Indian Agency Attaches Jeweler Nirav Modi’s Assets Worth Rs 637 Crore in 5 Countries

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs. 637 crore of fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi and his family in India and four other countries as part of its crackdown in connection with the $2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case.The assets attached by the ED include two immovable properties in New York, an apartment each in Mumbai and London, diamond-studded jewelry and five overseas bank balances in India, United Kingdom, and New York, as part of five separate orders that it issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, ANI reported.The two properties seized in New York are worth $29.99 million (Rs. 216 crore). The other assets attached include bank balances with approximately Rs. 278 crore in them, and diamond-studded jewelry worth Rs. 22.69 crore brought back from Hong Kong to India.The Mumbai apartment is owned by Modi’s sister Purvi and was bought in 2017, according to the Hindu. She paid Rs. 19.50 crore for the apartment through her Barclays Bank account in Singapore. The deed for the flat was reportedly signed by Modi’s brother Neeshal, who has the power of attorney.The London apartment, also bought in 2017, is worth Rs. 56.97 crore. It was acquired in the name of Belvedere Holdings Group Limited which is managed by Trident Trust (Singapore) and was established by Monte Cristo Trust. Purvi is the beneficiary of the trust, the publication said, adding that the two New York apartments, both valued at Rs. 216 crore, belong to Modi and were bought by the Ithaca Trust.Of all the bank accounts attached by the agency, the one in Singapore had a balance of Rs. 44 crore and was in the name of a British Virgin Islands-based firm, which is allegedly owned by Purvi and her husband Maiank Mehta.With this and other earlier seizures, the agency has so far attached or seized properties worth Rs. 4,300 crore in the money laundering cases against Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the publication reported.Through letters rogatory, the agency will now approach authorities in other countries, seeking their help in getting confirmation of the latest attachments. “We have already got the letters rogatory through a Mumbai special court,” a senior official told the Hindu.There are only a few cases where Indian agencies have attached assets abroad in a criminal probe, PTI reported.The ED had identified foreign assets belonging to Modi worth Rs. 4,000 crore and had initiated proceedings to attach them in the PNB fraud case.Modi, the owner of Firestar Diamonds, and Choksi, the owner of Gitanjali Gems, are the main accused in the PNB case, and are wanted in India for alleged criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty, corruption, and money laundering.While Modi’s whereabouts are not known, Choksi has taken up Antiguan citizenship. India is in touch with the Antiguan government to have him sent back to India.Both Modi and Choksi deny any wrongdoing.In June this year, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a red notice against Modi, his brother Neeshal Modi and close associate Subhash Parab. Besides Modi, Nishal and Parab, 18 other people have been named in the charge sheet filed by CBI in a special court in Mumbai on May 14.The case concerns fraudulent transactions worth around $2.2 billion allegedly conducted by the accused in collusion with bank officials in a Mumbai branch of Punjab National Bank. Nirav Modi and Choksi are the main accused in the case who allegedly illegally obtained Letters of Undertaking from the bank, which were cashed overseas from different banks.In September, the Interpol also issued a red notice against Modi’s sister, Purvi Modi. Purvi and Neeshal are citizens of Belgium. Related ItemsNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Spurs: Popovich was asked before the game how he handles the rush of letters and emails responding to his political comments: “I do read everything and I try to respond. It takes time because there’s a lot of letters. The only ones I don’t respond to are the ones are so courageous in their negativity that there’s no address, just comments. That’s hard to respond to. But there are people who disagree and say why, and it’s erudite and intelligible and (I say), ‘Yeah, you’ve got a point.’ Those people deserve to be responded to. I probably don’t get them all, but I try.”Mavericks: Dallas continues to play without guard Devin Harris, who missed his second straight game with bruised ribs, and Dorian Finney-Smith was also out Tuesday with left quad tendinitis. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ The Spurs led by 11 during the third quarter, but Barea made back-to-back 3s and fed Salah Mejri an alley-oop pass for a layup as Dallas closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to get within 62-60.San Antonio, which has played short-handed all season without starters Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, got Danny Green and Joffrey Lauvergne back from injuries. Green had four points and Lauvergne none.Mills scored 13 points in the first six minutes of the second quarter, including three 3s. Aldridge was hit with a technical foul with 3:33 left in the second quarter for shoving the Mavericks’ Salah Mejri after a scrap under the Mavericks basket.The Spurs led 44-39 at the break.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Aldridge, a product of Dallas’ Seagoville High School, scored eight points during a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter. Patty Mills added a season-high 19 points for the Spurs.Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with a career-high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes had 16 each. The Mavericks are 2-13 for the second straight season and fifth time overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJust like in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday, the Mavericks cut a double-digit second-half deficit to one point, but couldn’t gain the lead.After Dallas got within 62-61 early in the fourth, Mills hit a long 3 and a driving layup, then Aldridge scored eight of his team’s next 13 points to put the Spurs up 82-71 with 5:03 to play. Dallas never got closer than four points down the stretch. San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) grabs the ball in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, Texas—LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Tuesday night.Gregg Popovich became the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Afghanistan and Ireland given full Test status by ICC

