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PwC says Canadian initial public offering market in 2018 totalled 22 billion

first_imgTORONTO — PwC says the initial public offering market in Canada totalled $2.2 billion last year, less than half of what was seen in 2017.The firm says in all of 2018 there were 54 new equity issues on four exchanges that generated a total of $2.2 billion.That compared with the $5.1 billion raised from 37 IPOs in all of 2017.The largest IPO of 2018 was the $462-million Ceridian HCM Holding issue of the second quarter.It was followed by MAV Beauty Brands with $241 million and AltaGas at $239 million.Dean Braunsteiner, national IPO leader at PwC Canada, says while cannabis firms grabbed the headlines, a surge of activity on the Canadian Securities Exchange and a return of junior miners to the markets were also notable developments of 2018. The Canadian Presslast_img

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Activist jailings blight Egypts march to democracy

first_imgCAIRO – The jailing of three activists has triggered fears in Egypt of a return to the police rule that blighted the Mubarak era, eroding gains made in the march towards democracy.On Sunday, a court jailed Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel to three years for organising an unauthorised protest in a verdict seen as the military-installed government broadening the crackdown on dissent.It was the first such verdict against pro-democracy protesters since the July 3 overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, whose Islamist supporters have borne the brunt of a deadly crackdown. The three and Alaa Abdel Fattah, a vocal critic of the police and the military detained on similar charges, were at the forefront of the movement that toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, beginning Egypt’s march towards democracy.But analysts say gains achieved since then are threatened by the targeting of such men and by other moves that could signal the return of a police state.Pursuing these activists “is a deliberate effort to target the voices who, since January 2011, have consistently demanded justice and security agency reform,” Human Rights Watch’s Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement.“Almost three years after the nationwide protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak, security agencies feel more empowered than ever and are still intent on crushing the right of Egyptians to protest the actions of their government.”Activists have lashed out at the authorities for arming themselves with a new law banning all but police-sanctioned protests, calling it an attempt to stifle freedom of expression — a core value in the fight that toppled Mubarak.The interim authorities justified the overthrow of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, as a response to massive protests against his turbulent year-long reign, which critics said was marked by power-grabs and economic mismanagement.More than 1,000 people have died in a crackdown on Morsi supporters and thousands have been arrested.The sentencing of Maher, Douma and Adel came days after Ahmed Shafiq, a premier under Mubarak, and the ousted strongman’s two sons were acquitted of corruption.That verdict underscores a sharp reversal of fortune not just for Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement, but for the pro-democracy movement itself.‘A significant step back’“These practices are far from the rule of law. In fact these practices are of a police state enforced more brutally than ever,” 14 Egyptian rights groups said in a joint statement.James Dorsey, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the Singapore-based S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “The jailing of activists is a significant step back in what Egypt has achieved since the toppling of Mubarak.“Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) verdict strengthens an atmosphere of caution, if not intimidation.”Dorsey said the regime is expanding the circle of people it is targeting beyond the Brotherhood.“It is signalling that it is not looking at broadening the rights and freedoms of the people,” he told AFP.Activists say the way the four were arrested, why they were detained, the acquittal of Shafiq and Mubarak’s sons and the midnight raid on an NGO last week to arrest Adel were all reminders of the Mubarak era.“In principle (the regime) is retaining an autocratic rule. This coupled with the protest law essentially means there is very little public space to express dissent,” Dorsey said.Experts now question the government’s intentions on the road map it announced to usher a democratic transition, the first step being the January 14 and 15 referendum on a new constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.Sunday’s verdict “is sabotage against the front that supports the road map,” said Hassan Nafea, professor of political science at Cairo University.He was referring to Maher’s April 6 youth movement which initially backed the road map after Morsi’s overthrow but on Sunday said it was withdrawing its support from the plan.“Now many questions are raised. Will the elections be free and democratic? Is Egypt heading towards a democracy?” asked Nafea.“The first test on the ground will be the referendum.”Dorsey remains hopeful, however.“The military… does not understand that in Egypt…there has been a fundamental shift. No matter what happens, people are willing to question. The regime can’t legislate away this fundamental shift,” he said.last_img read more

