the traditional family model and community solidarity.In order to meet the resulting challenges arising from this analysis, the ministry recommends a number of measures: improving the supply of collective accommodation for the elderly, strengthening the provision of health care, developing of social assistance training, monitoring and evaluating an integrated public policy regarding the elderly, andmobilizing sufficient resources to improve the conditions of the elderly in social welfare institutions.The Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, stressed that this research helps draw up the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of the situation of the elderly and evaluate the social protection and the care they enjoy in social welfare institutions. read more

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TNA awaits agenda for India talks

The Tamil Natioanl Alliance is awaiting the agenda for talks to be held with the Indian government next week.TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran says the agenda is expected to be received by this week. India had invited the TNA for talks after the Indian government had discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. The TNA is expected to discuss about a political solution for the Tamils as well as other related issues. However Sumanthiran said that the exact topics will be known only once the Indian High Commission in Colombo hands over the agenda for the scheduled discussions.The TNA is to travel to India for talks on October 10, Sumanthiran said. read more

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German central bank says promissory note deal is problematic

first_imgBlurring the linesThe Bundesbank sees the deal as blurring the lines between the roles of governments and central banks – with the latter, it believes, supposed to focus only on ensuring the availability of money but not to help governments out of difficult financial territory.“This approach underlines the increasingly close and problematic ties between monetary and fiscal policy in the European monetary union,” the bulletin says, asserting:Responsibility for providing any assistance to individual member states in servicing their sovereign debts should lie with the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which was established for this purpose.In other words, the bank believes that governments struggling to keep up with their financial obligations should not be helped out by central banks, but should instead have to turn to the Eurozone’s bailout fund for assistance.Banks barred from funding governmentsThe EU’s founding treaties explicitly forbid central banks from printing new money and giving it directly to governments to help them out with running their countries. While the Irish arrangement did not result in the creation of new money, it did allow the Irish government to reschedule the repayments.Bundesbank governor Jens Weidmann sits on the ECB’s Governing Council, which unanimously “took note” of the Irish arrangement at its meeting two weeks ago.The ECB’s decision not to stand in the way of the deal suggested there was little agreement with the German bank’s argument that the Irish deal may have come close to breaching the European treaty.Because Central Banks are governed and managed independently of national governments, it is unlikely that the Bundesbank’s reservations may be passed on to Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble for him to raise among his EU counterparts.Aside from requiring some political liaison between the Bundesbank and the German government – which is precisely what the Bundesbank has opposed – it would also mean Schauble would have to raise questions about the Irish deal at ‘Ecofin’ meetings of the EU’s finance ministers, which are currently chaired by Michael Noonan.Speaking on The Week in Politics yesterday, junior finance minister Brian Hayes played down the prospect of the Irish deal being unwound or reversed – saying the deal was “solid” and suggestions to the contrary were “fanciful”.Column: Promissory note deal savings should be spent on relieving youth unemployment GERMANY’S CENTRAL BANK has voiced its reservations about the deal to scrap Ireland’s promissory notes and replace them with long-term government bonds – theorising that the move may fall foul of European law.In its monthly report for February, released today, the Bundesbank expresses unease at the way in which Ireland negotiated its way out of its promissory note burden – by liquidating IBRC so that the Irish Central Bank owned the promissory notes, and then agreeing a deal with the Irish bank to swap the notes for bonds.This meant the European Central Bank was not ultimately needed – and allowed the Irish government to agree an arrangement with the Central Bank of Ireland which helped it to avoid the burdensome €3.1 billion annual repayments.“The Irish central bank k ultimately pays interest on the new bonds to the rest of the Eurosystem at the main refinancing rate,” which currently at 0.75 per cent, “while the Irish government’s interest payments are collected as net income by the Irish central bank,” the monthly report notes.This ultimately cuts the cost for the Irish government, however, as any profits accumulated by the Central Bank of Ireland are forwarded to the Exchequer at the end of the year.The Irish government therefore effectively only pays an effective interest rate of 0.75 per cent on its government bonds for as long as the Central Bank of Ireland is their owner.Though this could rise when the Central Bank sells the bonds on the public market, the sale of the bonds would also end up counting towards Central Bank profit – with the money from the sale also then returned to the taxpayer.last_img read more

