Rajasthan HC upholds man’s conviction for adultery before SC judgment

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgShortly before the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 497 of Indian Penal Codem, which defined adultery as a punishable offence, the Rajasthan High Court upheld a man’s conviction under the law. This was probably the last conviction under the legal provision described by the apex court as “manifestly arbitrary” in its September 27 verdict.Section 497, which no longer exists in the statute book, punished a man for having physical relationship with the wife of another man without his consent. It exempted the wife from punishment and stated that the wife would not be treated as an abettor. After the Supreme Court verdict, adultery stands decriminalised, though it will be grounds for divorce.In its judgment delivered on September 20 on the appeals filed by convict Devaram, a resident of Jaipur district, and two others, the High Court held him guilty of adultery, as he was cohabiting with Shakuntala, wife of Heera Lal, but acquitted him of the rape and conspiracy charges. He was facing rape charges in connection with the suicide by Shakuntala’s daughter in 2010.Justice Pankaj Bhandari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench stated in his 19-page judgment that there was “every possibility of false implication” of Devaram in the rape case by complainant Mr. Heera Lal as he had enmity with him.Devaram, the State president of Ambedkar Vichar Manch, had given an affidavit in a criminal case lodged by Ms. Shakuntala against her husband Mr. Heera Lal for treating her with cruelty in 2005. Mr. Heera Lal lodged a complaint that Devaram was having illicit relations with his wife in his absence and his wife, along with their daughters, had later started living with him.When one of the daughters of Ms. Shakuntala killed herself, an allegation was made that she was pressurised to have illicit relations with a boy. Though Devaram was convicted of rape by the Sessions Court, the High Court did not find the statement of another daughter of Ms. Shakuntala reliable in this regard.The High Court acquitted Devaram and another man Basram from the rape and conspiracy charges and Ms. Shakuntala from the charges of abetment of her daughter’s suicide under Section 306 of I.P.C. The Court partly allowed Devaram’s appeal by quashing his conviction under Section 376 (2)(g) (gang rape) of I.P.C. and upheld his conviction under Section 497.Sustaining Devaram’s conviction for adultery, the Court said that an owner of a house had deposed that he rented his house to Devaram in 2010 when he showed Ms. Shakuntala as his wife, and her daughters as his daughters. One of the daughters also deposed that Devaram and her mother were living as husband and wife.“Appellant Devaram has been rightly convicted for offence under 497 of I.P.C. by the trial court,” the judge observed and ordered that if the convict had undergone the sentence of five years imposed under Section 497, he would be released forthwith.last_img read more


Manoj Kumar to get Arjuna Award

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

Sanghi Industries is associate sponsor of Gujarat Lions team

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgGujarat-based cement manufacturer Sanghi Industries Ltd on Tuesday said it has signed up as an associate sponsor of Indian Premier League (IPL) team ‘Gujarat Lions’ for the upcoming IPL T20 tournament.The Gujarat Lions team will represent Rajkot under the captaincy of batsman Suresh Raina. The team played its first match yesterday against Kings XI Punjab and started its run at the IPL with a first match win, Alok Sanghi, Director, Sanghi Industries Ltd, said.Gujarat Lions will play 14 matches. Of these, seven matches will be played at two of their home venues, Rajkot and Kanpur. The Gujarat Lions squad includes cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja, who is from Rajkot, and key players like Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, and Dwayne Bravo. IPL 2016: KXIP seek positive start against Gujarat Lions IPL 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT IPL: Astral Poly Technik ties up with Gujarat Lions RELATED center_img SHARE Published on COMMENTS April 12, 2016 cricketlast_img read more


Aamirs favourite Sachin moment was during Lagaan premiere

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgMumbai, May 19 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan said his favourite Sachin moment was at the premiere of his movie “Lagaan” where sports legend Sachin Tendulkar was completely engrossed in the cricket match sequence of the film.In a video, uploaded on social media, the 52-year-old star said, “To watch Sachin get engrossed in a match that Im playing, and cheer for me, and all of that is so unreal to me. And what really is my most memorable Sachin moment.”For the first and the last time, I guess I could see Sachin cheering for me, playing cricket. Something Ill never forget, its etched in my memory.”The actor also wished Tendulkar good luck for his movie “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.Apart from showing the most iconic moments in Tendulkars life, the movie also throws light on his personal life.The biographical film is written and directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions.The film will hit the theatres on May 26. PTI SHD JCHlast_img read more


