Tolerate no nonsense from trouble-makers in UPSC exam, cops told

first_imgNew Delhi: “There should be no scope for the untoward incident like burning of examination papers, tearing of answer sheets by mischievous elements, slogan shouting, protests, intimidation of investigators during Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination,” said a letter written by Delhi Police headquarters (PHQ) to all districts and units alerting them about the security during civil services (preliminary) examination.Sources told Millennium Post that earlier secretary UPSC wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner regarding the security arrangement during the civil services examination. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the civil services (preliminary) examination 2019 on Sunday 2nd June 2019. As you aware, comprehensive and foolproof security arrangements are required so that the question paper is not leaked and no unfair or illegal practices are resorted to during the conduct of the examination,” UPSC wrote to city police. Sources said that the letter to police further stated, “We also need to ensure that there is no disruption or agitation near the venues and the candidates are able to reach the venues without any hindrances.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarQuoting the letter contents which headquarters wrote to other officers, sources said, “Adequate law & order, security&traffic arrangements may be made at all the examination centres falling under your (districts, units) jurisdiction. Area officers may be directed to personally deploy the staff in such a way that no scope is given for the untoward incident.” “The staff deployed at the centres may carry wireless sets for instant communication in case of any problem. It may be ensured that sufficient force is made available to deal with any untoward incident,” sources further added quoting the letter content. DCP (PCR) may ensure that PCR vans are stationed and alerted near the examination centres during examination time. Active patrolling is required to be done around the centres till completion of the examination. DCP (Traffic) headquarters may ensure proper traffic arrangements at all examination centres. The letter was written by DCP rank officer (headquarters). The copy of the letter was sent to Secretary UPSC and SOs to all Joint CsP/Ranges and traffic for information. In Delhi, there are more than 180 venues where the examination will take place.last_img read more

WatchCanadian household debt hits 18 trillion as global watchdog warns of risks

TORONTO — Canadians’ collective household debt has climbed to $1.8 trillion as an international financial group sounds an early warning that the country’s banking system is at risk from rising debt levels.Equifax Canada says consumers now owe $1.821 trillion including mortgages as of the fourth-quarter of 2017, marking a six per cent increase from a year earlier.Although nearly half of Canadians reduced their personal liabilities, roughly 37 per cent added to their debt to push the average amount up 3.3 per cent to $22,837 per person, not including mortgages.Canada flagged as one of three nations most at risk of banking crisisThree real-life signs that interest rate hikes are already starting to biteMillennials are ditching credit cards, and it’s threatening the entire industryThe fresh numbers come as an international financial group owned by the world’s central banks says Canada’s credit-to-gross-domestic-product and debt-service ratios show early warning signs of potential risk to the banking system in the coming years.The latest report by the Bank for International Settlements says Canada’s credit-to-GDP gap and debt-service ratios have surpassed critical thresholds and are signalling red, pointing to vulnerabilities.The group, however, cautions that these indicators should not be treated as a formal stress test, but as a first step in a broader analysis. read more

Pakistan maritime security ships on goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

Two Pakistan maritime security ships are to visit Sri Lanka this week on a goodwill mission, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said.The High Commission said that in a display of brotherly relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Pakistan Maritime Security Ships (PMSS) HINGOL and BASOL will be arriving at Colombo Port for a four day port of call on Thursday. During the call, the Mission Commander Ashfaq Ali, will pay courtesy call on Commanders of Sri Lanka Navy, Coast Guard and Western Naval Area, the Pakistan High Commission said. During their stay at Colombo, PMSS HINGOL and BASOL will take part in professional maritime drills with their Sri Lankan counterparts besides playing friendly basketball and volleyball matches.Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strong maritime ties and engage in multifaceted cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) As part of goodwill, Pakistan Maritime ships frequently visit Sri Lanka. These calls are aimed at strengthening and augmenting the existing strong relationship between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. read more

UN asserts unity is the only way forward for Sri Lanka

“At height of #FloodSL all communities united for those affected. Unity is the only way forward-racial attacks & perpetrators must be stopped,” she tweeted.The comments follow fresh incidents of hate crimes being reported in parts of the country this week. (Colombo Gazette) The United Nations (UN) asserted that unity is the only way forward for Sri Lanka.UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Una McCauley noted that all communities united following the floods in Sri Lanka.

