Odisha Braille press fails students

first_imgDue to lack of manpower, the only Braille press of Odisha situated in Berhampur has not been able to print textbooks for class VIII students since 2016. As a result, visually impaired students in different schools have suffered. Principal of the ‘Red Cross School for the Blind’ in Berhampur, Nabin Chandra Satpathy said their students had to toil more because Braille books were not available.Textbooks for class VIII had been changed from 2016-17. “We could manage to get the English textbooks typed in Braille by a social organisation in Bhubaneswar. But for other textbooks that are in Odia, students were asked to write them down in Braille. Teachers had to put in extra effort to make students understand the changes in course,” said Mr. Satpathy.The situation is the same in more than 60 such schools in Odisha.last_img read more

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Trinamool announces names of candidates for by-polls

first_imgRuling Trinamool Congress on Friday announced the names of candidates for the upcoming by-polls for the Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and Noapara assembly seat. The party nominated Sajda Ahmed for Uluberia. Sajda is wife of former TMC MP from Uluberia Sultan Ahmed whose death earlier this year has necessitated the election, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. In Noapara assembly constituency, TMC fielded Sunil Singh, he said. The seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Madhusudan Ghose a few months back. The by-polls would be held on January 29 and counting of votes will take place on February 1.last_img

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Gauri Lankesh murder: Maharashtra ATS takes custody of two accused

first_imgThe Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on September took custody of two accused arrested for the 2017 Gauri Lankesh murder case in order to interrogate them in connection with the alleged plot to conduct disruptive activities in Maharashta.The ATS has since August 10 arrested eight people for allegedly planning to conduct attacks at various locations in the State, including the Sunburn festival in Pune. A large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives has been recovered from the accused.According to ATS sources, the agency got custody of Lankesh murder accused Bharat Khurne and Sujeet Kumar from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on September 12.“Interrogation of the accused arrested earlier indicated that Mr. Khurne and Mr. Kumar also received training in handling arms and explosives along with them. We need to find out if, apart from the Gauri Lankesh murder, they also had an active role in any other crimes linked to the outfit,” an ATS officer told The Hindu.Also Read  The ATS, after picking them up, first produced them in a local court in Bengaluru and got transit remand, after which they were brought to Mumbai. They were subsequently produced in a special Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) court, where they were remanded in police custody till September 17, officials said.Mr. Khurne’s farm is alleged to have been used to train Parshuram Waghmore, said to be the gunman in Lankesh’s murder while Mr. Kumar is alleged to have been part of the murder plot. The ATS suspects that Mr. Khurne’s farmhouse was also used while training Vaibhav Raut and his co-accused.The alleged mastermind of the Lankesh murder plot, Amol Kale, is also said to be closely associated with Shrikant Pangarkar, who was arrested by the Maharashta ATS in August.The development is just one more link between the alleged plot busted by the Maharashta ATS and murders suspected to have been carried out by Hindu right wing outfits. Earlier this year, the ATS, while interrogating arrested accused Sharad Kalaskar, had allegedly found out that he was one of the two shooters who shot Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in 2013. The ATS subsequently picked up Aurangabad resident Sachin Andure, alleged to be the second shooter, and handed him over to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the case. The CBI subsequently got Mr. Kalaskar’s custody from the court.The Maharashtra ATS, the Karnataka SIT and the CBI are also conducting investigations to find possible links to the murders of Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi. For Sanatan Sanstha, all’s fair in the war for a Hindu Rashtralast_img read more

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Chennai crush Stags to begin Champions League on a high

first_imgChennai Super Kings crushed Central Districts Stags by 57 runs to begin their Champions League campaign on a high.Chennai Super Kings vs Central District Stags, ScoresBrief Scores: Chennai 151-4 (20); Stags 94 all out (18)Champions League 2010 – Special Coverage  The IPL champions posted 151-4, a hard-fought score set up with Subramaniam Badrinath’s unbeaten 52 and Srikkanth Anirudha’s enterprising 42 after been promoted up the order ahead of MS Dhoni.Stags, the New Zealand domestic T20 champions, were bowled out for 94 in 18 overs.They struggled to get going under lights at the Kingsmead. Chennai’s pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel choked up the runs before the spin twins Muttiah Muralitharan and R Ashwin blew away their top-order.Anirudha led Chennai’s fightback adding 73 with Badrinath in 8.1 overs after they were tottering at 40-3 in the ninth over.Opener Matthew Hayden fell for a first-ball duck and Suresh Raina for 4. Both were done in by short balls, as was Murali Vijay (19).Hayden pulled one from Michael Mason that bounced a little more than expected to deep square leg. Raina, having glanced a first-ball four off Adam Milne, fended off a short ball to slip.Vijay too was caught at slip, off Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai’s pace force of Bollinger and Morkel, followed by the swing of Lakshmipathy Balaji, was expected to trouble Stags. But their spinners did more damage to the Stags.Dhoni’s men dropped a couple of easy catches early on. Ashwin put down Peter Ingram running back to midwicket while Raina floored skipper Jamie How at cover.advertisementIngram didn’t last long, skying Morkel to Raina at cover. Before they knew it, the Stags had slipped to 44-6 in the 11th over and the game was all but over by then.Doug Bracewell’s 30 batting at No. 9 took them towards three-figures but Bollinger’s final over produced two wickets to end their innings at 94.last_img read more