World Cup Bribes, Death Threats: Corrupt World of FIFA

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgHour after hour in a New York City courtroom, the schemes to corrupt world soccer are spilling out.The millions of dollars in “inducements” to secure contracts to televise matches. The bribes sought by FIFA executives with the power to determine World Cup hosts. The death threats for cooperating with investigators.It took the intervention of the U.S. Department of Justice to disrupt years of embezzlement by officials who abused roles in the global soccer governing body, FIFA, to enjoy a gilded lifestyle. Two years after a sprawling investigation of FIFA led to waves of arrests that shook soccer, the trial of three men is underway and about to enter its second week.Though the trial in Brooklyn is dealing with corruption allegations before new FIFA leaders emerged in 2016, officials still prominent in soccer are not untouched by the evidence already heard in court — particularly relating to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Here is a look at the talking points from the first week of the trial:___ON TRIALThe three men on trial pleaded not guilty to charges they took part in a 24-year scheme involving at least $150 million in bribes paid by marketing firms in exchange for lucrative broadcasting and hosting rights for prestigious tournaments:— Jose Maria Marin (Brazil): Former president of the Brazilian soccer federation arrested in a raid on a hotel in Zurich in May 2015.— Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay): Swept up in a second wave of arrests at the same hotel in Zurich in December 2015. As president of South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL, Napout was portraying himself as an agent of reform who could clean up FIFA before being indicted.— Manuel Burga (Peru): Former Peruvian soccer federation president detained along with Napout at the Baur au Lac hotel close to FIFA’s Swiss headquarters.___STAR WITNESSMore than 40 other officials, business executives and entities have been charged. Many have pleaded guilty, hoping to receive reduced sentences, including Alejandro Burzaco, the former head of the Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, who is a star witness for the prosecution.___QATAR WORLD CUPNo decision has proved more toxic for FIFA than the 2010 vote that handed the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The bid has been stained by suspicion of wrongdoing for years, although FIFA has been unable to uncover evidence it says would warrant stripping the Middle East of its first World Cup.Usually quick to defend their integrity, the Qataris have been silent on the fresh claims of vote-buying divulged in court.According to Burzaco, three South Americans were among 22 FIFA executive committee voters who took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar, which beat out the United States in the final round of voting in December 2010.A rule-breaking voting pact between Qatar and the Spain-Portugal campaign in the 2018 bidding — twice investigated by FIFA’s ethics committee but unproven — was given fresh credence in court by Burzaco, a trusted associate to the late former FIFA senior vice president Julio Grondona, to whom he channeled bribes worth millions.Grondona was the most influential of South America’s trio of FIFA voters, and would surely have been indicted but for his death in July 2014. The other two voters, Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil and Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, were indicted by U.S. prosecutors in 2015 but have avoided extradition from their home countries.Burzaco testified to conversations and incidents with Grondona in 2011, including a confrontation about media reports of bid bribes with Qatari officials at the five-star Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.An angry Grondona, Burzaco testified, later complained he got into “all these mess and scandal for only” $1.5 million while two others had fooled him and got $75 million. Those two, the court was told, were Teixeira and Sandro Rosell, a former Nike executive and then-president of Spanish club Barcelona who had business ties to Qatar.FIFA has not directly commented on last week’s courtroom allegations, inevitably waiting for the conclusion of the trial. Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup has come under fresh attack in recent weeks by neighboring countries that have severed diplomatic ties with the emirate.___BROADCASTERS’ BRIBESWhile the probity of the World Cup vote has been thrust back into the spotlight, much of the evidence so far relates to how officials sprayed illegal cash payments to secure broadcasting rights in the Americas.Leading broadcasters have been implicated by Burzaco’s evidence about the trail of bribes, including Fox Sports (United States), Televisa (Mexico) and TV Globo (Brazil), which deny wrongdoing.___SLIT-THROAT GESTUREThe most dramatic moment in the opening week of the trial saw Burga accused of threatening Burzaco by making a slashing motion on his neck as the witness testified. Burga claimed he was scratching his throat but still had his bail conditions tightened. Burzaco earlier disclosed he became the target of death threats after it emerged he was cooperating with authorities.___SUICIDEA former Argentine government official, Jorge Delhon, killed himself hours after the court was told he took millions in bribes in exchange for handing out television rights.Jorge Delhon, a lawyer who worked in the administration of former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, dealt with the now-defunct government program Futbol para Todos (Football for All), which broadcast local soccer matches on public TV. Burzaco implicated Delhon in taking bribes.___POLITICAL LINKSThe close ties in South America among lawmakers, judges and soccer leaders are becoming clearer.In a series of WhatsApp messages detailed in court Wednesday, Napout revealed his links to the current state president of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes.Napout passed on to Burzaco a request from Cartes’ private office to buy eight tickets for Argentina’s game against Iran at the 2014 World Cup. Around that time, Napout also noted CONMEBOL had been in a legal case with a businessman and that Cartes “resolved the entire trial and did it all because of me.”Cartes also advised Napout to “stay close” to Grondona of Argentina to fulfil his ambition to lead CONMEBOL, the WhatsApp messages revealed.When Argentina reached the semifinals, Napout asked Burzaco to get four tickets for Paraguay’s attorney general to buy. In a WhatsApp message, Napout tells Burzaco, “we have a trial over there. There are two judges mad because I refused” to get tickets.___CURRENT OFFICIALSThe desire by FIFA to characterize the trial as dealing with officials long banished from world soccer is made harder when officials currently influential in the game are mentioned in court.FIFA’s current finance committee chairman, Alejandro Dominguez, was referred to during the trial on Wednesday as “not a very successful businessman (who) will probably request” a bribe.Burzaco, the prosecution’s star witness, said he was told this about Dominguez by Napout in early 2015. Napout is a Paraguayan like Dominguez, and his predecessor as CONMEBOL leader.Under current FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Dominguez is a key ally in Zurich as one of FIFA’s eight vice presidents and was rewarded with being made chairman of the finance panel.Among many soccer officials whose photographs Burzaco was asked by prosecutors to identify on Tuesday were Sunil Gulati, the most influential American at FIFA, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari who heads French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain and broadcaster beIN Sports. Al-Khelaifi is under criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected bribery linked to FIFA awarding beIN broadcast rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.The U.S. has not accused Gulati or Al-Khelaifi of any offenses.___EVADING JUSTICESeveral soccer officials indicted in 2015 are absent from court as they fight extradition to the United States:— Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago): Charged in May 2015, four years after quitting as a FIFA vice president to avoid sanctions in the bribery case connected to a presidential election. Later banned for life by FIFA for misconduct during the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding process.— Marco Polo del Nero (Brazil): Despite being charged with corruption, remains president of the Brazilian federation and met with FIFA’s Infantino during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Del Nero fled Zurich in May 2015 when FIFA colleagues were arrested, quit the executive committee after missing meetings and was then indicted in the U.S. in December 2015.— Nicolas Leoz (Paraguay): President of CONMEBOL from 1986 to 2013, when he resigned for receiving $130,000 in payments from a former FIFA marketing partner. Wanted in the U.S. on charges of receiving millions of dollars in bribes linked to marketing and television contracts, Leoz’s extradition was finally approved by a judge in Paraguay last week just as the FIFA trial was getting underway in Brooklyn.— Ricardo Teixeira (Brazil): A former son-in-law of Joao Havelange, FIFA’s president in 1974-98, Teixeira quit as Brazilian federation head and a FIFA executive committee member in 2012 as corruption allegations mounted.—GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WritersROB HARRIS, AP Sports WritersTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Game of Thrones 8 Episode 4: Daenerys’ army sails to King’s Landing for the final battle

