Mayawati targets UP govt over Unnao rape case

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday said the “agony” suffered by the Unnao rape survivor and her family puts the ruling dispensation to shame.Her comments came a day after the Supreme Court issued a slew of instructions in the Unnao rape case, including directing the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in Delhi. “The pain and agony inflicted by the ruling dispensation on the Unnao rape victim and her family is unpardonable and shameful for the government. It cannot be compensated for,” Mayawati wrote on Twitter in Hindi. She said the Supreme Court deserved praise for its intervention in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justice will be done only if the guilty are awarded stern punishment, she added. Besides transferring the cases related to the Unnao rape incident, the apex court also ordered that the trial be held on daily basis and it should be completed within 45 days. The court gave the CBI seven days to complete investigation into a recent accident, in which two of the victim’s aunts were killed and she and her lawyer critically injured. The victim’s family has lodged a complaint, alleging “conspiracy” behind the car crash. The CBI has booked rape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and 10 others for murder in connection with the accident which took place on July 28. The victim (19) was allegedly raped by Sengar, the MLA from Bangermau, on June 4, 2017, when she was a minor.last_img read more

Canadian lumber producers brace for second round of softwood lumber duties

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s softwood lumber industry is bracing for a second wave of U.S. duties expected to come Monday that could put further pressure on producers, particularly smaller ones, to cut jobs.The U.S. Department of Commerce announced in April preliminary countervailing duties against five companies ranging between three and 24 per cent, with other producers facing a tariff of 19.88 per cent.This time, the U.S. is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties with an average rate of around 10 per cent, which would be added on to the previous levy.Analyst Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets believes the U.S. will play hardball and impose high anti-dumping rates in order to push Canada to agree to a deal before negotiations on NAFTA begin in August.“Anti-dumping (duties) is a way to scare the Canadians and try to force them to get something done,” he said from Vancouver.Canada’s share of the U.S. softwood lumber market was 27 per cent in May, down from 31 per cent a year earlier, according to monthly Canadian government reports. That represented a $165-million loss in exports for the month, including $105 million in B.C. and $18 million in Quebec.Final duty rates have been lower than preliminary tariffs in the past. But Quinn said that could change this time because the U.S. Lumber Coalition is pushing for a tough response to the Canadian government’s $867-million financial support for the industry, mainly through loans and loan guarantees.Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Ottawa was “very prudent” in developing the program and wouldn’t say if more industry funding will be coming in the wake of the second round of duties.“We will react to market conditions in the reality of the moment,” he said Thursday. “We are committed to ensure that our forestry sector is able to adapt to changing environments.”The ripple effects of the first round of softwood lumber duties are already being felt. Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) has cut shifts at seven sawmills, and there are fears other companies could follow suit.The Conference Board of Canada has said U.S. softwood lumber duties will cost Canadian producers $1.7 billion a year and result in the reduction of 2,200 jobs.Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman wouldn’t say if the Montreal-based company will pursue another round of layoffs.“It wouldn’t be fair for me to speculate and guess and in doing so create angst among our people and the communities in which we work and live,” he said.Analyst Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets predicts Resolute will face the highest preliminary anti-dumping duty of the four producers set to receive their own tariffs. All other companies will get a weighted average duty, similar to when the last round of softwood duties were announced.Countervailing duties target what the U.S. considers unfair subsidies, while anti-dumping tariffs go after the alleged selling of softwood below market value.last_img read more

Fur flying over Manitoba bear cubs fate

first_imgAPTN National NewsProtests, rallies, it seems Manitobans are up in arms.The outrage, however, is not about a political scandal or international crisis.It’s about a furry hitchhiker picked up on the side of the road in early spring.He’s about to be sent packing back to his home in the forest.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out, many people say the news is something they can’t “bear” to hear.last_img

12 Moroccan Fishermen Missing off Moroccos Atlantic Coast

Rabat – Human rights sources suggested that the missing fishermen have died, saying their fishing boat possibly capsized because of inclement weather and big waves.The boat, called Noun, was discovered, significantly damaged, near the shore. No trace of its 12-man crew, most of whom were from Tantan, have yet been found.

