ESIC maternity leave scam Number of cases shoot up to 1600

first_imgNew Delhi: As the investigation unfolds in the multi-crore ‘maternity leave scam’ at the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), the number of cases of fraud have gone up from the initial figure of 600 to over 1600. The scam involves hundreds of female employees from the private sector who allegedly connived with the officials of the ESIC to exploit monitory benefits provided under the maternity leave scheme of the Union government. The Vigilance Department, which is carrying out a massive audit of the ESIC, also discovered that in several cases, female employees availed the benefits of maternity leave multiple times, placing on record the delivery of babies four times in a year, which is biologically impossible. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The ESIC comes under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment. The scam was unearthed at the Faridabad regional office during routine internal audit. “As of now, benefits obtained through fraudulent means worth over Rs 8 crore have been traced. The scam seems to be of a higher scale and could have been committed in other parts of the country as well,” a senior official of the Ministry told IANS. Maternity leave is paid holiday of 26 weeks. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The preliminary probe in the scam was launched after an internal audit of the ESIC revealed a dozen such cases in a year. The case, unearthed by IANS last week, is being probed by the Vigilance Department at the ESIC headquarters in Delhi. The scope of the inquiry has been expanded from three years to cover the past six years. Sources said so far six employees and three officials have been suspended and a task force has been set up to probe the scamlast_img read more

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Former Quebec premier Jean Charest to help Canada secure UN Security Council

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government has named former Quebec premier Jean Charest as a special envoy to help Canada secure a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.A Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman said Friday that Charest had already visited the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait in his new role.Angela Savard said the former premier met with “high-level representatives” in those countries, “in order to discuss and to make progress on Canada’s priorities.”Charest knows the states of the Persian Gulf well, having been named last year as co-chair of the Canada-UAE Business Council, an industry group working to promote commercial ties between the two countries.The special envoy job doesn’t come with a salary but Charest is eligible to have his mission-related expenses covered, Savard said.Charest is close to Canada’s ambassador to the UN, Marc-Andre Blanchard, who is helping to co-ordinate Canadian efforts to win the prized security council seat.Blanchard is a former president of the Quebec Liberal party. He was also chair and chief executive officer at the law firm McCarthy Tetrault, at which Charest is a partner.Canada is looking to tap other people as special envoys to assist Charest in lobbying for a spot on the security council. Ireland and Norway are competing against Canada for the seat, a vote for which is scheduled in 2020.Canada hasn’t had a seat on the security council since the country’s last two-year term ended in 2000.Catherine Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CMLC hoping to add new arena to its redevelopment master plan

first_imgThe lead developer behind Calgary’s East Village revitalization project is hitting a number of milestones in the downtown community this year, with a major residential complex, the new Central Library and the Alt Hotel — all opening in 2018.The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is also getting ready to unveil a master plan vision for an Entertainment and Cultural District, and it’s hoping that will include one major component.“Obviously there’s discussions about a future arena, we want to incorporate that into our plan,” said CEO and president Michael Brown. “It’s really important that Victoria Park has the amenities that we’ve seen benefit East Village and that in itself is going to be used to attract residents.”Brown made the comments at the St. Louis Hotel on Monday, after an announcement that the new Central Library partnered with Lukes Drug Mart’s Gareth Lukes and chef Eric Hendry, who will be operating a cafe in the library.CMLC is focusing on existing amenities in East Village this year, but it said a big part of discussions around developing the neighbouring Victoria Park area will be incorporating a new arena.Ward 7 councillor Druh Farrell doesn’t believe the East Village needs an arena to thrive because there’s national buzz about the community that isn’t even finished yet.“Already it’s become a major draw, but as far as Victoria Park is concerned, it needs some TLC. It needs some work. And it can work without an arena, but an arena would help. We need to look at the options,” said Farrell.Part of the development plan will be to examine infrastructure such as the railway between the two neighbourhoods, which CMLC sees as a barrier.“The railway was such an instrumental part in ensuring Calgary was what it is, but also can be a limiting factor in terms of growth. So we’re going work on how do we connect those up. The reality is if I could look on one side from East Village to Victoria Park and it takes me 10 to 15 minutes to walk there, that’s not a good thing. I need it a lot easier to get through those communities,” said Brown.CMLC also plans another announcement for next week for a building that will attract a “creative class” to East Village.last_img read more

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Over 5,700 Moroccans Flee Libya

