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Myanmar army men enter Manipur village

first_imgTension erupted in the border town of Moreh in Tengnoupal district of Manipur on Saturday when some Myanmarese army men entered Haolenphai village and reportedly asked the residents to halt the construction work of some houses.Assam Rifles personnel, along with police and civil officials, rushed to the village and asked the Myanmarese army men to go back.Villagers angryThe Manipur police team asked the villagers of Haolenphai to suspend the construction work. This triggered tension in the area and the villagers threatened to burn down all houses. A scuffle ensued between the police and the villagers in which a woman suffered injuries.Additional Collector of Tengnoupal district M. Bankim said efforts are on to bring the situation under control.Haolenphai village chief Lalkholun Haokip refused to follow the police order saying, “This village is in Indian territory. We will halt the construction work if the Indian government says it is not in India.”Mr. Haokip said some Myanmarese army men had come to Haolenphai some months ago and dismantled a sawmill saying it had encroached upon their land. They carted away machinery and building materials and are yet to return them.Earlier protests There have been protests in the past over allegations of shifting of some boundary pillars within the Indian territory. Haolenphai is located near boundary pillar 76.The Union government had sent senior officials to make spot verifications after which Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said there was no dispute relating to boundary pillars.Saturday’s incident affected legalised border trade at Moreh in Manipur and Namphalong in Myanmar. Most of the traders and tourists in Moreh rushed back to Imphal fearing trouble.last_img read more

Azhar Mahmood picks up five-for and scores 31-ball 55, puts Auckland Aces in main draw of CLT20

first_imgVeteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood grabbed five wickets and struck a blistering half-century as Auckland Aces thrashed Hampshire by 8 wickets to qualify for the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament here today.Mahmood made inroads into the Hampshire top-order as Auckland bundled out the English county team for a modest 121 in the stipulated 20 overs.Mahmood then smashed an unbeaten 31-ball-55 to steer his side to a comfortable win with 33 balls to spare. The Pakistan discard hit five sixes and four boundaries during his innings.Mahmood, who is now a British passport holder, ripped apart the Hampshire top-order when he removed James Vince (11) and Jimmy Adams (0) in a space of four balls.Auckland thus became the first team to qualify for the main draw of the tournament that starts Saturday. The New Zealand T20 champions have won both their qualifying matches, having beaten Sialkot Stallions in the first game on Tuesday.Two teams — one each from Pool 1 and 2 of the qualifying rounds — will join the other eight teams in the main competition.The result of today’s match means the final game of Pool 1 between Sialkot Stallions and Hampshire has been reduced to a dead rubber, with both teams already out contention.last_img read more

Vijender Singh happy after making it a ‘horror show’ for Andrzej Soldra

first_imgIndian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, who has registered his sixth consecutive win in the professional arena, asserted that he is looking forward to the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) Asia title in front of his home crowd next month.The London Olympics bronze medalist hammered Andrzej Soldra of Poland by technical knockout in three brutal rounds in a Super Middleweight contest at the Macron Stadium here on Friday evening. The Bhiwani lad will now fight for the WBO Asia title in New Delhi on June 11.”I am thrilled to get my sixth professional victory and excited for my homecoming title fight. Soldra was a good opponent but my punches replied to him. I think this fight was a horror show for him. I am happy that before my title fight, I am able to have six knockout wins,” Vijender said after the fight.”The support I have received from everyone here in Britain and back home in India has been absolutely phenomenal. Now I will start preparing for my title fight in India. I am happy I will fight in front of my home crowd soon,” he added.Soldra is the most experienced opponent Vijender has faced so far, winning 12 of the 17 bouts he has fought so far. Five those wins have come by knockout.It was also the first eight-round contest of Vijender’s professional career, but he was at the top of his game against the 30-year old Pole.”By winning first eight round fight, my confidence level has really gone up and this is a step forward heading towards title fight,” he said.advertisementVijender’s trainer Lee Beard was overjoyed with his ward’s performance.”He is a true talent of professional boxing. I am happy with his performance so far and he will go a long way. He is very hard working boxer,” Beard said.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton under investigation for tax invasion on private jet

