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ICICI BankVideocon case ED grills Chanda Kochhar husband and Venugopal Dhoot

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED Friday questioned former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot in connection with a money laundering case involving their business concern, officials said.The three deposed as part of a regular summon and their statement is being being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said. They have been grilled by the central agency in the past in connection with the alleged corruption case involving the bank and Videocon group. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) had last month questioned and recorded the statements of Chanda Kochhar and Deepak Kochhar over multiple sessions at its office in Delhi. The agency is also preparing to analyse the details of assets of the Kochhars and others so that they can be provisionally attached under the anti-money laundering law. Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar has also been grilled by the ED multiple times in the case. The Kochhar couple and Dhoot were questioned at the ED’s zonal office in Mumbai after the central agency conducted raids on March 1. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyThe searches were conducted at the premises of Chanda Kochhar, her family and Dhoot in Maharashtra’s Mumbai and Aurangabad cities. The ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA earlier this year against Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore of loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group. This action of the agency was based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI has named all the three and Dhoot’s companies — Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL) — in its case. The anti-corruption probe agency also named Supreme Energy, a company founded by Dhoot, and NuPower Renewables, a company controlled by Deepak Kochhar, in the FIR.last_img read more

LT Construction bags order for Navi Mumbai International Airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Infrastructure major L&T on Tuesday said its construction arm has bagged the contract for construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The company did not provide value of the contracts but said the orders fall under “major” category which ranges between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 7,000 crore as per its classification of contracts. “The transportation infrastructure and buildings and factories businesses of L&T Construction have secured a prestigious project from the Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (NMIAPL) for the engineering, procurement and construction of the greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport at Navi Mumbai,” L&T said in a regulatory filing. The passenger terminal building is being developed to initially handle a capacity of 10 MPA (million passengers per annum). The project will subsequently be enhanced to handle 20 MPA, the company added. Shares of the company were trading at Rs 1,314 apiece, down 1.06 per cent, from their previous close on BSE.last_img read more

Mexico starts oil industry rescue with refinery overhaul

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new government has detailed plans to build an oil refinery in the home state of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and to renovate six others as the oil-producing country attempts to lower its dependence on imported fuel.Energy Minister Rocio Nahle said Sunday that Mexico will import 80 per cent of its gasoline needs this year because existing refineries work on average at 38 per cent of capacity due to a lack of maintenance and investment. She says the national oil company Pemex should be able to meet 70 per cent of Mexico’s gasoline needs.Lopez Obrador has said his government will spend an additional 75 billion pesos ($3.65 billion) next year on Pemex, which has seen its crude extraction plummet to levels not seen in years.The Associated Presslast_img

FFACE attempts to break beauty stereotypes

first_imgFACE, one of the prominent talent management brands of Eastern India announced its new endeavor called ‘FFACE Anokhi’ digitally powered by Facebook at The Brewhive recently. The logo of ‘FFACE Anokhi’ was unveiled in the presence of renowned actress Rachana Banerjee, Swastika Dutta and well known actor Sean Banerjee along with Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE, Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE and model turned actor Falaque Rashid Roy who is making her debut in Raj Chakraborty’s upcoming film Parineeta, also the Marketing Director for FFACE. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFFACE Anokhi is a platform which promotes the concept ‘Beauty Has No Shape’. Anokhi challenges body shaming and brings out the true essence of womanhood. This is FFACE’s first international venture collaborating with Ocenic Media Solutions for the Bangladesh segment. Speaking on the occasion, Neil Roy, Founder – Director of FFACE said, “Beauty is not superficial. It comes from within. Any person with a good heart, talent and confidence is always beautiful irrespective of age and body shape. All that women need, is a platform to express their talent. So, we, at FFACE are giving them from every sphere of the society the platform to showcase their talent.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraTalking about fashion, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE said, “Fashion is not very constant and it keeps on changing. It is basically a trend that goes around for a certain period, but beauty is constant. Beauty is the confidence that lets you carry a particular trend of fashion. And, that is exactly what we are looking forward to.” Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant – Director of FFACE said, “Through this initiative, we hope that we would be able to encourage women to be confident enough to carry themselves the way they are and not feel inferior because of any stereotypical factors of beauty”. The beauty pageant will take place across Bangladesh and Eastern India and will commence with registrations from May 20. After the registration period, auditions will start from July. Initially after auditions in Bangladesh and India, 20 participants will be selected from each country. Out of 20 women the top 10 participants of each country will be selected for the final round, who will compete for the crown at a location outside India and Bangladesh.last_img read more