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Android 41 ported to the ancient HTC HD2

first_imgGoogle is keen on announcing new versions of Android, but the OEMs that make the devices are apparently not so big on actually updating phones. The deployment rate of Android 4.0 just crept above 10%, but now Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been announced. Many users end up flashing unofficial ROMs onto devices, and there is one phone that continues to get update love long after it was disavowed by the maker. HTC’s HD2 is still chugging along, and now it has its first port of Android 4.1.The HTC HD2 was released way back in 2009, and it ran Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC’s Sense UI layer. The phone’s guts were actually very advanced for the time — it was really overkill for Window Mobile. The HD2 was sporting a 1GHz Snapdragon SoC, which would power the Google HTC Nexus One a few months later. The HD2 was also packing 576MB of RAM and a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 LCD multitouch screen.It would take months for HTC to get that same kind of hardware into an Android phone, which ended up being the Evo 4G on Sprint. While the HD2 was slim and light, the Evo ended up much thicker and clunky because of the WiMAX radio.The Jelly Bean port is just the latest in a long line of Android releases for the device. Though it is only has 512MB of ROM, modders so love the device that Android releases are always trimmed down to run on it with the aid of SD storage. The Jelly Bean port is in its early stages, so there are a few kinks to work out.Users report that video playback, the camera, and USB mass storage aren’t working. Google Now is also very crash prone. Still, it’s impressive that the community has kept this device alive for so long. This is truly the phone that will not die.via Ubergizmolast_img read more

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AbleHD 17inch portable monitor kit makes dualscreen more convenient

first_imgIf you’re used to the flexibility of multiple monitors at home or in the office, switching to a single monitor can often feel incredibly limiting. Able-HD thinks they have the solution with a portable 17-inch monitor that is thinner and lighter than an iPad.While many are trying to condense their electronics footprint to a smartphone or a tablet when they leave the office, there’s still a sizable chunk of PC users who really benefit from two or even three monitors to maximize their workflow. These users often have one setup, either at work or at home, that is their ideal setup. When they go anywhere else, productivity suffers as that workflow gets condensed to a laptop. Carrying an extra display with you, unless you’re using a pico projector, isn’t usually something most people are willing to do. Additionally, laptops that have tried to address dual monitor needs have been notoriously bad in the past. If you absolutely must have that second monitor but can neither afford the cost of a big setup nor have the space for one, Able-HD might have a Kickstarter for you.Packing a 1080p 17-inch display in a very thin form factor isn’t easy. Able-HD seems to have accomplished the task by separating the input connectors from the display and removing the ability to stand the monitor up on its own. The end result is a display that needs a stand, but is light enough to consider traveling with and using when you aren’t in an ideal environment for your ideal workflow. The Kickstarter is currently set up to deliver a kit for $140, and since the project has already been backed ten times over it seems there are plenty of people interested in this experience.last_img read more

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Prisoners captured

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 5, 2016 – The three men who escaped her Majesty’s Prison on Friday were by Saturday morning recaptured.  While there still remains no details on how the men broke out of the prison and no information on where the men were found or how they were recaptured, residents are relieved that the trio – jailed for burglary, arson and illegal entry – were returned to HMP where they will either serve out their sentences or are awaiting trial.  There is also no word on whether the trio will be hit with criminal charges for that Friday afternoon prison break. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #prisonercapturedcenter_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Jeff Bezos goes from geek to National Enquirer gossip fodder