first_imgAfghanistan and Ireland will join the ranks of full Test-playing nations after receiving the backing of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) conference on Thursday.The body said it had voted to admit the two nations into the elite group that is permitted to play traditional five-day Test matches.As new full members of the ICC, Ireland and Afghanistan will take the total of countries playing Tests to 12.”For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement, the entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces. It is the perfect Eid gift,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai, referring to the approaching Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.”Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen and today it has become a reality,” he added.Until 1982 there were only seven full members of the ICC but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh became the most recent member in 2000.Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan but the country played amongst the sports minnows until gaining one-day international (ODI) status in 2011.Two years later, still suffering from the impact of war and conflict, the country was given ‘associate member’ status of the world governing body ICC.In 2015 Afghanistan played in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also featured in the World Twenty20 competition.advertisementIreland have steadily progressed in the game and first qualified for the World Cup in 2007, when they pulled off a shock win over Pakistan, and they have qualified for both World Cups since then.”We are delighted and proud with today’s historic announcement. It is an extraordinary testament to the talent and endeavour of thousands of passionate players, coaches, volunteers, staff, clubs and committee people,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said.The ICC conference also agreed on a new revenue-sharing system and voted to expel the United States of America Cricket Association following a series of disputes.The ICC said it would now work to “establish a new governing body for cricket in the USA that is capable of unifying the fractured cricket community in that part of the world”.Welcome aboard @ACBofficials & @Irelandcricket! ???? ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2017last_img read more

Islanders Beat Down Predators, 4-3

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The New York Islanders gave coach Jack Capuano another reminder of just how resilient they are this season.Brock Nelson scored with 6:08 left, helping the Islanders rally after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on March 5.“We’ve got a positive group,” Capuano said. “It’s such a different team than we’ve had in the past. I’ve said that. We just wanted to play with poise and confidence moving forward.”With the win, the Islanders moved back atop the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the idle Rangers, and swept the season series with Nashville for the first time. The Islanders had been 2-7-0 all-time in Nashville, which is second in the Western Conference. They beat Nashville on Long Island two weeks ago.“It’s just a good way to come in here on the road against a tough team,” Nelson said. “It’s tough to beat them twice in a short span here, and we were able to find a way. It’s a good bounce-back game for us.”Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves as the Islanders also snapped a two-game skid and sent the Predators to their fifth straight loss. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Nick Leddy also had goals. Johnny Boychuk added two assists.Colin Wilson, Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro each scored a goal for the slumping Predators, who extended their worst skid of the season.The Predators, who trailed 3-1 after Leddy’s goal at 8:39 of the third, scored two goals 31 seconds apart to tie it before Nelson put the Islanders ahead to stay.Halak preserved the Islanders’ 2-1 lead early in the third with a stop on James Neal in the opening seconds. Halak also got a bit of luck when a shot by Filip Forsberg hit off the crossbar and Taylor Beck hit a post. Then, Leddy put the Islanders up 3-1.But, Ribeiro had a slap shot by Ryan Ellis glance off his right glove past Halak at 10:16 that stood upon review. Smith roofed a wrister 31 seconds later, tying it up. Nelson scored off the rebound of a shot by Michael Grabner from the slot.“The guys played hard and fought back,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Catch a tough bounce on the rebound that jumps over a defenseman’s stick, so, tough bounce.”The Islanders were without forward Matt Martin, suspended a game without pay for kneeing Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley on March 4. They also played without Tyler Kennedy because of a lower body injury on the second of a four-game road swing.A snowstorm made travel treacherous, leaving the Predators with 12,107 who chanced the roads with others from the sellout taking advantage of a two-for-one ticket exchange next season with only eight home games left.Tavares gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead when he scored on a wraparound with his wrister beating Rinne’s glove at 11:24, tying his career high with his 31st goal.Lee tipped in a shot at 18:30 for the rookie’s 22nd goal this season.“For the most part after, although with a shaky start, we were the better team, and we created opportunities and got them to pay off,” Tavares said.Nashville finally got the puck past Halak just before the end of the first. Wilson capped a flurry at Halak with a wrister with 1.2 seconds left in the period, a goal that officials reviewed to make sure it crossed the line in time. Wilson now has a career-high 20 goals.“We’ve just got to stop getting down in these games,” Wilson said. “We keep starting off behind and we keep having to battle back.”(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