first_imgRecently crowned Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and one the richest sports-person on the planet is under investigation by British tax authorities for avoiding to pay taxes on his private jet.The Brit, who races for Mercedes, used an elaborate scheme to move his private jet to the Isle of Man, a tax-haven in the Irish Sea,  for which he received VAT return upwards of 3 million back in the year 2013, according to the BBC and the Guardian.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) have alleged that  Hamilton was helped in the tax fraud by EY and Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm at the centre of the ‘Paradise Papers’ leaks.They helped the four-time Formula One champion to set up ‘artificial leasing businesses’ and facilitate the multi-million-pound VAT rebates.The Jet in question is a Bombardier Challenger 605 and worth around 16.5 million pounds and Hamilton has is the past posted pictures on social media of it on holidays and personal trips.He has frequently posted photographs of its use for holidays and personal trips on social media.Landed in Abu Dhabi . Looking forward to the race weekend ahead. #AbuDhabiGP @bombardierjets #redjet #ambassador pic.twitter.com/uNFI9tYoLi- Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 23, 2016What Hamilton did was make complex arrangements such that he would buy the plane using a company in the British Virgin Islands and then the company would lease out the jet to another company in the Isle of Man which would also be owned by Hamilton himself.  Then the jet would be leased further out to a management firm which charters the jet exclusively to the Formula One champion and another of Hamilton’s companies in Guernsey.advertisementHamilton has been found to have used the jet for personal leisure more than almost one-third of the times. He used this method to get VAT refunds on his personal use of the jet, which is strictly against  the EU rules.  The Guardian reported that there has been no evidence that Hamilton himself directly involved in formulating the scheme, but was simply following professional advice of EY and Appleby.BBC was informed by Hamilton’s lawyers that the practice was found to not to be against the law by a review by a tax barrister, and that some VAT had been paid through the arrangements.”All our advice, whether in planning or compliance, is based on our knowledge of tax law and providing transparency to tax authorities,” EY said in a statement.The European tax rules states that 20 percent of the purchase price should be paid in VAT, which can only be reclaimed for business use.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo creates history with 4th goal at World Cup 2018

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic.Cristiano Ronaldo became the leading international goal scorer from Europe after he struck in only the fourth minute for Portugal against Morocco in their second World Cup 2018 match in Moscow on Wednesday,Ronaldo now has 85 goals for Portugal, more than any other player in history. In their World Cup opener against Spain, the Real Madrid star had slammed a hat-trick.PORTUGAL VS MOROCCO: LIVE UPDATESHungaruan legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals) is second in the list followed by his compatriot Sandor Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71)Just the 85 international goals for @Cristiano now… #PORMAR pic.twitter.com/2Y9tVpes1GFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Ronaldo is also the leading goal-scorer in the current World Cup with four goals and is a hot contender for the Golden Boot.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe star 33-year-old forward had scored only three goals from 70 shots in his previous three World Cups for Portugal in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In this World Cup, has scored four goals from just five shots.Morocco had devised specific plans to keep Ronaldo at bay but their worst fears came true in only the fourth minute when his header off Bernardo Silva’s corner found the back of the net.Ronaldo, after his brave header, also became the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLERonaldo’s goal proved to be the difference as Portugal registered a 1-0 win to move to the top of Group B. The result mean the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale For 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

first_imgThe 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year, April 3 – 6, 2014.Tickets are now on sale for one of celebrity golf’s most popular events, giving spectators access to the acclaimed Shadow Creek Golf Course as the biggest names in sports and entertainment gather for four days of competitive golf and special events, while raising money for several worthy charitable organizations.Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities including this year’s beneficiaries Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm.“We look forward to welcoming Michael Jordan, his celebrity invitees and fans back to ARIA and Shadow Creek for another great year,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and COO of ARIA. “The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational is a terrific opportunity for us to showcase all that these beautiful destinations have to offer while raising funds and awareness for important charitable organizations.”The four-day tournament and celebration boasts incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf. Each year, MJCI attracts an all-star lineup of athletes and celebrities. Sports stars Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Dara Torres and Brian Urlacher, along with actors Anthony Anderson, Brian Baumgartner and Jesse Metcalfe are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Past attendees include Cedric the Entertainer, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Roger Clemens, Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers and Stuart Scott, among dozens of other notable figures.Michael Jordan said, “Each year, MJCI gets even better. I’m excited to partner once again with ARIA and Shadow Creek to host this incredible event and support some very worthy causes. Our guests, sponsors and fans had an amazing time last year, and we’re looking forward to another great weekend.”The two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur Competition, which pairs one celebrity golfer with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4 at Shadow Creek. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, April 5 and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of MJCI will be played Sunday, April 6. Additional festivities and events surrounding the Saturday and Sunday competition, as well as celebrity participants and guests, will be announced in the near future.Tickets are on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at [“aria.com”http://www.aria.com/], mjcigolf.com and shadowcreek.com. Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP guests will enjoy added perks including free general admission parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from multiple open-air VIP hospitality decks, complimentary food and full-service bars.Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.For more information about MJCI, visit aria.com, MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Couple who posed nude in regalia causes stir in Saskatchewan

