Only slippers at Bihar board exams

first_imgThe Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has, as part of its efforts to prevent cheating, asked students not to wear shoes and socks and instead wear slippers to the upcoming Class X board examinations beginning on February 21.In the past, Bihar has hit the headlines for mass cheating and toppers scam in Class X and Intermediate board examinations.In the just-concluded Intermediate examinations, 985 students were expelled for resorting to “unfair means” and 25 were caught for impersonation.“The board has decided that only candidates wearing slippers will be allowed to enter the examination halls… those coming to the centres wearing shoes and socks will have to remove them outside,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor. “Of late, many agencies conducting entrance examinations too have banned shoes and socks inside examination halls.”Last year too, shoes, socks and even full sleeve shirts were not allowed inside the exam centres. “It might sound bizarre, but it is necessary as mass cheating in board examinations has become a regular feature in the State for the last several years… it is only in the last two years that the BSEB has started taking tough measures,” said Sanjay Kumar, a student. Last year too, the BSEB had taken tough steps, following which most of the students had failed to clear the class X and Intermediate board examinations. Earlier, toppers in the board examinations had hit the headlines when they were caught on camera giving ridiculous answers to basics questions on their subjects. In all, 17.70 lakh students will sit for the board examinations this year, scheduled to be held from February 21 to February 28, at 1,426 centres across the State.last_img read more

Rita Ora slams ex-boyfriend in new track Poison

first_imgThe blonde beauty – who is reportedly dating rapper Richard Hilfiger – has previously been in relationships with DJ Calvin Harris, reality star Rob Kardashian and sports agent Dave Gardner and admits the track is about her “bad luck” in her personal life, but stopped short of admitting who she singles out in the track.Rita Ora has slammed an unnamed ex-boyfriend in her new track, Poison which compares the anonymous man to the devil.Chatting to Clash magazine, the 23-year-old singer shared: “[‘Poison’] is about my bad luck with love.”The lyrics are harsh, comparing her former love to a snake and the devil.At one point Rita sings: “Like a serpent/From the Garden of Eden/You are like poison/Running in my blood.”I open up my windows/I’m so sick of breathing/Every day I’m trying/But I don’t remember who I was before you came.”The feisty singer hasn’t confirmed who the song has been aimed at but given her past relationships, it’s safe to say she’s had a lot of material to work with.In June, Calvin publicly announced his split from Rita via Twitter and has reportedly offered other pop stars the songs he wrote originally for her second album.Ex-boyfriend Rob has also been vocal about his relationship with the blonde beauty.In 2012, the sock designer took to Twitter to rant about his failed romance with the ‘Hot Right Now’ pop star and even alleged Rita had cheating on him.He wrote: “She cheated on me with nearly 20 dudes while we were together… But I mean 20?!!!!”advertisementIronically, Rita appeared to eventually respond to Rob by saying she wouldn’t talk about her relationship in public.She said: “When you are involved with someone for a while and they decide to express their feelings to the public, well, that’s not my personal way of therapy but I guess everyone takes split-ups differently.”last_img read more

3 Indian students killed in UAE road accident

first_imgDubai, Mar 12 (PTI) Three Indian students were killed today when the car they were travelling in collided with another vehicle in the UAEs Sharjah city.The incident took place on Al Dhaid-Al Madam Road in Sharjah in the wee hours today.Ashmid Ashraf, Muhammad Shifam and Mohammad Shounoub were returning to Dubai after a short holiday when they met with the accident. All the three students were from Kerala, Gulf News reported.The three students were killed on the spot. The driver of the other vehicle in the accident was injured and admitted to a nearby hospital.Colonel Haran Mubark Al Jazai, acting police director of Eastern Region, said the vehicle carrying the students caused the accident.He said the students vehicle entered the road from a prohibited area and collided with another vehicle which was travelling on its path.Ashraf from Kozhikode and Shifam from Kannur were studying at Middlesex University in Dubai. Shounoub was also from Kozhikode, the report said.The Kerala Muslim Cultural Community is making efforts to get the bodies released for repatriation to Kerala, it said.”Middlesex University Dubai students and staff mourn the loss of our students Ashmid Ashraf, Muhammad Shifam and their friend Mohammad Shounoub in a tragic accident. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to their families,” the university said in a statement. PTI CPSlast_img read more

