State govt announces adhoc bonus festival advance for employees

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday announced the ad-hoc bonus and festival advance for state government employees ahead of Eid and Durga Puja. Two notifications in this regard were issued by the state Finance department.According to the memorandum, employees who are not covered by any productivity linked bonus scheme and those whose revised emoluments do not exceed Rs 30,000 per month, will be entitled to an ad-hoc bonus of Rs 4,000 per head, which is Rs 400 higher than last year. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaState government employees in the income bracket of Rs 30,000 to Rs 36,000 per month will be eligible for an interest-free festival advance up to a maximum of Rs 8,000, which is Rs 3,000 more than the previous year. Sources at Nabanna said the move will benefit nearly 10 lakh state government employees. The benefit would be given to Muslim employees before Eid and the rest would get it between September 23 and October 1 before Durga Puja. In the grant of ad-hoc bonus as well as interest-free festival advance, the state Finance department has laid down separate detailed terms and conditions for the perusal of the beneficiaries. A senior official in the state Finance department said that after the Trinamool Congress government came to power in 2011, the ad-hoc bonus and advance amounts were raised by Rs 200 and Rs 500 respectively. However, this year has seen a more substantial hike. “The move has been made despite the government’s severe financial crunch,” he added.last_img read more

TunisianGerman couple in court over ricin attack plot

first_imgDusseldorf (Germany): A Tunisian man and his German wife will stand trial from Friday, charged with planning a foiled biological bomb attack in Germany with the deadly poison ricin. Sief Allah H., 30, and his wife Yasmin, 43, were arrested a year ago by an anti-terrorist squad that found 84 milligrams of the toxin in their Cologne apartment. The arrests likely prevented what would have been Germany’s first biological attack, said Holger Muench, head of the BKA Federal Criminal Police Office, at the time. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Federal prosecutors said the couple had “for a long time identified with the aims and values of the foreign terrorist organisation Islamic State”. They decided in 2017 to detonate an explosive in a large crowd, “to kill and wound the largest possible number of people,” said prosecutors ahead of the trial in Duesseldorf. The pair had allegedly researched various forms of explosives before deciding on the deadly poison. They ordered 3,300 castor beans over the internet and successfully made a small amount of ricin, a poison 6,000 times more potent than cyanide that can kill if swallowed, inhaled or injected, according to prosecutors. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaInvestigators also found 250 metal balls, two bottles of nail polish remover as well as wires soldered on lightbulbs. Only the raid and arrests prevented “the production of a larger quantity of ricin and the building of an explosive,” said prosecutors. The couple were caught after a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency, which had noticed the large online purchase of castor seeds, according to German media reports. News weekly Der Spiegel has reported that the couple were believed to have already been radicalised when they met online in 2014. Sief Allah H., a former street vendor and labourer in Tunisia, in 2015 married Yasmin H., an unemployed doctor’s assistant and mother of seven children from four different fathers, the report said. The husband had been in contact with radical Islamists and tried twice in 2017 to travel to Syria via Turkey. His wife helped him with flight and hotel bookings, but both trips failed. Sief Allah H. also volunteered to help the IS in their propaganda work, and did so in early 2018 by publishing material of the jihadist group online, said prosecutors. Later, the couple decided to prepare an attack in Germany itself, and also bought a hamster to test the potency of the ricin. “Very concrete preparations had been made for an act with a … biological bomb, which is a first for Germany,” said Muench. If convicted of the charges of serious violence endangering the country, the defendants could each face up to 15 years in jail. Two suspects were also arrested in August last year in Tunisia in connection with the case. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, remains on high alert after several deadly attacks claimed by the IS group. The worst attack, a 2016 truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market by Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, claimed 12 lives. The trial is expected to last until the end of August.last_img read more

