30 Travel Agents Booked in Punjab Over Detained Indian Immigrants in U.S.

first_imgAbout 25 travel agents have been booked in Kapurthala by the Punjab Police during investigations into illegal entry of several youth from the state into the United States. The action against the travel agents was taken on June 29 after the families of many of these young men from Punjab lodged complaints, the Indian Express reported.Eight out of the 25 travel agents have been named in the FIR, the report added. Cases have been registered against them under Sections 420 and 120 (B) of IPC and 13 of the Punjab Prevention of the Human Smuggling Act, the report cited SSP Sandeep Sharma as saying. The police are identifying the others who may have been involved in sending the youth to the United States through illegal means, after taking lakhs of rupees from their families.Over 35 men from Punjab, including 24 youth from Sultanpur and Ludhiana, have been reported to be detained in various U.S. jails for illegally entering the country via Mexico, the publication said. While 52 Indians are housed in Sheridan Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Oregon, at least 42 others are held at the Otero County Detention Center in New Mexico.The Punjab government has received the names and passport details of those held in Oregon, and the information has been shared with the External Affairs Ministry, the Times of India had reported earlier this week.Most of the Indians detained over illegal entry claimed asylum in the United States citing fears of religious persecution in India. The cases came to light after the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” policy, which allows prosecution of undocumented migrants who enter the United States illegally.The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has written a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, urging the government to take action against agents who lure the Punjabi youth with promises of well-paying jobs and settlement in the United States, the Times of India reported.The youth from Punjab are lured to leave the country and travel abroad by a nexus of human traffickers, officials and politicians in the state, Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director of NAPA, was cited as saying by PTI in an earlier report. Each person is charged Rs 35-50 lakh for arrangements to travel abroad through unscrupulous means, often involving travel through several countries, Chahal added, according to the report.“Human trafficking is a criminal act which affects the global community and consequently Punjabis are too victims of this episode. The Punjabis’ enthusiasm to migrate to affluent countries in search of greener pastures has led the traffickers to exploit them,” Chahal was quoted as saying by the news agency. “Using different modus operandi, people of different backgrounds involved in human trafficking often put the lives of their clients in considerable danger. Failure to reach their promised destination leads to deportation, exploitation, indebtedness, imprisonment and even death,” he added. Related ItemsPunjabUnited Stateslast_img read more

Steaming Rice

first_imgThe Rhode Island Supreme Court has backed an Indian restaurant’s right to sell basmati rice over the objections of a neighboring Chinese restaurant, which claims monopoly of “white rice” in the food court of the shopping mall where it is located. The Cathay Cathay Restaurant’s 2001 lease in the Providence Place Mall gives it “exclusive rights” to sell certain Chinese food items, like lo mein and “white rice — boiled or steamed.” However, four years later the mall carved out an exception for the Gourmet India Restaurant, which while prohibiting it from selling white rice, nonetheless provided that the “sale or use of Basmati rice as a side dish or ingredient shall not be deemed a violation of the prohibition of the sale of rice.”Cathay sued Gourmet India for damages and during trial in 2006, its expert offered testimony that his “organoleptic” (based on visual and taste) analysis found the Indian restaurant was serving white rice that was colored yellow. Cathay claims it pays $35,000 a month in rent, nearly twice what Gourmet India pays, for the exclusive rights. Gourmet India’s Yogi Sood insists rice is a central element of Indian cuisine and to not offer rice is akin to selling a “hamburger without a hamburger bun.” To avoid the “hassle” with his neighbor he colors his rice yellow with saffron, which is commonly used in basmati rice.A lower court ruled in 2006 that Gourmet India was within its rights to sell basmati rice under its lease, a decision that has now been ratified by the Rhode Island Supreme Court in January. The court however left open the issue of whether Gourmet India’s lease might violate Cathay’s lease, which may now be the subject of another trial  Related Itemslast_img read more