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Over 1600 refugees returned

Officials in the UN refugee agency said that many factors including medical and education facilities were found to be reasons behind the declining number of Sri Lankan nationals return to their native country. “Some of them postpone their applications saying that they don’t want to discontinue medical treatments and education here. But so far nobody had complained to us about ‘safety’ as reason for not returning to their country,” an official said. With monetary aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1,600 Sri Lankan Tamils living in Tamil Nadu as refugees have returned to their country so far since January 2012.According to the New Indian Express, officials of the UNHCR, who have their field office in the city, said that about 1,264 Sri Lankan Tamils, who were living in special camps across the State, had returned through voluntary repatriation to their country between January and December 2012. This year, about 350 refugees have returned so far. In Chennai there are two open refugees’ camps – in Gummidipoondi and Puzhal. About 1,670 refugees returned to their country in 2011 which was comparatively lesser than 2,040 persons in 2010 after the end of war in 2009. The UNHCR also conducts checks for the safety of the refugee back in his country. “Once a person expresses his willingness to return and applies to us, we check if the place they want to settle is safe. We also do random monitoring of these people after they return. But if they face any trouble upon their return, they get back to us,” an official explained.There are over 60,000 refugees from the island nation living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu which constitutes about 36 per cent of total number of refugees in the country. read more

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ExSubway pitchman Fogles appeal of sentence rejected

Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle’s appeal of sentence rejected INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court rejected former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s appeal of his sentence of more than 15 years in prison Thursday for child pornography offences and illicit sexual conduct with a child.A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 188-month sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis.Fogle, 38, pleaded guilty in November to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. That came four months after FBI agents raided his suburban Indianapolis home in an investigation that ended Fogle’s lucrative endorsement career with Subway, which started after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating Subway sandwiches.As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 12 1/2 years behind bars, and Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, argued Pratt abused her authority by giving him a sentence three years longer than that.Elberger argued before the appeals court that Pratt was unduly influenced by Fogle’s relationship with Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s foundation convicted of producing child pornography. Elberger also argued Pratt based its sentence on Fogle’s fantasies rather than his actual conduct and that she based the sentence on his acquisition and viewing of pornography depicting children as young as 6 years old.“In light of the district court’s sound exercise of discretion under the disturbing facts of this case, we uphold the above-guidelines sentence as substantively reasonable,” said the opinion written by Judge Joel Flaum.A message seeking comment was left for Elberger at his office.Fogle admitted that he paid for sex at New York City hotels with girls who were 16 or 17 years old and that he had received some child pornography produced by Taylor. Fogle also paid a total of $1.4 million to his 14 victims, with each getting $100,000.Fogle is serving his sentence at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver.Taylor, who headed the foundation Fogle started to fight childhood obesity, was sentenced in December to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say Taylor used hidden cameras in his Indianapolis-area homes to secretly video minors. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ohio State womens soccer slated for 2 Big Ten road games

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) advances the ball during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy ChiefComing off a season-high six goals in a senior day victory against Northwestern, the Ohio State women’s soccer team heads back on the road for two Big Ten games this weekend. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at No. 21 Nebraska Friday afternoon and Iowa Sunday.“(This) week’s games we just have to win,” freshman forward Nichelle Prince said. “We have to go in hard, we have to go in even harder than (last) week.”With just three games left in the regular season, OSU currently sits at 3-3-2 in Big Ten play, good for sixth best in the conference. The Buckeyes have scored 11 goals in their past three games, compared to just 18 goals in their first 13 games. Coach Lori Walker is hoping the offense continues its run but is also making sure the defense is getting attention, too.“Consistency is our challenge,” Walker said. “My hope is we didn’t expend all the goals left in the box (on Sunday). We’re going to continue to work on our defending and not giving away transition goals, kind of like we saw today.”Sitting atop the Big Ten standings is OSU’s Friday opponent, Nebraska, who is 7-1 in conference play. Two Nebraska forwards, senior Jordan Jackson and freshman Jaycie Johnson, each have seven goals on the year to lead the Huskers in scoring.“These are two tough games and two very important games,” Walker said. “Nebraska is playing extremely well, and it’s always hard to play Iowa at Iowa, so everyone counts.”Hawkeye sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark has shut out seven opponents, tied for the most in the Big Ten this season.OSU freshman midfielder Alexis Degler said for the Buckeyes to be successful, they need to keep their composure and concentrate on the task at hand.“We really need to keep our intensity level and just celebrate the game,” Degler said. “We just really need to bring that the rest of the time, and our soccer will come with it.”Friday’s match at Nebraska is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and Sunday’s match at Iowa is set to kick off Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