Bail set at 1 mn for US actress accused in bribery scandal

first_imgLos Angeles: US actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles in connection with a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs. Bail for the “Full House” star was set at USD 1 million, the same amount as for her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has also been charged in the case. The couple, who are to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29, allegedly paid USD 500,000 in bribes to ensure their two daughters were recruited to the University of Southern California rowing team even though the pair did not participate in crew. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingLoughlin, 54, surrendered to FBI agents early Wednesday after returning from Vancouver, where she was filming. Judge Steve Kim told the star in setting her bail that she would still be allowed to travel for work as long as the court was made aware of her plans. The couple were among 50 people indicted on Tuesday in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges. “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by FBI agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe 56-year-old actress and her husband William H Macy, the star of Showtime’s hit series “Shameless,” allegedly paid USD 15,000 for their eldest daughter to perform well on a college entrance exam. Macy was mentioned in the case but has not been charged. The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about USD 25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities. Some of the universities targeted in the elaborate cheating scam include Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown. None of the schools or the students has been charged in the case. According to prosecutors, the accused parents paid a firm run by Singer as much as USD 6 million to cheat on college entrance exams for their children or to bribe coaches to help non-athletic students get scholarships. Others ensnared in the scandal include Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, who allegedly paid USD 75,000 to have his daughter’s test grades fixed. Also charged is William McGlashan, an executive at the investment group TPG Capital who specialized in technology investments. He allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure his son got into the University of Southern California as a student athlete. The scandal has lit up social media, with many poking fun and expressing anger at the wealthy parents indicted notably Loughlin and Huffman as well as their children. “CAPTION THIS: ‘It’s ok honey. We’ll get you in a college close to your mom’s prison so you can visit,” one Twitter user said in response to a picture Huffman had posted on Sunday of her daughter sitting on Macy’s lap and hugging him. Ben Dreyfuss, the son of veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss, quipped: “I got into college the old fashioned way: by letting my father’s celebrity speak for itself.” Another Twitter user said: “So what I’ve learned from #CollegeCheatingScandal is that rich kids are so stupid that they can’t get into colleges without cheating.” Olivia Jade Giannulli, one of Loughlin’s daughters, disabled comments on her Instagram posts on Wednesday after some of her 1.3 million followers lashed out against her. “Please do a video for how you prepared for the SATs,” read one comment. Another berated the young woman, who posted a video blog last year in which she said she didn’t care about school, for stealing a college spot from “another deserving student (who probably actually rows!!)…”last_img read more

Dy CM Sisodia issues standing order on allocation of power

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has issued a standing order stating that he will hold the power to create posts in government departments, PSUs and boards, and directed officers to bring important service matters to his notice.In February this year, the Supreme Court had given a split verdict on the contentious issue of who should control administrative services in Delhi and had referred the matter to a larger bench of the apex court. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn his order issued last month, Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said proposals involving major deviations from rules and precedents will be disposed of at the level of the finance minister. It stated that proposals for allotment of land free of cost or at concessional rates will be examined by the department’s deputy secretary or special secretary or top officers, but will be disposed of by the finance minister. On appeals to the Lieutenant- Governor under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, Sisodia, in his order, said such matter will be examined by a joint secretary or special secretary, but the principal secretary will submit it to the L-G and the finance minister. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaFiles pertaining to this matter to the L-G will be routed through the finance minister, he said. “All important matters requiring policy decision may be brought to the notice of deputy CM/FM. “Where a proposal has the support of the minister of an administrative department and it is not considered proper to accord concurrence to the proposal, the case should be submitted through principal secretary to the finance minister,” Sisodia said in the order. According to him, pending decision of the Supreme Court in this regard, service matters in the domain of service department will be disposed of as per interim orders of the apex court but they will be brought to the notice of finance minister as specified in the schedule.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity by Trump Kushner

first_imgNew York: Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions, some of which involved Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, current and former bank employees told The New York Times on Sunday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes. But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government. The nature of the transactions was not clear, but some of them involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, which bank employees considered suspicious, according to the employees. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The red flags raised by employees did not necessarily mean the transactions were improper. Banks sometimes opt not to file suspicious activity reports if they conclude their employees’ concerns are unwarranted. But the former employees said the decision not to report the Trump and Kushner transactions reflected the Deutsche Bank’s generally lax approach to money laundering laws. They said it was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients. “You present them with everything, and you give them a recommendation, and nothing happens,” Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank anti-money laundering specialist who reviewed some of the transactions, told The New York Times. “It’s the D.B. way. They are prone to discounting everything.” McFadden said she was terminated last year after she raised concerns about the bank’s practices. Since then, she has filed complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators about the bank’s anti-money-laundering enforcement. In response to the development, Kerrie McHugh, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman, said on Sunday the company had intensified its efforts to combat financial crime. An effective anti-money laundering programme, she said, “requires sophisticated transaction screening technology as well as a trained group of individuals who can analyze the alerts generated by that technology both thoroughly and efficiently”. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for the Trump family’s many business interests, said: “We have no knowledge of any ‘flagged’ transactions with Deutsche Bank.” She said the Trump Organization currently has “no operating accounts with Deutsche Bank”. Karen Zabarsky, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, said: “Any allegations regarding Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Kushner Companies which involved money laundering is completely made up and totally false…” This report comes after Trump and his family sued Deutsche Bank in April, seeking to block it from complying with the congressional subpoenas to reveal his tax returns. The President’s lawyers described the subpoenas as politically motivated.last_img read more