Long and Short of Plastic Surgery in India

first_imgWhat they have, they would rather not; and what they don’t, they wish they did.That is what seems to be driving Indian men to cosmetic surgeons in the country.According to the 2016 report of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, India ranks at the top in hair transplant and gynecomastia treatments. Nearly 1 in 4 hair transplants and 11 percent of all gynecomastia procedures worldwide are performed in India, according to the report. The country also was ranked highest for tattoo removals.India ranked 4th in penile enlargement procedures, two notches behind vaginal rejuvenation, which ranked 2nd. The number of male genital procedures was substantially smaller too — just 500 penile enlargements against more than 5,000 vaginal rejuvenations.The country ranked 2nd highest for chemical peel procedures and 3rd for liposuction, rhinoplasty, lower body lift, hair removal and photo rejuvenation.India ranked 5th worldwide in overall cosmetic surgical procedures, behind United States, Brazil, Russia and Mexico and 6th in non-surgical procedures. The country accounts for 3.7 percent of global cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures, almost a fifth of the number in the United States, which ranks at the top.Head and face procedures accounted for 45 percent of all plastic surgeries in India. Breast surgeries constituted 22 percent and other body procedures the remaining 32 percent. Nearly 15 percent of the breast augmentation procedures in India are on women under 17.Among non-surgical procedures, facial rejuvenation accounted for 44 percent, injectables 22 percent and other procedures for 34 percent.Medical tourism accounted for 10 percent of cosmetic treatments in India, principally on patients from UAE, United States and Iraq. Thailand had the highest proportion, 60 percent, of overseas patients, followed by Lebanon, 23 percent.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Reporting Sexual Assault in India is Still ‘A Nightmare’

first_imgFive years ago, India was shocked by the brutal gang rape and murder of a medical student in New Delhi. The government promised change and introduced legal reforms and support services to help victims of sexual violence, including fast-track courts, one-stop crisis centers for women, and guidelines for medical and legal care for victims.A new report by Human Rights Watch, however, reveals that little has changed. Victims of rape and sexual assault are still subjected to humiliation, doubt and hostility when they try to report their experiences, including unnecessary “two-finger” tests and questions about their promiscuity by police, medical and legal workers.The report examines 21 cases, 10 of those involving girls under the age of 18, and those interviewed spoke about how police and medical professionals questioned victims’ moral character and why they were out alone at night.“There is a realization, an acknowledgement from the government that this is a huge challenge,” said Jayshree Bajoria, who authored the report. A lack of enforcement and oversight, and a culture of victim-blaming, she said, means women in India still face doubt and shaming when they approach the criminal justice system.Doctors who are supposed to provide rape victims with free medical care, often forced them to undergo unnecessary “two-finger tests” checking victim’s vaginas “to make degrading and unscientific characterizations” about women’s promiscuity.Many reported police officers were unwilling to record their complaints, instead pressuring victims to privately find a compromise with the perpetrator.Legal assistance and legal aid were not offered to any of the 21 victims despite a Supreme Court ruling that police should provide such assistance and keep a list of legal aid options.When it comes to gender relations, India remains a deeply conservative society. In 2012, the year of the New Delhi gang rape, India was ranked by gender experts as the worst place among G-20 countries to be a woman.Reporting rapes has always been fraught, with the stigma of sexual assault so severe that every attempt is made to keep it silent or just blame the victim.Conservative attitudes also remain widespread, even at the highest levels. Comments from politicians about women asking for it by the way they dress – such as after a widely publicized assault on women in the streets of Bangalore in January – are common.As researcher Madhumita Pandey noted after interviewing a 100 convicted rapists in Indian prisons, the men were not outliers but rather products of the society. “They are really ordinary. What they’ve done is because of upbringing and thought process,” she said.The case of the medical student in New Delhi, however, has prompted efforts to change those attitudes and in addition to the new laws, protests and demonstrations by women are becoming more frequent. But as the recent Human Rights Watch report shows, there still is a long way to go.“Just the act of reporting rape shouldn’t become a nightmare,” report author Bajoria said. “In many ways, this is an early warning that the good intentions and good policies are not working.”© The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

