Military Consumer Protection Awareness

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonMilitary Consumer Protection Day, on July 15, brought together several military and financial organizations who are supporting military families by providing resources to protect against fraud.Military families are too often victims of financial fraud. Deployments and frequent moves make the military community vulnerable targets, but there are so many protective measures available. Tips, resources and expertise were shared by financial and military support organizations during a July 15 Twitter Chat.Connect with the Personal Finance team on Twitter by following us @MFLNPF.last_img read more

17,000 Farmer Suicides

first_imgMore than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The Tata Institute of Social Sciences estimates that 150,000 farmers have killed themselves during the past decade, principally over apprehensions about losing their land over unpaid debt.India has one of the world’s highest rates of suicide. The NCRB study found that 127,151 people took their own lives in 2009. Non governmental organizations estimate that many suicides are never recorded in official databases.Accidental Deaths in India  Heat Strokes  LightningDrowning Electrocution Pit/Manhole Falls Gas Cylinder Burst Animal AttacksSnake/Animal BitesTraffic Accidents  1,0712,11325,9118,5391,8264,1279628,035152,689Maharashtra accounts for almost a sixth of all accidental deaths in India. However, Puducherry, followed by D & N Haveli and Chhatisgarh have the highest rate of accidental deaths. West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh states reported the highest numbers of suicides in the country, although the rate was highest in Punducherry, Sikkim and the Andoman & Nicobar Islands.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Hockey is not our national game, says Sports Ministry in reply to an RTI query

first_imgChildren in school learn that hockey is the national game of India. It is also there in any book of general knowledge. Even in competitive examinations, an aspirant is expected to know that hockey is our national game. But now the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has replied to an RTI query that India has not notified any national game as such. Ten-year-old Aishwarya Parashar had asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) when the government of India had notified hockey as a national game.But SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs has replied that there was no such record available in his archive.”I haven’t come across any official order or notification in the ministry saying that hockey is our national game. It is known to be a national game in general parlance,” Tomar has stated.”I had asked the government when hockey was notified as national game. The question assumes significance in the backdrop of the fact that we have been learning since Class I that hockey is our national game. We attach this game with our nationalism and take pride in the fact that Indian hockey team has been the most successful in the history of Olympics. We have won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics in past,” Aishwarya said.”Interestingly, the government of India website calls hockey our national game but as per the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs, India has no national game as such,” she said.advertisementPreviously, Aishwarya, a Class VI student, had also brought to the knowledge of the people that Mahatma Gandhi was never identified by the Government of India as Father of the Nation.In reply to her RTI query to the PMO in March this year, she was informed that as per the public records in the National Archives of India, there was no specific document to support the popular claim that the government had bestowed on Gandhi the honour of Father of the Nation.last_img read more

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first_imgGanguly to attend MCC World Cricket Committee Meeting Kolkata, Jun 29 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will head to London to attend MCCs World Cricket committee meeting at the Lords on July 3 and 4. Inclusion of cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players pay dispute and the concept of four-day Test will be discussed among other things in meeting. The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has already said “time is right” for Twenty20 crickets bid for the Olympics. “We need to make a decision by July so we can make an application in time for September, when, as I understand it, the (International Olympic Committee) will consider new sports for 2024,” Richardson had said. The decision for the host city of the 2024 Games, either in Paris or Los Angeles, is due in September 2017. “BCCI is not keen on bringing Twenty20 to Olympics. This has been previously discussed,” Ganguly who will leave for London on July 2 said on the sidelines of his reality show Dadagiris TV shoot here. BCCI may have to give up its member autonomy should they join Olympics, which is one of its objections as they have kept away from the Indian Olympic Association as well as the sports ministry. Ganguly further said he may meet Sachin Tendulkar in London and would invite him for Dadagiri. “I would like to see Amitabh Bachchan and Tendulkar on the sets of Dadagiri. I will ask him, if I happen to meet him,” Ganguly said. The duo are members of the Cricket Advisory Committee as the coach appointment may also come up for discussion. Richardson will address the WCC members on the opening day and discuss on ICC matters that will include ICC and revenue sharing agreements, expansion of Full Membership to Afghanistan and Ireland (plus ICC Global Event qualification). The 6.3 and 6.4 agenda mention about Olympics and the future of Tests — Championship, Day-Night and four-day format. Technology in cricket — DRS, calling of no-balls by the third umpire, Australian players pay dispute and corruption in cricket will be up for discussion in the second session of first day. On the last day, there will be discussion on Indian cricket administration, Commonwealth tour to Pakistan while English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow will present the current players view. PTI TAP KHS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