Moroccan women speak out against sexual harassment

first_imgCasablanca- Young, female Moroccan journalists, trained by American ONG, Global Girl Media (GGM), released an insightful documentary on rape in Morocco entitled, “Breaking the Silence about Sexual Harassment: Moroccans Speak Out!”. In this documentary, victims of rape from all corners of the kingdom share their personal experiences with the public. According to Rajaà Hammadi, one of the girls who directed the documentary, the latter not only aims to raise awareness on the nature of this issue, but also presents some solutions to it, such as family and school education. “We are 24 girls working on this project,” explains Rajaà, “and we’d like to send a message to society to show that sexual harassment is an abnormality, a dangerous phenomenon that has to be eradicated.” Sexual harassment is another phenomenon that is increasingly becoming an overt behavior in Moroccan streets. “I was on the way back home when I saw a guy heading straight towards me,” narrates one of the victims of sexual harassment in the documentary, “He then placed his hand on my chest. At that very moment, I was so shocked that I didn’t know what was going on,” she continued. The indifference that Moroccan society displays towards phenomena like sexual harassment is also one disturbing factor behind the increase in number of victims. Here is an illustration drawn from the experience of one of the victims featured on the same documentary:“I was on my way back home that day. A stranger grabbed me from my hand. I told him I was married and had children, and implored him to let me go. He said he had heard that tape repeatedly from other girls and that he wouldn’t let me. I shouted aloud for help, but none of those who noticed me and knew that was being harassed cared about me. It’s like they all thought, ‘That is her own business.’ While I was wrestling helplessly to free myself from his grab, he pulled me harder this time, took a knife out of his pocket and stabbed me in my stomach.”In Morocco, there seems to be a discrepancy between the condemnatory institutional discourses on rape and sexual harassment and the actions taken by the same institutions to end them. While civil society and NGOs are an exception, decision makers in the kingdom seem to take the issue less seriously, sluggishly probing what is crystal-clear. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributelast_img read more

NATO chief China must treat arrested Canadians fairly

BUCHAREST, Romania — NATO’s chief has called on China to treat detained two Canadian citizens “fairly and with due process.”Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday he was following the situation of the Canadians detained in China in December “with concern.”He called on Beijing to address the concerns of Canada, which wants the pair to be “immediately released.”The Canadians have been detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese Huawei executive.Stoltenberg also said he also expects allies to sign an accession agreement for Macedonia after the country agreed to change its name amid a decades-old dispute with Greece.The Associated Press

Ottawa requests CRTC report detailing steps leading to unbundling of TV services

VANCOUVER — Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says she has asked the federal broadcast regulator to prepare a report on so-called pick-and-pay television services, making it clear that her government will pursue changes to stop cable and satellite providers from “bundling” television channels into all-or-nothing packages.Glover said the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has until April 30 to deliver its report, including steps the agency plans to take toward unbundling TV services.“We are convinced that this is something that Canadian consumers want,” Glover said Thursday in Vancouver. “We want to give them choice and we have indicated very clearly that we will require television channels to be unbundled.”The move is part of a consumer-first strategy outlined in the recent throne speech, and Industry Minister James Moore has said previously that government will force TV service providers to stop all-or-nothing packaging by cable and satellite companies.The broadcast regulator unveiled new rules in 2011 aimed at preventing cable providers from restricting consumer choice, and last month launched consultations on the future of television in Canada.“Our government is asking for a complete and comprehensive picture from the CRTC of the impact of unbundling television channels. First and foremost, we want to know the impact on consumers,” Glover said.The examination will include the impacts on cost and multicultural programming, the minister said.Some providers have already moved in this direction, Glover said, citing Videotron in Quebec. Bell and Rogers have also taken steps, she said, “but not to the extent, of course, where it is a complete unbundling of services.”The changes extend to telecommunications, Glover told reporters, saying Moore made an announcement earlier Thursday in New Brunswick.Moore said that beginning next March, 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz licences auctioned off will begin to expire and carriers that haven’t met all conditions of those licences will not be renewed.The 2300 and 3500 MHz bands are for fixed wireless service, where providers broadcast signals from antennas to businesses and homes.The aim of the auction was to expand wireless service into rural areas where subscribers couldn’t get high-speed broadband service from cable or their phone companies, and the licence conditions included a requirement to provide service in the entire area of the licence by the time it expired.That condition was meant to force wireless expansion into rural areas, where lower profit margins and higher costs have made some carriers reluctant to deploy.“Our government will only renew spectrum licences for those holders that have met all conditions of licence. Those that have not used the spectrum will lose it,” Moore said in a statement.“Our government will continue to enhance rural access to high-speed broadband networks and will continue to put consumer interests at the core of our decisions.”Licences that are not renewed will return to government hands and possibly be auctioned off again in future.Glover said the revisions to both television and telecommunications rules will benefit consumers.“Today’s announcements are important steps in defending Canadian consumers and giving them the choice and access they expect, and frankly deserve,” she said.The Canadian Press read more

