10 foreigners released on bail ahead of final NRC list

first_imgGuwahati: Ahead of the publication of final NRC list in Assam, ten persons declared foreigners have been released on bail from a detention camp in Goalpara district, a police official said here Monday.The ten have been released as per a Supreme Court direction that those declared foreigners and are under detention for more than three years should be released on bail, he said. The ten persons, including a woman, have been granted bail by the Foreigners Tribunal for a surety bond of Rs two lakh each and their biometric details, district additional superintendent of police Amitabh Basumotary said. Their conditional release began on August 9 and they were allowed to leave the camp which is located inside Goalpara district jail, Basumotary said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The final National Register of Citizens list, which will identify bonafide citizens of Assam, is set to be published on August 31. Of the ten granted bail nine are from Goalpara district and one from neighbouring Chirang district. They are aged between 39 and 69 years. The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the updation of the NRC, had during the hearing of a PIL last month on detained foreigners had set five conditions – deposit of a bond with two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each from an Indian citizen, a verifiable address of stay after the person’s release from the detention centre and reporting once every week to the police station specified by the home and political department. The other two conditions are biometrics of the person’s iris (if possible) and fingerprints of all 10 fingers and photos. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAssam has six detention centres inside district jails in Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Silchar for persons declared foreigners by Foreigners Tribunals if they failed to prove that they or their forefathers lived in Assam before March 24, 1971 – the cut-off date as per the Assam Accord, 1985, to determine illegal foreigners. Assam is the only state in the country where the exercise to update the citizens’ register has been undertaken after 1951 when the exercise was done for the first time. The first draft NRC of the current updation was published in December 2017. The final draft NRC was published on July 31, 2018 in which 40,07,707 out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants were excluded. In June this year the number of ineligible persons rose to 41,10,169 after 1,02,462 persons were added in the list of excluded persons.last_img read more

Supernaturals Jared Padalecki And GOTs Maisie Williams Design Charity Tees

first_imgSupernatural star Jared Padalecki has launched a new clothing design as part of his Always Keep Fighting mental health initiative.Jared Padalecki I Am EnoughThe t-shirts, sweatshirts and more are part of the star’s new I Am Enough campaign. As with so many of his campaigns, charity continues to be an important part of the AKF and I Am Enough message. Whether you want the proceeds of your shirt to help the victims of the Pulse shooting or you want to help continue the fight of ending the social stigma around mental health, Jared’s made it possible for you to pick what matters most to you!The shirts are available from Represent.com. Click here to order.And Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams has also designed a t-shirt for charity.Maisie Williams Making A List TeeThe shirts, which feature Maisie as her GOT character Arya, are benefiting Dolphin Project.“So proud and excited to, finally, be releasing these tee’s – I hope you love them as much as I do,” said Maisie. “Get yours now before they’re gone!”These shirts are only available for a few more days, so be QUICK and click here.last_img read more