Survivors of Ugandan rebel massacres in DR Congo seek help from UN

“The level of casual brutality, the callous disregard for life and the treatment of women and children in particular are truly horrifying,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said on meeting the victims in Doruma town in north-eastern DRC. “The villagers have suffered dreadfully at the hands of the LRA.”Mr. Holmes, on the third day of a visit to eastern DRC, met with Congolese army commanders and the Ugandan People’s Defence Force, who are undertaking joint operations against the LRA, to emphasize the importance of placing the need to protect civilians at the centre of planning and operations, and of better communication about the risks to civilians and humanitarians.The Christmas massacres by the LRA triggered a wave of displacement from the villages around Doruma, a small border town seven kilometres from Sudan, tripling the population to 18,000. Attacks in this area left 364 dead with many more unaccounted for. LRA-related deaths in Orientale province are believed to have exceeded 850 since Christmas.UN agencies and partners are working with the local authorities, the military forces in the area, and the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, to expand humanitarian assistance and step up efforts to protect the local population. These efforts are constrained by the huge area where the LRA is operating, the difficult terrain and isolated locations, poor communications, and the threat still posed by the LRA, including on major roads.The survivors asked Mr. Holmes to ensure the arrest of LRA leader Joseph Kony, who has continually reneged on pledges to sign a peace agreement and has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.“For those within the LRA who feel sickened by the raping, injury and murder of civilians, I urge you to lay down your arms,” Mr. Holmes said. “These innocent people have nothing to do with you and have done nothing to hurt you. The burden of the crimes of the LRA should not grow heavier.”The LRA has been present in the area around Duru in Haut Uele district since 2005, but had mostly refrained from attacks on civilians, particularly while the peace talks continued. However, between December 2007 and August 2008, LRA rebels committed grave attacks on populations in DRC, Central African Republic and South Sudan, killing, pillaging, raping and abducting adults and children. Last December the Governments of DRC, Sudan and Uganda launched joint military operations against the LRA in Haut Uele. Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies continue to tend more than 40,000 people uprooted by deadly LRA attacks in the Western and Central Equatoria states of South Sudan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 9 February 2009Angry and traumatized survivors of massacres by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed nearly 1,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), today sought shelter, food, medicine – and justice – from the top United Nations relief official. read more

Maldives President unhurt following blast on boat

The president and the first lady were taken to IGMH. Police had cordoned off the road leading to the hospital’s emergency entrance. The president was due to speak to reporters at the presidential jetty in Male.Haveeru’s Ahmed Hamdhoon, who was at the jetty with fellow journalists, reported seeing the door of the speedboat, named “Finifenma” (Dhivehi for rose), burst open while it was about to dock at the jetty. A loud explosion was also heard at the time, he said. Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali, meanwhile, confirmed to Haveeru that the president was unharmed. An “explosion” occurred aboard a Maldivian presidential speedboat Monday morning as President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were returning to capital Male from the nearby airport island, reported.President Yameen and his spouse were travelling to Male from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), which is located on the nearby island of Hulhule. They returned home Monday morning after concluding their visit to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage. President Yameen was quickly transferred to an accompanying police speedboat and brought to Male.Police quickly cordoned off the area and reporters were barred from the jetty.Reporters at the scene, however, said individuals were rushed to the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and privately managed ADK Hospital in an ambulance. The president’s security detail left the jetty along with the ambulance, suggesting that the president and the first lady were among those taken to the hospital. Identities of the president’s entourage aboard the speedboat are yet unclear. “The cause of the explosion is yet unknown. MNDF will comment on that after conducting a thorough investigation,” Shareef told the television station, adding that that first lady was undergoing tests at the hospital’s observation room.A Haveeru reporter at the ADK Hospital said the injured presidential bodyguard was among those brought to the hospital for treatment. He was, however, later transferred to IGMH.Videos shot following the explosion show the first lady lying down on a bench inside the speedboat. The president is seen leaning towards his injured spouse to help her, but his security detail quickly moved to transfer him to the accompanying police speedboat. The videos also show parliamentarian and coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance’s (MDA) leader Ahmed Siyam Mohamed and fisheries minister Mohamed Shainee, who had accompanied the president and the first lady on their visit to Saudi Arabia, helping the first lady as she lay on the bench. Mohamed Hussein Shareef, a minister at the President’s Office, told Haveeru the first lady, presidential secretary Fathimath Mohamed Solih and presidential bodyguard Abdu Nasir were the only victims. But all of them suffered minor injuries, he added.“The president didn’t suffer any injuries,” Shareef said.He later told state broadcaster Television Maldives (TVM) that the president, Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor and cabinet ministers were at IGMH. All the three victims suffered minor injuries, with the bodyguard sustaining the most serious injury, he said. read more