first_img Jeff Bezos’ $140 billion divorce: How it affects Amazon Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is blackmailing him with nude photos Jeff Bezos just confirmed what we all knew: Nudes are no big deal 13 Amazon Jeff Bezos 2:18 The Daily Beast reported that Bezos hired an investigator, Gavin de Becker, to find out how the Enquirer acquired his texts. Bezos on Thursday confirmed this fact, as well. De Becker suggested in the Daily Beast that “strong leads point to political motives.”The Post reported in early February that the Enquirer’s reporting may have been “a political hit job.”Bezos revealed a lot more in his Medium post. He wrote that behind the scenes AMI was working to suppress this angle of reporting. It wanted Bezos and de Becker to make a false statement publicly that they “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”To get Bezos to do this, AMI’s Dylan Howard sent de Becker’s lawyer a bullet-pointed written message detailing a series of racy pictures the publisher had of the billionaire CEO, including a “below the belt selfie.” In the message, Howard also describes “a naked selfie in a bathroom  —  while wearing his wedding ring. Mr. Bezos is wearing nothing but a white towel  — and the top of his pubic region can be seen.”Instead of bowing to these demands, Bezos publicly exposed them, saying in his post: “If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” Journalist Ronan Farrow bolstered Bezos’ claims by saying he, too, had faced blackmail efforts from American Media when he was looking into the publisher’s connections to Trump.AMI on Friday morning sent out a statement saying:American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.Played extremely wellHofstra’s Lukasiewicz called Bezos’ move a public relations coup that will likely be discussed in future PR classes. Instead of people gossiping about Bezos’ scandalous affair and intimate pictures, they are focusing on AMI and its alleged attempt at extortion.”Anytime a prominent business leader of a public company or a political figure has scandal in his private life, yes it’s damaging,” Lukasiewicz said. “But he has flipped the narrative now.”This type of situation has happened before. Former CBS late-night host David Letterman a decade ago confessed on his show that he had sex with several women on his staff after Joe Halderman, a former CBS producer, tried to use that information to blackmail the comedian for $2 million. (CBS is CNET’s parent company.) Halderman pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree grand larceny in an ensuing trial and was sentenced to six months in prison. Letterman, like Bezos, was largely viewed sympathetically by the public.More blowback for AMI may already be on the way. Bloomberg reported Friday that federal prosecutors are looking into whether any criminal activity may have occurred at the Enquirer related to the publication’s dealings with Bezos. Several publications also reported that the situation may expose AMI and its leaders to potential criminal charges in the coverup of Trump’s alleged affair with the former Playboy model. A prior cooperation deal to avoid such charges may have been voided by the alleged blackmail attempt.”As far as his reputation and his company’s reputation, Jeff Bezos has played this extremely well,” Lukasiewicz said. “I think this is a win for him and I think this is something that will be applauded.”Jennifer Magas, a clinical associate professor of public relations at Pace University and owner of PR firm Magas Media Consultants, said she recommends a set of actions for crisis communications. They including speaking first, speaking often and taking control of the narrative. With one exception — apologizing to his wife and family — Bezos hit them all, she said.”He has taken the scandal away from his affair,” Magas added, “and presented himself as both a victim and a champion at the same time.”First published at 11:13 a.m. PT.Updated at 12:49 p.m. PT: Adds comments from Pace professor and Ronan Farrow.Updated at 2:34 p.m. PT: Adds more details on potential criminal charges.Correction at 12:30 p.m. PT: Clarifies that AMI’s email was sent to de Becker’s lawyer, not Bezos.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Now playing: Watch this: Jeff Bezos stares down nude photo ‘blackmail’ attempts… Amazon’s stock is down about 2 percent on Friday, but otherwise appears to be doing fine. For now, Bezos is benefiting from a sympathetic public response to his revelations of secret blackmail, taking a potential weakness and turning it into a strength. Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story.”Jeff Bezos was really facing a situation where those images might be hanging over his head for years to come,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and a former network news executive. “So putting them out in the public in his own terms … was a masterstroke.”The Trump connectionBezos’ personal problems spilled out into the public sphere in January, when he and his wife jointly announced a surprise but amicable divorce. The wording of their letter was positive and they said they’d remain friends.Just hours later the National Enquirer reported that Bezos has been dating Lauren Sanchez, an actress and helicopter pilot. It also published a series of intimate texts Bezos sent Sanchez, including: “I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in. I want to hold you tight… I want to kiss your lips… I love you. I am in love with you.” In his Medium post Thursday, Bezos confirmed that the texts were his.Gossip sites filed stories about Sanchez while general news publications considered how the divorce could impact Amazon going forward, since MacKenzie Bezos could end up with half her husband’s 16 percent ownership in the company. It wasn’t long before Trump’s connection to the Enquirer and its publisher David Pecker came into play. The publication’s parent company, American Media Inc., in December admitted to helping Trump keep quiet an alleged affair he had with an ex-Playboy model by paying her off. Trump has repeatedly pilloried Bezos for coverage in The Washington Post, a paper Bezos personally owns, so it seemed an odd coincidence that the Enquirer would be the one to dig up dirt on Bezos.The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story.center_img Comments Tags More on the Bezos saga Share your voice Culture Tech Industry Politics Bezos’ private life is suddenly extremely public. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images Last March, Jeff Bezos published a picture on Twitter of himself walking with a shiny robot dog. Many in the media (including CNET) dutifully reported on the event, writing playful stories. Silly memes followed.Then we promptly forgot about it.That brief flash encapsulated Bezos’ public profile for much of his career. Amazon’s founder and CEO carefully cultivated a persona as a captain of industry, futurist and smartest guy in the room. Yes, many criticized his ruthless business practices and lack of charitable giving, but most perceived him as a winner and a genius. This image was helped by his quiet personal life which, at least from afar, seemed free of controversy: longtime marriage, four kids, close relationship with his parents.In a startling turn of events over the past few weeks, Bezos’ public persona has turned into something entirely different. After he and his wife MacKenzie announced their divorce over Twitter last month, Bezos’ extramarital affair quickly hit the gossip pages. Then, late Thursday, Bezos published a lengthy Medium post revealing an alleged blackmail plot by the National Enquirer, a publication with close ties to President Donald Trump. The paper was threatening to reveal salacious pictures of Bezos if he didn’t back off an investigation into its work.In quick order, the man who became the world’s richest person after founding a company in his garage in 1994 had every major publication in the US — including the one he personally owns — writing stories about his alleged dick pic.The days of innocent robot dogs are over.This change in how the public perceives Bezos creates a drastically new status quo for both the CEO and his company. Bezos will have to live with being under a microscope from the likes of TMZ for the foreseeable future while he works through his divorce and the apparent extortion plot. US authorities are reportedly investigating the situation already. Running a major corporation is difficult in the best of times, so these distractions aren’t welcome as Amazon aggressively grows in new industries and international markets, and works on two new 25,000-employee offices in New York and Virginia.last_img read more