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Reus more respectable than Messi & CR7 – Sammer

first_imgMarco Reus Role model Reus has earned more respect than Messi & Ronaldo – Sammer Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 21:13 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) reus-cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg Augsburg Bundesliga The Borussia Dortmund star’s determination to overcome repeated injury problems in his career serves as “lessons for life”, says the ex-BVB coach Marco Reus’ persistence and patience during his injury nightmares commands more respect than the “God-given” abilities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to former Borussia Dortmund coach Matthias Sammer.Reus has had to endure torrid luck with injuries over the last few years, with the German particularly struggling last season and during the current campaign.After missing the first half of last season with a pelvic problem, he then went on to rupture a knee ligament in May, keeping him out until early February. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He made his return on February 10 in the 2-0 defeat of Hamburg and has played four times in all competitions ahead of Monday’s visit of Augsburg, with Dortmund looking to claim a fourth successive Bundesliga win.And Sammer believes Reus’ battling makes him a “role model”.”I’m absolutely convinced by Marco and I have much more respect for him due to the situations that he has lived through,” Sammer told Kicker.”If you take Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo now, who have had few injuries and played football for a decade at almost God-given levels, that is certainly wonderful and has my respect.”But I think those situations that Marco went through are lessons for life. He is a true role model for many. Not giving up, continuing, surviving difficult phases, stabilising to continue living, showing motivation for the profession – that is Marco Reus.”Sammer also backed Peter Stoger to remain in charge of Dortmund beyond the end of the season, with the former Cologne coach inspiring an upturn in their fortunes since taking over from Peter Bosz in December.”Of course, no question,” Sammer said when asked whether Stoger should stay.”Anyone who has shown such qualities, in a very difficult situation, there is not enough credit.”The club, the team and the fans are united again. The start has been made and that stability has to remain, but what has already been done is extraordinary.”I do not think they have to cross the finish line first to assess what Peter Stoger has done.”The way Peter Stoger conveys calm, reassures and at the same time gives the team stability and freedom is exactly the right recipe.”last_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch…this week’s edition focuses on some fantastic achievements by groups and individuals in Touch around Australia…* Some may have already read the story on the TFA website about Wallsend Touch in NSW taking out the NSW Hunter Academy of Sport `sporting organisation of the year’ award. Please read the full story because it is a fantastic achievement and one that Wallsend and their volunteers should be incredibly proud of.* Roxy Winder from Queensland, was recently awarded a Rising Star award by Sport and Recreation Queensland. She was one of just 15 awardees and the only Touch player recognised! Roxy has regularly represented Australia at a junior level and was selected in the Aussie Womens Open side for the first time this year, competing at the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand.* In some more big news…TFA has a new logo! The new logo will be put displayed on the website today and will be implemented over the coming months onto all areas of the website, letterheads, merchandise and clothing. Check it out later today!* Referees…the new logo is here and we’re going into production of new gear…the shirts are in already, while the shorts will be in over the next few days. Extras like hats, socks and waterbottles will take several weeks. Until that time we’ll continue to sell the remaining gear we have, please be patient as we may run out of certain sizes or styles, unfortunately it can’t be avoided! * School Sport Australia confirmed last week that the 2006 Australian School Sport Touch Championships will be held from October 22-27 in Perth, WA.* The TFA calendar of events is gaining momentum, it’s a great resource for sharing the dates and locations of tournaments and events around Australia. Check it out at http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=3 and if you have any events that you would like included, just email the event details, dates and locations to Casey at ata@austouch.com.au * NSW Touch are selling 2005 Vawdon Cup DVD’s. Vision was taken of the Grand Finals in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open & Mixed divisions. The cost is $10.00. All inquires in regards to the purchase of the DVD should be made with Kylie Hearne, NSWTA Administration Manager, (02) 9558 9333.* In other NSW Touch news, the draft draw/pools for their State Cup are available at www.nswtouch.com.au * Due to the relocation of Jeremy Sorrensen from WA to the role of General Manager of Queensland…the job at WA is up for grabs! All the details on the position of WA General Manager can be found on our website. * Nominations are open for referees for the 2006 NTL, this year sees an early bird discount of 15% on the tournament levy for those that get their nomination in before the 14th December. Check out the following story for all the details and then get your nomination in early: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1577&sID=46 * The deadline for applications for the position of Aussie Mixed Open Assistant Coach, has been extended until this Friday November 25th. Check out our website for details.* Azuma shoes are set to hit the office here next week. Make sure you keep an eye on the website for all the info regarding prices, what’s available, opening specials and how to order.* The next edition of Touch-e-Talk comes out in 2 weeks time. This edition will again be chock full with the NSW and Qld State Cups, affiliation, a word from the CEO, the new logo, NTL news, the Aussie 18’s upcoming training camp and more.* Remember, if you have any information for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch or anything at all for the website, email Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Grant media@austouch.com.aulast_img
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PV Sindhu’s South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun resigns due to personal reasons