AIFF rules breach Sports Code, HC sets aside Patels election

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) The rules of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) are in breach of the National Sports Code and Model Guidelines, the Delhi High Court has said while setting aside the election of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the sports body.Patel, a former minister of civil aviation and heavy industries, was elected for a four-year term in December last year along with the Executive Committee for 2017-2020, after the high court had, as an interim measure, vacated the stay on the polls on the ground that the result could be subject to the final outcome of the issue pending before it.The detailed order, which was pronounced on October 31, was made available on the courts website today.The court had appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct the fresh polls to the sports body.”The court is of the view that insofar as the Rules of the AIFF are in breach of the National Sports Code and the Model Guidelines for the conduct of elections, the results of the elections of the AIFF declared on December 21, 2016 would have to be set aside,” a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Nazmi Waziri said.It further directed that the fresh elections should be held in accordance with the Model Guidelines.The bench said the administrator should conduct the elections by resolving the issue of disaffiliation of members/ units of AIFF as on November 30, 2016 and prepare the electoral list within a month by giving two weeks notice to the parties.advertisement”Elections shall be held in six weeks after preparation of the electoral college. This elected body shall carry out the requisite amendments to the AIFF Constitution to bring it in conformity with the National Sports Code.”Once the AIFF Constitution has been amended, a fresh round of elections shall be carried out in terms of the National Sports Code, to ensure that age and tenure restrictions, along with the provision for due representation of the sports persons, are strictly complied with,” it said.The bench said till the elections are conducted and the results declared in consonance with the National Sports Code and in compliance with its directions, the AIFF should not make any new financial commitments, except with the administrators prior approval.The court passed the interim order on an application by the AIFF seeking vacation and modification of its December 15 last years order staying the election process.The AIFFs application was filed in a pending petition of advocate Rahul Mehra contending that the elections of the federation were held contrary to the National Sports Code.The National Sports Code is a set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2011 to ensure that National Sports Federations (NSFs) dependent on government funding are made accountable and transparent.Mehra had contended that while the Code made it mandatory for each candidate to be nominated by a member association and seconded by another, the AIFF had stipulated that each candidate was to be nominated by five member associations.On this, the court said the nominations would be required to be proposed and seconded by one member association each and with clear notice, as required by the Model Election Guidelines read with the AIFF rules. PTI SKV HMP PPS ARClast_img read more