JD(U) serves show cause notice to Anil Sahni

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) JD(U) today served a showcause notice to party MP Anil Sahni, who was charge sheeted by CBI for alleged cheating and corruption in LTC scam.This comes after Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari gave his approval to CBI to prosecute Sahni.The party asked him to explain his conduct before former party President Sharad Yadav, who is leader of the party in Rajya Sabha within a week.”A charge sheet has been filed against you into the LTC case. It has become a serious concern after Chairman of Rajya Sabha has granted permission for judicial proceedings into the matter. It is very clear to you that such involvement in financial irregularities are against pronounced policies of the party.”Hope you will explain your position before leader of JD-U in Rajya Sabha Sharad Yadav within a week. In case you fail to do so, the party can take disciplinary action against you,” JD-U general secretary K C Tyagi said in the show-cause notice sent to Sahani.Sahni had yesterday denied the charges and refused to resign.”Its a conspiracy against me… Why shall I resign on moral ground when I have not done anything wrong,” the second term Rajya Sabha member from Nitish Kumars party had said in Patna yesterday.Ansari had a few days back given his approval to CBI to prosecute Sahni against whom the agency had filed a charge sheet for alleged cheating and corruption in LTC Scam.Usually it is the party president to whom the MPs are asked to explain their conduct in such circumstances. However, the party has been maintaining that Nitish Kumars election as party president replacing Sharad Yadav does not mean that the latter has “retired” and that Yadav would continue to play a key role in party matters.advertisementCBI had filed a charge sheet against Sahni alleging that he, in conspiracy with other persons, used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking the actual journey.Besides Sahni, whose term in Rajya Sabha ends in April 2018, others named in the CBI charge sheet were Anup Singh Panwar, an employee of Delhi-based Air Cruise Travels Private Limited, N S Nair, then Office Superintendent (Traffic), Air India and one Arvind Tiwari. PTI AMR DVlast_img read more

Maxim: highly efficient isolated RS-485 module for Industry 4.0

first_img Continue Reading Previous Innodisk: industrial-grade 3D NAND SSD series for industrial embedded marketNext Sensirion: particulate matter sensor now available globally Bringing intelligence to the edge of typically noisy industrial environments calls for the high efficiency and robustness delivered by the new MAXM22511 2.5kV isolated RS-485/RS-422 module transceiver with power from Maxim Integrated Products. The MAXM22511 dramatically simplifies and shrinks the design of field bus communications systems for factory automation, motor control and other industrial internet of things applications.Full industrial convergence calls for intelligence at the edge of the automated factory to enable self-diagnostic and autonomous capabilities. In order to actively monitor and communicate real-time health and status information required by these environments, factory subsystems demand field bus communications systems that meet stringent size and power efficiency requirements while supporting operations in noisy industrial environments. The MAXM22511, the first in a family of isolated communications ICs, addresses these challenges while simplifying field bus communications system designs. The highly integrated module accomplishes this by eliminating the need for discrete digital isolators, transceivers, transformers and transformer drivers while also reducing bill of materials costs.The MAXM22511 supports 25Mbps data rates while providing 60 percent DC-DC efficiency (2x better than competitors) and +/-35kV electrostatic discharge protection (2x better than competitors). The module is available in a land grid array package (9.35 x 11.5mm, which is 35% smaller than competitive solutions). Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Panasonic launches P90 smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass protection at Rs 5,599

