first_imgKantak said two FIRs cannot be registered in relation toKantak said two FIRs cannot be registered in relation to the same case and that the complaint filed by the trio against the “unknown accused” for siphoning off the money should have been investigated first.Opposing the prosecutions argument that custodial interrogation of Dessai, Phadke and Mulla was necessary to recover minutes of the meeting book which has gone missing, he said the book is irrelevant because the police complaint mentioned that the issue about the cheque was never taken up in the meeting.As per the prosecution, the trio had opened accounts between October 23, 2006, and May 23, 2008, when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar while Dessai was its secretary and Phadke its treasurer.”They prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account. They then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA,” the complaint had stated.The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from the Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise.Dessai, Phadke and Mulla were booked under sections 408, 409 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 463, 464, 468 (forgery), 471 (fraud), 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.However, Kantak said the signatures of all the accused were forged to open the bank accounts where the cheques amounting to Rs 3.13 crore were encashed.Lawyer Shailendra Bhobe representing the third accused (Mulla) said his client has been in police custody for last five days and they have not been able to get any evidence against him.advertisementHowever, public prosecutor Bharne said the custody of the accused is required so that they dont tamper with the evidence.She said the investigating agency has to search and seal the GCA office so that important documents which are relevant to the case are not destroyed. PTI RPS NSK ZMNlast_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer slumped to a shock 2-6 7-6(8) 6-4 loss to German veteran Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday in a disappointing comeback after the 18-times grand-slam champion missed the entire claycourt season.Federer, who opted to take time off in order to prepare for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon crown, made a sensational start to the year by winning the Australian Open and subsequent titles at Indian Wells and Miami.Despite a superb first set on grass, the 35-year-old squandered a matchpoint and lost his grip on the game in the oldest tour match, in terms of combined ages, since 1982 and suffered only his second loss of the season.”I thought it was a typical grasscourt match today. Rallies weren’t very long and it was decided on a serve there or a return here,” Federer told reporters.”If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end. You have to acknowledge the fact that he was a bit better. It’s quite frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.””I definitely was not as sharp as I was hoping to be in maybe the big moments, or the moment when I had the lead and where I feel I should have been cruising from that moment on.”Federer squandered a matchpoint in the second set as 39-year-old Haas, ranked 302nd and in his farewell season, proved more consistent, eventually setting up a quarter-final clash against countryman Mischa Zverev.advertisementWith another victory Haas, the lowest-ranked player to beat Federer since world number 407 Bjoern Phau in 1999, will become the oldest player to reach a tour semi-final since 40-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1993 in San Francisco.”I am speechless, of course,” Haas said. “There are a lot of emotions when you are playing a close friend.”When you come into the second set, save a match point and then come back, that always makes you very happy about a win. I am shocked myself.”Federer grabbed an early break as his attacking topspin backhand, which had served him so well earlier this year, was again on display.Haas, a former world number two, was broken again as the Swiss served out the set after 22 minutes.But Federer lost his focus, allowing Haas to find a way back. The world number five saved four set points and wasted a match point as the German forced a third set, where he broke his opponent early on and held on to his advantage.last_img read more

first_imgSOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star is not going to the White House anytime soon.Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington. Trump’s comment on Curry came one day after the president told NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the national anthem.It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.The Warriors, who hold their first practice of the season Saturday, had not made a collective decision whether to go to the White House in celebration of last season’s title. Curry has said he did not want to make such a visit.“By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to,” Curry said Friday at the Warriors’ media day. “It’s not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.”The Warriors were expected to comment further later Saturday after their opening practice. Other athletes weighed in quickly, including LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James tweeted. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”For Trump, it was the NFL one day, the NBA the next.At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.” Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice.“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players.“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Goodell said in a statement.Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman said the president’s behavior is “unacceptable and needs to be addressed.”“If you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric you are condoning it!!” Sherman tweeted.Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it’s “not the same game” because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles.“No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,” DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. “No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.”The NBA did not immediately react to Trump’s tweet about Curry. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told The Players’ Tribune in July he believes teams should visit the White House when invited, though also said he would not order anyone to make such a trip.“I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician, any individual elected official,” Silver said then. “And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship, something that has been a great tradition, would become one that is partisan. I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”Trump has met with some teams already in his first year in office.Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration.And if the Warriors don’t want to meet with Trump, they may still get a welcome in Washington: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California has said she would like to bring the team to the Capitol.___CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated PressTIM REYNOLDS, Associated PressReynolds reported from Miami.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe mid-budget Samsung phones- the Galaxy J8, the Galaxy J4 and the Galaxy J4 Prime– have received price cuts in India. The price cut was first revealed by Mumbai-based mobile retailer Mahesh Telecom.There is no word from Samsung if the new price cuts are temporary or permanent. The new prices, however, are now reflecting across all the major phone stores line.The price cut is seen across the Galaxy J and Galaxy A series of phones. The Galaxy J8, J4 and J4 Prime from the J-series while the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ from A-series have received the price cuts. Here are the new prices.Samsung Galaxy J8 The Samsung Galaxy J8 is now selling at Rs 17,990 after the new price cut. The phone was launched at Rs 18,990. The phone features a 6-inch 720p+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. The phone is available just one variant, with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.The phone comes with dual-SIM support and runs Android Oreo software and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It is further supported by a 3,500mAh battery and comes with micro-USB for charging. The phone comes with a dual rear camera set up on the back panel comprising of a 16MP primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 5mp secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. On the front, you get a 16MP camera with LED flash.Samsung Galaxy J4The Samsung Galaxy J4 has also received the price cut and is now selling at Rs 8,990 on all major websites. This the price for the 2GB/16GB model of the phones. There are talks that the 3GB variant of the phone has also received the price cut but nothing is confirmed yet. It was launched at Rs 9,990.advertisementThe Galaxy J4 comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.4GHz Exynos processor. The phone runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 operating system and is backed by a 3000 mAh battery.comes with an Advanced Memory Management, a feature which helps users save memory space by automatically directing image and video content from social media applications to the external memory card as well as by deleting duplicate images received on social media messengers. In the camera department, the phone features a 13MP primary camera with an F1.9 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera with a f/2.2 aperture and a front LED Flash.Samsung Galaxy J7 PrimeThe Galaxy J7 Prime is now available for 9,990 after the price cut. The phone sports a metal body design and features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. It runs on octa-core 1.6GHz processor. On the photography front, the phone comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 8mp selfie camera. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+Both the 32GB and 64GB models of the Galaxy A6 have received the price cuts. The phones are selling at Rs 15,490, and Rs 16,990 against its original prices of Rs 21,990, and Rs 22,990, respectively. The A6+ is selling at Rs 21,990 after the price cut.last_img read more

first_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Steven Brand is Head Chef at Barcelona, a new tapas restaurant and wine bar in Brookline, Massachusetts. He sat down with us recently to talk house-cured meats and brandy bone marrow shots. Brand talks quickly with one ear perked toward the kitchen in case he is needed.“I think I give off this vibe that I don’t have time for people, but I have all of the time in the world. I feel like it’s a chef thing. ” He might have a point. When it comes to running one of the busiest new restaurants outside of Boston, a one-track mindset would be difficult to sustain. Before joining the team at Barcelona, Brand spent time eating his way around Europe and working at top-tier restaurants in New England and New York. “I feel like being in the world and eating a lot of different types of cuisine is as important to being a chef as the actual cooking part.”If there is any evidence that Brand has been around the cuisine block, and that a mild case of A.D.D. is actually working for him, it’s in the food at Barcelona. You will see him in the restaurant from time to time, pushing a cart of Jamon Iberico to customers, asking if they would like a taste.The ham, cured for at least two years, comes directly from suppliers in the Iberian Peninsula. There, the black-foot, pasture-roaming pigs are fed with grass, herbs, and acorns (not a bad life for livestock), eventually producing a fatty, rich strip of meat that melts as soon as it hits your tongue.After a few bites of the hand-carved ham, we ordered the morcillo, a crispy-seared blood sausage with potatoes in garlic aioli. Two friendly women beside us couldn’t help but ask what we were eating. Sure the sausage is made with blood, but what can we say? Perfectly cooked and jam-packed with flavor, it was the best dish of the evening.Just as we were about to leave, Brand returned from the kitchen with a steaming skillet of rabbit and sausage paella – a nice twist on the traditional seafood dish. We were beyond full, physically unable to eat anything else. So naturally, we took a few bites of spicy sausage and tender rabbit before asking the bartender what to do with this enormous platter of heaven. He suggested passing it to fellow patrons down the bar. Ah Barcelona, you had us from “jamon”. Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With Thatlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Road maintenance crews on both sides of the Peace River say they’re preparing for a late blast of winter after a winter storm warning was issued for the regionFort St. John’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that City snowplow crews are geared up and ready to begin to respond to the dump of snow, which is expected to start falling through the overnight hours. Shopland said that crews will be switching gears after doing haul-off operations of parking lanes over the past few days of warmer weather.YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau said that his crews are going to be supplemented with additional personnel to deal with the winter storm. He said that while most of the snowfall accumulations are forecast for the South Peace, winds and drifting are expected to be the main issue north of the river. Charbonneau added that while additional crews will be increasing patrols on area highways, residents can call YRB 24/7 to report problem spots, since snowplows can’t be everywhere at once. YRB’s toll-free number is 1-888-883-6688.Caribou Road Services spokesperson Sarah Griffith said that the South Peace is expected to get anywhere from 5 to 25 centimetres of snow, with wind gusts of up to 70 km/hr and temperatures forecasted to go down to -18 degrees. Griffith said the largest amount of snow is going to fall in the Chetwynd, Pine Pass and Tumbler Ridge areas.Griffith said that many side roads in the South Peace are narrow in places with very high snow banks. With the forecast snow and winds, it may cause side roads to become drifted-in and closed again. She said that residents who live in one of the drift-prone areas should make sure that they have an adequate supply of medication, food, and water to hold out until snow clearing equipment can clear the roads.According to Griffith, CRS crews and hired equipment operators will continue to work around the clock to keep everything open.For up-to-date road conditions, visit read more

France- A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola outside of Africa has died in a Texas hospital, officials said Wednesday.“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am (1251 GMT),” said the statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas spokesman Wendell Watson.“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle.” Meanwhile, US media reported that airports were to begin tougher screening of passengers arriving from the West African nations where Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people since the beginning of the year.Quoting a federal official, the Washington Post reported that travelers from West Africa would be subjected to Ebola screening at five US airports — Atlanta, Chicago’s O’Hare, New York’s JFK and Newark airports and Dulles in Washington — as early as this weekend.CNN, also citing anonymous sources, said temperatures would be taken of travelers from a so-called “Ebola zone,” including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.NBC News added that travelers would be asked to fill out questionnaires as wellDuncan flew from Liberia to Texas to visit family, arriving in Dallas on September 20. He began feeling sick four days later, but was not hospitalized until September 28.The Texas health care system came under heavy criticism for initially turning Duncan away when he first sought care on September 25.Duncan was sent home even after he reported Ebola-like symptoms and said he had recently traveled from Liberia, the hardest-hit nation in the current outbreak.“The past week has been an enormous test of our health system, but for one family it has been far more personal. Today they lost a dear member of their family,” said Texas health commissioner David Lakey.“They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts.”Lakey said that the medical team in Texas has “provided excellent and compassionate care, but Ebola is a disease that attacks the body in many ways.”Duncan’s condition worsened from serious to critical over the weekend. On Saturday, he began receiving an experimental treatment called brincidofovir.On Monday, doctors said his liver function had declined, and that he was on a ventilator and was receiving kidney dialysis.Health officials are monitoring dozens of people who may have come in contact with Duncan, including about 10 who are considered at high risk of contracting Ebola.The virus is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, or by touching the corpse of a person who has died of Ebola, experts say.US hospitals in Nebraska and Georgia have successfully treated and released three American missionaries who were infected with Ebola in West Africa.A fourth US doctor was treated at Emory University Hospital after becoming infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone. His name and condition were never released by officials.Another US national who worked as a freelance cameraman for NBC News, Ashoka Mukpo, arrived in Nebraska this week for treatment after catching Ebola in Liberia.The first known US citizen to come down with Ebola, dual American-Liberian national Patrick Sawyer, died in July after traveling by plane from Liberia to Nigeria. read more

While progress has been made, the Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process is now at a critical stage and the international community should continue lending its support in order to finalize the border demarcation, according to a report by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan released today in New York.In a report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) since last December, Mr. Annan highlights key developments and gives an update on Boundary Commission activities.”On balance, the parties have generally been cooperating well through this process,” Mr. Annan says. “However, it is now time for them to translate their commitments into real action on the ground, namely, the implementation of the 13 April 2002 delimitation decision.”The Secretary-General says while the two parties should be commended for the fact that there have been no serious ceasefire violations since the establishment of the Temporary Security Zone, recent cross-border incidents are a source of concern.Also of serious concern to Mr. Annan are “forceful” demarches made by the two parties to his Special Representative and the Boundary Commission. “Efforts to reopen fundamental matters already settled through binding arbitration could only be counterproductive,” he notes.”The period ahead will pose major challenges,” Mr. Annan adds, renewing his appeal for contributions to facilitate the demarcation process scheduled for completion in November. He also stresses that the humanitarian consequences of the demarcation process must be heeded, especially with the serious drought affecting the two countries.The Council is scheduled to hold a meeting later today of countries contributing troop to the UN Mission, and meet for consultations tomorrow to discuss the Secretary-General’s report.Meanwhile, the UN Coordinator for Eritrea, Simon Nhongo, is scheduled to arrive in New York tomorrow to meet with key donors in a bid to boost funding for UN humanitarian activities.The UN appeal for Eritrea has so far received a mere two per cent of the $163 million requested, hardly enough to help the 1.4 million people affected by the drought that had contributed to serious food shortages. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it fears that the aid reserves will run out by the end of this month. read more