Automakers post healthy February US sales gains

Automakers post healthy February US sales gains DETROIT – Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains last month as consumers — giddy from Super Bowl ads — returned to showrooms after a snowy January.Sales rose 7 per cent over last February to 1.3 million vehicles, according to Autodata Corp. Automakers reported February sales on Tuesday.Ford’s sales rose 20 per cent over last February, boosted in part by higher sales to rental car fleets. Honda’s sales were up 13 per cent and Fiat Chrysler’s rose 12 per cent. Nissan’s sales rose nearly 11 per cent and Toyota’s were up 4 per cent. Hyundai’s sales rose 1 per cent.General Motors said its sales fell 1.5 per cent, partly due to a 39-per cent cut in rental sales. Volkswagen, still stinging from its diesel cheating scandal, saw its U.S. sales drop 13 per cent.Industry analysts had expected February sales to bounce back after a slight decline in January. One factor: Super Bowl ads. On Super Bowl Sunday, which was Feb. 7, website visits per dealership were four times higher than any other Sunday in all of 2015, according to Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with Autotrader.com. Credit applications also hit single-day records last month.Ford Chief Economist Emily Kolinski Morris said improving job and income growth, as well as low gas prices and low interest rates, are outweighing stock market volatility in consumers’ minds. Buyers are confident, which is key for auto sales.Proof of that confidence is everywhere. Sales of the Cadillac Escalade, an SUV that starts at $73,000, were up 22 per cent over last February. Sales of Nissan’s $30,000 Murano SUV nearly doubled; so did sales of the $89,000 Lexus LX SUV. Ford said it was the best February for van sales since 1979.LMC is predicting sales of 17.8 million new vehicles this year, up from 17.46 million last year. But the growth rate is slowing from previous years and many are expecting a plateau as U.S. demand peaks.GM said its Chevrolet and GMC brands saw declines in February but sales improved at Cadillac and Buick. GM’s bestseller, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, saw a 5 per cent sales decline. GM sold 227,825 cars and trucks last month.GM said it’s trying to lower its reliance on rental sales, which are less profitable and can hurt vehicle resale values. The company said its sales to commercial and government fleets are up so far this year, but it has sold 30,000 fewer vehicles to rental fleets. Around 21 per cent of the company’s February sales went to fleets rather than individual buyers.It was a different story at Ford. Ford’s U.S. sales chief Mark LaNeve said Ford expects heavier fleet sales in the first four months of this year before they taper off. Thirty-six per cent of Ford’s U.S. sales went to fleets in February.LaNeve defended that percentage, which is unusually high. At Toyota, for example, 16.5 per cent of February sales went to fleets.“We like this business. It’s profitable for us and we manage it very well,” he said.Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand saw sales jump 30 per cent after sales of its new MKX SUV more than doubled over last February. Sales of Ford’s bestseller, the F-Series pickup, were up 10 per cent. Ford sold 217,192 vehicles.Toyota’s car sales dropped slightly, the victim of lower gas prices. Sales of the Prius hybrid were down 12 per cent. But the company’s truck and SUV sales rose 10 per cent, partly due to strong sales of its luxury Lexus SUVs. Toyota sold 187,954 vehicles last month.Fiat Chrysler was led by the Jeep brand and the Ram pickup. Both reported sales increases of 23 per cent. The company’s truck sales rose 27 per cent, but its car sales fell by the same percentage. Fiat Chrysler sold 149,188 trucks and SUVs last month but only 33,691 cars.Honda bucked the industry with strong car sales. Sales of the Accord midsize sedan were up 20 per cent, which helped make up for weaker sales at Honda’s luxury Acura division. Honda sold 118,985 vehicles.At Nissan, car sales were up nearly 8 per cent while truck and SUV sales rose 15 per cent. Overall, the Nissan and Infiniti brands sold nearly 131,000 vehicles.Hyundai’s sales rose 1 per cent on strong demand for the new Tucson SUV, which saw sales nearly double over last February. Hyundai sold 53,009 vehicles.Volkswagen had a few winners. Sales of the Tiguan SUV were up 78 per cent, while the German company’s electric Golf also saw higher sales. But the brand’s sales will likely continue to fall until it announces a fix for diesels that cheated on U.S. emissions standards. Volkswagen’s U.S. sales totalled 22,231 in February.___This story has been corrected to show that Toyota’s sales rose 4 per cent, not 5 per cent. Toyota updated its total vehicles sold in February to 187,954 vehicles, down from the 189,852 it previously reported. This Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, photo, shows the front of a 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup at a Fiat Chrysler dealership in Doral, Fla. Industry analysts expect February sales to bounce back after a slight decline in January. All automakers report their monthly sales figures on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) by Tom Krisher And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 6:10 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Berbice pensioner killed in fire allegedly set by son

