New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said it has attached assets worth about Rs 300 crore in connection with its money laundering probe in an alleged ponzi scam involving a Telangana-based multi-level marketing group.The attached properties belong to promoter Nowhera Shaikh, arrested by the ED in the case, of Heera Group of Companies and others, and are spread across multiple states. The agency has issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for attachment of the assets valued at Rs 299.99 crore, it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The attached assets comprise 96 immovable properties located in Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh worth Rs 277.29 crore in the form of agricultural lands, commercial plots, residential buildings, commercial complexes and balances in bank accounts worth Rs 22.69 crore,” the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said in a statement. The case pertains to the fraudulent money circulation scheme, called a ponzi or chit fund, allegedly perpetrated by the Heera Group in Hyderabad and the ED had filed a criminal case of money laundering in the instance based on multiple Telangana Police FIRs over allegations of illegally collecting deposits from lakhs of investors by promising high returns. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe federal probe agency said the group “collected an amount of about Rs 5,600 crore as unauthorised deposits from around 1,72,000 investors across the country by engaging a network of marketing executives and direct selling agents with a false promise of paying high rate of returns of 3 per cent per month or 36 per cent per year.” Shaikh floated multiple schemes and extensively advertised the schemes to lure the victims, it said. She launched 24 firms/entities under Heera Group and 182 bank accounts were opened in different banks at different parts of the country in the name of these two dozen entities, the ED alleged. “Ten bank accounts were also opened in foreign countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia for collecting these deposits and Shaikh did not possess any valid permission either under the Banking Regulation Act, Companies Act, RBI Act or from any other government agency such as SEBI etc for collecting deposits,” it said. Shaikh, the ED charged, started gold, food and textile trading businesses only to create the impression that she is earning legitimate profits, but in reality, the pay-outs to the new members were simply being funded from the cash flows generated from new members/investments. “The volume of business in her gold, textile and food marts was miniscule and not sufficient to justify the high returns promised by her,” the ED statement said. “Shaikh along with her family members and close associates diverted the depositors’ money to their personal accounts and amassed huge movable and immovable assets for wrongful personal gain. “The diverted funds were further layered into various shell companies and in the form of benami assets so as to ultimately cheat lakhs of innocent victims and to launder these crime proceeds for personal benefit,” it said.
MONTREAL – Quebec is cancelling its plan to distribute welfare cheques to asylum seekers at Montreal’s downtown convention centre.The province’s Employment Department announced today it will instead hand out cheques to refugee applicants inside the temporary shelters that have been erected around the Montreal area.Quebec says about 3,000 cheques will be distributed in shelters and the rest mailed directly to the private residences into which asylum seekers have already moved.Roughly 8,000 people, mostly Haitians, have crossed into Quebec from the U.S. since June.The basic monthly welfare payment for a person who lives alone in Quebec is $642.92.Asylum seekers are being asked to move out of the government’s temporary shelters and into a private residence after they received their money.The distribution of cheques is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
MONTREAL – The real estate market in Greater Montreal matched September’s heat wave with sales reaching an eight-year high for the month.The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says 2,893 residential sales were completed last month, a six per cent increase from a year ago.Four of the area’s five metropolitan areas sustained growth, led by a 17-per-cent jump in sales in Laval, north of Montreal.Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards has attributed monthly housing gains to strong job creation, consumer confidence and foreign migration.Sales on the island of Montreal, which accounted for 43 per cent of all area sales, were up five per cent.Condominiums continued to drive sales volume, rising 11 per cent overall, including a 49 per cent jump in Laval, north of Montreal.Condo sales have been growing steadily for months while selling times are down, said Mathieu Cousineau, GMREB president.He said the condo market has returned to a balanced market with 10 months of inventories.“For a little more than four years, there was a surplus of condominiums on the resale market and inventory had reached a new peak of 15 months exactly two years ago. The turnaround has therefore been quite impressive,” he said in a news release.Although fewer in number, sales of buildings with two to five units were up 23 per cent.The weak spot was single-family homes, where sales dipped by one per cent to mark the first sales decline in five months.Canada’s second-largest city remains a real estate bargain as the average price of homes grew 2.6 per cent to $364,862. That compared to $775,546 in Greater Toronto, also up 2.6 per cent from the prior year, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.
