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Oct
13

Businessman gets prison for federal tax evasion of 48M

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut businessman who prosecutors say led the IRS on a “wild goose chase” by avoiding paying more than $4.8 million in federal income taxes has been sentenced.Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old David Adams was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford.The Old Saybrook man pleaded guilty last year to multiple offences including tax evasion and making and subscribing a false tax return.Prosecutors say Adams engaged the IRS in the decades-long chase to avoid paying taxes as far back as the 1980s.Officials say Adams hid $4.7 million in profits after selling his stake in an online floral business in 2011. Prosecutors say Adams lied to IRS officers and filed fraudulent returns.Adams has been ordered to pay back taxes including interest and penalties.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oct
12

Head of Govt. to Represent King Mohammed VI in Inauguration of…

Rabat – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane will represent King Mohammed VI in the inauguration ceremony of Brazilian president Dilma Roussef slated on Jan. 1, 2015.A statement by the head of government’s office said that “Upon the order of HM King Mohammed VI, the Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane will travel to Brazil’s capital Brasilia to represent, on Jan. 1, 2015, HM the King in the inauguration ceremony of Her Excellency President Dilma Roussef who was re-elected as president of the Federal Republic of Brazil.”Roussef, first woman to hold the position of the president of the biggest Latin American country, was re-elected for a second mandate of 4 years during the presidential elections that took place last October. read more

Oct
8

Railway trade unions decide to withdraw from strike

Railway trade unions have decide to withdraw from the strike scheduled to take place tomorrow. Private bus operators and three-wheel drivers are however expected to go ahead with the strike.The Railway Trade Union Alliance decided to withdraw from the strike following discussions held with President Maithripala Sirisena, today at the Parliament’s premises. The Unions had earlier decided to launch a token strike from midnight today with the aim of protecting the rights of employees of the Department of Railways. Passenger bus and three-wheel drivers had announced a strike tomorrow to protest against the new traffic fine. However the President’s office said that before the implementation of the new fine system, the Motor Traffic Act should be amended and the amended Act should be submitted to the Attorney General and to Parliament for its approval.It was also mentioned that traffic rule violations related to excessive speed and overtaking from the left, could be further discussed in the future. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oct
6

UN human rights chief to visit Occupied Palestinian territories Israel

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour briefed the Human Rights Council today on the worldwide work of her Office, voicing concern at the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and announcing that she would soon visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.The situation in Afghanistan carries grave implications for human rights, Ms. Arbour told the new enhanced Council during its second session in Geneva, recalling that just this Monday armed assailants targeted and for the first time killed a female official, Safia Ama Jan, Director of the Women’s Affairs Department of Kandahar province.Civilians have at times become indirect victims of attacks by insurgents as well as by Government and international military forces, she added. Turning to the Palestinian Territories (OPT), she stressed that only a political solution “will bring an end to the loss of life, immense suffering and hardship.”“But pending that, compliance by all duty bearers with their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law is of the utmost importance,” she added, noting that her forthcoming visit will allow her to conduct a first-hand assessment of the situation.Ms. Arbour’s appeal echoed a call for political action issued yesterday by the head of the principal UN agency tending to Palestinian refugees.“The political front is where we need your leadership,” UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner General Karen Koning AbuZayd told UNRWA’s Advisory Commission in Amman, stressing that living conditions in Gaza, already in steep decline, had “deteriorated dramatically” with Israeli action after the kidnapping of one of its soldiers in June. “I see my role as one of informing political leaders of the facts on the ground and of encouraging action that will ease the plight of the refugees,” she added, expressing hope that a unity government in Palestine will become a reality and pave the way for revitalizing the peace process.She noted food distribution in Gaza had been delayed because of severe difficulties getting goods through the Karni crossing from Israel and that civilian casualties had been “depressingly numerous” with 280 people killed, 45 of them children, and 815 injured.Referring to the situation in the West Bank, Ms. AbuZayd stressed that the “insidious effects” of the barrier which Israel is building, while less visible, “are as devastating as what is so plain to see in Gaza.”Commerce and travel in some areas have been reduced to a trickle. “Land expropriations and house demolitions continue, as does settlement expansion. IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) incursions and live fire incidents are a daily occurrence in the northern West Bank,” she added.She noted that the once bustling downtown area of Hebron “is now surreally desolate of commerce, and presents a harrowing existence for those few Palestinians who dare to remain or who are too deep in poverty to move elsewhere. Settler violence has forced out over half the Palestinian population in some neighbourhoods in downtown Hebron,” she added. “We are very concerned about the human impact of the closure regime – whether for those in Hebron, those caught in enclaves, those who lost livelihoods to the seam zone, those separated from families by the barrier or Bedouins whose traditional way of life is destroyed.” read more