Football Defensive end Sam Hubbard named Big Ten Defensive Player of the

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) prepares to defend a Wolverine posession in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard capped off last week with a game-ending sack of Michigan quarterback John O’Korn in the Buckeyes’ 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday. He was recognized for that performance as the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.Hubbard tallied a career-high 2.5 sacks and five total tackles, including four solo tackles. He also forced a fumble. This is the first time Hubbard has received the honor. He is also the first Ohio State defensive player to be recognized with the conference award since linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was named the defensive player of the week Nov. 28, 2016. read more

Exlterra and Loc Performance to produce groundbreaking drill rig technology

first_imgA new patented drill rig is designed to make drilling safer, faster, easier. Exlterra has signed an agreement for the production of its patented ultra-light drill rig with Michigan-based manufacturer Loc Performance Products.Small enough to fit in a compact parking space, the drill rig uses an ultra-light yet durable design to be agile on site, and minimally disruptive to groundcover. The brainchild of Exlterra’s CTO Andrew Niemczyk, the drill rig will be formally unveiled later this year and primarily used to quickly plant Exlterra’s innovative energy-passive groundwater recharge product. But this versatile rig is fit for many more applications, such as well, geothermal and geotechnical drilling.“Our rig is truly unique and requires precision work on all levels of production,” said Frank Muller, Exlterra’s CEO. “That is why we are thrilled to be working with Loc Performance. They have exceeded those requirements and have proven they are capable of manufacturing to our specifications.”Designed to make drilling safer, faster and easier in any environmental condition, prototype testing of the drill rig was recently completed and Exlterra is now ready to begin commercial production.“Loc Performance has been working closely with Exlterra during the development of its drill rig and we are excited to team up with such an innovative company,” said Jason Atkinson, COO at Loc Performance. “We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality products for our customers and seeing the rig’s capabilities in the field has truly been a testament to what can be accomplished between our two companies.”Loc Performance Products is Michigan’s premier full-service manufacturer of large CNC machined components, fabricated structures, and assemblies for military and industrial applications. With proven capabilities in product design and development through production.Exlterra has already revolutionized water management with the invention and introduction of the energy-passive groundwater recharge product in 2010. Today, Exlterra continues to develop new technologies and products to tackle leading environmental challenges. It is the objective of Exlterra to invent powerful solutions and generate significant environmental, economic, and social value.last_img read more

Migration conference in Qld

first_imgOver 250 migration agents, government officials, lawyers and academics will congregate in Surfers Paradise Queensland for the Migration 2011 conference. The conference is hosted by the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) will begin Friday 15 September and close on Saturday 16 September.Delegates of the conference will hear a broad spectrum of presentation and panel discussions from Australia’s foremost migration experts. “Our delegates will learn about every aspect of Australia immigration, from international education to airport security, from regional area visa programs to climate change refugees,” said Maurene Horder, MIA, CEO. “Australia’s migration is rich and diverse and there’s more to it than unauthorised boat arrivals.” For more information visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Southbound I205 to close at Salmon Creek overnight

first_imgAll southbound lanes of Interstate 205 will close overnight tonight while crews install a new sign over the freeway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.The closure will affect southbound I-205 from its split from Interstate 5 to Northeast 134th Street. The stretch of I-205 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, according to WSDOT.During the closure, workers will install a new 24-foot overhead advisory sign with better nighttime reflectivity, according to the agency.WSDOT is also planning nightly closures of the offramp connecting northbound I-5 to Northeast 139th Street, plus one lane of I-5, starting tonight for sign replacement work. The closures will last from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night starting tonight until Saturday, according to WSDOT.The work is part of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project, which opened to traffic this year.last_img read more

