Police probing trafficking angle on German embassys plaint

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 3 (PTI) Delhi Police is investigating a suspected case of human trafficking in which unemployed youths were being sent to Germany purportedly to take part in a jujutsu tournament.The complaint in this regard was filed by the German embassy.In the complaint, lodged at Chanakyapuri police station, a German embassy officer alleged that six youths submitted forged documents with their visa applications.He said the six applied for visa purportedly to take part in a jujutsu (a Japanese martial art) tournament at Gelsenkirchen in Germany.The youths, claiming to be students of Sir Marshall Convent School in Punjab, even produced a letter on the schools letterhead, along with their visa applications, police said.Upon verification by the embassy from the school, the letter was found to be forged.In his complaint, the embassy official mentioned the name of the agent, coordinating with the youths for their proposed visit to Germany, as Deepak Sharma, claiming him to be a “suspected human trafficker to Europe”.Sharma allegedly used sports events to illegally transport people to Europe, the complaint stated.”A case under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), IPC was registered, said a senior police officer, adding that a hunt was launched for the agent. PTI SLB VIT RC RClast_img read more

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Sluggish Olympiakos Falls to Milano

first_imgEuropean basketball champion Olympiakos isn’t playing like it. The Reds were trounced 81-51 on Jan. 9 by one of the worst teams in the Eurogroup, Armani Milano, continuing disappointing play that carried over from lackluster performances in the Greek domestic league.Olympiakos played without its two American stars, Acie Law and Brent Petway who have been temporarily replaced but played as if they didn’t have anybody on the floor, letting the Italians run away with it after starting with a 21-16 lead only to be outscored 65-30 the rest of the way.Even worse for Olympiakos fans, the Reds played like they just didn’t care, especially on defense where they waved defenders through and said goodbye on the way as coach Giorgos Bartzokas could do nothing to get them inspired to play hard. He’s bringing in Jamario Moon, a part-time NBA player who has been on 17 teams in the last 12 years.Olympiakos was still it in at the half, being down only 39-32 but was outscored 42-19 in the second, a debacle for the defending champions.Panionios, another Greek entry in the European tourney, also went down, 89-75 to Nizhny Novgorod in its first game in the second group stage of the Eurocup.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy On8 launched in India for Rs 16,990, will be available starting August 6

first_imgAs teased, Samsung has launched a new mid-range smartphone — Galaxy On8 in India on Wednesday. The Galaxy On8 is an online exclusive product just as the On6, and will be available on Flipkart and Samsung Online Shop — shop.samsung.com/in for a starting price of Rs 16,990. The Galaxy On8 comes packed with a big 6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display and dual camera set up on the back. With the Galaxy On8, Samsung is aiming to compete with other similar budget phones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Moto G6, and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.The newly launched Galaxy On8 comes with a polycarbonate unibody design and has a 6-inch HD+ super AMOLED Infinity display with an aspect ratio of with an 18.5:9. The primary camera on the rear panel includes a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture while the secondary cam equips a 5-megapixel sensor paired with f/1.9 aperture. On the front, the new Galaxy On8 features a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.The dual cameras of the Galaxy On8 come packed with Samsung’s flagship ‘Live Focus’ feature, with which users will be able to click bokeh shots keeping sharp focus to the foreground while blurring out the background. In addition, the smartphone also comes with some new dual camera features like Background Blur Shape, Portrait Dolly, and Portrait Backdrop.The Samsung phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. On the software front, the Galaxy On8 runs the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system. It is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery.advertisement”At Samsung, our constant endeavour is to bring meaningful innovation in our products and services that can truly add value to the lives of our consumers. Galaxy On8 sports Samsung’s signature Infinity Display and is a stunning device with state-of-the-art hardware and software features. With Galaxy On8, we have emphasized more on the camera, which is one of the most used features by millennials today,” said Sandeep Singh Arora Vice President Online Business of Samsung India.The infinity display of the Galaxy On8 is enhanced by Samsung’s ‘Make for India’ “Chat Over Video” feature which allows users to have an uninterrupted and uncompromised video viewing experience while chatting, hence eliminating the need to switch between video viewing or chatting. The smartphone also comes pre-loaded with Samsung Mall which let users shop by clicking a picture of the desired product and automatically getting results for the item across popular e-commerce platforms.The Galaxy On8 is launched as an online exclusive product. The phone will be available on Flipkart and Samsung’s e-store from August 6 onwards for a price of Rs 16,990. “We are delighted to launch the latest smartphone from Samsung Galaxy On series on Flipkart. With the promise of quality and trusted brand equity, Galaxy On8 caters to India’s online customers who look for more from their smartphones,” said, Ayyappan Rajagopal Senior Director, Mobiles Flipkart. As a part of the launch offer, Flipkart will offer exciting offers like No Cost EMI, Special Data Offers and more to consumers on buying the Samsung Galaxy On8.last_img read more

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Canada says it was targeted by Russian cyber attacks

first_imgOttawa, Oct 4 (AFP) Canada said Thursday it too was targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its center for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, after allies blamed Moscow for some of the biggest hacking plots of recent years.”The government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military’s intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible” for these cyber attacks, the foreign ministry said in a statement.Ottawa said these formed “part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behavior, demonstrate a disregard for international law and undermine the rules-based international order.” And it called on “all those who value this order to come together in its defence.” Allies accused Russia military intelligence of being behind an April attempt to gain access to official networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).The Netherlands expelled four alleged agents and Britain and Australia pointed fingers at Russian military intelligence, while the United States charged seven Russian agents with hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016.The Russia-based Fancy Bears computer hacking group leaked athletes’ medical records held by WADA, said the agency.The same year, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport was “compromised by malware enabling unauthorized access to the Centre’s network,” the foreign ministry said.WADA has faced a backlash over its decision last month to lift a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency.The agency had suspended RUSADA in November 2015 after declaring it non-compliant following revelations of a vast state-backed scheme to avoid drug testers.advertisementA WADA report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russian authorities of running an elaborate doping program with the full support of the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian secret service (FSB).The softening of WADA’s stance triggered outrage from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world, who have accused WADA of succumbing to pressure from the IOC. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