Ras Ajdir (Libyan-Tunisian border) – More than 5,730 Moroccan nationals have fled the ongoing violence in Libya until March 5, thanks to the voluntary evacuation operation led by Moroccan authorities.According to data collected by MAP at the Tunisian border crossing of Ras Ajdir, the main border crossing between Tunisia and Libya, the monitoring unit has delivered 950 passes to Moroccan citizens who do not have passports or children of Moroccan nationals married to Libyans and registered on the Moroccan civil status.The cell also issued 740 “engagement acts” for Moroccan citizens blocked at this border crossing to allow them pass and continue their journey to the Tunisian Carthage airport and then to Casablanca. For the voluntary evacuation operation especially from Benghazi, plagued by violent clashes, the cell said a registration operation of the people wishing voluntarily to leave Libya was organized in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration.An agreement was also signed with a travel agency in Benghazi for the transportation of Moroccan nationals from Tobruk airport (east) to Carthage airport, then Casablanca International Airport. read more

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Milosevic to make first appearance before UN criminal tribunal on Tuesday

Tribunal President Judge Claude Jorda has assigned Mr. Milosevic’s case to Trial Chamber III, which is presided over by Judge Richard May. The suspect is scheduled to appear in the Chamber at 10 a.m. Mr. Milosevic, who arrived at The Hague-based Tribunal in the early morning hours on Friday, has been indicted for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war during a “systematic attack directed against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).” Among other criminal acts committed under Mr. Milosevic’s leadership, the forces of the FRY and Serbia “forcibly expelled and internally displaced hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians from their homes across the entire province of Kosovo” by using threats and violence to create an atmosphere of fear and oppression, according to the indictment, which also contains charges against four others: Milan Milutinovic, Nikola Sainovic, Dragoljub Ojdanic and Vlajko Stojiljkovic. read more

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UN envoy says Vienna talks on Kosovo are door to success

Harri Holkeri, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo said, “I support the dialogue as an important element in reaching the standards endorsed by the international community and resolving practical issues important to Kosovo.”Officials from Belgrade and Pristina were invited to the talks on the area’s future, along with representatives of the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russian Federation – and ministerial-level delegates from NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).Asked by a reporter in Pristina about reported reluctance of Kosovo officials to attend, Mr. Holkeri said, “Time is running and we have to make our preparations. But the door is open.”Mr. Holkeri said a primary goal of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is to work itself out of a job, and “I try to convince everybody that I am here to make myself unnecessary, UNMIK is here to retreat and we need cooperation with the society, with the leaders to do so, but perhaps we need further consultations, we need further mutual understanding that we can do that together. I need help from the Kosovo Albanian side to make myself unnecessary and Vienna talks is one, very important door or gate on that road.” read more

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UNESCO deplores yet another journalists murder in Iraq

In its second appeal in three days for the protection of journalists in Iraq, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of an Iraqi television producer, noting that 80 journalists or support staff have been killed in the strife-torn country since the start of the war in 2003. Adnan Al Bayati, who was killed at home in Baghdad in the presence of his wife and daughter on 23 July, had been working for Italian television stations Rai, Mediaset and TG3, and for the magazine Panorama. “I cannot find words strong enough to express my outrage at the criminal actions of the perpetrators of this and all too many other murders in Iraq,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “These criminals are working against the legitimate right of their own society to determine its future with open eyes. “Freedom of expression and press freedom are fundamental human rights and I call on all to do everything in their power to make them prevail in Iraq,” he added. Only two days ago, Mr. Matsuura deplored the murder of a United States reporter Steven Vincent and his Iraqi translator Nour Weidi as an attack on democracy, the rule of law and the Iraqi people themselves. His statements are the latest in a long series of condemnations he has issued recently over attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. According to figures published by the International News Safety Organization (INSI) Mr. Al Bayati’s murder brings to 81 the number of journalists or support staff killed in Iraq since the war began. read more

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The AmmLeach process cutting costs in base metals extraction