Oct
4

US stocks fall at midday over Portugal worries

US stocks fall at midday over Portugal worries by The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are lower at midday as fears about the health of a European bank weigh on the market.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 109 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 16,876 moments as of 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was lower by 11 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 1,961. The Nasdaq was off 29 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 4,389.U.S. markets were hit by earlier stock losses in Europe, where worries over the health of one of Portugal’s largest financial groups slammed stocks and pushed investors into safer bonds.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.52 per cent from 2.55 per cent late Wednesday. Yields fall when demand for bonds rises. read more

Sep
22

Mickaël Robin six months out

Montpellier‘s goalkeeper Mickaël Robin is out between 4 and 6 months. The player suffered heavy injury on his foot in a motorcycle accident and the diagnosis says open fracture on his left ankle, meaning he will miss the beginning of the new season, and it’s realistic to not expect him before new year. ← Previous Story Iñaki Malumbres signs for Atletico Madrid Next Story → Qatari Handball: Al Sadd wins Emir Cup LNHmickael robinMontpellier

Sep
21

RTÉ has received a string of complaints and negative feedback on the

first_img By Sean Murray Source: RTÉ PlayerThere were also segments in which audience members asked some of their most pressing questions about sex, and another segment where a couple were plucked from the audience and ate an assortment of unpleasant things. 93,644 Views http://jrnl.ie/3238298 THE LATE LATE Show Valentine’s Special received 10 formal complaints, and hundreds of calls and emails with negative feedback since it aired on Friday.This yearly edition of the show features an audience of single people from across the country looking to find love.There was a version of Blind Date, a kiss cam on show and audience members were given a free hamper from Durex on Friday night’s programme. 97 Comments Monday 13 Feb 2017, 7:48 PM Source: The Late Late Show/YouTubeA statement from RTÉ confirmed that, along with the 10 formal complaints, the show received 176 calls and 120 emails “offering negative feedback about the programme”.In regard to the formal complaints, all of them will be responded to within 20 days.A total of 568,400 people tuned in to the show on Friday, with RTÉ One getting a 46% share of the audience that night.Read: Despite pre-show deluge, only 20 ‘formal’ complaints to RTÉ about Katie HopkinsRead: RTÉ received over 1,300 complaints before Katie Hopkins’ appearance on the Late Late Show Short URL Milo wants to know: are all positions in the Kama Sutra available to men with beer bellies? #latelate pic.twitter.com/efBf4i91J7— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) February 10, 2017 RTÉ has received a string of complaints and ‘negative feedback’ on the Late Late Valentine’s special Over 300 people have called or emailed to give negative feedback about the show. Source: The Late Late Show/Twitter Feb 13th 2017, 7:48 PM Share1007 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sep
21

Rail service resumes following delays at Dublins Heuston station

first_imgRail service resumes following delays at Dublin’s Heuston station The delays were due to a train failure between Sallins and Newbridge station. By Cónal Thomas 26,833 Views Updated Feb 25th 2019, 12:05 PM Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieNORMAL RAIL SERVICE has resumed following disruption to all services in and out of Dublin’s Heuston Station this morning. Due to train failure between Sallins and Newbridge station in Co Kildare, commuters were delayed up to 80 minutes on all services leaving Heuston station with delays of 30 minutes to all rails services into Heuston. pic.twitter.com/V9ZlRsKLZ7— Jamie Carroll (@jamie2kaii12) February 25, 2019 Feb 25th 2019, 8:37 AM A spokesperson for Irish Rail has said that delays have been cleared on all rail services affected this morning and that trains are now departing on schedule again.  Short URLcenter_img 23 Comments Share24 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4511436 Monday 25 Feb 2019, 12:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sep
21

Kids make Christmas

first_imgThe spirit of Christmas visited the elderly in Brunswick! Boys and girls from Alpha Children’s Centre brought Christmas cheer and joy to the world of the Australian-Greek Welfare Society’s (AGWS) Planned Activity Group. Christmas carols, songs, games and dances — accompanied by a healthy dose of mischief from Alpha’s little elves — poured into the room where the senior citizens meet. Not only was there live entertainment, but the clock seemed to turn back as the elderly sung kalanda and other Christmas songs with the children- and even helped them to draw Santa! The littlies visit was unexpected and took everyone by surprise, including AGWS CEO Ms Voula Messimeri-Kianidis. But who could resist Alpha’s elves? Mrs Messimeri-Kianidis took them to her office and showered them with treats and Christmas presents. In return they gave her hugs and smiles galore. One little boy offered her his reindeer’s ears in exchange for an extra lolly! The children left her office holding stars and Christmas decorations unaware that they had put stars in the hearts or our precious elderly. The presence of the kids lifted the spirits of all at the AGWS offices. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
20