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Android Q is coming soon: Face ID, dark mode, downgrading of apps and everything else we know so far

first_imgWhile the world is still warming up to Android 9 Pie, information regarding the next version of Android is already all over the Internet. Expected to be called Android Q, Google will possibly release the developer version within a few months and unveil the final build at the Google I/O 2019. Despite the long wait, developers have already gained access to information regarding some features that Android Q will bring to smartphones later in the year. An early developer build had leaked in the wild, giving us a glimpse of Android Q in a semi-cooked state.Android Q is essentially supposed to be a more refined version of the Android 9 Pie. After various incidents regarding Android’s security compromise in recent times, it is expected that Google will focus more on data privacy and security with Android Q. Additionally, with foldable phones ushering at a rapid rate this year (Samsung and Huawei will show their foldable phones at this year’s MWC), Android Q is also supposed to bring compatibility with folding devices with varying screen sizes.Since it will be a while before Google releases the first developer preview of Android Q, we look at some of the developments that have come to our knowledge so far. Here are the 6 features that we know about Android Q.Dark ModeFinally! Since OnePlus popularized the concept of an all dark theme on its Oxygen OS a few years ago, people have been demanding dark themes on their Android phones. Especially, with modern smartphones sporting OLED displays, the dark themes make for better power efficiency and are soothing to eyes when using the phone in dark ambience. Apart from these two facts, the dark mode also makes phones look cool. Stock Android is rumoured to get a system-wide dark mode with Android Q, which will be beneficial for Android One device users.advertisementFoldable phone supportRemember the folding phone at Samsung’s Developer Conference in 2018? Samsung said at the time they were working with Google to optimise Android for folding devices. With Android Q, Google will offer native support for a user interface with varying elements. Google’s implementation will be focused on smoother and natural animations as well as the transition of apps from portrait mode to tablet mode. Samsung and Huawei will be the first companies to unveil foldable phones this month.Facial verificationEven though Android phones feature 3D facial recognition for biometric verification, Android doesn’t support it by default. That’ why Android One devices and Pixel devices don’t support face unlock. With Android Q expected to offer face unlock natively, manufacturers won’t have to develop additional face unlock systems for devices. Since Google has a great lead over others in terms of photography, we expect their face unlock system will be more secure and fast than conventional front camera-based systems.Enhanced PiP ModeIf you have used a Samsung phone, you will be familiar with a feature that can run apps in windows. Android Q is expected to support that natively. Users will able to multitask by running an app in a floating window and resize it accordingly for convenience. This will be a great addition to the split-screen feature on current Android phones.Secure permissionsSince Android 6.0, Google introduced a more robust app permission system to Android. With Android Q, Google will go one step further. It is expected that Android Q will offer the option to grant or deny permissions to apps for using clipboard data. This will prevent apps from getting access to copied data without the user’s consent.Downgrading appsHave you ever regretted download an app update, which eventually ruins the overall experience? Well, Android Q will offer to downgrade apps to the previous version. Presently, users can downgrade to older versions of Google apps. With this feature, users will be able to roll back to older versions of third-party apps.ALSO READ | Android Q will be easier on your eyes: Thanks to dark modeALSO READ | Android Q will come with a system-wide dark theme and better privacy settingsALSO READ | Android Q might let you reverse app updateslast_img read more

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Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Huddersfield