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Indigenous gay couple is set to make some waves after posing for a semi-nude photo shoot in a Saskatchewan magazine.The couple, a Metis man and his First Nation partner, are wearing some  traditional garb.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf now with more.last_img

Walmart rolls out unlimited grocery delivery subscription

NEW YORK — Walmart is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business.The service will charge an annual membership fee of $98 for subscribers to access unlimited same-day delivery, which will be offered in 1,400 stores in 200 markets. By year-end, it will extend to a total of 1,600 stores — or more than 50% of the country.The move allows the nation’s largest grocer to further tap into time-starved shoppers looking for convenience at a time when Walmart is locked in an arms race with Amazon and others to expand fresh-food delivery — one of the fastest growing e-commerce sectors.“We know this level of convenience resonates” with our customers, said Tom Ward, senior vice-president of digital operations at Walmart U.S. “If you need milk, bananas and birthday presents, this is a fantastic solution.”The grocery services will be fulfilled by local stores and require a minimum order of $30. With same-day delivery, there’s a four-hour minimum wait time between placing order and having it delivered. Walmart will also allow shoppers to order groceries online and pick them up at their local store or curbside for free. Curbside pickup is available at 3,000 stores and will expand to another 100 stores by the end of the year.About 100,000 items, which include fresh food and pantry staples as well as select general merchandise like lightbulbs and basic toys, qualify for both grocery pickup and delivery. Walmart will also offer a monthly subscription option for $12.95; customers will still be able to pay a per-delivery fee of $7.95 or $9.95 for same-day delivery if they decide against the subscription service.Walmart says it will rely on its more than 45,000 personal shoppers to pick products off store shelves to fulfil orders. It will also continue using the same patchwork of delivery services as before, including Postmates and DoorDash.Walmart is facing increasing pressure to expand its fresh grocery delivery service amid fiercer competition in that space. About two years ago, its key rival Amazon purchased Whole Food Market Inc. and now is offering same-day grocery delivery in various cities. Meanwhile, AmazonFresh costs $14.99 a month and is available to Amazon Prime customers, who pay an annual membership fee of $119, in select cities.Grocery delivery startup Shipt, whose store partners include Costco and Piggly Wiggly, currently charges $99 annually. Target, which bought Shipt in December 2017, announced in June a new option for Shipt shoppers to pay a per-order fee of $9.99 for the first time. It also integrated Shipt on Target.com. And last year, Instacart slashed its annual subscription fresh grocery service fee to $99 from $149.Amazon changed consumer expectations when it launched two-day delivery for Prime members back in 2005 and forced other retailers to step up their game. But then the online behemoth needed to cut the delivery time in half to make its membership more attractive since others like Walmart offered free two-day deliveries without any membership.This past spring, Amazon cut its two-day delivery to one day for Prime members. Soon after, Walmart began rolling out free next-day delivery for its most popular items with a minimum order requirement of $35 . It plans to roll out the service to 75% of the U.S. population by year-end._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Chinas online censors can delete inappropriate content in just 8 minutes

