Creep Catchers sting leads to sex charge against PEI man police

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – A sting by the controversial Creep Catchers vigilante group has led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Charlottetown man.The man set up a meeting with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on a dating site called Skout, Det. Sgt. Walter Vessey of the Charlottetown police major crime unit said Wednesday.It wasn’t a girl, though — it was a member of the Cape Breton Creep Catchers.“The suspect in this case initiated contact … started conversation and eventually it led to making arrangements to get together for a sexual purpose,” said Vessey.The man — a non-citizen who has lived in Canada on a work visa for about four years — was charged with making an agreement or arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child.Vessey said the man travelled to Sydney to meet a girl behind the Mayflower Mall in Sydney. Instead, he was confronted and filmed by the Creep Catchers. The man was apologetic, and said he wouldn’t do it again, said Vessey.The Creep Catchers alerted Cape Breton Regional Police Service, who ended up handing the case to Charlottetown, site of the alleged offence.“It’s my first involvement with the group and I know there is controversy around the way they operate, but in this particular case, they made a complaint to the Cape Breton police, they provided supporting information, and the information resulted in laying a charge against a person who it looks like intended to victimize a child,” Vessey said.“Certainly we’re not in business with the Creep Catchers … we just treated this case the same as any other tip that came in.”The Creep Catchers are known for targeting people they allege are child sexual predators by posing as minors online, arranging to meet their targets and filming the encounters, which are then published on the internet.Law enforcement officials across Canada have expressed concern about the groups, warning the public that confronting alleged child predators could put people in danger and compromise police investigations.Desiree Vassallo of Cape Breton police said the force was contacted in April with “some information about a possible luring incident.” Once it was determined that the alleged crime occurred in P.E.I., the case was handed to Charlottetown.“We don’t support or condone the actions of any type of vigilante groups, generally speaking. That said, when information comes to our attention about a possible criminal offence, we will follow up on it because it’s important to do so,” she said.Vessey said Charlottetown officers reviewed video of the Mayflower Mall confrontation, along with chat logs and text messages, before laying charges.Vessey said the man has been released after surrendering his passport under orders not to communicate with anyone under 18 for a sexual purpose.“He works in the service industry, where he has contact with members of the public,” said Vessey. “So if in the course of his job he needs to talk to a customer who may be 17 about serving them, then that is OK, but there can’t be any sexual purpose in the communications.”Police say the accused will appear in court on Aug. 28.Last month, British Columbia’s information and privacy commissioner ordered the Surrey chapter to stop posting personal information about two men the group alleges are linked to child luring.Drew McArthur investigated complaints from two people and says the group used deceptive or misleading practices when it communicated with them and made video recordings of their meetings.McArthur’s decision says the recordings were posted to social media along with added allegations that the men had attempted to lure and meet with a minor for sexual purposes.last_img read more

American Express posts 4Q profit that tops forecasts

first_imgNEW YORK — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company’s namesake credit cards.The New York-based company earned $2.01 billion, or $2.32 a share, compared with a loss of $1.21 billion, or $1.42 a share, from the same period a year earlier. Like other financial companies, American Express’ results a year ago were impacted by the passage of the new tax law, which required AmEx to make an accounting adjustment.AmEx’s net income for the latest quarter came in well above analysts’ expectations, which were looking for the company to earn $1.80 a share, according to FactSet.American Express continues to face a much more competitive industry, with big banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup creating their own premium credit card products to compete with AmEx.In response AmEx has had to offer more rewards and perks with its cards. It spent $2.52 billion on rewards in the fourth quarter, up 11 per cent from a year earlier.But in the fact of more competition, AmEx has been able to encourage more customers to open accounts and spend more on its cards. AmEx card members spent $309 billion on their cards in the quarter, up 6 per cent from a year earlier, charging an average fee of 2.36 per cent on each transaction. It earns a fee every time its cards are used at a merchant. Total cards issued by AmEx were up 7 per cent in the U.S., the company’s largest market.AmEx also has been encouraging its existing customers to revolve a balance as well, a change from the company’s historic business model that focused on getting customers to pay their full balance each month. U.S. card member loans were $72 billion in the quarter, up from $64.5 billion in the same period a year ago.But as the company has allowed more borrowed money on its cards, it has had to set aside more money to cover potential losses. Provisions for loan losses rose 14 per cent to $954 million in the quarter.Revenue in the quarter was $10.47 billion, less than the $10.58 billion that analysts had been looking for.AmEx gave a forecast for its full-year 2019 earnings, saying it expects to earn $7.85 to $8.35 a share. Analysts are expecting $8.15 per share, according to FactSet.The company’s stock slipped $1.73, or 1.7 per cent, to $97.76 in after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report.Ken Sweet, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN Mission condemns attack on headquarters of Afghan electoral commission