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:35 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday After Wednesday’s hugely disappointing 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, Manchester United are back in Premier League action against Huddersfield Town on Saturday with a point to prove.They are perhaps fortunate that their poorest performance all season is followed by one of the kinder fixtures in the league calendar, with Huddersfield struggling to bring a halt to their recent slide down the table.But the attitudes on display in United shirts will still have to be spot-on, with the spotlight firmly on the players following their no-show at Wembley. Their title hopes might have been extinguished long ago but they have much to do to secure a Champions League berth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD INJURIES Eric Bailly remains unavailable after ankle surgery, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still attempting to recover from knee trouble following his ACL damage. Marouane Fellaini is also likely to join the injury list after limping out of Wednesday’s loss just seven minutes after replacing Paul Pogba as a substitute.Daley Blind could return after rehabing at Carrington in midweek while the rest of the squad were in London for the Spurs clash.MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS United have no suspension issues as they return to the Theatre of Dreams, and the same is true of David Wagner’s side.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWednesday’s unacceptable performance is likely to prompt Jose Mourinho into a handful of changes for Huddersfield’s visit, with Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard among those who could make way.Luke Shaw’s recent form has won him a more elevated position in the United squad, and he could return to the starting XI in place of Young, while Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof will be on standby for potential call-ups after the trouble United suffered at the heart of their defence at Wembley.Higher up there could be chances given to Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata as Mourinho looks for the right blend in the forward line following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.Man Utd possible XIHUDDERSFIELD TEAM NEWS After a decent start to their first Premier League campaign, Huddersfield’s form has nosedived in the past couple of months. Seven games without a victory, topped off by four straight defeats to Leicester, West Ham, Stoke and Liverpool in which they have conceded 12 goals, sees them heading to Old Trafford in desperate need of the sort of inspiration they were able to muster in beating United 2-1 in October.Since that famous day in west Yorkshire, David Wagner’s side have struggled to reprooduce the sort of stirring form which had seen them take a place in the Premier League mid-table for granted in the early weeks of the campaign. The main problem for the Terriers has been the lack of goals, and Wagner must chose between Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre as his best source in front of goal as he looks for greater output from his misfiring front men. So far this season Huddersfield have netted just 19 times in 25 league fixtures.Steve Mounie of Huddersfield TownTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage unavailable in the UK due to blackout resctrictions.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS These sides haven’t met at Old Trafford since March 1972, with the Red Devils winning 2-0 in a top-flight fixture with goals from Ian Storey-Moore and George Best. Huddersfield are winless in their last 14 away games against Man Utd in all competitions (D5 L9) since a 6-0 victory in September 1930. The last 19 clubs playing their first Premier League match at Old Trafford have all lost – the last team to avoid defeat were Derby County in April 1997, winning 3-2. Manchester United haven’t lost twice in a league season against a newly promoted side since the 1986/87 campaign, losing both matches against Wimbledon. Manchester United have lost just two of their last 39 Premier League home games (W24 D13 L2), with both of those defeats coming against Manchester City. Since the start of last season, Alexis Sanchez has been involved in eight goals in his nine Premier League games against newly promoted sides (7 goals, 1 assist), including a goal against Huddersfield in Arsenal’s 5-0 win against them in November. Romelu Lukaku has netted 81 goals in 147 games against non ‘big-six’ sides, compared to just 15 goals in 63 Premier League appearances against them (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Why Firmino flourished & Benteke flopped at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool The inside track on why Firmino flourished and Benteke flopped at Liverpool Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke, Liverpool Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League Transfers The Reds spent big on two forwards in 2015 but only one of them delivered for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield Nothing hurts a centre forward more than the idea of a missed opportunity. So when Christian Benteke stands in the tunnel at Selhurst Park this weekend, he could be forgiven for casting an envious look in the direction of Liverpool’s No.9 and wondering what might have been. The man wearing that shirt, Roberto Firmino, is the Reds’ all-action talisman, the glue which holds together one of the world’s most potent attacks. He’s enjoying the best season of his career, has a Champions League quarter-final to look forward to and he’s the darling of the Kop – and of Jurgen Klopp. ‘Bobby’ really is the man at Anfield.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benteke’s life is rather different. These days his battle is for survival, not silverware. He’s a misfiring striker in a struggling side, a lumbering presence in a league which demands pace and dynamism. He’s as responsible as anyone for Crystal Palace’s current plight. It is easy to forget it is less than three years since Benteke and Firmino arrived at Anfield, a pair of big-money signings designed to save Brendan Rodgers’ crumbling reign. Back then, Benteke was the ‘safe’ option, Firmino the ‘gamble’. How differently things panned out. The story of why one flourished and one floundered is a complex one, a tale of muddled thinking, failed transfers and a manager consumed by the pressure of one of the world’s biggest clubs. To understand it, we must go back to 2013, and the conclusion of Rodgers’ first campaign on Merseyside. It had ended fairly well, the arrival of Daniel Sturridge, and to a lesser extent Philippe Coutinho, giving the Reds the firepower their manager craved. They finished seventh, but lost just one of their last 13 games. Still, the feeling that summer was that an extra attacker was required. Luis Suarez had picked up a suspension after biting Branislav Ivanovic, and had expressed a desire to leave the club in any case. Sturridge had started superbly, but fitness issues would never be far from the surface, it was felt. Liverpool’s recruitment team, led by Michael Edwards (now the club’s sporting director), Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, proposed Diego Costa, the Atletico Madrid striker, as a potential signing. Costa was emerging as one of Europe’s finest, and positive conversations with his representatives revealed a €25m release clause in his contract. Rodgers was unconvinced, but Edwards, Fallows and Hunter pushed hard. Liverpool triggered Costa’s clause in August 2013, but he chose to stay at Atletico, penning a new deal soon after. He would help them to a La Liga title and a Champions League final before joining Chelsea the following summer. Diego Costa ChelseaLiverpool, meanwhile, signed Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo while crucially convincing Suarez to stay another year. He and Sturridge plundered 55 goals between them as the Reds came heartbreakingly close to ending their long, painful wait for a league title. The game which cost them – a 2-0 home defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – was the one which reinforced Rodgers’ belief that another, ‘different’ type of striker was needed. Liverpool had struggled to break down Mourinho’s massed, well-drilled defence that day. They needed, the manager felt, a ‘Plan B’ who would enable them to change their style, to play direct and become less predictable. Aspas, a better player than he ever showed at Anfield, was not the answer. Rodgers’ first choice was Wilfried Bony, then at Swansea. The Ivorian had enjoyed a good debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring 25 goals in all competitions – including two at Anfield. The manager was convinced, but concerns were raised in the recruitment team. They felt Bony lacked the necessary work ethic and that the cost, in terms of both transfer fee and wages, was excessive. The plan was shelved. Bony, it should be noted, has scored just 24 goals in four seasons since. Instead, Liverpool bought Rickie Lambert from Southampton as their ‘Plan B’ option, while signing Mario Balotelli as their marquee gamble to replace the departed Suarez. Both would have little or no impact at the club, managing just three league goals between them. With Sturridge crocked, Liverpool dropped from 101 goals in 2013/14 to just 52 the following season.  The 2014/15 campaign, in which Raheem Sterling had often featured as the club’s No.9, finished with a 6-1 humbling at Stoke, the Reds’ heaviest defeat in 52 years. Brendan Rodgers Stoke City Liverpool Premier League 09082015Surprisingly, Rodgers survived as manager and was given the chance to reshape his squad significantly ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. With Bony off the table having moved to Manchester City, Benteke was now the Ulsterman’s No.1 pick. Concerns were again raised – Lambert’s struggles had laid bare the difficulty of fitting a target man into the team – but it was felt that, unlike Bony, the Aston Villa man would at least retain value should things fail to work out at Anfield. Rodgers’ judgement was backed, Liverpool triggering Benteke’s £32.5m release clause while on tour in Australia in July 2015. By then, of course, Firmino was already on board, Liverpool having committed to a deal which could eventually cost them £29m. It was seen as a coup by the recruitment team, who had been blown away by the Brazilian’s performances as a multi-functional forward with Hoffenheim. Liverpool considered other options – Memphis Depay was tracked extensively, while Son Heung-min was discussed. Liverpool had rejected the chance to sign Son from Hamburg for just €10m in 2013, and would now watch him join Tottenham for more than double that.Anyway, Firmino, was ‘the one’ as far as Edwards and Co. were concerned. Liverpool’s ‘transfer committee’ received plenty of criticism during Rodgers’ reign, but their commitment to pushing through this signing was absolute, and has been rewarded since. And contrary to what many think, they were always convinced Firmino could flourish as a No.9 in England. Rodgers, though, had asked for Benteke and Liverpool, despite the Stoke debacle and plenty of internal fears, were keen to back him. He also had a shiny new backroom team, with Gary McAllister and Pep Lijnders joining and Sean O’Driscoll a surprise choice as assistant manager. McAllister’s influence, as both a club legend and a smart, measured personality, was welcomed while Lijnders made a big impression on players and staff with his innovative coaching sessions. O’Driscoll’s impact, though, was seen by many at the club as a negative one. He was quick to voice doubts about Firmino in particular, stating regularly (and openly) that he couldn’t understand where he should play or why he’d been bought. Whether Rodgers, who was rather more positive in his initial assessments, listened to him or not is unclear, but Liverpool began the season with Benteke up front and Firmino on the bench. HD Jurgen Klopp Roberto FirminoThings went OK initially, back-to-back wins over Stoke and Bournemouth and a creditable draw at Arsenal hinting at a resurgence. Benteke grabbed the winner against Bournemouth, and missed a huge chance to do the same at the Emirates. But a 3-0 home shelling against West Ham – Firmino’s first Anfield start – was the beginning of the end for Rodgers. He would win just one more game as Reds boss before being relieved of his duties in early October. Five days later, Klopp was confirmed as his successor. The German arrived with a smile on his face, enthused by the prospect of working in England, and with a squad of players he felt were better than they had shown. Firmino, in particular, was one he was looking forward to seeing. “He was a player I thought was one of the best in the Bundesliga,” he would later say. “So when I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: ‘How could Liverpool do this?’ “Oher clubs would have spent more on him so I thought immediately: ‘What a good transfer for them.’” Both Firmino and Benteke missed Klopp’s first game as manager, Divock Origi leading the line in a goalless draw at Tottenham. The first sighting of the future, though, came in a Halloween clash at Stamford Bridge. Benteke, despite a goal in his previous game, was benched, Firmino starting as Liverpool’s central striker. His elusive movement, work rate and sure touch were key as Klopp picked up his first Premier League win – though Benteke, it should be noted, emerged from the bench to wrap things up. Three weeks later came even clearer evidence of Firmino’s suitability as a No.9, Liverpool thrashing Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad with the Brazilian picking up his first Reds goal. He looked every inch the player Liverpool’s scouts had spoken of. Benteke got chances – he scored back-to-back winning goals against Leicester and Sunderland over the Christmas period, for example – but his presence in an FA Cup third round tie at Exeter in January showed the pecking order. The big Belgian captained a side including the likes of Pedro Chirivella, Tiago Ilori, Ryan Kent and Jerome Sinclair. He failed to score. The writing was on the wall at that point, with Firmino the starter and Origi his preferred understudy. After Exeter, Benteke would start just four more games for Liverpool – two in much-changed FA Cup sides, two in dead rubber Premier League contests. He would score just three more goals, though Anfield staff were quick to praise his application and attitude during what was clearly a frustrating period for the player. Christian Benteke LiverpoolBy the summer of 2016, the end had come, conversations between manager and player confirming the fact. And as Edwards and Co. had predicted 12 months earlier, there were no shortage of clubs willing to pay good money to rescue him. Palace were the ones who got him, paying an initial £27m, and were rewarded with 17 goals last season. Two of them, naturally, came in a win at Anfield. This season has been rather more difficult, but this weekend Benteke gets the chance to renew rivalries with his former club – and his former boss. He has, to his credit, resisted the temptation to criticise Klopp since his departure. “It’s not in my nature,” he said after that Anfield game last year. He can expect a warm handshake, if not a bear hug, at the final whistle on Saturday evening. As for Liverpool, they’ve moved on nicely. The dog days of the Rodgers era feel a long way away now. With Firmino leading the line, and the charge, they’re aiming high. Who knows, maybe even all the way to Kiev and the Champions League final?  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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BOJ Reports Just Under One Per Cent Growth Third Quarter