In a robocall released by People For the American Way, award-winning actress Alfre Woodard calls Pennsylvania voters urging them to contact Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and demand that he give fair consideration to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.As the call states, Sen. Toomey has declared that he won’t fulfill his constitutional duty and instead falsely asserts it’s “not that big a deal” if the Supreme Court vacancy lasts for over a year.“When there’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Constitution is clear about what happens next: the President nominates a new Justice and the Senate gives that nominee fair consideration,” says Woodard in her call. “But Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey, are playing politics with the law and saying they won’t fulfill their constitutional obligation. Toomey even said it’s “not that big a deal” to leave the ninth Supreme Court seat empty for more than a year!“He couldn’t be more wrong.“Call Senator Toomey at (202) 224-4254, and tell him you expect him to put his Constitutional duties first — and give fair consideration to President Obama’s nominee.”“Sen. Toomey’s irresponsible obstruction is inexcusable,” said Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way. “The Constitution is very clear that it’s the job of Senators to give fair consideration to Supreme Court nominees, and there’s certainly no exceptions during election years. Not only is it a ‘big deal’ if Sen. Toomey and his fellow Republican Senators refuse to do their jobs, it’s a crisis of constitutional proportions.”This is the second set of robocalls that PFAW has launched on this issue. In February, Martin Sheen called Wisconsinites targeting Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for his obstruction on the Supreme Court vacancy. People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.
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The text – passed by a recorded vote of 131 in favour to 6 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Tuvalu and the United States), with 20 abstentions – was one of six adopted today as the Assembly concluded its annual debate on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine.By that resolution, the Assembly also called for an immediate reversal of all measures taken on the ground since the latest wave of violence began on 28 September 2000, as well as the implementation of the Mitchell Committee report. A resolution on Jerusalem determined that the imposition of Israeli laws, jurisdiction and administration “on the Holy City of Jerusalem is illegal and therefore null and void and has no validity whatsoever.” The Assembly also deplored the transfer by some States of their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem in violation of Security Council resolution 478 (1980). That text was adopted by a vote of 130 in favour to 2 against (Israel, Nauru), with 10 abstentions (Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, Nicaragua, Haiti and Papua New Guinea). A resolution on the Syrian Golan was adopted by a recorded vote of 90 in favour and five against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Tuvalu, United States) with 54 abstaining. By that draft, the Assembly called on Israel to withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan. By another resolution, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people to keep the question of Palestine under review. The Committee was also authorized to continue exerting efforts to promote those rights, adjusting its work programme as necessary in the light of developments while giving special emphasis to the need to mobilize assistance for the Palestinian people. The resolution passed by a vote of 106 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Tuvalu and the United States), with 48 abstentions. Regarding the UN Department of Public Information’s special programme on the question of Palestine, the Assembly voted 153 in favour to 4 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and United States), with 3 abstentions (Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to request continued work on publications, audiovisual materials, fact-finding missions for journalists, and seminars for members of the media. A separate resolution requested the Secretary-General to provide the UN Division for Palestinian Rights with the necessary resources and to ensure that it continues to carry out its programme of work. That text was adopted by a vote of 107 in favour, 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Tuvalu and the United States), and 47 abstentions.
Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said the team, which arrived over the weekend and is led by his Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, would stay in Iraq for about a week. “I would hope to be able to give my decision to the Governing Council before the end of the month,” the Secretary-General added.Asked by reporters to characterize the talks so far, Mr. Annan said, “I think the work of the team is going extremely well.” He noted that it has already met with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the Iraqi Governing Council and its individual members, as well as other Iraqis, and confirmed that Mr. Brahimi will also be meeting with Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a leading cleric who has advocated direct elections.”As I indicated before they left, they should see as broad a range of people as possible, and so they are reaching out and are open to talking as many groups as possible,” he added. “So far, so good. The atmosphere has been good, they have been well received and there has been very good and frank discussions.”In response to a question on whether the 30 June date for the hand over was still firm, the Secretary-General recalled that when both parties were in New York last month for talks with him, they indicated their preference for keeping that deadline.”We are working on that assumption, but of course as I said, we are going to talk to all parties,” he said. “If the parties were to agree to other arrangements, I think it would be difficult to reject it. We will have to consider it.”After the Secretary-General briefed the