SMMT hosted a lunch event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham that focused on the need for an industrial strategy to boost UK competitiveness. SMMT representatives met Conservative MPs, MEPs, London Assembly Members, policy advisors and councillors. SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt opened the lunch, speaking on behalf of the motor industry, outlining SMMT’s recently launched industrial strategy paper that was used to focus discussion on government-led policies to ensure continued investment in the manufacturing industries.Gavin Williamson MP, PPS to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport, was the keynote speaker, reflecting on an earlier speech by the Transport Secretary who spoke of government’s commitment to motoring and economic growth. Mr Williamson also expressed his personal experience and perspective on the automotive sector where Jaguar Land Rover is an important company in his South Staffordshire constituency.Today’s Conservative lunch was the last of the three Party Conference fringe events hosted by SMMT, as the industry body continues its high-level engagement with key politicians and stakeholders. Click through to find out more about discussions held the Liberal Democrat Conference and the Labour Party Conference.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson is reported to be in critical condition after being knocked out Saturday night in his light heavyweight title fight in Quebec City.The report comes from boxing promoter Yvon Michel, who tweeted early Sunday morning that Stevenson was in intensive care and that family members have asked that his privacy be respected.“They wish to inform friends and supporters that Adonis is currently in critical condition in the intensive care at the hospital, following his fight against Oleksander Gvozdyk,” the promoter wrote.“They appreciate the concern and support of everyone for Adonis.”A report in the Journal de Montreal says Adonis has been placed in an artificial coma as a precautionary measure due to a possible brain hemorrhage.Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Stevenson with a violent knockout at 2:49 of the 11th round to take his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title.The 41-year-old Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Centre in an ambulance.The Montreal-based fighter was making his 10th title defence since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped.The 31-year-old Gvozdyk, from the Ukraine, improved to 16-0.Gvozdyk landed several strong blows at the beginning the round which left Stevenson faltering in the corners.Stevenson appeared to recover, but a second volley of blows from Gvozdyk appeared to shift the momentum entirely in the Ukrainian’s favour.Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight after a third push, in which Gvozdyk landed a dozen or so blows without Stevenson being able to stop a single one.Stevenson stayed down for several minutes before being able to sit up on a stool brought to the ring, and needed assistance to return to the dressing room.Late Saturday, Michel said he’d spoken to the boxer immediately after the match and he appeared to be regaining his spirits.However, Stevenson’s condition worsened after leaving the shower, and he was taken to the l’Enfant-Jesus de Quebec hospital, which specializes in neurosurgery and head trauma.A person who was present in the dressing room, who did want wish to be named, said Stevenson could no longer stand at the time the decision was taken.In a press conference late Saturday, Michel said Stevenson seemed disoriented and confused when he arrived at the hospital.“We fear a concussion,” he said. “This is very worrying.” BROWSE Adonis Stevenson read more

President Donald Trump will attend Saturday’s Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia.The White House confirmed Trump’s attendance to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Trump also went to the 2016 game when he was president-elect.Trump will be the 10th sitting president to attend Army-Navy, a tradition that began with Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Barack Obama was the most recent president to attend the game, in 2011 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said at the annual pregame luncheon in Philadelphia last week that that school is always prepared for the president to attend.The 108th football meeting between Army and Navy will be the 20th game attended by a president. The Commander-in-Chief traditionally switches sides of the field at halftime.___AP White House reporter Darlene Superville and Sports Writer Dan Gelston contributed.Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press read more

first_imgIn divestments, the Mining Systems conveyor components business, including the closely related specialist conveyor systems business in Hollola (Finland), was divested to NEPEAN. Mining Systems has been reported in discontinued operations and the divested businesses has as of 2 November 2017 been deconsolidated from Sandvik’s financial statements. The projects to be finalised during 2018–2019 by Sandvik, through an operational agreement with FLSmidth, will however remain reported in discontinued operations.Sandvik is also evaluating the strategic options for Sandvik Drilling and Completions (Varel). The business being reviewed relates to the oil and gas industry, representing about 70% of the total revenues of approximately 2 billion SEK generated in 2017 by Sandvik Drilling and Completions. The remaining approximately 30% which manufactures and services application specific roller cone bits primarily to the mining industry, is not included in the review and continues to be core operations of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. In its just released Q2 2018 report, Sandvik reports that business is booming – its Mining and Rock Technology business saw order intake improve organically by 15% year-on-year on strong development in most product areas. Revenues increased organically by 16% supported by strong order intake in recent quarters and favorable demand in the aftermarket business.Key items impacting order intake and revenues compared with the year-earlier period:• Order intake was driven by high demand for replacement mining equipment as well as expansion of activities inalready existing mines and high customer activity in the aftermarket business.• Strong growth for both underground and surface mining equipment.• In the equipment business, drilling, crushing and screening accounted for the strongest growth in relative terms.• Growth in the aftermarket business improved significantly, with strong development for both parts & service andconsumables.• All geographies noted a strong underlying activity level. The greatest increase in order intake in relative terms wasnoted in North America, while the timing of orders implied a negative development for Australia.• The aftermarket business accounted for 60% of revenues while the equipment business accounted for 40%.Operating profit improved by 24% and the operating margin increased to 17.1% (16.0), including an adverse impact from changed exchanged rates. Items impacting operating profit and operating margin:• Positive organic growth in revenues of 16% improved the absorption of fixed costs in production.last_img read more