With New Coach and New Arena, Giannis, Bucks are All Smiles

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was all smiles but had no jokes.The Milwaukee Bucks’ All-Star forward was more business this time around: While he didn’t indulge reporters by opening his media day session on Monday with a gag, as he had done in previous years, Antetokounmpo still flashed an infectious grin.Things are looking up for the Milwaukee Bucks as they move into a new arena this fall, with a new coach leading a team headlined by one of the NBA’s bright, young stars.The organization once had billboards around the city that read “Own the Future.” That future is here.“You could make an argument that we’re number 1, 2, 3, or 4” in the Eastern Conference, co-owner Marc Lasry said when asked about where the Bucks might fit in the conference picture. “I mean I think if we stay healthy and we play to our potential, we’d be one of the top two or three teams, so I think we’re there.”The Bucks have made slow, steady progress since an ownership group including Lasry bought the team in 2014. They’ve made the playoffs three of the last four seasons. They’ve finished above .500 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-01.Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer poses with Giannis Antetokounmpo during media day at the NBA basketball team’s new arena Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks hope they’ve positioned themselves to take another step forward in a more wide-open East, with LeBron James having left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors sporting a new look.Milwaukee didn’t re-sign forward Jabari Parker, who left for the Chicago Bulls. They added big man Brook Lopez, while sharpshooter Ersan Ilyasova is back for another stint with the team at forward.The team also signed guard Pat Connaughton and drafted guard Donte DiVincenzo in the first round out of Villanova. Ilyasova, Connaughton and DiVincenzo could each with long-range shooting, a problem area last season for the team.But the Bucks’ biggest change in the offseason was the hiring of Mike Budenholzer to take over as head coach. The relationship between Budenholzer and Antetokounmpo may be paramount to the success of the team.It looks like they’re off to a good start.“Coach (Budenholzer) has been amazing. He’s letting us play, He’s letting us be basketball players. What he’s putting out on offense and the way we’re going to play this year is going to be free,” Antetokounmpo said.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo answers questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s new arena Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Having a 6-foot-11 forward with generational type-talent like Antetokounmpo can help bail out a team too when all else fails. Budenholzer has seen glimpses of Antetokounmpo’s work ethic while watching him at pickup games and having offseason conversations.“One of the things you always hear about Giannis whenever you’re talking about him and fortunate enough to be put in this position, is his work ethic,” Budenholzer said. “I would say it’s met or exceeded all of my expectations. He wants to be great, he puts in the time and effort.”Budenholzer had a winning record during a five-year head-coaching stint in Atlanta, including a 60-win season in 2014-15. He’s also a former assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, one of the league’s standard-bearers for long-term success.The first practice is Tuesday at the Bucks’ state-of-the-art training facility, which just opened a year ago. It’s located across the street from the gleaming, new Fiserv Forum, which replaced the three decade-old Bradley Center.“With Bud and with Giannis, I feel like we truly have a path. With Giannis you can pick a style of play, you know the type of players that fit, the type of culture you want to create in the locker room,” general manager Jon Horst said. “We have a direction and a path that we can follow and can take us to success.”—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ESPN’s Week 8 Heisman Trophy Voting

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)By this point in the season, it is pretty clear that a quarterback will once again win the Heisman Trophy. This would be the eighth time in nine years that a signal caller took home the award.Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa has established himself as the favorite, with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray nipping at his heels. If the Crimson Tide go 12-0 and Tagovailoa continues to play well, it will be tough to beat him out.This morning, ESPN released its updated “Heisman Watch” for Week 8. It indicates how the 10 experts on ESPN’s panel are voting for the Heisman at this point in the season.The top three shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the fourth and fifth options on this list are from the AAC, not one of the five power conferences.The full Heisman voting from ESPN looks like this.NamePositionSchoolYear1st2nd3rd4th5thTotalTua TagovailoaQBAlabamaSoph.9100049Dwayne HaskinsQBOhio StateSoph.1531036Kyler MurrayQBOklahomaJr.0343030Ed OliverDTHoustonJr.0112213Darrell HendersonRBMemphisJr.001218Justin HerbertQBOregonJr.001116McKenzie MiltonQBUCFJr.000113Will GrierQBWest VirginiaSr.000033Travis EtienneRBClemsonSoph.000011Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsinSoph.000011Tagovailoa has battled some knee issues but Nick Saban doesn’t expect the sophomore to miss time. If he does, it might be the only way for Haskins or Murray to overtake him.Alabama will face Tennessee this weekend, while OSU plays Purdue. The Sooners, meanwhile, have a date with TCU.last_img read more

