CBI asks Derek OBrien to join chit fund probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has asked Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien to join its ongoing investigation into one of the chit fund cases, sources here said on Friday. The MP has been asked to assist agency officials by the first week of August, in the Saradha chit fund case, where Bengal daily Jago Bangla is allegedly involved. The agency had earlier too summoned the TMC MP but the latter could not join the probe citing a busy schedule. After the news emerged, O’Brien tweeted on Friday night, saying that he was served the notice to appear before CBI officials on July 25 at 2 pm. The tweet read: “JagoBangla is Trinamool’s official newspaper. Publisher: Derek O’Brien. Editor Subrata Bakshi was summoned by CBI a month ago to seek clarifications. Now, publisher served a notice at 2 pm July 25. Trinamool Motion in RS to oppose amendments to RTI Act started at 2 pm July 25”.last_img read more

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Outstanding transactions at Phoenix pay centre surpass 500000 says minister

first_imgOTTAWA – The backlog of outstanding pay problems faced by federal civil servants has now reached a staggering 520,000, the minister responsible for the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system has revealed in a letter of apology to government employees.That number is expected to grow further, Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough said in the letter being circulated to federal civil servants over the next couple of days, which was provided to The Canadian Press.“I am truly sorry that more than half of public servants continue to experience some form of pay issue,” the minister’s letter states. “Too many of you have been waiting too long for your pay.”“Your stories of hardship caused by the backlog of financial transactions keep me awake at night.”The outstanding transactions include non-financial requests from employees, such as changes to banking or home address information.But it also includes 265,000 cases in which government workers have been underpaid, overpaid, or not paid at all and have waited beyond what the government considers an acceptable period of time for their issues to be resolved.In the letter, Qualtrough repeated what she and her predecessor in the portfolio have been saying for months — that the situation is “unacceptable.”And she emphasized that anyone working in government who is experiencing financial hardship as a result of pay problems can request an emergency salary advance.One major factor that has prevented the government from reducing the pay issue backlog was the recent need to retroactively adjust the paycheques of government workers after new collective agreements were ratified.So far, roughly 184,000 government employees have seen their paycheques adjusted to the new contracts, the minister said.But another 20,000 collective agreement payments have yet to be processed and the number is expected to grow in coming weeks as more renewed contracts come into force.Qualtrough said dealing with the pay system backlog will continue to be a slow process as the government seeks a “permanent solution” to the Phoenix debacle.But her letter made no mention of a call this week by one of the country’s biggest civil service unions to build an in-house pay system and to scrap the Phoenix system altogether.The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada said earlier this week that IT professionals already working within government can build and thoroughly test a new pay system within a year.The government has so far earmarked $400 million to fix the system and to deal with the existing pay backlog, partly by hiring more pay administrators at centres in Quebec and New Brunswick. But Qualtrough said in an interview aired last weekend that she could not guarantee the amount wouldn’t reach $1 billion.The government hasn’t hired nearly enough people, quickly enough, to deal with the massive backlog of pay cases, the Public Service Alliance of Canada said Thursday.“The government needs to step up its hiring process and expand the compensation capacity both in the pay centres and in departments,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.Initiated by the previous Conservative government in 2009, the Phoenix system was meant to streamline the payroll of public servants across dozens of departments and agencies, and save more than $70 million annually.In a joint statement issued Thursday, Qualtrough and Treasury Board President Scott Brison again accused the Conservatives of saddling the government with a “botched” system.“They rushed the design and implementation, did not train staff, all while firing 700 experienced pay advisers who were needed to make sure public servants were paid on time,” said the statement.The Conservatives have denied responsibility for the debacle, saying it was the Liberals, elected in 2015, who ultimately failed to heed warnings from civil service unions that the system wasn’t ready before fully launching it in April 2016.A report from an auditor general’s review of the Phoenix pay system problems is expected to be made public next week.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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RIM sells NewBay subsidiary for US555M not deemed core for BlackBerry