first_imgCaseOre head gradeProduction rate copper t/yCapital cost savingsAnnual operating cost savings Copper (%)Cobalt (%) A report commissioned by Alexander Mining examining the construction and running of a typical 50,000 t/y and 100,000 t/y copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) using its AmmLeach® process, compared with conventional sulphuric acid, has shown “substantial capital and operating cost savings” according to CEO Martin Rosser. AmmLeach uses ammonia-based chemistry under ambient conditions to selectively extract base metals.Rosser: “The savings range from $94-177 million for capital and $29-51 million/y for operating costs. Moreover, these figures are for one medium sized copper mine only, and amply illustrate the major potential commercial value of our AmmLeach technology for the copper industry alone.”The capital and operating cost savings are shown in the table below as percentages: Heap leaching20.250,00030%42%center_img Agitated leaching30.4100,00029%43% 50,000 t/y DRC copper mineThe comparison assumes the treatment of a typical DRC carbonate hosted oxide orebody with 100 kg/t of ore acid consumption and with a head grade of 2% Cu and 0.2% Co. Certain aspects of the project were assumed to be common to both leach systems, i.e. recoveries (as test work recently undertaken by AmmLeach has shown the recoveries from the two leach regimes to be similar, i.e. 85% and 80% for copper and cobalt respectively), mining, mine infrastructure, mine waste disposal, process plant residue disposal, project buildings, site access roads, the power transmission line and the water supply line.In the context of this comparison, the reagent consumptions drive the capital and operating cost differential, along with the much simpler and lower cost cobalt process circuit.The capital cost differential is $94 million in favour of AmmLeach. The main reasons are that the AmmLeach option does not require an acid plant and the cost of the ammonia plant to generate the reagent from urea is significantly lower. Also the costs of the cobalt circuit associated with the AmmLeach process are lower than those of the acid route.The major differential in terms of operating cost is associated with reagents and, in particular, the differential costs of ammonia and sulphuric acid. The saving in favour of AmmLeach is $29 million/y or, over a 15 year mine life, a saving of about $435 million at a production rate of 50,000 t/y of copper (plus cobalt).100,000 t/y DRC copper mineThe comparison was undertaken to compare the costs of the AmmLeach process to those of conventional acid agitated leaching for a DRC copper/cobalt oxide ore with a head grade of 3% Cu and 0.4% Co. The base case is the production of 100,000 t/y copper and assumes overall copper and cobalt recoveries of 95% and 90% respectively (again as test work recently undertaken by AmmLeach has shown the recoveries from the two leach regimes to be similar).The capital cost differential is $177 million in favour of AmmLeach. The main determinants of this are similar to that for the heap leaching option, i.e. the AmmLeach option does not require an acid plant, the cost of the ammonia plant to generate the reagent from urea is significantly lower, and the costs of the cobalt circuit associated with the AmmLeach process are lower than those of the acid route.The operating cost saving in favour of AmmLeach is $51 million/y or, over a 15 year mine life, a saving of about $765 million. Again, it can be seen that the major differential is associated with reagents and, in particular, the differential costs of ammonia and sulphuric acid. Aside from the very substantial capital and cost savings, AmmLeach has several major advantages over conventional acid leaching technology, specifically:Much simpler process circuits because of the low level of impurities in the leach solutions, and hence lower capital to clean upMuch less complex cobalt winning circuits.The substantial potential cost savings should, in turn, lead to much lower cutoff grades, particularly for heap leach projects. Current cutoff grades in the DRC using AmmLeach and heap leaching should drop to less than 1% Cu (agitated leaches are currently around 2% copper cutoff) resulting in a substantial increase in reserves.last_img read more

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Nokia Catwalk pictures leak before it hits the runway

first_imgThe Nokia Catwalk is coming, and perhaps sooner than you think. Pictures of the company’s sexy aluminum Lumia phone recently surfaced on the popular Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo.There aren’t a lot of details to be gleaned from the pair of pixelated images. The Catwalk features a design language that’s very similar to previous Lumia models, but the aluminum shell gives it a much more industrial edge. It doesn’t evoke the same warm/fuzzy/cute feelings that the cheerfully-colored polycarbonate Lumias do, but there’s always the chance that Nokia will offer up some snazzy anodized tints for those who want their Catwalk to pop.A couple other minor differences are noticeable. The rear-facing camera and LED flash aren’t surrounded by the “landing strip” that has adorned other Lumias, and there is a slight flare around the shooter. It’s not an 808-sized hump, but it’s there. Is it possible that Nokia plans to make the Catwalk its first Windows Phone with a Pure View camera?The other big change is that the Catwalk’s port openings have been lined up next to each other. They’re set on opposite sides of the center line on the top edge of the phone, just above the Nokia logo and speaker on the front. It’s a slightly more elegant arrangement than previous models, and it keeps the other edges of that aluminum chassis looking crisp and clean.What’s going on with Nokia, you ask? First come rumblings of a high-end, aluminum-clad Lumia and then news that the company is working on a phablet to take on the Galaxy Note. That sounds more like a company getting its swagger back than one that’s struggling with an underappreciated mobile OS.Well, Nokia’s Q1 2013 results are in and it turns out the company is shifting a lot of Lumias — not Galaxy S3 numbers by any stretch, but still nearly six million units worldwide. Nokia is also gaining strength in China, particularly with its higher-end devices, so having a couple more to offer in the world’s biggest mobile market should help further boost sales.last_img read more

