Discus thrower Kumari to miss Asian Games despite qualification

first_imgGuwahati, Jun 26 (PTI) Haryana’s discus thrower Sandeep Kumari cleared the qualifying mark for the Asian Games at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship but she will miss the upcoming mega multi-sporting event in Jakarta as her accreditation has not been done. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) cannot be faulted as it has done accreditation of around 300 athletes based on the form of past few years and Kumari has not taken part in any major championships in the last five years. “The deadline of sending a long list of athletes to the IOA for accreditation is long over. We have sent names of around 300 athletes for accreditation and her name is not there. we cannot do anything now,” a top AFI official told PTI. “She has not taken part in any major championships fore the last five years. So we could not anticipate that she can qualify for the Asian Games,” the official said. Kumari won the gold with a throw of 58.41m while the qualifying mark set by AFI is 57m. “This system of sending long list is faulty as this kind of situation can arise,” the official said. The AFI will have to submit the list of finally selected athletes by June 30. India has been allotted a quota of 102 athletes (52 men and 50 women) in track and field for the Asian Games. PTI PDS KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more


Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Android Go phone launched in India

first_imgSamsung has finally announced its first Android Oreo (Go Edition) phone and no surprises that it comes to India first. Android Go, to recall, is a stripped down version of Android’s main mobile OS along with some customised Google apps that are low on storage and memory. The Galaxy J2 Core will be the company’s first device to run this software and will be available in India and Malaysia starting today.Android Go phone fall in the entry-level segment and are aimed at markets that have a massive need for low-cost smartphones. Google had India in mind when it conceptualised Android Go to target the “next billion users” to come online in developing markets. We have already seen a few Android Go phones already this year like the Nokia 1, Nokia 2.1 and Micromax Bharat Go to name a few. These phones offer bare minimum specs with a software that promises to stay up-to-date and smooth. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core now joins the list.Samsung Galaxy J2 Core specificationsAs you may know, Android Go is designed for phones that are low on RAM and storage. The Galaxy J2 Core brings 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is as basic as it can get. The Android Go software inside will offer apps like Google Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go and more that will take up minimum storage space. Note that this is not a stock Android phone and it will ship with a layer of Samsung UI on top.advertisementThe handset sports an LCD display with a 960×540 pixel resolution and is powered by an Exynos 7570 processor. It houses a 2,600mAh battery and bears an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie sensor. Samsung is yet to announce the pricing of the Galaxy J2 Core but given how these phones usually come as part of a bundled offer with telecom carriers, we should see a similar tie-up from Samsung as well.last_img read more


Heidi Klum packs on PDA with Tom Kaulitz

first_imgLos Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Supermodel Heidi Klum, 45, stole a lip-lock with her 29-year-old beau Tom Kaulitz as she took her daughter out for Christmas shopping here.Klum sported a pinstripe suit with a blue blazer and contrast black trousers when she took her 9-year-old daughter Lou — who she shares with ex-husband Seal — to a jewellery store here, reported dailymail.co.uk.The model, who has been with guitarist Kaulitz since earlier this year, stopped to steal a smooch with him while her daughter walked ahead.–IANSrb/bglast_img read more