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Noisy bagpiper arrested on the Royal Mile for playing too loudly

However the incident prompted an immediate response online, with many criticising the authorities for “pandering to a tiny percentage of Edinburgh’s public”.Scott Cockburn wrote: “If you rent or buy in High St, do you think it’s a quiet flat? Ridiculous. Council should be representing majority and tourism rather than handcuffing pipers. Madness.”Marion McLaren, said it was “ridiculous” to use the hard-pressed resources of Police Scotland to chase buskers when the force did not “have enough officers and money to tackle real offences”.There was also some support for the action of the police, with Wes Murdiff saying that that in order for a yellow card for noise pollution to be served, personal details are required.He added: “To refuse to give your details is…obstructing a police officer during the course of their duties.” Police and the city council launched the card scheme last summer to help tackle anti-social behaviour, including excessive noise levels.One survey last year found Edinburgh was the fifth worst city in the UK for complaints about noise, with Kensington and Chelsea at the top of the list.Over 14,300 complaints were made in the Scottish capital between 2015 and August 2017.Joanna Mowat, a Tory councillor in the city centre, said at the time that the problem was how to “balance residents’ rights to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home with the desire to make Edinburgh a vibrant city”. He was cuffed by police in front of shocked tourists  Officers engaged with the buskers asking them to consider only playing on six days of the week to give local residents some respite on one dayPolice Spokesperson He was cuffed by police in front of shocked tourists  “On Sunday June 4 officers from the city centre Community Policing Team observed a bagpiper busking at Castlehill.“The noise level was clearly excessive. The busker concerned was told to stop playing and issued with a ‘yellow card’ warning which outlines the relevant legislation. A noisy bagpiper was arrested in front of shocked tourists after playing “too loudly” in the centre of Edinburgh.John McDonald was busking on the Royal Mile on Sunday, one of the city’s busiest tourist thoroughfares, leading from the castle to the Queen’s official residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.He was approached by officers as part of a crackdown on noisy street performances and warned about his sound levels.He is understood to have been arrested after refusing to give his details to officers from Police Scotland.A police spokesman said they actively encouraged responsible busking on a street that is popular with performers throughout the summer, especially during the city’s festivals in August.She added: “Police in Edinburgh have received complaints from local residents and a councillor about excessive noise from bagpipe buskers on the Royal Mile over the last month.“Officers engaged with the buskers asking them to consider only playing on six days of the week to give local residents some respite on one day. 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. “Once a recorded police warning has been issued, officers are required to record the busker’s details. The busker refused to comply with this and he was arrested. He was released later in the day.”Thomas Wilson, 28, another piper who saw Mr McDonald being detained, told the Sun the incident was “disgraceful”, adding: “None of us want hassle from the police.“When they asked him for his details he refused, rightly in my opinion as he had done nothing wrong.“Buskers on the Royal Mile know neighbours don’t always appreciate it so we try to keep the level below 80 decibels.“We all play with bagpipes that output at half level, that’s the noise of an ambient street. We are trying to respect the local businesses.” read more

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SEHA Round 13 Meshkov Brest win brings them closer to F4

7.Borac m:tel144010328 : 42012 8.Nexe13328361 : 38011 dejan manaskovdmitry kamyshnikLino CervarMeshkov BrestmetalurgRastko StojkovicSEHAzeljko babic 3.Meshkov Brest13904357 : 32627 5.Metalurg13742343 : 31125 1.CO Zagreb141112449 : 38334 Metalurg took an important point against Dinamo Minsk few days ago which secured them the L16 phase of the EHF Champions League, but the team could not cope with strong and motivated Meshkov Brest side on Tuesday. Meshkov Brest were leading throughout most of the game, and in the deservedly won with 27:24 (15:12). The victory now puts them on the 3rd place with 27 points, while Vardar is 4th with 25 points and a game in hand, while Metalurg are at 25 points as well, with four rounds left.Dmnitry Kamyshnik led home side with 6 goals from 11 shots, followed by recent arrival Rastko Stojkovic with 5 points from 7 shots. Dejan Manaskov was Metalurg’s best with 5 goals.STATISTICSSTANDINGS: 9.Lovćen153210388 : 45111 6.Vojvodina13508329 : 35415 2.Tatran Prešov131102459 : 36133 10.Partizan141013333 : 4053 4.Vardar12813352 : 30825 ← Previous Story Sebastian Skube to HC Dinamo Minsk Next Story → Miha Zvizej stays in FENIX Toulouse! read more