TORONTO — Research In Motion Ltd. sold its NewBay services subsidiary to Synchronoss Technologies because it wasn’t a core part of its future BlackBerry product lineup, the company said Friday.NewBay provides Internet services that allow customers to store and share content like photo albums and other data, through smartphones, tablets and other devices.[np_storybar title=”Leaked: RIM’s next phone will be called BlackBerry Z10″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/12/20/leaked-ad-reveals-rims-next-phone-will-be-called-blackberry-z10/”%5DRIM’s next BlackBerry phone will be called the BlackBerry Z10, according to a leaked ad obtained by Unwired View. Continue reading.[/np_storybar]RIM acquired NewBay in October 2011, in the final months before Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were replaced as co-chief executives. Their successor, Thorsten Heins, has been restructuring the company since taking over earlier this year.“As we execute our transition and seek to save over $1-billion in operating costs, we have taken the decision to divest NewBay as it was not deemed core for the BlackBerry product roadmap in the future,” RIM said in a statement.The deal was first announced Thursday by Synchronoss, which said it paid US$55.5-million.The deal provides Synchronoss access to NewBay’s European customers, which include Vodafone Group, Orange and Swisscom. Its U.S. customers include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular. NewBay also works with LG Electronics and Telstra in Asia.Synchronoss expects the acquisition will be neutral to slightly positive, on an adjusted basis, to its 2013 fiscal year results. The company said it would provide more details in February when it reports fourth-quarter financial results.RIM shares traded in Toronto on Friday at $11.87, up 17 cents. Synchronoss shares gained 72 cents to US$21.21 on Nasdaq.The Canadian Press read more

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UN ready to step up work in Chechnya senior humanitarian envoy says

Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland described the humanitarian situation in Chechnya as precarious, marked by poor security and a serious lack of housing.”This is a decisive hour for humanitarian work and the future of internally displaced persons in [the neighbouring Russian republic of] Ingushetia,” he said.Many Chechen refugees have been returning home from tent camps in Ingushetia. But Mr. Egeland said he was disturbed by reports that some felt pressured to go back. Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, also voiced concern about the possible closure of the camps in Ingushetia.After holding talks in Nazran, Ingushetia, with its President Murat Vyazikov, Mr. Egeland said he had been assured there would be no compulsory returns and no camps would be forcibly closed. The envoy also personally visited three tent camps.Mr. Egeland travelled to Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, where he met government officials and visited a temporary accommodation centre for returning refugees, a centre for disabled children and mine victims, and a maternity hospital.Yesterday Mr. Egeland was in Moscow, conducting talks with Russian Federation ministers. He returned to the city today to begin the second leg of his mission, which will take him to Ukraine and Belarus to focus on the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion. read more

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Career crook killed by pensioner didnt deserve to die say family