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XBox 360 déjà piratée grâce à un firmware permettant de lire les

first_imgXBox 360 : déjà piratée grâce à un firmware permettant de lire les DVD gravésÉtats-Unis – Deux mois après sa sortie, la nouvelle XBox 360 est déjà piratée. Un groupe de hackers propose en effet un firmware pour lire les DVD gravés.Une fois encore, Microsoft devra serrer les boulons. Tout comme la XBox, la 360 Slim 250 Go a été piratée. Les hackers ont été plutôt rapides sur ce coup, puisqu’il aura fallu attendre à peine deux mois après la sortie de la console pour que ce firmware soit confectionné. Dans une vidéo, les pirates affirment que leur trouvaille, permettant d’échanger des jeux vidéo gravés, pourra être utilisée par le plus grand nombre prochainement. L’éditeur de l’appareil avait déjà sévi contre les utilisateurs intégrant une puce à leur console, en les chassant du réseau XBox Live.Le 17 août 2010 à 14:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Iker Casillas My time at Madrid wouldve ended worse than it

first_imgPorto goalkeeper Iker Casillas believes he did the right thing by leaving Madrid when he did, stressing that he if had wasted more time, his exit would have been worse.However, he admits he would be happy to make a comeback at Real Madrid or the Spain fold.Casillas was one of Madrid’s greatest-ever goalkeeper who had 725 appearances. He won five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Supercopa de Espana titles, and the FIFA Club World Cup.He left Madrid for Porto in 2015 on a free transfer and right now the 37-year-old is being chased to end his Spain exile in light of David de Gea’s recent performances.AS ran a poll that recorded 50.43% out of their 100,072 users vote ‘San Iker’ to be recalled by La Roja.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I think I did the right thing,” he told former Blancos man Jorge Valdano in an interview to be aired on Movistar+ next week as quoted by Football Espana.“I think had I continued at Real Madrid, my time there would’ve ended worse than it did.“If Spain call me up, would I go back? I’d be delighted to. If Madrid called me? Of course, I can’t forget where I grew up…”last_img read more

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TCI FLOW Mission Day 2017 – A Massive Success

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2017 – Providenciales – On Thursday, November 16th the entire staff base of Flow Turks and Caicos along with over 500 students and teachers from the Oseta Jolly Primary School observed the 3rd annual Mission Day.   Mission Day is a companywide program where employees come together to demonstrate the company’s mission to Connect Communities and Transform Lives by volunteering their time and efforts to a charitable cause in their community.Flow Country Manager, Delleriece Hall, stated, “Our mission this year was simply to return happiness to the students and faculty of Oseta Jolly Primary after having been displaced since the passing of the recent storms.”Hall further stated, “Our team of 38 staff members came together to foster an environment of joy and excitement amongst the student population.  We also packaged and distributed lunch to over 500 students, donated over 100 books to help rebuild the school library and several fans and tables to bring a sense of comfort to our adopted school of 10 years.”The day’s agenda included a happy session with featured cartoon characters, mental health small talks with the various classrooms led by Dr Anya Gibbs, a spoken word selection themed a “Return To Happiness’, and a massive relief distribution with promises of much more to come for the Oseta Jolly Primary.“We feel so privileged that Flow has chosen us for another consecutive year to observe Mission Day 2017.   Last year we had a blast at Oseta Jolly Primary, and this year we anticipated no less because Flow always does things bigger and better.   Our students are always ready to welcome our Flow family and the massive support they have shown over the years,” stated Rachel Handfield, Principal, Oseta Jolly Primary.Dr Malcolm, Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, shared, “The kids are a very resilient bunch.   I was able to give them some tools to help with stress that they can use throughout the day, as they are currently displaced, that I hope will help them to endure the rest of the school term.”We are also proud to announce that we have donated free broadband services to school with speeds up to 48Mbs that we hope will assist with the students being able to do research and complete their assignments efficiently.Press Release: FLOW Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Determining Who Will Win Who Will Lose On Paid Audience