first_imgIn China, online censorship is something the population has to deal with on a daily basis. Post something the government deems unfit for public consumption, and it will be removed. Continue to post inappropriate content and your accounts, and even access may get shut off.But how quickly can the censors react to such content? Two computer scientists, Jed Crandall and Dan Wallach, took up the challenge of trying to answer that question by monitoring China’s popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform for 30 days last year. The results may surprise you.Sina Weibo, like every company running an online service in China, has to follow the rules and censor inappropriate content its users post. If it doesn’t, the company itself will be held to account. That’s tough to achieve when you have 400 million registered users and 100 million new messages every day. Crandall and Wallach monitored 3,500 of those accounts, and were able to figure out some interesting facts about how the Weibo censorship system works.First, and most obviously, the system must be heavily automated. If it wasn’t, they estimated Sina Weibo would need to employ at least 4,000 censors working full time and in shifts 24 hours a day. Weibo actually employs two keyword systems. The first is a list of words that stop a post going live in the first place, the second marks a post for further investigation, which can be done by a moderator.How quickly the censorship system reacts to new posts is pretty impressive. A post can be deleted within 8 minutes of going live. 30 percent of deletions happen in the first 30 minutes, and most (90 percent) are deleted within 24 hours. It gets worse for repeat offenders, though. Reposting the same content see an automatic deletion or moderated deletion within 5 minutes, and new posts from the same user are dealt with even more quickly, meaning offenders get placed on a priority censor list of some kind. It’s also not uncommon to see account bans for reposts and repeated posts that need censoring.During the 30 days of monitoring the researchers saw 12 percent of the 3,500 accounts they were monitoring banned. But they also saw signs of real people being involved in the process because censorship levels dropped noticeably at specific times of the day, for example, when the 7pm news is on.When you consider that over 42 percent of China’s billion-strong population is online, you can see how big of an operation censorship is for online services. Teams of people must be dedicated to implementing censorship systems and moderating a service in real-time. And with companies focused on making money, you can only see such systems being improved upon and becoming more automated in the future to save on costs. We’ve already seen this happening with Weibo delaying posts going live for up to 7 days, and China’s Great Firewall gaining the ability to learn and censor more effectively.last_img read more

Lune la Russie pourrait lancer des sondes pour étudier leau de ses

first_imgLune : la Russie pourrait lancer des sondes pour étudier l’eau de ses pôlesDe l’eau gelée a été détectée aux pôles de la Lune, et des chercheurs russes pourraient l’étudier grâce à des sondes. Une première étape avant la possible installation d’une base. Un projet que la Russie espère réaliser d’ici à 2030 (voir notre article).La Russie entend lancer deux sondes vers les pôles de la Lune, et ainsi étudier l’eau gelée qui y a été détectée, a expliqué Lev Zeleny, directeur de l’Institut des études spatiales de l’Académie russe des sciences, lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par l’agence RIA Novosti. “Il y a de l’eau gelée dans les régions polaires de la Lune. On peut y construire des bases”, a-t-il souligné pendant cette conférence présidée par Valdimir Poutine, et consacrée au développement de l’industrie spatiale.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêteUne première sonde devrait donc être lancée vers le pôle nord, puis une seconde vers le pôle sud. “Le programme d’exploration de la Lune se transformera progressivement en programme d’utilisation de ses ressources. (…) La Lune recèle tous les éléments du tableau Mendeleïev, y compris des métaux rares”, a-t-il souligné.La Russie a pour ambition de construire une base sur le satellite naturel de la Terre. Une installation qui serait située “à proximité de son pôle septentrional où une source d’eau est susceptible d’exister”, a récemment expliqué le Kremlin, qui célébrera demain, le 12 avril, le cinquantième anniversaire du vol de Youri Gagarine dans l’espace.Le 11 avril 2011 à 20:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Squaw Valley Resort Will Run On 100 Renewable Energy