first_imgPanasonic on Wednesday, June 20, added another smartphone to its budget P-series portfolio. The Japanese electronics company launched its P90 smartphone in India with Corning Gorilla Glass protection at a modest price of Rs 5,599.Panasonic P90 is the successor to its P95 smartphone which the company launched in India at a price of Rs 4,999 last month. It features a 5-inch HD display with 2.5D curved screen and as mentioned earlier, it comes with the damage and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass protection.In terms of specifications, Panasonic P90 comes with a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The device comes with 1GB RAM with 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the camera is concerned, P90 sports a 5MP camera at the back and in the front with LED flash.The device is backed by a 2,400mAh battery and features support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio. Besides this, Panasonic P90 is equipped with Smart Action and Smart Gestures which allows users access their smartphones swiftly. Additionally, it also features ambient light sensors, accelerometer, and proximity sensors and OTG.Notably, Panasonic P95 which comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor features an 8MP camera at the back with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The device comes with a ‘zero shutter lag’ feature which ensures that the images are captured without any delay. Interestingly, P95 also features support for face recognition technology– a feature that is missing in its latest release.advertisement”Post our association with Corning, we are happy to launch another P-series device, P90, with Corning Gorilla Glass protection which will keep the device protected from all damage and scratches…The stylish device is launched to target the youth, letting them explore the new innovation and technology,” Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, Pankaj Rana, said on the occasion.ALSO READ: Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 gets face unlock via FOTA updatePanasonic P90 will be available at all leading retail outlets from June 20 in three vibrant colors which includes blue, black and gold.last_img read more

Fortnite takes over the World Cup: Alli follows Griezmann, Lingard’s lines

first_imgDele Alli is one of the stars of a new-look England side that knows how to enjoy their success and the youngster from Milton Keynes showed off some dance moves on Saturday after scoring for England against Sweden.The Tottenham player, who loves to break into a jig, did the ‘Fortnite’ inspired dance after scoring from a header to double England’s lead in Samara in the World Cup quarter-finals.Alli headed in from a beautifully chipped Jesse Lingard ball to put England 2-0 ahead, that ultimately turned out to be the last goal of the match as the Three Lions moved into the semis of the tournament for the first time in 28 years.The 22-year-old powered the ball past Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen into the back of the net and ran towards the crowd to celebrate. The attacking-midfielder then started to swing his arms above his head a move very similar to player-favourite game Fortnite. He was joined by his other teammates but Lingard, who himself knows a thing or two about shaking a leg, also danced along with the Spurs man.England fans celebrate World Cup 2018 semi-final in LondonThis isn’t the first time Alli has celebrated his goal against Watford in May with a Fortnite dance. He also did the ‘Floss’ after scoring against Manchester United at the Wembley in a FA Cup fixture. Jesse Lingard scored against Panama and celebrated it in style (Reuters Photo) Antoine Griezmann performed the Fortnite dance after scoring against Argentina (Reuters Photo)Earlier in the tournament, Lingard also performed a Fortnite-inspired celebration after scoring a stunner against Panama in the group stages. Antoine Greizmann also performed it after scoring earlier in the tournament. The French forward performed the Fortnite dance or ‘Take the L’ as it is called popularly after scoring against Argentina in Kazan.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEadvertisementThis dance regime has been a popular thing for the French forward as he keeps doing that every time he scores for his club side Atletico Madrid as well. The 27-year-old used to do the ‘Hotline Bling’ celebration before moving on to the Fortnite dance. His ‘Hotline Bling’ dance was inspired from Drake’s Pop hit song ‘Hotline Bling’last_img read more

IOA seeks medical report of athletes, team officials; asks details about smoking, drinking habits