Pengrowth Energy cutting its dividend in half to one cent

CALGARY — Pengrowth Energy Corp. is cutting its dividend by half in response to continued weakness in commodity prices.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer will chop the cash dividend to one cent per quarter in December, after making a previously scheduled payment of two cents per share on Sept. 15.Pengrowth is also suspending its dividend reinvestment plan effective Dec. 15, saying it doesn’t believe it would be in shareholders’ interest to issue further equity in a low-price environment.The company’s stock closed Monday at $1.93 per share, down from more than $4 in late April.Pengrowth said it’s committed to live within the cash flow generated by its operation.

Ally Financial files for initial public offering that could raise up to

Ally Financial files for initial public offering that could raise up to $3.06B AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2014 6:30 am MDT MINNEAPOLIS – The federal government is getting ready to sell more than half of its remaining stock in Ally Financial in a public offering that might raise enough money to pay back the rest of its taxpayer bailout.The sale could raise as much as $3.06 billion. That plus the $15.3 billion the government has already recouped would make taxpayers whole for the $17.2 billion bailout that began in 2008.However, whether or not that happens will be determined by investor appetite for owning part of a company that is still shoring up its finances.Ally was known as GMAC Inc. at the time of its bailout during the financial crisis. The company had been the auto lending arm for General Motors. But it was nearly wrecked by bad subprime mortgages made by its Residential Capital unit.Last May, Ally cut ties to ResCap when the subsidiary filed for bankruptcy protection. Its assets were auctioned for $3 billion in October.Ally has also been selling off auto finance operations in Canada, Mexico, and overseas. The sales and ResCap move have transformed Ally into a company mostly focused on U.S. auto lending and banking.Ally doesn’t have a network of bank branches. To get money to lend out, it offers certificates of deposit and also takes portions of deposits that are pooled by other financial institutions. Its $8.2 billion in so-called brokered deposits at the end of the year amounted to 18 per cent of its total deposits. One of Ally’s risks is that rising interest rates could make those harder to get, the company said in its Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday.The Treasury plans to sell 95 million shares for $25 to $28 each, the filing said. That would raise $2.38 billion to $2.66 billion.Treasury also granted the offering’s underwriters — Citigroup, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley and Barclays — a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 14.3 million shares to cover possible additional demand. That would raise up to $399 million more, boosting the overall proceeds as high as $3.06 billion. None of that money goes to Ally.The offering would leave the government owning another 68.1 million shares if underwriters buy their allotment.Stock in Ally, a bank holding company based in Detroit, is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ALLY.”___AP Business Writer Bree Fowler in New York contributed to this report. read more