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police van on Further Green Road in Hither Green Vincent's father Henry Charles Vincent It has emerged that the pensioner – who was confronted by two intruders, one of them armed with a screwdriver –  may have been trying to protect his wife Maureen.One of the men went upstairs while Vincent scuffled with Mr Osborn-Brooks and was stabbed. “It is possible that he fled the scene in a vehicle, possibly a white van, leaving the scene in the direction of Further Green Road. Did you see this vehicle? Do you know where it went after this? I ask anyone who can help to call our incident room as soon as possible.”Community describes living in fear of being targetedResidents in the small pocket of south east London where the Vincent family live spoke of their fears about which one of their homes would be next to be targeted. And for one resident,  Mr Osborn-Brooks, that traumatic experience has become a “nightmare” after he was arrested for murder. The community has rallied around the pensioner, launching a fundraising page to pay for any legal fees he may incur and vowing to protest if he is charged. Charlene Barnes, a property and legal adviser who lives in Ladywell not far from Mr Osborn-Brooks’ home, said that three masked men had attempted to burgle her last October. Scenes of crime offers and forensics teams work at the scene in Hither Green Vincent’s uncle Robert Vincent Tributes have been paid to Mr Vincent, said to be a father-of-three girls, by friends and family on social media.His uncle Stevie, who lives close to his home in Orpington, said: “We’re in mourning here. We don’t want to talk about what’s been said about Henry. We’ve already had the Old Bill round here. We’re not commenting on anything.”His cousin, who was not identified, told the BBC she was angry Mr Osborn-Brooks had been bailed.  “I don’t know what happened in that home. But all I do know is that my cousin is dead today,” she said.”The Henry I know, he was such a loving person, and it’s probably something which just went wrong but he shouldn’t have died out of it.” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation.He said: “I would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the outstanding suspect from the burglary, who is believed to be a white male; he may have told someone what happened at the address. She told the Daily Telegraph that her 15-year-old daughter had called her screaming  and told her they were attempting to get into their house in broad daylight and she rushed to the scene as the police were called.  The woman was invited into the house and began crying and asked for a glass of water.A white Ford Transit van later pulled up in front of the address and sounded its horn, according to reports, before the woman left the property and got into the van.After she had left, the victim discovered the catch of his front door was up. A jewellery box containing valuables was found to be missing, believed stolen.The van had also been reported stolen by a delivery driver the previous day.Mr Osborn-Brooks was released on police bail after being questioned on suspicion of murder for several hours following his arrest just after midnight on Wednesday.Police have ordered him to return on a date in early May. His arrest sparked anger from neighbours and an online fund-raising campaign. Scenes of crime offers and forensics teams work at the scene in Hither GreenCredit:Fiona Hansoncenter_img Vincent’s father Henry Charles Vincent A police van on Further Green Road in Hither GreenCredit:Jamie Johnson/PA He fled the house but died of his injuries in the street outside, despite attempts by the emergency services to save him.He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.37am.The second suspect fled the scene before the police arrived. The men were disturbed by one of her neighbour’s sons and fled. Residents managed to detain one and take his “massive” knife from him, but he escaped before police arrived, she said.Ms Barnes said: “It is a real fear around here, there is  a big fear of burglary and knife crime.”I would say that in the last couple of years it has got a lot worse, my mum had lived here for 30 years and had never complained.”It is an awful feeling, we don’t feel safe in our own home.”Crime statistics show that there are around 30 burglaries a month reported in the local area.  An intruder killed during a raid on a pensioner’s home was a career criminal who worked in a family gang and had spent time in jail.Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was stabbed during a break-in at the home of pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green on Wednesday.He was wanted over a separate burglary involving another elderly victim, it has emerged.His family’s gang operated in Kent and south London and was jailed for a total of almost 29 years in 2003 after conning pensioners out of £448,180.  They would knock on doors and suggest homeowners had structural problems, promising to fix them for huge fees.The men would even escort their victims to the bank so they could withdraw the cash to pay for the work.Two of the family members made a woman in her 80s sign away her £150,000 property, according to reports. They all admitted deception charges at Croydon Crown Court.Undeterred, Vincent was jailed again in 2009  after being convicted of defrauding an 80-year-old out of £72,000 for alleged roof repairs.His father, with whom he committed the crime, went on the run but was caught and jailed in 2011.In January, Vincent was named and pictured by Kent Police investigating a distraction burglary when jewellery and valuables were stolen from a man in his 70s. Vincent's uncle Robert Vincent The alleged victim said a woman had gained access to his home in Farningham, Kent, by claiming she had been assaulted and was seeking refuge until a relative arrived. Ms Barnes has been speaking to other members of the community and plans to organise a protest if Mr Osborn-Brooks faces charges. “It is outrageous that a 78-year-old was arrested and held overnight when he was just protecting his home and his wife,” she said. “Everyone feels sympathy for him that what started as a traumatic experience has now turned into a nightmare. The whole community will be absolutely furious if we hear about charges and if we do I know that I will be leading a march.” Supporters have given over £1,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for Mr Osborn Brooks. It also emerged that Mr Osborn Brooks had himself been fearful of crime in his local area and had contributed money toward a security gate just 50 yards from his house designed to reduce anti-social behaviour. Councillor Mark Ingleby said: “The fact that he contributed, like all the other residents who did, shows they were doing something about security in the area.”It’s sad for this area, we have worked so hard.”last_img read more

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FEI reaches milestone for automated mineralogy systems

first_imgFEI has reached a milestone for installing more than 200 automated mineralogy systems worldwide. FEI’s Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) and QEMSCAN automated mineralogy systems are used to understand the detailed mineralogy of the materials they extract during mining and drilling operations and helps evaluate the economic potential of operations.Rudy Kellner, Vice President of FEI’s Industry Group said “Automated mineralogy has transformed from a curiosity to a mainstream necessity in supporting laboratories for major mining and petroleum producers around the world, FEI is leading the competition in sales of automated mineralogy solutions. Most of the top ten mining companies have our systems-one has 21. An exciting trend we are now seeing is the move from laboratory to mine and well sites as the value of faster analytical results in both exploration and production becomes more widely realised.”Automated mineralogy uses a scanning electron microscope and multiple X-ray spectrometers to determine the structure and composition of rocks at the microscopic level. Automation makes the analysis quick and easy for operators and gains statistically significant results that are immediately available to scientists and engineers in the field.The automated mineralogy provides quantitative information on the size and shape particles and grains, particle mineralogy, degree of liberation and mineral association. Results can be used with bulk chemical assays and together help maximize metal recovery and guide decisions in exploration, mining, mineral processing and metal refining.last_img read more