“The Mission denounces this latest violent attack on a civilian location. It reiterates that electoral institutions and their staff should not be the targets of deliberate attacks,” UNAMA said in a statement, which confirmed that while its own neighbouring base in Kabul was hit by small arms fire during the attack, all UN staff members are accounted for and reported safe. According to media reports, suicide bombers were among those who attacked the IEC headquarters. Thus far, no injuries have been reported from in the initial stage of the attack. This latest incident follows a deadly assault on another election office in Kabul this past Tuesday. Civilians were said to be among those killed in that attack, for which the Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility. The attacks targeting the IEC are the latest in a series of recent violent incidents – including a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital and a suicide bombing of a market in Faryab – ahead of the 5 April elections, which will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power. “Resorting to violence to intimidate citizens from exercising their democratic rights is an admission that you have lost the ability to win over people through political persuasion,” said the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom. “The UN remains undeterred in carrying out its work and I am confident that the IEC is as equally determined,” Mr. Haysom added. “More importantly, I am sure that ordinary Afghans remain undeterred in their desire to have their say on the future direction of their country.” Just yesterday, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations visited Kabul to express solidarity with the Afghan people on the eve of next week’s elections and reaffirmed the world body’s support for the country through the polls and beyond. “The upcoming elections are a crucial part of Afghanistan’s political transition. I am here to underscore the UN’s commitment to transparent elections and to show solidarity with all those Afghans determined to take part and make them work,” he said as he wrapped up a three-day visit.“I want to send out a clear message of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” said Mr. Ladsous. “The targeting of IEC premises and its staff by enemies of democracy is repugnant” he declared, and underlined that violence will not deter the UN’s resolve to support Afghanistan. read more

Naomi Cermak legacy will continue to inspire through memorial scholarship

“My sister battled her cancer for 13 months and one day from the date of her diagnosis. She never had the chance to participate in her last triathlon. Today, I’m doing it because she couldn’t.”Carly Cermak spoke those words after completing a triathlon to honour of her late sister Naomi on Thursday, July 21 at Brock University.More than 70 participants, from all over Ontario, were involved in the inaugural Naomi Cermak Tri to Inspire.“Our goal for this event was to honour the memory of Naomi and to begin raising funds for a Graduate Student Scholarship in her name,” says Department of Kinesiology Chair Brian Roy.The event raised $13,100 through the combination of a generous $10,000 donation from the Cermak family, money raised through the triathlon registration and support from the community of people who knew and loved Naomi.To be able to see the kind of legacy Naomi has inspired, and to know that future students who share her passion for learning will benefit from this event is really special.“The funds raised will provide a solid foundation to ensure the longevity of the Naomi Cermak Graduate Student Memorial Scholarship. With matching dollars available through the Ontario Graduate Fellowship Program (OGFP), we are fortunate to say we have been able to establish an endowed fund to support this award, one that will continue to grow with annual donations and from funds raised at the Tri to Inspire event,” says Roy.For all involved, this event was more than just raising funds for a scholarship fund, it was about recognizing an accomplished young woman whose life ended far too early.“After the race, while Carly Cermak was addressing the participants and supporters, it was easy to appreciate that everybody in attendance was impacting somebody’s life through their involvement and contributions,” says Athletics and Recreation Fitness Manager Eric Walter.“To be able to see the kind of legacy Naomi has inspired, and to know that future students who share her passion for learning will benefit from this event is really special,” says Walter.In total, the event saw more than 120 people come out to show their support.“By having people here and learning about my sister, a ripple effect is created. The more people who learn about Naomi and her accomplishments, as an athlete and a researcher, will hopefully inspire others to achieve as well,” says Carly.The Cermak family were appreciative of the participants, organizers, volunteers and supporters who came out and helped make the event a huge success.“I am overwhelmed, as you can imagine, today has made me both happy and sad,” says Naomi’s mother Tineke Cermak.Jacob Campbell came in first place in the 150m at 32:18 and Kevin Turner earned the top spot in the 400m finishing at 35:33.To make a contribution to the scholarship visit and select Naomi Cermak Graduate Student Scholarship on the gift designation drop down menu. Every dollar donated will be matched through the Ontario Graduate Fellowship Program (OGFP). read more