first_imgPV Sindhu’s South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun resigns due to personal reasonsKim Ji Hyun had developed a good rapport with PV Sindhu, who time and again acknowledged the South Korean’s role in her success.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 26, 2019 10:32 IST Kim Ji Hyun played a key role in guiding PV Sindhu to her World Championship gold last month (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKim Ji Hyun’s husband suffered a neuro stroke about a fortnight agoKim was roped in by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) early this yearKim is India’s third foreign coach to have resigned without completing the tenureWith less than a year to go for the Tokyo Olympics, South Korea’s Kim Ji Hyun has stepped down from her position as India’s women’s singles badminton coach to attend to her ailing husband in New Zealand.Kim Ji Hyun, who was roped in by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) early this year, had played a crucial role in guiding PV Sindhu to her World Championship gold last month at Basel, Switzerland.However, the 45-year-old from Busan had to rush to New Zealand to be beside her husband Ritchie Marr, who suffered a neuro stroke about a fortnight ago.”It is true, Kim has resigned as her husband is pretty unwell. He suffered a kind of neuro stroke sometime during the World Championship. So she rushed back. She needs to take care of him as it will take around 4 to 6 months for him to recover,” India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand told PTI.Kim had developed a good rapport with Sindhu, who time and again acknowledged the Korean’s role in her success.Interestingly, Kim is India’s third foreign coach to have resigned without completing the tenure.Renowned Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo, who had guided the men’s singles shuttlers progress on the world stage, had resigned abruptly in late 2017 from the Indian national badminton team citing personal reasons. He later joined the Singapore squad.Malaysia’s Tan Kim Her had also stepped down as India’s doubles coach early this year, 18 months before his tenure was to end at the Tokyo Olympics.advertisementBadminton Association of India (BAI) will now have to quickly find a replacement for Kim, given that the Olympics qualification is currently on and the Tokyo Games is just 10 months away.”We are trying to get someone to fill in her boots. But it will be again a stop-gap arrangement. We need to find a permanent solution,” Gopichand said.Also Read | PV Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour titleAlso Read | Sindhu primed for Tokyo gold, says coach GopichandAlso Read | Carolina Marin lifts China Open after returning from injuryFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Kim Ji HyunFollow PV Sindhu coach Nextlast_img read more

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Interior Design is a Universal Lifestyle at Homepolish

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 1. Homepolish 2. Homepolish 3. Homepolish 4. Homepolish 5. Homepolish 6. Homepolish 7. Homepolish 8. Homepolish 9. Homepolish We are constantly trying to make tiny spaces work living in NYC. Any tips to make your home look polished, even if it’s incredibly small?For us, a smaller space just means you can make a larger statement for less money. Depending on your style, going with bold patterns or saturated colors is always a way to make a space look instantly impressive. If you’re the more subdued type, clustering accessories to create visual vignettes makes your home look thoughtful. Truthfully, size has nothing to do with polish, it’s really about what design decisions you make. In other words, it’s not the size, it’s how you use it!The Magazine is a great place for design inspiration, we loved looking through it for the first time. What are some ways your team gets inspiration for a project? Do you have any sites or publications you go to for ideas?I think I can speak for our 20 designers when I say this city is full of ideas. I personally get inspiration from eating… a lot. Restaurants and commercial spaces typically take more risks because they have to set themselves apart. If you can translate those risks into residential solutions, they can make for pretty impressive projects. We’re currently working on about a dozen startup offices in Manhattan (including Codecademy, Sailthru, Fueled) and the design decisions we make – a 20-foot shipping pallet bar or a hidden bookshelf door – often come from encounters we have while eating, drinking, partying or just existing in NYC. As for publications, I’m sure our designers read them, but there’s no substitute for experience.What is one (or a few) of your favorite Homepolish projects? Is there a space or two that underwent absolutely shocking transformations?One of my favorite spaces will always be my first: a beautiful white SoHo loft I did for an amazing entrepreneur couple. The challenge was to make the large warehouse space feel like a home, so furniture layout was key. We split the living room into a family room and a den and used a 12-foot reclaimed bookshelf to create a foyer and a master closet. Then we filled the entrance-facing side with hundreds of white books. The space went from an empty shell to feeling like a million miles from Manhattan.Now that we have 20-something Homepolish designers, I get to live vicariously through them and indulge my short attention span. One of our designers, Danielle, is working on Codecademy’s new 9,000 square foot office space in Flatiron, a huge, exposed-brick warehouse. We’re putting in a 20-foot bar made of reclaimed wood, a glass and brick conference room complete with bay windows and a hidden bookshelf door that leads to a “sleeping room.” Clearly, this is why we love working with startups.To learn more about Homepolish and to schedule a consultation, visit homepolish.com. Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Congratulations, you just found the apartment of your dreams. Now it’s time to pack, hire movers and settle into your glorious new space. But wait, your old furniture and decor do not speak to the aesthetic you want in your fresh apartment. What to do now? You could hire a decorator, but that would be expensive, and your budget is small. Luckily, the talented people at Homepolish believe interior design should be a lifestyle, not a luxury. Founded about three years ago, Homepolish is bringing the most talented interior designers from more than 20 of the best firms right to your doorstep for prices you can actually afford. We met with co-founder and CEO Noa Santos to learn more about Homepolish’s brilliant business model, talk about his favorite space transformations and learn how the city inspires his designers every day.Homepolish is all about making sophisticated interior design accessible to all, no matter how small the budget. What made you want to take something many people see as a luxury and turn it into something obtainable?Interior design, for me, is so much more than creating great looking spaces. Interior design is about enjoying the moment you get home from work, being proud and excited to entertain friends and having that spot to curl up with a glass of wine. At Homepolish, we believe interior design is a lifestyle, not a luxury, and everyone deserves it.Your designers have been recruited from the best firms in the business. Are they able to get more creative and hands-on working with Homepolish versus some of the bigger companies they’ve worked for in the past?Absolutely – we give our designers complete control over the projects they are working on. And because we don’t charge design fees or markups, their creative options are endless as long as they do what’s best for our clients. We want each space to be a reflection of each client’s unique personality. For the fashion-forward type, for example, it’s about creating a home that reflects the person’s closet. Why recruit the industry’s top designers if you aren’t going to give them the creative freedom to do what they’re really spectacular at doing?Related: A Look Inside NYC Design Firm STUDIOSCWhen dealing with a smaller budget, what are some cool elements and pieces your design team has used to decorate a space?Small budgets can often be the most fun projects as clients tend to be more open to creative solutions. One of our earlier clients couldn’t seem to find a bed frame she liked – nothing was really resonating with her or the designer. Instead, they constructed a custom bed frame out of wooden shipping pallets that doubled as her shoe storage. Those kinds of solutions are why we give great designers creative freedom. We’ve refinished vintage desks in high-gloss colors, used mason jars as pendant lights and repurposed ladders and crates for storage. It can be a wonderful thing when money doesn’t drive design. 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2016 Tourism Campaign Features the Unexpected