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VIDEO Your weekend movies 12 Years A Slave

first_imgDelivery Man(MOVIECLIPS trailers/YouTube)For fans of: Artificial inseminationAvoid if: You’re sick of Vince Vaughn playing Vince VaughnVince Vaughn stars as Vince Vaughn, uh, I mean David Wozniak, who donates his sperm as a young man… and finds out 20 years later that due to an error he actually fathered 533 children. Whoops. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.12 Years A Slave(joBlo.com/YouTube)For fans of: Epics, memoirs, true storiesAvoid if: You don’t want to see the film everyone’s talking aboutBritish director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) brings us the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man who is kidnapped and enslaved in the USA. Starring our own Michael Fassbender, plus Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano, it’s a tough but powerful watch. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 96 per cent. Audience rating: 93 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 71 per cent. Audience rating: 96 per cent want to see RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 39 per cent. Audience rating: 52 per centThe Railway Man(Movies coming soon/YouTube)For fans of: True storiesAvoid if: You prefer Colin in breechesThis true story centres on Eric Lomax, who sets out to take revenge on the man who tortured him during World War II after he was forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Lomax’s trauma has gripped him his whole life – so what will happen when confronts his former captor?last_img read more

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nD portable gaming system shoots for 10 price tag

first_imgWhen Sony started brainstorming ideas for its new portable gaming system, the company decided to start with a price point and work backwards: $310. The mad geniuses at nD LLC had a similar idea, albeit infinitely more radical: deliver a pocketable gaming device for only $10.Some of the features you might have come to expect from a modern system like the 3DS or PSP won’t be included, like a 3D display or touch input. The nD does, however, pack some pretty decent internals. For starters, there’s a 400Mhz CPU — the DSi uses a pair running at 66Mhz and 33Mhz while the PSP runs at 333Mhz. The nD also features a 320×240 pixel screen, which may not sound like much, but it’s better than the DSi (at 256×192). Wi-Fi connectivity will even be built in — enabling online multiplayer gaming — and a rechargeable battery pack will provide power. Hardware could change prior to production, of course, and the company is hoping that starts happening as soon as it wraps up talks with a venture capital group.While the hardware looks pretty decent, the nD is really all about the games. The project’s goal is to sell the hardware at (or very near) cost in order to drive game purchases. And at just ten bucks, the nD crew is looking at other creative ways to distribute the device — like allowing game developers to sell the handheld with the titles they create. The nD SDK is totally free and is comprised of open source programs, and devs will receive 90% of sales driven by the nD Game Store.Yes, the infomercial-esque YouTube promo below shows a price of $19.99, but the company says $10 is definitely possible — citing a readily-available $6 SOC that runs at 454Mhz. I can’t see gaming geeks having a problem shelling out a twenty for this baby anyway.What say you, Geek faithful? Does the nD look like a something you can’t wait to get your paws on?Read more at nDlast_img read more

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Fujitsu IS12T with Windows Phone 7 Mango coming next month

first_imgAt Microsoft’s 2011 Partner Conference , the company had a handful of unreleased smartphones on display running the Windows Phone 7 Mango update. The quartet included models from Samsung, Acer, ZTE, and Fujitsu, and it was thought that the phones would launch sometime in September when Mango is due to be released. The Fujitsu IS12T, however, appears to be ahead of schedule and could be the first to market — launching in August on Japanese carrier KDDI.Details on the new smartphones remain scant so far, though the Samsung SGHi937 looks an awful lot like a Galaxy S II — one of the most popular non-iPhones in the world right now — running Windows Phone 7 instead of Android. If the internals remain unchanged, then we know exactly what kind of hardware the SGHi937 will pack.When it comes to the Fujitsu IS12T, there’s not quite as much information. The IS12T won’t sport a massive display like the Samsung’s 4.5″ — instead, it’s a more modest 3.7″ screen that’s expected. There’s also a very good chance the IS12T will feature a 12 megapixel camera, based on its model number, Fujitsu’s past 12MP offerings, and the company’s statement that the phone will feature “great capabilities in terms  of the camera.” In addition to a stellar camera, the IS12T is going to be waterproof.While snapping high-quality digital pics in the rain is cool, it’s even more amazing to think that a manufacturer may actually be releasing a smartphone ahead of schedule for once — instead of repeatedly delaying its launch. Pricing has yet to be revealed for the IS12T, but it’s safe to say this won’t be one of those $100 Windows Phone 7 devices Microsoft talked about.More at WM Power User and Nikkeilast_img read more