Dubliners Never mind the seagulls come sort out our rat problem

first_imgIT WAS SEAGULLS last week, but this week South Dublin residents say council officials must take urgent action against the presence of rats in their estate.Rat sightings in an estate in Clondalkin has angered local residents who say that not enough is being done by South Dublin County Council to solve the problem.Local councillor Trevor Gilligan said that rats have been spotted at the local bus stop at the Glenfield estate, while residents have also seen rats in the nearby field where children often play.Speaking to, Gilligan said the sightings of rats is “a regular occurrence”.“One only has to wait five minutes to see the rodents,” he said, adding that residents are unhappy with the council’s response to the problem.Illegal dumping Gilligan said:The council have said that illegal dumping in the area is the main contributing factor to the presence of rodents, however, residents dispute this. While illegal dumping could be aggravating the situation, it is the bushes where the rats are residing which is the biggest concern.Local resident Stephen Sheridan said his wife, who is seven months pregnant, is terrified to use the bus stop. “She has to use it every day and every day she sees a rat at it,” said Sheridan, who said that as she is so heavily pregnant she can not walk to the next stop.“The bushes where the rats are residing border the Font Hill Road. They are extremely overgrown. On Saturday, four rats were seen at the edge of the bushes where there were ten kids playing in the field where the bushes are,”he said.This image from a video captured by children in the area shows a dead rat on the side of the road: Children at play “We have warned the children not to go near the rats if they see them, but kids are kids. This is a health and safety issue that needs action now,” said Sheridan.A statement from South Dublin County Council to said they are aware of the situation.The claim that “dumping of waste”  is occurring in the area near the hedge and is attracting vermin.In the statement the council suggest that local residents should “part take in Community Cleanup effort. Support is available through for local groups through the Social Credits scheme. Local participation and ownership of areas reduces the occurrence of casual dumping”.The council said that the Public Realm Section will continue to litter pick and collect dumped material. “Where material is found that could be used as evidence to prosecute those responsible, this will be forwarded to the Litter Wardens for attention,” they said.“The hedge will be listed for works in the Arboricultural Program of 2014 and 2015,” they concluded.Hedge cutting Residents have been informed that hedge cutting takes place in the winter months and that none will be done this summer.Sheridan said the response by the council is “not acceptable”.“If we wait until winter to do anything it will be too late. Their plan to wait until wintertime is just not adequate. As the temperatures drop the rodents will be looking for shelter and they could try and get in somewhere. Our major concern is that they will get into homes,” said Sheridan.Gilligan said “while the Tidy Town Group do great work in the area, it shouldn’t be the job of the residents to pick up litter where rats are living”.“We are looking for removal of these bushes and not trimming. The council are the ones who planted them in the first place, and if they can’t maintain them, we want them gone”.Read: A senator wants something done about ‘raucous seagulls stealing children’s lollipops’>Read: 8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Short URL Mar 28th 2019, 9:17 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Richard Chambers/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 9:17 PM No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND People enter the sea from Sandycove pier in Dublin this afternoon as temperatures reached 16. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA majority of the Dáil voted to ban oil and gas drilling in Irish waters today, despite government opposition.A total of five men have been arrested by gardaí investigating feud-related activity in the Dublin area.Gardai have warned people that traffic diversions come into effect along the M7 from 9pm on Friday night. A recording of Mary Lowry having a conversation with the man she started seeing after Bobby Ryan went missing was recovered from a computer found in murder accused Patrick Quirke’s home, the Central Criminal Court has heard.A toddler died after getting caught in a blind string in her bedroom when she was put down for a nap, an inquest heard. A report on how Ireland should tackle greenhouse gases has been passed by the Joint Oireachtas Climate Action Committee, RTE reports.The cost of providing “out-of-cycle” smear tests is €9.6million, the Department of Health confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee.Icelandic airline WOW Air has ceased operation, cancelling all flights and disrupting thousands of passenger’s travel plans. Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against the Republic of Ireland after Irish fans threw tennis balls on the pitch as part of a protest during Tuesday night’s game against Georgia.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy criticised after the number of homeless people, as measured by the State, rose above 10,000 for the first time.The Irish Wildlife Trust lodged an objection with An Bord Pleanála over plans to develop a windfarm with 24 turbines in Co Longford. Carbon tax should increase to €80 per tonne by 2030, the Special Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action agreed today.Health Minister Simon Harris announced an independent review will be carried out into the death Marie Downey and her son, Darragh, in Cork University Maternity Hospital.WORLD  Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Third Brexit vote tomorrow, Climate Action committee publishes report and five men arrested by gardai in gangland crackdown – It’s The Fix. 10,984 Views The scene of a fire that tore through a Dhaka office block today in Bangladesh. Source: Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP/Press Association Images#BREXIT: The House of Commons will debate and vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow at 2.30pm, it’s been confirmed.  #BANGLADESH: At least five people died after a huge fire tore through a Dhaka office block.PARTING SHOTDonald Tusk was among those who rose to their feet for this political speech from SNP MEP Alyn Smith about why his party are opposed to leaving the European Union.(You can watch the video here) Get our daily news round up: “Scotland is a European nation… Leave a light on so we can find our way home.”Donald Tusk among those on his feet for this remarkable political speech by SNP MEP— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 27, 2019last_img read more