Gloria Estefan honored at Miami Beach gala for marriage equality support

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – International superstar Gloria Estefan received a high honor from a national LGBTQ organization, Saturday night.The South Florida-based artist was celebrated at the 2017 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala, which was held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Thank you so much #NationalLGBTQTaskForce for this beautiful award and for the beautiful words!…— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) October 8, 2017Estefan was presented with the National Leadership Award for her longtime and vocal support of marriage equality. “I’m honored. I really am,” she said. “All I’ve done all my life is just stand up for people, and to receive an award for that is just amazing. I’m just very, very thrilled and honored to be here.”Recently, Estefan and her husband, Emilio Estefan, produced an LGBTQ-themed movie titled “A Change of Heart.” It had its world premiere at this year’s Miami Film Festival back in March.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Senate bill would require UA regents to keep Legislature up to date

first_imgKodiak Republican Senator Gary Stevens, who introduced the bill, says the legislation is a response to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s loss of accreditation for its education department in January. Stevens addressed the university representative who testified before the committee, saying the situation is unacceptable.“I think it’s a terrible situation to be in. I’m ashamed. I know you are. I know the university president is ashamed that this happened,” Stevens said. “And all we’re saying is, for heaven’s sake, monitor this, and let us know what’s going on.”The Board of Regents already has to prepare a report every year on how they spend their money, as well as a report every two years on how the university is working to recruit and train qualified public school teachers in the state. SB53 would introduce a third report from the regents, also every two years, due by the 30th day of the Legislative session. Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) in 2017. Stevens introduced SB53, which would which would require the University of Alaska Board of Regents to prepare a report for the legislature outlining the accreditation status for university programs. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 53, which would require the University of Alaska Board of Regents to prepare a report for the legislature outlining the accreditation status for university programs. Regents would also have to walk through efforts that the university is taking to maintain accreditation.last_img read more

TransCanada asks US to suspend review of 8billion Keystone pipeline project

first_imgFaced with dimming prospects for approval, the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline chose to plead with the U.S. government for a delay on its fate, signaling that prolonged uncertainty is preferable to rejection of the $8 billion project.Monday’s appeal by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp has been widely interpreted as an attempt to avert an impending “no” from President Barack Obama to the nearly 1,200-mile (2,000-km) cross-border pipeline. Keystone XL would carry heavy crude oil from Alberta to Nebraska and on to Gulf Coast refineries, and has become the symbolic heart of a struggle between environmentalists opposed to oil sands development and defenders of fossil fuels.The U.S. State Department said it had received a letter from TransCanada asking for the delay but a spokesperson said the review would continue for now.TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper said the company would not speculate on what the decision may be or when it may come.But the Obama administration has become more vocal and active on climate change issues as it closes in on its final year in office, and the president has repeatedly expressed doubts about the merits of the pipeline.TransCanada’s request for a delay came amid a darkening political outlook for the project on both sides of the border.In Nebraska, the company remains embroiled in time-consuming disputes with landowners over the proposed pipeline route. And in Canada, it lost a powerful advocate in October when Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had openly allied with Republican leaders in his aggressive lobbying for Keystone, was defeated by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.Although Trudeau has offered cautious backing for Keystone, he has also warned that both the pipeline and wider oil sands development must demonstrate improved environmental sensitivity.Nor does Trudeau face any political damage from U.S. rejection of a pipeline so closely identified with Harper. The incoming prime minister has already made clear he will not follow his predecessor in allowing the politics of Keystone to disproportionately define relations between the two countries.In Washington, U.S. lobbyists close to the case said TransCanada was finally facing political reality, recognizing that a delay would better protect shareholder value than allowing Obama to reject the project.The request for a delay came on the eve of TransCanada issuing an earnings report, and shortly after the White House said it still expected Obama to make a decision on whether to grant the permit before he leaves office in January 2017.Should Obama agree to suspend the review, Keystone’s fate would almost certainly fall to the next president. Republicans have been universally supportive of building Keystone, though Donald Trump did qualify that in October, saying he would seek a “better deal” from TransCanada.Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton is opposed to the pipeline.Environmental groups responded to TransCanada’s announcement with a blizzard of demands on Obama to ignore TransCanada’s move and kill the pipeline anyway.”TransCanada acknowledged the writing on the wall by requesting to suspend the review of its permit application,” said a statement issued by Tom Steyer, the billionaire green activist who heads NextGen Climate. “Today, tomorrow or next year, the answer will be the same: Keystone XL is a bad deal for America, our climate, and our economy.”last_img read more