14 things to look forward to do in Punjab

first_imgFood and entertainment Entertainment has a new address at Flyp@MTV Cafe – a chain of MTV themed cafes across the region. Viacom 18 consumer products in association with Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd has launched this one-of-its-kind concept cafe that promises to be a gastronomic treat. A unique facet of this,Food and entertainment  Entertainment has a new address at Flyp@MTV Cafe – a chain of MTV themed cafes across the region. Viacom 18 consumer products in association with Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd has launched this one-of-its-kind concept cafe that promises to be a gastronomic treat. A unique facet of this cafe is that it allows people to work during the day and turns into a party spot at night. Think of the travel time you get to save by working and chilling at the place. With quirky interiors and colourful installations the place has a stage where artists perform at night. The stage is actually a truck that reflects the distinct personality of Chandigarh.  We Recommend  A fantastic menu curated and conceptualised by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar combines global trends with a distinctly ‘Chandigarhian’ flavour. You will find mouthwatering dishes such as Amritsari fish, samosa chaat salad, black miso chicken tikka and nalli nihari on the menu.The extensive list also boasts of crispy burgers, pizzas and Asian one bowl meals. The bar menu has offbeat cocktails such as Bass Rani (inspired by EDM artiste Nucleya), Sufiyana Dil-a boozy concoction of dill, green apple and coconut, tequila-based Tamarind Zinger Imli Ka Buta and a coffee-based vodka drink Jay C to name a few. The cafe also provides an opportunity for youngsters to experience MTV in its entirety. Meal For Two Rs 2,000At SCO 47, Sector 26, Chandigarh TEL 4609447By Preet Onkar SinghPinjore Heritage Festival at Pinjore.2. Culture DoseOrganised by Haryana tourism, the Pinjore Heritage Festival is back wi ts traditional touch and is a tribute the Mughal Gardens that are decke up with platforms, flowers and light. On December 15 to 17 At Pinjore Gardens Tel 2702955advertisement3. Salsa Jam  Get ready for a salsa party of dancers, by dancers and for dancers. This salsa jam will be in pairs and will make you dance on a fast paced song for you to show all your moves. Lift and groove on DJ Mad B aka Madhav Banati’s eclectic mix of salsa, bachata, kizomba and jive.At Barcode IXC, Industrial Area Phase-1, Chandigarh On December 17 Time 7.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entry Free Tel 7087420933Zakir Khan live in Amritsar.4. Laugh out loud Zakir Khan has been through everything-love, relationship and surviving as a small fish in a big pond-and is all set to share his comic perspective on his life experiences.On December 23 At Guru Nanak Bhawan, Makka Singh Colony, Amritsar Time 7 p.m. Price Rs 799 to 1,299 Tickets insider.in5. Fun & funny Listen to Ranchi boy Kishore Dayani talk about the lives of Biharis and Sindhis, how marriage marred him, and laugh while he discusses his two favourites, his dog and Salman Khan.On December 10  At Xtreme Sports Bar & Grill, Sector 22 C Time 8 p.m. Tickets BookMyShow and Insider.in Price Rs 500Enjoy your Christmas spread at Kitchen at 95.6. Merry time There isn’t a better time to give your kitchen a break and dine at your favourite restaurants where a festive food spread awaits you. Have a sumptuous Christmas Eve dinner and celebrate the Yuletide spirit with traditional specialities such as roasted turkey, chestnut stuffing, stolen and mince. On December 24 At Kitchen at 95, Hyatt Regency,Ludhiana Price Rs 5,000 for two Tel 8284000249 7. Stay cosy Winters are here so it’s time to shop for some new woollens to keep yourself snug in style. Wool Expo unveils Kashmiri hand embroidered suits, shawls, jackets, kullu kinnauri and chamba ladakhi shawls in 100 percent wool, yak wool and rabbit wool. On December 8 to 18 At Kisan Bhawan, Sector 35, Chandigarh.8. Party season  Revellers have a reason to rejoice this festive season. Party with your pet at the pet-friendly Christmas-eve brunch and enjoy a lavish buffet spread, Christmas theme cocktails and live band. On December 23 At Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chandigarh Price Rs 2,000 per couple and Rs 3,000 per entry9. Shopping haven  A fashion and lifestyle trunk show titled Wedding Wows, will be showcasing trends by high-end designers. Indo-western dresses and runway styles will be some of the highlights.On December 9 and 10 b J.W. Marriott, Chandigarh Time 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Kasol Music Festival.10. A musical cocktail of nature and notes  It’s no secret that the Parvati valley circuit is the perfect brew to calm an agitated soul. The crisp unpolluted mountain air makes the place the ‘Amsterdam of India’. Add in some music and company of friends and the result is as good as it gets.This winter, head to Kasol Music Fest that follows a 100 percent drug-free policy and beckons you to immerse yourself in the cocktail of music and nature. This live psy-trance musical extravaganza promises sheer enjoyment at one of the most serene environment in Himachal Pradesh as DJs promise to stimulate every nerve in the body with diverse genres of live music booming against mountain sides. And all this comes with mouth-watering cuisines that will elevate your tastebuds and your state of mind. advertisementShijin of Travamigo, a travel partner for the Kasol Music Festival, insists that the festival will be a never-before-seen interaction with music with more than 10 artists, natural shaded dance floor, secluded private farm venue with magical forest, flea market, a riverside gateway in the Himalayas, walkway through forest and big open spaces, leisure activities, live painting, fireworks and bonfire evenings.More to do here Opt for a trek to Chalal/Malana/Tosh/Kheer Ganga or explore the Parvati valley. Chill out at Israeli cafes, immerse yourself in the spirituality of the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, party at the Himalayan Psy Festival. On December 29 to January 2 Price Early bird pass details One day entry pass Rs 700, Two days entry pass Rs 1,000By Sukant Deepak11. Art attack Artists specialising in painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, drawing, and mix media will be showcasing their talent at the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi that has invited entries for its Annual Art Exhibition. At Lalit Kala Akademi, PunjabKala Bhawan, Rose Garden, Sector 16, ChandigarhTel 277147212. Dig in  Enjoy a culinary theatre every Sunday at Cafe@JW with interactive food stations that offer everything from pani puri to flavoursome Swiss cheese fondue.At JW Marriott, Sector 35, Chandigarh Time 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Price Rs 1,400 per headAnnual Art Exhibition at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi.13. A bibliophile’s paradise  The Hedgehog Cafe gives you two of the most important things for millennial — books and coffee. Warm, cosy and casual is how you will describe Chandigarhs latest offering. The no-fuss atmosphere and slow pace of The Hedgehog Cafe will keep you coming back for its massive collection of books and aromatic coffee. From drama, romance and mystery to science fiction and horror, there is a book for every bibliophile. The cafe has a bookshelf that spans from floor to ceiling, comfortable seating with multicoloured couches, and is differently lit for various zones. For readers who would not like to put down an unfinished book, you get to take it home by paying a small sum as security deposit. The cafe also caters to people who like to work in isolation and doubles up as a work station with its computers, printer and free wi-fi. While the unique book-inspired menu is divided into chapters for easy reference, the dishes are named after iconic movie and book characters. You’ll find a Moby Stick in the starters (after Moby Dick), and Gone Grill (after Gone Girl) under the grills section. The shakes are mentioned in the Bridget Jones’ s Diarychapter and coffees under the coffee-maker. Coffee fans must not miss the cappuccino tart.Meal for Two Rs 1,200 advertisementAt SCF 12, Sector 7 C, ChandigarhBy Sukant Deepak14. Weekend blast Daudta Punjab and Department of Forests and Wildlife Preservation’s Siswan Trail Challenge, timed 5 km and 10 km, is set in the foothills of Shivalik. The idea is to introduce trail running to the public and promote eco-tourism. On December 17 At Siswan, Mohali Time  8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.last_img read more