first_img The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September. BoJ Governor said it nonetheless, represents a “return to growth… following six consecutive quarters of contraction.” The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September.Central Bank Governor, Brian Wynter, who made the disclosure during the BoJ’s quarterly media briefing held in the institution’s auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, November 19, attributed the second quarter growth to, among other things, the response of Jamaican businesses to improvements in external demand for local outputs.While acknowledging that the outturn was “modest”, Mr. Wynter said it nonetheless, represents a “return to growth… following six consecutive quarters of contraction.”He said that the estimated expansion for the quarter reflected improvements in performance in agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation.The Governor said the response of local businesses to improved external demand is assessed to have been the “primary driver” of expanded economic activity for the quarter.”He noted, however, that local consumption is estimated to have declined for the quarter, “reflecting the impact of the ongoing fiscal consolidation and declining real incomes.”Mr. Wynter said the October to December quarter is projected to record growth similar to the July to September period “supported by the forecast for continued strengthening in global economic growth.”“In addition, we expect that the continued implementation of the policies set out under the (International Monetary Fund) Extended Fund Facility will provide a boost to investor confidence. But, domestic demand conditions are expected to remain relatively weak over the near-term, even as we return to growth,” he indicated.In this regard, Mr. Wynter advised that the rate of growth projected for the entire fiscal year is expected to be within the range of zero to one per cent.He added that the pattern of growth for the October December quarter and fiscal year is expected to be largely driven by activities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation, similar to July to September period. The October to December quarter is projected to record growth similar to the July to September period. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgThe province is looking for the public’s help with an unsolved case involving a missing person last seen almost eight years ago. The Department of Justice will offer a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible in the missing persons case of Rhonda Joyce Louise Wilson of Kentville, Kings Co. Ms. Wilson was last seen on the night of Aug. 7, 2002, when she left her Kentville home to go for a walk and did not return. Ms. Wilson, a 31-year-old mother of three, has not been seen or heard from since. During the course of the investigation there have been several possible sightings of Ms. Wilson, however, none were ever substantiated. To date, there has been no activity on her bank accounts. “We urge anyone with any information related to Ms. Wilson’s disappearance to please come forward,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share a responsibility in terms of building safe communities and no information is too trivial.” Anyone with information about this case can call the Department of Justice, Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be recorded. More information on this case, and other cases, can be found on the Department of Justice website at www.gov.ns.ca/just . The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are now 59 cases in the program.last_img read more