Bahamas Minister of National Security Pursues EvidenceBased Strategies for Correction from UBIDB

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames told participants at ‘Our Prisoners: A Symposium’ on October 4, 2017, that he believed that the information disseminated at the event would “go a long way in providing good and holistic analysis about offenders, their criminogenic (‘causing or likely to cause criminal behavior’) needs” and the underlying challenges within The Bahamas’ correctional system.“As I have indicated in my communication on crime (in the House of Assembly) a few weeks ago, my Ministry has reached out to researchers at the University of The Bahamas to explore ways in which your institution can assist in finding more evidence-based strategies to combat crime,” Minister Dames said at the event held at the University of The Bahamas (UB) Performing Arts Centre and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in conjunction with UB.“Furthermore, I am moved by the willingness of your institution to assist with evaluating anti-crime programs to determine what impact they are having on crime and public safety indicators,” he added.Minister Dames said that the emphasis of the discussion that day focused on the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and the need to facilitate alternatives to imprisonment and conditional release for non-violent offenders.   He noted that, over the past four years, the correctional services had been transitioning from a “punitive base to corrections.”“During this process, the enactment of new legislation to govern the service and changing the name of the institution was achieved,” Minister Dames pointed out.   “However, the process fell short of establishing a clear correctional strategy, that will benefit staff and offenders.”Minister Dames stated that, at that time, The Bahamas ranked third in the region in incarceration rates – 439 per 100,000 in 2016.“This rate reflects the challenges of crime, punishment and recidivism that exist within the Criminal Justice System in The Bahamas,” he said.In 2016, he added, Inmate Admissions at the correctional facility were 2,528, with male offenders continuing to remain the larger gender group admitted into the institution, exceeding female offenders by 93% in total inmate admissions.“Particularly, young males between the ages of 18–25 [who] represent the largest age group at 41%,” Minister Dames said.   “These trends suggest that we must engage dialogue relative to Corrections, alternatives to incarceration and their role in the Criminal Justice System of The Bahamas.“We must define exactly what should be accomplished while offenders are incarcerated.   At this point we need to understand what works and whether punishment, rehabilitation and reintegration are impactful within our system.”    Minister Dames said that, within that context, the correctional institution faces a myriad of challenges and the need for clear evidence-based practices must now be considered.“Evidence-based practices, as a part of the criminal justice system in The Bahamas, can mean revolutionizing the Correctional Services and developing much-needed community supervision programs for offenders,” he pointed out.   “Moreover, these objectives can only be ascertained through making organizational decisions and directing policy-making initiatives based on measurement, research and evaluation.”Minister Dames said that a very important step of our government’s crime focus is the rehabilitation and re-integration of offenders.“Noting that current incarceration and recidivism rates are at unacceptable levels, we understand that recently-released inmates – who are typically males in the prime of their lives – seem to have very few viable options to be successfully rehabilitated and re-integrated into society,” he said.   “As a result, Government will be enacting legislation shortly to address the conditional release of offenders into society through a Parole and Probation System for first time non-violent offenders.“The new process of parole will address rehabilitation, reintegration, re-offending/recidivism and reduce the costs associated with incarceration.”Minister Dames said the goals of the initiative will also include the following: assisting ex-offenders in functioning in the community without becoming involved in further criminal activity; providing supervision or monitoring; and providing support to inmates enabling them to be reintegrated in the community through a productive and crime free lifestyle.Minister Dames commended the “committed support” of the IDB, which had demonstrated its assistance by providing funding and other pertinent resources to the project, and looked forward to initiating further collaborative efforts.“I also commend the faculty and support staff of University of The Bahamas that have committed long, sacrificial hours in the work that will be presented today,” Minister Dames said.   We anticipate information revealed in this study will be useful in modernizing and strengthening correctional outcomes for the 21st century.”Minister Dames gave the full assurances of the government that his Ministry is a willing and committed partner and they were confident that underpinning the discussions at that dissemination exercise was the resolve to formulate data that will “chart the course of response to findings about offenders incarcerated in The Bahamas.”Press Release: BISPhoto caption:  Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks, on October 4, 2017, at ‘Our Prisoners: A Symposium’, an event held in the University of The Bahamas (UB) Performing Arts Centre and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in conjunction with UB.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Soy Growers Attend World Food Prize Symposium