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A sparkie in the Senate

first_img“But what is politics then if not to give both parts the chance to compromise themselves,” the cynical and reactionary Naphta asks the progressive and enlightened Settembrini in one of the dialogues in Thomas Mann’s masterpiece, The Magic Mountain.In this instance they discuss the shape of Europe on the eve of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and hold opposite views on the nature of politics and moral norms.The prelude of this interview with the young Greek Australian politician Peter Georgiou was written in the informative brochure distributed by his office to the people of Western Australia, whom he represents in Parliament as a senator of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.In addition to his political program, his commitment to serve the interests of the state he represents, he promises his constituency that he is ready to help anyone with issues relating to tax, healthcare, retirement and (keep calm, folks) migration.So what is Peter Georgiou, the admirer of Paul Keating, the senator who recently helped a sparkie from Sri Lanka working in Australia with a 457 visa to get permanent residency doing in One Nation, a party that created and built an important part of its political capital on anti-immigration rhetoric and policy?Is his presence there is an act of political compromise that can -as Mann argues- produce positive outcomes for his fellow citizens or… himself? After all, he did managed to become a senator.It is not easy to draw any conclusions yetOn the occasion of the one-year term since he assumed the senator’s duties after the demise of his brother-in-law, Rod Culleton, whose election was overturned by the Supreme Court, and while bearing in mind his party’s stance, we spoke to Senator Georgiou.Senator Peter Georgiou, Senator for Western Australia, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Senate. 27 March 2017. 170142. Credit: Image by Michael Masters. AUSPIC/DPS.A CHILD OF MIGRANTS WHO WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK ENGLISH AT HOME“My parents are from Evia and Etoloakarnania, grew up in Athens and migrated to Australia in 1972 with my two older sisters. I was born later in Perth. Getting an education was very important for us. My siblings went to university, but I followed my father’s profession. He was an electrician and I used to help him during the weekend and I kind of liked doing this job so I took the same path. I worked for my dad for a while and then I started my own electrical contracting business. At home we spoke Greek and I still speak Greek to my parents, you know, just to keep the language alive.”While he describes himself as nothing out of the ordinary, in reality Georgiou belongs in a “rare breed” of politicians these days. Out of all our state and federal representatives in parliament only 0.5 per cent have had, as they say, real-life experiences, or have been in the workforce earning their bread and butter as electricians, builders, or plumbers.The reasons behind this phenomenon have been discussed to a great extent, and it is widely accepted that it is almost impossible for a tradie to ‘break the glass ceiling’ of the political class which is crowded by businessmen, lawyers and political staffers.It is also pretty clear that the vast majority of tradies and others of similar vocations are not really keen to become politicians.Georgiou, however, is not your next door tradie.“I’ve always had an interest in politics, since I was a teenager. I always kept an eye on what was going on, during the Howard years, during the Keating years, during the Hawke years. Α lot of the topics around the family table or during family gatherings was about politics. Believe it or not I had a wish that maybe one day I could get involved. So the opportunity came up, I put my hand up and here I am.”It sounds like changing a bulb, and in his case it probably is like that since Georgiou does not have any experience nor has he ever held any positions in local or state government. He came second in the ballot in Western Australia, and when Culleton was ousted he just cruised into the Senate.“I was never involved in the union movement or been a member of a party. I was kind of a swing voter, voting on the basis on what was promised and the parties said they are going to do but more on the conservative side. I was a bit more conservative than my parents were, who might had been Labor supporters. I cannot be sure about that though.”HOW ON EARTH???So why on earth does a migrants’ offspring join One Nation?“The appeal with One Nation started for me when I saw things change in Australia in a lot of industries. Being a tradesman and speaking to other tradesmen who been around working for 30, 40 years on the same jobs, they were saying that their opportunities and their income has dropped because of certain changes in society.”So you attribute these ‘certain changes’ to migrants and not economic conditions or policy?“I think it is a bit of both. Yes there are changes in the industry but there is also migration. Two mainly affected industries in WA were the tiling industry and the ceiling fixing industry where they just couldn’t compete anymore because they had people coming over here and just undercutting them, working for basically peanuts, and working 20 hour days. And this was what a lot of the tradesmen told me. One for example was telling me that what these guys are charging what we were charging 20 years ago.“I think we are representing these people more than any other party because we put the people who live in this country before bringing in other people. We all live here, we all try to make a living and I think people who are in this country including myself, including my parents who came over, we are very lucky to be here in Australia, so those policies for putting Australia first were appealing to me and also seeing what is happening in my trade but not as much. Our party is not against migration, it is in favour of controlled migration Who does not want to come to Australia? We all want but we must first ensure a sustainable future for our citizens. This is what the Turnbull Government is doing right now.”He is right when he says the Turnbull Government has begun slowly and steadily to promote a reduction in the number of immigrants that Australia receives, but as he tries to use moderate terms to describe the One Nation’s stance in migration, his leader wore a burqa into in the Senate, and her racist rhetoric against migrants is still valid. She uttered her political mantra in her maiden speech in the Senate in 1996 when she said that “Australia is in danger of being swamped by Asians” and repeated it in the same room in 2016 when she restated that what she said in her first speech is still very relevant.But while he talks about adherence to party policies and the appeal One Nation had on him, he goes his own merry way playing a pivotal role for a Sri Lankan electrician to secure permanent residency, or going against his party policy line saying after the burqa-in-the-Senate incident that he is not against Muslims migrating to Australia as long as proper procedure is followed.Please explain?“Edwin’s case was different. And I had no problem with my party leadership that I helped him. Now as far as the burqa incident, Pauline was trying to make a point. I did not know she was going to do that and I was [as] surprised as everyone else. A lot of countries in Europe have banned the burqa and the point she was trying to make is that if you wear the burqa and your face is covered then you do not know the identity of that person.”The explanation about his actions comes not from the above statement but from his answer to an irrelevant to policy question, about what he finds most gratifying about his new job.“The most rewarding part of the job is when someone comes up with a problem and while they had been through other channels and came against brick walls you’ve kind of pushed with it and you’ve gone to the parliament with it and go to the relevant authorities and you manage to resolve their issue and served this person. Like saving the Sri Lankan electrician from being deported.”Peter Georgiou on site.You went against party policy then; are you willing to do it again to help one of your constituents?“Look, the good thing of our party is that we were given the freedom to do what we have to do for our state. It is different here in WA than it is in Queensland, and Pauline has given us the freedom to do our best for our state, we represent our state and sometimes we can go against party policy if it is for the best results for our state.”It is quite rare for a politician, and refreshing at the same time, to hear a statement like this which, by the way, he put it into practice in the past while it remains in the realm of the unknown if he will repeat similar actions in the future.Perplexed about his fascination over Paul Keating I ask him the reasons behind it.“I liked him because of the way he talked, he was very quick with his responses, quite funny, and very smart. He was someone that I grew up with, he was everywhere. You couldn’t not like him.”It would be pointless to ask him whether he would want one day to become a prime minister. All politicians dream about that moment regardless of whether they admit it or not. The conclusion to this interview comes by asking him to be as quick, and brief as his idol prime minister by stating his opinion of the following politicians.He laughs with embarrassment but accepts the challenge.Malcolm Turnbull: He lost his way.Bill Shorten: He tries hard.Donald Trump: He has not proven what he can do yet.Vladimir Putin: Dynamic leader.Alexis Tsipras: I feel sorry for him.Tayip Erdogan: Trying to become a dictator. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LIran envoie des animaux dans lespace