Security Council Monday afternoon, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which holds the Council’s rotating Presidency, said the 15-member body supported Mr. Annan’s decision to send the fact-finding team to Iraq.”They believe this decision will be conducive to the political process in Iraq,” Ambassador Wang told the press after the closed-door meeting. He added that the members looked forward to another briefing from the Secretary-General after the team delivers its report.Meanwhile on the ground, the fact-finding team continued its discussions with a broad cross section of the Iraqi political spectrum, meeting with individual members of the Governing Council, as well as various representatives of Iraqi civil society.According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Brahimi stressed throughout these meetings that the UN team was there with no agenda other than to assist the Iraqi people in their quest for self-determination, independence and restoration of sovereignty.Mr. Brahimi described himself as “in listening mode,” emphasizing the independence and neutrality of the United Nations as Iraqis debate whether elections are the best means for the transfer of power by 30 June, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing.On Saturday, Mr. Brahimi met separately with L. Paul Bremer, head of the United States-led CPA, and then with his British deputy, Sir Jeremy Greenstock.Yesterday, he saw the current President of the Governing Council, Kurdish leader Mohsen Abdul Hamid, and then met with the full Council. Afterwards, Mr. Brahimi had a series of bilateral meetings with individual Council members, starting with Shiite leader Muwaffak al-Rubaie followed by talks with Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani and Communist Party head Hameed Moussa.After that, he briefly joined a meeting between the UN’s chief electoral adviser, Carina Perelli, and an Iraqi technical team from Najaf to discuss election issues. Ms. Perelli is accompanied by two other UN electoral experts on this visit, Mr. Eckhard said.Mr. Brahimi then saw Abdelaziz al-Hakim, another Shiite leader, and then had a dinner meeting with former Foreign Minister, Adnan Pachachi, a Sunni. Video of Kofi Annan’s remarks
Seven Sisters cliffs and coastguard cottages Eastbourne, East SussexCredit:Rex Dr Hurst’s team estimated the pace of the erosion by examining the amount of an isotope of beryllium in the rock platform under the cliffs. This isotope is formed in the top few metres of rock when it is struck by cosmic rays from space and the longer the rock is exposed, the higher the concentration. This enables the estimation of the speed of the cliff’s retreat.Dr Dylan Rood, from Imperial College London, one of the co-authors, told the BBC: “The coast is clearly eroding, and Britain has retreated fast. A nearly tenfold increase in retreat rates over a very short timescale, in geological terms, is remarkable.”The UK cannot leave the issue of cliff erosion unresolved in the face of a warming world and rising sea levels. Cliff erosion is irreversible; once the cliffs retreat, they are gone for good.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The iconic chalk cliffs on England’s south coast are eroding 10-fold faster now than they have over the past few thousand years, a new study has revealed.Researchers have observed that the erosion rate of chalk cliffs at Beachy Head and Seaford Head in East Sussex over the past 150 years has been of 22 to 32cm a year. They have calculated that in the past 7,000 years it was just two to six centimetres a year.The acceleration, timed thanks to a technique that tracks changes in rocks when exposed to energetic space particles, would be the result of thinning of cliff-front beaches, worsened by changes in storm intensity.The researchers, led by Dr Martin Hurst from the University of Glasgow, predict that climate change will accelerate the erosion process. “We were very surprised at the stark difference,” Dr Hurst told the Guardian. “If you have a nice thick and wide beach in front of a cliff, that reflects wave energy. But the beaches have all but disappeared.”The scientists believe the study, published in the leading American journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, will help make better predictions for the future about how climate change will affect coastlines.”Our coasts are going to change in the future as a result of sea-level rise and perhaps increased storminess, and we want this work to inform better forecasts of erosion,” Dr Hurst told the BBC.The research was centred on East Sussex and the iconic cliffs at Beachy Head and Hope Gap which were originally laid down 90 million years ago.Coastline management near Seaford, which saw the use of groynes or the shifting of sand and gravel to try to protect specific beaches, has led to the cliffs to the east, including Beachy Head, being starved of sediments.“We need to be aware that when we manage the beach in one place, there is a knock-on effect somewhere else,” Dr Hurst told the Guardian.
WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Out of the Furnace(JoBlo.com/YouTube)For fans of: Christian Bale, mumbling AffleckAvoid if: You prefer happy familiesBale undergoes yet another transformation to play a hard-working man, Russell Baze, whose soldier brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) gets mixed up in some very dangerous business. When his brother goes missing, Russell is forced to put his own life on the line. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 52 per cent. Audience rating: 53 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 5 per cent. Audience rating: 54 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 15 per cent. Audience rating: 93 per cent want to seeI, Frankenstein(ROBB TV/YouTube)For fans of: Monsters,Avoid if: You’re Mary ShelleyThe story of Frankenstein’s monster – er, called Frankenstein and played by Aaron Eckhart here – gets a futuristic action film reboot. It’s set in a dystopia where demons and gargoyles are at war, and is a rather supernatural trip indeed. Hmmm. That Awkward Moment(TrailerBieb/YouTube)For fans of: Michael B JordanAvoid if: You want to remain saneOne of those films that will make you sorry you’re a human being.