first_imgToday is World Homeless Day 2012. ‘John’ is a homeless man with addiction problems, who uses the services at Merchant’s Quay Ireland. He spoke to about his perspective – and the changing face of drug use in Ireland.IT WAS HARD for me to come to the Merchants Quay at first. But it was somewhere to drop into, just somewhere to get in out of the cold.I was getting into drugs; heroin was my drug of choice. I linked up with a care worker in Merchants Quay, I went into treatment, I got clean and I stayed clean for two or three years, but I slipped again. I have been struggling with this for over 15 years. I would get nervous about coming back, because I would feel that I had messed up again and let them down and let myself down. But there was no judgement whatsoever.When I was on the streets I would actively choose not to stay in the hostels. There was 14 to 16 people to a room and you never knew who you were going to be with. I wouldn’t stay there even now. You would have to ring a free phone number every day and they would book you in, depending what hostels were available. There were certain ones I just would not go to, whether they had room or not. The bottom line is, you didn’t know who was going to be staying there. I didn’t want to put myself in that situation again, where others would be using. And also it was the dirtiness of it. There would be a fear you could sit on a needle in there, or of using the showers together.How it progressesI was given all the right information about how to stay clean. But then slowly I slipped back into it, from hanging around with the same people in the same places, and before I knew it I was back on the drugs. It is so easy to get into this situation. I had a great job in the building game, it was steady income and then all of a sudden that was gone. Your hope goes, you get embarrassed and that is how it progresses.Over the years I have noticed a lot of changes. The sheer numbers of people using the service has shot up, there are a lot more foreign nationals coming too. There are definitely a lot more drug users now. The younger group of children using now – both boys and girls – are roughly 18 years of age I would say. Their choice of drug is heroin, but they are also messing around with other forms of drugs and combining them all. I have seen people lose limbs over this – literally within a couple of weeks, gone. They don’t know what they are putting into their bodies. You can try and tell them – I have, from someone with experience – but they won’t listen. It is no use.The way people treat you can vary between good and very bad. In Merchant’s Quay there is no way you’d be branded a junkie by anyone, they don’t like that word even. But out on the street, that is a different story. It could be a simple brush of someone in the street, something that anyone could do on a crowded street. I was brought up well and with manners, so I would always say excuse me and apologise, but I would get called a stupid junkie and that could hurt.Without realisingI was a ‘junkie’ as they would say, for about two or three years, before I even noticed I was. I really never copped on that anyone knew. But the truth was, everyone knew. I wouldn’t go to a methadone clinic because of it and because I was proud and didn’t want anyone to know my business. It is the stigma.There are people that come into Merchants Quay who are not drug users, people that are simply homeless and down on their luck. But they can easily go down the wrong path, any of us can, and soon enough without you realising it, you are wrapped up in it and you can’t see past your nose.At the moment I am fine. I am on a methadone programme. My goal is simply to get up and start again. I don’t want to be on something for the rest of my life. I believe I am strong enough, maybe not at this very moment, but some day. I know I will find it very hard to give it all up. I need a little help and now, I don’t mind asking for it.John’s name has been changed. For more information about Merchants Quay Ireland visit their website at, or their Facebook page.last_img read more

first_img Updated: 9:12 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s nation-leading gas prices are set to climb even higher Monday, when the state gas tax increases another 5.6 cents a gallon.It’s the latest increase from a 2017 law designed to raise about $5 billion a year for road and mass transit programs.A 12 cent-per-gallon boost came that November, and voters last year rejected a Republican-led effort to repeal the law. But Southern California voters did recall one Democratic lawmaker who helped pass the measure.California motorists were paying an average $3.75 per gallon as of late June, far above the national average of $2.71 calculated by AAA .The gas tax will increase to 47.3 cents a gallon July 1, according to the state Board of Equalization, and continue to increase indefinitely starting next year to keep up with the California Consumer Price Index.The money is split between state and local governments, with much of going to fix potholes and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. Some is also going to public transportation, biking and walking trails, and other projects.Republicans pointed out again that the tax is increasing even as Gov. Gavin Newsom and fellow Democrats complained about high gas prices.Newsom in April blamed possible “inappropriate industry practices” rather than higher taxes and stricter environmental rules, and California Energy Commission investigators subsequently pointed the finger at “possible market manipulation” by retailers.The impending 5.6 cents per gallon boost “will make California less affordable and take another $850 million out of our families’ pocketbooks,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove of Bakersfield. Assembly Republicans floated an amendment to delay the increase, but majority Democrats blocked the attempt two weeks before the increase takes effect.Here are several other laws taking effect at mid-year:— California becomes the first state to require physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists to notify patients if they are put on probation for serious misconduct. The 2018 bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, requires the notices for sexual misconduct with a patient; drug abuse; a criminal conviction involving harm to patients; and inappropriate prescribing resulting in patient harm and five or more years of probation. The measure was backed by athletes victimized by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who admitted sexually abusing women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.