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Peters band sought legal advice to hide bonuses after Kinder Morgan dealPeters band sought legal advice to hide bonuses after Kinder Morgan deal

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe Peters band council in British Columbia sought legal advice on what to call bonuses and “reasonable” amounts without getting into trouble with the federal government months after receiving over $2.5 million from Kinder Morgan.“I’m just wondering if you’ve come up with any wording for us RE: ‘bonus’ and amounts etc,” wrote former Peters First Nation councillor Leanne Peters in an email to the band’s lawyer May 5, 2016.Leanne Peters, who is now a staff member for the band, was following up on what appears to have been a phone call with their former lawyer Maya Stano of Gowling WLG in Vancouver based on another email.The emails were obtained by APTN News in an ongoing investigation into Peters, which is under an RCMP investigation and KPMG is also conducting a financial review based on allegations of misappropriation of funds. The KPMG review recently received an extension as a draft report was due July 31. In depth: APTN opens the books on Peters reserve, finds questionable payments, INAC’s role in questionSee also: INAC launches financial review of B.C. First Nation, while RCMP continues investigationBoth the RCMP and KPMG have copies of the emails.APTN is quoting the emails as they were written.“Hi I spoke to Maya she said she is glad I asked her there was a band in the lower mainland who got into trouble with giving themselves so much money and them calling it a bonus etc.,” wrote Leanne Peters May 3, 2016 to Chief Norma Webb, Coun. Victoria Peters and staff members.“She asked if she could get back to us on Thursday, I said that was fine as as is very busy the next two days. She will let us know what we should call it and give us amounts that are reasonable …”Stano wrote Peters council May 6, 2016 saying “it’s a bit of a tricky area with conflict of interest concerns arising, as well as how the fiduciary duties that council owes to the band come into play” and said she would need to get to back to council to give her “best advice.”“Recent case law makes this something we need to make sure we get absolutely right,” wrote Stano from her iPhone according to the email.APTN was not able to obtain any further emails on the matter and wrote Stano asking if she counselled Peters on how to give themselves money without getting into trouble.Stano did not respond, but the CEO of the Gowling WLG did a couple days later.“Gowling WLG has not advised the Chief and Council to authorize bonus payments to themselves, nor to disguise any such payments, whether in the form of meeting per diem/Honoria or otherwise,” wrote Peter Lukasiewicz.Lukasiewicz said Gowling also did not provide any advice to administration or staff.Stano was one of the lawyers Peters had during its negotiation with Kinder Morgan over the expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline.Peters signed what’s known as a Mutual Benefits Agreement with Kinder Morgan in January 2016 to allow the company to put a second pipeline through its territory.The deal is worth millions of dollars over the next 20 years.Related: Promise to dying mother sees daughter take on ‘rigged’ band council to bring her family homeAs of April 2016, Peters had $985,000 in a separate bank account, known as its Kinder Morgan account, according to bank statements obtained by APTN.Records show $200,000 was transferred from the Kinder Morgan account to its main bank account June 28, 2016.Peters council has refused to answer questions from APTN.Peters First Nation is a reserve of 12 homes about two hours east of Vancouver along the TransCanada Highway.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral details plans for global AIDS fundSecretaryGeneral details plans for global AIDS fund