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Encouraging a Safety Culture for Young Workers

first_imgAs the school year comes to an end and more young people step into new workplaces, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and WCB Nova Scotia are encouraging workers and employers to make workplace safety a priority. For workers between the ages of 15 and 24, more than 40 per cent of all injuries happen between June and September. In the past five years, three young workers went to work and never came home. In 2017, of the 23,952 workers injured in Nova Scotia WCB-covered workplaces, 3,179 were young workers and 527 of them were hurt seriously enough to need three days or more off work. While this number has steadily decreased from 647 in 2015, there is still progress to be made. Youth are most often hurt working in retail and hospitality, and frequently hurt in manufacturing and construction. Being struck by an object and overexertion are the two most common causes of injury in young workers. In 2013, Cody Ross was working as a heavy equipment operator on a drilling and blasting project when a heavy piece of steel fell on his hand. He was 26 at the time and just four months into his new job. “It was terrifying not knowing if I lost my hand or fingers or how serious the damage was,” says Mr. Ross. The injury crushed his fingers and severed the thumb on his left and dominant hand. In the years since, Cody has had 14 surgeries and therapy to help him cope with the trauma. Unable to return to his former job, he decided on a career in occupational health and safety. “I’ve been through it. I’m a walking example of what can happen,” says Mr. Ross. “I want to try to prevent these things from happening to anyone else.” “Everyone has a role to play when it comes to creating a safety culture – from parents, to employers, to workers,” said WCB Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean. “Young workers are invaluable members of our workforce and the future of this province. Employers need to ensure all workers receive adequate safety training and understand their rights and responsibilities. “Parents need to keep the conversation going at home, and I encourage workers to ask questions and make sure they only do something if they can do it safely.” For more information and resources on young worker safety, visit worksafeforlife.ca/youngworkers . For young workers who have questions around employee rights, contact the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division at the toll-free number, 1-888-315-0110 or visit novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights .last_img read more

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Health Canada approves application for interim safe injection site in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Health Canada announced Sunday that it has approved an application by Toronto Public Health to open a safe injection site several months earlier than anticipated.An “interim safe injection site” will open for service on Monday, Aug. 21 in the same building as the planned permanent site, which is currently under renovation.“Supervised consumption sites save lives and improve health without increasing drug use or crime in the surrounding area,” Health Canada said in a statement.Three permanent safe injection sites were set to open in the city this fall. But harm reduction experts say those plans were made years ago, before the opioid crisis was as severe as it is now.“I think it’s safe to assume, given what’s happening, that there may be a need for more than just the three that have been proposed,” Jason Altenberg, program director at Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre, said last month, after a weekend that saw four deaths and over 20 overdoses in the city’s downtown core.Last week, harm reduction workers began setting up an unsanctioned safe injection site in Toronto’s Moss Park, saying the space is needed as the city grapples with a string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths.There are safe injection sites currently running in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Montreal. Clinics are under review in many other Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton.last_img read more

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No sidewalk on Holden Avenue

Norfolk will respect a petition that asked to county to drop sidewalks from the rebuild of Holden Avenue in Simcoe.“There will be no sidewalks,” Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, told Norfolk council last week.At the same meeting, Norfolk council approved a tender for the reconstruction of Holden Avenue between West Street and Beckett Boulevard immediately west of Norfolk General Hospital.The low bid in the amount of $1.935 million was filed by Morley’s Contracting of Paris. Counting engineering, materials testing and HST, the total value of the project is $2.12 million.The Holden rebuild was initially scheduled for last spring but was delayed a year due to time running down in the 2018 construction season.The rebuild includes new in-ground services, a new road bed, new curb and gutter, and new blacktop. Work will begin in May and should be finished by the end of October.A total of 42 contractors expressed interest in the project. Nine filed bids. The high bid came in at $2.7 million.Holden Avenue representatives asked council to drop sidewalks from the project last June.“Holden Avenue would be singled out if it had a sidewalk,” spokesperson Bruce Veltri said at the time.“We’re the last street to be done in our neighbourhood and they want us to take the sidewalk. It would give the impression that Holden is a through-way. We feel it could have an effect on property values. We want to remain in synch with the rest of the neighbourhood and remain sidewalk-free.”A vote to cancel the sidewalk last June failed in a 4-4 deadlock.Former Windham Coun. Jim Oliver pointed out that an elderly woman from this neighbourhood was killed by a recycling truck while she was out for a walk on Dora Drive in the winter of 2009. Oliver suggested the fatality may have been averted if there were a sidewalk available to the victim.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Alex Rodriguez Wouldve Made The Hall Of Fame Without Steroids