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has sought medical fitness report of all the athletes and team officials who are scheduled to take part in the Asian Games, including details about their smoking and drinking habits. The IOA in a recent letter to all the NSFs, whose athletes are scheduled to compete in the Asian Games, asked them to submit a medical assessment report of all the athletes and team officials by August 10. In the sample medical assessment form, there were columns to be filled about questions regarding habits like smoking and drinking, with clear questions about ‘number of cigarettes per day’ and ‘number of glasses per day’. It is, however, not clear whether these questions on smoking and drinking habits are meant for athletes or team officials. It is likely that these questions are meant for team officials. “The NSFs that undertake the training of athletes have the responsibility to ensure that the athletes and team officials participating in the 18th Asian Games are in optimal physical and psychological conditions to carry out their games time duties at their best,” the IOA said in the letter written by its Secretary General Rajeev Mehta. “We request all participating NSFs to conduct necessary medical assessment and submit the attached undertaking on or before August 10. Further, the NSFs are also requested that if there is any case of sickness or medical issues that cause incapacity of athletes to perform at their best during the Games, it shall be informed to the IOA at the earliest in writing,” the letter added.advertisement Besides giving personal details, the athletes will also have to give information about past and present medical history (like injury, operation and hospitalisation), information whether he is taking any medication for illness as well family history (like whether there was any serious illness in the family). The athletes will also have to answer whether he or she is taking any dietary supplements or medication for sports performance and the details regarding these. Starting with ear, nose and throat, there are questions about the overall conditions of the various organs, including the glands, heart, kidney, liver as well as answering whether they have blood pressure, skin allergies, diabetes, etc. Certainly, some questions will not be applicable to the athletes but it is not clear which ones apply to them and what are meant for team officials. PTI PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

India strikes back: Saina, Sakshi join the nation in congratulating Indian Air Force

first_imgIndian Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik joined India in celebrating the achievement of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the wee hours of Tuesday as they executed an airstrike in the Balakot region of Pakistan. In what was a pre-dawn operation, Several Mirage 2000 aircraft dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terrorist camps across the LoC.Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed a major terrorist camp in Balakote sector. The airstrike took place at 3.30 am, the sources said.Saina Nehwal took to Twitter to salute the IAF for executing the precise operation.Big salute to our #IndianAirForce ??????…. #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai HindSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 26, 2019Saina’s father also lauded the IAF and said this was the best way to “demolish the terrorists base”.Indian Airforce is the best to demolish the terrorists base …salute and congratsDr Harvir Singh (@NHarvir) February 26, 2019Hats off to the #IndianAirForce for their strike against terror. Every Indian is proud of you! Jai Hind! #IndiaStrikesBackKidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) February 26, 2019India’s wrestling star Sakshi Malik said Tuesday morning was “a truly beautiful” one to wake up to and thanked the Indian army and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the action.A Truly beautiful good morning . THANKS @narendramodi Sir???? And brave hearts of our Indian Army. JAI HIND. ????Proud Indian????Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) February 26, 2019Yogeshwar Dutt made a series of tweets congratulating the Indian Air Force and expressing pride over the course of action India had taken to show the world that they won’t sit back.advertisement, ,,Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 26, 2019, , #SurgicalStrike2 #AirStrike #IndianAirForce@PMOIndia @narendramodi @DefenceMinIndia @IAF_MCCYogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 26, 2019U.S.A. @trump @narendramodi #IndianArmyOurPride #AirSurgicalStrikes #Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 26, 2019Kudos ! Best news of the year so far ! Although situation seems to be quite tense now https://t.co/GtxBKRPDnRVirdhawal Khade OLY (@virdhawalkhade) February 26, 2019Badiyaaaaa #IndianAirforce #IndiaStrikesAgainPRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) February 26, 2019#IndiaStrikesBack Big Salute to the Indian Airforce. Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) February 26, 2019Sources said terrorist launchpads in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad were completely destroyed in the IAF air strikes, and that Jaish-e-Mohammed control rooms were also destroyed.Earlier, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces claimed that the IAF violated the LoC, and that the Pakistan Air Force responded immediately, after which the Indian aircraft went back.India’s airstrikes come days after Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, carried out a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 40 CRPF soldiers.India vowed to take revenge for the attack, and has already killed its mastermind in an encounter in Pulwama.It has gone on a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan on the world stage, increased basic customs duty on Pakistan exports, and reiterated plans to stop its share of Indus water from flowing to Pakistan.Also Read | India airstrike in Pakistan: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir salute Indian Air Forcelast_img read more