A fire believed to be an act of arson has left a pensioner dead.The dead man has been identified as James Pertam Lachmansingh, 72.The former rice farmer shared the lot 9 ‘A’ Bushlot West Coast Berbice home with his son Romel, 20.Dead: James Pertam LachmansinghAt the time of the blaze, both were at home. It is alleged that the son, who relatives referred to as a drug addict, started the fire and left the building and stood on the road.It is believed that the fire was started in the verandah and then quickly spread to the kitchen.Lachmansingh was said to have spent most of his time sitting in the hall watching television.Reports are that he suffered from a medical condition and experienced difficulty walking, making it almost impossible for him to make it out of the burning building in a timely manner.According to eyewitnesses, smoke was initially seen coming from the kitchen area and by the time they rushed to the building the flame had covered the door and they could not enter.The man’s burnt body was found lying on the kitchen floor.Meanwhile, a unit from the Onverwagt Fire Station responded quickly. The firemen reportedly braved the heat to enter the building but the man was already dead.The firemen were able to prevent extensive damage to a nearby building which was already ignited when they arrived.According to one close relative, Romel who is a former President’s College student had developed a habit of beating his father when he was denied money to purchase marijuana.Both the Police and the Guyana Fire Service are investigating the matter.Lachmansingh leaves to mourn four children two of whom are overseas and five siblings all of whom are overseas. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related64-yr-old man perishes in Adelphi fireSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news”Fire Chief confirms kerosene lamp, stove cause devastating fires that destroyed Enmore, Berbice homesApril 19, 2016In “latest news”Update: Prominent Berbice businessman dies in fire; neighbour’s house guttedMay 4, 2015In “Crime” read more

Gardaí appeal for information on missing Nadine Walsh 15

first_img Source: Garda PressGARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED to the public for information regarding the whereabouts of 15-year-old Nadine Walsh, who is missing from the Clontarf area since Thursday.Nadine is described as 5ft 4in in height, of a slim build with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen Nadine was wearing a school uniform which was a white shirt, grey skirt and black bubble jacket.A garda spokesman said: “Anyone with information is asked to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01 666-4300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.” 16,849 Views Share15 Tweet Email Gardaí appeal for information on missing Nadine Walsh (15) Nadine has been missing from Clontarf since Thursday. By Garreth MacNamee 2 Comments Mar 12th 2019, 7:51 PM https://jrnl.ie/4538219 Short URL Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 8:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maladies cardiovasculaires les élèves invités à imaginer une campagne de prévention

first_imgMaladies cardiovasculaires : les élèves invités à imaginer une campagne de préventionLa Fédération française de cardiologie a demandé aux élèves des écoles de primaire et aux collégiens d’imaginer la future campagne de sensibilisation aux maladies cardiovasculaires, dans le cadre de la seconde édition du Parcours du Cœur Scolaire.Les enfants qui participeront à ce nouveau Parcours du coeur devront proposer leurs idées en termes d’affiches et de spots télévisés, afin de sensibiliser, prévenir, et informer le grand public au sujet des maladies cardiovasculaires. Pour cela, doivent être mises en avant les trois conditions indispensables : “0 cigarettes, 5 fruits et légumes, 60 minutes d’activités sportives”. L’opération est soutenue par le ministère de la Santé et concerne les élèves du CP à la 3e. Seuls les élèves inscrits dans des écoles ayant indiqué leur participation au Parcours du cœur scolaire pourront y participer. La date butoir pour rendre les projets est fixée au 28 janvier prochain, et le meilleur spot sera mis en ligne sur le site Internet de la Fédération française de cardiologie durant un an, explique Relaxnews. Les élèves de primaire pourront également imaginer des affiches sur les thèmes “0-5-60”. A l’heure actuelle 2.900 classes sont d’ores et déjà inscrites au projet.Le 29 novembre 2010 à 20:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chaque année 3 000 grands singes sont capturés en pleine nature pour