Addressing the World Health Assembly, Mr. Annan said that in order to encourage development in many countries, the runaway contagion of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases must be contained.”The devastation wrought by HIV/AIDS is now so acute that it has itself become one of the main obstacles to development,” the Secretary-General told representatives of the World Health Organization’s 191 Member States participating in the Assembly.Mr. Annan also detailed plans for the Global AIDS and Health Fund, which he first proposed at an African summit meeting last month. “The Fund would be governed by an independent Board, on which all significant stakeholders would be represented — including, of course, the governments of developing countries,” he said. “In addition, there would be a small secretariat, to do the day-to-day administration, and a strong advisory body, on which the best international experts would be asked to serve.”Mandated to set broad policies to support national strategies, the Board “would insist on transparency and accountability, so that we can be sure the money is being spent in ways that are effective, and that it is reaching the people who need it most,” the Secretary-General stressed.Muting concerns that the proposal would pull money away from current health programmes, Mr. Annan emphasized that the Fund “must be additional to existing funds and mechanisms, not just a new way of channelling money that is already earmarked for development.”Calling on governments and donors to contribute to the Fund, the Secretary-General said, “We must give hope to those infected with HIV, enabling them to plan for life instead of preparing for death, and we must give hope to humanity — hope that the spread of the disease can indeed be halted and reversed, and that future generations will not have to live under its shadow.”So far, the United States has donated $200 million to the Fund, while Mr. Annan has personally pledged the $100,000 grant he will receive along with the Philadelphia Liberty Medal which he will be awarded later this year. read more

UN EU agree on crisis management rolesUN EU agree on crisis management roles

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the current EU president, signed a Joint Declaration on UN-EU Cooperation in Crisis Management, which defines their roles in military and civilian relief operations and disaster situations.The Secretary-General “hopes that this step will lead to even closer cooperation between the two organizations in both military and civilian areas of crisis management,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.”The Secretary-General is particularly pleased that the declaration outlines specific area where practical cooperation can advance, such as training, planning, communications and ‘lessons learnt’,” the statement added.

A disaster from day one Is this the end of Britains firstA disaster from day one Is this the end of Britains first