Jamaica Continues to Make Progress in Curbing Trafficking in Persons

first_imgManager of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Chenee Russell, says Jamaica continues to make great strides in curbing trafficking in Jamaica.According to her, the country continues to increase its efforts to raise awareness through the development of robust trafficking in person systems.Speaking at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s ‘Labour Department and You’ road show in St. James recently, Ms. Russell said the Government continues to strengthen the legislative framework to tackle the crime in Jamaica.She noted that since the passing of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2007, over 500 raids have been conducted, three prostitution rings disrupted and 86 victims rescued from trafficking in Jamaica by the Trafficking in Persons Vice Squad of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“The legislative framework continues to be strengthened through amendments to the Trafficking in Persons Prevention, Suppression and Punishment Act. We would have amended the Act in 2013 and, more recently, 2018. One of those amendments is to allow trial by judge alone, as previously we would have had to have a jury to try a trafficking case,” Ms. Russell said.“Our Act also allows for in-camera hearings, and if you are a child and you are a part of that hearing, you do not have to come to court. So, it allows for video evidence to be given,” she added.Ms. Russell said the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons continues to take a zero-tolerance approach to the scourge of human trafficking, and urged students and teachers present at the road show to be vigilant.“We also developed a Trafficking in Persons Curriculum in secondary schools, in 2015, more specifically for grades seven to nine,” she noted.The two-day road show in St. James addressed issues related to human trafficking, efforts to eliminate child labour, and child protection and family services.The final show will be held in St. Thomas on February 27 and 28.last_img read more

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew – Unemployment at Record Low

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew – Unemployment at Record LowPrime Minister th Most Hon. Andrew Holness says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent, as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figures, provided by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, (STATIN) also show that the unemployment rate of 9.6 per cent in January 2018 was a decrease of 3.1 per cent when compared with 12.7 per cent in January 2017.The Prime Minister made the announcement during the launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on May 1.Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services, mining, construction and civil development.last_img read more

Arunachal govt to hand over MLA killing case to NIA

first_imgItanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to hand over the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an official said on Monday. The state Cabinet in its first sitting on Sunday night unanimously decided that the case be handed over to the NIA as thorough investigation needs to be carried out in a time bound manner and justice be delivered expeditiously to the bereaved family members by booking and nabbing all the culprits, the official said. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu also condemned the killing of the MLA and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants.The cabinet approved for providing a Group C post in the government to the next of kin of the deceased and provide Rs 20 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.last_img read more

Change in politics society on sexual misconduct not fast enough says Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he believes society is still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make on Parliament Hill when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.“We recognize that this particular workplace that is Parliament Hill is one that is rife with hierarchies and power dynamics wrapped up in and around an institution that for centuries has been the purview of a certain type of person — older, male, successful,” Trudeau said this week in a roundtable interview with The Canadian Press.That, however, has started to change, the prime minister suggested, with the election of a more diverse group of MPs and political staff — although the consequences of that long-standing, male-dominated hierarchy have clearly not disappeared overnight.“We have a system that has changed, but a society that is changing not fast enough, and that is going to lead to difficult situations.”Trudeau, who self-identifies as a feminist and says he has zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment or other forms of misconduct by his employees or caucus colleagues, was asked to address the fact that allegations surfaced last year involving someone in the Prime Minister’s Office.Claude-Eric Gagne, who is deputy director of operations for Trudeau, has been on a leave of absence Nov. 1 pending an investigation into allegations that came to the attention of the PMO. Gagne says he challenges the veracity of the allegations, but is co-operating fully with the third-party investigator.The PMO hired high-profile employment firm Rubin Thomlinson LLP to examine the case.Without commenting specifically on the case, Trudeau said he hopes to set an example in how he responds to the situations.“I think the measure of it must be how we are changing and how we are responding to allegations, how seriously we take them,” he said.“The fact that we have no tolerance for this — that we will not brush things under the rug, but we will take action on it immediately — is part of the modelling that we hope to see taken on elsewhere across the Hill, but also throughout workforces and workplaces in Canada.”The Canadian Press surveyed current female MPs from all political parties last month to find out the extent to which they had been the targets of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct of all kinds, including during their time in elected office.Some 58 per cent of respondents to the voluntary, anonymous survey reported having personally experienced one or more forms of sexual misconduct during their time in politics.The results also suggested the problem also hits other players in the parliamentary system.Seventy-six per cent of respondents said they had either witnessed, or been told about sexual misconduct targeting another woman, including a staffer, page, intern, House of Commons employee or MP.Thirty-eight of the 89 female MPs participated in the survey.— Follow @smithjoanna and @kristykirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Ford and Cadillac SUVs Toyota sports car star at auto show