first_imgChaque année, 3 000 grands singes sont capturés en pleine nature pour être vendusSelon un rapport de l’ONU, près de 3.000 grands singes disparaissent chaque année, volés dans les forêts ou tués pendant leur capture.Depuis plusieurs années, la liste des espèces en danger ne cesse de s’allonger et les primates n’échappent malheureusement pas à cette tendance. Les trois grands singes d’Afrique que sont les chimpanzés, les bonobos et les gorilles ainsi que les orangs-outans (la seule espèce asiatique) sont aujourd’hui menacés de disparition. Bien que leur commerce soit interdit par la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces protégées (Cites), dont les pays membres sont réunis à Bangkok depuis dimanche, le trafic est en constante augmentation.En effet, les grands singes deviennent des animaux de compagnie, servent à la recherche médicale ou participent au tourisme et au divertissement dans les zoos asiatiques qui organisent des matchs de boxe entre orangs-outans, par exemple. Selon un document du Partenariat pour la survie des grands singes (Grasp), sous l’égide du Programme des Nations unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE), entre 2005 et 2011 au moins 643 chimpanzés, 48 bonobos, 98 gorilles et 1.019 orangs-outans ont été capturés dans la nature pour le commerce illégal. Mais il ne s’agit-là que de données officielles concernant les animaux confisqués, ce qui permet d’estimer à plus de 22.000 le nombre de grands singes volés dans la nature sur cette période, soit près de 3.000 par an. “Un chimpanzé vivant équivaut à dix chimpanzés morts”, rapporte Doug Cress, coordinateur de Grasp lors d’une conférence de presse.Une vente qui peut rapporter plusieurs milliers de dollars À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Vous ne pouvez pas entrer dans une forêt et juste en prendre un. Vous devez vous battre, tuer les autres chimpanzés du groupe”, a-t-il ajouté, notant que la mortalité était encore plus importante pour les gorilles qui sont sensibles au stress. Et le trafic est organisé et particulièrement sophistiqué. Les trafiquants peuvent vendre un chimpanzé 50 dollars qui est revendu 400 fois plus. La vente des orangs-outans, elle, peut rapporter 1.000 dollars et un gorille plusieurs centaines de milliers.”Ce commerce est florissant et très dangereux à long terme pour la survie des grands singes”,  a dénoncé ce spécialiste. “A ce rythme, les grands singes vont très vite disparaître”, a t-il encore précisé.Le 9 mars 2013 à 09:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar weigh in results for UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt

first_img Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Videos Articles Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Twitter Now Playing Up Next July 9, 2016 at 3:56 am Videos Articles Paul Heyman Anyone know of a UFC pirated stream they are willing to share? Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Pinterest SPOILERS: 9/6 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Now Playing Up Next Moments ago, Brock Lesnar weighed in at 265.5 pounds for his three round heavyweight fight against Mark Hunt tomorrow night at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.Brock Lesnar weighs in at 265.5 for #UFC200 fight with Mark Hunt tomorrow pic.twitter.com/7c4yrMTtJa— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) July 8, 2016UFC presented a live weigh in special starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The company held weigh ins earlier today that only took place in front of the media. MMAFighting.com has coverage of the weigh ins from earlier today at the link below.Brock Lesnar weighs in at 265.5 for his fight with Mark Hunt. Photo by @allelbows #UFC200 pic.twitter.com/6zc5aRatNP— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 8, 2016 Brock Lesnar 1 COMMENT Comments are closed.center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlamVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 19.47%0:03Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch WWE reportedly planning to hold a draft for RAW and SmackDown this coming October Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Dana Whitelast_img read more

Fort Vancouver inspires displays art

first_imgAlmost 175 years after their marriage ceremony, Dr. John and Marguerite Wadin McKay McLoughlin finally have their wedding portrait.Tom Relth created the image of the happy couple in a painting he titled “Hypothetical Marriage Portrait.”It is one of 10 works of art that will get a two-month showing at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, opposite the east end of Officers Row. The display celebrates the centennial year of the National Park Service and will be shown through the end of 2016.The portrait by Relth also represents another sort of coming together for the McLoughlins. To create the painting, Relth had to join two separate images of John and Marguerite.During the inquiry phase of Relth’s project, he visited with Theresa Langford, curator at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. He received copies of several drawings and daguerreotypes of John McLoughlin, who ran the Hudson’s Bay Company’s operation here from 1825 to 1846.The Fort Vancouver artifact collection also has an early photographic image of Marguerite McLoughlin.However, “There seems to be no portrait or photograph of the two of them together,” said Relth, whose studio is at Boomerang — a downtown thrift store that also is a coffee shop, philanthropic center and art showcase.“My work was laid out for me,” Relth said. “I was required to use two high-resolution daguerreotypes at different scales and lighting to ‘marry’ them together in this ‘Hypothetical Marriage Portrait.’”last_img read more