SHF apologies – EHF statement

← Previous Story Katarina Bulatović angry on Romanian coach Tadici: “You have to know what fair play means” Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Serbs or Czechs for two points – Sweden wants full package for Belgrade Following the match in the Women’s EHF European Championship between Serbia and Norway on 4 December 2012, the EHF was made aware of an incident or incidents in the match involving the Serbian coach, Saša Bošković, and Norwegian player, Linn Jørum Sulland.The EHF EURO 2012 Tournament Management has examined video footage from the game and considers the action of the coach in the match unacceptable.It is however evident that the media, through the selection of match scenes, has not presented a complete picture of the incidents.No action was taken during the match nor was a report made by the referees or the match delegate.There were also no official complaints received by the EHF.Under the existing regulations, no disciplinary action procedures have been initiated following the match.The EHF EURO Tournament Management will, however, issue a statement to all delegations, referees and technical officials to the effect that such an action cannot be accepted and that officials must be vigilant for similar infringements during the course of the Women’s EHF European Championship.The EHF will revise the EHF EURO tournament regulations in the future in order that similar cases can be initiated by the Tournament Management.Before EHF media statement, Serbian handball Federation apologized because of act of NT coach, Saša Bošković. read more

DiscoverOrg buys competitor RainKing in ninefigure deal

first_imgVancouver market intelligence company DiscoverOrg will grow yet again, this time after buying Maryland-based competitor RainKing.The deal, announced Monday, was struck for an undisclosed sum. DiscoverOrg co-founder and CEO Henry Schuck told The Columbian it cost them “at least $100 million.”Besides eliminating a competitor, DiscoverOrg absorbs RainKing’s workforce, customers and proprietary software; and it also gains a wider reach into the East Coast market, Schuck said.“We’re two companies in a really similar space, and together we have a much bigger platform to grow, and we’re really excited about that opportunity,” he said.Both companies were founded in 2007 and have grown rapidly in the market intelligence world, scraping and researching highly focused customer data to be sold to clients.RainKing’s nearly 200 employees will be offered a chance to move to DiscoverOrg’s Vancouver offices, 805 Broadway, according to Schuck. Still, the new presence in Bethesda, Md., “is definitely beneficial” for the company’s strategies to grow in the East Coast. DiscoverOrg also has an office in Philadelphia.last_img read more

LIVE BLOG Congressional transportation hearing

first_imgA congressional committee is in Vancouver today taking testimony on the Columbia River Crossing and other transportation infrastructure projects. Anti-tolling activists, a new counter-group, and Cascade Bicycle Club are all expected to attend.The session is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., with the first hour devoted to testimony from invited speakers, including Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and anti-toll crusader David Madore. The second hour will be open to public comment.The Columbian will post live updates here throughout the hearing. 11:05 a.m.: A couple dozen people are lined up to speak to members of the committee. Some are giving written comments to Herrera Beutler and DeFazio. Others just offered their thanks for holding the hearing in Vancouver.11 a.m.: The hearing is adjourned. 10:55 a.m.: Chairman Mica ended public comment. Five people had a chance to speak. He also recognized officials in the audience. They included: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, County Commissioners Steve Stuart and Tom Mielke, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow, Washougal Councilman Paul Greenlee, Spokane County Commissioner (and Tom Mielke’s nephew) Todd Mielke and Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State.10:53 a.m.: County Commissioner Tom Mielke’s number was drawn. Mielke said “I’m not against a new bridge, I’m against the bridge we’re proposing.”He continued: “I’d like to see a third bridge and a fourth bridge but not one where the corridor is already full.”10:45 a.m.: Mica is allowing audience members to speak. Each speaker will have 1 to 2 minutes. Herrera Beutler will draw tickets for speakers.last_img read more

Firefighters put out car fire in Coconut Grove

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Firefighters have extinguished a car fire in Coconut Grove.City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Florida Avenue, just a few blocks away from a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, on Wednesday morning.7News cameras captured the van fully engulfed by flames.The fire was quickly put under control and no injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Committed to providing quality education not afraid of going to