first_imgDETROIT — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.Press days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show startsThe most popular vehicle of the bunch is the Ford Explorer, revealed ahead of the show Wednesday night at Ford Field, the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions.Cadillac will show off its XT6, a smaller-than-a-truck, three-row family hauler at an event Sunday night. Toyota brings back the high-performance Supra on Monday. The sports car developed a cult following when it was on the market from 1978 to 2002. Nissan and its Infiniti luxury brand plan to show two concept electric vehicles on Monday as well.This year’s North American International Auto Show will take place in January for the final time. In 2020, it switches to June to escape the cold weather and show off more products outside, including autonomous vehicles.Here are the big unveils coming up for the show, which opens to the public from Jan. 19 through 27:CADILLACThe marketing folks at General Motors’ Cadillac brand are hoping the new XT6 big SUV will carve out a niche in the crowded market for utilities with three rows of seats but aren’t so huge they’re considered trucks. The six- to seven-passenger XT6 has a chiseled Caddy look and unique premium luxury materials to set it apart, but it’s going against well-appointed luxury versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, as well as entries from BMW, Audi and other automakers. It’s also got the same engine as the other brands, a 3.6-litre V6 that puts out 310 horsepower, and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The XT6 has a suite of standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. It goes on sale in the summer as a 2020 model in the U.S. Price and gas mileage weren’t announced.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Federal revenue agency targets 26B in missing taxes over five years

OTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency is boosting its efforts to hunt down tax dodgers — including those who shelter cash offshore — under an expanded plan expected to recoup $2.6 billion in unpaid taxes over the next five years.The agency shared some specifics Monday on how it will improve detection, auditing and prosecution of tax cheaters with help from a five-year, $444-million government commitment — an investment nearly one-sixth of the anticipated return.“We really want to put the axe into everything that touches tax evasion,” Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier told a news conference.“There are people today, I imagine, who must be nervous.”Details of the agency’s plan follow media reports on the so-called Panama Papers, a leak of 11.5 million records from a Panamanian law firm that shed light on the use of offshore tax havens around the world.The extra government funding to fight tax evaders was announced in last month’s budget.Under the plan, Ottawa will intensify its detection work abroad by examining all international funds transfers over $10,000 to and from Canada. So far, the agency said it has already collected information on all such exchanges since January 2015.The agency will also zero in on four selected international jurisdictions this year for deeper scrutiny.The first on the list is the Isle of Man, which saw $860 million worth of electronic transfers with Canada over a 12-month period. The agency said it has assessed the risk for all 3,000 transactions involving about 350 individual taxpayers and 400 companies.Lebouthillier declined to release the names of the other three jurisdictions that will go under the microscope. She said she didn’t want to tip off tax dodgers and give them the opportunity to transfer their offshore assets to avoid being caught.The agency will also launch a special program aimed at stopping groups that create and promote tax evasion and tax avoidance schemes for the wealthy. It said it will be able to increase its investigations of such schemes 12-fold.The new government money will allow the agency to hire more auditors and specialists, who will focus on “high-risk” individuals and multinational corporations.“It’s unthinkable and it’s also intolerable that people can pay specialists to allow them to evade taxes,” Lebouthillier said.“There are people who defraud the government, who do not pay their part.”Her agency also reiterated that it will begin work to estimate the so-called “tax gap,” the difference between what is owed in taxes and what is actually collected.Lebouthillier has indicated Canada will work with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which uses the tax gap measure to help develop policies that target evaders.She said she will attend an OECD meeting this week in Paris that will address the issue of tax shelters. Ottawa plans to collaborate with international partners on the matter.Lebouthillier also announced that a new advisory committee has been created to explore the issue of offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.The committee will be made up of seven experts and chaired by Western University law professor Colin Campbell. The vice-chair will be Dalhousie University professor Kimberly Brooks.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the Panama Papers highlighted the concerns people around the world have about political leaders and other powerful figures using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.So far, about 350 Canadian interests are mentioned in the leaked documents and there’s no indication any of them have broken the law.Last week, Canada’s financial intelligence agency announced it had fined a Canadian bank more than $1 million for failing to report suspicious dealings and transfers. The agency has refused to say which bank was fined.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Federal revenue agency targets $2.6B in missing taxes over five years by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, listens to a question as she makes an announcement on new initiatives to combat aggressive tax avoidance and offshore tax evasion during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Monday, April 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Libya senior UN official calls for independent probe into migrant deaths at