Crypto Company Endorsed By McAfee Exposed Data On 25000 Investors

first_img By now, most of you know that John McAfee is a big fan of all things privacy-related, like crypto companies. He’s also a big fan of being paid six figures for Tweets that promote those crypto companies.On New Year’s Day McAfee tweeted his endorsement of Bezop.io, which develops a Blockchain-based decentralized e-commerce platform. “This could be as huge as it gets in the blockchain world,” posted McAfee.With security icon McAffee’s support and blog posts lamenting the way online advertisers trample consumer privacy, you’d probably expect Bezop to be laser-focused on protecting any personal data its users entrusted it with.And yet this week Kromtech researchers reported an alarming discovery. Bezop.io apparently failed to secure a MongoDB instance. As a result, personal information on around 25,000 Bezop.io investors was exposed and potentially accessible by anyone who came sniffing around — the way that Kromtech’s sleuths did at the end of March.In a blog post, Kromtech’s Bob Diachenko reports that there was some pretty sensitive stuff in that data. Full names, email addresses, crypto wallet information… and, more alarmingly, scanned images of passports, drivers’ licenses, and other ID cards.Here’s where things get weird. When contacted about the issue, a Bezop.io spokesperson said it was “old news” and that the company became aware of it around the time of its ICO. Investors were notified on January 8th, reportedly.That sequence of events confused me, so I followed up with Diachenko just to make sure I had the timeline correct. He assured me that Kromtech found the database to be accessible without credentials on March 30th.The database has now been secured, but Kromtech has yet to receive any sort of a response to its notification. It’s possible that the Bezop folks are busy getting tutorials from McAfee on how to change their appearance by shoving tampons in their nostrils and whatnot. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your Pool last_img read more

Sep
16

Vancouver woman tests her limits on Pacific Crest Trail

first_img What: Lena Sessions speaking about her Pacific Crest Trail hike.When: 7 p.m. Oct. 16.Where: Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.Information: Call the church phone at 360-834-2446.• Lena Sessions’ blog: http://honeybearhikes.blogspot.com/• Pacific Crest Trail Association: http://www.pcta.org/• Halfmile’s PCT maps and GPS information: http://www.pctmap.net/“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed (New York: Alfred Knopf, 2012). Portland author Strayed’s best-selling memoir about how her PCT hike changed her life. http://www.cherylstrayed.com“Yogi’s PCT Handbook Planning Guide” and “Yogi’s PCT Handbook: Trail Tips and Town Guide” both by Jackie McDonnell ($40). Order online at: http://www.pcthandbook.com/index.phpLena Sessions pulled off her shoes, then peeled off her socks and winced. Blisters had formed on the bottoms of all 10 toes. Putrid, yellowish skin was peeling off in big chunks. Walking was painful.But not walking wasn’t an option. She’d already hiked 200 miles, but another 2,433 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail stretched ahead of her on a Mexico to Canada journey. So she pulled a tube of Superglue from her backpack and glued her blistering toes. Gingerly putting on her socks and shoes, she hoisted her pack onto her back and continued her trek north.Later, the glue tube burst in her backpack, causing a mess. So she improvised and bandaged her blisters with duct tape.As much as she had trained for this biggest physical challenge in her life, Sessions had worn the wrong shoes for the first part of hike. The running shoes she’d worn on previous backpacking trips didn’t work on the dusty trail in Southern California. They allowed dirt to work its way into her shoes, causing friction resulting in blisters. She wrapped her blisters in duct tape for many miles, but eventually the blisters were replaced with callouses. She wore out five pairs of hiking shoes on the journey. The Pacific Crest Trail stretches more than 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada.last_img read more