first_imgAs advertising revenue maxes out, paid content is the Holy Grail for both consumer and b-to-b publishers across all products—print and digital. A new firm called Scout Analytics is working with publishers to determine the revenue potential of that audience and how publishers can reach that potential profitably.ScoutAnalytics currently works with NASDAQ and Internal Securities Inc. “We’re trying to increase revenue per reader by looking at loyalty and trying to monetize that loyalty,” says senior vice president of marketing and strategy Matt Shanahan. The formula is simple: take the publication’s revenue and divide it by audience size, similar to the mobile phone industry’s Average Revenue Per User metrics. “This is a quick, easy metric to figure out if this business is on track and how is it benchmarked against other people,” says Shanahan. “Immediately you would say, ‘Wait a second, there’s all kinds of different revenue streams,’ and we agree. But the fundamental thing the publisher is monetizing is the audience. If you’re selling audience circulation data, you’re monetizing the audience. If you’re charging subscriptions, you’re monetizing the audience. If you’re selling impressions to the advertiser, you’re monetizing the audience. We try not to worry about channels such as print versus digital. Where print versus digital comes into play is print has much higher overhead.” While he cautions not to read too much into the figure, Shanahan says he hasn’t seen any publishers to date with a revenue per visitor ratio of $5 be profitable. “As we see operations get smaller they have to be almost purely digital to be profitable with a ratio of less than $10 in revenue per visitor.” FT.com a Sustainable Business, Demand Media Not So Much?  Shanahan offers a blog in which he analyzes revenue per visitor ratios for different media companies (not clients of course) and has some interesting takeaways on which companies seem to be developing sustainable audience monetization models. Shanahan determined that FT.com’s 149,000 subscribers paying $4.25 per week generate at least $32.9 million in annual revenue. He then compared that to Huffington Post, which needs 30 million readers (paying $1 per year) to generate the same revenue. Shanahan writes, “The FT’s digital operations are on pace to generate about $200M in 2010.  This comes from the 149k subscribers, 2.5M registered users, and 1,000 corporate subscriptions—a base of somewhere between 2.7 and 2.8M million readers. In the HuffPo model, they need 200M readers or about 40% of the Facebook population to achieve the same number. FT’s overall gross revenue is over 100 times better than the HuffPo model.  This is the power of the metered model.”On the flip side, Shanahan says he’s dubious about the long-term prospects of Demand Media. Based on an All Things Digital article that says Demand Media could do $230 million in revenue off 54.6 million visitors (with 60 percent or $138 million coming directly from content), Shanahan determined Demand Media’s revenue per visitor ratio is $2.53. “If you take what they say about uniques—86 million—and break down revenue per user, that’s $1.60 per user,” he adds. “Look at how many page views they have over a year and how many users they have to accumulate over time. All it takes is an SEO engine to change their algorithm and they lose their traffic. They’re going with this Wal-Mart strategy of revenue and we don’t see it as sustainable in the long run.”last_img read more

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Dhaka cloudy but no rain in forecast

first_imgDhaka city and its surroundings experienced light drizzles on Monday morning. Photo: Prothom AloDhaka city and its surroundings experienced light drizzles on Monday morning.However, the Dhaka met office forecast no rains in the next 24 hours and so.The sky over the capital city looks gloomy under the impact of seasonal low.Dhakaites and also people in some places in the country feel cooler atmosphere as the day temperature has declined and may fall further by 1-2 degree Celsius.“After the drizzle, no rain is likely in Dhaka city and the overall weather is going to be dry tomorrow (Tuesday) and afterwards,” weatherman Ruhul Kuddus told Prothom Alo on Monday afternoon.In its forecast valid until 9am Tuesday, the met office said rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka,  ymensing and Khulna divisions.In the next 72 hours, rainfall activity may decrease, the met office added.last_img read more

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BNP smells a rat in news of Khaledas illness

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoThe sudden news that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has fallen ill in jail has worried the party and it smells a rat in this development.Party senior leaders said the actual state of Khaleda’s health is not clear.  The party is in the dark and their apprehensions about the condition of Khaleda’s health have been exacerbated by rumours making rounds in the political arena.Against this backdrop, the party has demanded that party chief Khaleda Zia should be freed on bail and sent abroad for her treatment.Talking to newsmen, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said necessary steps will be taken for her better treatment and Khaleda will be sent abroad if required and recommended by doctors. A rumour went round for the past couple of days that Khaleda is ailing in jail and her health condition was so bad that she could not be produced before a trial court on Wednesday. The next day BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul was denied a meeting with her in jail on account of her illness.Read more: Khaleda be sent abroad for treatment: BNPNext a rumour circulated that Khaleda might be sent abroad for treatment and BNP leaders said this rumour made them worried because the jail authorities had not issued any formal statement regarding the health of their leader.Khaleda’s personal physicians sought an appointment to meet her in jail, but the jail authorities have not given them the permission.Addressing a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Friday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We fear that there might be an effort to remove the opposition here the way the other autocratic regimes usually remove the opposition.”When contacted, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain who was present at the press conference, elaborated on the word ‘removal’ saying, “Khaleda Zia has been convicted in false case and is being denied bail and there is an effort to keep BNP out of the elections – all these things are, for all practical purposes, aimed at keeping Khaleda Zia and BNP away from politics.”Jail officials said the authorities on Thursday sent a civil surgeon to the jail to check Khaleda’s health, but the surgeon did not recommend for any specialised physician for the BNP leader, saying she has no new ailments.Khaleda’s regular physician in jail, Mahmudul Hasan, told BBC Bangla Friday night, “She [Khaleda] is doing well. Her blood pressure and sugar level is normal. Her knee pain is an old ailment.”Secretary general of the pro-BNP physicians’ platform, Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh’s (DAB), AZM Zahid Hossain told Prothom Alo that on the one hand the authorities were saying Khaleda was ill and a statement has been placed before the court in this regard but, on the other hand, the jail physicians say she was not ill.“This has created a smokescreen,” he said.last_img read more