At UN debate experts weigh clean energy water strategies to halt runaway

“The fundamental challenge of our time is to end extreme poverty in this generation and significantly narrow the global gap between rich and poor without ruing the environmental basis for our survival,” General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said as he opened the Thematic Debate Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus.“We need to embrace the path to sustainability, crafting a new global partnership in which no nation is left behind, and no country opts out,” he told the gathering which featured UN officials, a host of environment and energy Ministers, as well as a diverse mix of experts that included Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Colombia University’s Earth Institute, and Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Mr. Jeremic set the tone for the day-long discussion by telling the participants that scientists have confirmed some of the worst fears with the recent determination that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen above 400 parts per million for the first time in more than three million years. “The evidence is overwhelming: global temperatures are rising and extreme weather events are becoming commonplace,” he said. “We cannot afford business as usual – for growth along the current path will lead us to catastrophe, not riches,” he said.To safeguard the world from runaway climate change, he said the international community will need to “de-couple economic growth from our dependence on carbon-based energy systems, which currently provide 80 percent of our primary power needs”. Yet, as the concentration of C02 increases, the Earth’s ecosystems will change with “perilous rapidity.” Freshwater sources will decrease as rivers and aquifers dried up.Highlighting the link between water and energy, he stressed the need to invest in innovative technologies and strategies to ensure countries can continue growing economically without harming the environment.“Our water problems are closely linked to our energy problems. Water supply requires large amounts of power, whether for pumping, treatment, or desalination. Similarly, energy supplies often critically depend on water – for hydroelectricity, cooling, or irrigation for biomass,” he said. “We need more energy, not less, to end poverty and raise global living standards. But that power must be low carbon, if we are to remain within planetary boundaries. New technologies are required in order to remake the energy delivery systems so that by mid-century, they produce perhaps three times today’s output, but with less than half of the emissions.”In addition to new technologies, Mr. Jeremic said there are also organizational and economic challenges, as Governments must give the right incentives to the private sector to rationalize water use and switch to low-carbon energy systems. “This calls for a new direction and new strategies. I believe this debate can be an important step in moving us closer to the post-2015 starting line, by directing our attention to the innovative science, cutting-edge technologies, and new business models related to the energy-water nexus.”The debate is part of the commitments made by countries last year at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in which countries pledged to implement measures to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development—namely economic, social, and environmental.“We have the tools to save the planet from human-induced environmental devastation. What we lack, however, is a fundamental commitment to use them in coherent ways, as well as a full appreciation of how little time we have left before it gets too late,” Mr. Jeremic added. read more

Football Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce reportedly diagnosed with Alzheimers

Prayers to Earle Bruce & his family as Coach Bruce battles the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Earle’s passion for Ohio State is unmatched— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyRadio) August 25, 2017The 86-year-old coach, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, held an 81-26-1 record while coaching the Buckeyes. Ohio State went undefeated in his first season as coach and reached the Rose Bowl twice during his tenure.Prior to becoming the Buckeyes’ head coach, Bruce, an Ohio State graduate, spent six seasons as an assistant coach (1966-71), focusing on the offensive line and the defensive backfield.Bruce was honored during halftime of last season’s Ohio State-Rutgers football game as he “dotted the i” during the Ohio State Marching Band’s rendition of Script Ohio. Legendary college football coach Earle Bruce, who led Ohio State’s program from 1979 to 1987, has been diagnosed with and is battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s, according to Matt McCoy of 610 WTVN. read more