Sep
15

HMRC advisory panel rules that gold bullion cannot be used to reward

first_imgThe General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) advisory panel has ruled that it is not a reasonable course of action for organisations to reward their employees using gold bullion in order to avoid remuneration-associated tax payments.The GAAR advisory panel, which is an independent body within HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that deals with tax evasion and avoidance schemes, found that the only reason why employers would pay employees using gold bullion is to avoid tax payments, such as income tax charges, national insurance contribution (NIC) charges, and remuneration charges, including the associated PAYE and NIC charges. Using gold instead of cash for employee pay could also lead to a corporate tax deduction.The panel’s decision, published in an opinion notice on 3 August 2017, relates to the case of an organisation that sought to structure its reward so that it would not constitute remuneration, thereby avoiding the associated tax payments. The organisation in question rewarded its staff, referred to as Mr X and Mrs Y, by purchasing gold using organisation funds. The gold was immediately sold by the employees and payment with the gold provider settled by the employees in return for a director’s loan account credit in favour of the employees. Furthermore, a long-term obligation was created under which the employees were required in the future to pay the trustees of an employee benefits trust (EBT) an amount at least equal to the purchase price of the gold, plus indexation.The amount of gold in this case is worth approximately £300,000. HMRC maintains that there is no evidence to suggest that the employees’ commitment to fund the EBT will be met or that the obligation is genuine. The organisation and employees disagree with this viewpoint.The advisory panel said: “In our view the steps in this case involving gold are abnormal and contrived.“It is not abnormal for an employer to establish an employee benefit trust. The scheme of legislation for employee benefits recognises employers have a choice as to whether to reward employees direct or via an employee benefits trust. It is, however, abnormal for the obligation to fund an employer-established employee benefit trust to be fulfilled by its key employees.“In this case we can see no reason, other than for tax purposes, for the steps involving the EBT to include the assumption by the employees of the [organisation’s] trust funding obligation. Had the EBT been funded in the normal way by the [organisation] and the trustees lent funds to the employees, none of the [organisation], the employees or the EBT would have been in a substantially different economic or commercial position.“We are of the view that, taken together, the steps involving the EBT are abnormal and contrived.”In light of this decision, HMRC will be able to take action against employees and organisations who look to take advantage of gold bullion schemes.Andrew Constable, tax partner at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, said: “The GAAR was designed to hit the parts of the tax avoidance industry that other measures couldn’t reach; it has now started to earn its place in HMRC’s armoury. This decision against payments using gold will allow the taxman to use these provisions of last resort. It shows that GAAR has teeth. Anyone seeking to exploit loopholes in the tax legislation should mark and learn.”last_img read more

Sep
10

Blame Fortnite for making llamas the hottest toy this year

first_imgThis piñata made the toy world go llama crazy.  Mark Licea/CNET Llama tell ya, Fortnite is a big influence on toys.The popular battle royal game made its mark at this year’s Toy Fair in New York. The annual gathering of figurines and fuzzy playthings is something I’ve covered for the past seven years. I’ve cuddled with robotic pets and explored augmented reality worlds. I’ve flown new drones and got nostalgic over classic toys that get a modern makeover.But this year, among the gears and glowing screens, another tech influence emerged. An influence of online culture.  How Fortnite, AR and YouTube influence toys Share your voice 88 Photos Tags Toy Fair 2019: Nerf Fortnite, Barbie turns 60 and more Toys and Tabletop Games Video Games Bridget Breaks It Downcenter_img Fashion dolls are designed as Instagram stars, packed with green screen and selfie stick accessories. Faces of YouTube influencers are plastered on packaging. Twitch streamers, like Fortnite master Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, are transformed into action figures and plushes. And then there are llamas. So many llamas.  Llama board games. Llama collectible figurines. Spitting llamas. Twerking llamas. Rainbow unicorn llamas. Experts point the finger at the game Fortnite, where a loot-filled llama piñata became an informal mascot of sorts.spitting-llamaMeet Spitzy the Llama, arriving this summer for about $25. Not the most refined robotic pet I’ve met. Bridget Carey/CNET As generations change, toymakers are changing their approach to how they weave in technology. Today’s 10-year-olds grew up in the age of the iPad and YouTube. So how does a tech company make a toy that can tap into this connected, screen-absorbed culture, while still embracing the magic of physical play? In this episode of Bridget Breaks It Down (embedded above), we explore that balance in the evolution of tech toys, and how internet culture invades playtime.  Comment Now playing: Watch this: 1 6:20 Fortnite Augmented reality (AR) Drones Instagram YouTube Twitchlast_img read more

Sep
6

Sehwags wife files cheating case against biz partners

first_imgNew Delhi : Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag’s wife Aarti has accused her business partners of forging her signatures to avail a loan of Rs 4.5 crore, police said on Saturday. Aarti Sehwag, a partner in SMGK Agro, alleged that her partners in the firm took a loan of Rs 4.5 crore from M/s Lakhanpal Promoters and Builders Pvt. Ltd, by forging signatures and later defaulted on payments. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In her complaint, Aarti has alleged that the two partners influenced the other company by using her husband’s name. “It was alleged in the complaint that the accused did everything without any consent and knowledge of the complainant. The accused also forged the complainant’s signatures and later defaulted on payment,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Both the accused had also issued two postdated cheques to the firm from which they took the loan. The firm then took the case to court following which the complainant came to know about the loan and later found out that her signatures have been forged, police said. “Following Aarti’s complaint, a case under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered and investigation is underway,” the police officer said.last_img read more