first_imgSoy family leaders are in Des Moines, Iowa this week for the World Food Prize Symposium.The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.Since then, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. Thirty-nine laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge hunger and food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.This week’s Thursday soy luncheon for around 1,100 people was sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), The Soyfoods Council and the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program.On Friday, after the Borlaug symposium closes, a number of participants will tour Iowa farms, including ASA Director Dennis Bogards’.Attending the events this week are, Wayne Fredericks, ASA director and president of Iowa Soybean Association (ISA); Rolland Schnell, president elect of ISA; Kirk Leeds, ISA CEO, John Becherer, USB CEO, Jim Hershey, executive director of the WISHH Program and Karey Claghorn, ISA COO.last_img read more

Landslide On Sterling Highway

first_imgFor up to the further  information check, or call 511. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation reported a landslide effecting the Sterling Highway from mile post 49 to 50 in Cooper Landing early Friday evening at approximately 4:55pm. The Sterling Highway remains open to traffic while the clearing is in progress. DOT advises drivers to be aware of the rough gravel surface, obstructions and maintenance equipment on the roadway, to use caution while traveling through the area, to expect delays, and not to stop in the impacted area.center_img This is an ongoing story, refresh for updates.last_img read more

Cyberabad Traffic Police issues advisory to citizens

first_imgHyderabad : In view of heavy traffic snarls being witnessed in Madhapur and Hi-tech city areas during rains, the Cyberabad Traffic police issued an advisory to the citizens on Sunday on the major waterlogging locations, and alternate routes to be followed to stay away from the heavy traffic jams. They announced the major waterlogging locations near Nectar Gardens on the road connecting Madhapur to Road No 45, near City Wines, Ayyappa Society, Madhapur. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us The road connecting Cyber Towers junction to Neeru’s and Kavuri Hills junction and vice versa, near Shilparamam on the road between Hitex and Metal Charminar and Cyber Towers junction and near Raheja Mindspace campus entrance at Underpass on the road between Cyber Gateway and Mindspace. Police said traffic snarls were occurring as the recession of storm water at the above places is taking its time and consequently the traffic geting piled up on the roads. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Approximately, half-an-hour of waterlogging at Shilparamam would lead to congestion at Kothaguda, Botanical Gardens, Gachibowli for almost 2-3 hours. It would take 2-3 hours of hard work by traffic police in regulating and normalising the traffic. Since the areas are connecting airport, ORR, hospitals it is suggested that during rainy season, it is better to avoid the Durgam Cheruvu – Road No 45 route from Hi-tech city and suggested to take the alternative routes at Hitech city – Cyber Towers – 100 ft road – Kavuri Hills junction / Neerus- Road no 36 and Hi-tech city – Bio diversity – Khajaguda – Dargah – Film Nagar – Banjara Hills. Advertise With Us Further it is better to avoid Gachibowli / financial district- Kothaguda – Hitex – Cyber Towers- Kavuri Hills/Neerus – Jubilee Hills and suggested to take alternative routes at Gachibowli-Bio diversity- Khajaguda-Dargah-Film Nagar – Banjara Hills. The commuters should avoid Gachibowli / financial district- Kothaguda – Hitex- JNTU / Kukatpally and suggested to take alternative routes at Gachibowli – Kothaguda – Kondapur – Hafeezpet – Allwyn junction – Miyapur junction – Kukatpally/ JNTU. They also requested to avoid Hi-tech city- Cyber Towers- Malaysian township – JNTU and suggested to take alternative routes at Hi-tech city – Kothaguda – Kondapur – Hafeezpet – Allwyn – Miyapur – Kukatpally/ JNTU. Traffic police urged the citizens to follow the directions and not to go in opposite directions.last_img read more

Woman burnt to death

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA housewife was burnt to death in a fire that broke out at her house at Ramchandrapur village in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Saleha Begum, 55, wife of Ansar Ali of the village.Prabir Kumar Debnath, station officer of Kushtia Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the fire originated from husk and broke out at the cowshed of Ansar Ali around 2:00am and soon engulfed his residence.Saleha died in the fire while she was trying to bring out valuables from the house.The fire gutted three houses, three cattle and valuables of the house.On information, a firefighting unit went to the spot and extinguished the blaze.last_img read more