Britain’s first official red light district has been branded a failure by one of its key architects amid speculation that the controversial scheme maybe on the brink of collapse.The local politician who helped mastermind the zone in Leeds admitted the women working the streets were still at risk of violence and neighbouring residents had seen a surge in sex and drug-taking in their streets, parks and woods, sometimes in full view of children. Kerb-crawling men are meanwhile evading prosecution from the police’s “hands-off” approach.A crisis meeting to be held between residents and the council, police and health chiefs on Tuesday will hear strong calls for the ending of the scheme. “Our argument is that it’s not appropriate to have girls bought and sold on our streets in 2018,” said Claire Bentley-Smith, a resident.Mark Dobson, the executive councillor who helped set up the zone, called for a major overhaul:  “Unless the scheme is seen to work, it will fail and it is failing.”Former international development secretary Hillary Benn, the local MP, has also said the scheme “is not working in its own terms” and has called for a “rethink.” “It was a disaster from day one. Other criminals came into the area quick as a flash. Drug dealers, pimps, even traffickers that brought the women from Romania… the women were given carte blanche and it was like there was a total amnesty on any of the scumbags buying and selling the girls,” added the officer.Leeds managed zone was created in October 2014 in the largely industrial district of Holbeck, with men free to kerb crawl for prostitutes in the area between 8pm and 6am. Sex in public, however, remained an offence against public decency.As a result, residents said it had turned into a “meet-and-greet” area with the prostitutes, 90 per cent of whom are drug addicts, and their clients decamping to neighbouring residential streets, parks and woodland to have sex, leaving behind condoms and syringes that have been found by children.The ward which includes the neighbouring residential area of Beeston as well as Holbeck has seen a doubling in reports of rapes and sexual assaults although council say this is result of increased reporting by the women. Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith set about taking action after her local primary school became scene to condoms, needles and soiled tissues discarded by prostitutesCredit:Charlotte Graham In contrast, A Nordic-style approach in Ipswich following the murder of five prostitutes in 2006 saw a ban on kerb-crawling clear the streets with nearly all of the women still out of prostitution, Brian Tobin, of the Iceni charity, told The Telegraph.  An independent evaluation by the University of East Anglia judged it a “clear and sustained success” in tackling kerb crawling and helping the women. Superintendent Kerry Cutler said they enacted a multi-agency approach to get women off the street “straight away” if they received any alerts about prostitutes, allied to zero tolerance of kerb crawling.By contrast, figures obtained by The Telegraph show the trade in prostitutes in Germany doubled in value to euros 14.6bn after legalisation in 2002, fuelled by an influx of migrants from Eastern Europe. Chloe, 23, a prostitute since she was 16 who was being “pimped” in Holbeck by her drug-dealing boyfriend told The Telegraph: “I don’t know why people think the zone would ever work. All it meant was the dirty bastards came there knowing that they could do anything they wanted to us and loads of men would come to gawp at us and laugh. That’s the bit I hated the most.”Rosa, 26, a prostitute since she was 18, said she was regularly asked for unprotected sex and was threatened with gang rape in front of a community police officer. The zone meant the men were “more cocky than usual because they don’t get arrested and still treat women like dirt,” she said.Last week a prostitute was run down by a client after a row over payment.Among complaints are:A prostitute injecting drugs into her groin in a car in a residential street in full view of a mother of a 14 year old and a drugged prostitute with no shoes on staggering into traffic on a snowy winter’s morning as mothers did their school runs.Businessman Ian Staines who was forced to close for a day just before Christmas at a cost of £10,000 in lost work after a prostitute was caught having sex against the wall of his firm’s building and claimed she had been raped, leading to the area being sealed off. He says he is calling the police three times a week to report breaches of the time limits on kerb crawling.Matthew Sullivan, a father of four who discovered his local wood carpeted with almost 100 discarded needles after seeing a punter disappear in to the trees to have sex. He also recounts a prostitute returning to have sex four times in the space of 12 hours with four different men on a park bench, in a car and in the woods behind his house.A spokesman for Safer Leeds said creation of the zone had led to an increase in reporting of crimes – rising from 7 per cent to 50 per cent reported to the National Ugly Mugs scheme as a result of which there had been “landmark” convictions of people who would otherwise have continued to offend. The data on offences also covered Beeston, which was not part of the managed area, he added. In Leeds, a senior police officer told The Telegraph the force had “given up” and was failing to find a way out of prostitution for the girls who are “dying because of being abused, the drugs and the booze while the punters go home to their wives to watch the football.” Local resident Claire Bentley-Smith He said it had made changes in response to residents’ complaints included a dedicated policing team and increased spending on cleaning. The scheme was under continuous review to meet its aims of finding a long-term solution afters of previous initiatives. “Further steps will be taken and further options considered as appropriate,” he said. Syphilis rates in the city have doubled since 2014, gonorrhoea has marginally increased and chlamydia among 15-24 year olds is up by 30 per cent, and is almost 75 per cent higher than the national rate, according to Public Health England. The prevalence of HIV has risen slightly although new diagnoses are down in line with the national trend. The red light district, launched in 2014, is at the heart of a national and international debate over the most effective way of regulating prostitution to combat trafficking, violence against women and high rates of sexual diseases including HIV. Organisations including Amnesty International, UNAIDS and the medical journal The Lancet called for decriminalisation of prostitution after a 2014 Lancet paper claimed it could slash HIV global rates by up to 46 per cent. However, the laissez faire model on which the forecast was based has been criticised for failing to factor in the possibility that demand for prostitution and trafficked women and girls would expand if the legislative lid was lifted.A Telegraph investigation in locations including Leeds, Bangladesh, Germany and Holland suggests the “hands-off” approach is unwinding fast, creating more harm than it prevents.It reflects a shift politically where a growing number of Tory and Labour MPs are pushing for the “Nordic model” of regulation to be introduced in Britain under which the buying of sex is made illegal while prostitutes are helped to escape the sex trade.The policy is already in place in countries including Ireland, Northern Ireland and France. Proponents say it reduces prostitution and cuts people trafficking as well as helping prostitutes exit the trade. [They] came there knowing they could do anything they wanted to usChloe, 23 As a result, Germany is introducing a new law enforcing mandatory health checks on prostitutes to combat rises in sexual diseases and bans on brothels advertising sex without a condom and on flat rate deals where men pay a fixed sum to have sex with as many women as they want in a day.Holland is also facing a backlash after trafficking trials, the first national protest against the exploitation of women in prostitution, rising gonorrhoea rates among prostitutes linked to unprotected oral sex and moves to introduce a new law to make it illegal to knowingly have sex with a trafficked woman.Additional reporting by Rory HannaProtect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Health experts say there has been a rise in sexual disease rates due to brothels actively advertising unprotected sex to punters. One of the biggest brothel owners is currently on trial for trafficking, exploitation of prostitutes, pimping and fraud. read more