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Daenerys Targaryen’s fleet sailing to King’s Landing to defeat Cersei and acquire the Iron Throne.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Daenerys Targaryen with her dragon Drogon. After the third episode, there are speculations that Dany’s other dragon Rhaegal died while fighting the White Walkers.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Mass funeral held after the Great Battle of Winterfell, where the living defeated the army of the dead. This picture includes most of the important characters of GoT – Dany, Arya, Sansa, Jon, Jaime, Brienne, Tyrion and others.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Jon Snow burning the pyre at the mass funeral.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: HBO dropped eight new images from the upcoming fourth episode of Game of Thrones Season 8. The third episode concluded with the end of the Night King and his army of the dead but the final battle will be fought in King’s Landing. Have a look at the pictures.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Arya Stark is seen sporting a black eye in this picture.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Daenerys Targaryen with Tyrion Lannister, Grey Worm, Lord Varys and Missandei at the mass funeral of the martyrs of The great battle of Winterfell.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: After the mass funeral, Dany, Missandei and Lord Varys at the strategy meeting.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Credit/Source: Helen Sloan/HBOCaption: Cersei Lannister with Euron Greyjoy at King’s Landing.Gallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Game of Thrones 8Daenerys TargaryenJon SnowArya StarkSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: HBO dropped eight new images from the upcoming fourth episode of Game of Thrones Season 8. The third episode concluded with the end of the Night King and his army of the dead but the final battle will be fought in King’s Landing. Have a look at the pictures.Preview_unique_id: preview_5ccaba6f3adb31556789871_1514506_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 16:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Game of Thrones 8 Episode 4: Daenerys’ army sails to King’s Landing for the final battleApp headline: Game of Thrones 8 Episode 4: Daenerys’ army sails to King’s Landing for the final battlelast_img read more


Toronto neurosurgeon charged with killing his wife ordered to stand trial

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of murdering his wife has been ordered to stand trial, a prosecutor said Friday.Dr. Mohammed Shamji is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, the mother of his three children.A Crown lawyer in the case said a date has not yet been picked for the start of the trial, but noted that Shamji is scheduled to return to court April 6.Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, was last seen Nov. 30, 2016.The 40-year-old’s beaten body was found in a suitcase by the side of a road north of Toronto the following day. Police arrested Shamji, her husband of 12 years, the day after that.An investigation revealed Fric-Shamji had died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, police said at the time.Social media posts depicted the couple as having a blissful family life, but police said the relationship had been troubled.Prior to his arrest Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.He and his wife both had advanced degrees in addition to their medical qualifications.Fric-Shamji had a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University, according to a biography in research she published. Shamji has a PhD in biomedical engineering, also from Duke.Her death sparked an outpouring of grief and disbelief from those who knew Fric-Shamji, described as a talented professional who helped improve the health-care system.“We would … like to express thanks to the many friends, neighbours and colleagues who have shared their memories of Elana as a wonderful person, mother, and physician,” her family said in a December 2016 statement.last_img read more