Eight dead in Senegal stadium crush

first_imgPeople look at the scene after a wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar after a football game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. Photo: AFPEight people were killed during Senegal’s football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday in a stampede that broke out following clashes between supporters that were met by police firing tear gas.At least 49 were seriously injured in the confusion, the official APS news agency reported along with the death toll, requiring a mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances.An AFP journalist at the match described a stadium full to bursting with people for the long-awaited clash between local teams US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush, the journalist said.Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed, while police had begun firing tear gas and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.“All of a sudden when the wall fell… we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people,” said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy.Also speaking at the scene, football fan Mara Die Diouf said policing at the stadium had been inadequate.“What I find terrible is that we have this kind of final in this kind of stadium here where there isn’t enough security,” he said.Diouf described police retreating from an area separating the two teams’ supporters once projectiles began being thrown, triggering dangerous movements by supporters unable to defend themselves.AFP journalists at the scene saw belongings covered in blood at the site, with a pair of glasses and clothing strewn among broken pieces of concrete.Campaigning for Senegal’s legislative elections due on July 30 would on Sunday be suspended in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall.Sall also wanted “punishments serving as a warning,” following the tragedy, spokesman El Hamidou Kasse said on TFM radio.Senegal’s safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday June 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, report on politics and law enforcement. These stories and much more coming up on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

MITs ColorChanging Tattoos Are Perfect for Diabetics

first_imgCool tat, man: Researchers at MIT and Harvard Medical School have developed color-changing tattoo ink that responds to variations in bodily fluid.Dermal Abyss is a proof-of-concept that turns the body’s surface into an interactive display.“It blends advances in biotechnology with traditional methods in tattoo artistry,” the scientists said, emphasizing that “this is a research project,” and there are no current plans to develop Dermal Abyss or pursue clinical trials.That’s too bad. Because this new science sounds really great—particularly for folks who suffer from diabetes and other medical conditions.Diabetics currently spend their days pricking a finger to monitor the glucose in their blood. But what if that recurring painful procedure could be replaced with a one-time painful procedure—a tattoo?Preliminary evaluation was done in an ex vivo pig skin model (via MIT)Embedded biosensors transition from blue to brown as the concentration of blood sugar increases, allowing the user to keep an eye on color changes indicating the need for insulin.Similarly, the pH sensor—measuring the alkalinity of interstitial fluid—changes from purple to pink and the sodium sensor fluoresces under a UV light, becoming a more intense green as salt intake grows.“The Dermal Abyss creates a direct access to the compartments in the body and reflects inner metabolic processes in a shape of a tattoo,” according to the MIT website. “I could be used for applications in continuously monitoring such as medical diagnostics, quantified self, and data encoding in the body.”MIT is no stranger to tat tech: Last year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology introduced temporary tattoos that serve as high-tech wearables. DuoSkin uses off-the-shelf materials and electronic components to design a swipeable UI element directly on your skin.Sync it to your phone to start and stop Spotify playlists, increase or decrease volume or brightness, and even control your laptop’s mouse.And, researchers went beyond input devices, embedding tiny heating elements beneath thermochromic materials to devise “Couple Harmony,” a tattoo that changes color to display a user’s mood.last_img read more