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This years Prague Pride to be familythemed

first_imgPrague Pride 2017. | Photo: dominique cappronnier / Flickr The organisers aim to raise awareness of LGBTI family members to challenge the tendency to label them as just gay or lesbian, the Prague Daily Monitor reported.“In the campaign, we want to mainly focus on how often homosexual children are considered black sheep of the family,” festival director Hana Kulhankova said.The festival also aims to highlight the complex and diverse personalities of people in the LGBTI community.“We would like gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be perceived as comprehensive personalities who are something more than the gay or lesbian labels,” Kulhankova said.The Pride festival will take place from 6-12 August, with over 100 LGBTI-themed events including film screenings, theatre performances, seminars and debates.As always, there will be a march through the city center on 11 August.Focus on LGBTI familiesPrague Pride has chosen a family-theme for a reason.Awareness of LGBTI rights in the Czech Republic has grown over the last few years, but campaigners are still working to push through progressive legislation. This year’s Prague Pride will put the focus on the LGBTI family. LGBTI people still cannot adopt or foster children, and registered partners have no right to joint property and widow’s or widower’s pension, the organisers said.Transgender people must also undergo sterilisation in order to change their registered sex.This year’s Pride week will celebrate a major piece of legislative progress, following the submission of a draft law in June which has opened the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriages in the Czech Republic.The festival programme offers 127 events for Prague Pride.The festival has also established a cooperation with the Safety Helpline to take questions from LGBT children and their parents.There will also be discussions on LGBTI rights in Turkey and Central Asia, and participants will have the opportunity to be tested for HIV and hepatitis A and B.The organisers hoping to test over 1000 people in a single afternoon.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… London BiFest: this is why we need to celebrate the bisexual communityIs Pride too pricey for LGBTI migrants and homeless?”We are one family” – LGBTQ pride festival returns to Puerto VallartaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-years-prague-pride-to-be-family-themed/last_img read more