If pipelines are rejected Canadians may need to accept risks of rail

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Quebec town of Lac-Megantic was decimated after railway cars filled with oil derailed and exploded.Now, even as the search continues for bodies, there are troubling questions being raised about how Canada transports oil.Many train lines pass through Aboriginal territories and as APTN’s Danielle Rochette finds out if oil pipelines are rejected Canadians may need to accept the risks of rail.last_img


Two families one cause raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous men

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgCharlette, was 27 years old when he was last seen with his girlfriend near the train bridge in Prince Albert.That was October 2014.A few days later, Charlette’s girlfriend, Beatrice Adam was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River.Her death is not considered suspicious.Whitedeer says Adam was a good friend of the family’s, and she’s glad that case was closed within 48 hours.But, her brother has still not been found, and she thinks his disappearance should have been taken more seriously by Prince Albert police.“Had he been the Mayor’s son, would they have closed the file? Would they have gotten the dogs involved? It’s been hard on my family, especially my mom, having had another brother who was murdered,” said Whitedeer.That brother was Russell Whitedeer, murdered in Alberta in 1998.She hopes by donning the bridges in Prince Albert and Saskatoon with red ties, it will raise awareness of her brother’s disappearance.They know they’re not the only family searching for a son.Lydia Daniels ties a necktie to a tree outside the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg, one of the places her son Colten Pratt was last seen.Daniels has spent the past year looking for him.She has started the Necktie Campaign in hopes of finding closure in his case and others.“These symbolic ‘ties’ affirm our commitment we will never give up our search. The ties signify our hope and faith.” Daniels posted on facebook.Daniels recently began wrapping men’s neckties on bridges in Long Plain First Nation, near Portage La Prairie, Man.She has since started wrapping the neckties around hydro poles in downtown Winnipeg.Colten PrattPratt was 26 years old when he disappeared.Police previously said Pratt was last seen leaving the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg on the evening of November 6, 2014.But new information suggests he may have last been seen at the bus shelter on the corner of Redwood Avenue and Main Street in the early hours of November 7th, 2014.“We must not forget the little boys. We must not forget our brothers.” Daniels wrote. Colleen Whitedeer’s brother vanished over a year ago. He was last seen near a bridge in Prince AlbertJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLike she has done in Prince Albert, Sask., Colleen Whitedeer smudges each piece of red fabric before she ties them to a bridge in her hometown of Saskatoon.Whitedeer hopes the red ties help raise awareness for Indigenous men who are missing, like her brother Timothy Charlette.“He didn’t live a glorious lifestyle, but he was still a human being,” she said.Timothy CharletteThe Red Dress and the Red Ribbon campaigns are well known across the country.Many started after an RCMP study showed that there are nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or murdered in the past three decades.Now, a different kind of campaign is taking off.“Like the women, the men are just as important,” said Whitedeer. “They deserve a voice, they deserve justice.” While there are walks and campaigns for missing and murdered Indigenous women, and now a national inquiry, Daniels decided it was time to raise awareness for the Indigenous boys and men who have been murdered, or who are missing like her son.According to Stats Canada, there were 745 female and 1,750 male Aboriginal homicide victims between 1980 and 2012.That means, for over three decades, at least 70 percent of recorded Aboriginal homicide victims were men.jflett@aptn.ca@JaydOnAPTNlast_img read more


Scores suffer gas inhalation as Israeli police storm Aqsa compound

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgJERUSALEM – Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entranceScores of worshippers, including Turkish tourists, suffered gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli police stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound, the Islamic movement inside Israel said.Israeli police surrounded a number of worshippers inside the compound, the movement said on its website.“A state of curious calm prevails,” the movement said.Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entrance.On Wednesday, Muslim worshippers stood up to an attempt by Jewish settlers to place a menorah – a Jewish religious symbol – atop the Dome of the Rock inside the Al-Aqsa compound.In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes.For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site.Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the “Temple Mount,” claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.last_img read more