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said he is committed to creating state-of-the-art infrastructure in government schools and will not step back even if he is sent to jail. His remarks come in the wake of allegations by BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who claimed that there was a Rs 2,000-crore “scam” in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Citing a RTI reply, Tiwari had on Monday claimed that the AAP government constructed 12,782 classrooms at a cost of Rs 2,892 crore and this could have been done by spending just Rs 800 crore. At an inspection of a government school in Mandawali in East Delhi, Sisodia, who also handles the education portfolio, said the BJP’s Delhi unit was making “unfounded allegations” of corruption against the AAP government. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He explained that Rs 2,892 crore included the cost of constructing of state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, laboratories, staircases, music rooms, libraries, corridors, playgrounds, swimming pools, toilets, water and electricity supply systems, waste water treatment systems among others. “The BJP doesn’t want that the kids of the poor people, who have migrated to the national capital from states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in search of livelihood, to get quality education… due to the fear that these students will start questioning them on the state of education in these states,” he said. Advertise With Us He said he was happy that his government was creating modern infrastructure to provide quality education to the children and the results prove it. “Delhi has a pass percentage of 95 per cent, no other state boasts of such an achievement. “We will spend Rs 25 lakh per room if that fulfils our objective of providing quality education to poor students. I am committed to it… even if somebody wants to send me to jail, I am not going to step back,” he said. He also claimed that “the Standing Committee of the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently came out with a proposal to construct 43 rooms in a school at a cost of Rs 10.73 crore, which means Rs 24.95 lakh per room”. “And, this estimate doesn’t include the cost of furniture, electricity fittings, water harvesting systems, sewage treatment plant, corridors, lab equipment etc. This means it is not the AAP but the BJP which is indulging in corruption,” he claimed. During the inspection, Ishika, a Class 12 student, had earlier said, girl students would bring mats to sit as there were no chairs and desks but “all of that has changed now”. A teacher said the staff would un-install fans and tubelights before summer vacations and re-install the after the classes reassembled. “We have got a boundary wall now and as a result, incidents of theft have come down. We would bring water bottles from home as there was no clean drinking water in schools. Now, we have revers osmosis systems installed on every floor,” she said.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 8

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 429 points or 1.27 percent to close at 33,317 on Tuesday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Wednesday:1. Aegis LogisticsMotilal Oswal recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 303Current stock price: Rs 228About the company: Aegis Logistics distributes liquefied petroleum gas and provides logistics and terminalling services in the oil, gas and chemicals sectors. The company also manufactures and distributes oleochemicals and kerosene oil and provides chemical storage facilities.Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 13 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 63 times forward earnings. Aegis Logistics has a market capitalization of Rs 76 billion.2. DCB BankIndependent analyst Kunal Bothra recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 150Current stock price: Rs 157About the company: DCB Bank Limited is a full service commercial bank. The Bank offers consumer banking, commercial banking, and treasury operations.Stock Performance: The stock has edged up 2 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 20 times forward earnings. DCB Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 48 billion.3. State Bank of recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 240Current stock price: Rs 246About the company: State Bank of India provides a wide range of banking and financial services to corporate, institutional, commercial, agricultural, industrial and individual customers throughout India. The bank also provides international banking to its Indian customers and has operations in other countries.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 9 percent in an year and has a market capitalization of Rs 2.1 trillion.4. Ashok LeylandAngel Broking recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 163Current stock price: Rs 141About the company: Ashok Leyland manufactures medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, including buses, tractors, dumpsters, haulage trucks, fire engines, and defense sector vehicles. The Company also manufactures industrial & marine engines, ferrous castings and spare parts for automobiles. Ashok Leyland sells its products in India and abroad.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 57 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 26 times forward earnings. Ashok Leyland has a market capitalization of Rs 413 billion.5. Time TechnoplastINDSEC recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 224Current stock price: Rs 158About the company: Time Technoplast manufactures and sells technology based polymer products for a wide variety of industries.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 60 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 23 times forward earnings. Time Technoplast has a market capitalization of Rs 36 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

Bangladeshi national killed in KL

first_imgA Bangladeshi national has been killed in Malaysia, reports The Star Online.Police are investigating the death following a fight off Jalan Imbi.Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said police received information about the fight at Jalan Walter Grenier at around 9.30am on Sunday.ACP Mohd Sukri said that when police arrived, the victim had already been taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) by an ambulance.He added that checks with HKL found that the victim had died.ACP Mohd Sukri said the victim was a 28-year-old Bangladeshi national.He said the cause of death and the motive for the incident are being investigated.Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Dang Wangi police control centre at 03-26977099 or any nearby police station.last_img