Gaza UN official asks Israel to use restraint in responding to rocket

22 December 2010Condemning mounting rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, a senior United Nations official today acknowledged Israel’s right to self-defence but urged it to use maximum restraint and ensure that civilians are not endangered. “I condemn the firing of indiscriminate mortars and rockets by militant groups in Gaza, which have escalated in recent days,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said in a statement. “These attacks are in clear violation of international humanitarian law and endanger civilians in Israel.“Israel has a right to self-defence consistent with international humanitarian law,” he added, citing several recent air attacks against militants in Gaza. “I urge Israel to exercise maximum restraint and take every precaution to ensure that its forces do not endanger civilians in Gaza who all too often bear the brunt of escalation of violence.”Mr. Serry noted “modest progress” in recent months in easing Israel’s blockade of Gaza but added: “A lot more still needs to be done. The maintenance of calm is essential to create an environment in which further progress can be made in the interests of the people of both Gaza and Israel.”Meanwhile, Mr. Serry’s deputy, Maxwell Gaylard, who is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, today criticized Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, noting that 396 structures have been destroyed so far this year, a nearly 45 per cent increase over the 275 demolished in 2009.“These actions have a severe social and economic impact on the lives and welfare of Palestinians and increase their dependence on humanitarian assistance,” he said, adding that 561 people, including 280 children, had been displaced by this year’s demolitions and the livelihoods of over 3,000 affected.“The position of the United Nations remains that the Government of Israel must take immediate steps to cease demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” he said in the statement, issued as he visited the site of house that had been demolished just a day earlier in the Ras Al Amud neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of 13 people, including four children. read more

Narrowing Down Mobile Location for Better or for Worse

gps-map-3185893__340.jpg Despite the UC&C industry’s inability to move beyond simple standalone Wi-Fi location offerings, when I thought about what I wanted to write in this month’s post, location came to mind. Particularly, I wanted to write about the advances and struggles the mobile industry is having in meeting the FCC’s 2015 requirements for indoor mobile location accuracy on 911 calls (see related No Jitter post). However, a Wall Street Journal article describing a crazy new application for location technology pushed me in another direction. The application comes from Thasos Group, which has come up with an innovative way to deliver the “hidden value” of location data. In terms of societal benefits, the app has little to offer, but it is a great illustration of what money can buy in the digital age. The story starts with the needs of institutional investors, and Wall Street’s interest in “alternative data.” Such data could be key in untangling mysteries like whether the famously secretive Tesla would be able to reach its production targets for its Model 3 sedan. However, that would require finding out what was going on behind the walls of Tesla’s 370-acre production facility in Fremont, Calif. For that, those investment firms turned to Thasos. Tags:News & ViewsLocation datafirst respondersFCC regulationE-911MobilityNews & Views Articles You Might Like Air pressure does decrease with altitude, but it also varies with temperature. Further, the temperature inside the building is controlled by the HVAC systems, not what’s going on outside. Weather systems also effect barometric pressure; that’s why the weather report includes barometric pressure. On its website, Thasos claims the app “is derived from volunteered mobile phone location data that has been anonymized, aggregated and thoroughly vetted to ensure compliance with the highest legal, quality and ethical standards.” That “volunteered” reference apparently refers to mobile apps like those from Waze, Google Maps, or even banks that now depend on accessing the very precise location capabilities built into your smartphone. In the app permissions, users can select whether those apps keep tracking you “Always” or “On only when the app is in use.” Whichever you choose, you volunteered. What companies like Thasos recognize is that while these “free” apps offer great convenience, they also produce a treasure trove of useful marketing information — information that’s available for sale. While Thasos maintains the data it provides is anonymized so it cannot identify specific individuals, we all know we’re one