NRI from Punjab Booked for Deserting Wife 15 Days after Marriage

first_imgA Non-Resident Indian (NRI) based in Greece has been booked by the police at Adampur in Jalandhar for deserting his wife only 15 days after marriage. Amarjeet Singh, 50, of Parasrampur village, was booked after his wife Rubi lodged a complaint.Singh married Rubi of Alabhalpur village on Feb. 2, 2012, when she was 18 years old, the Hindustan Times reported. “My husband returned to Greece after 15 days of marriage. He promised me to send visa documents soon. But he has not contacted me so far,” the publication quoted Rubi as saying.Singh has reportedly not been in touch with his wife after they got married. Rubi has been waiting for the last six years for her visa to arrive as her husband. In her complaint she has stated that Singh had called her twice from Greece and after that his cell phone had been switched off.She also claimed that her parents spent Rs 6 lakh on the wedding and gave Rs 3.5 lakh to Singh for arranging a visa for her.Rubi added that she had approached the district court to file for divorce, asking her husband to return the dowry and other expenses borne by her family. She said that two years ago, Singh requested for the matter to be settled with the help of his lawyer. However, he has not tried to contact her ever since. The Adampur Police then registered a case against Singh under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Th government is taking many measures to tackle disputes in NRI marriages and trace husbands who desert their wives. As many as 3,328 complaints about marital disputes filed by Indian women who have NRI spouses were received by the Ministry of External Affairs, and its missions or posts abroad since 2015, the ministry said on Dec. 21 last year.In January, it was announced that registrars from all the states across India will have to upload details associated with NRI marriages on the new website that the Ministry for Women and Child Development is setting up.Also, the integrated nodal agency (INA), an inter-ministerial body that examined the issues faced by women trapped in bad marriages with NRIs, reviewed requests of revocation of 10 passports made by the National Commission for Women. The committee asked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to expedite action.The committee also recommended to the MEA in September 2017 that Aadhaar should be made mandatory for registration of NRI marriages in India, and that NRIs who harass and desert their wives could face severe punishment, including cancellation of passport. Related ItemsSocietywomen’s rightslast_img read more

A Man For All Seasons

first_imgIn the year 2014, German photographer André Lützen visited Arkhangelsk, near White Sea in Russia’s north-western Polar circle, for a month-long residency. He visited the country in March and April when the temperature was still -20 degree Celsius. The cold ensures that life takes place indoors. “I stayed in a two-room apartment with classical Russian architecture. I thought, if you happened to be in a city like this, with five to six months of hard winter, how you would spend time! What could you possibly do?” Lützen says. “I was intrigued by how people create their personal space, where they spend most of the time during the winter season.”His ongoing photo exhibition, titled Living Climate – A Tale Of Three Cities, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/Max Muller Bhavan developed organically from that thought. The exhibition covers Arkhangelsk in Russia, humid Kochi in India and blistering hot Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.“The connecting element of these cities is the extreme climate: the cold in Russia, the monsoon in India and the heat in Sudan,” says Lützen, an alumnus of the International Center of Photography in New York. The exhibition draws upon the interplay of living conditions of the people and climate in the photographs that he took between 2014 and 2017.His set of photographs on Arkhangelsk, called Zhili Byli (Once upon a time…”), features residents creating cave-like havens of intimacy and comfort, with houses having rugs on walls, where they spend most of the year. The freezing world on the outside looks strangely neglected.Arkhangelsk in RussiaAfter Lützen’s residency in Arkhangelsk, he was invited to the Kochi Muziris Biennale and Goethe Institute for a residency in the city in Kerala. Here, he worked with portraits of living space during the monsoon season. He was surprised by the weather — he had expected it to rain for days together. When it is not raining, Kochi is humid. “I had in mind to connect this climatic conditions with that of Russia,” he says.His series on Kochi is called Inside Out, where, as the exhibition note says, heavy rains flood streets, public spaces and force people inside — even though living spaces are crowded and the heat is suffocating.Kochi in KeralaHe traveled to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan situated at the convergence of White Nile and Blue Nile, to take photography workshops. In its oppressive heat and desert climate, he worked on the relationship between people’s ways of living and the extreme heat that touches 50 degrees Celsius in sub-Saharan desert that resulted in the series, called Khartoum.“If not for climate as the common thread, the motif would be privacy. Climate is one thing that connects them, but it’s not the main subject. The main interest is the people living there, their personal space and their intimacy,” says Hamburg-based Lützen, who was born in a small village in Germany.Khartoum, SudanHis photographs show people in their natural, intimate spaces — curled up on the bed, watching television with their feet up, contemplative, unaffected by the presence of a camera. How did he manage to create such vivid moods in his photographs at places where he surely encountered a language barrier?“I worked in all three places with translators and took some time to get to know the people I´m going to photograph,” he reveals. The other way he made his subjects comfortable was through body language and laughter.“When you laugh together, they react. All of a sudden, they develop some kind of first levels of trust. So I always try to get people laughing, by strange communications or making myself a clown in front of them to open up the situation and space to let me photograph them in their privacy,” he elaborates.Even though the landscape, the climate and culture of the three cities were in complete contrast, what he found common was the warmth and friendliness of the people. The people in Khartoum were conservative, so they took time to accept him. Once he was accepted, they were extremely warm.The photographs were taken on an analogue camera — a Mamiya 711. “Working in analog needs more imagination than digital. Somehow, the photo is of a different quality. It seems to have more life,” he says.Lützen’s work involves projects that often lead to exhibitions and book publications. In December last year, he published photographs from Congo in a monograph, called Up-River Book, on the lives of the people, the flora, fauna and the Congo river. The photographs were accompanied with text from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. This was a project he accomplished by travelling to the strife-torn place twice on UN patrol boat.The exhibition “Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities” is being showcased in Uru Art Harbour in Mattancherry, Kochi till Feb. 28. Related ItemsGermanyKochiphotographylast_img read more

MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

first_img“We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Rooney was, is great and that is not a problem

first_img“Haters gonna hate ” – Great  American Philosopher Kanye West Wayne Rooney entered the record books at Wembley last night. Wazza scored his 50th goal for England and became the nation’s highest ever scorer, breaking a 47 year old record.Rooney is on pace to become England’s highest capped player and Manchester United’s highest goal scorer by the age of 32, if his performances hold up that is.Wayne Rooney is a footballing great in any era, in any league, in any context. But no one seems to care. Twitter, which lights up at the smallest thing stayed asleep, the fans and pundits alike let out a collective sigh, acknowledged the inevitability of the moment and eagerly to move on.Rooney was immensely powerful of a teenager with a low centre of gravity, spatial awareness to drift in the lines, vision to see 50 yard diagonals and a motor which just would not die.Rooney was instantly made the great English hope, but this time it seemed warranted. The kid was that good. The following move to Manchester United allowed for multiple Premiere League titles, a Champions League and worldwide fame.In the eyes of many though, this is not enough. Rooney was expected to be the European Pele, be otherworldly and once it became clear he wasn’t, the people moved on. Rooney’s near completeness, his ability to technically do anything he wanted on the pitch with incredible physical attributes, turned against him.The 18 year old played almost all his life with this weight on his shoulders, while his managers used him on the left, right, in the middle, everywhere and wherever help was needed.advertisementRooney toiled away, became a hot streak striker, struggled in tournaments for England and sometimes lit the world on fire, the shadow of 2004 haunted him wherever he turned up. Like any great career.They had hyped him up, so he became overrated. But as first impressions rarely change in sports, people forgot to re-calibrate their opinion and in the process he was so overrated that he became underrated.So now they say that he’s okay  but should’ve been more. Well, the question to ask is can’t Messi be more if he was 6 ft. and stronger? Can’t Ronaldo be more if he started passing more? Can’t Ozil be better if he started shooting more?When the idealistic argument is made in football, like many times in defence of Wenger, his lack of tangible success is brought up. When it comes to measuring Rooney’s greatness, his contribution is forgotten and the argument is around ‘potential’.He’s going to be 30 years old soon, he is what he is, and that’s a damned good player.Wayne Rooney, if he keeps his current pace, will end up as the top 5 international scorers from Europe of all time, will amass over 130 caps, will add to his already numerous titles and will end as Manchester United’s number 10 for nearly a decade.That’s a great career and that’s an all time great player.Rooney is great and that is not a problem.last_img read more

Australia bid farewell to Tim Cahill with easy win over Lebanon

first_imgAustralia bid farewell to totemic forward Tim Cahill with a comfortable 3-0 win over Lebanon in their last friendly on home soil before their Asian Cup title defence in the United Arab Emirates early next year.Scotland-born winger Martin Boyle scored twice on his first international start to give the Socceroos a 2-0 lead at halftime and Mathew Leckie added the third goal in the 68th minute.The night, though, was all about Cahill and a huge roar went up from the crowd at the Olympic Stadium when he came on to win his 108th and final cap for his country in the 82nd minute.Also read – What does football legend Tim Cahill do on off day? Play a ‘bit of cricket’Looking sprightly despite approaching his 39th birthday, the last survivor of Australia’s ‘golden generation’ was cheered every time he touched the ball but was unable to add to his record tally of 50 international goals. “This is the only time you’re going to see me cry,” an emotional Cahill said at a post-match presentation.”Every time I wore the green and gold, I played with my heart and I never left anything on the pitch. Thank you very much Australia.”Also read – Australian football legend Tim Cahill catches up with Virat Kohli in BrisbaneIn 15 years as an international, Cahill scored five goals at four editions of the World Cup finals – including the first ever by an Australian – and also helped the Socceroos to their Asian Cup triumph on home soil in 2015.advertisementThe lack of a consistent goalscorer has long been earmarked as a problem for Australia in the post-Cahill era but Boyle, whose father was born in Sydney, indicated that he might be at least part of the solution.It’s an hour and a half after the full time whistle, and @Tim_Cahill is still out meeting every last fan. #ThanksTim pic.twitter.com/dtU1Aewpx0Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 20, 2018Coach Graham Arnold made wholesale changes to the side that drew 1-1 with South Korea on Saturday and Boyle, who made his debut off the bench in Brisbane, grasped his opportunity with both hands.Lively from the start, he opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he surged down the left flank, cut inside and unleashed a shot which took a healthy deflection off the back of defender Joan Oumari and ballooned into the net.His second was a tap-in four minutes before halftime after Milos Degenek had glanced Aaron Mooy’s corner onto the crossbar with a powerful header.It’s after midnight, two and a half hours after the game has finished, and @Tim_Cahill is still out meeting the fans. #ThanksTim pic.twitter.com/S0lTRPMkvECaltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 20, 2018Leckie, one of the forward talents Australia hope will develop the scoring touch at international level, extended the lead with a fine half volley from a Boyle pass two minutes after coming on as a substitute.Also read – Australia’s record goalscorer Cahill is a fan of Tendulkar and KohliLebanon, who will make only their second appearance at the continental championships in January, defended stoutly but offered little in attack despite the noisy backing of a big contingent from Sydney’s large Lebanese community.Skipper Hassan Maatouk was their biggest threat and had the best chance to score but lashed his shot across the face of the goal from a tight angle in the 84th minute.Also read –last_img read more