The fate of RSS seems to rest largely in the hands of the companies who provide the most popular software and services for browsing and being productive on the web. Firefox 4 intends to drop the RSS icon completely (but you can get it back), and now Google has replaced the Reader link found at the top of Gmail with a link to its Photos service Picasa instead.While Google may have decided this was a good idea, user have not and responded angrily in the Gmail Help forum:I used to get to Google Reader by clicking the Reader link at the top of the gmail page, I think it has been replaced with a link for Photos. I have this same problem! Super frustrating. It’s the first option under “more,” but I don’t like having to go to the drop down menu each time for it. The same upset is being heard across the Twitterverse with some rightly pointing out that a Photos link doesn’t really belong on a productivity tool like Gmail that so many use for business tasks:There is a simple fix for this issue, and it’s one we are surprised Google hasn’t thought to implement. Once you are logged in to your Google account allow a user the option to customize what links are displayed at the top of the page. Then no one can complain as it’s up to them what they see.For the time being, those looking for the Reader link will find it as the first option on the “more” drop-down menu.Read more at TechCrunch
Meet the first two Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones from HTC, the Titan (left) and HTC Radar. The manufacturer and OS are pretty much where the similarities end with this twosome, however.The Titan is a beast of a phone, with a gargantuan 4.7″ S-LCD display pushing 480×800 pixels. It features Qualcomm’s MSM8255 chipset with a 1.5GHz single-core processor and Adreno 205 GPU along with 512MB RAM. 16GB of internal storage provides plenty of space for your 720P videos and 8MP pictures captured via the Titan’s rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a front-facing camera, which looks to be the norm with Windows Phone 7.5 hardware — and likely has a lot to do with the upcoming release of a Skype app for the platform. The Titan also offers 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi and HSDPA/WCDMA and GSM/EDGE connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA and Dolby Mobile certifications, and a 1600mAh battery. All this is packed into a 9.9mm thick chassis, with the device as a whole tipping the scales at 160 grams (making the Titan just slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 4).The Radar, on the other hand, is a more understated device. It, too, features a 480×800 S-LCD display but at just 3.8″ inches. A single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor powers the Radar, along with 512MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and HSDPA/WCDMA and GSM/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA support, and a 1520mAh battery. It’s one millimeter thicker than the Titan but weighs about 20 grams less. The Radar will also launch in two colors: white and silver/gray.Launch dates, carriers, and pricing details were not revealed for either phone. We’ll keep you posted.More at Slashgear and GSM Arena
My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle. http://jrnl.ie/3233583 By Gerry Edwards Feb 12th 2017, 8:30 AM Short URL Gerry Edwards Share432 Tweet Email1 ON THIS DAY sixteen years ago, my first son was born. His name was Joshua and he did not cry. I cried, my wife cried and my mother-in-law cried. I think some of the midwives in attendance cried too.Joshua had a condition called anencephaly. It meant that his skull did not close when the neural tube was developing and because his skull was open most of his brain was missing. He could never live. Joshua was delivered by induced labour at 22 weeks’ gestation.Although we lived in Dublin at the time, Joshua was born in Belfast, in a different country to the rest of his family. The reason for this is because it was illegal for the maternity hospitals in our independent Republic to provide a termination of pregnancy, even by induced labour. Even in circumstances where a baby did not have the capacity to either be born alive or to survive independently.We were unable to bring Joshua home for a funeral because we didn’t know how to explain to anyone that we had a tiny dead baby. What would become of us? Bear in mind that at that time we could be prosecuted under an Act from the same time that Abraham Lincoln became president of America and sentenced to life in prison.Instead we arranged with the hospital to have Joshua cremated in Belfast. We did not know when this would take place and we were unable to be with him. Sometime later we had what was for us our funeral – his remains were delivered to us in a padded envelope by a courier. Source: Gerry Edwards Joshua’s remains as sent on from the crematorium in Belfast. Source: Gerry EdwardsThe thought that our son was cremated alone in a different country troubled us greatly for many years. We found out recently that a pathologist in the hospital always takes the babies left in her charge to the crematorium in her car and sits with them during their cremation. Hearing about this individual act of kindness and respect for our son made us cry again, but with gratitude.It reminded us that although we felt totally abandoned by Ireland when we needed her most, people are inherently good. They care and they have respect for others, their challenges and the choices they make.Unfortunately, although my mother-in-law met Joshua because she travelled with us, my father-in-law could not. My parents never met him, my sisters never met him and my wife’s brothers never met him. Nobody else got to see him or kiss him goodbye. We were denied the opportunity to be publicly supported in our grief by our friends, colleagues and neighbours. It was as though our son never existed.Joshua was real, he was wantedThis is why marking his anniversary is so important for us. Joshua was real, he was wanted, he was and to this day is loved and he is my son.In the years that passed Gaye and I were lucky enough to have four beautiful children. It