first_imgTourism Nova Scotia unveiled its 2016 marketing campaign today, April 7, which is running in key markets across Canada and northeastern United States. The campaign is designed to help visitors visualize what they can do on a vacation to Nova Scotia. “There is great awareness of Nova Scotia as a vacation destination in our key markets, but what we have learned through research is that travellers need more information about the type of experiences Nova Scotia has to offer before booking a trip.” said Martha Stevens, acting CEO and director of marketing, Tourism Nova Scotia. “Our campaign embraces lesser known aspects of Nova Scotia and showcases a multitude of experiences to inspire travelers to consider Nova Scotia.” Entitled, If You Only Knew, the campaign includes digital, billboards, print, television and movie theatre advertising created using existing footage from local video production companies. The campaign showcases experiences through video and social media content, and directs viewers to NovaScotia.com where they enter to win one of six trips to the province. Visitors to the website are encouraged to watch six videos, each with a distinct theme and enter to win the vacation they find most appealing. On social media, the campaign will harness local enthusiasm for Nova Scotia, calling on residents to share favourite attractions and hidden gems using #VisitNovaScotia. The content generated by Nova Scotians will help to identify and celebrate the lesser known aspects of the province and be used in future campaign work. “We know consumer reviews and endorsements are one of the most powerful drivers when selecting a destination and we’re rallying Nova Scotians to recommend local culture and authentic experiences to travelers,” said Ms. Stevens. “The campaign is fresh, fun and our strategic approach will get us one step closer to our industry goal of $4 billion in revenue by 2024.” To see more about the campaign go to novascotia.com/ifyouonlyknew. Tourism Nova Scotia was established as a Crown corporation in 2015 and is led by a private sector board of directors, including tourism industry and business leaders from across the province. As the steward of Nova Scotia’s tourism brand and chief marketer, Tourism Nova Scotia is focused on attracting first-time visitors to Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Man who scammed romantic partner wants mistrial despite guilty finding