According to the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), the four detainees sustained fatal gunshot wounds and 20 more were injured on 1 April during and in the aftermath of an apparent escape attempt from the detention centre, where conditions are reportedly inhumane, with severe overcrowding and shortages of food and other basic necessities, including medical care. A guard was also injured in the incident.UNSMIL’s Deputy Special Representative, Ali Al-Za’tari, which is also the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator called for independent, impartial and full investigations into their deaths. HE also wished a speedy recovery to the injured guard and wounded migrants.The al-Zawiya prosecution opened an investigation into the incident, and questioned a number of witnesses. Welcoming the investigation, Mr. Al-Za’tari said: “This incident yet again highlights the deplorable conditions endured by migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya; many of them fleeing persecution, abuses or poverty in their own countries.” He went on to express the hope that the Government of National Accord will urgently address the dire humanitarian situation of particularly vulnerable groups in Libya including migrants. “In the meantime, all those with effective authority of the ground should protect migrants from abuse and exploitation and put an end to their prolonged detention in horrid conditions,” he said. read more

NBS employees charged with 8 counts of false imprisonment

NBS Republic Avenue head officeThree employees attached to the New Building Society (NBS) were on Wednesday slapped with eight counts of false imprisonment when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Anil Kishun, Anil Beharry and Dika Tularam all pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.The court heard that on January 23, 2018, the trio confined eight persons- identified as Shawn Kalicharan, Alex Green, Goodish Singh, Patrick Higgins, Martin Brown, Jire Arjune, Ganesh Herah and Joseph Allen- against their will in the NBS, Republic Avenue branch.The accused were granted self bail and asked to return to court on March 26, where they will appear before Magistrate Dylon Bess.INews had reported that on the day in question, Lawyers representing former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society (NBS), Maurice Arjoon – who was recently awarded over $59M in judgment from the High Court over his wrongful dismissal case- in the company of High Court Marshals, descended onto the NBS headquarters to levy on the company’s assets in a bid to recoup the pension owed to Arjoon.The bank, which is appealing the $59M award, allegedly locked its doors to the institution, trapping the persons outlined above inside.Following the standoff, a cheque to the tune of $59.3M was made out to Arjoon after the Police had to intervene. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriminal charges against NBS Directors dismissedSeptember 13, 2019In “Business”Detained NBS officials on bail, Society says it will ‘safeguard’ $59.3M chequeJanuary 24, 2018In “Business”Legal challenge filed by NBS sees High Court quashing Parking meter by-lawsDecember 16, 2017In “Court” read more