Homicide detectives investigating death of man found inside Valley Center home

first_img Updated: 8:49 AM Sheriff’s Homicide investigating suspicious death. Valley Center, explosives and chemicals found in home, said to pose no danger to public, Valley View Casino right around the corner pic.twitter.com/zXbuVVN6WT— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 28, 2019 Homicide detectives investigating death of man found inside Valley Center home August 28, 2019 Posted: August 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVALLEY CENTER (KUSI) – Homicide detectives Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who was found inside a home near Valley View Casino in Valley Center.Deputies responded to a request to conduct a welfare check around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home on North Lake Wohlford Road, south of Valley Center Road near Valley Center Casino, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Boudreau said.When they arrived they found a man inside the home with upper body trauma, Boudreau said.Paramedics responded to the home, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.While deputies were searching the house, they found explosives and “unknown chemicals,” he said.The bomb-arson unit and the hazardous materials were called to the scene to identify the materials and they determined the items didn’t pose any danger to the public.Personnel from the county Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes.Anyone with information about the death was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Unit at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Gramor secures 60 million for lifestyle center

first_imgGramor Development announced Wednesday that it has secured $60 million in loans to fund construction of a large Oregon shopping center. Construction on the complex, on the Southwest Barrows Road boarder between Tigard and Beaverton, Ore., will begin this week.A major retail developer in Clark County, Tualatin, Ore.-based Gramor is the lead in a joint effort with the city to resurrect Vancouver’s Columbia River waterfront by transforming a 32-acre former industrial site into mid-rise condominiums, offices, boutiques and restaurants. No time line has been set for the project. In Oregon, Gramor expects to employ more than 800 workers on the Tigard project, called Progress Ridge TownSquare. Plans call for second locations for Vancouver-based Big Al’s and Cinetopia. Natural grocery market New Seasons will anchor the project.last_img read more

People on the Move 103008

first_imgHearst’s Food Network Magazine announced several new positions: Erin Hickey was named marketing director; Amanda Thornquist, Audrey Clark and Kristen Prinzo were appointed integrated marketing managers; and Maria Viqar was named senior marketing designer. Kerri Fallon was promoted to associate publisher of marketing at Rodale’s Prevention magazine. Fallon previously served as executive marketing director.Essence announced three additions to its fashion editorial team: Marielle Bobo was named senior fashion editor, Zandile Blay was appointed fashion editor for Essence.com and celebrity model Toccara was named a contributing style editor.American Media Inc. is relocating Muscle & Fitness magazine from California to New York. In associated with the move, AMI named Seth Kelly editor-in-chief of the magazine as well as editorial director of Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. Previously, Kelly served as editor of UFC, a magazine AMI launched last year in partnership with Ultimate Fighting Championship. Allan Donnelley will continue to serve as editor-in-chief of Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers.Liz Schimel was named executive vice president of consumer relationship management and digital media at Meredith Corp.’s National Media Group. Most recently, Shimel served as global head of music and connected entertainment at Nokia.F+W Media appointed two new members of the company’s executive committee: e-commerce director Kathleen Blackwelder and Kate Rados, who also was promoted to group marketing director.The New Republic added two editors to its Web team: Seyward Darby and Barron YoungSmith were named deputy editors of TNR.com. In association, literary editor Chloë Schama will replace Darby as assistant managing editor and Laura Bennett was named assistant literary editor.Questex Media appointed David Zwang conference chair for its Publishing Xchange event. Zwang is the principal consultant of Zwang & Company, a firm specializing in process analysis and strategic development in e-publishing, design, pre-media and printing.Complex Media announced three personnel additions: Orlando Lima was named managing editor of Complex magazine and Complex.com, Ronen Shapiro was appointed Northeast director of spirits and automotive sales and David Sauter was brought on as a consultant (he founded DASh Media Sales). In enacting the second phase of its new organizational plan, Cygnus Business Media has made a number of staffing changes: construction network brand manager Kris Flitcroft was appointed head of the Construction affinity group; Eric Kammerzelt was promoted to vice president of technology, Paul Caplan was named senior vice president of digital revenues, data integration manager Jacob Bare was promoted to director of digital intelligence, Sharon Wright was named director of digital operations and Robert Brice was named senior vice president of Cygnus Expositions.The Wall Street Journal named Anthony Cenname publisher of WSJ. magazine, replacing Sophie Raptis, who was named European sales director for the Journal. Most recently, Cenname served as vice president/advertising director at Travel + Leisure.The Publishing Group of America announced a pair of personnel additions: Debi Leibovitz was appointed vice president of digital advertising and Nanci Davidson was named Midwest director of sales.American Express Publishing promoted Jordana Pransky to vice president and associate publisher of Travel + Leisure. Previously, Pransky served as vice president and advertising director.last_img read more