— Law enforcement agencies will have 45 days to make public body camera footage recorded during an incident causing death or serious injury. The 2018 bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has exceptions if the agency demonstrates “by clear and convincing evidence” that release would substantially interfere with an ongoing investigation or violate the privacy of someone in the footage. The law is one response to lawmakers’ concern over shootings of suspects by police. Proponents said the release will help rebuild trust with communities.— California will tighten its already strict firearms laws by requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition and barring ammo sales except through licensed dealers. Gun owners already in the state’s databases will have to pay a $1 fee each time they buy bullets or shotgun shells, while others can buy longer term licenses. Dealers have seen a spike in sales as the state prepares to implement the restrictions imposed by voters in 2016. Opponents are suing to block the restrictions, arguing that they will mainly harm law-abiding owners.— California will complete its statewide ban on all lead ammunition for hunting. The Center for Biological Diversity says the ban will reduce the risk that toxic fragments from lead bullets or shot will poison critically endangered California condors along with other raptors and scavengers. Lead ammunition can still be used for target shooting. The center says at least 15 other states have some restrictions, but California’s statewide ban on lead ammunition for hunting is the most sweeping. The state began phasing out its use under a 2013 law.— It will be illegal for anyone to use a social media bot with a fake identity with the intent to spur a purchase or influence a vote. The 2018 bill by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, requires the bots to be clearly identified in response to concerns that the automated bots can spread inflammatory or false information and were used to post messages about presidential candidates in 2016.— Hospitals must have a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and log which homeless patients are discharged and the destinations where they are released. The 2018 bill by former state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, requires the plans to include coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients with the county behavioral health agency, health care and social service agencies in the region, health care providers, and nonprofit social service providers. It’s aimed at stopping the practice of “patient dumping” of indigent patients.— Homeless and lower income military veterans can have the word “veteran” printed on their drivers’ licenses for free. The 2017 bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat from Fullerton, waives what had been a $5 processing fee to allow that designation. She said it can make it easier for veterans to access services without carrying around discharge papers and veterans separation documents.— It will be unlawful to sell larger quantities of non-odorized butane. The 2018 bill by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, is designed to stem the use of the highly flammable solvent to manufacture hash oil from cannabis. Illegal operations have resulted in numerous explosions and dozens of deaths in recent years. The law exempts lighters and small containers of non-odorized butane used to refill them. California gas tax is six cents higher on Monday June 29, 2019 AP center_img Posted: June 29, 2019 AP, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Information Technology Support Technician at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Stepping Stones Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at AramarkFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkFull-Time (Contract) Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility Services LLCFull-Time Sales Operations Support at Automation Engineering, Inc.Part-Time (25 Hours) After-School Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technical Business Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at Charles River Labs(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgAn oil rig in Cook Inlet, Feb. 22, 2009. (Creative Commons photo)In Hilcorp’s permit application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the company said it wants to update 40-year-old seismic data in a 370-square mile lease site offshore from Homer and Anchor Point.Seismic data helps companies like Hilcorp locate untapped oil and gas deposits. But the sound waves used to capture the data can harm marine mammals and fish.Hilcorp hoped to start its survey in lower Cook Inlet in late March, which concerned halibut charters like Mike Flores who fish in the area.“In their own words, when they fire those air cannons off, there would be nothing within a couple miles of those air cannons going off,” he said. “They say everything would migrate to shallower waters. Wherever that thing would be working on a day-to-day basis, there would be no halibut.”Commercial salmon fishermen have also raised concerns about the timing of the survey. Roland Maw of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Association said returning and outgoing Cook Inlet salmon stocks generally pass through the area April through June.“Those sound waves can actually be lethal to the fish, both adults and to the outgoing smolt, especially the outgoing smolt,” Maw added.In an emailed statement, a Hilcorp spokesperson said the company was forced to start its 45-to-60-day survey in late March because of permitting delays caused by the recent federal government shutdown. The company said it’s now delaying the survey until after “the height of fishing and tourist season,” due to concerns raised by fishermen like Maw and Flores.However, Hilcorp requested to begin the survey this spring when it filed for its permit with BOEM in October, long before the shutdown began in December and the approval of the permit is still pending.The company canceled a community meeting in Homer this week and said it will update area residents once it has more information about the survey’s timeline.Environmental advocates like Cook Inletkeeper’s Bob Shavelson want Hilcorp to hold a meeting before it begins work.