first_imgL’Iran envoie des animaux dans l’espaceIran – Plus de 50 ans après les Russes et les Américains, c’est au tour de l’Iran d’envoyer des créatures dans l’espace. Cette mission mystérieuse suscite l’inquiétude des grandes puissances qui craignent la possibilité d’envoi de missiles de guerre par l’Iran.L’Iran annonce aujourd’hui avoir lancé avec succès une fusée nommée Kavoshgar-3. Cette dernière, officiellement destinée à la recherche, était habitée par un rat, deux tortues et quelques vers. L’annonce a été faite par la chaîne officielle, qui a diffusé les images du décollage de la fusée avec à l’intérieur la capsule où se trouvaient les animaux. Le général Ahmad Vahidi, ministre de la Défense, a spécifié que cette fusée doit permettre le transfert de données à la Terre. Mais il n’a pour autant rien dévoilé sur le but de l’expérience, ni sur les détails de la recherche. Aucune information ne précise non plus le lieu du lancement de la fusée. Cet évènement survient un an après l’envoi par l’Iran du premier satellite de communication, nommé Obid (Espoir), au niveau national. Le programme spatial iranien suscite l’inquiétude des grandes puissances qui craignent que le pays puisse envoyer des missiles destructeurs. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, à la tête du pays, a spécifié que cette mission prouve que l’Iran a les capacités nécessaires pour battre les grandes puissances dans la bataille technologique.Le 4 février 2010 à 15:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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SPOILERS WWE Main Event tapings for December 23