News broke Wednesday morning that Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman who was suspended by Major League Baseball for the entire 2014 season over allegations of performance-enhancing drug (PED) use, had admitted to federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials that he used the prohibited substances from 2010 through 2012. Rodriguez’s confession came behind closed doors last January, but in public he continued to deny the charges right up until the Miami Herald released its findings in a story Wednesday.The news confirms accusations that Rodriguez had augmented his performance during the 2011 and 2012 MLB seasons, in addition to his previous admission of using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Given the current climate of baseball’s Hall of Fame voting — neither Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens has cracked 40 percent of the vote in either of their two years on the ballot — Rodriguez’s latest admission seems like the final nail in the coffin for his Hall of Fame candidacy, assuming it wasn’t already long buried. But it’s also worth remembering that, like Bonds and Clemens before him, Rodriguez was a magnificent player before taking PEDs, and likely could have been a Hall of Famer without them.Not only did Rodriguez rank first on Baseball America’s 1995 Top 100 Prospects list, but after hitting .311 with a .948 OPS and good range at shortstop as an 18-year-old at Triple-A in 1994, he might well have been the greatest prospect in the history of the draft era. And lest the hype seem unjustified, in 1996 — his first full season in the majors — all Rodriguez did was belt an MLB-leading 54 doubles, smack 36 home runs, hit .358 (!!), post a 1.045 OPS (just the second time a shortstop had ever topped a 1.000 OPS, creating a club with the incomparable Arky Vaughan), lead the American League in total bases and finish tied as the fourth-best fielding shortstop in the AL according to TotalZone runs saved.Did I mention he did all that at age 20?Between then and 2001, when Rodriguez was said to have begun using PEDs, he would also do things like hit .300 or better in three out of four seasons, hit 40 or more home runs in three out of four seasons, set the all-time single-season record for Bill James’s Power/Speed statistic in 1998 (when he became the third member of the 40-40 Club with 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases), and become, in 2000, just the 22nd player in baseball history to surpass 10.0 wins above replacement (WAR) in a single season.Rodriguez’s supposed last season before he began using came that year, his last as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Through age 24, only two players in baseball history — Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle — produced more career WAR than Rodriguez did. Current Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout has A-Rod beat (along with everyone else who ever played the game) on career WAR through age 22, but there’s no question that Rodriguez had the pure talent to rank among the game’s all-time greatest players even before he started using PEDs.James once developed a long-term career forecast model called Brock2 — essentially a very early progenitor of a full-fledged projection system like PECOTA — which could produce an expected career stat line for a player based on his career performance through a given age. Feed it Rodriguez’s age 20-24 seasons, and it produces an absurd set of projected career totals: 3,573 hits; 668 doubles; 1,075 home runs. As mean projections for anybody, those numbers are silly (Trout through age 22 also generates a forecast of 3,646 hits, 740 doubles, and 826 home runs), but they underscore how incredible Rodriguez’s first five full MLB seasons were. (Through 20 seasons, Rodriguez now has 2,939 hits, 519 doubles and 654 home runs.)All of this, it bears mentioning, matters only if you believe Rodriguez began using PEDs in 2001, and didn’t before that. At the time of Rodriguez’s initial suspension in August 2013, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote a column that included the following quote:“If you believe he started using [PEDs] in 2001, when he said he did, you’re a fool,” a former teammate said. “The likelihood is that he never played a day clean in the major leagues. Why? Insecurity. Alex doesn’t know how good he could be without drugs, and didn’t trust himself to find out.”That remains speculation at this point. But based on what we do know, Rodriguez’s early-career numbers were so great, and his potential so vast, that he had a very high likelihood of making the Hall of Fame before he ostensibly began using performance-enhancing drugs. Wednesday’s revelations only add to the disgrace he’s brought to his legacy since then. read more

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Everyones Just Guessing About Matt Harveys Innings Limit

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was caught in a tabloid cacophony last week after his agent, Scott Boras, spoke candidly about how many innings Harvey should pitch this season. Harvey, who came back from Tommy John surgery at the beginning of the year, was said to be on a soft limit of about 180 innings,1He’s currently at 166 1/3 innings, giving him about two more starts before he hits the limit. as recommended by his surgeon. The Mets want Harvey to pitch in the postseason, Boras wants Harvey to sit out if it means exceeding 180 innings, and Harvey … Harvey seems to want both things.Boras’s approach seems reasonable: Limiting the innings of a young pitcher who may still be recovering from a serious injury seems like it might be wise. The trouble is that we have no idea whether innings limits work.There’s no question that pitching puts great stress on the arm. Accordingly, some studies of adolescent pitchers have found a link between an athlete’s innings pitched and the probability of future injury. The logic is clear: The more pitches thrown, the more wear and tear on the arm. Based on that, a hard limit on Harvey’s workload appears to be a good idea.But there’s no guarantee that what goes for amateurs also goes for pros. Harvey and all other MLB pitchers are a particularly talented and hardy group of throwers relative to those who play in high school, the minors or even college. It’s plausible that each additional pitch does less damage to them than it would to your local high school pitcher. Supporting this idea, a recent paper analyzing MLB pitchers 25 and younger (Harvey is 26) found no clear link between the number of innings pitched and future injury rates.It’s possible that Harvey represents a special case because of not only his youth, but also his previous bout of elbow trouble. Boras made this argument by presenting a set of four pitchers comparable to Harvey, each of whom came off Tommy John surgery and pitched more than 200 innings in the next year. All four suffered complications.But a sample of four pitchers can hardly provide conclusive evidence, and the Mets’ own preseason study (using comparable players) produced the opposite conclusion. That two studies using similar methods could produce conflicting verdicts underscores the difficulty of predicting pitcher health. As Mets general manager Sandy Alderson put it, “It’s not science.”One of the major problems is that any simple calculation of workload (like IP) is a flawed measure of fatigue and thus injury risk. Not all pitches inflict the same damage upon the arm, and poor mechanics cause injury much more quickly. The future of injury analytics will likely depend on better ways of gauging pitcher health that measure not only the workload but also the technique of the pitcher and how it changes over time. Newer technologies such as motion tracking systems and wearable sensors offer the promise of novel metrics that could be predictive, but most such systems are in preliminary stages of development or are just being deployed. Until those new technologies develop further, the Mets, Boras and Harvey are flying blind. read more