“From our perspective, it’s much better if Hilcorp sits down with fishermen and other user groups and talks about what’s the best timing,” he said, “what’s your local knowledge, what are the impacts going to be and how do we do this in a way that’s going to work collaborative with your groups and your interest?”Still, the company will have to wait until BOEM approves its permit. That timeline is also unknown. However, under Hilcorp’s request, it could conduct the survey until Oct. 31. Hilcorp said it’s holding off on plans to conduct seismic exploration for oil and gas in lower Cook Inlet because of potential conflicts with halibut and salmon fishermen. The company also lacks a crucial permit to conduct the work, and it’s unclear when it may get the green light to move forward.last_img read more

first_imgSpecialist trader Geoffrey Friedman (L) gives a price just after the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 21, 2014.ReutersAsian shares were little changed on Tuesday as investors turned cautious ahead of U.S. consumer price data due later in the day for clues on the pace of Federal Reserve policy tightening.Global stocks rallied on Monday after U.S. data showed nonfarm payrolls jumped by 313,000 jobs last month, but annual growth in average hourly earnings slowed to 2.6 percent after a spike in January.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.05 percent during early trade.The trend followed Wall Street, where the S&P 500 and the Dow slipped on Monday.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a flat start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex climbed 610 points or 1.83 percent to close at 33,917 on Monday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 65.04 on Monday, up 0.19 percent from its previous close of 65.17.So far this year, the rupee weakened about 2 percent, while foreign investors have bought $142 million and $858 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.India inflation: India’s consumer price inflation eased for the second straight month in February to 4.44 percent but remained above the 4 percent medium-term target of the Reserve Bank of India.Fed indicator: Headline inflation will be out on Tuesday followed by Wednesday’s retail sales numbers which could provide more insight into the strength of U.S. growth.China data: China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment numbers will be released on Wednesday and are are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, lost 0.246 percent at $64.78 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 0.29 percent at $61.18 a barrel, on Tuesday morning.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoNorth Korea’s state media said Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had overseen a rocket and tactical guided weapons test, after the drill Saturday had raised concerns Pyongyang was escalating provocations with US nuclear negotiations deadlocked.The North last carried out a missile test in November 2017, before a rapid diplomatic rapprochement saw tensions ease on the peninsula and a series of summits.A return to missile launches would be likely to infuriate US president Donald Trump, but the North’s official KCNA news agency shied away from the term in its report, saying Kim had ordered a “strike drill” involving “long-range multiple rocket launchers” — which are not targeted by UN sanctions resolutions — and unspecified “tactical guided weapons”.Seoul’s military described the weapons as “projectiles” after it detected Saturday’s firing.The United States and North Korea have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a Trump-Kim summit in February, when the two sides clashed over sanctions and the extent of Pyongyang’s concessions on its atomic arsenal.But despite the latest sabre-rattling from Pyongyang, Trump insisted that a breakthrough was possible.”Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it,” Trump tweeted.”He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”The US leader did not elaborate on Kim’s promise.During Saturday’s drill Kim urged his troops to remember “the iron truth that genuine peace and security are ensured and guaranteed only by powerful strength”, KCNA said.The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Sunday carried 16 photos of the weapons test on its front page, including a picture of a grim-looking Kim clutching his binoculars in an observation post as well as several images of projectiles shooting skywards.Broken promises?Trump proclaimed that the North Korean nuclear threat was over after the two sides’ historic first summit in Singapore in June, when Kim pledged to work towards “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.The two have since disagreed over what that means, but Trump has insisted the leaders remain close even after their follow-up meeting in Vietnam broke up without a deal or even a joint statement, and that Kim would maintain his moratorium on long-range missile and nuclear tests.But with negotiations lagging, the North appears to be testing the US while staying below that threshold.The Saturday drill followed last month’s test-firing of very short-range tactical weapons, and came days after a senior North Korean diplomat chastised US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making “foolish and dangerous” comments during nuclear talks.Analysts said Pyongyang appears intent on raising pressure on Washington.”Kim wants to ensure the world knows it is upset with the US hardline stance on denuclearisation and will not bow to external pressure,” said Scott Seaman of the Eurasia Group.Unwanted outcomeBut Ankit Panda of the Federation of American Scientists stressed that the projectile launch “does not violate Kim Jong Un’s self-imposed missile-testing moratorium”, which “only applied to intercontinental-range ballistic missiles”.Even so, a statement from Seoul’s presidential Blue House said it was “greatly concerned,” calling it a violation of a military agreement signed by both Koreas last year.On Friday, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said Pyongyang should show “visible, concrete and substantial” denuclearisation action if it wants sanctions relief — the issue at the centre of the Hanoi debacle.Earlier this week, North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui warned Washington of an “unwanted outcome” if it did not adjust its stance on economic sanctions.Biegun visitSince the collapse of the Hanoi summit, South Korean president Moon Jae-in — who brokered the first meeting between the mercurial US and North Korean leaders — has tried to salvage diplomacy, but Pyongyang has remained largely unresponsive.Last week, on the anniversary of the first Panmunjom summit between Moon and Kim, KCNA said Washington and Seoul “keep pushing the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region to an undesirable phase”, criticising their joint military exercises.The North Korean drill comes just days before US special representative Stephen Biegun is to visit Japan and South Korea for talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.last_img read more