application away from putting the lie to that fairy tale. Apparently by tapping into databases of that type of location information, Thasos was able to determine that overnight activity of the geofenced site of Tesla’s factory (i.e., activity from smartphone users on the night shift) increased 30% from June to October. Thasos’ hedge fund clients were able to profit handsomely by placing their bets on that knowledge before Tesla released its positive production numbers. It’s Time to Take Another Look at E-911 Irwin Lazar January 31, 2019 The advancement of Next-Generation 911 requires IT leaders to revisit their E-911 plans. In some perverse way, I presume the Thasos case can be cited as one of the victories of free enterprise, but despite its societal benefits, public safety lacks the ability (and the budgets) to work that kind of a deal. BCStrategies is an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market. To be successful, an E911 mobile location capability needs to be seamless, work on every mobile device, and be transparent to the 911 caller, which means no special app would be required on the device. Further, where the Phase I requirements called for a dispatchable address or X/Y coordinates with a stated accuracy, Phase II adds altitude (a.k.a., the Z axis) so first responders would know the floor of the building to which they’re being called. Somehow my mind contorts when I think of the irony that the biggest benefits of these marvelous mobile technologies we’ve deployed are being delivered to the Wall Street investment community before they can be used to help first responders locate people in desperate need of help. There is a lesson here, but I’m not sure I want to learn it. I’ve written about the challenges and potential opportunities for improved mobile E911 here and here, and I will say we are getting closer to the target. The problem with bringing improved emergency location to mobile devices over the public network is that it’s a much tougher job. Oh, and if they get it wrong, somebody might die. Solving for Z Still Searching for Public Safety Solution The mobile industry’s approach to determining altitude is based on building a barometer into the handset — in essence, giving the device an altimeter that measures altitude based on barometric pressure. I’m constantly amazed by hardware manufacturers’ ability to build exceedingly accurate but low-cost components like gyroscopes, proximity sensors, accelerometers, and now barometers for smart devices. However, accurately estimating altitude takes more than just measuring air pressure. Hunting Smartphone Signals 911 Update: All About Location, Location, Location Martha Buyer November 05, 2018 The FCC outlines what it thinks constitutes necessary dispatchable location information for first responders. BCSLogo.png Mobile E911 location in the public network has traditionally depended on network-based Assisted GPS, as it needed to locate “dumb” as well as “smart” mobile devices. By focusing solely on smart devices, consumer location solutions could tap into Wi-Fi (where companies like Google and others have built location databases of Wi-Fi access points) as well as Bluetooth beacons. 911 Location and the Enterprise: When Seconds Count Lev Deich February 04, 2019 With today’s 911 technologies, you’ve no reason to wait for a regulatory mandate to make sure employees are adequately protected. See All in E-911 » The WSJ report wasn’t clear about how Thasos was able to pull this off, but the assertion that Thasos was able to “isolate smartphone location signals” was clearly off the mark. Any real network location signals would be carried on the cellular carriers’ signaling networks, which are highly encrypted (think 128-bit AES) and hence inaccessible to third parties. While the real carrier location data may be out of reach, there are other, more accessible sources of location data. What Enterprises Need to Know About 9-1-1 Bandwidth March 13, 2019 9-1-1 is constantly evolving, and can be a lot to keep up with. Get help from the experts. In the last month, I’ve talked with two different companies, NextNav and Polaris Wireless, proposing solutions to the Z axis dilemma. While their techniques differ, both offer options that will work with the cellular industry’s DBH solution and substantially improve altitude estimates. Both claim to get within the three-meter accuracy range that would tell first responders which floor of the building a 911 caller is on. 911 Testing: Just Do It Darin Ward May 02, 2019 When implementing new communications platforms, don’t even think about skipping this step. The overall approach to better E911 mobile location is to tap into the same sources of location information consumer smartphone apps use and communicate them to the cellular carrier — a technique called device-based hybrid (DBH). Still, the addition of the Z axis adds another wrinkle. read more