University lecturers agree to enter new Croke Park talksUniversity lecturers agree to enter new Croke Park talks

first_imgA UNION REPRESENTING staff in third-level institutions has agreed to enter talks on a new Croke Park deal.The decision was made at an emergency meeting held by the executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) this morning as other unions representing the education sector – including the three teachers’ unions which rejected the Croke Park II deal – attended talks at the Labour Relations CommissionMike Jennings, the general secretary of IFUT, sounded a note of caution and said that it was now up to the government negotiators to prove that talks are not just an attempt to persuade people to accept proposals that have already been rejected by IFUT members.“IFUT will be going into the talks to investigate if it is possible to achieve meaningful changes to the previously unacceptable and rejected proposals,” he said.Talks are continuing at the Labour Relations Commission today in a bid to put together a new public sector pay deal, which may include separate agreements with different sectors.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said that the €300 million targeted in savings for this year may not be met but that the government is still optimistic of saving €1 billion in total between now and 2015.Read: Pay talks continue as coalition concedes €300 million target might be missed >last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to knowLunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. Tragic news from Sligo today – the bodies of two brothers were found at their home yesterday evening. The nine-year-old had been stabbed and it is believed his older brother took his own life. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland2.  The Palestinian death toll in the current Gaza conflict has now passed a shocking 500 and the UN has called for an immediate truce. Meanwhile, our readers think the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland should be expelled from the country: 4. Today marks the first National Farm Safety Awareness Day, with families being urged to review the safety on their farms. Fourteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year – a 70% rise on last year. 5. A judgement of nearly €2.5 million has been registered against former minister of state John Perry and his wife over unpaid loans, RTÉ reports. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland6. The political version of Electric Picnic is currently underway in Donegal. The MacGill Summer School kicked off this morning and a number of government ministers will get a chance to have their say in the coming days. Source: our-life-the-edm via TumblrRead the rest of today’s news> South Tipperary IFA Chairman, Simon Ryan and his family review safety on their farm #FarmSafetyDay— Irish Farmers’ Assoc (@IFAmedia) July 21, 2014 Source: Irish Farmers’ Assoc/Twitter 3. It’s official: From today children are banned from using sunbeds. Fake tan retailers across the country must be rejoicing.last_img read more

NGO Asylum seekers poorly treated in GreeceNGO Asylum seekers poorly treated in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An international rights group has urged the European Union to pressure Greece into ending its “abusive” treatment of illegal migrants.A Human Rights Watch report released last week accused the Greek government of detaining migrants, including unaccompanied children, in poor conditions, and denying them proper access to the asylum process.“Greece’s abusive detention and illegal expulsion of migrants has gone unchecked for too long,” Simone Troller, a researcher at the rights group, said. “With a new government in place, ending this abuse, protecting migrant children and reforming asylum practices should be urgent priorities for Athens, and for Brussels.”But Giorgos Petalotis, a spokesman for the Greek government, said the new Papandreou government was committed to protecting human rights, citing their “decision to create a new citizen’s rights ministry” as evidence.last_img read more

Retired Marine Completes Rock N Roll Marathon Eight Months After Losing LegRetired Marine Completes Rock N Roll Marathon Eight Months After Losing Leg

first_imgRetired Marine Completes Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Eight Months After Losing Leg Anjalie Tandon June 3, 2019 Anjalie Tandon, Posted: June 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Retired Marine Peter Keating had his leg amputated eight months ago. This past weekend he finished the full Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes interviews him for the full story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver school budget options take shapeVancouver school budget options take shape