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ABC reveals aged care failure

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “The complaints I have heard over the years have come from staff working in private facilities who feel overwhelmed due to the small number of staff, which means corners may be cut”.Jenny Mikakos – Shadow Victorian Minister for Seniors and AgeingThe ABC presented a disturbing picture of Australia’s aged care system in turmoil this week, after receiving reports of neglect and abuse in aged care facilities across the country. The program which aired on Tuesday presented allegations of shocking examples of inadequate care which the ABC says is occurring in more than 100 nursing homes. Lateline has undertaken six investigations over the past 12 months, following up claims of patients being bullied by staff, treated with indignity, left to experience unnecessary pain, and even death occurring, because of poor treatment. The ABC was told by one worker in Victoria – who had to look after nearly 40 high care dementia patients – that he knew he was breaking the law by locking patients in their rooms. He said he had no alternative after management had ignored his request for more staff. Staff at a number of residential centres told the ABC that there were often too few employees to ensure dignified and compassionate care and that staff struggle to complete the most basic tasks such as toileting. Lateline were told of shifts where one carer was responsible for 20 to 30 high care residents, meaning many were often left for hours in incontinence pads – risking dangerous infections. Some relatives of people in aged care told the program their loved ones had been left in faeces and urine, treated roughly, inadequately fed, and neglected by untrained staff. While the ABC stressed that most aged care staff were caring, compassionate, empathetic and trying to do the best, Lateline’s report flagged a system in crisis – unable to deliver adequate care to an ever-increasing number of elderly people in need. With dependent seniors often requiring complex medical care in nursing homes, the program said there were less medically qualified staff than ever before, and 70 per cent of carers were low paid and low skilled. Lateline’s journalist Margot O’Neil said that carers were supervised by a dwindling number of registered nurses who can be responsible for more than 100 patients; an almost impossible job made harder by “the mountainous paperwork they’re required to fill out each shift so management can access government subsidies”. Health care academic and GP Joachim Stermburg told the ABC that the way the system operated, meant that ticking boxes on paper was more important than looking after people. He warned that inadequate care could result in seemingly minor ailments which had major implications for patients in overstretched and understaffed nursing homes. While Lateline admitted that it had become a magnet in the past 12 months for complaints about how the aged care system works, the program makers said the evidence it had received from scores of families, nurses, facility managers and former federal health bureaucrats, revealed a pattern of failure fueled by inadequate staff and training.   Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos told Neos Kosmos that she found the ABC’s report “disturbing”, and that it raised concerns over the Victorian government’s push to privatise public aged care facilities. “Every elderly person deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and given quality care,” said Ms Mikakos, adding that she had been impressed with the commitment and professionalism of the many staff she had met in Victoria’s public aged care system. “I would expect that it would be more difficult for these problems to arise in the public system, because they have nurse to resident ratios and use more qualified staff,” she said. “This is why I’m very concerned about the Napthine Government moving to privatise Victoria’s public aged care facilities. “The complaints I have heard over the years have come from staff working in private facilities who feel overwhelmed due to the small number of staff, which means corners may be cut”. Reports of unacceptable care for older Australians should be reported to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme immediately, say aged care providers, who were quick to respond to Lateline’s findings. Professor John Kelly, CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia, the peak body representing mission-based providers, said it was important to highlight problems in the system so they could be dealt with. “It is absolutely our intention to meet community expectations across the whole aged care sector… There are currently about 200,000 residents in Australia’s nursing homes and the vast majority would be receiving very good care,” said Professor Kelly, who defended federal Labor’s recent aged care reforms. “These introduce a strengthened complaints system and increased funding to deliver quality aged care services, including palliative care, and improved wages and training for aged care staff.” Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), which represents both for-profit and not-for-profit aged care providers takes a different view. LASA’s chief executive Patrick Reid said the program revealed what industry has known for some time: that there is a critical workforce shortage, recruitment and retention is difficult, and government funding does not match care needs. In a statement to media Mr Reid said: “There is no time to wait, industry needs support but most of all government can no longer hide behind the Living Longer Living Better reform while their funding falls well short of demonstrated care needs.”last_img read more

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PreRegister for Harry Potter Game Hogwarts Mystery

first_imgStay on target Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys The wait is over: Google pre-registration for “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” is now open.Fans Witches and wizards can sign up online to be notified receive an owl-delivered letter when the game launches this spring.From Jam City and Portkey Games, “Hogwarts Mystery” takes players into the acclaimed institution to live and learn as a pupil. But don’t expect to see familiar faces among the student body.The story—officially sanctioned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment—is set prior to The Chosen One’s arrival at Hogwarts. Instead, players can write their own chapters, without being overshadowed by Harry Potter’s fame.You’ll master spells and magical skills (alohomora, lumos, rictusempra), attend classes (Care of Magical Creatures, Transfiguration, Potions) with your favorite professors (McGonagall, Sprout, Flitwick, Snape), and choose your friends and battle your enemies.In the meantime, though, check out the new “Hogwarts Mystery” trailer below for a closer look at the upcoming game, available “soon” on iOS, Android, and Amazon platforms.“We are grateful to the fans who have made ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ one of the most anticipated mobile games of 2018,” Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to… share a sneak peek at how this game will let fans create their own character and enter Hogwarts as a student for the first time.Launched in November, Portkey Games—named for the objects used to transport wizards from place to place—advertised a series of new mobile and console games, featuring modern and returning characters (Dumbledore, Hagrid, Bill Weasley), as well as unexplored locations and story elements.Harry & Co. are a popular backdrop for mobile gaming. Late last year, Niantic announced an AR game set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.“Harry Potter: Wizard Unite” promises to let players “learn spells, explore their real-world neighborhoods and cities to discover and fight legendary beasts, and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.”Exactly what that means—Can we turn real-world locations into Hogwarts houses? Will we swing our phone like a wand?—remains a mystery. Here’s to hoping Niantic pulls another “Pokemon Go” and enchants Potterheads all over again.The two titles, however, should prove different enough (one doesn’t require leaving the house!) to keep people engaged without too much overlap.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Condé Nast is Moving to Brooklyn — Kind of Industry Notes