NTA to conduct reexamination of NEET paper at Siliguri centre

first_imgKolkata: The National Testing Agency (NTA) is set to conduct a re-examination for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), at an examination centre in Siliguri after medical aspirants failed to write their papers.The candidates appearing for the examination at the Dr S S Agarwal Siliguri Model High School (Senior Secondary) at Gurung Basti under Pradhan Nagar in Siliguri had opted Hindi as the medium of examination, but no Hindi question papers were supplied in the examination hall. As a result, they failed to write their papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter considering the matter, the NTA has decided the conduct the examination for the second time on May 20. The NEET was held across the country on May 5 except Odisha, where the exam was deferred in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’. The re-examination will be conducted from 10 am to 1 pm. Re-examinations will also be conducted at two examination centres in Bangaluru. Many medical aspirants in the city have alleged that they were not allowed to appear for the NEET as they did they did not turn up with an identity card. They also alleged that in any examination conducted by the Central agencies, there are clear instructions written on admit cards on what items a candidate has to take inside the examination centre. This year, there was no mention of Identity card on the list. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe students who were denied to sit for the examination at various centres in the state, alleged that it was a mistake on the part of NTA that conducts the examination. Nearly 75,000 candidates from Bengal sat for the NEET this year. Many have, however, raised questions on how the NTA is conducting questions on two sets of question papers as it is a gross violation of the Supreme Court order. It may be mentioned here that some of the city doctors have already written to the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar, against the Centre’s decision to conduct separate exams for the NEET, which is a nationwide exam. The Union HRD Ministry deferred the NEET in Odisha in the aftermath of the massive damage caused by the severe cyclone ‘Fani’, while across the rest of India the exam was conducted on May 5. The experts wanted to defer the exam across the country, as some other Eastern states were badly hit by the cyclone as well. The city doctors also pointed out that the Supreme Court had earlier stated in an order that NEET must be conducted with a single set of question papers.last_img read more

Book Asia river cruise with Goway by Sept 15 to save up

first_imgTags: Goway Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Book Asia river cruise with Goway by Sept. 15 to save up to $1,300 Friday, September 1, 2017 Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — There are big savings in store with Goway Travel for clients in search of an Asia river cruise. Those who book by Sept. 15 will save up to $1,300 per person, depending on the departure date and gateway.Passengers can choose to sail on either the Mekong River, between Saigon and Siem Reap, or the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Savings are on departures between September and late November, with some 2018 dates as well. For a full list of dates and prices, visit Myanmar Cruise Getaway and Mekong Cruise Getaway.For the 10-day Myanmar River Cruise Getaway, prices start at $3,299. The 10-day Mekong River Cruising Getaway starts at $3,099. Both cruise experiences include international airfare from select North American gateways. Passengers must book by Sept. 15 to take advantage of these rates.Goway’s riverboats range in size between a 36- to 60-passenger capacity, allowing for an intimate cruise experience.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalWhile Europe, Egypt and even Russia have been river cruise favourites for years, says Goway, Asia holds its own with some of the most inviting rivers in the world. As with most river cruising experiences, cruises in Asia offer all-inclusive package rates. One distinct benefit of Asia cruising is access to stops that are nearly impossible to reach by land, taking travellers ‘off the beaten path’ in the truest sense.For a full list of river cruising available in Asia visit the cruising section on Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes wins international award