12 teen stars you thought were going to be famous forever

first_imgTHIS WEEK ON Girls there was a guest star who’d be familiar to any teen drama nuts: Shiri Appleby, still best known for playing the lead role in teen sci-fi drama Roswell.Here are some other teen drama stars that should have gone on to big things but seemed to disappear. Sadly.1. James Van Der BeekImage via The Waffle Girls / TumblrDawson’s Creek totally sums up a certain time for the teen drama and a generation of youths who were wrapped up in the Joey/Dawson/Pacey saga and all that super complicated dialogue.But lead man James Van Der Beek never quite rode the Dawson wave to bigger successes. After the show ended in 2003, Van Deer Beek turned up as a guest star on various other series but never quite found another huge role.The internet has brought him some new career attention however. He starred in a series of videos for Funny or Die after this famous crying shot from the show became a meme of note.He now has his own meme website. Amazing.2. Jason BehrTammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentWe mentioned Roswell’s Shiri Appleby earlier and her co-star Jason Behr is another remembered by fans.He was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s boyfriend in 2003′s The Grudge (he’d appeared on an early episode of Buffy too) and a handful of parts followed but nothing of note.Let’s remember Jason in happier, alien-related times:thatgirlinyorkshire / YouTube3. Sarah Michelle GellarAnthony Harvey/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThe cult following and critical love for Buffy suggested that Sarah Michelle Gellar would go on to be a big time star.It started out well  with two Scooby Doo movies, the saucy Cruel Intentions and then success of The Grudge.She had a part in the Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko follow up Southland Tales which was a commerical flop and a number of her films under performed.We still miss the Buffy days.NicoAngelus / Youtube4. Adam Brody TAMMIE ARROYO/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentIt still seems strange that geeky hunk Adam Brody didn’t take his time as the quick-witted Seth on The OC into bigtime movie success.Why can’t we just have a Seth Cohen spin off show where he’s a bit older but still geeky and living the dream with his wife Summer?Honestly. We’d watch every week.MaaahDuarte / YouTube5. Keri RussellRich Lee/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesKeri was the star of the college drama Felicity, infamous for having its star cut off her mane of curly hair between seasons.Abrams cast Russell in Mission Impossible: 4 but she’s still made few big time appearances since Felicity ended.She’s now the star of a new US series called The Americans, a buzzed about spy drama that could be the next Homeland.OfficialTVPromos / YouTube6. Neve CampbellRebecca Naden/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesRemember Party of Five? It was soapy and ridiculous and had us all gripped throughout the 90s.Neve Campbell was the lead as Julia and found big screen success with the Scream movies which were huge.Then it all went a bit quiet after the end of Party of Five and the third Scream movie. Maybe they can do a Party of Five reunion and we can relive the glory of these opening credits:wethotcanadiansummer / YouTube7.  Luke PerryJean/EMPICS EntertainmentLuke Perry was 90210′s bad boy star, Dylan McKay.Other than that though, things never really took off. He did have a part in the original Buffy movie though, which continues to be a thoroughly odd watch:SupernatualEarth / YouTube8. Mischa BartonTammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentIt still seems odd that Mischa Barton didn’t strike it big after she left The OC (when her character was famously killed off).Barton has become a tabloid fixture for her hard partying ways and has had the odd film role but has yet to manage a high profile role that’s come close to Marisa Cooper.She did star in Steel Magnolias when it toured Ireland last year, alongside the lady who played Madge in Neighbours, so that’s something.Sinead M / YouTube9.  Brittany & Cynthia DanielTammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentThose names might not ring a bell but the twins starred in Sweet Valley High.Cynthia retired from acting after the series ended and became a photographer while Brittany continued to act including an appearance on Dawson’s Creek (Teen drama crossover alert!)This pair could have had Olsen-twin level success but alas it was not to be. Mind you the Sweet Valley High theme song is still a TUNE.tropic99 / YouTube10. Tia and Tamera MowryBenkey/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentThe ultimate teen sitcom duo, Tia and Tamera brought Sister Sister to life for five seasons of all kinds of twin themed antics.After the series the girls worked on their own with Tia picking up a regular role on US drama The Game while Tamera cropped up on Strong Medicine. They also did two Disney channel movies together.As we pointed out recently the pair are now starring in their own reality show, cleverly titled Tia & Tamera.Which is grand but we would really enjoy a full on revival of Sister Sister.With the original theme song (Not that dodgy “grown up” version they did near the end):taulxer / YouTube11. Melissa Joan Hart REED SAXON/AP/Press Association ImagesShe’s lucky enough to have two hit teen shows behind her with Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But we still reckon Melissa could have been bigger.Hart was very lucky to land the role of Sabrina not long after Clarissa wrapped and it put her on screen in front of many of us for years.Once Sabrina finished up she went off the radar for a little while, appearing in several TV movies.This lead to her nabbing a new sitcom role with Joey Lawrence (remember Blossom?!) in 2010 called Melissa & Joey.Which looks a bit dreadful but it is still going.Fair enough but WHAT ABOUT CLARISSA? AND SABRINA? Sigh.Telestrekoza1 / YouTube12. Fred SavageThe Wonder Years gave the very young Fred Savage plenty of fame (and an Emmy award) playing the part of Kevin Arnold.The show itself was one of the biggest teen shows ever and it would have made sense if Savage either pulled a Jodie Foster and become a legitimate movie star or had a post show meltdown.In fact he did neither. Although he took up some guest roles here and there once the series ended in 1993 he focused mainly on directing.Savage has now directed episodes for many comedy series including Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.He hasn’t aged a day though. Here is with another teen-drama alum James Van Der Beek lookin very freshfacedTodd Williamson/AP/Press Association ImagesAnd let us not forgot the Wonder Years theme tune. How could we?redfarmer / YouTube16 amazing tunes from the 1990s that you’ve forgotten>9 video game characters you wanted to be when you grew up>last_img read more