first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — A con artist who scammed the romantic partner he met online out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has asked a judge to declare a mistrial, months after finding him guilty.In his motion, Shaun Rootenberg argues Superior Court Justice Beth Allen unfairly refused to stay the proceedings against him over problems with pretrial disclosure and his being strip-searched in prison.In July, Allen convicted Rootenberg, of Thornhill, Ont., of defrauding Victoria Smith, a divorced mother of two, out of $595,000.Smith had given Rootenberg the money in September and October 2013 to invest on her behalf. Instead, Allen ruled, Rootenberg used the funds to buy himself a new BMW and pay off gambling debts, among other things.Rootenberg’s lawyer Bryan Badali, who admits a mistrial is an “extreme remedy,” concedes the nine-day trial that began in May before Allen was otherwise fair.But during a hearing last week, prosecutor Mitchell Flagg said he fundamentally disagreed, contending that “everything about this trial was fair.”Evidence at trial was that Rootenberg, pretending to be Shaun Rothberg, met Smith via the e-Harmony dating site in July 2013. She quickly fell for the divorced father of two. Rootenberg talked up his idea for developing an online gaming venture called Social Trivia and, after a month of dating, she handed over $160,000 as an investment.“She believed they were in a committed monogamous relationship,” Allen, who will rule on the mistrial motion next month, said in her judgment.Soon after, Smith gave Rootenberg $435,000 to invest in mortgages he said would yield six per cent interest income every month. Over the ensuing 16 months, she did receive payments totalling about $36,500.“For all the court knows,” Allen said, “Mr. Rootenberg may well have used Ms. Smith’s own funds to pay her the dividends.”About 18 months into the relationship, Smith discovered — much to her shock — that her love interest was a convicted fraudster who had spent time in prison and was not Shaun Rothberg but Shaun Rootenberg. Worried about her money, she testified that she tried to keep the relationship going but ultimately went to police.Rootenberg is also a key figure in an unrelated case in which a former medical officer of health, Dr. Kim Barker, claims he preyed on her vulnerability.At the same time Smith was dating Rootenberg and handing over cash to him, Barker was also involved with a man she knew as Shaun Rothberg, and hired him as interim chief financial officer of the Algoma Public Health Unit in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Barker has spent years fighting to block the release of an embarrassing forensic report detailing her relationship with Rootenberg and his hiring. She is currently waiting to see if the Supreme Court of Canada will weigh in after a lower court ruled the report should be public.Barker resigned in 2015 after it became public that Rootenberg had served time for multiple counts of fraud.It had been during his incarceration at Beaver Creek penitentiary in 2011 that Rootenberg met another convicted fraudster, Myron Gottlieb, the former second-in-command to disgraced Livent Inc. impresario Garth Drabinsky. The two men, Gottlieb testified, discussed Rootenberg’s plan for the social media business.After their release, Gottlieb, president of B-G Enterprises Inc., agreed to help Rootenberg with the venture in exchange for $70,000. Gottlieb also allowed Rootenberg to deposit money ostensibly from off-shore assets into B-G’s bank account and disbursed the cash as directed. In fact, the money had come from Smith.In finding him guilty, Allen said it was clear Rootenberg had diverted funds for his own personal use and gave them to third parties for their use.“Ms. Smith was unaware of what Mr. Rootenberg had done with her money,” Allen said. “She did not know the BMW she saw him driving around in was purchased with her $435,000.”last_img read more

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Fairfax eyeing some US stores after Toys R Us Canada purchase

first_imgTORONTO – Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.’s president Paul Rivett says its plans for Toys “R” Us are not limited to Canada, as it is exploring options to keep a foothold in the U.S. and elsewhere.The Toronto-based company, whose $300-million stalking horse offer for the Canadian subsidiary of the toy retailer was approved in a U.S. court this week, is looking for stores outside of Canada it can potentially snap up.“There’s pieces now we can invest in, pods of stores in the U.S., or elsewhere, and utilize the fact that they’ve got all the systems in Canada,” Rivett said in an interview Thursday after Fairfax’s annual general meeting of shareholders.A Virginia court approved the sale of Toys “R” Us Canada to Fairfax on Tuesday, ending the uncertainty looming the Canadian subsidiary after it filed for creditor protection in September, and the retailer’s U.S. division sought bankruptcy protection.The sale is scheduled to go before Ontario Superior Court on Friday.Fairfax had made a $300-million stalking horse offer last week, triggering an auction for Toys “R” Us’ 82 Canadian stores. Fairfax emerged as the only bidder.The Toronto-based company’s bid surpassed the $215-million bid made earlier this month, outside of the auction, by California-based, privately held toy company MGA Entertainment Inc.Fairfax, which is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment, had been keeping a close eye on Toys “R” Us Canada but it was a call from another toy-industry figure that prompted a closer look, Rivett said.Vic Bertrand Jr., of the family who founded toy maker Mega Brands best known for its building blocks, called Fairfax, according to Rivett. Fairfax had been a key investor in the Mega Blox maker until it was sold to American industry giant Mattel in 2014.“They said, ‘Listen, these folks at Toys “R” Us are saying there’s really a good viable business in Canada. Don’t let it die’… As a result of them calling us, we took another look,” Rivett said.The rationale to purchase included the Canadian subsidiary’s $100-million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, but the value of the stores themselves as well.Conservatively, the real estate portfolio is valued at $220 million but could be worth as much as the $300 million price-tag, Rivett added.Fairfax has brought in a third-party to assess the Canadian subsidiary’s stores, and several located in high-density areas have “significant value that might not have been properly appreciated.”“We have no current intention to do anything with the stores … (but) we’re value investors,” he said. “So when we buy something, we want to have the downside protection.”The Canadian stores will remain open, and the profits will remain in Canada and reinvested in the business instead of being extracted out by its U.S. parent in order to pay debtholders.“We’re going to let them keep their cash and reinvest in the business, and do better from an economic perspective,” Rivett said. “Change the store formats so it’s more inviting for families and kids, and move away from the big box that hasn’t changed over the last 20 years or so.”Companies in this story: (TSX:FFH)last_img read more

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Parrikar loses battle with cancer