The week in social media| Chatter

first_img Shougat Dasgupta June 21, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 23:51 IST Image for representationShameThe first day of the first session of Parliament saw the swearing-in of MPs, but Rahul Gandhi only showed up at four in the afternoon. Perhaps he wanted to avoid the love-in for the prime minister, the chants of Modi, Modi’ resounding through the hall. Predictably, Pragya Thakur’s induction met with protests. She took her oath in Sanskrit and appended to her name both the title of Sadhvi’ and the name of her guru, causing considerable confusion and prompting a reminder that she could swear only upon God or the Constitution. It took three attempts to quieten the protests. The hashtag #Ashamed trended on Indian Twitter, with many users claiming that seeing Sadhvi Pragya take her seat in Parliament made them feel ashamed. This, in turn, caused a lot of pious harrumphing from BJP supporters. Feeling shame and anger at the sight of a woman still fighting terror charges in court becoming a parliamentarian, they argued, amounted to disrespecting democracy and the choice of the people. It’s specious nonsense. As citizens in a democracy, we must respect the right of all voters to have a choice. But why should anyone respect the choice itself? Lots of awful, even villainous, people have won elections. And even if not awful or villainous, one can profoundly disagree with the election of an MP on ideological grounds or otherwise. These dissenters are not advocating overthrowing the government; they know they will have to tolerate the parliamentary presence of those whom they find unpalatable. But, surely, they can voice their resentment and disgust. That’s democracy to borrow the phrase right-wingers trot out so smugly whenever anyone expresses despair over the election result.advertisement Who Let the Cats OutPakistan’s cricketers embarrassed themselves before an audience of millions against their arch-rivals. Perhaps in a sympathetic attempt to take the public glare off Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co., Shaukat Yousafzai, information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, also embarrassed himself in comic fashion on a public platform, inspiring laughter and mockery. Someone on Yousafzai’s social media team managed to turn on a cat filter while recording a video so that the honourable minister and his colleagues conducted their serious press conference while sporting pink ears and sweetly cartoonish whiskers. To be fair to Yousafzai, he took it well. I wasn’t the only one, he said, pointing to the two officials sitting beside him. It shouldn’t be taken so seriously, he added through gritted teeth. No doubt there’s a social media coordinator in Peshawar looking for work. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Next The week in social media| ChatterTake a look at the social media highlights of the week.advertisementlast_img read more


Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge Highway 101 bridge over Highway 102, near Bedford, will be reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs. This is weekend work only. Work will start on Saturday, April 30, with an estimated completion date of Friday, July 15. This Saturday the work begins at 7 a.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. After this weekend work will start on Fridays at 6 p.m. and end on Mondays at 6 a.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORKcenter_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The westbound lane of Highway 104 from Londonderry to Westchester Station, about 19 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving, patching, widening, installation of rumble strips and guardrail beginning Monday, May 2, with an estimated completion date of Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more


Lok Sabha members take oath in different languages

first_imgNew Delhi: Linguistic diversity was witnessed in the Lok Sabha as newly elected members took oath in English as well as different Indian languages, including Sanskrit. While most MPs chose Hindi, Harsh Vardhan and Meenakshi Lekhi (both MPs from Delhi) as well as first-timer Pratap Chandra Sarangi took the oath in Sanskrit. Harsimrat Kaur Badal took the oath in Punjabi, Arvind Sawant in Marathi, D.V. Sadanand Gowda in Kannada and Bhartruhari Mahtab in Odia. Udhampur MP Jitendra Singh preferred Dogri. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani took the oath in Hindi. Congress member Kodikunnil Suresh from Kerala surprised everyone by taking the oath in Hindi, triggering thumping of desks by mainly Hindi-speaking members. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha began on Monday with pro tem Speaker Virendra Singh administering the oath to members. The oath taking will continue on Tuesday.last_img read more


Supreme Court notice to Centre 10 states on steps to curb mob

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre and 10 states to explain what they have done to curb mob lynching on a petition that accused states of not implementing the top court’s11-point prescription to curb such violence. The top court had last year outlined the steps that need to be taken to deal with an increase in reported cases of mob violence. One of the steps that it had advocated was enactment of a law to deal with the crime that threatens rule of law and the country’s social fabric. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On Friday, a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the central government, National Human Rights Commission and 10 states including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan on a follow-up petition filed in the top court. The top court’s notice comes amid a letter vs letter that has broken out between two groups of celebrities. The first open letter signed by 49 intellectuals, artists and professionals was addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This one asked him to end the lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The government had quickly rejected the charge. Hours before the top court took up the mob violence petition, 62 celebrities responded to the first open letter hitting out at the first group for what was described as “selective outrage” and “false narratives”. In its order last July, the steps indicated by the court also include steps to tackle hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news, usually the precursor to attacks by lynch mobs. Among the steps listed by the top court were getting mob violence cases tried by designated fast track courts and completion of trial within six months.(With inputs Hindustan Times)last_img read more