Return of the 80s Punky Brewster Coming Back to TV with Original

first_imgSay hello again to the 1980s. A sequel to Punky Brewster is being launched, with Soleil Moon Frye reprising her popular role from the mid-1980s sitcom. In the original series, Punky was a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, played by George Gaynes. Now Punky is “a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self,” according to Deadline. Frye was an instant success when “Punky Brewster” premiered on NBC. The series ran four seasons and earned three Primetime Emmy nominations including two for Outstanding Children’s Program. Frye later voiced Brewster in an animated series that ran for two seasons, It’s Punky Brewster, which earned a Daytime Emmy nod of its own.In the years since the sitcom ended, Frye has done quite a bit of voice work, including Robot Chicken, Bratz, and The Proud Family. She also appeared on several seasons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as Sabrina’s college roommate, Roxie.Soleil Moon Frye. Photo by Nan Palmero CC by 2.0Huffington Post said, “The show may have only lasted four seasons, but ‘Punky Brewster’ left a lasting impression and made pre-teen Soleil Moon Frye, who played the little leading lady, a household name.” No network is attached yet. Should it get picked up, it will join a flood of 80s revivals, including The Lost Boys (TV show based on the movie), Cobra Kai (Karate Kid spinoff) Murphy Brown, and Full House. 80s nostalgia is back in a big way it seems.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsRelated Video: 80s Nostalgia Alert!Frye will serve as an executive producer on the new project, along with original series creator David Duclon. Steve and Jim Armogida (who worked on Nickelodeon’s School of Rock adaptation) will write the script.In the original series, Punky’s father has walked out and her mother abandoned her at a shopping center. She and her dog find shelter in a vacant apartment; the complex is managed by a widowed man who is on the grouchy side. He eventually adopts her.  Although not officially an adaptation, Punky Brewster contains many elements in common with the novel Silas Marner, in which a miserly  hermit whose only friend is an elderly woman adopts a young girl who was abandoned by her parents.Of the original cast, only Frye, Cherie Johnson (who played Punky’s friend Cherie) and T.K. Carter (elementary school teacher Mike Fulton) are still alive. George Gaynes, who played Punky’s foster parent, died in 2016 and Susie Garrett, who played Cherie’s grandmother Betty Johnson, died of cancer in 2002.Cherie Johnson. Photo courtesy of Cherie Johnson CC BY-SA 3.0NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff reportedly named the series after a girl he once had a crush on. Punky’s dog is named Brandon, after Tartikoff himself. There were more than 3,000 child actors who auditioned for the role of Punky. Soleil at 7 years of age had already acted in television, with siblings and parents in show business, and won the part. Frye quickly gained a following. She appeared in parades and for some reason was prominent in Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaigns.One of the best things about Punky Brewster was the unforgettable theme song intro:After the show ended in 2003, Frye turned her focus to motherhood. She and her husband Jason Goldberg, a television producer, have two daughters.Slate said of the show in a 2013 story, “Punky did embody aspects of both punk and feminist thinking, it turns out. But she was trapped inside a show that was all about reinforcing mainstream middle class values circa 1984. This was, after all, the mid-1980s, the throes of the family values era, when Reagan Republican Alex Keaton somehow spawned from hippie parents.”Related Article: 80s Cult Classic ‘The Lost Boys’ to Return as a TV SeriesThe BBC Review said of the original show, “Depending on your view point, this was either a ghastly, sickly sweet, cheaply made sitcom of the worst kind, or a harmless slice of Apple Pie America.“Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Guyana wins Best of Ecotourism at sustainable destinations awards

first_imgGuyana has been named the #1 ‘Best of Ecotourism’ destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at ITB Berlin. The second annual ‘Best of Top 100’ Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly created ‘Best of Ecotourism’ category was added in 2019 and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.The announcement was made this evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Brian T Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.“Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practice into all aspects of its strategy, planning and  programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism,” said Brian T Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority. He continued, “It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognised globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco and sustainable tourism.”When asked about Guyana’s selection as #1 in the ‘Best of Ecotourism’ category, Albert Salman, President of the Green Destinations Foundation said, “The Top 100 Awards Jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by Guyana Tourism Authority for the Top 100-nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa. Both these eco-lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions. The Jury also liked that Guyana has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment.”last_img read more

Since 1988 however a single player has eclipsed

first_imgSince 1988, however, a single player has eclipsed the 2,000-total yard mark in a single season 47 times (it’s been done by 30 different players). That’s your Trivia Tuesday task this week — name all the players who have done it in the last 29 seasons. We’ve provided you with hints, but here’s another: all 30 players are running backs. You’ve got ten minutes, good luck! Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Somewhat lost in the midst of the Arizona Cardinals’ disappointing 2016 season is the performance of running back David Johnson.The second-year player out of Northern Iowa leads the NFL with 1,534 yards from scrimmage through the season’s first 12 weeks. That puts him on pace to rack up 2,045 total yards on the season. If Johnson can accomplish the feat, he’d become the first Arizona Cardinal to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in a single season since the team relocated to the desert from St. Louis in 1988.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