first_img• Vancouver: The final advisory committee meeting is 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the Jim Parsley Administrative Services Center (Board Conference Room), 2901 N.E. Falk Road, next to Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.Anyone interested is welcome to observe — there were all of two guests on Wednesday — but public testimony will not be taken.For updates:• Evergreen: Public forums will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the school auditoriums: March 23 at Union High School, 6201 Friberg-Strunk Road; March 31 at Heritage High School, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave.Evergreen will host a live cable TV-Internet webcast from 6 to 7 p.m. March 16 with Superintendent John Deeder and Chief Operating Officer Mike Merlino.For updates: (see “District News”)Cost-saving targets have emerged from a 10-member citizens budget advisory committee for Vancouver Public Schools, nearing completion of its mission.And, several of those targets look a lot like those floated by the neighboring Evergreen school district, despite a far different approach taken by this panel.They range from the mundane to the momentous:o Consolidate school bus routes, and have more students walk.o Scale back sports and other extra-curricular programs.o Return leased portable classrooms, cut back on maintenance, suspend teacher professional development and pursue fee hikes and more contracted services.o Reduce or eliminate school librarians, and send instruction (teacher) coaches — in VPS jargon, Teachers on Special Assignment — back to their own classrooms.o Cut more administration and support staff, and costs.o Reduce classroom teacher numbers by adopting larger class sizes, up to the state-set and bargained maximum, at least in grades six through 12.Three additional steps particular to Vancouver:o Seek temporary, 1 to 2 percent wage or contract concessions from all employee groups.o Temporary closure of the Propstra Aquatic Center and/or Jim Parsley Community Center swimming pool.o Explore closure and/or merger of low-enrollment grade schools and the Vancouver Early Childhood Center and other potential changes at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.Grim taskOn Wednesday, the advisory panel held the sixth of seven scheduled meetings before giving final recommendations on how to slice millions of dollars from the district’s annual budget, now at $213 million.last_img read more

Senate Expected To Introduce Dividend Bill TodaySenate Expected To Introduce Dividend Bill Today

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Senate is expected to bring forward a bill dealing with Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. The bill is expected to be introduced Monday and scheduled for an initial hearing. Governor Mike Dunleavy is adamant that a longstanding dividend calculation should be followed. Others say the formula is outdated and unsustainable. Governor Dunleavy held a Facebook Live Town Hall on Friday to discuss a variety of issues and topics relating to the ongoing Special Session. The topics included the lack of progress on a number of outstanding items such as the budget, education funding and a full PFD. Governor Dunleavy: “The operating budget, PFD, the crime bill is out of the way, and there is discussion on the capital budget as well. We are hoping that the Legislature can come to terms amongst themselves on these very important items soon. Then we can get moving onto talk many other issues that we ask Alaskans have to tackle.”center_img Senate President Cathy Giessel said last week she couldn’t say what the final amount settled on would be, since bills are subject to amendment on the Senate floor. The House and Senate have remained divided on how to deal with the dividend which resulted in the need for a special session. Now halfway through and a resolution still has not been reached between the two bodies.last_img read more

Urmilas letter slamming Nirupams aides surfaces revealsUrmilas letter slamming Nirupams aides surfaces reveals