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Police draw parallels in Mall hit to botched metro bombing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police investigating a bomb that exploded on Sunday inside The Mall in Maroussi, north of Athens, injuring two people, have found similarities between the remnants of the device collected from the shopping center and a bomb used in a botched attack on an Athens metro train last February, Kathimerini understands.According to police sources, the composition of the two bombs and the methodology behind the two attacks were very similar. There had been no claim of responsibility for the Mall blast by late on Monday. A group calling itself the February 12 Movement claimed responsibility for planting an incendiary device on the seat of a train at Aegaleo metro station, west of Athens, in February last year. That device, which did not go off, comprised batteries, switches, a light bulb and 4 liters of flammable liquid. The bomb that went off at The Mall was said to be virtually identical except that instead of flammable liquid, the assailants had used 1.5 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (known as ANFO) and gelignite. Also found in the wreckage at The Mall were remnants of a pressure cooker, prompting police to probe possible connections with the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, a guerrilla group that used such utensils in some of its bomb attacks.A 29-year-old man believed to be a member of that group was released pending trial last week, prompting government officials to slam the judiciary for its handling of such cases.Police believe that there are links between the February 12 Movement and Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.But officers have not indicated that there is any connection between the attack at The Mall and last year’s attempted metro bombing. There are said to be indications, however, that the groups behind these attacks might have been guided by a common “command center” as is believed to have been the case with attacks carried out in 2010 and 2011 and claimed by Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire or Revolutionary Struggle.As regards the Mall bombing, police sources have indicated that closed-circuit television footage suggests that at least four people, including one woman, were involved in planting the device. CCTV footage reportedly shows a man wearing a woolen hat planting a package in a garbage can on the first floor of the complex.Police are also still investigating an armed attack on the offices of conservative New Democracy on January 14 by assailants wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a revolver. It appears that initial reports according to which one of the two assailants spotted at the scene had been carrying a rocket launcher were accurate.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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40 jours de sursis en plus pour les éléphantes tuberculeuses

first_img40 jours de sursis en plus pour les éléphantes tuberculeusesStéphane Le Foll a annoncé que le délai serait rallongé de 40 jours avant l’euthanasie de Baby et Népal. Soupçonnées d’avoir la tuberculose, ces deux éléphantes ont été condamnées par arrêté préfectoral en décembre dernier. Leurs supporters estiment qu’elles ne sont pas malades.Bonne nouvelle pour Népal et Baby ! Les deux éléphantes tuberculeuses du zoo de Lyon auront droit à un peu de répit. Selon l’Agence télégraphique suisse, le ministre de l’agriculture Stéphane Le Foll a annoncé dimanche qu’il rallongeait le sursis précédent qui devait se terminer aujourd’hui. Il s’est exprimé ainsi à la suite d’une rencontre avec Stéphanie de Monaco, une ardente défenseure de la cause des deux pachydermes.Propriété du cirque Pinder, les éléphantes vont ainsi disposer de 40 jours de plus afin de vérifier si elles sont oui ou non porteuses de la tuberculose. Elles sont en isolement depuis que cette maladie a emporté leur compagnon Java en août dernier. Conformément à la législation, le préfet du Rhône avait signé en décembre un arrêté d’euthanasie, une décision confirmée dans la foulée par le tribunal administratif de Lyon. La décision avait déclenché une levée de bouclier, menée en particulier par Brigitte Bardot.Le 17 février 2013 à 21:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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George RR Martin says books wont end like Game of Thrones