Man Utd ‘second level’ in CL – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Man Utd and Premier League teams are second level in Champions League – Mourinho Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 16:13 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Real Madrid Bayern München Chelsea Barcelona Liverpool Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur José Mourinho The Red Devils boss feels English clubs are focused on just qualifying for the last 16, while the big boys are just warming up for the knockout rounds Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the English teams in the Champions League this year are “second level” to clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Mourinho watched his side cruise to a 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford in their Group A opener on Tuesday, though he was not impressed with United’s performance, criticising them for not doing a thorough and professional job.Man Utd 10/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Chelsea were the other English side in action on matchday one, thumping Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag 6-0 at home, while Manchester City and Liverpool face Feyenoord and Sevilla, respectively, on Wednesday.Mourinho does not rate the chances of any of them winning the competition particularly highly, though, suggesting that, while the Premier League sides are giving the Champions League their all, Madrid, Barca and Bayern are just “warming up” and benefit from having a winter break.He told reporters: “I think the Champions League for these teams [big European sides] that you are speaking, and for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, I think for these teams the Champions League starts in February.”Now is just the warming up and in February when us English teams, we are trying to survive after the winter period, they will be fresh and ready after these warm-ups.”For them this is a warm-up. I think we [English teams] are in the second level. And the second level is ‘let’s qualify’.”Let’s get the points to qualify for the knock-out phase and when we do that, if we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.”last_img read more

Another Big Name Emerges In Louisville’s Head Coaching Search

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville is currently searching for a new head football coach, as the Cardinals announced this morning that Bobby Petrino had been fired following a 2-8 start to the season, capped with a blowout loss to Syracuse.“We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historically at UofL during his two separate tenures here,” athletic director Vince Tyra said in a release. “However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around.“I did not have the confidence that it was going to happen next season without a change and it needs to start happening now. We expect to determine a new head coach soon to restore our football program to national prominence.”Who is Louisville going to target to replace Petrino?One name is standing out – Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, a Louisville native.“1st name obviously to come up will be former Louisville QB and current Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm,” tweeted ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.1st name obviously to come up will be former Louisville QB and current Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm. https://t.co/4Ex85qtkkc— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 11, 2018What if Brohm says no, though? Who will Louisville go after then?Another ACC head football coach is reportedly a possible candidate.Syracuse head coach Dino Babers has been mentioned for several bigger jobs. Perhaps he would be enticed by the Cardinals.Via @jdemling, if Jeff Brohm were to say thanks but no thanks to Louisville, Dino Babers(!) is the name to watch.— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) November 11, 2018It’s unclear if Babers is interested in leaving Syracuse at the moment – he has the Orange ranked inside the Top 15 and playing for a New Year’s Day bowl game – but Louisville is the bigger program.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Puerto Rico Returning to Top International Spring Break Destinations List

first_imgRichmond, VA, February 27, 2019 – Puerto Rico has officially made a comeback, with enough Americans traveling there to earn it the fifth most popular spot on the Top International Spring Break Destinations list, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance and assistance company. The island droppedoff the list in 2018 as it recovered from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Reappearing on the 2019 Top 10 Spring Break Destinations list is Salt Lake City, Utah, where skiers are heading to get in a few more runs this season. For travelers seeking sunny beaches, Florida continues to dominate the Top 10 list, with Tampa re-joining Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers in the rankings. Orlando and Cancun maintain their number one spots as most popular domestic and international destinations, respectively. Allianz Global Assistance’s review of trips* planned for the Spring Break season – February 22, 2019 through April 21, 2019 – for travel between five and eight days in length found that Orlando (7.9 percent) was the number one domestic destination for Spring Breakers. Following in popularity are Phoenix (5.4 percent), Las Vegas (4.3 percent), New York (4.1 percent), Los Angeles (3.9 percent), Fort Lauderdale (3.9 percent), Fort Myers (3.6 percent), Miami (3.4 percent), Salt Lake City (2.9 percent) and Tampa (2.8 percent). Internationally, the top two destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (11.8 percent) and San Jose Del Cabo (6.9 percent) leading the list. The next most popular destinations are Nassau, Bahamas (5.9 percent), which jumped from seventh last year to the top three; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (5.6 percent); San Juan, Puerto Rico (5.0 percent); Oranjestad, Aruba (4.8 percent); Higuey, Dominican Republic (4.7 percent); Montego Bay, Jamaica (4.2 percent); Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (3.5 percent); and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (3.2 percent). “Americans are once again spending their travel funds in Puerto Rico, which has made an impressive comeback as it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Wherever you’re heading this year, sudden illness, storms or other circumstances can unexpectedly get in the way of your vacation. Travel insurance can provide peace-of-mind and may reimburse your investment in the case of delays or cancellations, making for a stress-free spring break.” The Allianz findings also show the most popular flight days for Spring Break travel in 2019. The busiest domestic travel day (3.6 percent) is February 28, and March 16 (4.4 percent) for international flights. Most Spring Break travelers are spending five days in domestic destinations (31 percent) and eight in international (52 percent). Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. 2019 RankDomestic CityRank Change from 2018International CityRank Change from 20181Orlando0Cancun, Mexico02Phoenix0San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico03Las Vegas+2Nassau, Bahamas+44New York+3Puerto Vallarta, Mexico-15Los Angeles+3San Juan, Puerto RicoN/A6Fort Lauderdale-2Oranjestad, Aruba07Fort Myers-1Higuey, Dominican Republic-38Miami1Montego Bay, Jamaica-39Salt Lake CityN/AProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos-110TampaN/AGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands-1  Allianz Global Assistance USA  Allianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.   To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.last_img read more