Mikmaq on the edge of green revolution

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe rez is going green.At least that how things seem in Nova Scotia where futuristic sports cars and space-age wind turbines may soon become a common sight next to the local band office.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img


UN expands presence in Afghanistan with new office in the north

9 May 2009The United Nations opened its 20th office in Afghanistan today, in the northern Sar-i-Pul province, continuing the world body’s drive to promote development across the country. “I consider this opening to be especially important, because it reflects one of our most important objectives to draw more attention and resources to the poorest provinces,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Kai Eide said at a ceremony marking the event.Mr. Eide, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that the poor and the stable provinces in the Central and Northern parts of the country cannot continue to be neglected. Pledging to push for an equitable and astute distribution of assistance to the people of Sar-i-Pul and across Afghanistan, he warned that if we allow “this feeling of unfairness to continue, then the result could be instability where there is today stability.”The new office in Sar-i-Pul aims to introduce agricultural reform as to avoid the constant humanitarian crises of the past, as well as devote attention to human rights, particularly the rights of women. “Afghanistan needs the resources and talents that its women can bring to the development of the country,” he said. “It is a not just a question of human rights of individuals, but also the future of the entire country.”Mr. Eide also used the occasion to urge the people of Afghanistan to ensure that the upcoming presidential and provincial elections are free of corruption and compliant with the country’s Constitution and laws.Earlier this week, the Special Representative opened a UNAMA office in Tirin Kot, the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, stating that the “opening of our office should serve as a signal encouraging others to come and work in this province.”UNAMA’s other offices are located in Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz, Heart, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Bamyan, Kabul, Gardez, Ghor, Kunar, Khost, Nimroz, Badghis, Maimana, Uruzgan, Faizabad, Daikundi and Zabul provinces. In addition, the mission has liaison offices in the Iranian capital of Tehran and the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. read more


Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 5.87 points to 15,149.28.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 21.62 points to 22,140.48.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 0.73 of a point to 2,495.75.The Nasdaq composite index was down 3.38 points to 6,450.90.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.98 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 82.24 cents US.


Carbon County Jail Bookings August 511

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Academics take smart drugs prescribed to help ADHD to keep up with

first_imgBut Dr Crtichlow said early studies showing brain scans of people doing maths puzzles after taking Modafanil, showed the drug closed down the electrical activity circuits, and increased focus. “It will dampen down certain areas of the brain and highlight other areas, so in that way they can pay attention a little bit more,” she added.  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. Credit:Mike Hill / Alamy  A recent survey by Sky News found that as many as a quarter of students at leading institutions may have experimented with Modafinil.It is claimed that undergraduates are increasingly using the medicine to stay awake for long periods and boost their performance in the run-up to exams. Experts have warned that the long-term effects were unknown and users may be putting their health at risk.It is not illegal for non-sufferers to buy prescription-only drugs but supplying them to other people is against the law.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said Modafinil should only be taken following a “full consultation with a doctor”. center_img One in five academics are taking smart drugs to help them write difficult grant applications, a leading academic has claimed. Cambridge neuroscientist Dr Hannah Critchlow said that professors were increasingly using medication which was meant for Alzheimer’s patients, narcoleptics or children with ADHD.Speaking at The Hay Festival, she said: “Can you expand your mind and open your mind and increase your attention and focus?”Well one in ten students at Cambridge University now admit to buying smart drugs off the internet in the hope of being able to do just this.”They are typically prescribed for people with attention hyperactivity disorder or Alzhiemer’s to improve their memory and their focus and these students are buying these drugs off the internet so it’s not particularly legal and it’s a dangerous thing to do.”They are taking them in the hope it will help with the revision for their exams. They do seem to increase working memory. One in five academic professors also admit to taking them, so in order to help with their grant writing and committee meeting concentrating.”So I’m not advocating that people go out and take this Modafanil in order to help with focus and attention, what the drugs will be doing to the young brain, the long term effects are not known yet.” Brain MRI Scan last_img read more