Sep
5

Samsung set to launch gorgeous crimson Galaxy A30 on Flipkart this week

first_imgModelsGalaxy A50Galaxy A30Galaxy A10 3,400mAh 4GB RAM + 64 GB storage: Rs 19,9906GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 22,990 2GB RAM + 32GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD card Price Display6.4-inch Infinity-U full HD+ (1080x2340p) super AMOLED6.4-inch Infinity-U full HD+ (1080x2340p) super AMOLED6.2-inch Infinity-V HD+ (1520x720p) Samsung launched the mid-range smartphone Galaxy A30 along with A50 and A10 series mobiles in March. It was available in black and blue models, and now the company is all set to bring the radiant crimson-hued A30 this week.Official e-commerce partner Flipkart has confirmed the launch by hosting the Galaxy A30 Red webpage and the device is expected to be released on April 2. It will be offered in 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 18,000. Samsung Galaxy A30 Red will be available on FlipkartFlipkart (screen-grab)The new Galaxy A30’s rear-side cover looks gorgeous in the lava shade with black accents around the camera module. Even the fingerprint sensor is a tad darker and blends well, exuding a premium feel and makes it visually appealing than the other two black and blue models.The new Galaxy A30 boasts top-notch photography hardware. It boasts dual camera of 16MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2), including an Ultra Wide-angle lens. Samsung launches Galaxy A50, A30 amd A10 series in India.Samsung India Media KitSamsung phone sports an edge-to-edge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U full HD+ display. With this, consumers will be assured to have an immersive experience, ideal for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking and browsing. It also features a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the back.It comes equipped with a powerful 4,000mAh battery and a 15W fast charging technology and the phone will come Exynos 7904 octa-core CPU, Android Pie OS, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. It will be available in red, blue and black colours.Key specifications of Samsun Galaxy A50, A30 and A10:ModelsModelsGalaxy A50Galaxy A50Galaxy A30Galaxy A30Galaxy A10Galaxy A10ModelsDisplayGalaxy A506.4-inch Infinity-U full HD+ (1080x2340p) super AMOLEDGalaxy A306.4-inch Infinity-U full HD+ (1080x2340p) super AMOLEDGalaxy A106.2-inch Infinity-V HD+ (1520x720p)ModelsOSGalaxy A50Android PieGalaxy A30Android PieGalaxy A10Android PieModelsProcessorGalaxy A50Samsung Exynos 9610 octa-coreGalaxy A30Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-coreGalaxy A10Samsung Exynos 7884 octa-coreModelsRAM + StorageGalaxy A504GB RAM + 64 GB storage6GB RAM + 64GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardGalaxy A304GB RAM + 64GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardGalaxy A102GB RAM + 32GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardModelsCameraGalaxy A50Main: 25MP AF (F1.7 aperture) + 5MP FF (F2.2 aperture) 8MP FF (F2.2 aperture)Front : 25MP FF (F.2 aperture)Galaxy A30Main: 16MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2)Front: 16P FF (F2.0)Galaxy A10Main: 13MP (F1.9)Front: 5MP (F2.0)ModelsBatteryGalaxy A504,000mAh-15W fast charging USB Type C chargerGalaxy A304,000mAh-15W fast charging USB Type C chargerGalaxy A103,400mAhModelsNetworkGalaxy A504G-LTEGalaxy A304G-LTEGalaxy A104G-LTeModelsAdd-onsGalaxy A50Dual-SIM, face unlock, on-screen finger print sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPSGalaxy A30Dual-SIM, face unlock, capacitive finger print sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPSGalaxy A10Dual-SIM, face unlock, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPSModelsColoursGalaxy A50White/Blue/BlackGalaxy A30Red/Blue/BlackGalaxy A10Red/Blue/BlackModelsPriceGalaxy A504GB RAM + 64 GB storage: Rs 19,9906GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 22,990Galaxy A304GB RAM + 64GB storage: 16,990Galaxy A102GB RAM + 32GB storage: Rs 8,490 ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9610 octa-coreSamsung Exynos 7904 octa-coreSamsung Exynos 7884 octa-core RAM + Storage4GB RAM + 64 GB storage6GB RAM + 64GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD card Main: 13MP (F1.9)Front: 5MP (F2.0) Main: 25MP AF (F1.7 aperture) + 5MP FF (F2.2 aperture) 8MP FF (F2.2 aperture)Front : 25MP FF (F.2 aperture) Add-onsDual-SIM, face unlock, on-screen finger print sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPSDual-SIM, face unlock, capacitive finger print sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPSDual-SIM, face unlock, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, A-GPS IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:40Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Main: 16MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2)Front: 16P FF (F2.0) 4,000mAh-15W fast charging USB Type C charger Key specifications of Samsun Galaxy A50, A30 and A10: Battery4,000mAh-15W fast charging USB Type C charger Close Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce 4GB RAM + 64GB storageNote: + expandable up to 512GB via microSD card ColoursWhite/Blue/BlackRed/Blue/BlackRed/Blue/Black Camera Network4G-LTE4G-LTE4G-LTe 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: 16,9902GB RAM + 32GB storage: Rs 8,490 OSAndroid PieAndroid PieAndroid Pielast_img read more