first_imgStay on target California has set the lofty goal of getting half its power from renewable sources by the year 2030. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows wants to get to the finish line a whole lot faster than that.With a little help from their friends at Liberty Utilities, the mountain resort hopes to be powering its entire operation with clean, renewable energy as soon as the end of this year. If everything goes to plan, Alpine Meadows will be the first ski resort in the U.S. to be able to make that claim.They’ll also complete their transition almost three decades sooner than California wants everything in the state powered by renewable energy. That’s slated for 2045.As of right now, about a quarter of Liberty Utilities’ power comes from renewables. 50 megawatts of that capacity is produced by a recently-completed solar project. Most of the new electricity that’s produced and supplied to Alpine Meadows will come from additional solar projects, but natural gas will also play a role.When the work is done and Alpine Meadows hits the 100% mark, they’ll have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% — from 13,078 metric tons to just 6,682 metric tons. That’s a big win, and one that Liberty Utilities 49,000-plus other customers will also get to enjoy.In the resort’s press release they mention the site as a suitable location for a battery-based energy storage system. The system would store the excess power that’s produced and be able to supply electricity to the surrounding community in the event of an emergency.This is just the latest way that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is looking to reduce its environmental impact. The resort has hosted several carbon-neutral and zero-waste events in the paste. They’ve also banned single-use water bottles and have a quartet of electric vehicle charging stations onsite available for customers who need to top off their batteries. Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