Closing arguments scheduled in civil trial between Drew Brees and jeweler

first_img Posted: June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Closing arguments scheduled in civil trial between Drew Brees and jeweler June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the civil trial between NFL quarterback Drew Brees and a La Jolla jeweler who the football pro alleges defrauded him and his wife out of millions when he sold them several diamonds at far above their actual value.The Breeses say Vahid Moradi sold them $15 million in diamonds between 2012 and 2016. However, when the couple took the diamonds to an independent appraiser in 2017, they were told that the diamonds were worth about $9 million less than they had paid, according to Brees’ attorneys.The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court last year, accuses Moradi and his company, CJ Charles Jewelers, of selling Brees and his wife Brittany several supposedly investment grade diamonds that were supposed to appreciate in value.On the witness stand, Brees testified that he and Moradi had developed a close friendship starting in 2003, when Brees began purchasing Panerai watches from Moradi’s store. Around 2008 or 2009, Moradi began advising Brees to invest in colored diamonds, of which Brees testified he knew little about, making him uncertain.Brees said Moradi told him the diamonds would appreciate anywhere from 150 to 200 percent, which was an opportunity the Breeses felt they should latch onto, as Brees “knew he can’t play football forever,” his attorney Rebecca Riley said in her opening statement.Brees testified, “I always try to see the best in people and unfortunately that’s probably why I’m in this situation right now.”Riley said Moradi represented himself as an expert in investment grade diamonds, and betrayed Brees’ trust in his expertise.Among the most egregious examples Riley pointed to was a diamond ring Moradi sold the Breeses for $8.1 million that was actually worth $3.75 million.Another diamond Moradi allegedly claimed was from Europe was actually purchased from a dealer in Orange County, she said.“Drew trusted Moradi,” Riley said. “He held him in esteem. He believed him to be a friend.”Moradi’s attorney, Peter Ross, said Aldo Dinelli, a Houston-based jeweler the Breeses consulted to appraise the diamonds, was a “con man” who scammed the couple.The attorney alleged that Dinelli advised the Breeses that Moradi had scammed them, even though he did not know how much the Breeses had paid for the pieces.“How could he possibly know that Drew Brees had been ripped off?” Ross asked the jury. “He couldn’t. But he had accurately sized up Drew Brees to be an easy mark.”Dinelli allegedly advised the Breeses to sell the pieces — now at prices below their actual worth — to a wholesale dealer associated with Dinelli, according to court filings from Moradi’s attorneys.Further, Ross said any discrepancies between what Moradi paid to obtain the diamonds and what the Breeses paid him was part of a standard markup that is commonplace within the industry to allow retailers to cover business expenses, according to the attorney. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