HOT START FOR SCHOOL TOUCH CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgSCHOOL TOUCH STARS SOAK UP THE SUN The Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament got underway today, much to the delight of eager players, referees, spectators and tournament organisers who gathered together for the Tournament Opening Ceremony before the first round of fixtures. The band played, the athletes marched, the oath was taken, and the anthem was sung with patriotic fervour. Sort of like the Olympics, minus half finished venues and Jana’s knee. The Gold Coast did their best as host venue by matching the warm weather with a cosy reception for the visiting Touch fraternity. After exchanging pleasantries, it was down to business as the first day of competition began in earnest. Traditional heavyweights of the school Touch scene QLD and NSW, began strongly in both the respective Girls and Boys 12 Years, and Girls and Boys 15 Years age divisions. The Qld 12 Years Girls team began the quest for their tenth straight National crown with impressive 24 – 0, and 15 – 0 victories over their opponents today with Sarah Monaghan and Emilee Cherry leading the way in an impressive team effort. NSW also began well in this division, recording 7-1, and 14 – 0 score lines which augers well for their progression in the tournament. South Australia and ACT recorded a win and a loss, with Tasmania, NT, and Victoria coming up empty in their two outings thus far. Never mind, there are plenty more touchdowns and victories in `them there fields’. The 12 Years Boys division is already shaping as a showdown between the Maroons and Blues with both teams finding form immediately and clocking up touchdowns `quicker than a Zyrtec’ as they recorded big victories in their two round games today. ACT are not about to let bragging rights and the title go easily to the QLD and NSW powerhouses, also beginning impressively, registering a well structured 8 -1 win over South Australia, then dominating Tasmania by 20 – 0. Qld flexed their muscles with a 28 – 0 opening against Tasmania, and backed up with an emphatic 15 – 0 victory over Northern Territory. NSW, not to be outdone, began brilliantly with a 12 – 0 win over Northern Territory, then completed the day with a comprehensive victory over South Australia 29 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania are sure to benefit from the standard of the competition in the coming days, and will look to improve on their first day efforts. QLD and NSW head the table in the 15 Years Girls with dominant displays on day one. Ali Briggenshaw and Samantha Hopkins are leading the way for a rampaging QLD team who hold an impressive 53 – 2 for and against record after their three victories on the opening day of competition. NSW also swept aside their opening day opponents with three emphatic wins, which indicates they are on track and building for a great tournament. SA, ACT, TAS, and WA have one win a piece, whilst Victoria and NT still have some work to do, but plenty of opportunities, to record their first tournament victory tomorrow . The 15 Years Boys has seen QLD, NSW, and the ACT dominating proceedings at the end of day one. The ACT recorded a 4-1 victory over NT, then backed up with a 10 -5 win over WA and then produced a solid effort to defeat South Australia 7 – 2 and make it three wins from as many games. QLD opened their 2004 tournament account with an 18 -0 romp over SA. NSW disposed of Victoria 11 -2 in their opening round to set up a heavyweight rumble with QLD in their second round encounter. The game was a great advertisement for attacking touch which Qld eventually won 8 – 4. (see game of the day report) Northern Territory recorded two victories from three games today, whilst WA and Tasmania fought out a 3-3 draw, the first of the tournament. South Australia and Victoria are toiling hard and will look to tomorrow for an improved showing. So that was day one! Tents disassembled, ice to the injury site, sunburn to be treated, videos to pour over, defences to be addressed and attacking plans to be hatched and then… we’ll do it all again tomorrow. The weather is sure to get hotter and so will the competition with tomorrow featuring the marquee QLD v NSW clashes in the 12 Years Girls and Boys and the 15 Years Girls. The ACT will take on both NSW and QLD in the 15 Years Boys in top of the table encounters in that division. All teams will have adjusted to the tempo of the tournament by tomorrow and I’m sure will pack their best game day faces in their kit bag, get down to Owen Park if you can for what promises to be a fantastic day of competition. By Karley Bankslast_img