was a difficult journey and was not without further losses. It is a time I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, but I would do it all again tomorrow to have the family I have today.During the 2002 Referendum, which sought yet again to remove suicide as legitimate grounds for abortion, Bertie Ahern said in relation to Deirdre Conroy’s story of her termination of pregnancy following a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly, that he could not legislate for individual cases. This prompted my wife to write about Joshua to point out that Deirdre’s case was not unique. But Bertie and his Government didn’t care.Deirdre wrote her letter as Deirdre DeBarra and my wife wrote hers as Gaye Brennan. This was the impact of the shaming and intimidation of women at that time. No-one felt safe in coming forward with their true identities.Just over four years ago, Arlette, Amanda, Ruth and Jennifer came forward to tell their stories of being forced to travel abroad to have a termination of pregnancy following their tragic diagnoses, and they did so using their own identities and set up the group TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons). This was the beginning of a social change.I felt pride – and shameAmid a feeling of pride for these women, I also felt shame. If I had been as brave as them many years before, could they have been spared the additional suffering they had to endure? It was not until President Higgins was signing in the PLDPA 2013 that the fury finally broke through. Our Oireachtas had declined the opportunity to include a provision to deal with fatal foetal anomalies. I wrote a letter to all TDs and Senators imploring them to amend the law and to stop this cruelty, and that letter was published here in TheJournal.ie.I fully expected an urgent response from our elected representatives – that they would feel compelled to do the right thing. However, we have moved to 2017 with two rejected Fatal Foetal Anomaly Bills and a rejected Repeal the 8th Bill.Still women go to our maternity hospitals every day, and still several every week will receive the devastating news that, due to a cruelty of nature, their much-wanted baby will die in the womb, during birth or shortly after.Still, this time due to the cruelty of people, those who feel they cannot continue the pregnancy in these circumstances will need to travel as we did to avail of termination of pregnancy services overseas or else be forced to continue the pregnancy against their will in Ireland, wondering every day if that will be the day their baby dies inside them.Those who feel entitled to publicly condemn usAlthough the general levels of support and respect from people in Ireland towards those women, and men, who share their personal stories has been overwhelming, it is very clear that there are those who are not satisfied simply to disagree with the choice we, and others like us, made. Instead they feel entitled to publicly condemn us for them.These range from anonymous trolls on social media who can be extremely overt and callous in their comments, all the way through to members of the Oireachtas and clergy who try to portray us as cold and uncaring people who were just dissatisfied that our babies were not perfect. They imply that we did not value or love our babies. One even went so far as to refer to our precious babies as “debris, not the kind of thing you put into a coffin and grieve over”.They deliberately conflate our babies’ conditions with illnesses and disabilities, most particularly with Down Syndrome. There has even been a concerted effort to prevent the use of the phrase “fatal foetal anomaly” in place of inaccurate euphemisms like “life-limiting condition” or “poor prognosis”.I believe that all of this is a deliberate effort to deflect public discussion from the realities of the most tragic of situations that we faced. Our experience has generally been that the more some people claim to have moral superiority, the less they seem to demonstrate it.Cruel, inhuman, degradingIn June last year the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Amanda Mellet, one of those founders of TFMR, by being denied access to a lawful termination of pregnancy in Ireland, was subjected to severe emotional and mental suffering and that Ireland violated her rights to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, privacy and equality before the law.Our Government’s response was not to put a Referendum on Repeal of the 8th before the people of Ireland, but instead to set up a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss the issue. The Edwards family in front of street art by Maser, shortly before it was removed. Source: Gerry EdwardsI have always maintained that this was a completely unnecessary step and was in fact a mechanism to abdicate, at least temporarily, their responsibility to act as our elected legislators. That said, I feel that Justice Laffoy is doing an excellent job and that the selected 99 citizens are taking their responsibilities very seriously, and I expect them to make their recommendations to the Oireachtas in May or June this year.The question remains though, having set up the Citizens’ Assembly and given them timeframes within which to report on a number of issues, what will the Oireachtas do next? Will they prove to the sceptics that this was just a can-kicking exercise or will they show some respect to the volunteer citizens who have done what was asked of them?It is imperative that the Oireachtas establishes a special Committee to act upon the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly, whatever they may be. Clear terms of reference should be set out including a maximum time frame within which the Committee should report to Government.This can and should be done in advance of the Citizens’ Assembly report. On the basis that we know that women’s human rights are being violated on a daily basis there simply cannot be any more deferral on the part of Government. It is time for them all to grow up and accept the responsibility they sought. They need to put a Referendum to Repeal the 8th before the people of Ireland so that