first_img Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Cody Rhodes WhatsApp CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood The following was taped on Sunday from Sioux City for the 12/23/14 WWE Main Event on WWE Network.Dark Match: Adrian Neville def. Tyler BreezeWWE Main Event taping results for December 23, 2014:* Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Los Matadores* Brie Bella def. Summer Rae* Big E def. Stardust* Luke Harper def. Jack SwaggerSource: PWInsider.com Facebook Twitter Stephen Amell Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 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 Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this Decemberlast_img read more

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Thousands of faithful celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

first_imgBETHLEHEM, West Bank  — Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world gathered with local Christians in the biblical town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with spirits lifted by a slowdown in recent violence and cool, clear weather. Security was tight in Bethlehem after deadly attacks on Christian targets in neighboring Egypt and Jordan by Islamic extremists.Yet the faithful braved the chilly weather outside the town’s Manger Square as songs like “Jingle Bells” played in Arabic over loudspeakers and scout groups paraded with bagpipes and sang carols. Elated tourists and local Christians alike wandered around the square illuminated by festive red and golden lights and a large Christmas tree, visiting souvenir shops and restaurants. Adding to the holiday spirit for the Palestinians, locals celebrated a key diplomatic victory at the United Nations the day before, where the Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Sharolyn Knight, 28, a teacher from Georgia, said she was in Bethlehem for the first time and experiencing mixed emotions. “It’s been sobering and humbling because it’s a place with a lot of heavy stuff, religious and historical. At the same time, disillusioning because there is so much strife in the place where Jesus was born.”last_img read more

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Paving project will impact intersection

first_imgThe city of Vancouver will close Northeast 192nd Avenue between Northeast 18th Street and Northeast Sixth Street Sunday through Tuesday for repaving.The closures begin at 8 p.m. and end at 8 a.m. Only emergency vehicles and necessary local traffic will be permitted on the road during the closures.While work is ongoing as part of the 2018 Pavement Management Program, street crews will mill off existing pavement to provide a better base for additional pavement work scheduled later this summer.Drivers are encouraged to consider taking an alternate route during paving hours if possible and to slow down in the construction zones.The work is weather-dependent, meaning if it rains, paving will be rescheduled.last_img read more

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Tottenham reportedly set sights on Porto captain

first_imgThe Portuguese news outlet A Bola have reported that Tottenham Hotspur plot a January swoop for Porto captain Hector Herrera, whose market value stands at around €8 million.According to the same source, the Spurs would like to beat the competition from Barcelona, Inter Milan, Roma, and Arsenal, and grab the 28-year-old midfielder as early as next winter.With Mousa Dembele’s contract set to expire at the end of the ongoing season, and with Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko’s struggle to live up to expectations, Mauricio Pochettino is forced to rush into the market to keep his side competitive on multiple fronts.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Herrera’s contract is also about to run down in less than a year, and in case Azuis e brancos opt to refuse eventual offers in January, he might leave Estadio do Dragao without a compensation fee next summer.Already established as one of the most solid midfielders in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the former Pachuca man is known for his pinpoint passing and vision, which is the main reason Pochettino would like to see him in the Premier League.However, considering the fierce competition and Porto’s stubbornness when it comes to negotiations, the north London outfit will have to put maximum effort to close the deal.last_img read more

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Tax Hikes

first_img $50,000 donated by Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – Lots of new taxes talked about when the Cabinet got together this week… cost of living and working and reveling in the islands will be more expensive beginning from this month. October saw the activation of the stevedoring tax hike and now government is reminding of the November increase on the pricing of tourism activities. A 12% tack on to the cost of services in 19 new areas, as the Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance reminds the public that the House of Assembly has approved an amendment to the Hotel and Restaurant (Taxation) Ordinance for these changes to take effect. There is push back from the sector, but it appears that all will go ahead as TCIG planned… as the tax for these designated tourism service providers will apply if the company exceeds a quarterly income of $12,000 or annual income of $50,000. It will be 12% more expensive for services like: water sports, sight-seeing, concierge, fishing, destination weddings, photography and golfing. This tax takes effect next Saturday, November 1st, 2014.center_img Related Items:concierge, destination weddings, fishing, photography, sight-seeing, tax increase, taxation ordiance, water sports Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provolast_img read more