Time to end debate and build Trans Mountain pipeline president says

first_imgVANCOUVER – The president of a company planning a controversial pipeline expansion in Western Canada says the debate about Trans Mountain is over and its time to get on with construction.Ian Anderson of Kinder Morgan Canada says the company’s Trans Mountain pipeline has undergone the most rigorous environmental review process in the country’s history.The $7.4-billion pipeline proposal has prompted fierce opposition from environmentalists, First Nations, and the B.C. New Democrat government, all of whom are fighting the project in federal court.Anderson was in Vancouver addressing the region’s board of trade and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was scheduled to deliver a keynote address later in the day.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, says in a statement that while politicians try to muster support for the project First Nations are planning costly delays that will force the expansion to be cancelled.Vancouver is one of several stops for Notley who is on a pro-pipeline tour across Canada touting the importance of the energy industry for the overall economy.last_img read more

PayPal ordered to disclose business account information to Canada Revenue Agency

first_imgCALGARY – The records of Canadians who use PayPal business accounts to make and receive payments will soon be in the hands of the federal government’s tax-collecting agency.The online payments company said Wednesday it has been given 45 days to hand over information identifying its account holders and the amount and number of payments they paid or received between Jan. 1, 2014, and last Friday to the Canada Revenue Agency.“We are required to disclose information about business account holders who have received or sent a payment,” it says on its website. “Affected account holders have been notified.”CRA spokesman Patrick Samson confirmed that the agency received Federal Court of Canada authorization to request the information, part of a crackdown on Canada’s underground economy.“Specifically, the CRA is seeking PayPal’s list of Canadian clients who have a commercial account, including the total value of their transactions (purchases and sales) from 2014 to the date of the requirement,” he said.“The information obtained through the unnamed persons requirement will allow the CRA to ensure that these individuals and corporations comply with their tax obligations under the Income Tax Act.”PayPal Canada says it has more than 6.4 million active users, although that includes personal accounts which are not affected by the CRA move.Hussein Warsame, a tax professor with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, linked the data grab to the federal government’s 2017 budget, which provided a five-year funding boost to the CRA to fight tax evasion by investigating the underground economy.“They think people who use PayPal are probably avoiding tax and therefore they’re using the extra funding to basically look for low-hanging fruit,” he said.“It is a fishing expedition, in many ways.”He said the agency is likely offering the 45-day window to allow people who haven’t paid their taxes as required to file tax revision forms and come back into compliance with the tax act.Warsame said the files could allow the CRA to identify people who have had more than $30,000 in business revenue over 12 months, which means they should be registered to collect and remit the GST.It also may identify people or corporations who owe corporate or personal income taxes. If caught, they will have to pay the tax, plus penalties and interest. If the tax avoidance is deliberate, it could be considered tax evasion and result in a criminal charge, he said.He said Canadians are required to retain tax records for six years and recommended that PayPal customers pull together their records to prepare for potential audits.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