they can determine whether or not they wish to decriminalise abortion and extend the provision of these essential medical services to women in Ireland.As we remember Joshua today I can’t help but wonder whether or not we as a society will stop punishing tragedy before his 17th anniversary. And if not, why not?Gerry Edwards is chairperson of TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons) Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM 120 Comments 1,404 Views Chairperson, TFMR Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 25, 2016 – Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Florida, Romania, Brazil, Texas., Barbados, China, Slovenia, California County, Russia, Ohio, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago have something very critical in common; they all reported to the world and local community their very first case of Zika. In the Turks and Caicos, knowledge about Zika did not come on case one, or two, or three or four… but the resident and travelling public are only now knowing when the country hits case number five. The question for our government is why, why are we only knowing of this global health emergency illness, after five cases are recorded in the country.In doing our digging, country by country, the pattern is virtually the same for all jurisdictions… that as soon as they got that first case confirmed, the nation and the world were told. The TCI Ministry of Health has a reputation now of holding back on the impact of communicable and non communicable illnesses in the country… it took five months for the Ministry to speak publicly on Chicken Pox; problems of Norovirus within this year and previous years were swept under the rug; media was confronted with a walk out by the former health minister when there were too many questions regarding Chikungunya and there were similar postures with Swine Flu and Dengue Fever.On Sunday, following a statement by his Ministry of Health, Premier Dr Rufus Ewing issued a national statement of his own which promised that his team would continue to work hard to keep cases down. However, there is slim chance of success there, as regulations to give Environmental Health and DECR more power of arrest are stagnant and there are dozens of undocumented communities which have their own utility systems which prove to be ripe breeding grounds for mosquitoes; plus there is a vexing problem of nastiness in our two main tourism islands. Our people toss garbage everywhere and litter is prolific especially in the main tourist hub of The Bight.We are working on the Ministry of Health as Magnetic Media believes the public deserves to know why we never knew of the first confirmed case of Zika virus, which is spread primarily by mosquitoes. Incidentally, we found that one of the nations where cases of Zika were never reported for months and months and months to its residents and guests was nearby Haiti; they simply did not say and now the country where there are up to three commutes a day from Provo, is reportedly overrun. Meanwhile the rain continues, and that means breeding grounds for mosquitoes are under construction.
New York—Mashable has come a long way from its beginnings as a WordPress blog that a 19-year-old Pete Cashmore launched as a way to connect with his peers and learn about social media and tech as he went along. Cashmore, in a Q&A keynote during the 2011 FOLIO: Show held here, discussed the importance social media has had with the site’s audience growth, which is now at 20 million uniques per month. The company is still fairly small, said Cashmore, numbering around 50 employees, with the edit team taking up the bulk of that, around 25-30 staff. In addition to edit, other groups include an events team, the technology group, and sales.Cashmore singled out the community division as particularly unique, noting its “listening” role which has become a key method for determining where and how to distribute content on the site and along the various platforms. The role this team plays in the overall structure of the company highlights the importance social media has in amplifying Mashable’s brand and content as well as engagement as an increasingly important audience metric.In describing the way Mashable evaluates the performance of its content, Cashmore noted the fine line publishers have to take. “I don’t think there’s a defined answer to that. It’s always a balance. If you just looked at page views you’d be doing a lot of cat videos.” Engagement is the “clearest” metric, Cashmore said, and with this is a focus on how content is making its way across the social networks. This also signals how certain content types and story topics resonate with readers. The more a particular piece of content is shared across networks the more value it has—triggering the dual effects of producing more content like it and highlighting the level of interaction among Mashable’s audience members. Traffic and page views, said Cashmore, are “not the end-all, be-all.”Cashmore described his audience as early adopters and thought leaders who are very connected—in a social networking kind of way. One new content offering Mashable has released is Mashable Follow, a proprietary and customizable content feed that lets users pick and choose only the topics they want to read. “It’s a desirable way to have a direct connection with your reader,” he said. The feed now has 500,000 users.Mashable’s business model is still fairly traditional, with the majority of revenue coming from advertising. Cashmore said events and the site’s job board are the next biggest contributors. The advantage that has allowed the site to grow beyond other tech sites is its ability to relate how technology and social media impact culture, lifestyle and politics. “We’re not a pure tech vertical,” he said. “That’s how we were able to outgrow the other tech blogs.”Cashmore said he’s particularly excited with the iPad, curiously noting its “tactile” nature—an argument publishers still make for print. Similarly, Cashmore likes the way publishers can “package the content and control the experience. It’s a tangible product that you can charge for and control.”