Sep
3

Daylong strike underway in Khagrachhari

first_imgThe day-long hartal, demanding cancellation of the primary school teachers’ recruitment process and protesting murder of a Chhatra Dal leader, is underway peacefully in the district on Monday, reports news agency UNB.Parbataya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad and Sushama Unnyan Committee of the district separately enforced the daylong shutdown to realize their separate demands.No vehicle was seen plying the roads in the district while no long-route bus left the district town. Shops also remained closed for the hartal.A large number of policemen have been deployed at several important points of the district to fend off any trouble.Earlier on Sunday, the district administration slapped section 144 in Khagrachhari municipality area from morning to evening to avoid any untoward incident centring a protest programme seeking cancellation of the primary school teachers’ recruitment process.On Tuesday, Chhatra Dal leader Rabiul Islam was found dead in Taikarma area in Guimara upazila of the district. Meanwhile, two people were arrested in this connection.last_img read more

Sep
2

Its Humiliating Released Immigrants Describe Life with Ankle Monitors

first_img Share Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas TribuneCentral American asylum seekers wait at the bus station in McAllen to be taken to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center on August 2, 2018.Every afternoon, dozens of immigrant families released by the U.S. government walk three blocks from the Greyhound bus station in this South Texas border city to a migrant shelter run by Catholic Charities.Along with the clothes slung over their shoulders, the migrants sometimes carry government-issued containers — dark-blue receptacles resembling lunch boxes, with plastic handles that shine in the mid-afternoon sun.On the front of each container, the black-and-white logo of the GEO Group, the for-profit prison corporation that operates immigrant detention centers in the United States, hints at the contents: power cords required to charge the electronic tracking bracelets that tens of thousands of migrant adults, including most of the asylum-seekers who come through McAllen, are required to wear around their ankles so that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can monitor their whereabouts between court dates.Migrants are quick to acknowledge that they would rather wear ankle monitors than sit in a detention facility, and those who wear them almost always show up for required hearings, according to ICE data. But the devices can disrupt almost every aspect of daily life, from sleeping and exercising to buying groceries and getting a job, according to more than a dozen attorneys, immigrant advocates and Central American asylum-seekers.Jose Santos Garcia, a 27-year-old asylum-seeker from El Salvador who crossed the border with his 8-year-old daughter, Brenda, received a jet-black ankle monitor and a charger packaged in styrofoam when he was released in McAllen at the end of June.“At least for me, it’s humiliating to carry it — really like some prisoners, on house arrest,” Garcia said. “Just for entering another country, looking for opportunity, I have to carry this.”As recently as eight weeks ago, families who crossed the border illegally, often fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, were separated at Border Patrol facilities, with parents handed to the Department of Justice for prosecution and children transferred to shelters for immigrant minors under a “zero tolerance” policy enacted by the Trump administration in the spring. Amid widespread outcry, President Donald Trump ended the family separations in late June, effectively restoring a more lenient system in which migrant families are allowed to leave detention while their asylum claims are processed.Conservative critics dismiss this practice as “catch and release,” and Trump has called it a “disgusting” and “disgraceful” loophole in immigration law.Adrienne Peña-Garza, the chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party in South Texas, said she has concerns about the government’s return to the practice. Migrants “are human beings and we need to treat them as such,” she said. “But we have to encourage people to follow the law.”For these immigrants, however, release from detention does not represent a free pass into the United States. Even though they’ve been released with their children at their sides, asylum-seeking parents face a complex set of everyday challenges once they leave government custody — starting with the devices around their ankles.“It’s easy to think, ‘Oh, it’s just a little thing around your ankle,’” said Heidi Altman, director of policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center. “In fact, we hear from folks that it really feels like another way in which their liberty and their ability to live their life is being severely curtailed. And it’s constantly present.”ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke described the ankle monitors as a tool to “manage individuals who may pose a flight risk, but for whom detention may not be the most appropriate option.” He noted that ICE does not assign ankle monitors to children, pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions.But for those who do receive them, the ankle monitors are a source of near-constant inconvenience. Some models emit loud warnings in Spanish when they need to be charged, startling immigrants in the middle of the night or embarrassing them in public places. One asylum-seeker who has worn an ankle monitor for more than a year — and whose lawyer asked that his name be withheld to protect his asylum claim — said he lost a job at a construction site after his boss heard the monitor go off during work hours and worried it could put other undocumented employees at risk of deportation.The asylum-seeker said he has to charge the ankle monitor’s removable battery pack three times a day to keep the device from blaring. The ankle monitor also prevents him from playing soccer or going swimming; although showering is permitted, the device can’t be submerged in water.“It does bother you a lot,” he said. “It’s not easy to be monitored all the time, 24 hours.”Between 2005 and 2015, law enforcement agencies across the country dramatically increased the use of ankle monitors to track pretrial defendants and convicted offenders, according to research by Pew Charitable Trusts. Earlier this year, disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was forced to wear an ankle bracelet after he was arraigned on rape charges.For its part, ICE began using ankle monitors in the mid-2000s as a cheaper alternative to immigrant detention, and now the devices are a staple of the agency’s Intensive Supervision Appearance Program. Some of the migrants enrolled in ISAP are also required to check in periodically with ICE officials, and others are subject to unannounced home visits.