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Whats open and whats closed

first_imgNo related posts. BANKS:BAC San José (2295-9595), closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. Open Dec. 24 until 1 pm. Banco Proamérica (2519-8090, 2258-2212) open Dec. 24 until 3 p.m., closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1; normal business hours over the holiday period. Banco de Costa Rica (2287-9000) branches will be closed at 4 p.m., Dec. 24, and will be closed Dec. 30-31. Banco Nacional (2212-2000) branches will close at 3:45 p.m., Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 30-31. Banco Popular (2211-7000) will close Dec. 24 and 31. Mutual Alajuela (2437-1000) open until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25 and 31. Scotiabank (2210-4000) open until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. DAVIVIENDA (2287-1111) call for holiday business hours.EMBASSIES: Holiday closures at major embassies are as follows: British Embassy (2258-2025) closed Dec 24-26 and Jan. 1. Canadian Embassy (2242-4400) closes Dec. 24 at noon, through Dec. 27, also closed Jan. 1. French Embassy (2234-4167) closed Dec. 24-25, 31 and Jan 1. Japanese Embassy (2232-3787) closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 29-Jan. 3. U.S. Embassy (2220-3939) closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1.Government offices: Most government offices will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and Supreme Court will have a limited area open 24 hours a day for emergencies, although all administrative areas will be closed. For emergencies, dial 911.Hospitals and Pharmacies: Rest assured that hospital emergency rooms will remain open 24 hours a day. The Red Cross (tel. 128) and National Insurance Institute (800-800-8000) also attend emergencies at all hours. Those who over-eat Christmas dinner can find Alka-Seltzer and more 24-7 over the holidays at Clínica Bíblica Hospital drugstore and emergency room (2522-1000) in downtown San José, La Católica Hospital drugstore and emergency room (2246-3000) in Guadalupe and Farmacia Sucre Los Angeles (2262-3111) in Heredia.Mail and Shipping: Aerocasillas (2208-4848) and DHL (2209-0000) will be open during normal business hours, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Correos de Costa Rica (2202-2900) will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1.Movie Theaters: Most theaters throughout the country report no closures during the holidays this year. CitiCinemas Grecia (2444-1779) and CitiCinemas Jacó (2643-2100) will close at 7 pm. on Dec. 24 and 31. Museums: The Central Bank Museums (home to the Gold Museum, 2243-4202) underneath Plaza de la Cultura and the Children’s Museum (2258-4929) at Ca. 4, Av 9 will be closed Dec. 24-25 and 31 and Jan. 1. The National Museum (2257-1433) at Ca. 17, Av. Central will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 31-Jan.3 The Contemporary Art and Design Museum (2257-9370) at CENAC, Av 3/5, Ca. 15/17 will close Dec. 24 and reopen Jan. 7. INBioparque (2507-8107) in Santo Domingo de Heredia will be open Dec. 26, 9 a.m.- 5:30 pm. and will be closed Dec. 24-25, 31 and Jan. 1. Supermarkets: Most Auto Mercado (2257-4242) stores will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 25 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 31 except Herradura, Tamarindo and Coco, which will be open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 25 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan 1. Walmart (2286-0033) stores in Heredia, Escazú, Guadalupe, San Sebastián, Cartago and Curridabat will close at 9 pm. Dec. 24, and remain closed Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Stores will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec 26-30. Most Mas x Menos (2243-7100) supermarkets will be open until 9 pm. Dec. 24 and 31 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. MegaSuper (2246-0400) will be open until 10 pm. Dec. 24 and 31, and 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Muñoz y Nanne (2253-4646) in San Pedro will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 24, 30 and 31 and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 29. Pali (2243-7100) stores will be open 8:30 a.m.-7:30pm. Dec. 24, 30 and 31 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec 25 and Jan 1. PriceSmart stores in Escazú (2288-0008), Heredia (2262-4848) Zapote (2283-9464) and Tibás (2297-2343) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; on Dec. 24 and 31, stores will open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saretto (2228-6703) supermarket in Escazú will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and will maintain regular business hours all other days.Theaters: Arlequín (2221-5485) at Ca. 15, Av. 2/6, is closed until Jan. 11. Teatro Torres (2256-4295 at Av. 8, Ca 11/13, closed Dec. 24 and 31 with the play Divorciados y Angelicas. La Esquina Theater (2257-0223) at Av. 1. Ca 21, reopens Jan 5. El Triciclo Theater (2222-2624) Ca 15, Av 8/10, will be closed until Jan. 6. La Máscara Theater (2222-4574) at Av. 2, Ca 13 bis, reopens Jan. 14.Veterinarians: The National University Veterinary Hospital (2260-9234) in Barreal de Heredia will be open 24 hours and requests that visitors send and email to hospitalespeciesmenores@gmail.com before arriving, unless it’s an emergency! Dr. Bitter’s clinics (2227-5017, 2228-1753 in San José and Escazú will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Dr. Adrián Molina (2228-1909, 2288-1716, emergency 2225-2500) in Escazú closed Dec. 24-25, 31, Jan. 1-2. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Amtrak liable for no more than 200 million in crash