Developmental biologist returns to Brock for seminar Friday

A former Brock professor who is a pioneer in mouse genetics research returns to campus Friday, March 15 to host a seminar on stem cells and mammalian development.Janet Rossant, who taught in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock from 1977 to 1985, will present “Stem Cells and Mammalian Deveopment” at 2 p.m. in AS 216.Rossant is a senior scientist in the developmental and stem cell biology program and chief of research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, as well as deputy scientific director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network. She is also a professor in the departments of molecular genetics, obstetrics/gynaecology and paediatrics at University of Toronto.Rossant’s profile notes that her “work has major influences in developmental biology, stem cells, and cell lineage. Her major findings are related to the question of how genetically identical cells adopt distinct characteristics during embryo development.“This question is paramount for those who seek understanding of numerous diseases, caused by abnormal development process. This work will influence studies not only of birth defects but even of genetic predisposition to various diseases such as cancer.”Her seminar is presented by Brock’s Department of Biological Sciences. read more

Mayor of Dover filmed snorting line of white powder off a lavatory cistern

first_imgPointing to a white powder on the cistern, Mr Rix, says: “You see what’s there?”His companion says: “Yeah, go on, you do the big one then, go on.””Are you sure?” replies Mr Rix.”Yeah, go on,” his companion says.Mr Rix then leans over the toilet cistern and appears to snort the powder.The mayor said: “I had never done this before in my life. I had been set up right from the start. This was from before I was mayor, and even deputy mayor. I hadn’t long been a councillor.”I know I shouldn’t have done it – I was drunk, and that was it. I can only apologise to my friends and family for putting them through it.”It is currently unclear where the video was shot.A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Kent Police is aware of media coverage of a video circulating online reportedly relating to drug use. Officers will be making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the footage.”The spokesman said the force “would not be able to confirm or deny” whether it was investigating a complaint of blackmail.In a statement, Dover Town Council said: “We are taking this matter very seriously and have asked the Kent Association of Local Councils for advice.”The Mayor has agreed to self-refer to the district council’s Monitoring Officer for a possible breach of the Code of Conduct. There may be a criminal investigation, but this is a matter for the police.” He admitted it was him in the footage but insisted it was not a resigning issue.Asked whether he would be quitting, he said: “No, I’m not at all. I’m not standing down.”Gordon Cowan, the Labour member who was narrowly defeated by Mr Rix in the election for mayor, said: “He has to ask himself can he continue in the role as mayor and councillor, but it is down to Cllr Rix to decide.”The big question is do the people of Dover want someone representing them under these circumstances? He should take a serious look at his position.”The married father-of-three said he had been told the name of the man who had filmed and released the footage.Mr Rix, who runs a scaffolding and demolition firm, has been an elected member of Dover town council for nine years. He is an independent town councillor, though he stood as a Ukip candidate in the district council elections last year without success.He was elected mayor in April this year by a casting vote.At the time, he claimed: “I want to bring Dover on a bit and try and make everyone work together and make Dover a better place – that’s the idea of it all.” Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie Rix The mayor of Dover has insisted he will not be resigning after he was filmed in a bathroom snorting a line of white powder off a lavatory cistern.Footage emerged of Neil Rix, the mayor of the Kent coastal town, sniffing the powder through a £20 note while accompanied by a friend.Mr Rix, 54, claims he is the victim of a blackmail plot and that police are investigating.Speaking after the footage was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday night, he said: “The video forms part of a police investigation into the fact I am being blackmailed.”It did not happen recently. I was set up, pushed into it and coerced.”Someone had put drugs into my beer and I did not know I was being filmed.”He said he was not a drug user, insisting he was “dead against” drug taking, and he was not sure what type of substance he snorted or where it was filmed.He said: “I have never done it before. I was drunk. What happened happened. I don’t know what it was I was putting up my nose. It could have been sherbet for all I know.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. neil rix Mr Rix is filmed rolling up a £20 noteCredit:YouTube Rix rolling banknote The mayor pictured before snorting the substanceCredit:YouTube Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie RixCredit:Dover Express/ The video, which lasts for one minute and seven seconds, was shot before Mr Rix was appointed mayor.It shows him urging another man in the toilet to close the cubicle door before removing a package from his pocket.He says: “Shut that door…don’t want anyone to see Councillor Rix doing this.”His friend replies: “Nah, —- that.”last_img read more

Poll Do you want a general election this year

first_img Jun 24th 2018, 9:16 AM By Órla Ryan Poll: Do you want a general election this year? Fine Gael is reportedly preparing itself for a snap election. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 34,823 Views Share25 Tweet Email1 FINE GAEL IS reportedly preparing for a potential snap election in the coming months. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has instructed Fine Gael members to bring forward six autumn selection conventions to July so the party will be ready to fight a snap election if needed, the Sunday Times reports.The newspaper says the move is in reaction to the threat of a no-confidence motion in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Fine Gael has consistently topped political party opinion polls in recent months. We want to know: Do you want a general election this year? No (8267) 140 Comments Short URL Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Poll Results: YesNoI’m not sureVote Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 9:16 AM Yes (4913) Image: Eamonn Farrell/ I’m not sure (650) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

RAW Highlights Smackdown invades RAW Lesnar destroys Mahal Ambrose and Rollins

first_img WWE posted these video highlights after last night’s RAW in Kansas City. Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Jerry Lawler Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Videos Articles Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE For more RAW videos, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 3.80%0:01Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Rooney left England too soon Hodgson

first_imgRoy Hodgson is of the opinion that Wayne Rooney left England too soon, and believes that he still has much to offer.The 32-year-old has always been outstanding with his talent. He stood out as an excellent striker while in England and still excels since leaving Goodison Park for DC United and Major League Soccer during the summer.Rooney’s absence is strongly felt, as Everton continue to lack a consistent, goal scoring striker.‘He is doing fantastically well. At DC they were well down in the league when he got there, although they hadn’t played too many games, but since he’s arrived he has been fantastic, not just scoring goals, but decisive goals, like the one we saw in midweek. Hodgson says via Dailymail.‘There is no doubt the talent he has, showing he could still play top level English football.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.‘But it was his decision and after Manchester United and Everton, where he had a tremendous affinity, deep roots, maybe he would not have been that interested in playing for another English club outside those two.‘It was a conscious decision to play abroad. I have a great deal of respect for Wayne, and I think he does for me.‘I would have loved him here at Palace, but he thought long and hard about his decision, and without a shadow of doubt would have talked it over with his family.‘I am delighted to see what success he is having. I guess he is doing what DC United were really hoping for when they signed him. They just didn’t want a figurehead but also a player who can win them matches, and he has done that.’last_img read more