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Theatre festival to explore topics of war lynching

first_imgNew Delhi : Plight of war, corruption in the society, and lynching in the name of religion will be some of the burning topics explored in an upcoming theatre festival starting August 23. The 3rd edition of SanhitaManch, organised by Mumbai-based theatre group Being Association, will kick off from PL Deshpande auditorium, Dadar, Mumbai. While the three Hindi plays, to be showcased in the festival, were selected by a panel of judges from the world of theatre and films including Ranjit Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah and Atul Tiwari; the only Marathi play was shortlised by a team including Marathi playwright and theatre critic Satish Alekar, Jayant Pawar and Irawati Karnik. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The event will open with “Radhey”, a play inspired by Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s timeless classic “Rashmirathi”, produced by the group, headed by theatre-film actors Rasika Agashe and Zeeshan Ayyub. It is set on Karna’s last two days of life during the Mahabharata war. It will also explore the impact of war on people from different sections of society, their take on war, their desires, dreams, anger and changing relationships with each other during the war. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The group, founded by theatre director Rasika Agashe and her husband actor Zeeshan Aayub, aims to revive original writing through the initiative. “Theatre is a therapeutic process and it helps in personality development. but to be honest it’s an opportunity to meet old, new friends in a common space, exploring new content, reading new plays, making, remaking and fighting and discussing and relearning, for me. “So, we are here with the 3rd edition of Sanhitamanch…let’s relive,” Ayyub said. Advertise With Us While Flying Fathers Art Association’s “Kabab”, directed by Rajesh Singh, will see a single mother struggle to raise a child under the weight of greed and corruption, Vihaan Drama Works’ “Romeo Juliet in Smart Cities of Contemporary India” will witness a young couple standing against the world for their love. A Marathi play “Adhyat Mi, Sadhyat Tu, Madhyat Ma KuniNahi” will also be staged by Maharashtra Culture Centre. After concluding the shows in Mumbai on August 25, the group will travel to Pune from August 26-29, Bhopal from September 13-15, and finally to Delhi from October 4-6. The plays are also compiled in a book, which will be released in the festival itself. The festival will also see seminars and discussion on the craft of theatre by theare and film actors Rajendra Gupta, Himani Shivpuri, Ramu Ramanathan and playwright Vijay Kenkre.last_img read more