February 22 2008 This continues our report from 2

first_imgFebruary 22, 2008 This continues our report from 2/20/08. [from left] The two A-frames have been set into the prepared forms and surrounded by rebar reinforcement in anticipation of the concrete pour. [from left] Construction staff Melissa Soluski and site electrician Dr. Sparks distribute concrete into the forms. This continues our report from 2/20/08. [from left] The two A-frames have been set into the prepared forms and surrounded by rebar reinforcement in anticipation of the concrete pour. [from left] Construction staff Melissa Soluski and site electrician Dr. Sparks distribute concrete into the forms. [Photo & text: sa] Crew members from other departments help with the concrete pour and finishing work. [Photo & text: sa] Utilities manager Scott Riley uses a trowel to finish the surface of the concrete. This report continues on 2/25/08. [Photo: Amber Klatt & text: sa]last_img read more

Defence seeks to undermine case against former CBC governor

first_imgIn the Nicosia criminal court, the defence on Tuesday sought to undermine the case brought by the state against former Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou, the key figure in an ongoing corruption trial.Taking the stand were two police officers who investigated the case, which centres on the allegation that Christodoulou was bribed to the tune of €1m to look the other way while Greek financier Andreas Vgenopoulos – now deceased – took control of Laiki Bank in 2006.Laiki was shuttered in 2013.The €1m in question was paid by Focus Maritime Corp, owned by Greek businessman Michalis Zolotas, an associate of Vgenopoulos, into the account of a consulting firm technically owned by Christodoulou’s daughter.Christodoulou’s daughter, her firm AC Christodoulou Consultants Ltd and Zolotas are also defendants in the case.On Tuesday, during cross-examination defence attorney Efstathios Efstathiou grilled sergeant Philippos Violantis, a witness for the prosecution.The witness had taken part in the police investigations.Efstathiou pointed out that Christodoulou has already been found guilty and sentenced for the €1m for not declaring this income to tax authorities.For tax evasion, the former Central Bank governor had been sentenced to five months in jail, while his daughter’s consultancy had been fined €13,500.Responding, Violantis said the attorney-general had deemed it appropriate to prosecute two separate cases – one for tax evasion and one (the current one) for corruption.Efstathiou then asked the sergeant whether he thought this was “fair.” The prosecution objected, saying the witness was there to present the facts of the case, not to opine on the attorney-general’s decisions.The objection was sustained.Pressing on, the defence lawyer zeroed in on the charge sheet, which states the offences were committed between February 2006 and September 21, 2009.The charge sheet, he added, does not specify the precise date on which the €1m was transferred to the consultancy firm.This, Efstathiou argued, was done deliberately by the prosecution, in order to convey the impression that the alleged bribery was committed during the time that Christodoulou was governor of the Central Bank.But in reality, he added, the money was transferred on July 27, 2007, when Christodoulou had already quit the Central Bank. Christodoulou retired on April 30 of the same year, going on to join his daughter’s consultancy firm, to which he provided various services.There was another reason the timeframe on the charge sheet was so broad, Efstathiou posited. It had to do with the extradition of Michalis Fole, another defendant, to Cypriot authorities.Fole, a former Laiki official, was handed over by Romanian authorities in late 2016.Under Romanian law, the statute of limitations for this type of offence is eight years. Therefore, said Efstathiou, since the alleged offence occurred in 2007, the statute of limitations would have taken effect in 2015, at which time Fole would not be subject to extradition.However, by broadening the charge sheet to cover the period until September 2009, the prosecution was able to circumvent that statute of limitations and seek Fole’s extradition.Responding to the defence attorney, the witness said he had no part in compiling the indictments.Taking the stand next was CID sergeant Nicos Tomas, a member of the police unit tasked with probing the 2013 financial meltdown.Tomas testified that he took depositions from a number of individuals, including former Laiki employees and journalists covering financial news.He also received documents and digital material relating to interviews given by Vgenopoulos.The trial continues. The prosecution is expected to summon several journalists as witnesses.The defendants face a total of 24 charges including corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, abuse of trust, and money laundering.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo 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