TCI with Seven top resorts says Condé NastTraveler

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Parrot Cay – Condé Nast, one of the world’s leading travel magazine publications has named its Top 20 resorts in the Atlantic and seven of the spots belong to the Turks and Caicos. Como Parrot Cay tops the Turks and Caicos properties on the list at number 4. West Bay Club at No. 7, Gansevoort is at No. 8, Grace Bay Club is 11th on the list; The Palms is 12th; Seven Stars comes in at No. 15 and at No. 18 is Amanyara on the favorites list of the Reader’s Choice Awards.#MagneticMediaNews#Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Wade Cowan

first_imgDear Friends,I wanted to wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and thank you for the honor of serving soybean farmers as ASA’s president this year. From the beginning of my term, my goal was to come together this year to unify and move agriculture forward. As I sit back and consider everything we accomplished in and out of the fields, I’m filled with gratitude for our entire soybean family.Our victories this year included steps forward for international trade and GMO labeling, but as always there is more work to be done in the coming year. I’m thankful to work with such a dedicated group of soybean leaders and know that our future is in good hands.As you sit around your family dinner tables this holiday and reflect on what you’re thankful for this year, take a moment to remember what a blessing it is to contribute to the Thanksgiving feast for families across the country. During this celebration of harvest, reflect on your part in the tradition—from the cab of your combine to the hand shake with your lawmaker on Capitol Hill—you are helping advance agriculture and providing the food, fiber and fuel for our communities, nation and world.From West Texas, my wife Valerie and I and our children Kelcie, Brittany and Alan, would like to wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!Wade Cowanlast_img read more

12 Assembly candidates to appear on Anchorage ballot

first_imgA view of the Loussac Library, where the Anchorage Assembly meets.The field for five seats on the Anchorage Assembly is now final. Candidates had until Friday to file with the clerk’s office to get their names on the April 5th ballot.The seats are spread across every part of the municipality except the Downtown district, which doesn’t come open until 2017. With almost half of the Assembly’s 11 seats hanging in the balance, the election has the potential to reshape the political direction of the body.Though the candidates run the political gamut from liberal to conservative, 10 of the 12 are white men.Only one candidate running is a woman, incumbent Amy Demboski of the Chugiak-Eagle River district. Her challenger is political newcomer Nicholas Begich III, nephew to former senator Mark Begich.Forest Dunbar–the 2014 Democratic challenger to Don Young’s House seat–is running for the East Anchorage spot currently held by Paul Honeman, who has decided not to pursue a third term. Dunbar’s opponent, Terre Gales, retired from the Air Force and now works for the city’s Public Works Department.There are also races in West and South Anchorage for seats held by outgoing Assembly members Ernie Hall and Jennifer Johnston, respectively. And incumbent Dick Traini is defending his Midtown district seat against candidate Ron Alleva.last_img read more

Ben AndersonAgimuk resigns from legislative position

first_imgBen Anderson-Agimuk, age 25, was selected to chair House District 38’s local Democratic Party on Tuesday. (Christine Trudeau/KYUK)On Thursday, Ben Anderson-Agimuk resigned from his position as a House District 38 legislative aide in order to dedicate more time to filling former Representative Zach Fansler’s seat.Listen nowAnderson-Agimuk once worked closely with Representative Fansler. Now, he’s overseeing the search for Fansler’s replacement after his old supervisor resigned following assault allegations.Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Democrats selected Anderson-Agimuk to serve as their district’s chairman earlier this week, and he said he felt that it would be inappropriate for him to hold both positions at once. In an interview with KYUK on Thursday afternoon, he said that he wanted to dedicate more time to party matters, and that he wouldn’t be permitted to discuss his own party’s business during work hours at the Legislature.The new district chair’s first job is to help find nominees to fill the remainder of Fansler’s term. As part of that process, Anderson-Agimuk will pick a handful of local Democrats to serve on a selection committee that will evaluate potential candidates for the seat. There is not an actual application process for those interested in serving on the selection committee.Within the next three weeks, the committee will pick three potential candidates for Governor Walker’s review, though the Governor might request additional nominations. He must select Representative Fansler’s replacement by March 14.last_img read more