first_img TV and Movies Share your voice Will Arya and Jon have the same ending in George R. R. Martin’s book series as they did on the HBO show? Probably not. Helen Sloan/HBO HBO’s Game of Thrones battled its way to a controversial finale Sunday, but life in Westeros isn’t over. In addition to the various successor shows being planned, author George R.R. Martin is still working on two more books in the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired the hit fantasy show. And on Monday night, Martin assured fans the books won’t march in lockstep with the show.”How will it all end?” Martin wrote on his site, Not A Blog. “The same ending as the show? Different? Well … yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”Martin reminded readers that where the HBO series’ final season was limited to eight hours of screen time, he expects to have at least 3,000 manuscript pages in his final two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. 3 Originally published May 20. 57 Photos “There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books,” Martin wrote. “So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort.”But don’t argue with the man about whether the show or print ending is the real one. As he points out, Scarlett O’Hara of Gone With the Wind fame had three children in Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, and only one in the famed 1939 movie, and neither is the “right” number.”I’ll write it. You read it,” Martin wrote. “Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.” Martin wouldn’t give a date when he might finish The Winds of Winter.”I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself,” he wrote. “But I will finish it, and then will come A Dream of Spring.” Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today 187 Photos Review • MSI Wind See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos More on Game of Thrones MSI Wind Comments Tags Dragons fired up season 8: How Drogon and friends were made Finale reunites Jon Snow and Ghost for one pawfect scene Honoring Cersei Lannister, the best female TV villain in history The finale was so disappointing I actually miss the books Game of Throneslast_img read more

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MP urges Centre to set up KV Navodaya schools in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: Member of Parliament Manne Srinivas Reddy has demanded that the Centre established Kendriya Vidyalaya schools and Jawahar Navodaya Schools in Mahbubnagar district. The MP gave a representation to Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokrial recently in this regard and urged him to ensure that the school are established without delay. “At present we are having only one Kendriya Vidyalaya school in Mahbubnagar headquarters. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us It is catering to the needs of only those living in the local area. The people in Narayanpet, Kodangal and Makthal areas too are demanding for schools to ensure that their children get quality education, he said. He appealed to the Union Minister to to set up a second KV school in any of the three backward constituencies in the district. Similarly, there is only one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) School in Nagarkurnool district, he said, and urged the Union Minister to set up a second Navodaya school anywhere between Shadnagar and Devarkadra.last_img read more

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No suspicion of foul play in FrancoIrish teens death

first_imgMALAYSIA: A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said Thursday. Nora Quoirin, 15, is thought to have died two or three days ago after a week in the jungle, and there was no indication she was abducted or assaulted, police said, citing the results of an autopsy. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Her unclothed body was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in the dense jungle following a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, helicopters and sniffer dogs. She went missing from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on August 4, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family. Her family believed the teen, who had learning difficulties, had been abducted but police classified her disappearance as a missing person case. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Speaking after the post-mortem examination, Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters the teen suffered “bleeding in her intestines due to not eating” as well as “extreme stress”. “For the time being, there is no suspicion of foul play,” he said. She had some scratches on her body after days in the jungle but there was no indication she was sexually assaulted or kidnapped, he added. Advertise With Us Her body was airlifted by helicopter out of the ravine — about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the resort — and transported to a hospital in Seremban town where her relatives identified it. Medics conducted a long autopsy Wednesday, starting in the morning and only finishing late at night, as a media pack waited outside the hospital for news. ‘Unbearable’ loss In a statement released Wednesday by The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports relatives of British people missing overseas, her relatives said she was the “heart” of the family. “She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. “We will always love our Nora.” While insisting it was a missing person case, police vowed to investigate every angle. They questioned witnesses and investigated witness accounts of a truck heard early on the morning the girl disappeared. A group of volunteers who were part of the search and rescue team found the body after being tipped off by a member of the public. It was discovered in the official search zone, in an area that the team had previously covered. On Monday, the family had offered a 50,000 ringgit (USD 11,900) reward, donated by a Belfast business, for information that could lead to her return. The five-hectare (12-acre) resort where the teenager disappeared is next to a patch of thick jungle and in the foothills of a mountain range. Her family had said it was extremely unlikely the reserved youngster would have wandered off on her own. She had a condition known as holoprosencephaly, where the brain fails to develop normally. She had limited verbal communication and could only write a few words. She attended a school for young people with learning and communication difficulties.last_img read more

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RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 51.3090 rupees and the euro 67.9785 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 26, 2012) were 50.9055 rupees and 67.4035 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 80.7718 as against 81.3658 on the previous day (March 26, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 61.09 as against 62.13 the previous day.last_img