Three families top BASIC Bank default list

first_imgThe names of a few families have repeatedly emerged in the loan scam of state-owned BASIC Bank.The top loan dodgers, who have defaulted on loans in billions of taka, are from three families. These are the families of the former president of the Chittagong Chambers of Commerce (CCC) Murshed Murad Ibrahim, former Farmers Bank’s chairman Mahbubul Chisty and Dhaka’s automobile businessman Wahidur Rahman, revealed a parliament standing committee meeting on Sunday.A total of 628 businesses, including those of the three families, have Tk 65.38 billion default loans with the state-owned bank.According to a report on BASIC Bank disclosed in the meeting, half of the borrowers of the bank had become defaulters, creating a capital crisis of over Tk 30.8 billion in the state-owned bank.Bangladesh Bank’s former deputy governor Khandakar Ibrahim Khaled said, “What happened in the BASIC Bank is a criminal offence. I can’t understand why the former chairman of the bank (Abdul Hai Bacchu) was not brought to the book.”“I hope the Anti-Corruption Commission will comply with the High Court order in this regard,” he added.The report shows that the bank has some 11 clients who have on an average Tk 1 billion in default loans each, raising the amount to Tk 12.56 billion in total.Also,30 other businesses have Tk 21.04 billion in default loans with the bank.IG Navigation Limited owned Jatiya Party’s reserved seat MP Mahjabin Murshed, wife of the former CCC chief Murshed Murad Ibrahim. The IG Navigation defaulted Tk 1.20 billion on loans while Murshed’s brother Faisal Murad Ibrahim’s Bay Navigation has Tk 1.16 billion in default loans.MRF Trade House, business of Rashed Murad Ibrahim, another member of the Murad Ibrahim family, owes the bank Tk 5.8 million in default loan.Another business of the family, Crystal Steel and Ship Breaker, defaulted Tk 1.13 billion on loans.Murshed Murad Ibrahim could not be reached after repeated phone calls and text messages.The brothers of hers Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty — Jamalpur’s Majedul Haque Chisty alias Shamim Chisty and Mahmudul Haque Chisty — also have billions of taka default loans.Shamim Chisty’s business house, Well Tex, tops the list with Tk 1.29 billion default loan.His two businesses, Abid Dying and Anan Shacks have Tk 4.4 million and Tk 1.5 million default loans respectively.Dhaka’s automobile businessman Wahidur Rahman and his wife borrowed billions of taka from several banks, including Basic Bank.Their business house, New Auto Define, borrowed Tk 1.02 billion and Fiaz Enterprise borrowed Tk9.4 million, but failed to repay.Other than the businesses of the three families, Delta System defaulted Tk 1.28 billion on loans, Profusion Textile Tk 1.11 billion, Maa Textile Tk 1.11 billion, Confidence Shoes Tk 1.08 billion and ARSS Enterprise Tk1.29 billion.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations

first_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The power company advantage is that it can improve systems before serious problems surface. The company believes its project will realize real value in fewer outages and lower electric bills for customers. So far, 400 malfunctioning transformers were sensed before they caused a power outage, said FPL, and smart meters allowed the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out crews.The ongoing success of Florida’s smart grid in improving efficiencies and reducing outages will be worth tracking in light of how the FPL implementation might motivate improvements elsewhere in the U.S., according to energy watchers. The prevailing attitude is that, saddled with aging architectures, the way to avoid power outages is through monitoring a smartgrid to stem problems from getting out of hand. The Florida effort is being applauded because of the large scale of the FPL’s grid.Commenting on the meters and other devices used, SmartGridNews.com observed how all that equipment is networked and “sending data back to the utility, data that can be used to identify problems before they cause an outage – and reduce the length and area affected if outages do happen.”Said FPL President Eric Silagy, “While no electric system can be fully stormproof, and we have been working to strengthen the grid and improve its resiliency for some time, the acceleration of this effort will help us get businesses up and running and residents’ lives back to normal more quickly after storms.” Citation: Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations (2013, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-florida-electric-smartgrid.html Benefits of a ‘smart’ power grid in debated (Phys.org) —Florida Power & Lighting has completed its $800 million smart grid upgrade, with installations of 4.5 million smart meters. Smart meters are digital devices that use radio frequencies to communicate with automated feeder switches and other devices on poles and power lines. The meters can measure a building’s use of electricity. FPL installed 4.5 million smart meters alongside more than 10,000 sensors. FPL says the benefit to customers is that by installing the smart meters each customer can get on the Internet to see the power being used by the hour, day, and month. The customer can also see bill estimates based on current usage patterns. FPL believes more information can lead to customers making more informed choices about usage and costs. Overall, a smart grid can automatically sense and gather data about consumer habits.last_img read more

Mitsuku chatbot has good answers for the Loebner Prize

first_img Chatbot Eugene put to Turing test wins first prize But wait another minute. What is the Loebner Prize? This is an annual competition created by businessman Hugh Loebner. The competition is an embodiment of the Turing-test affair; the chatbots try to fool the judges into assessing their answers are from humans. With reference to mathematician Alan Turing in the 1950s, the contest sets out to stage an event around Turing’s suggestion that if a computer answered questions as convincing as a human could, then the machine could reasonably be said to be thinking. The Turing Test emerged as a way to assess the intelligence of computer programs. Loebner has offered a prize of $100,000 for the computer program that meets Turing’s standard for artificial intelligence but no chatbot creator has ever achieved that level and the top-tier cash has gone unclaimed. The four finalists at the 2013 event in Northern Ireland had to undergo four rounds of questioning with the competition judges. The Mitsuku chatbot as conversationalist was declared the most convincing. Worswick told the BBC that he started programming chatbots in order to attract eyeballs to his dance music website and he created a teddy bear to do so. Visitors wanted to talk to the teddy bear more than they wanted to hear any of the music. In 2004 he was commissioned by a games company to write a chatbot and, after many conversations, the back and forths helped Worswick refine the chatbot and improve its capabilities.Interestingly, Worswick, before the September competition, reported in early August on his Mitsuku site how he was very busy working on Mitsuku getting her ready for the Loebner Prize. “The main thing I am concentrating on is to try and get rid of as many of her robotic answers as possible. Things like ‘Sorry, my eye is not attached at the moment’ or ‘I have no heart but I have a power supply’ will give her away as a program straight away…” Nonetheless, he said, “just getting to the final four is a great result and so anything else is a bonus.”That bonus came over the weekend, and on Monday, Worswick said, “Well I’ve just returned from the Loebner Prize in Derry, Northern Ireland” with some “fantastic” news. “It was a great day and a very unexpected result for me, as I was just planning on using the day to get experience of being in the final before trying for a win in 2014.” He added that Monday was a strange day for him as well; he usually has at most 500 site visitors to mitsuku.com but, on Monday he had “9,532 visitors from all corners of the globe, as well as being mentioned on various sites around the net.” Citation: Mitsuku chatbot has good answers for the Loebner Prize (2013, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-mitsuku-chatbot-good-loebner-prize.html Explore further (Phys.org) —A chatbot named Mitsuku has won the Loebner Prize 2013, announced over the weekend, beating out three other contestants for the top prize of a bronze medal and $4,000. Mitsuku’s creator is Steve Worswick, Mitsuku’s botmaster. But wait a minute. What is a chatbot? A chatbot is a humanlike character with conversational skills which is simulated through artificial intelligence. Eliza, back in 1964 and 1966, was the first step into programmed chatterbots, designed to simulate a conversation with one or more human users. The Eliza program was based on a human mode of interaction typified by a Rogerian therapist trained not to make any creative input to a conversation, but instead only to keep it going so that patients could explore their own feelings. “Talking to Rogerian therapist is very like talking to a brick wall with a slightly clever echo,” wrote Mike James in iProgrammer. Credit: Steve Worswick © 2013 Phys.org More information: www.mitsuku.com/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ace Microsofts Azure Certifications With This Bundle