Pregnant woman with 15 chance of delivery given list of UK hospitals

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 3:12 PM Why, in this country, is such a distinction made between fatal and severe abnormalities that isn’t made in other countries? One of the women, who is a nurse, asks ‘who makes the decisions?’, about what conditions get on the list to decide what is a fatal foetal abnormality?    Under legislation passed by the Dáil last year, a woman may have an abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormality:where two medical practitioners, having examined the pregnant woman, are of the reasonable opinion formed in good faith that there is present a condition affecting the foetus that is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before, or within 28 days of, birth.  132 Comments 43,618 Views Pregnant woman with ‘15% chance of delivery’ given list of UK hospitals to get abortion, Dáil hears Ruth Coppinger TD told the Dáil she had been contacted by a woman who shared her story. Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger. Image: Oireachtas.iecenter_img Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger. Share595 Tweet Email1 SOLIDARITY TD RUTH Coppinger has told the Dáil that a pregnant woman went to the UK to secure an abortion despite being told in an Irish hospital that she had only a 15% chance of delivery.Coppinger said the woman was told, following a scan in Portiuncula Hospital, that possible Edwards syndrome was detected and that the baby “might live only an hour or so”.She was told, Coppinger said, that doctors “could not do anything” because her pregnancy was beyond 12 weeks.The deputy said the woman, who she referred to as ‘Mary’, was then given “the names of three hospitals in England”.Most babies with Edwards’ syndrome will die before or shortly after being born.Speaking during Leaders’ Questions, the deputy said the woman subsequently made an appointment but that this was made “at great expense” and also required making work arrangements.Coppinger said the woman told her: “I’d lose my head if I had to continue this pregnancy but Ireland will do nothing for me.”  Coppinger said she has been contacted by a number of women with similar “tragic foetal diagnoses” who have been “left outside the law”.The deputy asked the Taoiseach: Short URL Source: response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the case she raised represented “a very private and personal matter” but that the difference between fatal and severe abnormalities was discussed before legislation was passed. “That was a decision that was discussed here in the Oireachtas and we as an Oireachtas, and you were a participant in all those debates which is why you should know the answer to your own question, we decided as an Oireachtas that disability would not be grounds for the termination of a pregnancy, but a fatal abnormality would be. And severe abnormality is very often a disability,” Varadkar said. Coppinger previously raised in the Dáil the case of a woman who was 14 weeks pregnant and had received a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality but was denied an abortion at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin. In that case, Coppinger said that the abortion was signed off by two doctors. The hospital said later that it had not started delivering abortion services to patients, despite the HSE and Department of Health’s work to have them operational by 1 January 2019.  Image: Feb 19th 2019, 3:12 PM last_img read more

Report Rodriguez James expected to be a last minute decision

first_imgColombia coach Jose Pekerman is expected to make a last minute decision as to whether to play James Rodriguez in their all-important second round World Cup clash against England considering his state of health or not.Initial scans have shown that the injury suffered by the Bayern Munich star in their final Group H encounter against Senegal are better than first feared. With the scans showing he suffered no ligaments damage or muscle tear.Pekerman has given his star player every chance of making the tie against England, saying the decision to James would be a last minute one, Mirror claims.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.The former Madrid man did not train together with his teammates in front of the media on Monday, he was seen to be working on his core alone with the hope of getting fit for the second round game on Tuesday evening.James Rodriguez who won the golden boot at the last World Cup in Brazil with six goals came into this tournament with an injury, only playing 90 minutes in the second group game against Poland and coming on as a substitute in the first game against Japan.Should the injury force him out of the tie, Colombia would be looking towards the 25-year-old Juan Quintero, who has impressed so far at this World Cup for their creative spark.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola impressed with new boy Mahrez

first_imgPep Guardiola is impressed with the way Riyad Mahrez has smoothly settled into his new surroundings at Manchester City.The Algerian winger joined the Blues from the Foxes and has started one and came off the bench in two of City’s opening three Premier League games.And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s late kick-off with Newcastle United, Guardiola said he was more than satisfied with how the player had adapted to life at City.“I would say quite well, for how quickly he has adapted and especially for the quality,” said Pep.“He’s one of the most technical players I’ve ever seen, the skills and everything.“It’s just, of course, there’s a lot of information – the way we want to play, the way we want to do things, the corrections after the games that we have to do, in all things, defensive and offensive set-pieces.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But he settled well. He has respect in the locker room and that is the most important thing.”After tomorrow’s visit of Rafa Benitez’s Magpies, the league takes a fortnight’s break with the focus switching to internationals.But asked whether the 2018/19 campaign was shaping up to be an even tougher proposition than last season, Pep said it was too early to judge.“Quite similar, I would say,” Guardiola added.“New managers are here – Marco Silva at Everton, Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea – new managers, new clubs. Javi Garcia at Watford is doing amazingly. But I think it’s too early.“Last season we cannot forget all the six contenders playing international competitions, not like the previous season when Chelsea didn’t play there. It was tough last season it will be tough this one.”last_img read more