first_imgAt the time, Amtrak had about $200 million in liability insurance, government auditors said in a 1995 report. It was facing lawsuits totaling more than $200 million for a range of incidents.A $200 million limit on liability for passenger rail accidents was added to a compromise bill at the end of the debates.“That is what we are trying to do, is have some sort of quantifiable limit so we will know what the costs would be in the most extreme circumstances,” then-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, said on the Senate floor.Democrats supported the $200 million cap, too.“Amtrak passengers will have to bear a limit on Amtrak’s liability to them, much the same way that the airlines limit their liability to passengers,” said then-Sen. Earnest Hollings, D-S.C.Airlines do have a cap, but it’s not the same as what Congress created for passenger railroads.An international aviation convention established a per-passenger cap on damages at about $160,000. If an airline is proved negligent in court, victims’ families can sue for more, unlike the families of passenger rail victims.In 2010, some California lawmakers moved to increase the cap to $500 million, but the rail industry successfully lobbied against the measure. Using past passenger rail accidents as a guide, some lawyers expect damages from the crash to be similar to a 2008 accident in Los Angeles, which resulted in a $200 million payout to victims. In that crash, the train’s engineer was texting and didn’t stop at a red signal when the train collided head-on with a freight train, killing 25 people and injuring more than 100.The money was paid to victims by Metrolink, which provides commuter rail service in Southern California, and Veolia Environment, a French company that operated the rail service at the time.A judge divided the $200 million among the victims, with sums between $12,000 and $9 million. In some cases, lawyers said the amounts were far less than the projected costs of medical care needed as a result of the crash.Paul Kiesel, a Los Angeles attorney who represented victims from the 2008 crash, said $200 million “can be just a drop in a bucket to compensate people who are the victims of passenger rail collisions in America.”But Kiesel said he is not aware of another passenger rail incident in which the $200 million cap has been a factor.Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said he was unable to say whether Amtrak had ever paid $200 million in damages for a single passenger rail incident. In this aerial photo taken May 13, 2015, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Amtrak faces what probably will be a $200 million payout to crash victims _ the cap established by Congress nearly 20 years ago as part of a compromise to rescue the railroad from financial ruin. It would be the first time that the liability ceiling, considered by many to be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and 200 people injured, designed for Amtrak actually would apply to the railroad. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Now you have people with serious injuries that may not be compensated from Amtrak for all their losses,” said Connecticut attorney George Cahill, who is representing one of the passengers injured in the May 12 crash.___Associated Press writer Jeff Horwitz and researcher Monika Mathur in Washington, writers Geoff Mulvilhill in Philadelphia, David Koenig in Dallas, Scott Mayerowitz and researchers Jennifer Farrar and Adriana Mark in New York contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week’s derailment in Philadelphia.That payout cap for a single passenger rail incident was part of a late effort in 1997 to pass a law that would rescue Amtrak from financial ruin and help it one day become independent. Adjusted for inflation, which the law does not consider, that amount would be just under $300 million now. And Amtrak is still far from independent.An Associated Press review of past cases found that Amtrak never before has been liable for a $200 million payout for a single passenger rail incident. The Philadelphia crash could be the first time the liability ceiling — designed specifically for Amtrak — would actually apply to the railroad.It’s not known how high the costs of victims’ deaths and injuries from Tuesday’s crash will run.The train, which left Washington headed to New York, was moving at more than twice the speed allowed on a curve when it derailed not long after it stopped at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Investigators haven’t determined why the train was traveling so fast.On Friday, an Amtrak employee filed the first lawsuit, asking for more than $150,000 in damages. Amtrak employees are not limited by the $200 million cap because it only applies to passengers.“I don’t think Amtrak has ever faced a situation like this, and since they own the Northeast Corridor, they’re 100 percent on the hook,” said Frank Wilner, author of the book, “Amtrak: Past, Present, Future.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Among the almost 20 victims from the Philadelphia crash still in the hospital, five are in critical condition.It’s difficult to put a price on a person’s life, said Howard Spier, a Miami-based lawyer and former president of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. But the people traveling on the Amtrak train that crashed last week are typically successful, he said.“The more you’ve got going on in your life, the more your damages are worth,” Spier said.Though passenger rail crashes that lead to $200 million victim settlements have been rare in America, liability has long been a concern.“Limits on liability are essential for our economic future,” former Amtrak president Tom Downs told Congress in 1996.In 1997, the year the liability cap was passed, Amtrak faced bankruptcy, and Congress had been trying for three years to come up with a plan to turn the struggling rail line into a profitable company without government subsidies.Among issues challenging Amtrak financially were liability for all accidents involving Amtrak, even if they weren’t Amtrak’s fault. Establishing a cap on damages would help Amtrak purchase insurance at a reasonable cost.last_img read more

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Worlds second busiest airport gets busier

first_imgPassenger traffic at Dubai International rose 6.1 percent in July, compared to the same month last year, with year to date traffic up 15.3 percent, according to new data. Passenger traffic rises at Dubai International Airport. In regards to overall passenger numbers, Western Europe experienced significant growth, coming in as the top market with an increase of 13.4 percent, while the Indian sub-continent continued to show steady growth at 6.1 percent due to the expansion of several Indian airlines. “Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service,” Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said. “A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to deliver on these fronts in a complex and dynamic environment will soon be revealed when the documentary series ‘Ultimate Airport Dubai’, debuts on 5 September 2013 across National Geographic Channel’s global network.”center_img Air freight volumes incurred a slight increase of 1.2 percent, with year to date growth remaining strong and cargo shipping volumes rising 9.8 percent during the same period last year. Operator Dubai Airpoints has issued a traffic report revealing positive growth across all regions, except the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) and Middle East; both of which experienced a downfall (8 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively) while Eastern Europe recorded the strongest passenger growth at an increase of 58.7 percent. Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more

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Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway for th

first_imgThanks to everyone who entered our giveaway for the new book The Hidden Europe, by Francis Tapon. The lucky winners are: Anne Wyllie, LondonJohn Hausrath, ThursoRoger Farrall, WinchesterSonia Tull, FarehamGeorgios Giamaloglou, LondonDidn’t get lucky? Buy a copy of The Hidden Europe, What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us from Amazon. Or see FrancisTapon.com for more information.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWinners of Pets Welcome! guidebooks announcedWinners of Pets Welcome! guidebooks announcedWinner of Flights to New York AnnouncedA massive congratulations to Graham Forbes from London who was the lucky winner of the prize.Winner of Thomas Cook South Africa trip announcedThanks to everyone who entered our prize draw from Thomas Cook Sportlast_img read more

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