first_imgLed by Giulio Capua since Pamela Drucker Mann was promoted to CMO as part of the company’s most recent shakeup, the Food Innovation Group claims to reach an audience of 86 million across print and digital.To record or not to record?From Eric Bolling to Anthony Scaramucci, Wednesday was quite a day for threats of legal action against reporters brought by Wall Street traders-turned-political commentators.To recap: On Wednesday morning, Fox News host Eric Bolling brought a $50 million defamation suit against Yashar Ali, a contributor to HuffPost, New York magazine, and Mother Jones, among others, in response to Ali’s report citing a dozen sources claiming that Bolling had sent unwanted lewd texts and photos to female colleagues several years ago. Fox News has suspended Bolling pending an investigation.Then, Wednesday evening, short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci emulated his former boss by taking to Twitter to call The New Yorker‘s Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, “the Linda Tripp of 2017” for secretly recording the bizarre July 26 phone call Scaramucci placed to him and publishing a transcript — an act which, ultimately, led to Scaramucci’s dismissal from the Trump administration after ten days on the job.When another user replied asking Scaramucci if he was accusing Lizza of taping the call without his permission, Mooch replied, “Yes. He absolutely taped the call without my permission. #lowlife.”Lizza may have cost himself a friend, but from a legal standpoint, in neither Washington, D.C., nor New York was he required to obtain Scaramucci’s consent or even notify him before recording the call or releasing the transcript. Both jurisdictions are under one-party consent laws, meaning only one party to the phone call need consent to a recording for the act to be legal.The lesson here, for journalists, (and the beauty of America) is that different states operate under different laws. To avoid liability, reporters — particularly those who cover beats in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or a handful of other states with tighter restrictions — ought to be aware of what they can and can’t do when communicating with sources across state lines.Thursday morning, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake referred readers to this handy guide detailing state-by-state consent requirements for recording conversations.From the job board…The American Library Association seeks a full-time, Chicago-based senior editor for Booklist, the association’s print and digital magazine and book review portal. The ideal candidate possesses at least five years of relevant experience as well as a Master of Library Science degree. Salary negotiable.View this and other current job openings at careers.foliomag.com.Move over, Charity Navigator.For more than a century, since before the days of prohibition and the outbreak of World War I, the Good Housekeeping Seal has served as a trusted beacon for discerning homemakers seeking quality-tested consumer products for themselves and their families.Today, 106 years after debut of the original Good Housekeeping Seal, the Hearst-owned brand announced the introduction of a new badge of honor: the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal, intended to help guide consumers deciding which charities to support, much in the same way the original seal helps them evaluate which products to purchase.“The GH Humanitarian seal allows us to raise awareness about the importance of being kind to others, and honor organizations … that are working tirelessly and selflessly to make a meaningful impact,” said editor-in-chief Jane Francisco in a statement.In response to the logical question of just how Good Housekeeping is qualified to evaluate the legitimacy of various charities, Hearst Magazines added, in the statement, that staff consulted with financial and legal experts, as well as “seasoned consultants in the fields of nonprofit governance, social responsibility, and charitable giving” to determine the criteria — which include financial stability, accountability, and transparency — for bestowing the Humanitarian Seal upon an organization.The first charity to receive the honor is WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children), a 12-year-old Toronto-based organization focused on promoting education and youth empowerment throughout both North America and the developing world. Since its founding, the organization, says Good Housekeeping, has provided more than one-million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools, and provided more than 200,000 children access to education.“After a rigorous 10-step evaluation process carried out over several months … WE met and even surpassed our intense criteria,” added Good Housekeeping Institute director Laurie Jennings in the statement. “Like other GH Seal stars, we support WE Charity, and feel confident anyone who contributes their time or dollars can trust it will be used in the most meaningful and responsible way.” Hello, neighbor.A little under two years ago, Time Inc. followed fellow magazine giant Condé Nast in relocating its headquarters from Midtown Manhattan downtown to the Financial District, renting a 700,000 foot space spanning eight floors at 225 Liberty St., just across the street from Condé’s One World Trade Center digs.Now, Condé Nast is returning the favor.By this November, the publisher intends to open a 6,300-square foot video production studio for its Food Innovation Group — which consists of the brands Bon Appetit and Epicurious, among others — in Brooklyn’s Industry City, the same location where Time Inc. opened its own content studio, The Foundry, in late 2015.The space will house “state-of-the-art kitchen and video facilities,” according to a statement from Industry City, whose current tenants also include Serious Eats, The Brooklyn Rail, Bust magazine, and Publicis Group’s creative studio, Prodigious.last_img read more

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40 gold bars seized at Shahjalal airport

first_imgHazrat Shahjalal International Airport, DhakaCustoms officials in a drive seized 40 gold bars, weighing 4.64 kg, from a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft ‘Ranga Probhat’ at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Wednesday.News agency UNB adds, Othello Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Customs House (DCH), said that a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines of Abudhabi-Sylhet-Dhaka route landed at the airport in the morning.Tipped off, a preventive team of customs entered the flight and recovered the gold bars worth Tk 23.2 million wrapped with black scotch tap under a seat in an abandoned condition.last_img read more

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