Mexico says Guard deployment beginning forms migrant team

first_img June 11, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Immigration AP, AP Mexico says Guard deployment beginning, forms migrant teamcenter_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Tuesday they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part of an agreement with the United States to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard also announced that a team of five officials, including a general and a prison director, has been formed to implement the immigration plan.Ebrard said that Gen. Vicente Antonio Hernández Sánchez, commander of the Tapachula military zone near the border with Guatemala, will begin a tour of the south “to speed up the deployment in the area.”Cuban migrants land on the Mexican side of the Suchiate River on the border with Guatemala, after crossing on a raft near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Mexican officials say they are beginning deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment made as part of an agreement with the United States last week to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)The main objective is to register migrants, offer them options for regularizing their immigration status and return those who don’t want to register, he added.Ebrard did not mention detentions, which have risen notably in recent months, but said there is a need to expand and improve overcrowded immigration facilities that operate as de facto detention centers.Another deployment is going to the frontier with the United States to attend to migrants who have been returned to Mexico while their asylum claims are processed in U.S. courts.As part of the deal reached last Friday with Washington, Mexico agreed to an expansion of the program known as Migrant Protection Protocol, though the United States has run into its own logistical obstacles to ramping it up.There have been more than 11,000 returns by migrants to Mexico under MPP since it launched in January, according to the most recent figures from the Mexican government.Mexico’s National Guard is a newly formed force tasked with policing rising insecurity. It is separate from the military and is legally supposed to be under civilian command, though it is largely made up of current or former soldiers and federal police. Posted: June 11, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See it I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Boost Mobile The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases See It $155 at Google Express Sprint $210 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo See All Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Turo 6 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express reading • Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR Turo: Save $30 on any car rental How deep can the iPhone XS and XR go? Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET The new Smart Battery Case on a blue iPhone XR. Apple The iPhone XR has pretty great battery life, but the iPhone XS, not so much. Apple on Tuesday released smart battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max. They’re available now for $129 (£129, AU$199).The new battery cases come in black or white, are wireless Qi charging compatible, have Lightning-out ports and, according to Apple, they’ll work with USB-PD fast charging systems, probably via Lightning to USB-C adapters. They also have that familiar battery bulge that was on previous models. (Here’s my review of the first one for the iPhone 6S.)Like Apple’s previous line of smart battery cases, they’ll charge via Lightning independently, show battery status in iOS under the “battery” widget, and discharge the case’s battery before tapping into the phone’s battery supply.Mophie’s iPhone XS and XR battery cases are expected soon, with similar features.Apple never made its own smart battery case for the iPhone X: This is the first battery case Apple’s made since the iPhone 7, and this time there’s a model for the larger XS Max and XR, too.More to come when we receive one to review. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X • Angela Lang/CNET Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See It Tags $999 $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice $299 at Amazon Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 6:38 $999 $999 49 Photos Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Apple Phones $59 at eBay Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Commentslast_img read more

Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment 19 Photos Tim Cook Apple Tim Cook says Apple isn’t a monopoly. CNBC Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s tired of the perception that all tech companies are cut from the same cloth, especially from vocal figures in Washington who have called for his company to be broken up.”I’m frustrated that tech is painted as monolithic. Tech is not monolithic,” Cook said Monday during an interview with CNBC, comparing the idea to the notion that all restaurants are alike. The suggestion that tech giants need to be broken up was floated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in March. The Democratic presidential candidate said tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook have too much influence over our lives and would like to see them broken up.In Apple’s case, Warren says Apple’s App Store gives the company too much of a competitive advantage.”Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren said. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store.”Cook, unsurprisingly, doesn’t see things the way Warren does.”I don’t think anybody would call us a monopoly,” Cook said. “We’re geographically in the same location as a lot of tech companies, and that is about the extent of the commonality.”Warren sees tech companies gaining too much power over the economy, society and democracy. She’s also suggested passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms (with global annual revenue of $25 billion or more) from owning both the platform and any sellers on it.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” she wrote in a blog post about the tech titans. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”During his CNBC interview, Cook also sought to distance his company from the waves of data privacy scandals that have flowed through the tech community. “We don’t traffic in your data,” he said, defending how the company curates its platform. “We’ve always curated … we don’t get wrapped up in a pretzel about saying, ‘No, that doesn’t go on our platform, no that app doesn’t work, and therefore it’s not going in the App Store,'” he said. “I know that that has opened us for criticism.”But it’s a part of being a shop owner or whatever. If you own the shop on the corner, you decide what goes in your store.” 18 Apple products that changed the world Tags Apple Tech Industry Politics Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice • 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See Alllast_img read more