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Dy CM highlights welfare schemes in Vizianagaram

first_imgVizianagaram: Deputy Chief Minister and Tribal Welfare Minister P Pushpa Srivani has hoisted the tricolour and received the Guard of Honour from armed reserve forces at Parade Grounds on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations. Addressing the gathering, she said, “Ours is public government and our priority is to give equal importance for the implementation of welfare schemes and development projects. We will complete all the irrigation projects and give water to agriculture sector. We are encouraging natural farming as it gives high yields. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Around 37,000 farmers in the district are practicing the natural farming in 40,000 acres in this kharif. We will supply 200 units of power per month to tribes at free of cost. The government is implementing Amma Odi scheme, which can be a boon for parents who can’t afford school fee and the government is going to pay Rs 15,000 under this scheme.” Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us She said Rs 1,446 crore would be lend as crop loans during the kharif and 61,000 quintals of seeds were distributed to farmers on subsidy. To ease administration, she said the government established secretariats in Grama Panchayats and municipalities and public can avail all the government services at their doorsteps. Thousands of new jobs were created and now, the public need not run to tahsildar’s office to get certificates, she said. Advertise With Us All the government schools would be facelifted and infrastructure would be provided, she said and added “Our aim is to make Vizianagaram as beautiful and clean city.” As part of it, we have banned the plastic bags, she stated. With the support of senior leaders like Minister for Urban Development Botcha Satyanarayana, MPs, MLAs, we will make our district as progressive district, she said. Collector M Harijawaharlal and other public representatives participated in the celebrations.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty Gain Infosys Rallies on Weaker Rupee

first_imgIndian shares ended higher on Monday, snapping two days of fall as software services exporter Infosys rallied on weaker rupee, while lenders gained a day before the central bank’s policy review.The broader NSE index provisionally gained 1.12 percent to 7,687.40, while the benchmark BSE index ended 0.95 percent higher at 25,723.16.The Indian rupee traded at 61.07 a dollar versus Friday’s close of 61.18 per dollar. But the currency plunged at 60.87 a dollar on the back of heavy dollar demand from oil refiners.Overseas investors sold Indian shares worth 10.73 billion rupees ($175.73 million) on Friday and the sentiment remained broadly cautious after foreign investors sold a net $175.73 million worth of shares.The central bank is widely expected to keep interest rates on hold but analysts said it may loosen tight cash conditions by easing mandatory bond requirements for lenders among other potential measures.”Symptoms are all positive only. But everything depends on the RBI policy, which will pave the direction for the short-term. Outlooks remains firm and it’s still a buy-in-dips market,” Reuters quoted Suresh Parmar, head, institutional equities at KJMC Capital Markets.At 2:45 pm on Monday, State Bank of India gained 0.5 percent, while ICICI Bank added 0.6 percent. Coal India Ltd fell 1.1 percent after it missed the production target for July.Shares in Indian tyre makers’ gained after traders noted rubber prices hovering near their lowest levels in four-and-a-half years. Better monthly auto sales also lifted the sentiment. At 1.40 pm, Shares in Apollo Tyres Ltd surged 3.2 percent, while JK Tyre and Industries Ltd rose 5.2 percent.Indian market traded higher after posting biggest fall in over 3 weeks on Friday as part of a global market rout. Interest sensitive stocks led the profit ahead of RBI’s policy review on Tuesday.While RBI is widely expected to keep rates on hold, traders hope RBI will maintain less hawkish tone on inflation as displayed in June.Syndicate Bank Ltd slipped as much as 8.2 percent after its chairman was arrested over allegations of taking bribes to grant loan extensions to a company. The stock had already slumped 18 percent in July on profit-taking in mid-cap shares.With inputs from Reuters.last_img read more