“These different steps can be combined together depending on the circumstances, and some can be quite intrusive,” said Greg Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.More than 80,000 immigrants were enrolled in ISAP as of July 6, according to ICE. Nearly half wore ankle monitors, and the rest were required to report to ICE agents by phone. In 2014, BI Incorporated, a subsidiary of the GEO Group, agreed a five-year contract worth tens of million dollars to provide ankle monitors and supervise ISAP.Immigrant advocates were critical of ISAP long before Trump became president. In 2016, a coalition of advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaintdocumenting a wide range of medical problems caused by ankle monitors, including bleeding, electric shocks and general discomfort.One of the migrants featured in the complaint said the tracking device burned her ankle while it was charging, causing her skin to chafe. Another had to go to the hospital after her monitor produced an electric shock when she picked up a metal pan.Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas TribuneCentral American asylum seekers walk to the nearby Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after being dropped off at the McAllen bus station, on August 2, 2018.More than a year after the complaint was submitted, Homeland Security officials responded in a short letter that did not address the medical issues. At the time, Centro Legal de la Raza, the California-based group that spearheaded the complaint, did not have the resources to follow up with a lawsuit, said Aidin Castillo, an attorney for the organization.Spokesmen for BI and the Homeland Security Department referred questions about criticism of the ankle monitors to ICE. Bourke said the agency considers “comfortability, flexibility and construction” during the fitting process. Immigrants can “follow up with their case officer after the initial fitting if they experience any subsequent discomfort or physical injuries,” he added.In at least some cases, immigration officers appear to be taking steps to make the ankle monitors more comfortable for migrants. Last Friday, as he waited in line for a Greyhound bus in McAllen, Hector Hernandez, 38, said that the official who strapped on his monitor earlier in the week asked whether he wanted it loosened.“I feel that it’s there,” said Hernandez, who came to the United States from Guatemala. “But it doesn’t really bother me.”Ninety-nine percent of immigrants enrolled in ISAP show up for their court dates, although the program is less effective at ensuring undocumented migrants comply with removal orders, according to ICE. Immigration attorneys and advocates acknowledge that compared with traditional detention, monitors are less burdensome for asylum-seekers and more cost-effective for the government.“It is better for the individual just in terms of well-being,” said Ashley Feasley, director of migration policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “And it’s better, in many instances, for taxpayers.”But that does not mean the government should strap an ankle monitor onto every migrant released from custody, attorneys and activists say. Instead, these advocates argue, ICE should enroll more immigrants, especially asylum-seekers, in something akin to the Family Case Management Program, an alternative to detention that the government launched three years ago to accommodate the wave of families fleeing gang violence in Central America.Families placed in the case-management program, which the Trump administration abruptly halted in June 2017, were assigned social workers who helped them get lawyers, housing and transportation. Over two years, 99 percent of the enrolled families — who never numbered more than 1,600 — showed up for their court dates and ICE check-ins.Bourke, the ICE spokesman, said the agency decided last year that ISAP, which costs roughly $5 a day per immigrant, represented “a much better use of limited resources” than the family case-management program, which cost $36 a day. Both alternatives are significantly cheaper than immigrant detention, which the Trump administration is seeking to expand as part of a broader crackdown on illegal border crossings, even though it can cost hundreds of dollars a day per immigrant.“There’s literally nothing at all preventing the immediate restoration and expansion” of the family case-management program, said Altman, policy director for the National Immigrant Justice Center. “It’s just politics.”In McAllen and other border cities, released immigrants generally receive one of two types of ankle monitors, according to local advocates: a bulky model that must be recharged at an outlet, forcing immigrants to sit by a wall several times a day; or a smaller, sleeker version that comes with an extra battery that can be charged separately from the monitor itself. (Bourke said BI produces multiple types of ankle monitors, but he declined to comment on the specific models, citing “law-enforcement sensitivities.”)When he was released from detention, Garcia, the immigrant from El Salvador, appeared to have received the bulkier model, which he tried to hide under the leg of his baggy jeans as he and his daughter waited at the McAllen bus station at the end of June.“I have seen Americans go around El Salvador free,” said Garcia, a logger and carpenter. “They don’t have to wear bracelets when they come to my country.”Garcia said he decided to come to the United States this summer despite seeing news reports about the “zero tolerance” immigration policy. He said he traveled to the border in a van with more than a dozen others and requested asylum at a port of entry, arriving shortly after Trump put a halt to the family separations.At the bus station, his 8-year-old daughter, Brenda, sat next to him, hugging a stuffed dinosaur as she rested her feet on top of the plastic box containing the charger for her father’s ankle monitor.“It’s like a joke that I have to wear it and also charge it,” Garcia said with a wry smile. “It’s like a joke from the president.”Jay Root, Andres Torres and Juan Luis García Hernández contributed to this report.Editor’s note: The Texas Tribune and TIME have partnered to closely track the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. This story is not available for republishing by a national news organization until August 11, 2018, at 6 a.m. Texas news organizations may run it at any time. For more information emailnchoate@texastribune.org.last_img read more