‘Kanilai Dormitories Contract Was D9.2 Million’-K Patel

first_imgBy Mamadou DemThe Managing Director of Swami India International Limited, Khimiji Patel, revealed that the cost for the contract of dormitories in Kanilai was D9.2 million.Mr. Patel said this while appearing before the ‘Janneh’ Commission in connection with the construction of dormitories at the former President’s home village.According to him, the said contract was funded by Kanilai Family Farms (KFF) but the money was received from business tycoon Amadou Samba; that he had all the payments that went into their account. He however said he could not remember where all the monies came from and that apart from this particular contract, they did not do any other contract in Kanilai.Mr. Patel informed the Commission that Kanilai International Group (KGI), bought two storey buildings from his Company at Paradise Estate; that the storey buildings at the Paradise Estate are called the Toronto Houses. He confirmed that General Saul Badjie did not buy any houses from him neither did the former First Lady.At this juncture, a copy of the sale agreement, a bill of quantities and other relevant documents were tendered and admitted as exhibits. Commission Chairman Sourahata Janneh, asked him whether the Company was registered and he answered in the positive.Mrs. Bensouda then asked him to produce the certificate of incorporation of the Company. And Commission Chairman Sourahata Janneh was also quick to put it to him that the name on the contract document was Pigil Patel. In response, he said Patel is the name of his tribe.Mr. Patel was asked to furnish the Commission with the Memorandum and Article of Association, Business Registration Certificate and Tax Clearance of Swami India International Company, respectively.Next to testify was Mrs. Fatou Mbaye, former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, who told the Commission that the Kanilai Institute of Technology costs the sum of D47, 398,749.75.Mrs Mbaye was summoned in connection with the Kanilai Institute of Technology which was initiated by the former president.According to her, the said Institute was initiated by the former president purposely to improve the teaching of Maths, Science and Technology in the country. She however said the name of the Institute was initially changed by the former president.Mrs Mbaye testified that the former president was invited by Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) and the Institute was to oversee the construction which was awarded to a contractor in 2007; that the contract was signed by GTTI on behalf of the former president, and it was awarded by the former president to one Abdoulie Jaiteh; that she was not privy to the said contract adding that she was not in possession of the bill of quantities and that they could not find any copies at their office, noting that the institute was built in Kanilai.According to her, the total cost of the contract was D47, 398,749.75. She disclosed that the sum of D37, 189,146 was received from the Taiwanese Embassy in cheques; that this amount was converted to dollars and there was a shortfall of D10, 000,000; that the cheques received went into the GTTI account and the project did not complete because the contract stopped; that the D37, 189,146 did not include the external works. Notwithstanding, they continued paying the salary of the night watchman.Documents relating to the Institute together with other relevant documents were tendered and admitted as exhibits.She finally testified that apart from the extra funding from GTTI, all the funds were from Taiwan; that they wrote several letters to Government requesting for the outstanding balance of the contract to no avail and that they refused to build the auditorium because of the incomplete payments owed to them.Mr. Augustus Prom Junior and Louise Prom, testified that they did not come across any report that KGI received the Japanese rice grant. After looking at an audit report, he said it was indicated that KGI owed D26, 462,000 to the Ministry of Agriculture.The contract agreement between KFF and his Company and other relevant documents relating to the contract were admitted in evidence.Mrs. Fatou Sinyang Mbergan, Sectary General of the Banjul Breweries Limited, was also summoned in connection with Green Industries Company Limited.Mrs Sinyan Mbergan said Green Industries was engaged in manufacturing clothes among others and that the materials were imported. She said she was not privy to the shareholders of the said Company, noting that she was appointed as the Chairperson of the board of the Company.According to her, she received a letter from former Secretary General Dr Njogou Bah, that she was appointed by the former president to serve as the board Chairperson in March 2009; that she did not get the Memorandum of Article of Association, noting that she did not know the owner of the said Company but assumed that it was a government Company which was a Limited Liability Company.Mrs. Mbergan further told the Commission that members of the board of the Company were one Mustapha Colley, Morr Jobe, Madam Jeg Cham and Antony Carvalo and Njogou Bah served as secretary to the board.She testified that they were not officially informed that the Company was closed and that all the machinery was dismantled, further noting that they were operating from the July 22nd Park at the airport and had an outlet on Kairaba Avenue.She disclosed that the said office was allocated to them by the former president; that they were not paying rent and they used to receive monies from the office of the former president by transfers into their accounts at Trust Bank.She said the industry started in 2008 but she came on board in 2009, disclosing that they opened an account and the signatories were herself, Mr. Carvalo and Mustapha Colley; that the activities of the industry were anchored at GEIPA offices.She further told the Commission that the manager, Mrs Elizabeth Dambel, was asked to hand over to the accountant, Alagie Jaiteh; that they had four members as part of the management and the office of the former president was financing them and the funds were from the said office which opened the account.According to her, they were sending reports to the office of the former president as to how the funds were spent; that they were not audited but were keeping some minutes of meetings. She said there was some cash at the bank when the Company ceased.She revealed that the sales of the Company were D2.3 million from uniforms and other contracts, further stating that they were not making payments to the office of the former president.Mrs. Mbergan finally testified that at the beginning, they had 131 employees which later rose to 140 staff.Mr. Lamin Camara, Permanent Secretary No. 2 at the Ministry of Finance, was summoned in connection with the Japanese Food Aid. Camara testified that his findings revealed his Ministry played a minimal role in the project and that most of the arrangements were between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture.According to him, his ministry was not involved in the Taiwanese grants and this was not normal; that resources coming into the country should be well documented. He told the Commission that he was not aware KGI was selling rice from grants given by Japan.PS Camara however testified that despite the fact that his Ministry was not involved in the said grants, correspondences between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and the Prisons Department, were copied to his Ministry; that it was a challenge for not involving the finance Ministry in the management or implementation of the bilateral grants from Japan and Taiwan respectively.Camara added that their ministry was more engaged in the multilateral funds given by either the World Bank or IMF among others; that he was in possession of 20 accounts and the balance in these accounts was D260,000,000 and the sum of D120,000,000 came from the Japanese grant.At this juncture, documents produced by the witness, such as agreements on the food aid and correspondences between the two Ministries and the Prisons department together with a list of the 20 accounts, were admitted in evidence.The Chief of Protocol, office of the president Alagie Ousman Ceesay, reappeared in connection with the sum of $4,000,000 he received from Trust Bank on behalf of the former president.Dwelling on this transaction, he confirmed receiving the said sum and testified that the former president instructed him to receive the money which he said was handed over to him. He further confirmed that on the 9th February 2009, he received $2,000,000 from the said bank while on the 24th January 2011, he received an additional sum of $2,000,000, making it a total of $4,000,000.Dr. Njogu Bah also reappeared and testified that it was correct that monies from Taiwan were used to renovate the former Taiwanese Embassy in Kanifing South, purposely to be used as the APRC political bureau. He also confirmed the disbursement of $1,000,000 to the Central Bank and over $900,000 to T.K Motors relating to the supply of Government vehicles. Mrs. Bensouda put it to him that at the beginning, the former president was trying to pay back some monies but subsequently withdrew.Sitting continues today.last_img read more