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Legislators Push To Redirect Auto Theft Prevention Funding Back To Agency

first_imgIn 2011, the Legislature raised the fee from $1 to $2 and dedicated half to the authority and half to the state’s general revenue fund, but four years later, lawmakers were siphoning off most of the new money too: 2015 numbers show that of the $42 million collected for auto theft prevention, the authority received less than $15 million.State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches authored House Bill 652 to give the full $2 to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and shield it from other uses. “The simple fact remains that this is a worthwhile program and we collect the fees,” Clardy said. “I’ve got this crazy notion that if we collect a fee for a particular purpose, we ought to actually spend the money for that purpose.”Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who authored a similar bill in the Senate, chastised those in charge of appropriations for not allocating auto theft prevention funding as originally intended.“For years, those in control of the Capitol have misled the public and deprived funding to important state programs by hoarding dedicated taxes and fees that are used to help balance the budget — and the ABTPA revenue is a classic example,” Watson said in an email. “ABTPA hasn’t received its full appropriation since 1997 because budget-writers have relied upon the revenue to help pay for general revenue-related expenses.” Both bills were left pending in committee.Supporters of the bill argue auto theft is connected to many other types of crime and is intertwined with border security problems as well. Lt. Mike Rodriguez, commander of the Laredo Police Department Auto Theft Division, said though Laredo was the No. 1 city for automobile theft in 2009, the city was able to drop ten spots in National Insurance Crime Bureau rankings by the next year. In the most recent statistics, Laredo ranked 137th in the nation.Rodriguez credits ABTPA grants — $635,000 a year to pay the salaries of five investigators and a supervisor — for the drop in auto theft. The police department is required to match 20 percent of the grant, and the city of Laredo provides even more money.Rodriguez said the money is crucial for the task force, which receives anywhere from 30 to 40 new auto theft cases a week.“The investigator has five days a week to go find video, interrogate suspects, find suspects, find evidence,” he said. “It’s a lot to handle, and the person who will suffer [if funding is cut] is the victim.”Lt. Tommy Hansen, who serves on the authority’s board of directors, said the agency has already lost 30 investigators statewide out of 222 total, and under current budget proposals are poised to lose between six and 20 more. The House budget proposes a 4 percent cut to appropriations for ABTPA, while the Senate proposes a 10 percent cut.Meanwhile, Hansen said the authority’s responsibilities have grown. Before 2009, the Department of Public Safety oversaw auto inspections to check for stolen parts and legitimate VIN numbers, with investigators dedicated specifically to that task. When DPS merged its specialized units, it lost many of its auto theft inspectors and had to shift responsibility to the task forces funded by ABTPA.In 2006, the authority was also given an unfunded mandate to investigate burglary of motor vehicles cases. And the whole time, Hansen said, the state froze their money while the agency lost people. That’s why Hansen is frustrated that lawmakers are proposing further cuts to the authority’s budget. Tim Park for The Texas TribuneEvery year, Texans pay a $2 fee toward auto theft prevention on their automobile insurance, but most of the money isn’t going to the agency it’s being collected for. Instead, the Legislature has used much of the money to help balance the budget.The Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority is funded through those insurance fees and gives grants to task forces and law enforcement agencies focused on reducing vehicle theft. But the agency lost its dedicated fund — which set aside money solely for its functions — in 1997, when the Legislature began diverting the money for other purposes. “The money is there [through auto insurance fees],” Hansen said. “That’s the frustrating thing.”Clardy agreed. “This is a real moneymaker for the state. It deters crime, helps citizens recover their stolen property, helps our law enforcement solve crimes.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/09/legislators-push-redirect-auto-theft-prevention-funding-back-agency/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

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Sports Monday World Cup And Astros At The AllStar Break

first_img X 00:00 /07:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen The Houston Astros have reached the Major League Baseball All-Star Break in first place in the American League West, poised to return to the post-season and defend the ball club’s world championship, but not before several Astros try to make their mark at Tuesday’s All Star Game in Washington, D.C.We discuss that and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia magazine. Sharelast_img