first_imgMumbai: The infighting in the Mumbai Congress has taken a new turn with a letter of actress and party member Urmila Matondkar, making scathing comments against trusted aides of her senior colleague Sanjay Nirupam, surfacing Monday. Matondkar, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai North constituency, wrote the letter to the party leadership criticising the conduct of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Nirupam, a former Mumbai Congress president. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The letter is dated May 16, a week before the Lok Sabha election results were announced, and addressed to Milind Deora, Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) chief who announced his resignation from the post Sunday. In the missive, she highlighted the failure of party leadership at local level on coordination, mobilising workers at grassroots, failure to provide proper resources to her by the two campaign coordinators. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The actress-politician accused the duo of showing a “total lack of coordination, honesty and efficiency, ensuring a disastrous outcome”. Matondkar said the joint poll rally addressed by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in suburban Borivali in April was organised in an “extremely shoddy” manner, bringing huge personal embarrassment for her. Advertise With Us In the letter, the 45-year-old Congress politician accused Kondvilkar of calling up her family members and asking them for money to fund her election campaign. Kondvilkar also asked Matondkar’s family members to speak to Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel for release of campaign funds, she claimed. Matondkar also accused the duo of showing disrespect to North Mumbai district Congress president Ashok Sutrale. She sought disciplinary action against Kondvilkar and Patil, and demanded changes at the organisational level to ensure better and brighter future for the party. Matondkar said despite the hurdles, she managed to run a decent campaign and added she had highlighted certain issues with an intention to bring positive change in the party. Nirupam hit out at Deora after the letter became public. He tweeted, “young leader who desires to “stabilise” party at national level has released copies of complaint letter of an LS candidate to media houses to publish it. “It was addressed to him against party workers after election. Is this the way he is going to adopt to stabilise the party.” Meanwhile, Deora, in a statement, said, “A party and it’s ideals are bigger than one individual. Some unpleasant and unwarranted commentary from certain quarters should be ignored and not countered. The Congress party has seen many upheavals and shall overcome this one too.” Both Deora and Nirupam had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from South Mumbai and Mumbai North West, respectively, this year. In a related development, ZakirAhmed, Mumbai Congress vice-president, slammed Nirupam. In a statement, Ahmed said, “Nirupam is the most unpopular leader in the Mumbai Congress due to his loud mouth attitude. “The election results are a proof of this. In Mumbai, the defeat margins of all candidates has reduced except Nirupam in Mumbai North West. “In 2014, the Congress defeat margin in Mumbai North West was 1.75 lakh and now Nirupam was defeated by 2.75l akh votes (in 2019).” On Sunday, Nirupam had said Deora, post his resignation as the Mumbai Congress president, was hankering for a national-level position in the party. Deora, a former Union minister, had replaced Nirupam as the Mumbai Congress chief ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in April-May. Nirupam had also criticised Deora’s suggestion to set up a panel comprising three senior Congress leaders to oversee the Mumbai unit till the Maharashtra Assembly polls, saying such a move would “ruin” the party further. The Assembly polls are due in September-October. “A resignation is linked to the sentiment of sacrifice. In this case, a ‘national’ level post is being sought. “Is this a resignation or a ladder to grow politically? The party should be cautious of such ‘hard working’ people,” Nirupam had said in a tweet in Hindi targeting Deora.last_img read more

Police rescue Bangladeshi girl from traffickerPolice rescue Bangladeshi girl from trafficker

first_imgHyderabad: The sleuths of Special Operations Team (SOT), Malkajgiri, busted an international sex racket on Thursday. The sleuths also rescued a minor girl hailing from Bangladesh and arrested three traffickers including two from Bangladesh and one from Hyderabad and seized three mobile phones. The accused persons identified as Mohammed Sohail (29), Visti Hossan (25), K Hari Chowdary (28) were arrested and remanded in judicial custody. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us According to officials, Mohammed Sohail Hussain had illegally migrated to India from Bangladesh about ten years back and about four years ago he married Visti Hossan, who had also illegally migrated from the same place in Bangladesh. The couple had been staying in New Hafeezpet in the city since last four years and was working in its individual professions. Meanwhile, they came across one Sigdhar, who lured a victim girl (17) from Bangladesh to Bangalore and took the help of one Sujan. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The accused forced the girl into prostitution in Bangalore and used her as a dancing girl. Later she was handed over to one Vijaya from Vijayawada, where she was sexually assaulted by one Sai, son of Vijaya. Later, she was again purchased back by the accused Sohail who started the prostitution business and gained the amounts. He used to run the prostitution business in the rented lodges clandestinely through an illegal website classifieds. Advertise With Us Accordingly, Sohail and Visti came to a place near ECIL on the intervening night of Thursday and called up the punter K Hari Chowdary to the said place. Police raided the place and caught the culprits red handed and saved the victim girl from their clutches. Police registered a case under sections 342, 366 (b), 370, 370 (A), 474, 376 R/w 114 IPC and Sec 3, 4, 5, 7 of PITA Act and Sec 4 of POCSO Act-12 and Sec 14 of Foreigners Act-1946. The other accused Sai, Vijaya and other traffickers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka State and Bangladesh are absconding. Efforts are in progress to arrest them.last_img read more