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at his private residence here on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63.The condition of Parrikar, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then, had turned “extremely critical” on Sunday, the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted earlier in the day. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity,” he said in a tweet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all.” Other leaders, cutting across party lines, mourned his death. The first Bharatiya Janata Party leader to be Goa Chief Minister, Parrikar headed the state from 2000-05 and 2012-14, before joining the Narendra Modi government as Defence Minister from 2014. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatThe country’s first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state, he assumed the mantle on four occasions from 2000, but could not complete a single full term in office. The four-time Chief Minister had been seen in public outings over the past few months with a nasal tube and a frail form, which provoked opposition attacks on the ruling BJP. But in January this year, he had famously said that he “will serve Goa till my last breath.” Manohar Parrikar was known for his impeccable record and simple lifestyle. He was a leader accessible to the people and was often sighted enjoying a ride on his scooter. With Parrikar’s demise on Sunday, the BJP-led coalition in Goa has to search for a new leader to replace him. He was heading a coalition government comprising the BJP, Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents. The death of the former defence minister, who represented the Panaji assembly seat, will also necessitate a fourth bypoll in Goa, where by-elections are scheduled for the Shiroda, Mandrem and Mapusa assembly constituencies on April 23. These will held in the state along with the Lok Sabha polls. “With CM Parrikar’s demise, the ruling coalition will have to make a fresh representation to the governor after choosing their leader. The representation will have the letter of support,” a senior official from State Legislature Department said. “If the governor (Mridula Sinha) is not convinced, then she will have to invite the single largest party to form a government,” he said. Parrikar, who was defence minister, was sworn in as Goa chief minister 2017 after he won from Panaji in the same year. The Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs while the BJP has 13 in the 40-member Goa assembly. The Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents have three MLAs each while NCP has one legislator. The strength House has been reduced to 36 due to the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza earlier this year, and Parrikar on Sunday, and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte last year. After the news of Parrikar’s broke, the coalition partners have called emergency meetings. The three Goa Forward Party MLAs led by Vijai Sardesai and the MGP’s three MLAs met separately on Sunday evening. Following the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the centre has announced a national mourning Monday and declared the National Flag will fly at half-mast across the country. The four-time chief minister will be accorded a state funeral. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called at 10 am as well. Manohar Parrikar’s body is to be kept at the BJP head office in Panaji on Monday morning. People will pay their final respects to the former defence minister from 11 am to 4 pm at Kala Academy in the state capital. The funeral procession will begin at 4 pm and the last rites will be performed at 5 pm at SAG grounds in Campal, approximately 4km from Panaji. See P7last_img read more

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Calls continue call for Orange Shirt Day to become a national holiday

Dozens of people sit around four long tables, talking and tucking into pancakes topped with blueberries and maple syrup. Some are children, some are Elders; some are Indigenous, some aren’t — but every person wears an orange shirt.To Shirley Isbister, this is what reconciliation looks like — or at least the start of it.“I think that if we can all learn to live together, work together and play together, we’re going to be able to have a much stronger community,” said Isbister, who is president of the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc (CUMFI).“If we can’t bypass colour, culture, race, then how can our children be taught that?” Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Province, community groups rally behind ‘common vision’ for reconciliation Names of children who died in residential schools released in sombre ceremony Thousands walk for reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day Residential school survivors honoured at annual flag raising Shirley Isbister is president of Central Urban Metis Federation Incorporated. CUMFI hosted a free community pancake breakfast to mark Orange Shirt Day, which honours residential school survivors, ’60s scoop survivors, day school survivors, families of MMIW and two-spirited peoples. Grief and loss counsellor Sandy Smokeyday prepares bannock at a free community pancake breakfast to mark Orange Shirt Day, which honours residential school survivors, ’60s scoop survivors, day school survivors, families of MMIW and two-spirited peoples, hosted by CUMFI. Georgina Jolibois, NDP Member of Parliament for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River. Brad Bird, director of the reconciliation unit at Saskatoon Public Libraries and the son of a survivor, said the day is an opportunity to educate young people about the system’s legacy.“I don’t want my daughter to have to learn that alone,” he said. “I want to provide her with the opportunity to really understand the effects that it has. When we have rooms like this with people of all different backgrounds, ages and races, we come together, we learn together and we heal together.”Across town at Prairieland Park, hundreds of students from Saskatoon Public Schools attended a powwow hosted by Whitecap Dakota First Nation, where they were addressed by survivors of the residential school system. CUMFI joined organizations across the country in commemorating Orange Shirt Day, which honours survivors of the Indian residential school system that attempted to forcibly strip Indigenous peoples of their cultural identities.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Roughly 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were forced to attend residential schools during their more than 150 years of operation. Thousands died, and many others endured lasting abuse.Orange Shirt Day is inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, a six-year-old girl who received an orange shirt from her grandmother for her first day of class at St. Joseph Mission residential school near Williams Lake, B.C. in 1976. Staff took her shirt away. Isbister said she hopes the motion eventually passes — and that it will be more than just a day off.“I don’t just want it to be a national holiday,” she said. “I want it to be a day of learning, a day when people know why we’re having that holiday.”“It was a national tragedy that we all allowed to happen for 150 years,” Arcand said. “So why not make it a national holiday to commemorate those people who suffered?”zvescera@postmedia.comtwitter.com/zakvesceraRelated Dancers take part in the Grand Entry at the Welcome Back Wacipi Powwow hosted by Saskatoon Public Schools at Prairieland Park. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Lorna Arcand, who works to promote reconciliation in Saskatoon, said honouring survivors who are still living is a crucial part of the day.“We honour them for the sacrifices they made on our behalf,” Arcand said. “And when I say ‘our,’ I mean society.”Many attendees said they feel Orange Shirt Day should become a statutory holiday. If it does, it would be the first and only one dedicated to Indigenous peoples in Canada.Georgina Jolibois, the NDP MP representing Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, proposed a bill in 2017 to make June 21 — National Indigenous Peoples Day — a national holiday.The Liberals reworked her bill, changing the date to Sept. 30 and renaming it. It then failed to pass before the federal election began. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix read more