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Of mythology and art

first_imgThe Kalakshetra Repertory Company presenting six parts of the vintage Ramayana production, featuring some of its best artists from 15 – 20 November at Meghdoot I, at the capital’s Sangeet Natak Akademi. The festival was inaugurated by  Minister of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma on 15 November.The representatives of Kalakshetra present at the press meet were – director, Priyadarsini Govind, Senior Guru, Prof A Janardhanan, Heads of Concert Section Jyolsna Menon and Nandini Nagaraj, and senior performing artists and Faculty members Sri Haripadman and Shaly Vijayan. Kalakshetra is renowned for its dance dramas, many of which were meticulously crafted by Rukmini Devi herself. An ardent lover of music, Rukmini Devi invited several great musicians to Kalakshetra, and together, they composed and produced over thirty dance dramas based on traditional forms. It is to her credit that, sixty years later, they have retained their freshness and beauty. The Kalakshetra productions are today recognized for their in-depth research, impeccable technique and refined aesthetics. The most significant of these is the famous ‘Ramayana’ series. In 1955, Rukmini produced the first of the Ramayana dance-dramas – Sita Swayamvaram, with the music composed by the legendary Sri Vasudevacharya of Mysore. Rukmini Devi based her production largely on Valmiki’s classical version, which runs into 24,000 stanzas. She completed the Ramayana series – six in all – in 1969, 14 years after she began the venture.Besides this, the classic play ‘Waiting For Godot’ featuring Naseeruddin Shah was also performed on 15 November. When: On till 20 November Where : Sangeet Natak Akademilast_img read more

Aug
30

Indy store gives away all of their Paul George gear after news

first_imgPaul George informed the Pacers that he intends to leave in free agency after spending his entire career Indiana, so any  business with George merchandise is now sitting on a pile of useless crap.Instead of severely marking down the items, The Indy Store decided to just give the stuff away like a digital Craigslist curbside giveaway.This is the business equivalent of throwing your ex’s belongings onto the front lawn. Break ups are never easy. Sometimes you just want their stuff gone. Advertisement It didn’t take long to get rid of the free merch:last_img read more

Aug
19

Crime against tourists down says Costa Ricas Tourism Police director

first_imgRelated posts:Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office Costa Rica police arrest 4 suspects in alleged rape of US tourist Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Costa Rica tourism minister sees no threat from Cuba, Nicaragua Norberto Arredondo, from Antigua, Guatemala, arrived at the Pacific coastal town of Nosara two days ago to vacation with his family. Shortly after, thieves robbed valuables left momentarily unattended on the beach.“This is a beautiful country and we thought that there would be no trouble if we left our things while we swam in the sea when this happened. Despite this, Costa Rica is still a great place,” Arredondo told The Tico Times.On Monday, two teenagers in the central Pacific beach town of Jacó threatened a U.S. woman with a knife, stealing her purse, $300 and a cellphone before police arrested the thieves, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.Cases like these are not uncommon along Costa Rica’s famous beaches and mountain destinations, but despite these unfortunate events, Tourism Police Director Xinia Vásquez told The Tico Times in a telephone interview that crimes against tourists have shown a downward trend since 2010.Vásquez, citing figures from the Judicial Investigation Police, said that the number of thefts — the most common crime committed against tourists — dropped 6.5 percent from 735 between January and November 2013 to 687 during the same period in 2014. In San José, the ministry reported a 55 percent decrease in thefts in December 2014 compared to the same month in 2013.Costa Rica remains a relatively safe destination and boasts the region’s lowest homicide rate, but travelers are still targeted by thieves. Vásquez recommended that tourists keep a close eye on their belongings and not leave them unattended, like Arredondo’s family did. The police director advised that guests take preventive measures, like not walking alone at night, and ensuring that any excursions they do — from zip lining to horseback riding — be with a a registered agency.The National Police and Tourism Police have increased their presence in tourist destinations for the tourism high season, which lasts from November through the Easter holiday at the end of April. Police said they have mobilized 3,000 officers, 350 of whom are tourist police, to heavily touristed areas like San José, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limón, according to a statement from the ministry. Facebook Commentslast_img read more