Talarius launches staff recognition portal

first_imgTalarius has introduced an employee recognition portal to encourage employee suggestions and reward staff for sharing ideas.The Adult Gaming Centers operator, which owns brands Quicksilver (pictured) and Silvers and Winners, has launched the portal to demonstrate to its 1,000 employees that they could make a genuine difference to the organisation by voicing their ideas.The senior leadership team also wanted staff to see their ideas come to life and to know that their suggestions could have a positive impact on the business.The portal, Call the Slots, which is provided by P&MM Employee Benefits, allows employees to input their suggestions against Talarius’ core organisational values.The site uses ’Las Vegas’-style colours and imagery, combined with elements of gamification, to link to the brand and boost staff engagement.Ideas are evaluated on a monthly basis and staff are rewarded with points that can be redeemed against a selection of merchandise or vouchers. Employees are also encouraged to put forward as many suggestions as they wish, with winners announced each month. Employees can be rewarded even if their idea is not implemented. More than 100 ideas have been accepted and implemented to date.Beth Jones, internal communications manager at Talarius, said: “We are really pleased with how the system works and it’s very easy for all our colleagues to use.“Employees can access this from their home or via our intranet making it accessible 24/7.“We hold a national conference once a year and have now incorporated a ‘call the slots: best idea’ award into the evening awards ceremony, which shows just how much this scheme means to both the organisation and our employees.”last_img read more

Deliveroo to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage

first_imgTakeaway delivery organisation Deliveroo is to face legal action over the entitlement of its riders to employment rights such as holiday pay and the minimum wage.The legal action argues that riders are not contractors and that they should be entitled to employment rights, such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay, which they do not receive as self-employed contractors.Approximately 200 riders to date have joined the claim against Deliveroo, which is being led by law firm Leigh Day. The first group of 20 riders has started the process of bringing a claim by contacting employment dispute public body Acas.The legal action will contend that riders are required to wear a Deliveroo-branded uniform and use a Deliveroo-branded box when performing their job, that they are given specific instructions about how and where they work, are subject to performance reviews, and have their terms and rate of pay determined by Deliveroo. The legal claims will therefore argue that riders are not self-employed contractors, and should instead be entitled to employment rights and protections.The legal action will also feature age discrimination claims for riders aged under 18 who were dismissed after Deliveroo introduced a new minimum age requirement.Annie Powell, lawyer in the employment team at Leigh Day, said: “The idea that Deliveroo riders are self-employed contractors in business on their own account and that Deliveroo is a customer of each rider’s business is absurd.“Deliveroo riders carry out the sole function of Deliveroo, to deliver food and drink to customers, and are tightly controlled by Deliveroo in what is clearly a dependent work relationship. We will argue that Deliveroo has no reasonable ground to argue that its riders are self-employed contractors and that it should immediately ensure that its riders are paid at least the national minimum wage and receive paid holiday.“We will also argue that Deliveroo’s dismissal of young riders who do not meet Deliveroo’s new minimum age requirement is a clear case of unlawful age discrimination for which the riders should be compensated.”A spokesperson at Deliveroo added: “We are proud to offer flexible, well-paid work to over 15,000 self-employed UK riders, and receive over 10,000 new applications every week. Riders choose when and where to ride with us, and for how long, giving them the flexibility and freedom to work with us around their other commitments such as studying, running a small business or working for another [organisation]. We will continue to work closely with our riders to ensure that as the [organisation] continues to grow in the UK, our riders continue to benefit from that growth.”Read more about worker-status cases in Tribunal rules Excel bicycle courier is entitled to holiday pay and Tribunal rules Uber drivers are entitled to workers’ rights.last_img read more

Police continue search for missing Marathon man

first_imgPolice are on the lookout for a man who’s been missing for months.Seventy-two-year-old Albert Bosco vanished from Marathon without a trace.He hasn’t been seen or heard from since his daughter reported him missing in September.Detectives said they found the boat he lived on but no sign of Bosco.Anyone who has seen Bosco is urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2351.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img