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City Of Houston Community Groups Work To Reach SpanishSpeaking Flood Victims

first_imgFlorian MartinState Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, speaks about the importance of getting flood recovery information to Spanish-speakers.The Greenspoint area in north Houston was one of the hardest-hit during the recent flooding.Its population is about two-thirds Hispanic, many of whom speak little or no English.State Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, said when he visited a temporary shelter the night of the flooding, he noticed that not a lot of Spanish-speakers were coming in.That’s why he and Mayor Sylvester Turner decided to partner with community organizations to reach out to Spanish-speaking flood victims.“They shouldn’t fear the city of Houston, or these organizations because they were just there to help,” Walle said. “They weren’t ICE, you know. And I don’t mean that in a joking way. I’m being very serious about that. They’re not immigration authorities. They’re just there to help.”Mary Moreno is with the Texas Organizing Project, one of the groups that’s doing outreach among Greenspoint residents.She said they are going door to door to make sure Spanish-speakers get all the information they need.“A lot of it is disseminated in English,” Moreno said. “So if it’s not on Univision, or Telemundo, or in one of the Spanish-speaking papers, they’re not getting it.”Moreno said she wants flood victims to know that their citizenship or immigration status doesn’t affect their eligibility for help.You do have to be a legal resident in order to get assistance from FEMA. But it’s sufficient to have one family member who is a citizen or green card holder. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:16 X Listenlast_img read more

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PHOTOS San Josés tope takes spectators on a colorful ride

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016 World tallest and shortest men meet on Guinness Records Day New theater company to host intensive Shakespeare workshop 5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Costa Rica’s annual holidaytope, or horse parade, took place on Dec. 26 along San José’s Second Avenue and Paseo Colón.Thousands of riders and their equine companions came from different corners of Costa Rica to show off their best riding styles, saddles and outfits. Ticos lined the streets decked out in cowboy hats, jeans and boots to watch the spectacle. Many brought beach chairs, stools, food and drinks to comfortably enjoy the four-hour parade.Here’s a look in photos: Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Timescenter_img Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Timeslast_img read more

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Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads guilty to money laundering charges