Samsungs Q4 Net Up Galaxy S6 Sales to Boost Revenues in 2015Samsungs Q4 Net Up Galaxy S6 Sales to Boost Revenues in 2015

first_imgSamsung Electronics has announced its earnings for Q4 ending 31 December, 2014.Net profit was 5.35 trillion won (approximately $4.88 billion) and operating profit stood at 5.29 trillion won (approximately $4.83 billion). Total revenues were up 11% quarter-on-quarter at 52.73 trillion won (approximately $48.11 billion), according to Samsung Tomorrow. Operating profit saw an increase of 1.23 trillion won (approximately $1.12 billion) quarter-on-quarter.However, the company witnessed a decline in operating profit compared to the corresponding quarter last year. It posted operating profit of 8.3 trillion won (approximately $7.5 billion) from 59.28 trillion won (approximately $54 billion) during the same period last year.Samsung’s earnings from its mobile division declined 73.9 percent to 1.75 trillion won (approximately $1.60 billion) in Q3 of 2014, its worst since the second quarter of 2011, but it did better in Q4, thanks to Galaxy Note 4, registering 1.96 trillion won (approximately $1.79 billion) in operating profit from consolidated revenues of 26.29 trillion won (approximately $24 billion).Earnings from mobile division are expected to grow in 2015 with demand for smartphones likely to increase in emerging markets like India and China, and 4G LTE services expected to expand.”Through new materials, innovative design and differentiated features, competitive products will be introduced to drive smartphone sales, while efficiency will be enhanced across R&D and marketing to increase profitability,” reported Samsung Tomorrow.The dip in Samsung’s Q3 earnings was mainly due to poor sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which received negative response from many gadget lovers and Samsung fans, as it failed to have many features that were speculated before its release.Now, all eyes are on the upcoming Galaxy S6, which is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) to be held between 2-5 March. Samsung will surely look forward to the device to boost its earnings in the second and third quarters of 2015. Reports on the device that have appeared so far, suggest that it will have significant changes in features and design.last_img read more

US writer says Trump sexually assaulted her two decades agoUS writer says Trump sexually assaulted her two decades ago

first_imgUS president Donald Trump attends the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on 21 June 2019. Photo: AFPAn advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine said Friday that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a New York department store more than two decades ago, an accusation swiftly denied by the US president.According to E. Jean Carroll, the rape occurred in either 1995 or 1996, when Trump was a prominent real estate developer and she was a well-known magazine writer and host of a television show.The account, revealed in an excerpt of Carroll’s latest book and published Friday by New York magazine, makes her at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president.Trump reacted with a statement saying he’d never met Carroll, and that the incident “never happened.”Carroll, 75, says she ran into Trump at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan while they were both shopping.She says that in an initially friendly encounter, Trump asked her for advice on buying a piece of lingerie for an unnamed woman. Then jokingly, they each suggested that the other should try it on.”The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” Carroll wrote.Pinning her against the wall, Carroll says, Trump proceeded to pull down her tights, unzip his pants and penetrate her — all while himself fully dressed — until she finally managed to push him out and run from the dressing room.Carroll never went to the police because, she said, she was afraid of repercussions.Carroll wrote that she did not come forward sooner because she was afraid of “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud.””Joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun,” she wrote.Trump shot back that Carroll was an attention seeker.”I’ve never met this person in my life. She is trying to sell a new book –that should indicate her motivation,” he said in a statement. “It should be sold in the fiction section.”He also said that New York magazine is a “dying publication” and had tried to “prop itself up by peddling fake news.”The magazine quoted a senior White House official saying that the accusation “was created simply to make the president look bad,” while Trump asked if Carroll had links to his opponents in the Democratic party.last_img read more