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Between heaven and earth

first_imgSandwiched between heaven and earth, crowned with sanctity, greened by acres of sacred groves, there is a place whose beauty is parallel to none. Sammed Shikharji transcends the superlatives of scenic beauty with its stunning scenery. What could be a better treat for the senses of devotees who take up this venerable pilgrimage in the Jain faith? This ancient tirth is considered the holiest since 20 out of the 24 Tirthankars attained Nirvana here. To revive the memory of this holy place of Jainism and to tell the story of Jain Saints in the form of pictures, Varun Joshi has come up with a coffee table book on the famous pilgrimage site of the Jains. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sammed Shikharji, meaning vulnerable peak, is nestled on the Parasnath Hill in Girdih district of Jharkhand and it is believed that a visit to this sacred place destroys bad karma and eliminates troubles. The picturesque land is dotted with several temples, each important in its own right. The land of penance and nirvana, Shikharji is surrounded by the Madhuban forest and cradled by yawing valleys. This is where the 27km ascent starts for the pilgrimage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe experience of the pilgrimage and the unmatched beauty that surrounds the holy place has been captured in its most pristine and exquisite form by photographer Varun Joshi in his book Shikharji. To have undertaken the arduous pilgrimage and come back with stunning shots is no mean feat! Each image in his book brings to life the elements at their glorious best – like the silence of the forests, the chill at the peaks, the smell of wood, the sacred air and much more. The pictures are rife with stories of grandeur, fortitude and the sacred. His book is the only book that has ever featured Shikharji so perfectly. The coffee table book which covers the age old temples, other monumental wonders, the greater thinkers and above all the unique tenants of the faith has been sponsored by the Jain body- Paras Foundation.Varun Joshi has several coffee table books to his credit, but he considers this book as the most enriching experience. The pictures are a mere reflection of what I saw there, but what I experienced cannot be interpreted in any image’, says the photographer who is scaling new heights with every passing book. The book is so popular among Jains that it’s 1,000 copies have been sold already and 5,000 more copies are under print. His previous coffee table books include Jainism (Digambar), Jainism (Swetambar), Hyderabad, Pushkar, Digah, Dilwara (Mount Abu) and Brij. A coffee table book on Telangana is also under publication.last_img read more

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Compassion leads to more help less punishment

first_imgCompassion shapes our behaviour towards a person wronged and a wrongdoer and may lead us to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer, researchers have found.According to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, a new set of studies suggests that compassion — and intentionally cultivating it through training —impacts the extent to which people punish the transgressor.“Any action — helping or punishing — can arise from compassion, which involves at least two components: a ‘feeling’ component of empathic concern and caring for the suffering of another; and a cognitive, motivational component of wanting to alleviate that suffering,” said lead researcher Helen Weng. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the findings said understanding what motivates people to be altruistic can not only inform our own behaviours, it may also play a role in creating more just societal institutions, including the legal and penal systems.These findings are built upon previous work by Weng and others, which demonstrates that as little as two weeks of compassion training can result in measurable changes in the brain.These previous studies measured altruistic behaviour in research subjects but did not separate helping and punishing behaviour to learn which is most related to compassion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo answer this question, the investigators tested whether compassion was related to helping or punishment in two studies where participants played the “Helping Game” or “Punishment Game”, using real money they could keep at the end of the game.In both games, participants watched through online interactions as one player with more funds chose to split an unfair amount of money with another player with no funds.In the Helping Game, the third-party observers could choose to do nothing or give some of their own funds to “help” the victim.In the Punishment Game, the third-party observers could choose to do nothing or “punish” the transgressor by spending their own funds to take money away from the wrongdoer.“People with higher empathic concern were more likely to help the victim than punish the transgressor. “But, interestingly, within the group of people who decided to punish the transgressor, those with more empathic concern decided to punish less,” Weng noted after the studies.last_img read more

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Get Googles New Daydream VR Headset for Only 50