Barge that disappeared from Labrador coast turns up in waters off Ireland

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A barge that disappeared off the coast of Labrador six months ago has turned up bobbing in waters 3,000 kilometres away.The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Ballyglass, Ireland, says a crew received a call to secure the barge and bring it to shore after it was spotted by a local fishing vessel.Upon locating the wayward platform, crews towed the barge back to Ballyglass harbour.In a statement, the institution’s operations manager says they weren’t expecting an unusual call like that, but are relieved to have it safely recovered.The steel barge broke free from its moorings in Labrador last November, but it’s not the first time a Canadian vessel has made its way across the Atlantic to the north Mayo coast of Ireland.In the fall of 2016, a solar-powered houseboat washed ashore in Ireland after it drifted away from Portugal Cove, N.L.(VOCM)last_img read more

Child psychiatrist sentenced in Australia for filming boy in Edmonton bathroom

first_imgPERTH, Australia – An Australian child psychiatrist has avoided jail for child pornography offences that took place around the globe, including a bathroom at West Edmonton Mall.News outlets in Australia report that a judge in Perth handed Aaron Voon an 18-month suspended sentence on eight charges involving production and possession of child porn.Voon earlier pleaded guilty in his home country to nine offences that occurred in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.One of the charges was dismissed.WA Today News reports that the 42-year-old was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and has a fascination with toilets and urination.Voon was arrested at the Edmonton mall in May 2016 after he used a mobile device to film a boy using a movie theatre washroom.A video of the boy’s angry father confronting Voon outside the bathroom spread quickly on social media.Voon was released on bail in Edmonton but returned to Australia, where police seized electronic devices from his home and business containing hundreds of images and videos of young boys urinating.Alberta Justice agreed its charges could be heard in Australia because Voon intended to plead guilty, but warned it could also bring him back to Canada.The Australian Associated Press reported that Voon’s lawyer, Sam Vandongen, told the sentencing hearing that his client’s sexual interest in children did not involve any physical contact.Judge Alan Troy said Voon’s mental problems partly affected his ability to make rational decisions, but he should have known better, said the news agency.“You must have known what you were doing was wrong. You nonetheless continued with the conduct … and you sought no professional help at all,” the judge said.Court also heard that Voon has not renewed his medical licence and, if he does practise again, will not treat children.last_img read more