45 sites nominated this year for inclusion on UNESCO World Heritage List

The committee that oversees requests for inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List will have 45 nominated sites to choose from when it meets for its annual session next month in New Zealand, UNESCO has announced. The nominated sites this year include 11 natural sites (one of which is an extension to a site already listed), 32 cultural sites and two mixed sites, according to a press release issued by UNESCO yesterday. Some 39 countries are presenting sites for inscription, while two of the nominated sites cross national boundaries.The 21-member World Heritage Committee, comprised of representatives of the 184 States Parties to UNESCO’s 1972 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, is holding its annual session in Christchurch from 23 June to 2 July.Each year the committee adds new sites to the World Heritage List, and there are now 830 sites of “outstanding universal value” that have been inscribed – including 644 cultural sites, 162 natural sites and 24 mixed sites.Under the nominating process, States Parties propose sites, and their applications are reviewed by either the International Council on Monuments and Sites or the World Conservation Union before the committee decides whether to inscribe the sites on the World Heritage List.This year’s nominated sites come from the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Viet Nam.During the session in Christchurch, the committee will examine the state of conservation of 31 World Heritage sites which have been inscribed on a separate list of World Heritage in Danger because of threats from natural disasters, pillaging, pollution, poorly managed mass tourism or other problems.That list includes the cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).A working session will be devoted to the state of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls, UNESCO said, adding the session would focus in particular on the recent archaeological excavations at the Mughrabi ascent.The committee will also examine a strategy to reduce the risks to World Heritage sites posed by disasters, the impact of climate change and the definition of the concept of “outstanding universal value,” which serves as the basis for inscription on the list. 1 June 2007The committee that oversees requests for inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List will have 45 nominated sites to choose from when it meets for its annual session next month in New Zealand, UNESCO has announced. read more

Brothers who pocketed €8000 in cash from bartending at Dublin charity concert

first_imgBrothers who pocketed €8,000 in cash from bartending at Dublin charity concert given community service Brothers John and Conal McGinley had pleaded guilty to one count of theft at the July 2016 gig in Dublin’s Marlay Park. 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 42,788 Views Share83 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3444358 Source: Shutterstock/Lucky_LiA LONDON FINANCIER and his university student brother who stole over €8,000 in cash while working as charity barmen at a music festival have been ordered to perform community service.25-year-old John McGinley stole €5,275 in cash, and his younger brother, Conal McGinley (22) stole €3,370, while they were working behind the bar in Marlay Park, Dublin for Workers Beer Company, a charity organisation that raises funds at music festivals.Both brothers, with an address at Belturbet, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to one count of theft at Marlay Park on 8 July 2016.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that wads of cash were found in the brothers’ pockets, shoes and their car after they were observed by gardaí to be pocketing money while working behind the bar instead of putting it in the charity bucket.John McGinley, who held a good job at a financial firm in London, had at the time fallen into the hands of loan sharks while gambling in the UK. Conal McGinley was completing a degree in business at the time.The court heard that John McGinley committed the offence because of this gambling debt, and Conal McGinley took the money to help his brother out. Both men made immediate admissions when interviewed by gardaí. They have no previous convictions.Judge Cormac Quinn said both young men were highly educated, having attended third level education. They came from a good family, and had experienced stigma in their own community as a result of the offence.He noted both men had also lost employment opportunities as a result of the matter.Judge Quinn ordered that the brothers each participate in 180 hours community service, within the next year, in lieu of 11 months’ imprisonment.The judge had originally ordered the community service in lieu of 12 months’ imprisonment but reduced this following a submission from Keith Spencer BL, for Conal McGinley, that a 12-month sentence “would close doors” in terms of immigration, if either of the young men wished to travel to America or another country in the future.Read: Care worker who locked out woman with intellectual disability awarded €15,000 for unfair dismissalRead: Man accused of abducting, and stealing savings from, his own elderly father granted bail Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 5:54 PM By Liz Farsaci and Isabel Hayes Short URL Jun 14th 2017, 5:54 PM last_img read more

Curiosity le robot plus fort que la tempête solaire

first_imgCuriosity : le robot plus fort que la tempête solaireLa mission du robot Curiosity ne sera finalement pas compromise par la tempête solaire sur Mars.Alors que beaucoup de spécialistes craignaient que le robot Curiosity ne pâtisse des conséquences d’une lourde tempête solaire, dont les vents sont souvent très vifs, il n’en sera finalement rien. Le robot, dont on craignait qu’il ne puisse poursuivre son exploration, n’a finalement pas été endommagé par cette tempête solaire, dont les scientifiques redoutaient la violence, potentiellement dangereuse pour la suite de la mission.C’est l’équipe Twitter de la mission Curiosity qui a directement annoncé la bonne nouvelle, via le réseau social : “C’est tout ce que tu as dans le ventre Soleil ? La tempête est moins grave que prévue” a t-on pu lire. Depuis quelques semaines, la mission Curiosity connait quelques petits contretemps, à cause notamment de problèmes informatiques, qui “ont ralenti la progression de l’engin martien” selon BFM TV. Le 9 mars 2013 à 11:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bayer holds monthlong summer events programme for staff