Heroic survivor of piracy attack wins UN award for bravery at sea

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said its Council had endorsed the decision of a panel of judges to grant the 2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Seog Hae-gyun, saying he had “displayed truly extraordinary bravery and concern for his crew” that went “far beyond the call of duty, at great risk and danger to himself.”Captain Seog, from the Republic of Korea, was master of the chemical tanker Samho Jewelry when it was hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia in January, according to a press release issued by IMO.With the pirates aboard the ship, Captain Seog steered the vessel away from the coast, watered down the fuel to prevent combustion, pretended the steering gear was not working properly and reduced the speed of the vessel.Captain Seog also managed to surreptitiously communicate information about the attack to naval forces, which led to a successful raid by military commandos from the Republic of Korea and the rescue of all 21 crew members.The captain suffered numerous assaults from the pirates during the hijacking, and fractured his legs and shoulders. He was later shot twice in the abdomen and once in the upper thigh, requiring several operations and almost costing him his life.IMO’s Council, which has been meeting at the agency’s headquarters in London, agreed that special certificates should also be awarded to the maritime rescue coordination centres of Falmouth in the United Kingdom and Stavanger in Norway for their contribution to search and rescue operations taking place far away from their respective zones.IMO also announced that its Council had unanimously agreed to award the International Maritime Prize for 2010 posthumously to Lindy Johnson of the United States for her contribution to the work of the agency, especially regarding the protection of the marine environment. 4 July 2011A ship captain who kept his crew and vessel safe despite suffering an attack from Somali pirates that nearly cost him his life will receive a prestigious annual award for bravery at sea, the United Nations maritime agency announced today. read more


Is moving away for university a rite of passage worth going into

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

TORONTO — Many university students recall the rambunctious pub nights, late-night cram sessions and laundry-strewn dorm rooms of campus life with nostalgic fondness. But this cultural rite of passage can be pricey.[np_storybar title=”How to get the biggest bang for your buck from your RESP” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/08/28/resps-how-to-get-the-biggest-bang-for-your-buck/”%5DMost parents are not using this government-assisted education fund in the most strategic or optimal manner possible. Take these tips to boost your savings.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Erin Andrews, 22, said living away from home — including three years in residence and one year in off-campus housing — has added almost $20,000 to her debt load.But the fourth-year kineseology major at Memorial University in Newfoundland has no regrets.“It was definitely worth it,” said Andrews, who describes the friends she met in residence as a “super big family.”“If you like becoming independent and making new friends and want to have the full university experience, I think residence should definitely be included.”However, financial planners caution against taking on unnecessary debt. Lise Andreana, a certified financial planner and the author of “No More Mac ’n Cheese,” urges students to stay at home for university if it’s possible.“You have to think in the long term,” said Andreana. “If you can avoid student debt, do it, because it’s going to take you decades, maybe, to pay that debt off once you graduate. And you may not get a job.”However, 64% of post-secondary students recently polled by RBC in June and July said they plan to live away from home, despite expecting the move to cost them more.While a recent BMO poll suggests Canadian students expect to graduate with an average debt of $26,297.When Jenelle Davies decided to go back to school after several years in the workforce, she opted for a local school so she could save money by living at home with her mom.The Surrey, B.C., resident spends more than an hour a day commuting to and from Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. She laments the fact that she can’t stay on campus past 9 p.m. — when her last bus departs — to study with classmates or go to the pub.But the student loan money she receives isn’t enough to cover both tuition and housing, especially in B.C., Davies said.If you can avoid student debt, do it, because it’s going to take you decades, maybe, to pay that debt off once you graduate“It would have been lovely to go to the University of British Columbia and stay in a dorm, but it just costs an astronomical amount of money that I couldn’t afford,” said the 26-year-old history major.“You have to make concessions. Sometimes those concessions can impact the student experience.”Mark Halpern, a certified financial planner and president of life insurance firm illnessprotection.com, suggests sitting down and creating a detailed budget to determine exactly how much moving out will cost.The expenses can include housing, food, laundry, haircuts and other grooming costs, toiletries, new clothing and “fun money.”If a student opts for off-campus housing instead of university residence, costs such as hydro and phone and Internet service also have to be accounted for.“There’s no question that it’s much more economical to stay at home,” Halpern said. “You’re really piggybacking on the costs that parents are paying anyway.”Jessica McCormick, the national chairwoman for the Canadian Federation of Students, said rising tuition fees are forcing a growing number of students to stay local in order to save on living expenses.However, several Canadian universities said the demand for on-campus housing continues to grow.Andrew Parr, the managing director of student housing at the University of British Columbia, said there are currently 3,800 students on the waiting list for a residence space. UBC has enough beds for more than 10,000 students in total.Tyler Anderson/National Post, files Parr said the demand for residence spots is driven partly by an uptick in international students, most of whom don’t have the option of living with family.However, living on campus offers perks beyond simple convenience. Doug Dawson, executive director of ancillary services at the University of Alberta, said students who live close to school also tend to get better grades.“We continue to see much more demand for housing than we have available stock,” Dawson said.“Students who live on campus typically have more support, more access to faculty and their peer groups, so they typically do better over time.”In some cases, students may have no choice but to move out for school, McCormick said.We continue to see much more demand for housing than we have available stock“Many students end up doing it because they need to take a particular program that’s only offered at a certain institution, or they get into one school and they don’t get into another,” she said.“People have to make very difficult decisions, and unfortunately it often results in having to take on additional debt.”Students should avoid taking on debt for programs that are unlikely to yield job prospects, Andreana said.A report released by CIBC World Markets on Monday found that those who study specialized and professional fields such as medicine and law get a higher return on their education than those who major in humanities and social sciences.“There’s no point having a degree in anthropology or theology or basket-weaving if there’s no work,” Andreana said.“You want the degree, and the debt that you take on for that degree, to lead to a job that’s going to make that debt worthwhile.”There are alternatives for young people who want to study in another city but can’t afford residence. McCormick suggests programs such as Home Share NL, which pairs students in Newfoundland with older adults who want some help maintaining their homes.Halpern recommends applying for schools in cities where extended family members live.“We live in a generation of entitlement,” Halpern said. “There’s the expectation that you go away to college or you go away to university and you do that trip to Europe to discover yourself.”It’s important not to go into debt just to fulfil those feelings of entitlement, Halpern said.“Sometimes you can’t do what you want to do. Sometimes you’ve got to wait. Sometimes you have to stay local.”The Canadian Press read more