Next Year May Spell End Of Oil Downturn But Houston Real EstateNext Year May Spell End Of Oil Downturn But Houston Real Estate

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:24 Share Florian MartinBruce Rutherford, international director with JLL, left, moderates a panel discussion on energy and real estate on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.Bruce Rutherford, an international director with real estate advisory firm JLL  in Houston, said there will be more bad news for energy in the short run and as a consequence, for real estate.“But we are coming to the end of this cycle,” he said. “And we will see a dramatic improvement in demand for real estate from energy companies probably in 2018, 2019.”JLL will publish the 2016 edition of its energy outlook in a few weeks.Rutherford said despite Houston’s economic diversification, more than half of its economy is still directly or indirectly connected to energy. And the industry tends to pay its employees well, so the many layoffs have a big impact on real estate.Some experts estimate that the price of oil will normalize by next year. But Rutherford said Houston’s housing and office market will not immediately pick up.“First they will hire people in the oil field, out in the field,” he said. “And only later will they hire people to fill office space – and we have a lot of office space to fill here in Houston.”He said the current market does provide opportunity for companies that are doing well to acquire cheap real estate.But those that are not doing well are better advised to get rid of theirs now, Rutherford said, because they may not survive until the market gets better. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

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first_imgMain opposition Akel spokesman Stefanos Stefanou on Wednesday rejected media claims that the party’s political bureau decided to back an independent candidate for next year’s elections or that they were set on a specific name.According to media reports, the party’s political bureau, which met on Tuesday, decided to back an independent candidate and that first on the list was businessman Mike Spanos, followed by former health minister Stavros Malas – who was also the party’s candidate in the previous presidential elections – and former finance minister Kikis Kazamias.Not only has the political bureau not decided on anything yet, Stefanou told the Cyprus Mail, but there is still a long way to go before the party announces its decision, sometime at the beginning of July.He added that the thoughts of the political bureau will be discussed on Saturday by the central committee, then the political bureau is to convene again, the issue will also be discussed by other bodies of the party, then back to the central committee, and finally, a conference is to take place at the beginning of July where the decision will be announced.The party’s political bureau announced around two weeks ago that it began discussion with regard to the profile of its candidate for next year’s presidential elections, with names on the table following initial discussion last month over the criteria the party’s nominee should fulfil.With regard to the rumours that the party is considering Spanos, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou had said earlier in the month he would not comment on every name that was being reported, and asked everyone to be patient.Kyprianou had said that the right Akel candidate would be someone who could handle the Cyprus problem effectively, the country’s socioeconomic affairs, and wider domestic affairs in such a way so as to bring about progress, and deal with corruption.He or she must also be popular enough to be elected and agree with the party’s positions.With the exception of former President Demetris Christofias in 2008, Akel has never run a party member for president.In 2003, it supported Diko leader Tassos Papadopoulos, who won in a first-round landslide.Fifteen years earlier, Akel managed to elect George Vassiliou, a successful businessman, to the presidency.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hermes Airports wins investors in people awardHermes Airports wins investors in people award

first_imgHermes Airports has been accredited with the platinum Investors in People (IIP) standard, a proof of its commitment to the company’s resource management, the airport operator announced on Tuesday.“This is the fourth and highest level of Investors in People, the international human resources management standard that determines what a company needs to lead, support and manage its staff satisfactorily to achieve meaningful results. Today, only 1 per cent of globally accredited IIP organisations hold the platinum accreditation, valid for a period of three years,” a Hermes press release said.“The IIP reflects the latest workplace trends, core skills and effective structures needed to achieve high performance in any industry. For employees it proves that they work in an environment which respects employees, diversity, individuality and human values.”According to the press release, Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, congratulated Hermes Airports and noted that the Investors in People model is an indication of a prominent employer and an organisation dedicated to achieving success through recognising the potential of the people who work there.Natasa Iacovides, Hermes Airports senior human resource manager, said this was a very important accreditation for the operator which confirms the trust it has in its employees.The airport operator currently 165 employees at Larnaca and Paphos airports. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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