RelatedMohanlal’s new poster lands Lucifer in trouble: Kerala Police file complaint with CM and CBFCDid Murali Gopy hint the possibility of ‘Lucifer 2’ with Mohanlal and Prithviraj Sukumaran?Lucifer box office collection day 4: Mohanlal film turns fastest Rs 50 crore grossing Malayalam film Mohanlal, popularly known as the Complete Actor in Indian cinema has once again proved that he is the face of Mollywood in front of the International audiences. His recent release ‘Lucifer’ which was released on March 28 is continuing its dream run at the box-office, and as per the latest updates, it has grossed more than Rs 80 crore worldwide at the end of its 7-day theatrical run worldwide.Trade experts revealed that the film collected Rs 4.7 crores on Wednesday from Kerala alone. From Rest of India and overseas, ‘Lucifer’ grossed more than Rs 7 crores in its 7th day.In this dream theatrical run, the film broke many collection records, including the fastest-ever Malayalam movie that entered the 50 crore club. Current theater statistics and advanced booking indicate that ‘Lucifer’ will enter the 100 crore club by this weekend. Industry experts believe that ‘Lucifer’ will also make its way to the 200 crore club, thus breaking the collection records of Mohanlal’s ‘Pulimurugan’.In the meantime, several online news portals including some leading media outlets in Kerala have outlandishly claimed that ‘Lucifer’ has entered the 100 crore club in the 5th day. However, neither producer Antony Perumbavoor nor director Prithviraj Sukumaran has confirmed this news, and this indicates that it is a bolstered figure.On April 05, ‘Mera Naam Shaji’ directed by Nadirshah is hitting the theaters all across Kerala. However, the release of this low-budget movie will not make any negative impacts to the box-office collection of ‘Lucifer’. But things may take a turn when Mammootty’s ‘Madhura Raja’ grace the big screens on April 12, 2019.It should be noted that ‘Madhura Raja’ is directed by hitmaker Vyshakh who has previously directed the industry hit ‘Pulimurugan’ with Mohanlal. The film which is a sequel to 2010 blockbuster ‘Pokkiri Raja’ will feature Mammootty in the role of Raja, an underworld don from Madhura. Touted to be a comedy entertainer, the film also has Tamil actor Jai, Anusree, Salim Kumar, Vijayaraghavan, Siddique and Nedumudy Venu in lead roles. Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone is also appearing in a cameo role in this movie. YouTube Screenshot
Novartis is splitting its pharmaceuticals division into two business units, one focused on cancer and the second on other drugs, while switching out its current pharma head in the second high-profile management reshuffle this year.David Epstein, the American head of Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a 27-year veteran with the group, will leave the company to “explore new challenges from the U.S.”, Novartis said.Epstein’s re-location to the United States implies he is not in the running to replace Andrew Witty as chief executive of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline next year, as some have speculated. GSK has said it expects to choose a new CEO towards the end of the 2016.Novartis’ reorganization of its main drugs unit, which accounts for about two-thirds of its $49 billion in annual sales, shows the growing importance of oncology to the company, after it bought GSK’s marketed cancer drugs for $16 billion last year.It comes as Novartis struggles with the patent expiration of blood cancer drug Glivec and slower-than-expected revenue from its new heart failure medicine, Entresto.Epstein is the second high-ranking Novartis official to exit within months. Ex-Hospira chief Michael Ball replaced Jeff George at the company’s struggling Alcon eye care business in January as its sales declined again.”Novartis expects this change to help drive our growth and innovation strategy, with an increased focus and improved execution,” the company said in a statement.”The new structure reflects the importance of oncology to Novartis following the successful integration of the oncology assets acquired from GlaxoSmithKline.”Industry analysts said the division should improve the transparency of the component parts of the drugmaker’s business and could help convince investors of the value of Novartis’ large oncology operations.Cancer drugs tend to enjoy high profit margins and the therapy area is highly valued by investors at present, thanks to recent advances in fighting the disease and the premium prices commanded by cancer treatments.”A split makes sense because oncology now has critical mass, following the GSK deal, and oncology is in many ways becoming a differentiated business from the rest of pharmaceuticals,” said Mick Cooper, an analyst at equity research firm Trinity Delta.HEART DRUG FALLS SHORTEpstein, who took over the pharmaceuticals division in 2010, will be replaced by two people.Paul Hudson, currently AstraZeneca’s North America head, will run the pharmaceuticals business, and Bruno Strigini, head of Novartis Oncology, will lead the newly created oncology business unit.A Novartis spokesman said on Tuesday the divisional reshuffle will not result in “big costs”, though he did not name a figure.Additionally, a small number of jobs will be moved as part of the changes to the Basel headquarters from Novartis facilities in New Jersey in the United States.An AstraZeneca spokesman said Hudson had made a positive impact during his time at the British company and his decision was a personal one. He declined to comment further.Novartis shares have fallen 16 percent this year, due in part to disappointment over the performance of Entresto, which had been hailed by Epstein as a breakthrough for heart failure but has fallen well short of sales expectations.Novartis still expects the drug will eventually top $5 billion in annual sales, but Epstein disappointed analysts earlier this year when he said 2016 sales would be just $200 million, far lower than estimates, as insurance companies resist paying and U.S. doctors are slow to prescribe.Novartis said last month it was increasing the marketing push behind Entresto and hiring more sales people to get over the slow take-up.Before taking over at Novartis Pharmaceuticals six years ago, Epstein was in charge of the group’s cancer portfolio. He originally joined Sandoz, one of the drug companies that merged to form Novartis, in 1989.