October registrations show best gain of 2009

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

For more detailed charts and documents, please see the attached. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·         New car registrations were up 31.6% in October to 168,942 units·         Year-to-date registrations at 1,685,981, down 12.3% ·         Fourth month of growth sustained by the Scrappage Incentive Scheme (SIS)·         Private demand up 86% in the month, further supporting positive impact of SIS “October has seen this year’s biggest monthly increase in registrations with the successful scrappage scheme accounting for over 20% of them,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We have seen additional demand created by the extension of the scheme and customers wanting to avoid the VAT increase planned for January. Encouragingly, there has also been an increase in demand in the fleet and business sectors, which will be critical in sustaining recovery next year.” read more


Pensioner cant volunteer due to crime he didnt commit

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian good samaritan John Kallios has been restricted from volunteering at a Greek Australian nursing home for a minor stealing offence from 35 years ago that he didn’t commit. The 69-year-old from Richmond South Australia, said a routine police check – that is mandatory prior to undertaking voluntary work – revealed a 1977 larceny offence in his name. Police have advised Mr Kallios needs to prove that it wasn’t him, even though court records detailing this alleged crime have been destroyed. To clear his name, Mr Kallios has offered to take a lie detector test as he believes it could be a case of mistaken identity and the crime could have been committed by one of two men who share his name. The crime first came to surface when Mr Kallios applied for a police check to cook and clean at St Nicholas church at Thebarton and Greek Orthodox Community Care at Ridleyton but was denied due to the larceny offence. “I have never heard of it before, anything it takes to find out the truth I will do it, I’ll take a lie detector test, anything. I’m not going to give up and I will win this,” the Greek migrant told Adelaide Now. “There could have been a common mistake as to who committed the offence, which I vehemently deny.”Mr Kallios migrated to Australia when he was 11, and admits to four minor illegal gaming offences in the ’70s and a speeding offence in 2008. He has been licensed to drive taxi’s since 1980 and said he would have not have received his accreditation had he had a larcney offence against his name. A letter from SAPOL’s Information Unit in May to Mr Kallios said the court documents relating to the larceny conviction had been destroyed.“SAPOL cannot confirm that the offence is correctly recorded against your name,” the letter states.“Therefore it is determined not to delete the offence and it will remain on your record until such time that you can prove otherwise.”Mr Kallios has now appealed against the decision in the District Court, and has said the ordeal had taken a toll on his mental health.“I just want to be able to cook and help some of these old people who don’t have many visitors and it helps me get out of the house and stay involved in the Greek community,” he said.Nursing home manager Luisa Stenta said any volunteer work done by Mr Kallios would have to be restricted because of the larceny offence and called for a “commonsense” resolution.“It is clearly very stressful for him and now that we know about it we can help him through the process, but it seems like he is guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around,” Ms Stenta told Adelaide Now.“There is such a shortage of volunteers and we could not provide the range of services we do without them.”Police Minister Jennifer Rankine said staff in her office had advised Mr Kallios to appeal against SAPOL’s decision and that “it is pleasing to learn that he has taken this advice”.The case is likely to go to trial later this year.last_img read more