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. April 5, 2019 Cloud computing refers to the practice of using networks of remote, Internet-hosted servers to store, manage and process data—and it’s becoming the new norm. Although the term has been tossed around in techie circles since the mid-1990s, it didn’t gain much traction until 2006, when large companies like Google and Amazon started mentioning it in their industry-wide presentations.There are plenty of good reasons why startups and other small businesses should consider switching to the cloud. Since you’re not storing anything remotely, you can do more with less hardware and save some cash. It also makes collaboration with remote employees simpler, and since you can access files from anywhere, it’s ideal for workers with flexible schedules.There are plenty of good reasons why startups and other small businesses should consider switching to the cloud. Since you’re not storing anything remotely, you can do more with less hardware and save some cash. It also makes collaboration with remote employees simpler, and since you can access files from anywhere, it’s ideal for workers with flexible schedules.Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud services used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies. This course bundle tackles all four Azure certifications. It kicks off by covering basic Azure infrastructure, creating and configuring accounts, backing up files and managing virtual machines on Windows and Linux.The next class covers Azure integration, so you’ll be able to seamlessly merge your Azure systems with your company’s other programs. You’ll also learn about protecting cloud data with Azure’s security features. After that, you’ll find out what it takes to become an Azure developer with modules on SQL databases, mobile app building, and virtual machines.This bundle wraps up with a class on Azure’s Architect Technologies. It’s a deep dive into creating, configuring and deploying virtual machines, managing virtual networking and analyzing your resource consumption for more efficient cloud computing.All four of these courses prepare you to take and ace their respective Azure Certification Exams. It usually costs $387 for this essential tech bundle, but right now it’s on sale for $19 (95 percent off). 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Future of the EU on MED7 agenda

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades is in Malta on Friday to participate in the sixth Mediterranean EU member states summit (MED7), along with participants from six other countries, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Italy and Greece.The consultations on the appointments for the next EU institutional leadership will be the focus of the summit, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said.Anastasiades will also have the opportunity to brief his counterparts over Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, he added.According to Prodromou, the summit aims to “reach convergences and to determine common positions of the southern countries in matters which have to do with the EU’s course, modern challenges and Europe’s future in general.”As part of the summit, the EU election results will be reviewed and the choices for the leading posts in the EU will be discussed.The EU’s priorities in the context of shaping the EU’s strategic agenda 2019-2024 are another part of the summit, with an emphasis on matters which are of particular interest for the Mediterranean such as migration and future economic growth.A common declaration will be adopted once the plenary is completed.President Anastasiades will also have the opportunity to hold bilateral contacts during his time in Valetta.A working dinner is scheduled during which the seven leaders will discuss regional matters which concern the Mediterranean as well as security and stability.You May LikeMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDirectExposeMan Purchases 42 School Buses For $300 And Buries Them UndergroundDirectExposeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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