first_imgRobert StokesRobert Stokes says that he has “already been in it for the long haul” when discussing District 12.  He is already at work on what will be one of his toughest challenges –  creating unity across the racially and economically diverse 12th district, according to supporters.Stokes, an East Baltimore native and graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High, defeated six other competitors in the April 27th primary election to become the Democratic candidate for November’s 12th District City Council election.  He has been involved in City government for much of the past 20 years, as Community Representative to former Mayor Kurt Schmoke from 1988-1994 and assistant to former City Council City Council President Lawrence A. Bell from 1998 to 2000.Stokes served on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee from 2010-2014 and if elected in Nov. will transition from city council staffer to city council member. Stokes has worked for current District 12 city council member Carl Stokes (no relation) since 2010.Stokes is the poster child for persistence and openly shares his “try it again” attitude with youth. He ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014 after previous failed candidacies in 2006 and 2002.  Stokes originally ran for City Council in 1999 before the city’s current redistricting. Baltimore’s District 12 was originally District two.  He picked up support after each attempt and continued to increase his visibility and influence in the community. “When it’s your time and God is looking out for you, it will happen,” Stokes told the AFRO.Stokes says he will use City Council as a platform to leverage opportunities for youth in District 12 neighborhoods.  He wants apprenticeship programs in the city’s schools. “The kid that’s not going to college when he leaves out of high schools, he should have the opportunity for an apprenticeship,” Stokes said.Stokes looks forward to collaborating with incoming Baltimore Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises about providing a role for local unions to connect with students.  “When the Unions go to the schools, they get push back.  There should be some balance.  I think the school system has an old model,” Stokes said. “College can get expensive. We need opportunities for students who can’t foot that bill,” he said.Kathy Christian, Board member of the Greater Greenmont Community Association (GGCA) was convinced that Stokes’ connection with residents was critical for helping District 12 advance.  GGCA represents Greenmont Avenue, Barclay and Midway in East Baltimore; neighborhoods with blocks of stable homeowners and newcomers interspersed with blight and abandoned properties.“He is really focused on the community. He lives, breathes and sleeps this community. When he said he was running, I knew we had the right advocate because Robert’s empowerment is about making a difference on behalf of the citizens of the district,” Christian said.Stokes’ economically diverse district includes both neighborhoods bordering Johns Hopkins Homewood campus and Stokes’ own Oliver community, once a thriving middle-class community with residents who are determined to seek economic transformation without displacement of long-term residents. Stokes hopes to transform economic vehicles like the TIF (tax increment financing) to strengthen distressed neighborhoods. “Let’s take that same concept and put it back into the community where there’s low housing, no housing and vacant housing; where’s there’s no commercial business and create community impact,” said Stokes. “I think it’s important to work with developers and require that they demonstrate community impact,” Stokes said.Strengthening the capacity of community organizations is another key to strong neighborhoods according to Stokes.  One of his proudest achievements has been supporting the development of Unified Neighborhoods Coalition (UNC), a collaboration between 13 community organizations across the 12th District that started with a combined Holiday party last December.“Our community presidents didn’t talk to each other, they talked around each other,” Stokes said. “We started UNC so the community presidents can start talking to each other and helping each other out,” Stokes said.   Unified Neighborhoods Coalition facilitates communication across the District’s diverse community associations.  “It’s a matter of learning how to write a mission statement, conduct a focus group, write grants and beautify their neighborhoods,” he enthused.Stokes grew up in Baltimore with lessons from his mother about taking pride in the community. “My mother had eight children and two sets of twins. (Stokes has a twin sister.) My mother taught us how to be respectful, and we had Afro-clean block. She made us respect other people in the block and that taught us who our neighbors were.  We had to get up at 6:00 a.m. and scrub those steps,” Stokes said.Stokes explained the secret of the Afro-clean block campaigns he experienced from his youth. “If you get young people out of those houses to clean up their one block, you’ll be surprised,” Stokes said.   “When you start cleaning up in the community and there is illegal activity going on, it’s going to leave” Stokes said.The key to getting Baltimore on track is to enhance communication between layers of city government just as he has done with the neighborhood organizations in District 12, Stokes said.  “I already know Cathy Pugh so I look forward to a good working relationship with the new Mayor and the new City Council,” he said.  I already know the current council members and the President of the Council. People want change and they want people to work together.  We really don’t have a choice but to work together,” Stokes said.last_img read more