Sonic Mania is the LongLost Sonic Game Weve Always Wanted

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgStay on target Sega Makes PC Version of Sonic Mania Playable Offline After BacklashJapanese Video Games Made Better By The West It’s safe to say that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has struggled in 3D. While the Sonic Adventure games were decent enough, nearly every 3D Sonic game has been horrendous. For whatever reason, Sega just couldn’t capture the magic of the original games in a 3D space. The series has floundered for so long, but Sega is finally going back to the series’ 2D roots with Sonic Mania. Forget about Sonic 4, this is the true sequel to the Sonic games of old.The most noteworthy aspect of Sonic Mania is who created it. Though published by Sega, Sonic Mania was developed by fans of the series. Christian Whitehead, along with Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, originally started out making fan-made Sonic games. Sega recognized their talent and hired them to develop Sonic Mania. Since fans created it, you can actually feel the passion behind every aspect of the title. This is a game made by people who truly love the blue hedgehog.Sonic Mania does a masterful job of being both nostalgic and original. In many ways, this game feels like a greatest hits album with new tracks. Classic stages like Green Hill and Chemical Plant stand alongside new levels like Press Garden and Studiopolis in perfect harmony. Even though there are old stages, they are filled with many new elements. Sonic Mania liberally sprinkles aspects from all of the Genesis/Sega CD games throughout. At the same time, it also introduces brand-new gameplay mechanics that work nicely with the old Sonic formula.Sonic games are mostly known for their speed. While this is true to some extent, I always enjoyed exploring levels. Like Sonic 3/Sonic & Knuckles, the stages in Sonic Mania are massive. There are a great deal of alternate routes, shortcuts, and hidden passages. You can replay a stage several times and always find something new. This game isn’t limited by old hardware, allowing it to truly shine in the level design department.From a graphics standpoint, this is the most visually complex 2D Sonic game ever released. Each stage has several scrolling background layers that give an added sense of depth. Running at 60 frames per second, sprites and background objects are animated smoothly. Colors are crisp and vibrant throughout all of the myriad levels. Despite being a graphical powerhouse, it still very much looks like a Sonic game from the 90s. At the same time, features like object transparency and multi-layered scrolling make it feel modern.Sonic Mania‘s special stages introduce a different visual style. Inspired by Sonic CD, these polygonal stages have Sonic chasing a UFO before time runs out. These levels are the one aspect I wasn’t entirely satisfied with. I would have preferred if the devs went with the Mode 7-like graphics from Sonic CD‘s special stages. I’m nitpicking, but the polygonal style doesn’t lend itself well to the rest of the game. I still have fun playing through these sections, but I would have liked sprites instead of polygons.Boss battles were always a highlight in past Sonic games and Sonic Mania doesn’t disappoint in that regard. I’ve played the old games so often that going up against bosses isn’t anything special. Because off that, I loved playing a new 2D Sonic game without having a clue of what the bosses would dish out. Figuring out some of the boss patterns could be difficult, but that’s also part of the fun. I also enjoyed some of the completely out-of-left-field boss encounters the game tossed at me. When you get to the final boss in Chemical Plant Zone 2, you’ll know what I’m talking about.Even in a year filled to the brim with so many great titles, Sonic Mania stands out as one of the best. It proves without a shadow of a doubt that Sonic the Hedgehog works best in 2D. Hopefully, newer gamers will play it and understand why their old-school brethren hold the series in such high regard. It hasn’t been easy being a Sonic fan all these years, so it’s great to finally have something to be proud of. Sonic Mania is the Sonic the Hedgehog game long-time fans deserve.Sonic Mania is now available on PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It will be available for PC on August 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Stephanie McMahon Triple H land magazine advisor role

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE issued the following press release today:STEPHANIE MCMAHON NAMED EDITORIAL ADVISOR TO SHAPEPAUL LEVESQUE NAMED EDITORIAL ADVISOR TO MUSCLE & FITNESSSTAMFORD, CONN. AND NEW YORK, December 8, 2014 – WWE® and American Media, Inc. (AMI) announced today that Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Shape magazine and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Muscle & Fitness magazine.In these roles, McMahon and Levesque will consult with the editorial staff of Shape and Muscle & Fitness, respectively, on print and online content pertaining to health and fitness. Together, they currently appear on the cover of the December/January issue of Muscle & Fitness, sharing an inside look at their fitness routines as well as a sneak peek at exclusive workouts from WWE Power Series: Triple H and WWE’s Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, available now on DVD at mass market retailers and as a digital download online.WWE Power Series: Triple H includes a total body workout with exercises designed for the upper and lower body along with cardio and mobility moves to build a strong, ripped and fit body. In WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, McMahon shares a workout for women of every fitness level, no matter how busy, designed to focus on the upper body, lower body, abs, cardio and flexibility.“Shape and Muscle & Fitness only work with the most trusted and authoritative experts in the world of health and fitness,” said Shawn Perine, Chief Content Director, Enthusiast Group and Editor in Chief, Muscle & Fitness. “With their vast experience and knowledge, Stephanie and Paul are perfect ambassadors for the global health and fitness movement, and are highly valued partners to our brands. I’m excited to be working with them.”“It is an honor to join the team at Shape,” said McMahon. “This role provides me with the ability to connect with women from all walks of life and share my passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.”“My approach to fitness training has evolved since my days as a young athlete, and today, I’m in the best shape of my life,” said Levesque. “I share my knowledge and experience regularly as the executive in charge of WWE Talent and look forward to doing the same for the readers of Muscle & Fitness.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Videos Articles Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns The Miz Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Google+ Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Triple H CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Twitter WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this Decemberlast_img read more