first_imgLife sciences organisation Bayer has rewarded its UK-based staff with a summer activity programme, which included free lunchtime barbeques and an Olympics-themed event.Bayer, which employs 1,000 staff across three UK sites, introduced the ‘Cool Summer’ programme with the aim of creating a more relaxed atmosphere for employees over the summer, when staff numbers are often reduced while colleagues are on holiday.The month-long programme was held at the organisation’s head office in Newbury in August 2016, with around 500 employees taking part in one or more of the events.Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Bayer held its own ‘Baylympics’ event as part of the summer programme, where employees represented different countries and were able to compete in a range of activities such as darts, Wii games and office chair racing.Winners’ prizes included vouchers for the staff restaurant, while those who preferred not to compete could still take part as games makers or spectators.As well providing free lunchtime barbeques, ice creams and cakes, Bayer also set up outdoor-themed open spaces for informal meetings with colleagues, featuring deck chairs and bean bags. Games such as a Lego board and giant jigsaws were available, and employees were also able to participate in an organisation-wide book swap initiative.Gary Bothe, head of HR at Bayer UK and Ireland, said: “We are driven by the passion to innovate and the power to change. The ethos to do things differently motivates our people. Our culture and how we treat our people is what helps us attract and retain the best talent in the industry. “Cool Summer has been a very popular initiative and, given its success, it’s something we’ll look to repeat on an annual basis.”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday June 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, June 17, 2019:#1) The History Of Silver LakeThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a panel discussion on the History of Silver Lake at 7pm. Learn more about Silver Lake and its history, known in various eras to be a vacation hot spot, a scene of commercial ice harvesting, a vibrant local neighborhood and more! Panelists will be past and present residents of the area and will discuss life in the neighborhood, local legends and myths surrounding Silver Lake, and how this district fits into the larger Wilmington and Tewksbury communities. This event is a collaboration of the Wilmington Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, with the support of the Wilmington Historical Commission, Wilmington Town Museum and Tewksbury Historical Society. Register HERE.#2) Caregivers Support Group MeetingThe Wilmington Senior Center’s Caregivers Support Group will meet from 10:30am to noon. This support group is opened to all who are interested. If you are caring for a loved one, please join us. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Pickett, our Case Manager at 978-657-7595.#3) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Monday activities — blood pressure clinic (9am); SBF Exercise Class (9:45am); Special Exercise Class (11am); Wii Bowling (12:30pm); and a Watercolor Class (12:30pm.)#4) Boys Basketball & Field Hockey Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child.  Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic.  (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The History Of Silver LakeIn “Videos”LIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Reading Kickoff On June 15; History Of Silver Lake On June 17In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

ACLU Misconduct Claims By Children Are Widespread At Border

first_imgThe American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released documents detailing widespread allegations of misconduct by U.S. border authorities toward children, including kicking one in the ribs, denying medical attention to a pregnant teen who complained of pain and threatening others with sexual abuse.Its report is based on more than 30,000 pages of government documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests and a subsequent lawsuit. The allegations date from 2009 to 2014 and, according to its authors, number in the hundreds.Customs and Border Protection strongly denied the claims, as it has rejected similar accusations of widespread excessive use of force in recent years. The documents compiled by the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for the ACLU are partially redacted, making it more difficult to assess the allegations and findings.Homeland Security’s internal watchdog agency has reviewed the claims and found them unsubstantiated, said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage. In 2014, the department’s inspector general investigated 16 cases of alleged child neglect and abuse — out of 116 that advocacy groups had compiled — and reported that federal prosecutors declined to file charges because there was no evidence of crimes.“The false accusations made by the ACLU against the previous administration are unfounded and baseless,” said Hetlage.Mitra Ebadolahi, an attorney for the ACLU’s border litigation project, said the quantity of the allegations as well as their consistency — spanning several years and several states and coming from children with differing backgrounds — indicates some level of truth.“These records document a pattern of intimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation between 2009 and 2014. These records also reveal the absence of meaningful internal or external agency oversight and accountability,” says the report, which was co-authored by the University of Chicago Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.The ACLU began publishing the government documents online Wednesday and plans to post material, including audio recordings. Among the cases described in the initial release of documents:—A 15-year-old girl traveling alone said a Border Patrol agent in Campo, California, threatened to rape and her put her in foster care while deporting the rest of her family if she didn’t volunteer to return to Mexico. A Customs and Border Protection investigation found no wrongdoing;—A 13-year-old boy who was held at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas, said he was assigned to a “freezing cold room” with nothing more than boxer shorts for 24 hours;—A 16-year-old girl says she and her 2-year-old brother were detained for four days by the Border Patrol in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, sleeping on the floor without blankets and were not allowed to shower or brush their teeth.Below is the full report, “Neglect and Abuse of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.” Sharelast_img read more