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Irish father killed in freak golf course accident in China

first_imgA 39-YEAR-OLD MAN from Co Kerry has died in an accident on a golf course in China, where he had been working since earlier of this year.John Walsh, a father-of-two from Kilflynn, died on Monday.It’s believed a machine he was operating overturned into a lake at the Happy Valley Golf Club in the Huairou District, to the north of Beijing.The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it was providing consular assistance to the family.John had recently taken to Linkedin to post information about how he ended up pursuing his career in China.“While working my way through Agricultural Engineering in college, I was exposed to Golf course construction in the summer of 1992 where I worked on the construction of Ballyheige Golf Club, near my home in County Kerry.He said he had worked in Howth in Co Dublin,  Bantry in Cork and in the US before deciding in 2009 that China was where he would “hang my hat”.He said the golf industry was supposed to be just be a summer job “before I settled down to the family farm” but that twenty years later he was “speaking Chinese to my daughter”.He had been working at the Happy Valley club as ‘Lead Shaper’ since May of this year.Read: Explosions outside Chinese government regional HQ leave one dead, eight injuredRead: Hundreds of thousands evacuated as typhoon hits China coastlast_img read more

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Investigation launched after Irishman dies following row with teenagers in London

first_img POLICE IN NORTH London are appealing for information after a 62-year-old Irishman collapsed and died following a row with two teenagers.Joseph Kelly, who was originally from Tullamore, Offaly, was found unconscious outside his home in the Moselle Avenue area of north London on 12 April.Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the 62-year-old man was taken to a north London hospital where he later died.According to police, Kelly was a fitter and welder by trade. He was unmarried with no children. A post-mortem examination did not establish a definitive cause of death, but made reference to Kelly’s generally poor recent health. By Garreth MacNamee DCI Luke Marks, the officer leading the investigation, said: ”The death is not being treated as a homicide, however a police investigation into the circumstances of the death continues.“I am very keen to trace anyone who saw Mr Kelly in Moselle Avenue, and in particular, I wish to speak with two teenagers who had argued with him shortly before he collapsed. I would urge those young men to get in touch and simply tell me what happened.”Read: Bernie Sanders is coming to Dublin >Read: Irish parents routinely lie about being a car’s main driver to lower their children’s premiums > Short URL 30,532 Views Share9 Tweet Email1 Monday 24 Apr 2017, 11:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355266 Investigation launched after Irishman dies following row with teenagers in London Joseph Kelly had been in an argument shortly before his death. Apr 24th 2017, 11:45 AM 40 Comments Image: Google Maps Moselle Avenue in north London. Moselle Avenue in north London. Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 30 use people analytics to calculate benefits return on investment

EXCLUSIVE 30 use people analytics to calculate benefits return on investment

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Less than one-third (30%) of employer respondents use people analytics to calculate the cost, impact, and return on investment (ROI) of reward and benefits in their organisation, according to research by Equiniti.Its survey of 202 employers, conducted by Employee Benefits, also found that 59% of respondents cite an inability to justify additional spending as a reason why they are unable to enhance their reward and benefits programmes.The research also found:81% of respondents who know how much they spend on reward and benefits as a percentage of payroll, spend less than 20% of payroll.Just over one in 10 (11%) respondents offer financial education to their employees.Among respondents who spend a portion of their HR budget on helping employees with retirement planning, 7% is the average amount of their HR budget these respondents spend.Attracting and retaining top talent is one of the key drivers for offering a reward and benefits package, yet the average amount of HR budget spent on career progression is 16%, while 46% of HR budget is spent on inductions.Ric Williams (pictured), chief executive officer at EQ Paymaster, part of the Equiniti group, said: “HR should have some of the best data in the business. Our survey has shown that [it is] still struggling to fully harness the power of that data. Very few, only 12%, are actually collating it and making use of it.“A business-led approach to HR makes it easier to justify investment in HR initiatives and also generates much stronger executive support. Our findings suggest HR has the opportunity to gain more visibility, pull together data from across the business and, in turn, demonstrate ROI.”Andrew Woolnough, director, employee platform and engagement at EQ Paymaster, added: “Improving the employee experience brings proven benefit to the bottom line. Part of the challenge HR faces is justifying the investment in an integrated reward and benefits strategy. Our survey highlights the need to align HR measures to business metrics, for example, how employee advocacy builds corporate brand value or the impact of career opportunities on profit growth.”last_img read more

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Man leaves infant daughter in car during snowstorm gets drunk inside bar

Man leaves infant daughter in car during snowstorm gets drunk inside bar

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. (WSVN) — A Wisconsin man has been arrested after he left his infant daughter alone in the car during a snowstorm, while he got drunk in a bar.Surveillance video shows what appears to be a normal bar scene — patrons gathered at the bar enjoying their drinks. However, inside the bar was also Merriett Cox. Cox appeared to be fine at first, but after a while, the bartender said Cox appeared to be extremely intoxicated, even falling from his barstool.The bartender then refused to serve Cox, and even took away his keys.After calling the bar’s owner for help getting Cox out of the bar in a cab, Cox asked the bar owner to check on “his girl” who had been outside in his car for about three hours.The girl ended up being Cox’s two-and-a-half-month-old daughter who, at the urging of others, he finally brought inside.The bar owner called police, and Cox was arrested. Police cared for the child, who was taken to the hospital and was OK. She was later released to her mother.“The child’s mother was working,” said officer Tim Styka. “Mom was putting in 12 to 14 hour days and when mom found out about it, she was crushed, upset, angry, horrified.” Cox has since been released on bond –but was ordered not to have any contact with the child.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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Roots Service Awards presented