first_imgRelated posts:Liberty Reserve founder gets 20 years in prison for money laundering Wife of Liberty Reserve founder to seek husband’s Costa Rica assets Costa Rican arrested in Spain for alleged financial crimes Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads not guilty in New York Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk, 42, the founder of the Costa Rica-based cyber-currency operationLiberty Reserve pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to run a money laundering operation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last Friday.The Ukranian-born Budovsky, who obtained Costa Rican citizenship after marrying a San José empanada vendor in 2008, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote in Manhattan on charges of operating from 2006 to 2013 a virtual currency used by cyber-criminals around the world to launder more than $6 billion in proceeds that often were generated from illegal activity, U.S. authorities allege. The operation was shut down by the U.S. government in May 2013, and Budovsky was arrested in Spain.Investigations determined that the Costa Rica-based Liberty Reserve handled some five million accounts worldwide. Budovsky was among seven people charged when U.S. federal authorities announced they had shut down what was described as one of the world’s biggest money laundering schemes.Budovsky’s sentencing is scheduled for May 6, and he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit money laundering.Co-defendants Vladimir Kats, Azzeddine El Amine, Mark Marmilev and Maxim Chukharev, already pleaded guilty. Marmilev and Chukharev were sentenced to five and three years in prison, respectively.  Kats and El Amine await sentencing, and charges against two more defendants who are at large remain pending, the Department of Justice stated.Seventeen companies cooperated in the probe of the cyber-fraud scheme, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The fraud schemeThe scheme worked as an online money exchange that used its own virtual currency, known as the Liberty Reserve, or “LR,” to provide anonymous payment processing services for online customers who were able to open an account anonymously using nothing more than an email address. Unlike similar services such as Bitcoin, LR did not have a public ledger and it quickly became a haven for cyber-criminals all over the world.In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell last week said that after a prior conviction for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, “Budovsky developed Liberty Reserve, which quickly became a premier service used by criminals around the world to launder their criminal proceeds.”Budovsky also held a U.S. citizenship that he renounced in 2011 to live in Costa Rica in an effort to escape the reach of U.S. law enforcement, following a previous conviction in 2006 to five years in prison for engaging in the business of transmitting money without a license. That sentence was reduced to probation.To obtain his Costa Rican citizenship, Budovsky married a street vendor who used to sell empanadas on a sidewalk near the Immigration Administration in San José. That woman has publicly said that Budovsky’s lawyer convinced her to marry the Ukrainian-born U.S. man in exchange for ₡200,000 ($360).Budovsky was arrested in Spain in May 2013 as part of a money laundering investigation conducted jointly by police agencies in the U.S., Costa Rica and several other countries. That same year, Costa Rican Judicial Investigation Police conducted raids at Budovsky’s properties in the San José area and seized vehicles worth more than $1 million, including four Rolls-Royces, a Mercedes Benz and a motorcycle.In February 2014, Spanish officials approved Budovsky’s extradition to the U.S. that occurred in October that year. Facebook Commentscenter_img Liberty Reserve has been shut down, and Arthur Budovsky stands convicted in an American court of law, facing the loss of his own liberty— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) January 29, 2016last_img read more

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Confidence in the Economy is Surging

first_img Consumers are much more confident these days about the U.S. economy and their personal finance situations. In fact, they have not been this confident in 15 years, according to one recent analysis.The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index for December rose to 113.7 (1985=100), up more than four points from November and up to its highest level since 2001. The Expectations Index spiked from 94.4 to 105.5 from November to December, according to the Conference Board.“Consumer Confidence improved further in December, due solely to increasing Expectations which hit a 13-year high (December 2003, 107.4),” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. “The post-election surge in optimism for the economy, jobs and income prospects, as well as for stock prices which reached a 13-year high, was most pronounced among older consumers . . . Looking ahead to 2017, consumers’ continued optimism will depend on whether or not their expectations are realized.”The Conference Board’s results were similar to those reported by the New York Fed’s latest Survey of Consumer Expectations, covering December 2016. The internet-based survey of approximately 1,200 household heads found that the attitudes of consumers regarding their finance situation is improving—in fact, median expected household income growth increased from 2.4 percent to 2.8 percent from November to December after declining each month since August.“The increase was broad-based across education and income groups but most pronounced among lower-educated and lower-income respondents,” the New York Fed reported.With the expectation of income growth comes the expectation of more spending. Median household spending expectations moved up from 3.6 percent to 3.7 percent, equaling 2015’s share. Consumers were also more confident in the availability of credit, with 23.4 percent of households saying they believed that obtaining credit a year now would be easier—equaling December 2014’s levels.Earlier this week, Fannie Mae reported an increase in consumer optimism post-election, but at the same time consumer attitudes toward homebuying had retreated somewhat, primarily due to rising mortgage rates.“A spike in economic optimism in the immediate aftermath of an election is typical. Whether consumers will sustain this level of optimism into 2017 remains unclear,” Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan said. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share January 10, 2017 731 Views center_img Consumer Confidence New York Fed U.S. Economy 2017-01-10 Seth Welborn Confidence in the Economy is Surginglast_img read more

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Cyprus struggling to meet RES targets for transport

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