After North Koreas ICBM Launch Now What

first_imgAPNorth Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un “personally ordered” an ICBM test this week, a milestone for the country’s nuclear program.On the 4th of July, North Korea marked a milestone by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile that soared high into space before turning around and landing in the sea near Japan. The North’s state media said the missile, Hwasong-14, flew 933 km (580 miles), reaching an altitude of 2,802 km (1,741 miles) and flew for nearly 40 minutes.The successful test of a missile of this kind, which could theoretically put Alaska within its range, is something President Donald Trump earlier this year said “would never happen.” Now that analysts — including those in the U.S. military — confirm it did, the world is grappling with what to do next.“Testing an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region and the world,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Tuesday night. “Global action is required to stop a global threat.”In the short term, the 15-member states of the U.N. Security Council will meet on Wednesday. This is the body that has imposed numerous sanctions packages on North Korea, which have proven ineffective in getting North Korea to change its behavior so far.The threat, dubbed “the worst problem on earth,” has persisted across U.S. administrations and only grown more alarming over time. Former President Barack Obama warned President Trump during the transition that North Korea was the most urgent and vexing problem to confront.As president, Trump has met with leaders in the region — Japan, China and South Korea — but so far has stayed on the same policy course as the Obama administration. The Trump administration has pursued a goal of de-nuclearization and increasing pressure via sanctions and working with regional neighbors.Now, given the symbolic importance of North Korea’s technological milestone, as well as the political leverage it earned by reaching it, the rest of the world is in a tighter box in dealing with Pyongyang.Generally, the options fall into a few baskets:Isolating North Korea further with economic sanctions and pressure from regional neighborsMilitary movesDiplomatic engagement, which would require accepting Pyongyang as a nuclear-armed state.Sanctions and China“Sanctions regimes are miserable failures until they’re not,” said Mark Lippert, the most recent U.S. ambassador to South Korea, in his exit interview with NPR.But despite “tough-on-paper” sanctions designed to stop the flow of nuclear weapons material into North Korea as well as deliver economic punishment on the regime, the latest research shows the numerous countries expected to enforce the sanctions aren’t doing so — because they’re too complicated to implement, private businesses independently aid North Korea (knowingly or not) and Pyongyang has grown increasingly deft in evading sanctions as it’s become more isolated.“Not a single component of the U.N. sanctions regime against North Korea currently enjoys robust international implementation,” Andrea Berger of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies wrote last month.For his part, President Trump still seems fixated on having neighboring China, North Korea’s largest trading partner, handle the problem.“Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” he tweeted Monday night.That both overestimates China’s influence on Pyongyang and its willingness to put on “heavy moves,” though it’s unclear what Trump means by heavy moves.But tensions between the U.S. and China have grown in recent weeks, following the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of helping North Korea and an arms sale to Taiwan, which mainland China views as a renegade republic.Trump admitted last month in a tweet that his hope of getting China to rein in North Korea “has not worked out,” but after the ICBM test on Tuesday, he again wondered aloud about Chinese help.“Catastrophic” military optionsEach of the strategic options for the North Korea issue present drawbacks, though military moves — an attempt at regime change, a decapitation strike on Kim Jong Un or a limited strike to try and destroy weapons — are far more potentially deadly than others.Defense Secretary James Mattis has said outright war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes.”If threatened, North Korea wouldn’t have to use nuclear weapons at all — just its artillery — to attack Seoul, a mega-city with a metro population of nearly 24 million. South Korea also hosts some 28,000 American troops.Other ideas being floated: downing North Korea’s electrical grid and possibly shooting down North Korean missiles in their boost or ascent phase. But it’s not clear the U.S. has that capability right now.Acceptance and engagementA week ago, former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. ambassador to the U,N. Bill Richardson and former Defense Secretary William Perry joined others in a letter urging the administration to go beyond the current pressure tactics of escalating sanctions and isolation, and instead engage in talks with North Korea.“Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem,” the letter cautioned. “Pyongyang has shown it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation.”During a trip to Seoul in March, Tillerson ruled out engaging North Korea in talks unless Pyongyang showed a commitment to de-nuclearize. This follows the Obama administration line. But North Korea has shown no willingness to abandon its nuclear program, especially since its advancing technology has only served to strengthen its position globally.South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has indicated he’s willing to talk with North Korea with the aim of just getting to a freeze of its nuclear program. So far, North Korea has balked at that, too. But a growing chorus of North Korea observers say that given the advancements to date, it’s past time to just talk in the hopes of getting somewhere with this intractable problem.“We need to have serious conversations amongst ourselves and with allies about what we’re willing to trade. Because so far, there has been no price that was worth paying to stop their program,” says Melissa Hanham, a researcher with the James R. Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.This, of course, presumes that North Korea wants to meet in the first place, something that recent back-channel negotiators doubt. “There was absolutely no flexibility or willingness to meet to talk about their nuclear program,” says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council director for Korea who recently met with North Korean officials to try to get nuclear talks back on track.Trump, in a tweet, said of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Does this guy have anything better to do?”The reality is that in his short tenure as North Korea’s leader, Kim has done a lot to put far richer and stronger nations in an increasingly difficult spot.Jihye Lee contributed to this story. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more