TransAsia Airways cancelled dozens of flights on Saturday, the first day of a pilot retraining programme, as rescuers retrieved five more bodies from the river in Taiwan where the plane crashed.Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) ordered all the airline’s staff who fly ATR planes to take tests on operating the aircraft after it emerged the pilots may have inexplicably shut off one of the engines before Flight GE235 went down last week. “Starting today, all of TransAsia’s 71 ATR pilots will undergo tests to be carried out by the CAA and third-party professional units for an estimated period of four days,” the carrier said in a statement. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“As a result, some of our domestic flights will be adjusted,” it said, explaining that 90 domestic flights will be cancelled by Monday.Pilots who fail the tests will be grounded immediately for an indefinite period of time pending further qualification training, according to the CAA.On Wednesday, a TransAsia ATR 72-600 plane plunged into a river in Taipei with 53 passengers and five crew members on board. Forty people were killed, fifteen survived and rescuers are still searching for another three who remain missing in the airline’s second deadly crash in seven months.Five bodies were found downstream of the crash site, including one in flight attendant’s uniform, during a blanket search of the river by hundreds of rescuers and divers today, Taipei city fire department said.
Posted by Tags: Avalon Waterways, India Tuesday, March 27, 2018 TORONTO — Avalon Waterways is adding the 56-passenger Ganges Voyager to its fleet starting in 2019, with an early booking bonus available now offering savings of up to $650 per person.The EBB applies to select 2019 departures.Built in 2015, the newest ship will be offered as part of a two week itinerary which also includes stays in deluxe hotels in Dehli, Agra, and Jaipur, says Avalon. The itineraries allow travellers to see some of India’s top attractions, including the Taj Mahal during a sunrise visit, before they board the Voyager in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).“This is going to be a wonderful way to experience India,” says Stéphanie Bishop of Avalon’s Canadian office. “Carefully-planned shore excursions and sightseeing followed by the best of Indian and Western dining on board in the company of new friends. And there is nothing better than the leisurely pace of a river cruise, where the scenery simply glides by.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe six-night cruises call at Kalna, Matiari, Murshidabad, Mayapur and Guptipara and then head back to Kolkata. Shore excursions included along the way showcase everything from gold and silversmith workshops, to a flower market, traditional sweet-making, a visit to Mother Theresa’s home, tea in a local home and more.The ship has 260-square-feet staterooms, a restaurant and bar/lounge, two small spa treatment rooms, a library and fitness room, a covered deck and open-air observation deck. WiFi will be free of charge and there’s a crew of 35.Avalon says there will be just seven departures in 2019, priced from $8,067 excluding airfare. The early booking bonus expires April 24. Travelweek Group Avalon Waterways to set sail on its newest river: The Ganges << Previous PostNext Post >>
Covius financial services mortgage 2018-10-11 Radhika Ojha Share October 11, 2018 599 Views LenderLive is Now Covius Holdings in Headlines, News, Technology Denver, Colorado-based provider of solutions, insight, and technology to financial services companies, LenderLive, has rebranded itself as Covius Holdings. LenderLive Holdings is the parent company of LenderLive Services,LenderLive Network, and Require Holdings. The company said that there would be no change to LenderLive Network, LLC, the private-label fulfillment subsidiary that Covius is selling to Computershare.“For twenty years, the LenderLive brand has been synonymous with outsourced private-label mortgage fulfillment,” said Rob Clements, Chairman, and CEO of Covius. “With the pending sale of our Network Division, we chose a new brand–Covius–that reflects our new strategic direction. In the past year, John Surface and I have refocused the company’s strategy on the services, information solutions, and technology that leading financial companies depend on to thrive in a highly competitive, highly regulated environment. Covius has been the name of our established SaaS development platform. It speaks to what we have built to date and points to the future state that we are working toward.”Giving examples of Covius’ solutions for the industry, John Surface, President, and CEO, of Covius said that the company provided:A SaaS platform used by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for its Mortgage Partnership Finance Program that significantly accelerates business processes while improving customer experience. The Covius solution lowered the average turnaround time by 30 percent while improving the accuracy rate in the process.Industry-leading regulatory monitoring and advisory programs in mortgage, automobile finance and consumer lending that can help lending institutions ensure compliance and be combined with document fulfillment services to deliver compliant, cost-effective, borrower communications.An end-to-end default management solution that’s proven to reduce defects in loss mitigation by over 40 percent.MortgageRamp, a SaaS application for loan boarding, pipeline management, vendor due diligence, buyer-seller communication, analytics, and reporting.Automated lien release tracking services relied upon by lenders, title companies, settlement service providers and attorneys nationwide.
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