BSP to contest all future polls on its own Mayawati

first_imgLucknow:BSP president Mayawati Monday asserted that her party will contest all elections in the future on its own, indicating an end of its much talked-about alliance with the Samajwadi Party. The announcement comes a day after the BSP supremo held a meeting with party workers to review her outfit’s showing in the recent Lok Sabha polls. “Everyone is aware that forgetting everything of the past as also the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions like reservation in promotions and bad law and order during the SP rule in 2012-2017, BSP adhered to the ‘gatbandhan dharma’ with the Samajwadi Party in the interest of the country,” she tweeted in Hindi. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us “But SP’s behaviour after the elections has forced the BSP to think, will it be possible to defeat the BJP in future, which is not possible,” she said. “Therefore, in the interest of the party and movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength,” Mayawati said in a series of tweets. The BSP entered into an electoral alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) and Chaudhary Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls. The alliance, however, failed to make an impact in the politically crucial state. While the BSP managed to win ten seats, SP got five seats and RLD drew a blank.last_img read more

Explained Why Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency will have ballots and not EVMs

first_img Close Amit Shah: NDA will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ballot box (Representational image)Wikimedia CommonsTo the surprise of many, the Election Commission of India has announced that polling in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana would be done by ballot papers and not Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the upcoming elections on April 11. The announcement sparked the question – Why?Many asked why this constituency was given the special status while the rest of the country had the polling done through EVMs.Why ballot and not EVMs?The Election Commission explained that a Lok Sabha constituency with more than 64 candidates will have ballot paper polling instead of EVMs. Nizamabad, the third largest city in Telangana, saw 245 aspiring candidates filing their nominations. Most of them are farmers demanding the government to allow an appropriate price for their red jowar crops.EVMs can only accommodate 16 names with the control unit capable of recording the voting of four EVMs linked together. In total, each control unit can record the maximum of 64 candidates and since there are a whopping 185 candidates in the fray in Nizamabad, the Election Commission has no choice but to conduct a paper ballot in the constituency. Hindustan Times reports that Nizamabad alone has 1.5 million voters.The deadline to withdraw nominations was March 28. The Election Commission has closely examined the candidates and narrowed the list to 185.Who are the candidates?Farmers’ leader K Avnesh Reddy was proud that so many farmers are contesting the polls on April 11. He said that even though there was so much pressure by the bigger political parties on the farmers to withdraw their candidature, the farmers till stood their ground and will now have a chance to get elected and bring their problems to the Centre. Kalvakuntla Kavitha will contest from her Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituencyTwitter/Kalvakuntla KavithaKalvakuntla Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao, currently holds power in Nizamabad and will contest from her constituency.Congress candidate Madhu Yashki Goud and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Dharmapuri Aravind are the candidates form the big leagues. There are four more candidates from recognised political parties while the rest are contesting as independent candidates.”More than 200 nominations were filed till the last date on March 25 and after the rejection of some of the nominations during scrutiny, as many as 189 candidates remained in the contest. Of them, four contestants withdrew their papers,” Telangana chief electoral officer Rajat Kumar was quoted as saying by HT.He added, “We will go for voting through ballot papers as it is not possible to conduct the polls using EVMs. We represented the matter to Election Commission of India and are awaiting instructions.”Will the ballot result be announced at the same time as the EVM results?Kumar was not sure on how long it will take for the EC to print out the ballot paper due to the sheer number of candidates. He said, “First we have to allot symbols to all the contestants. We should also make the arrangements for procurement of ballot boxes. The EC will take care of all the logistic arrangements.”After the withdrawal of several nominations, as of Friday, the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency still has 185 candidates and 178 of them are farmers. Since counting the ballot would take time, it is speculated that the outcome of the result in the constituency would be delayed.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:46Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more