Grillin Fishin for Summer Nutrition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNow that summer almost is here residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands are being encouraged to continue leading healthier lifestyles by eating healthy. Encouraged to be added to the summer time menu is, fish. Mrs. Handfield said according to the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is  recommended that people eat  two servings of fish per week. This will not only help to improve memory but also lower blood pressure; she said our brains and hearts will thank us for adding fish.  Nutrition in Demand is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness on health and healthy eating.  Nutritionist Tamika Handfield, CEO of Nutrition in Demand said this is a great time for people to take advantage of the summer weather and pull out that grill. Next time, we tell you how Dance with Cinderella went, it was held over the weekend and is a major Father’s Day fundraiser for Nutrition in Demand. Related Items:last_img read more

TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group

first_imgTechMedia Network, a group of digital properties for technology and science enthusiasts and professionals, has acquired Bestofmedia Group, publisher of tech and gadget review sites Tom’s Hardware, Tom’s Guide and Tom’s IT Pro.While the company says the deal boosts TechMedia Network’s combined website traffic to 72 million monthly uniques, it also triggers its next step into e-commerce. TechMedia plans to clone the review content and commerce model featured on TopTenREVIEWS.com across its other properties, incorporating the Tom’s recommendation engine and community features. “By integrating our commerce engine with Bestofmedia’s communities across our combined portfolio of sites, not only will we be able to deliver personalized purchase recommendations to consumers, but also highly specialized environments for advertisers to engage these consumers with timely and relevant content,” says Greg Mason, CEO of TechMedia Network, in a statement. TechMedia Network raised $33 million in a Series B round in 2011 led by ABS Capital Partners. It also publishes Laptopmag.com, which it acquired in 2011, and Space.com.last_img read more

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This incredible WhatsApp trick will save you from public embarrassment

first_imgWhatsApp is undeniably the most popular messaging app, used by over a billion users across the globe. The abundance of features and quality of service offered by WhatsApp is unparalleled. But a lot of users are not aware of all the things WhatsApp can do, which could make life a lot easier.One of the most annoying things while using WhatsApp can be communicating using voice messages. If you do not have your headphones connected, you’re either forced to live in mystery or play the audio out loud and broadcast it to everyone around you. In both cases, the outcome isn’t ideal. But what if we told you there’s another way – an incredible trick that will save you from public embarrassment.WhatsApp is constantly rolling out new updates to introduce new features, but the WhatsApp trick we are talking about has been around for a while now. If you’re stuck in a situation where you do not have access to your earphones, but it is imperative to listen to a voice message, simply lift the phone and place it on your ear. WhatsApp trick everyone should know aboutREUTERSWhatsApp will identify the gesture and switch the audio playback from stereo to the phone’s earpiece. It is worth noting that users must hit the play button and place the phone on the year immediately to avoid publicly broadcasting your friend’s message.This way WhatsApp users can mimic a phone call, by listening to voice messages and responding to them privately. No one around you has to know a thing, especially if you have friends who love to put you in embarrassing situations.So the next time you don’t have your earphones, remember this trick as it can save you from facing an awkward situation.Since we are talking about voice messaging feature in WhatsApp, there’s another feature worthy of mentioning. When you are recording a message to send, you no longer have to hold down that mic button. Simply tap on the recording button and drag it upwards towards the lock icon on the screen. This way, you can record your message without putting your finger through stress. Once the recording is complete, simply push the send button and the voice message will be delivered to the recipient. Seven Things You Didnt Know About WhatsApp Closelast_img read more

This Ice Skater Created An Entire Routine Based On Sailor Moon

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is a serious anime fan, so when she works on special figure skating routines, she’s not afraid to incorporate her love of anime into the mix. This year at the International Skating Union, where the annual World Team Trophy in Figure Skating is held, Evgenia was selected for her country as a part of Team Russia. She decided to use a Sailor Moon-themed routine for her entry.For one of her performances, she chose to skate to “Moonlight Densetsu,” the original Japanese-language opening for the classic magical girl anime series. She came out onto the ice dressed as protagonist Usagi Tsukino (Serena) and then doffed Usagi’s school uniform for a re-enactment of Usagi’s transformation into Sailor Moon at the beginning of the performance.She’s singing along to the theme song as she zips around the ice, her hair in twin-tails with buns just like Usagi, and before the end of her performance she ends things with Sailor Moon’s signature pose and the phrase “Tsuki ni kawatte, oshioki yo!” That’s “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!” for all you non-Sailor Moon fans.AdChoices广告It was a joy to watch Medvedeva swirl around on the ice like some sort of moon princess herself, and the performance was a gorgeous homage to the bombastically popular Sailor Moon series. It’s clear this girl is standing for us otaku, and I’d love to meet and pick her brain about some of her favorite Sailor Moon moments. She’s clearly making her mark on the figure skating community as well as Japanese fans, and this is a girl I’d love to see more amazing anime-inspired routines from.Check out her full routine in the video below and marvel at her transformation sequence as well as perfectly choreograph lip movements to the song and Usagi’s dialogue.last_img read more

How Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut gives gamers closure

first_imgThe internet came as close as it’s ever been to exploding with rage when angry gamers began fuming about the bizarre endings of Mass Effect 3, the final chapter in a much-beloved franchise. There were a myriad of complaints and examples of inconsistencies. Basically, the game ended too abruptly, disclosing almost none of the consequences of your final decision, and most of what we saw was identical across the board. The just-released free Extended Cut DLC adds the details to set your mind at ease, and here’s how. It should go without saying, there are spoilers ahead.Bioware tweaked parts of the late game to shore up some logical problems, like getting your team off Earth’s surface. There is also a little more to that neat space battle sequence. Things start to change when Shepard meets the mysterious child AI. In the original, the child had almost no information, but now you can quiz it extensively.AdChoices广告You can learn the basics of what will happen with each of the three endings, as well as the nature of the Reapers, Catalyst, and Crucible. Obviously, this was all added to appease super-fans that just wanted the facts. You don’t need to go through all the dialog options, but I appreciate the option.The three endings are still essentially the same — they have little to do with the choices you made in the games up to that point. This was one of the main complaints with the original ending, but the care each of them is now treated with makes up for that, in my opinion. Each ending is followed by a sequence, narrated by one of the main characters as the future effects on the galaxy are laid out.If you want to play through and experience the endings yourself, skip the next two paragraphs. If you’re just a curious onlooker, it probably won’t make much sense.The control ending now leads to a sequence where an immortal, non-corporeal Shepard guards the galaxy as master of the Reapers. This one gave me chills. The synthesis ending is expanded upon by EDI, the ship’s AI, as she explains that by merging organics and machines, Shepard gave his life and kicked off a golden age for all beings. This ending is, frankly, a little heartwarming.The destruction ending may be the most unexpected. Admiral Hackett tells you how all organics band together after the destruction of synthetic life. At the very end, you get a hint that Shepard has survived against all odds. Wow! There is also a secret ending added just for the extended cut. This so-called “refusal” ending is just Shepard rage-quitting and letting the cycle continue. Everyone dies, and we see a message recorded by Dr. Tsoni imploring future civilizations to learn from their mistakes and defeat the Reapers.Many players were calling for a complete rewrite of the endings. They wanted more concrete results, tie-ins with past choices, and a fuller explanation of the Reapers. What Bioware did instead was to make us understand the original intention. The endings that everyone hated are still technically there, but now that I understand them, I’m satisfied and I think you’ll be too.If video games are art, and I think they are, we cannot call for complete rewrites to the vision we’re presented with. In this case, Bioware stuck to its guns and it worked. Instead of giving in to popular pressure, the Mass Effect team reminded us why we loved the characters and stories in the first place. Although, the stargazer sequence at the very end still confuses me.The fabulous writing in these new extended cuts makes Mass Effect 3 the cohesive whole it was always meant to be. Bioware gave me closure, and it turns out that’s all I needed.last_img read more

EC gives nod to Cong for Rahuls rally

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Congress on Tuesday got a nod from the Election Commission (EC) to organise a public rally by the party’s all-India President Rahul Gandhi on March 23 in Malda district, a Congress leader said.Gandhi is set to address a public rally in Malda’s Chanchal as part of the party’s Lok Sabha election campaign in the state. “The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal has granted permission for the rally of Rahul Gandhi at Kolom Bagan ground in Malda’s Chanchal on March 23,” state Congress leader Amitava Chakraborty said. Earlier in the day, a two-member delegation of the Congress met the CEO and complained that Malda district administration was “holding back” the permission for Gandhi’s proposed rally.last_img read more

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