Peter Molyneuxs Godus pretends to be something its not

first_imgGodus lies at the center of a video game hell Venn diagram. It’s a free-to-play mobile game, it was released as early access on Steam, and it was funded through Kickstarter. Adding to that unholy troika, the game was developed by Peter Molyneux, a designer whose long history of descending into madness was disguised as sophisticated creativity because he has a lovely British accent.The glamor spell he cast on us all finally wore off as we played through the past decade of his work — full of him making extravagant promises that he routinely never delivered — but he’s still held in a high-enough regard to where we’ll keep playing through it all just in case. Plus, those games (mainly Fable and its sequels, The Movies) weren’t outright terrible, they just didn’t deliver.He garnered all of that favor from, essentially, creating the beloved god game genre and reinforcing it with a hall-of-fame game every now and then. As the root word of the title suggests, Peter Molyneux’s Godus falls into the very category of genre that he invented. So, once again, the world is going to give a new Molyneux game a shot — just in case.Godus is Molyneux’s take on what he feels a god game should be for the iOS generation. What that boils down to, unfortunately, is a browser builder — like the ever-present OGame or the more recent Ikariam. In the mobile space, the evolution of this genre is represented by games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out. In browser builders, you start with an empty plot of land, gather resources, begin the construction of structures, then wait for their timers to count down so you can build more. This is how you play Godus. It’s not a god game — it’s a browser builder.Unlike browser builders, you don’t get to place large swathes of structures in Godus. Instead, your followers — one of the game’s various resources — automatically place and build them for you provided your plot of land and resource bank meet the structure’s requirements, like having enough space to contain the structure or enough wheat to feed your workers.For what feels like an eternity in Godus, you can only really interact with the game by “sculpting” the land, meaning adding, subtracting, or removing layers of terrain. The layered landscape and bright colors are gorgeous — no question about that — but the way you interact with it all feels like it was designed specifically to annoy. You tediously clear layers of land by poking and dragging your finger, moving it around like a viscous liquid, but it frequently does the opposite of what you want. This isn’t much of an issue on the PC version, as a mouse is much more precise than a non-malnourished-sized finger stabbing an iPhone or iPad.You can smoosh buildings together to make settlements, such as this early farming settlement.Once you have managed to coax the land into obeying, your little worshippers build structures on it, such as huts, farms, bigger huts, or even bigger huts. There is a lot of hut-building. While you wait, you can destroy rocks and trees littered throughout the landscape by poking it with your god-finger, priming clear plots of land for some more huts and farms. Eventually, you can use god powers, like dropping monuments to make your followers build and walk faster, or making it rain so the excruciatingly slow wait-time for wheat to grow is slightly less, but still very excruciating. For a while, wheat acts as a time gate to prevent you from progressing too fast, as you have to wait for it to grow before you can expand your civilization of huts.An early voyage challenge. Your followers must walk from the ship on the left to the temple on the right without being smooshed by the two enemies.While you’re waiting for your crops to grow and buildings to build, you can go on voyages, which is essentially Godus’ mini-game. You sail to (click on) little islands in order, then send your worshippers across a landscape that you have to mold to allow them to reach a temple, avoiding enemies and a time limit. You gain stickers for completing each challenge, which are resources to unlock cards, which in turn are items that unlock powers and bonuses (huts build faster, rocks return more resources when you god-smoosh them, and so on). There is also an enemy civilization to keep your attention, the Astari, who mock and convert your worshippers, but once you get a certain god power or two, you can deal with them in one swoop.The three versions of the game, smartphone, tablet, and PC, also pose a dilemma. You have to log in to play, so if you don’t have a signal, you can’t pop in and set a few timers to start ticking while you’re on the go. If you’re playing on a smartphone, the landscape basically has no idea what your fingers are doing. If you’re playing on your iPad Air, you’re probably not carrying that to the grocery store to sculpt some land while you wait in the checkout line. If you’re playing on the PC and treating the game like a zen garden — a glass of whiskey in hand, listening to the soothing sounds of the game’s admittedly superb soundscape — you’re dealing with an early access title that costs $19.99, whereas the mobile versions are free and advertised as feature complete.You can log into Facebook or the Mobage platform so you can load your save across devices, but many will feel the former is too invasive (and requires the official app, which some of us don’t allow on our devices), and I haven’t been able to get the latter to work.As a game, so far, Godus is very basic, tedious, and the most interesting part is a hidden, giant head of a statuette — buried beneath the layered landscape — that is currently only an Easter egg. Multiplayer is in the mobile version’s future, and it has been (barely) working on PC. The game might be worthwhile if you treat it like a zen garden, and simply sit back and listen to the soundscape while you push landscape around. If not that, though: we played it so now you know that you don’t have to.last_img read more