first_imgQuality Hotel Taylors Lakes, part of Choice Hotels Australasia, has had a major win, receiving the 2015 International Quality Hotel of the Year award in Las Vegas.The hotel was eligible to win the title after it was awarded the 2014 Quality Hotel of the Year in Australasia.The Melbourne-based property came equal first with Quality Hotel Curitiba in Brazil, at the Choice Hotels International Convention, competing against hundreds of hotels around the world.Choice Hotels Australasia chief executive officer Trent Fraser said the award is a result of the hotel’s commitment to providing outstanding guest service.“The entire team at Choice Hotels Australasia is so proud of the Australian property, recognised internationally with this award and setting the standards for the entire industry,” Mr Fraser said.The four-star hotel was recognised for demonstrating excellence in the hospitality industry and for providing outstanding customer service.Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes general manager Eric Visscher said the hotel would not have received the award without the support of Choice Hotels.“This partnership has given us the backing and support of a global hotel group who have assisted in improving operational efficiencies, driving new business and improving standards across the property,” Mr Visscher said.“Our hard working staff thrives on providing exceptional service to our guests and we are so honoured to receive this international award.”The hotel features 58 guest rooms and provides guests with complimentary Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, two restaurants, gym facilities and a complimentary shuttle bus service.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Starting defensive backs the Arizona Cardinals have. It might be their best position group as it stands, but the depth chart looks thin to murky.The Cardinals have addressed those issues through the NFL Draft and Saturday led off the fifth round by taking Alabama safety Deionte Thompson.“We don’t have a post safety that really has the range and movement skill as this guy,” Arizona general manager Steve Keim said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact A high-profile recruit to the Crimson Tide, Thompson redshirted his first year and was a backup safety his freshman and sophomore seasons.He got a chance to produce as a junior in 2018, recording 78 tackles with 3.5 for loss. Thompson added six passes defensed, two interceptions and three forced fumbles for the national runner-up squad.Thompson had the fourth-highest forced incompletion percentage among safeties in the draft class, according to Pro Football Focus. He was ranked 66th on PFF’s big board, giving Arizona six players in the top-66 of the service’s board through 139 picks.“I’m not worried about where I got picked. It really doesn’t matter. I got an opportunity and that’s all you can ask for in this day and age.”Related LinksCardinals take Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler in 4th round of draftEarp and Holliday draft for Cards from O.K. Corral in TombstoneCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWas the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen trade to Dolphins about value or belief?That was fast: Rosen posts Dolphins picture right after being tradedThe 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety did not go through the NFL Draft Combine after suffering a ligament tear in his wrist while lifting.“I’ve been cleared by my doctors to do everything full-go, so I’m ready to go,” he said.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Thompson’s fall to the fifth round was possibly related to a degenerative knee condition. Thompson said the issue is related to a 2017 knee surgery to repair his meniscus that at the time only cost him about a month of time.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I don’t know too much about it,” Thompson said Saturday. “It just came about today. I heard the information like everybody else did.“I’m not too worried about it.”Keim and the Cardinals medical staff does not see the issue as a concern.“I can tell you a few guys who have probably put on gold jackets that I’ve scouted that I remember us failing them on the physical,” the GM said. “We didn’t have any issues with it.”Thompson joins an Arizona safety group led by D.J. Swearinger and Budda Baker. Third-year pro Rudy Ford and second-year pro Jonathan Owens are the other two safeties listed on the roster.The Cardinals so far have taken three defensive players in the 2019 draft. They used their first of two second-round picks on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy and in the fourth round selected Boston College defensive end Zach Allen.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Top Stories Deionte Thompson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks the pass intended for Carson Meier #45 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the College Football Playoff Semifinal on December 29, 2018. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)last_img read more

Wizz Air has announced its third Polish route from

first_imgWizz Air has announced its third Polish route from Ireland’s Cork Airport.The low-cost carrier will launch two weekly flights to Warsaw in July, with the service joining existing flights to Katowice and Gdansk.The service will initially run twice a week, and will compliment European flights from Cork offered by SkyEurope, Ryanair, Aer Arann and Aer Lingus.July will also see the arrival of Wizz’s new domestic routes in Ukraine. The carrier will offer flights to four destinations from its base at Kiev Boryspil Airport.Also available will be flights to Odessa, Lviv, Simferopol, Kharkov and Zaporozhye, with services also planned between Simferopol and Kharkov and Lviv.”Wizz Air Ukraine’s high-quality service and low fares will change the dynamics of the Ukrainian transportation market,” commented director general Natalia Kazmer.She added that the airline “has ambitious plans” to expand both domestic and international routes in the country.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWizz Air Ukraine launches with flights to SimferopolWizz Air Ukraine officially launched this weekend with flights from its Kiev base to SimferopoWizz Air launches flights from Warsaw to RomeWizz Air will introduce cheap flights to Rome Ciampino Airport from Warsaw in September.Wizz Air adds Poznan flightsWizz Air has announced new flights to Rome and Cork from Poznanlast_img read more