first_img 4 min read January 20, 2017 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Welcome to TechBargains’ Weekly deals, where they feature the best deals on electronics, computers, TVs and more. Act fast as stock is limited and these discounts will not last.Vizio 60″ E-Series 4K UltraHD 120Hz LED HDTV (E60-E3) for $699.99 (Orig. $969.99)For well under $1,000, you can get this big 60″ Vizio TV upgrade in time for the Super Bowl. Vizio has quickly become one of the most popular brands of TVs for their high qualities featured at aggressive prices. Vizio’s new Smartcast app will let you stream from your smartphone, watch blur free action with the 120Hz refresh rate and rest assured your TV won’t go out of date with 4K resolution. A similarly configured TV from Samsung could easily cost you more than $1,000.Google Daydream View VR Headset for $49.99 (Orig. $79.99)VR gaming headset can cost well upward of $500 however you can now get the Google’s more accessible VR headset for only $50. It will work with any Daydream-enabled smartphones so that you can experience VR immersive games, movies, and more.Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Kaby Lake 1080p 13.3″ Laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and InfinityEdge Display for $899.99 (Orig. $1099.99)Use code: 100off999. At only 2.8lbs this is one of the sleekest and best reviewed PC laptops you can get. It has excellent build quality, plenty of power and unlike Apple you wouldn’t be out a month of rent trying to pay for it.QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds In-Ear Headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 for $35.99 (Orig. $49.99)Use code: FMZ98NNK. If you want the sleekness of Apple’s AirPods without the $160 price tag then consider this well-reviewed copycat from QCY. They feature the newest Bluetooth 4.1 standard, 12-hours of talk or playtime and even include a storage case when not in use.Naipo Shoulder Massager with Shiatsu Kneading Massage and Heat for $35.99 (Orig. $69.99)Use code: NaipoGF1. After a tiring, stressful day, nothing beats a good neck massage. At $35 this is a steal compared to more recognizable brands that can cost upward of $90. We’ve gifted these for multiple holidays and they are a present that still sees use year after year.Dell WD15 Dual-Monitor USB Type-C Laptop Dock w/ 130W Adapter + $50 Dell Gift Card for $129.99 (Orig. $199.99)Getting the productivity from two monitors is difficult for any laptop without a dock. Thankfully Dell has a dock that will work for any laptop including Apple MacBooks through the USB Type C port. For any other PC you can connect through the far more common VGA or HDMI. At $130 not including the gift card it is one of the best prices on a docking station that will work with newer laptops with the newest USB type C.TriggerPoint GRID 13″ Extra Firm Foam Roller $27.49 (Orig. $54.99)Foam rollers are all the rage to aid in muscle recovery, loosen tight muscles and improve flexibility. We use one of these daily to help with tight quads and shoulder muscles from sitting more than eight hours straight. These GRID foam rollers are more compact, denser and contain a grid pattern to help roll through muscle kinks.For more great deals go to TechBargains.comDisclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Today, GE offers it on the all-new Vivid E9 in a single heartbeat. The company said this was made possible by the Vivid E9’s new engine, which is eight times more powerful than its predecessor. Its 4D Virtual Store uses image pointers to help users better manage the large data sets 4D imaging provides. With the push of a button, “One touch Easy 4D” automatically crops away the full volume and gives the user the requested view. The Vivid E9 marks GE’s maiden voyage into true 4D stress echo, the company said. Using new scan assist technology, users can acquire single cycle or multi cycle full volumes in any variation of traditional, multi dimensional or full volume views. Vivid E9’s templates for both exercise and pharmacologic stress tests are all fully customizable, GE stated. Vivid E9’s Accelerated Volume Architecture (AVA) makes single beat acquisition possible, and alongside extended signal transducer technology in each probe, it delivers a leap in 2D, 4D and shared service image quality, the company said. The new M5S transducer takes the matrix array technology and marries this with single crystal technology to reportedly provide better endocardial definition, texture, and crisper valves across a wider range of frequencies than traditional transducers. The Vivid E9 is also 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the Vivid 7. It also has a one touch access for the electronic keyboard and touch panel and another touch adjusts the height and position, instantly. GE also announced at AHA the delivery of the 5,000th unit in the Vivid compact ultrasound family. GE engineers said they took the advanced features of Vivid i and expanded them with enhanced exceptional imaging and new quantification tools. The result is the all-new Vivid q cardiovascular ultrasound system for portable echocardiography. It can be used to diagnose cardiovascular anatomy and LV.The Vivid q features new image quality enhancements migrated from the Vivid 7, including the M4S transducer. The matrix probe technology with the M4S transducer allows electronic beam focusing in three dimensions, enabling higher image quality levels, the company said. Designed specifically for the Vivid q, AutoEF is a new automated ejection fraction measurement program that works alongside the AFI (automated function imaging) feature, migrated from Vivid 7. Tissue synchronization imaging (TSI) including quantitative analysis represents parametric imaging modes to help physicians see quantitative information in moving two-dimensional images. GE’s Vivid i and Vivid q systems now offer intracardiac echo (ICE) technology, providing real-time image guidance and visualization of anatomical structures to help clinicians increase their confidence when performing complex electrophysiology and interventional cardiology procedures. 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