RemoveDEBRIS Satellite Deployed to Clear Space Junk

first_img Help NASA Develop Autonomous RoversStudy: Moon Is 100M Years Older Than We Thought The RemoveDEBRIS satellite successfully deployed its net technology in orbit—though only to capture simulated space junk.Deployed from the International Space Station this summer, the spacecraft began its experimental phase on Sunday, demonstrating a range of mechanics for cleaning up the cosmos.The satellite was designed, built, and manufactured by a consortium led by the Surrey Space Center at the University of Surrey. It is set to perform four experiments—including the weekend’s use of the net to seize a deployed target.AdChoices广告Stay tuned for news of the first harpoon spearing in orbit.“We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the net technology,” Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Surrey Space Center, said in a statement.“While it might sound like a simple idea, the complexity of using a net in space to capture a piece of debris took many years of planning, engineering, and coordination,” he said. “But there is more work to be done.”It took six years of testing in parabolic flights, special drop towers, and thermal vacuum chambers to perfect Airbus’s net technology, project lead Ingo Retat said, praising his “small team of engineers and technicians.”This marks the first ever demonstration of active debris removal (ADR) technology.The European Space Agency estimates more than 750,000 objects larger than 1 cm in Earth’s orbit—some moving faster than a speeding bullet (approaching speeds of 30,000 MPH).Which is the U.S. government developed the first comprehensive Space Traffic Management Policy, introduced earlier this year by Vice President Mike Pence. As space traffic increases, so do the chances of collisions and the volume of floating remnants.Causing, as we saw twice in recent history, a cosmic mess.In 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite missile test, intentionally destroying its Fengyun-1C weather satellite and creating a debris cloud. Two years later, an accidental impact between an American Iridium satellite and a defunct Russian satellite sent nearly 3,000 pieces of wreckage into orbit.RemoveDEBRIS will continue testing ADR technologies, including a vision-based navigation system that analyzes potential pieces of debris. Eventually, a drag-sail will return the satellite to Earth’s atmosphere, where it will be destroyed, ending the mission.In 2016, space debris struck the ISS, creating a 7mm chip in one of its windows. Airbus previously tried solving the space debris problem with pseudo-satellites that fly forever. Stay up to date on all things celestial here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

PostHarvey cancellations near the 10000 mark Air Canada WestJet issue advisories

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Texas, Travel Alert, WestJet TORONTO — The number of flights cancelled in the wake of Harvey is about to top 10,000 and that’s just within the U.S. Both Air Canada and WestJet have also cancelled flights and both airlines have issued updates for passengers with tickets to affected airports.While Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport says it is closed until further notice, some reports suggest the airport could reopen for commercial traffic on Thursday at noon local time.WestJet says 25 flights between Calgary and Houston have been cancelled since Friday, impacting travel plans for 1,400 passengers.It says aircraft are positioned to resume service when the situation on the ground has improved.WestJet says it is tentatively planning to operate one flight that day and one on Friday. Extra flight segments will be added over the weekend to help transport passengers.Air Canada has cancelled several flights between Houston and airports in Montreal and Toronto. It wouldn’t provide details about the number of passengers affected.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada has implemented a policy for customers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Aug. 26, 2017 and whose itinerary includes a flight between Aug. 26 and Sept. 5, 2017 to, from or via any of the following airports: Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).“If you are scheduled to travel on the above dates, you may contact Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) to change your flight, free of charge, to another date between now and September 20, 2017, subject to availability in the cabin you originally purchased. Otherwise, any fare difference will apply,” says the airline.Passengers may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. In that case, any change fees will be waived, provided they are travelling between now and Sept. 20, 2017. Any fare difference will apply.WestJet has also put out an advisory notifying passengers impacted by Harvey about flexible change and cancel rules. “To review your flight options, please call: WestJet (air-only): 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET). WestJet Vacations: 1-877-737-7001. If you have made an air-only booking through a travel agent, please contact your travel agent directly.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upHurricane Harvey has dumped a record 49.32 inches of rain on Texas. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by With files from The Canadian Press Share Post-Harvey cancellations near the 10,000 mark; Air Canada, WestJet issue advisorieslast_img read more

Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology They face charges of sedition and violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings of more than five people, which carry penalties of up to seven and a half years in prison. No date has been set for their trial.Since overthrowing an elected government in May 2014, the nation’s military rulers have jailed opponents who dared to speak out against them. They have censored the media, forbidden open political debate and ordered that security-related offenses be handled by military courts.Commenting on the court’s decision, a government spokesman warned the students to behave.“Even though they will be released, it doesn’t mean the case is concluded,” said deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd. He urged the students not to “create chaos in society” or to “hold activities like in the past.”The military has spoken of holding national elections but has not said exactly when they could take place, and its latest constitutional draft would curb the powers of elected political leaders.Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the students’ arrests “demonstrate the military junta’s unwillingness to ease its oppressive rule.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for defying the junta’s ban on political gatherings.The university students, 13 men and one woman, have been detained since their arrest on June 26 in Bangkok after leading a series of peaceful anti-coup rallies in the capital and elsewhere. Comments   Share   center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The U.N. human rights office has called for the students’ release and urged the government to review its use of laws that limit freedom of expression and assembly.The European Union has called the arrests “a disturbing development” and said civilians should not be tried in military courts.The students’ case is the latest dilemma for the government, which has come under fire for the country’s long-ignored human trafficking violations and illegal activity in the lucrative fishing industry that could lead to an EU ban on imports from Thailand.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The case sparked international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta’s use of military courts to try civilians and its strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. University professors and students joined dozens of protesters to show support for the students outside the court, across from the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s historic quarter.Amid mounting pressure, the court denied a request from police to extend the students’ pre-trial detention for 12 more days, said defense lawyer Krisadang Nutcharut. They were expected to be released Wednesday morning.Under Thai law, people can be held a maximum of 48 days without formal charges.“The court agreed with our request to release them on grounds that they have no intention to run away,” Kritsadang told reporters outside the courthouse. Journalists were not allowed to attend the hearing. “They can now go back to their studies.”In a June 25 rally, the students wrapped Bangkok’s Democracy Monument in black cloth and called for the junta to “get out.” In May, they conducted peaceful rallies in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen to mark the coup’s first anniversary. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

If the rumor is true and the Cards are interested

first_imgIf the rumor is true and the Cards are interested in Roth, then they will have some decisions to make.With Joey Porter poised to show why he’s the man (we’re still waiting for him to do that for the first time as a Cardinal), Roth could be the simpler solution to the Porter problem.In 87 career NFL games, Roth has 272 tackles, 199 of which were solo. He’s coming off of the best year of his career in Cleveland where he had 59 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks. Read: Roth could be the more practical version of Porter, especially because he’s likely to command a lower salary.Whether or not the Cardinals sign Roth, maybe the rumor alone will make Porter focus and become the player he’s said he can be for Arizona. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away LB/DE Matt Roth is drawing interest from the Saints, Broncos, and Cardinals, per league source.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyProFootballTalkProFootballTalk It looks like the Arizona Cardinals free agency rumors are not slowing down.The latest name spit out by the rumor mill is linebacker and defensive end Matt Roth. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The allnew allsuite

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe all-new, all-suites Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta at Capital Place is now confirming reservations and will be welcoming guests starting 20 June, marking the return of Four Seasons to the Indonesian capital.“Building on our legacy of service excellence, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta will establish a new standard for luxury hospitality in the city with a beautiful new hotel,” promises General Manager Christian Poda. “We look forward to welcoming our local clientèle back to Four Seasons, and to introducing this exciting city to a new generation of international travellers.”The new Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta is the centrepiece of a mixed-use development in Capital Place that also includes an office tower, which is open for business and welcomes its first tenants this month. With gracious interiors by renowned designers Champalimaud Studio and lush tropical landscaping by Bensley Design Studios, the hotel promises to be the city’s preferred address to stay, conduct business or meet with friends and colleagues, as well as host Jakarta’s most prestigious and glamorous events. Hotel features include 125 guest suites with panoramic skyline views, as well as a sanctuary spa and fitness centre, elegant event spaces, and four food and beverage options, including a soaring rotunda on the ground floor, a posh bar and a signature Italian restaurant on the rooftop.Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto, the hotel is 40 minutes by car from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, with easy access to all major business destinations in the city.Be among the first to experience the new Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta: Room reservations are now being accepted for arrivals beginning 20 June 2016, and in celebration of its grand opening, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta has unveiled an introductory offer with special room rate and daily hotel credit of IDR 1,000,000 through 31 July 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more