Nearly €100000 from three heists no sign of the culprits

first_imgALMOST €100,000 has been robbed from cooperative banks across Cyprus this month, in three separate robberies.Although the events surrounding the cases are widely known, the culprits are still at large and police are assuring they are doing everything they can to solve the cases.The first robbery on August 2, took place in Pyrgos, Limassol shortly after 11am where two individuals using motorcycle helmets to cover their faces, used a sledge hammer to break the bank entrance and enter the co-op.Witnesses described the perpetrators as young but police couldn’t get many leads as the two had apparently remained silent during the heist which saw them get away with €14,980.They arrived and fled the scene on a high-powered motorcycle believed to have been stolen from Limassol in July.A manhunt with the aid of a helicopter did not manage to track them down.Only five days after the first incident, on August 7, two individuals using the same tactic as the first robbery, smashed the glass entrance at the co-op Timi branch in Paphos wielding a G3 assault rifle and a hunting shotgun.With hoods over their faces, they apparently spoke in broken Greek and got away with €30,000 using a stolen vehicle. Police did not locate them despite officers on the ground and a helicopter search.The car had been stolen from a parking lot at Paphos airport whose owner left his vehicle there while on holiday.According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, perpetrators had torn apart the wire fencing, broken into the office which held all the car keys and stolen the vehicle.No cameras or guards were in place.  The car was later found burned in Choulou village.In the third robbery on August 16, two individuals clad in black with a pistol and a sawn-off hunting shotgun, stole more than €40,000 from the Ayios Athanasios co-op branch.The co-op branch at Ayios Athanasios which was robbed on August 16Deputy Limassol CID chief Marinos Demetriou said at the time, the perpetrators appeared to be Cypriot as they spoke the dialect during the heist.The robbers used a motorcycle believed to have been stolen from Limassol in July and is possibly the same one used in the first robbery on August 2.Demetriou told the Sunday Mail the banks lacked security measures such as double doors.“If you’ve ever gone to a Bank of Cyprus branch, in many of them you’ll see a door that only opens from the inside when you ring a bell and after that, there’s a second door.”This was a safety measure lacking from the co-op branches that their spokesman Yiannos Stavrinides conceded shortly after the second robbery took place.“We only have double doors in a few branches,” and branches located in areas outside of busy centres that are generally considered to be safer and with smaller sums of money, do not have the double-door system.Although no measures from the side of the bank have been officially announced, Stavrinides said installing double doors would not be feasible as an immediate step as practically they would take a long time to install, but the bank was in the midst of evaluating hiring a private security company as a deterrent.Stavrinides said the robberies were an indication of “the social problem of increasing crime in Cyprus” where people even brandish G3 rifles.“Thankfully there were no victims, neither customers nor colleagues,” but this is certainly a concerning matter.The co-op spokesman also said the fact that it was holiday season aided the perpetrators, alluding to the fact that the car in the second robbery was stolen from an airport while the owner was on vacation.No co-op official was immediately available to comment on whether bank employees, following three successive robberies had increased safety fears.Most co-ops don’t have double doorsFrom the police standpoint, Demetriou said they had, since the robberies given the bank some recommendations as to what measures they could take for the future, which Stavrinides said they were evaluating.“We are continuing investigations, people are being questioned in efforts to resolve the case,” Demetriou told the Sunday Mail.Asked if there was a list of suspects and how many were on it, he said “I can’t give you a number simply because in 10 minutes it might change,” as new information continues to come in.He refrained from commenting on findings from CCTV footage or the nationalities of the perpetrators but said there did seem to be similarities in all three cases.Angelides said the co-op robberies were the only ones that took place this year while in 2015 there were no bank robberies.  In 2014, there were four robberies, an increase from the two in 2013.Meanwhile in 2011 and 2012, 15 banks were robbed, down from 20 bank robberies in 2010You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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DBRS confirms Cyprus at BBB low Stable Trend

first_imgDBRS Ratings Limited (DBRS) has confirmed Cyprus’ Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency – Issuer Ratings at BBB (low). At the same time, DBRS confirmed Cyprus’ Short-Term Foreign and Local Currency – Issuer Ratings at R-2 (middle). The trend on all ratings is stable, it said.The agency said that the confirmation of the Stable trend reflected DBRS’s view that while the Cypriot economy continues to perform robustly, more progress is needed to reduce risks to financial stability further.Cyprus’ real GDP growth was 3.9 per cent in 2018, among the strongest in the Euro area, and the forecast for 2019 is 3.6 per cent. Last year, Cyprus made significant progress in reducing vulnerabilities in the banking sector, reflecting the government’s and the banks’ stepped up efforts, DBRS said.Together, the orderly liquidation of Cyprus Cooperative Bank and the banks’ sale of non-performing exposures (NPEs) almost halved the stock of the banking sector’s NPEs in 2018. Later this year, the government is set to implement its social scheme (‘ESTIA’) aimed at addressing NPEs related to retail mortgages, which remain very high.The BBB (low) ratings are supported by Cyprus’ solid budget position, its prudent public debt management framework, its Eurozone membership fostering sustainable macroeconomic policies, and its openness to investment encouraging a favourable business environment.“Nevertheless, Cyprus also faces significant credit challenges related to still sizable NPEs in the banking sector, high levels of private and public sector debt, external imbalances, and the small size of its service-driven economy, which exposes Cyprus to adverse changes in external demand,” DBRS said.It said the ratings could come under upward pressure from sustained healthy economic growth and sound fiscal position, which would contribute to the downward trajectory in the public debt ratio.Moreover, further progress in substantially reducing banks’ NPEs and private sector debt, and the strengthening of the banking sector would be positive for the ratings.“However, the ratings could come under downward pressure in a period of significantly weak growth, combined with large fiscal imbalances or materialisation of large contingent liabilities. A reversal of the downward trajectory in NPEs could also be negative,” it added.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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