PM Modi To Visit France Defence CounterTerrorism To Top Talks

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day state visit to France from August 22 during which he will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen strategic ties in key sectors such as defence, nuclear energy, maritime cooperation and counter-terrorism. From France, the Prime Minister will proceed for bilateral visits to the UAE and Bahrain, and will return to the French city of Biarritz on August 25 to attend the G7 Summit where India has been invited as a partner country. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us PM Modi will arrive in France on Thursday evening and straightaway head for talks with President Macron, who will also host a working dinner for the visiting leader. The next day, he will meet French Prime Minister Edouard Charles Philippe, address an event of the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and also inaugurate a memorial for Indian victims of two tragic air crashes of Air India flights in 1950 and 1966. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The discussions are expected to broadly focus on reaffirming France and India as the key strategic and like-minded partners, strengthening of defence partnership, including future defence acquisitions, progress on setting up of the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, convergent, strategic and political priorities in the Indo-Pacific and related operational needs, Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti said. Advertise With Us Strengthening bilateral engagement in key areas of strategic cooperation such as defence, nuclear energy, space, counter-terrorism, maritime security, cyber security, International Solar Alliance, and joint development projects will also be deliberated upon, he said at a media briefing. COMMENT The deliverables of the visit are expected to be in the sectors of skill development, space, information and technology and cyber.last_img read more

A Shattered Love Gave Rise to the Most Vengeful Female Pirate in

first_img“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” These words could certainly apply to Jeanne de Clisson, a French noblewoman turned pirate who was known as the scourge of the Normandy coast during the early years of the Hundred Years War, in the mid-14th century. With a fleet of only three ships painted black with red sails, she would go down in history as one of the most vicious pirates of her time.Jeanne’s grudge against Philip VI of France started when the King executed her husband, Olivier de Clisson, for treason. Jeanne’s heart was broken and from this moment on her life became one of vengeance and piracy to get back at the crown who had wronged her.Coat of Arms of the Clisson Family. Photo by Caracal Rooikat CC BY SA 4.0The Hundred Years War — a series of conflicts in which two ruling houses, the House of Plantagenet (who ruled England) and the House of Valois (who ruled France), battled for the French throne — lasted from 1337 to 1453. Following the death of the Duke of Brittany, John III, in 1341, both houses claimed the right to control this strategic region of northwest France.Frenchman Charles de Blois was named the new Duke of Brittany, and the English challenge was led by John Montfort. Olivier de Clisson, who fought in the ranks Charles de Blois, was captured by the English and a ransom was set for his freedom.Exécution d’Olivier IV de Clisson, 1343.Judging the ransom as too low, De Blois was became suspicious of Olivier’s loyalty, presuming that he was sent back as a spy.Although without any substantial evidence, King Phillip backed De Blois’ claim, ordering Olivier’s capture and public execution — a sentence reserved only for common criminals. It was certainly not a dignified way for a noble to go.This came as a shock to local aristocrats, who were even more appalled when Olivier’s head was impaled on a spike and exhibited in the region’s capital, Nantes.Charles de Blois.After this, Jeanne swore to get her revenge. Allegedly, she even took her two sons to see their father’s head on display to entrench their hatred towards Phillip VI and his accomplice, Charles de Blois.Olivier’s property was confiscated, leaving Jeanne and her children homeless.Forced to sell all her belongings, the widow used the funds to raise a small army, advocating for the secession of Brittany from France. During her campaign she made several attacks on French outposts, massacring the garrisons, making no exception.Battle of Crecy.However, once news reached Paris, the element of surprise was lost for Jeanne de Clisson. She turned to piracy, as it proved easier to conduct hit-and-run actions at sea.Her “Black Fleet” began raiding transport vessels belonging to Phillip VI around the year 1343, disrupting supply lines and crippling the French army. In her quest for vengeance, she was not alone. Jeanne, who earned the nickname “Lioness of Brittany,” was sponsored by both the British and separatists within Brittany. In return, she provided the English with supplies during the Battle of Crecy in 1346.Standing tall on her flagship My Revenge, Jeanne de Clisson patrolled stealthily across the English Channel, harnessing great wealth through pillage. She was known to be especially merciless when encountering aristocrats loyal to the French crown.Tales of her cruelty echoed all the way to the throne room in Paris, as she would usually leave one or two survivors to tell stories first-hand.Philip VI the Fortunate.By 1350, however, Phillip VI was dead and the House of Montfort took power in Brittany. Nevertheless, Jeanne continued raiding French ships as the Hundred Years War raged on.After her flagship was sunk during a battle in 1356, she was adrift for five days together with her sons. One of them died of exposure before they were rescued by the Montforts.After this terrible mishap, Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany decided that she would be a pirate no more.Forced her to seek security for herself and her surviving son after their life of adventure, she married Sir Walter Bentley, a high-ranking officer in the English army, and settled in the port town of Hennebont, which was under the protection of her allies, the Montforts.There she lived until her death in 1359.Her story has been an inspiration for many written accounts and legends. Although there is evidence of her existence and many of her actions in a court verdict, pronouncing her guilty of treason in absentia, as well as several mentions in other documents confirming her alliance with the English.Read another story from us: The Epic and Gruesome Last Stand of Blackbeard – History’s Most Famous PirateIn the end, she did get the revenge she sought, as her actions largely contributed to several English victories.last_img read more