Trudeau ignores Tory complaints launches search for next Supreme Court justice

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially launched the selection process to replace Supreme Court Justice Clement Gascon today, ignoring calls from the federal Conservatives to delay it.The 59-year-old Gascon, who is from Quebec, announced on Monday that he will step down from the country’s top court for personal and family reasons in September.Trudeau says former prime minister Kim Campbell will once again lead the search as the head of an advisory panel whose members have not yet been named.The panel will be responsible for drawing up a short list of between three and five potential candidates, all of whom must be trained in civil law and hail from Quebec.The decision to launch the search to replace Gascon likely means the next justice will be appointed before this fall’s federal election.It also comes against the wishes of the Opposition Conservatives who asked Trudeau to put the appointment on hold and conduct an investigation into who leaked information about a dispute between Trudeau and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould over who should be chief justice of Canada’s top court.The Canadian Press and CTV reported last month that Wilson-Raybould recommended Glenn Joyal, chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench, as the new chief justice of Canada.According to sources, Trudeau was concerned about her choice because he believed Joyal has a conservative, restrictive approach to interpreting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Trudeau ultimately named sitting Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner to replace Beverley McLachlin, who retired as chief justice in December 2017.He also appointed Alberta judge Sheilah Martin to fill western Canada’s seat on the bench.The leaks, which Trudeau says did not come from his office, landed in the midst of a furor over Wilson-Raybould’s contention that she was improperly pressured last fall to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on foreign bribery charges.The reports suggested Trudeau had reasons unrelated to the Montreal engineering giant to move Wilson-Raybould out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle.Wilson-Raybould believes the move was punishment for her refusal to halt the prosecution. She resigned from cabinet a month after the shuffle and was removed from the Liberal caucus in early April.Gascon officially retires Sept. 15, which is after the official start of the fall election.If the House of Commons is to have a chance to hear about the decision and ask questions of the new judge before the election, the advisory committee and Trudeau will have to make a decision before the end of June.Trudeau is not required to select a judge recommended by the advisory panel.Trudeau set May 17 as the deadline for interested to candidates to submit an application package.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attempts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP are reassuring residents after posts on social media suggested there were three abduction attempts in the community over the last week.Cpl. Andrew McElwain of the Chetwynd RCMP cautions, I appreciate that social media has a place in adding to community safety, in that information can be shared quickly and efficiently, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of garnering information from credible reliable sources prior to sharing it. Rumours and misinformation can be more damaging to investigations than helpful and may cause more fear than is warranted especially when isolated incidents are linked, where no evidence to support such links exists.At this time the RCMP don’t believe the three incidents listed below are connected. On October 11, 2018, a woman met a man, who was unknown to her, in a local coffee shop. She chose to get into the man’s vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated. Given his level of intoxication, the woman asked to let out. The man dropped the woman off as per her request. The man allegedly offered the woman money and a pack of cigarettes as she was unable to locate her phone. The man has been identified.On October 11, 2018, two youths were walking home when a man in a vehicle of unknown make and model allegedly approached them and offered $100 to the female youth to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and the two youths continued walking away. No other contact was made. Chetwynd RCMP are still looking for this man, but have identified a possible suspect.On October 15, 2018 a male youth was at IGA when an aboriginal man allegedly approached him and asked if the youth could buy him something from IGA. The youth declined the request at which point the aboriginal male lunged at him. The youth then got on his bike and rode to the Rec Center where it was reported to the Chetwynd RCMP.last_img read more

A bit surprised at Pant’s omission, says Gavaskar

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad given his “exceptionally” good batting form and “great” improvement in wicket-keeping skills. The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper. “A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” gavaskar told ‘India Today’. “The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111. Karthik was chosen over Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gavaskar said there was some merit in the move. “On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said. Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made it to the squad for his “three-dimensional qualities”, will be a very useful player for the team. “He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained. Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra said Pant’s elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India’s World Cup squad. “Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats,” Chopra wrote on his twitter page. “India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.” Former India medium-pacer R P Singh and star of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph said he hoped that the decision to pick experience over youth works in the team’s favour at the mega-event. “Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted.last_img read more

France: Muslim Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Fighting…

Rabat – Muslims in France are guilty of everything until proven otherwise. At least that’s what the facts on the ground are suggesting nowadays. Since the attacks on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo last month, the Muslim community in France has endured persecution, judgment and discrimination, and sometimes for the silliest of reasons.An Al Jazeera network correspondent was apparently right when he said that tough times are awaiting Muslims in France in the wake of the attacks that claimed the lives of twelve people and left many others wounded.After a small flag bearing the Islamic declaration of faith landed a French-Moroccan in prison in the French city of Lille, here is another case that proves that France has gone into a collective state of hysteria and Islamophobia since the terrorist attacks. Sami, a 20-year-old Muslim man, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after a fight with another man. He was a Jewish man.In the French Val-d’Oise region, Sami had an argument with the Jewish man that quickly escalated into a fight. The man decided to press charges against Sami. Sami was later accused of carrying out an anti-Semitic attack, but he insisted that it was only a fight, nothing else.According to his family, when Sami appeared before the court, the judge mentioned the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the hostage situation at a Jewish store. The judge reportedly said that he wished to ‘strike hard’ to condemn anti-Semitism and the incitement of hatred.Sami’s family continues to deny the anti-Semitism accusations. According to media reports, many Jewish friends of young Sami were willing to testify on his behalf to prove the falsehood of the accusation, but none of them had the right to speak.The family also launched a petition “Free imprisoned Sami, victim of Islamophobia.” They want to plead his case to the European Court of Human Rights.“Thousands of fights take place every day in neighborhoods between young people and yet very few of them are rarely convicted,” they said in the petition. They added, “What difference is there between this case and the others, so fast and so “unjustly” fixed?” read more