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Libraries computerised thanks to Hospitals Donation

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 9, 2017 – Libraries in the country which were without computers will see that changed thanks to a generous and modern donation by the TCI Hospitals this morning.Education Minister, Josephine Connolly with the Cecil Graham, Chief Librarian for the country were overjoyed at the gift of eight new computers which will add to the compliment already in Grand Turk and Provo and the HP desktops will give three other libraries what they do not have: computers.   “I’m happy that organizations like yours see it fit to step up to the plate, to help our children achieve their goals, and I can assure you also that they will look after these computers.”“With these available now the children are able to do their research because not all the time we are able to have the books, so they need to go on the internet.” – Cecil Graham, Chief LibrarianDaniel Carriere, CEO of TCI Hospitals says this is a gift from InterHealth Canada Corporate and that it is all about adding to the quality of life and ease for a good education.   “This is a small component of what InterHealth tries to do every year in terms of returning money and also our attention back to the community.”Detorrie Tennant, the Information Systems Manager at the Hospitals said the machines are not only new and state of the art, but they are earth friendly.   “Green, in that it has a very small power supply which burns not much electricity, and the screen which is the  most obvious thing is 21.5 inches, its very sharp.”Grand Turk and Provo libraries will each get one computer; two new computers will go to South Caicos, two to the library in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and two computers are earmarked for Kew, also in North Caicos.   The handover happened this morning at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Alleged Palmetto Bay Village Hall vandal faces judge

first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — The man who, officials said, broke into and vandalized the Palmetto Bay Village Hall appeared in bond court a day after he was arrested.Thirty-eight-year-old Holdson Marcelin is facing several charges, including criminal mischief. He was denied bond.Officials said Marcelin ransacked the building late Wednesday night, destroying flat-screens, desks and the podium.Miami Gardens Police took Marcelin into custody inside the North Dade Regional Library along Northwest 183rd Street, Saturday afternoon.The suspect’s motive still unclear, but investigators said it may have been an act of revenge following an arrest last month.Parts of Village Hall were reopened on Friday. The rest of the building is expected to reopen on Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Brexit unrest may lead to queens evacuation

first_imgBritain`s Queen Elizabeth presents James Dyson with the insignia of members of the Order of Merit, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace, London on 19 July, 2016. Photo: ReutersBritish officials have revived Cold War emergency plans to relocate the royal family should there be riots in London if Britain suffers a disruptive departure from the European Union next month, two Sunday newspapers reported.”These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit,” the Sunday Times said, quoting an unnamed source from the government’s Cabinet Office, which handles sensitive administrative issues.The Mail on Sunday also said it had learnt of plans to move the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, to safe locations away from London.Britain’s government is struggling to get parliamentary support for a Brexit transition agreement with the EU before the departure date of March 29, and the government and businesses are preparing contingency plans for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.Business groups have warned of widespread disruption if there are lengthy delays to EU imports due to new customs checks, and even possible shortages of food and medicine.Last month an annual speech by the 92-year-old queen to a local women’s group was widely interpreted in Britain as a call for politicians to reach agreement over Brexit.Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative lawmaker and keen supporter of Brexit, told the Mail on Sunday he believed the plans showed unnecessary panic by officials over a no-deal Brexit, as senior royals had remained in London during World War Two bombing.But the Sunday Times said an ex-police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, Dai Davies, expected Queen Elizabeth would be moved out of London if there was unrest.”If there were problems in London, clearly you would remove the royal family away from those key sites,” Davies was quoted as saying.last_img
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4 of a family suffer burn injuries

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationFour members of a family, including two children, sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out in a house at Pagla Chitasha in Fatullah, Narayanganj early Monday.The injured are Abdul Alim, 70, his daughter Sheuly, 35, granddaughter Juthi, 14 and another granddaughter Tanzila Akhter, 6.The injured were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, said Fatullah police out-post officer-in-charge, Aslam Hossain.Quoting locals, the OC said the fire originated from a mosquito coil at the house of Abdul Alim at 5:00am when they were all asleep.Following the screams of the inmates, locals rushed to the house and rescued them after breaking the door, the OC added.last_img read more

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