Harvey Forced The Relocation Of 1200 Texas Foster Children

first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says 1,200 foster children were safely relocated as a result of Hurricane Harvey.Spokesperson Patrick Crimmins says they began to prepare as soon as they knew the storm was coming, noting that residential treatment centers that provide in-house counseling and mental health services for foster children were located in the Corpus Christi, South Texas and Houston areas.Crimmins explains that all of those facilities are required to have an emergency disaster plan that outlines what they would do if they needed to evacuate their sites for several days. About 24 facilities actually did have to evacuate.Most providers relocated the kids to other facilities they have in the state.“Some of them went to churches … as part of their disaster plan,” Crimmins says. “We had one residential facility that had to go to a Motel 6. And then one … they were apparently not able to go to their backup facility, so they actually went home with some of the facility staff members.” In that case, there were apparently a couple of large houses where the children could stay.He adds that it’s not clear yet when the foster kids will be able to return to the residential facilities. Sharelast_img read more


19 killed in South Yemen clashes

first_imgAt least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels in Yemen’s south, military sources said.The air strikes took place late Friday and targeted two rebel vehicles on a road linking the central province of Ibb province to Daleh province further south, the sources said. Forces loyal to Gulf-backed Prez Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi recaptured Daleh and four other southern provinces in July.last_img


OCC to Banks Dont Let Technology Come Between Us

first_img April 28, 2016 516 Views Share OCC to Banks: Don’t Let Technology Come Between Us in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been a little down on technology as of late.In mid-March, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry declared in a public speech that so-called emerging “fintechs,” or financial technology companies, would not take the place of banks. On March 31, Curry spoke again of emerging fintechs and stressed the difference between “responsible” innovation and just plain innovation.On Wednesday, the OCC issued a bulletin to remind national banks and federal savings associations of their obligations when it comes to maintaining and retaining records—and allowing examiners access to those records, which includes not letting technology get in the way.“The OCC has become aware of communications technology recently made available to banks that could prevent or impede OCC access to bank records through certain data deletion or encryption features,” the bulletin said. “Use of communications technology in this manner is inconsistent with the OCC’s expectations regarding data retention and availability.”The OCC said that in order to meet its supervisory responsibilities, its examiners must be able to communicate freely with bank personnel and have timely access to banks’ records. The purpose of the bulletin was to remind banks that the OCC should have full and unimpeded access to a bank’s books and records pursuant to the OCC’s authority, and that access should not be limited by communications technology.“Certain available communications technology contains data deletion and encryption features that can be used to prevent or impede OCC access to a bank’s books and records,” the bulletin said. “For example, the OCC is aware that some chat and messaging platforms have touted an ability to ‘guarantee’ the deletion of transmitted messages. The permanent deletion of internal communications, especially if occurring within a relatively short time frame, conflicts with OCC expectations of sound governance, compliance, and risk management practices as well as safety and soundness principles.”Any technology used by bank management must allow the OCC’s examiners access to appropriate bank records, the OCC said. Banks OCC technology 2016-04-28 Seth Welbornlast_img read more


The original 1984 Morgans boutique hotel on Madiso

first_imgThe original 1984 Morgans boutique hotel on Madison Avenue is re-launching during NY fashion week in September after the grand dame of design Andree Putman revisited the hotel for a redesign.To celebrate its new look, Andree will be in town from September 8-12 to launch the hotel, alongside heralded French art collective Trafik, who have worked on an interactive art display in the Morgans Lobby.For more information, please visit www.lavitrinedetrafik.fr.last_img


MALIBU Calif — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged

first_img MALIBU, Calif. — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanour counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month.Madsen, 61, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offence and driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20.Madsen, best known for his roles in the Quentin Tarantino films “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill,” was driving a Land Rover that ran into a pole in Malibu on March 24, authorities said. No one was injured.His attorney, Perry C. Wander, said in an email to The Associated Press that the actor’s life has led to stressful situations that he has used alcohol to handle. Wander said Madsen is in Europe making films.“Dealing with the fact that being famous and having money does not bring happiness presents very difficult challenges that are often dealt with through self-medication,” Wander said. “Michael has a lot of insight into his situation and is going to take this matter very seriously.”The Associated Press Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Michael Madsen arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Prosecutors have charged Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole on March 24, 2019. Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 8:52 am PDTlast_img read more


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