Several Sri Lankan tourists injured in Swiss highway accident

Fifteen people were injured on Wednesday (Apr 18) when a coach carrying tourists from Sri Lanka crashed with two trucks on a Swiss highway, police and media said, the AFP news agency reported.A tourist coach carrying 40 passengers collided with two trucks near the Winterthur-Wulflingen exit on a motorway not far from the northern city of Zurich, at 3.15pm, regional police said. “Fifteen people were injured, one of them seriously,” Zurich’s cantonal police said in a statement, adding that the cause of the accident remained unclear. Twelve of the tourists were meanwhile slightly injured, as was the driver of one of the trucks, police said. (Colombo Gazette) According to the ATS news agency, the coach was carrying tourists from Sri Lanka. The driver of the coach and a female travel companion riding up front were stuck and needed to be extracted by rescue workers, police said.The driver suffered moderate injuries, while the woman was seriously injured, they said. read more

Aghast at assassination of Hamas leader UN expert urges Israel to halt

Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, warned that Israel’s use of “brute force” would only lead to escalating violence.The expert urged the Israeli Government not to resort to aerial bombing or targeted shootings against civilian populations, and called on the Israeli forces to “immediately end this unacceptable practice” in conformity with international human rights standards.Emphasizing that the right to life and security allows for no derogation, she said it “must be applied with no exception in all circumstances, including times of emergency, internal unrest or in the context of the fight against terrorism.”Ms. Jahangir’s statement was released in Geneva, where the UN Commission on Human Rights today decided to hold a “special sitting” starting tomorrow morning on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory resulting from the assassination of Sheikh Yassin.That decision was passed by a roll-call vote of 34 in favour to 3 against – the United States, Eritrea and Australia – with 14 countries abstaining. read more

SARS situation in China potentially serious with possible new cluster WHO

The United Nations health agency said today the SARS situation in China is considered potentially serious because of the multiple opportunities for exposure by hundreds of potential contacts after four possible cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – including one death – were reported in the last two days.The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with Chinese health authorities to confirm the status and full extent of this apparently linked cluster, and to prevent further spread of the viral disease, which last year killed 774 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.To date, more than 300 contacts of the new cases have been identified and placed under medical observation.In line with its own definitions, WHO has classified two of the cases as probable SARS with the other two remaining under investigation. But Chinese authorities have diagnosed two as clinically confirmed – a 20-year-old nurse in Beijing who remains in intensive care, and a 26-year-old laboratory researcher from Anhui province, who in March worked at the Chinese National Institute of Virology in Beijing where SARS research is known to be underway.The researcher was attended in a Beijing hospital by the nurse. Her mother also provided bedside care, became ill in Anhui on 8 April and died on 19 April. Her clinical symptoms were compatible with SARS, and health authorities have retrospectively diagnosed her as a suspected SARS case.The fourth person, a 31-year-old laboratory researcher who also worked at the virology institute, developed symptoms on 17 April and was hospitalized in isolation on 22 April. The health authorities have diagnosed him as a suspected SARS case.According to WHO guidelines, classification as a confirmed case requires independent verification of results by an external international reference laboratory. Such procedures are considered necessary in view of the implications that confirmed SARS cases can have for international public health. read more

Senate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases siding with traditional retailers