Roots Service Awards presented

first_imgVijayawada: Central MLA Malladi Vishnu said that doctors should actively participate in social service activities and serve society. The MLA participated as the chief guest at Roots Service Awards distribution function organised by Roots Health Foundation on Sunday. East MLA Gadde Ramamohana Rao was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Malladi Vishnu said that doctors’ profession is a holy profession and should feel the responsibility to serve society. He expressed his happiness to be part of the prize distribution programme to doctors who served the society. He congratulated the foundation for organising the programme of honouring the privileged people on the occasion. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us MLA Gadde Ramamohan Rao said that Doctors Day was celebrated on the birth anniversary of Dr BC Roy and appreciated the organisers for honouring eminent doctors to mark the day. He said that there is a misconception that all doctors are business minded. Doctors give the best to treat the patients who come to them for treatment, he added. Foundation chairman Dr PV Vijayabhaskar said that they have been honouring doctors for their service in their field for the last ten years. About 75 doctors were honoured with best service till now, he said. Later, the chief guest honoured Dr K Vengal Rao from Bobbili with Roots Health Life Time Achievement Award 2019. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us Dr N Subba Rao from Hanuman Junction, Dr D Ramachandra Rao from Visakhapatnam, Dr K Madhava Rao Chowdary, Ayurvedic doctor and M Madhavi Latha were honoured for their service with Roots Heath Service Awards. Roots chairman A Sivanageswara Rao, Rotary district governor GV Rama Rao, Andhra Hospital chairman Dr PV Ramana Murthy, doctors and others were present.last_img read more

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Stocks that rose despite Sensex Nifty correcting sharply due to Chinese stock

first_imgThe sharp correction on Indian stock exchanges on Thursday triggered by 7% fall in Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, has affected many frontline stocks but some shares have bucked the trend.Despite the nearly 2% fall on both the S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty, shares of a few companies are trading with gains on Indian stock exchanges.From the BSE500 universe, Monsanto India ended with a gain of 3.10% at Rs 2,419.80, while Alstom T&D India rose by 2.15% to close the day at Rs 453.50. Other shares that have gained marginally on Thursday include Godrej Industries, Kansai Nerolac, VST Industries, eClerx Services and Gillette India.  Shares that hit a new 52-week high on the day included Indraprastha Gas, Petronet LNG and Torrent.On the flip side, many companies hit a new 52-week low, reflecting the mood prevailing in stock markets, not just in India, but worldwide. Vijaya Bank, Federal Bank, United Spirits, Indian Overseas Bank, ACC, DCB Bank, Power Finance Corporation, Bajaj Electrical, Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro, Indian Bank, Apollo Tyres, Allahabad Bank and Andhra Bank.last_img read more

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How Americans Really Feel About Drones

How Americans Really Feel About Drones

first_img(Credit: Shutterstock)If you’re a fan of drone technology or a drone pilot yourself, it’s easy to think the tech is mainstream. It’s not.And it turns out drone owners are just a small sliver of Americans — just 8 percent own a flying drone, according to a December 2017 study from Pew Research Center. Even though many people don’t own drones, almost 60 percent have seen someone operating one.As of January, more than 1 million people have registered as drone owners with the FAA. That includes both hobbyist and commercial drone owners. The mandatory registration was initially instituted in 2015 but was found illegal in 2017 — it was reinstated in December 2017. But How Do Americans Feel About Drones?While Americans are certainly becoming more exposed to drone tech, they still have mixed feelings about it. The study found 58 percent of people would simply be curious, and 45 percent said they would be interested, if they saw a drone flying near their home. Only 26 percent would be nervous, and about one in 10 would be angry or scared.In the past, drone pilots have been physically and verbally assaulted when flying (even while following the FAA’s rules, mind you). One woman even stole a drone, lied a bunch and tried to get the pilot in trouble with the police. It’s about a 16-minute video, but it’s worth the watch.[embedded content]Security is often cited as a concern for many people when it comes to drone use. More than 50 percent of people surveyed in the Pew study think drones shouldn’t be allowed to fly near homes, crime scenes or traffic accidents. Police and fire departments are using drones to help document crime scenes, reconstruct traffic accidents and in rescue efforts. More than 40 percent believe it’s fine to fly drones in public parks — a common flying space for many drone pilots, myself included.Of course, there have been instances of people flying maliciously and recklessly: smuggling drugs into prisons, crashing onto the White House lawn, flying through a moving freight train (watch the video for yourself). But drone tech, like any other tech can be used for good, especially in science. Getting airborne efficiently and cheaply is helping researchers monitor polar bears, measure vital signs from the sky, save fawns from tractor blades and even discover ancient cities.last_img read more

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