Agent Leave Leon Bailey alone

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgLeon Bailey’s agent has sprung to his defence after rejecting the chance to make his Jamaica debut due to controversial circumstancesThe 21-year-old winger accepted a call-up to Jamaica’s squad for the game against Bonaire over the recent international break.Bailey decided to join the Reggae Boyz after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) promised to give his younger brother, Kyle Butler, a call-up instead of going on trial.However, Bailey withdrew from the Jamaica team and announced that the JFF went back on their word.The Bayer Leverkusen star has received a lot of criticism over his actions since, despite the national side grabbing a 6-0 at Bonaire anyway.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Now his agent and stepfather Craig Butler has given some insight into what made Bailey decline the opportunity of international football.“Leon is an innocent boy who loves football. The way Leon has been treated is not okay. I would have liked more support for him,” Butler told Sport Bild.“His condition was equality for all players in regard to the call-up – not that Kyle had to be nominated.“Leon wants that every player should have the chance of playing for his country, no matter at which club he is under contract. It’s about the quality of the player, not about the club he plays for.”He added: “The football federation controls football in Jamaica with fear. The best players must transfer to the clubs whose presidents also work for the federation.”last_img read more


Strictly Business Decline of unions has steep price

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgIf you’re part of the working poor or a member of the fading American middle class, you’re well aware that your income — the lifeblood of building a life in this world — has either stalled or flat out taken a nosedive.It’s not supposed to be this way.After all, we’ve been told that if we work hard and play by the rules we’ll grab a nice piece of the American dream. And that’s what democratic, industrialized nations do: They offer a path to shared prosperity, where the many — not just the plutocratic few — make gains.But the notion of an upwardly mobile nation has become an American fairy tale.The body of evidence is irrefutable. Here’s just a small taste:• Between 2002 and 2012, wages were stagnant or declined for the entire bottom 70 percent of the wage distribution, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. As a result, EPI says, “the vast majority of wage earners have already experienced a lost decade, one where real wages were either flat or in decline.”• In Clark County, moderate-wage and middle-income jobs — paying from $12 to $24 per hour — have declined by more than 7 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.There are many reasons for this shameful body of evidence, including a U.S. tax policy that has effectively redistributed income upwards for decades.last_img read more


3 residents 2 dogs injured in LauderdalebytheSea house fire

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews pulled three people and two dogs to safety after a house fire broke out in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.Smoke and flames ripped through the home along the 1600 block of Bel Air Avenue, early Sunday morning.Area residents said the home was fully engulfed by flames.“There was smoke billowing out for quite a while, and about 15, 20 minutes later, it burst into flames,” said a witness. “The flames burned for about three hours. It took the fire department about three hours to put the fire out.”Rescuers transported the victims to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions remain unknown.The house was declared a total loss.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. last_img read more


BusinessWeek Disregards Twitter Virgins for Obamas Inauguration

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgRELATED: How Newsweeklies (and Some Monthlies) Covered the InaugurationI read (OK, scan) all the electronic newsletters that clog my inbox. This one, via BtoB’s Media Business, caught my eye:”‘BusinessWeek’ Atwitter About Inauguration” The full story was about how BusinessWeek’s Washington bureau chief, Jane Sasseen, would be covering Barack Obama’s inauguration by posting via Twitter (“Tweets” to the uninitiated), beaming her Twitter feed to the BusinessWeek.com Web site throughout the day. The story pointed out that Jane had been introduced to Twitter only last week.I’ve been getting a lot of “nudges” lately from old media friends urging me to get on Twitter, so I figured this might be a nice introduction.A quick visit to Businessweek.com found … nothing. A more extensive, deeper look found … nothing still.I couldn’t find Jane’s Tweets anywhere on the site. (She is apparently Twittering away, though, as you can see from her Twitter page.)“This is stupid,” I thought. “They’ve got her doing this, some PR flack alerted the media, which picked up the story, and got my attention, so where is it?”I fired off an e-mail to Businessweek.com editor-in-chief John Byrne. It read, in part: “Went to Businessweek.com, but DAMNED if I can find Jane Sasseen’s ‘Tweets.’ Looked all over, too. Frustrating, but not nearly as much as it must be for you (at this very moment). Here you have an interested party, looking for your new content, and then giving up. How many OTHER folks did the same, but didn’t take the time to drop you a note about it?  Shoulda been a HUGE banner, or box, or SOMETHING that says, ‘HERE IT IS.’”I know he’s busy Twittering, but I hope to get an e-mail back from Mr. Byrne. (I suppose a tweet would be acceptable, too.) UPDATE: He did respond, via e-mail, saying there is, in fact, a link on the BW homepage; well, it certainly isn’t prominent. I guess you can file this under “Cautionary Web 2.0 Tale.” If you’re going to make the foray into the digital world, assume that there are a lot of newbies out there who need some clear direction. There are too many choices online to make any of us WORK to find your content.Welcome to the new reality.last_img read more