Senate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases, siding with traditional retailers by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2013 8:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping — for many a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 69 to 27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike. But opposition from some conservatives who view it as a tax increase will make it a tougher sell in the House. President Barack Obama has conveyed his support for the measure.Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.That means big retailers with stores all over the country like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target collect sales taxes when they sell goods over the Internet. But online retailers like eBay and Amazon don’t have to collect sales taxes, except in states where they have offices or distribution centres.As a result, many online sales are tax-free, giving Internet retailers an advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.“We ought to have a structure in place in the states that treats all retail the same,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation. “Small retailers are collecting (sales tax) on the first dollar of any sale they make, and it’s only fair that other retailers who are selling to those same customers the same product have those same obligations.”The bill would empower states to require businesses to collect taxes for products they sell on the Internet, in catalogues and through radio and TV ads. Under the legislation, the sales taxes would be sent to the state where the shopper lives.Supporters say the current tax disparity is turning some traditional stores into showrooms, where shoppers pick out items they like, then buy them on the Internet to avoid sales taxes.“It’s about the way commerce has changed in America,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “Bookstores, stores that sell running shoes, bicycles and appliances are at a distinct disadvantage. They’ve become showrooms.”Internet giant eBay is leading the fight against the bill, along with lawmakers from states with no sales tax and several prominent anti-tax groups. The bill’s opponents say it would put an expensive obligation on small businesses because they are not as equipped as national merchandisers to collect and remit sales taxes at the multitude of state rates.“Giant retailers have a requirement to collect sales taxes nationwide because they have physical presence nationwide,” eBay president John Donahoe wrote in an online column over the weekend. “Likewise, today small retail stores and online retailers collect sales taxes for the one state where they are located. That’s a fair requirement.”“If the bill passes, small online businesses would have the same tax compliance obligations and face the same enforcement risks as giant retailers, despite the fact that they are usually located in just one state.”Businesses with less than $1 million in online sales would be exempt. EBay wants to exempt businesses with up to $10 million in sales or fewer than 50 employees.Some states have sales taxes as high as 7 per cent, plus city and county taxes that can push the combined rate even higher. For example, the combined state and local sales tax is 9 per cent in Los Angeles and 9.25 per cent in Chicago. In New York City, it’s 8.5 per cent and in Richmond, Va., 5 per cent. In many states, shoppers are already required to pay unpaid sales tax when they file their state income tax returns. However, states complain that few taxpayers comply.Many governors — Republicans and Democrats — have been lobbying the federal government for years for the authority to collect sales taxes from online sales.The issue is getting bigger for states as more people make purchases online. Last year, Internet sales in the U.S. totalled $226 billion, up nearly 16 per cent from the previous year, according to government estimates.States lost a total of $23 billion last year because they couldn’t collect taxes on out-of-state sales, according to a study done for the National Conference of State Legislatures, which has lobbied for the bill. About half of that was lost from Internet sales; half from purchases made through catalogues, mail orders and telephone orders, the study said.Supporters say the bill makes it relatively easy for Internet retailers to comply. States must provide free computer software to help retailers calculate sales taxes, based on where shoppers live. States must also establish a single entity to receive Internet sales tax revenue, so retailers don’t have to send it to individual counties or cities.Opponents worry the bill would give states too much power to reach across state lines to enforce their tax laws. States could audit out-of-state businesses, impose liens on their property and, ultimately, sue them in state court.In the Senate, lawmakers from three states without sales taxes are leading the opposition: Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. They argue that businesses based in their states should not have to collect taxes for other states.Delaware also has no sales tax, though Delaware’s two senators support the bill.Grover Norquist, an anti-tax advocate, and the conservative Heritage Foundation oppose the bill, and many Republicans have been wary of crossing them.Even so, the issue has a bipartisan flavour. The main sponsor, Sen. Mike Enzi, is a conservative Republican from Wyoming. He has worked closely with Durbin, a liberal Democrat.In the House, Republican Speaker John Boehner has not commented publicly about the bill, giving supporters hope that he could be won over.Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would have jurisdiction over the bill, has cited problems with the legislation but has not rejected it outright.“While it attempts to make tax collection simpler, it still has a long way to go,” Goodlatte said in a statement. Without more uniformity in the bill, he said, “businesses would still be forced to wade through potentially hundreds of tax rates and a host of different tax codes and definitions.”Goodlatte said he’s “open to considering legislation concerning this topic but these issues, along with others, would certainly have to be addressed.”___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap read more

Marking annual event Ban calls on followers of all faiths to unite

“We live in times of turmoil and transformation – economic, environmental, demographic and political. These transitions bring both hope and uncertainty. Our job is to ensure that hope wins, and our task will be made easier if the followers of all faiths collaborate in common cause,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the week.“Let us never forget that what divides us is minuscule compared with what unites us. Working together, we can achieve all our goals for peace, prosperity and physical and spiritual well-being.” World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed during the first week of February, as decided by the General Assembly, which established the event in 2010 as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.The Assembly encouraged all States, during the week, to support the spread of the message of Inter-faith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, among other steps.“For billions of people around the world, faith is an essential foundation of life,” Mr. Ban noted. “It provides strength in times of difficulty and an important sense of community. The vast majority of people of faith live in harmony with their neighbours, whatever their creed, but each religion also harbours a strident minority prepared to assert fundamentalist doctrines through bigotry and extreme violence.“These acts are an affront to the heritage and teachings of all major religions,” he stated, adding that they also contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms the right of all to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. “It is imperative that the moderate majority is empowered to stand firm against the forces of extremism. But, this can only be achieved through strong leadership,” he added. The Secretary-General also cited the need to reach out to young people with a message of hope. “Too often marginalized, jobless and facing a future of uncertainty, youth can be easy prey for fanatics offering a sense of cause and community. We need to expose the invalidity of this lure and offer a compelling alternative.” He also noted that next month at its forum in Vienna, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) will continue its efforts to unite faiths and cultures. “Whether on the world stage or in their communities, religious and cultural leaders have a responsibility to speak the language of tolerance and respect. This is a central message of World Interfaith Harmony Week,” said Mr. Ban.The Alliance of Civilizations was set up in 2005, at the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under UN auspices, to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.Working in partnership with governments, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector, the Alliance is supporting a range of projects and initiatives aimed at building bridges among a diversity of cultures and communities. read more