Peoples Bank CEO points fingers at Ravi in bond probe

Chairmen, CEOs/General Managers and other senior officials of the three state-owned banks yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial bond issuance that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had on two occasions instructed them to bid at lower-than-market yield rates, assuring them that bids at higher rates would not be accepted. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of People’s Bank has told the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam that former Minister Ravi Karunanayake had instructed State banks to bid at low rates during the bond auction last year.Karunanayake was the Finance Minister at the time. The Daily FT reported: read more

TSX lower after Ottawa rejects Progress Energy buy traders look to earnings

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was lower Monday afternoon, weighed down in part by energy stocks after Ottawa rejected a planned takeover in the sector.Traders also took in mixed U.S. earnings news, lower commodities and a major acquisition in the Russian energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index moved down 64.36 points 12,351.62 after the federal government on Friday rejected a Malaysian state-owned energy giant’s proposed takeover bid for Calgary-based natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources (TSX:PRQ). Progress shares lost $2.19 or 10.1 per cent to $19.46.Petronas had offered $6 billion for Progress, but Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he was “not satisfied that the proposed investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada.” The thumbs down from Ottawa impacted share prices of other resource companies thought to be good candidates for a sale along with a hefty premium in the stock price. For example, Paramount Resources (TSX:POU) fell 66 cents to $33.34.The move also was seen as putting at risk a deal by China’s CNOOC Ltd. to acquire Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). Nexen shares dropped $1.15 to $24.“Everybody anticipated there might be a rejection for Nexen because it’s China and the state-owned oil company and the technology transfer and the rest of it,” said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment Strategy.“But Progress is absolutely straightforward, it’s a state-owned oil company for a western-supporting democracy with no technology transfer so why on earth would there be any issues about net benefit? So it was a complete surprise.”The TSX Venture Exchange lost 10.38 points to 1,308.89.The Canadian dollar was down 0.14 of a cent to 100.54 cents US, a day ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next announcement on interest rates. Earnings nervousness pushed U.S. indexes lower amid an earnings report from heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that beat earnings expectations but was also cautious about the future.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 87.04 points to 13,256.47, the Nasdaq composite index declined 5.76 points to 2,999.86 while the S&P 500 index was down 9.37 points to 1,423.82.Caterpillar’s third-quarter profit rose 49 per cent to US$1.7 billion, or $2.54 a share, higher than the $2.21 a share that analysts expected. Its stock shook off early losses to move up 32 cents to US$84.18 as the company said it now expects 2012 earnings of $9 to $9.25 a share, below its earlier estimate of about $9.60 a share. Revenue for 2012 is estimated at $66 billion, below its earlier range of $68 to $70 billion amid weaker than expected global economic conditions.Shares at Vancouver-based Finning International (TSX:FTT), which sells, finances and services Caterpillar equipment, edged down 31 cents to C$23.77.Elsewhere, Russian oil giant Rosneft is to buy TNK-BP, the joint venture between the AAR group of Russian oil oligarchs and BP, the British energy company. BP has agreed to sell its 50 per cent stake for $17.1 billion in cash and a 12.84 per cent stake in Roseneft.The TSX energy sector was down 1.4 per cent as oil prices declined $1.31 to US$88.74 a barrel. Losses extended to sector giants including Suncor Energy (TSX:SU), which shed 43 cents to $33.33.The market also found support from the gold sector, which rose 0.5 per cent as December bullion improved by $2.30 to US$1,726.30 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was ahead 46 cents to C$39.01.And the mining sector advanced 0.2 per cent while December copper was down two cents at US$3.62 a pound after sliding 10 cents on Friday. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) climbed eight cents to C$9.47.But most other sectors moved lower.The industrials sector was down 0.6 per cent with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) down 63 cents to $87.05 ahead of the release of its earnings report later in the day.Tech companies moved lower ahead of earnings updates from Yahoo and Texas Instruments later Monday. CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) dipped 23 cents to $25.38.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) says it has been chosen to provide security technology to EnStream, a mobile payment company set up by Canada’s three largest wireless networks. The BlackBerry maker also owns technology for secure payments between consumers and retailers on mobile devices. RIM shares fell 13 cents to $7.56.Financials also weighed as TD Bank (TSX:TD) gave back 40 cents to $82.38.The quarterly earnings reporting season kicks into gear this week. Tech company Celestica (TSX:CLS) reports on Tuesday and gas producer EnCana (TSX:ECA) and telecom Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) on Wednesday.Thursday sees the heaviest day with earnings coming in from gold producers Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G), energy companies Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) and Shaw Communications (SJR.B).In other corporate news, fertilizer company Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) says it will double the company’s dividend to US$2 per share annually and switch to a quarterly payment schedule. Agrium also says it will repurchase about 8.72 million of its shares for C$103 each under a previously announced buyback program. Its shares were $1.91 higher to $105.86. by News Staff Posted Oct 22, 2012 2:37 pm MDT TSX lower after Ottawa rejects Progress Energy buy, traders look to earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mobile phones boosting innovation in Kenyas livestock sector – UN agency

FAO said in a news release that the speed of communication and accuracy of the global positioning system (GPS) function integrated on mobile phones is of great advantage for farmers who are increasingly using this technology.“FAO and partners are piggy-backing on this enormous uptake of mobile phone technology for uses in reporting animal disease outbreaks, tracking vaccination campaigns and the delivery of veterinary treatments, such as de-worming animals,” said FAO’s Assistant Representative for Programme Implementation in the country, Robert Allport.Three out of four people have a mobile phone in Kenya and while only a third of Kenyans have access to the Internet, 99 per cent of this comes from mobile phones. Mr. Allport said the widespread adoption of this technology has revolutionized the livestock sector, as up until five years ago veterinarians had to travel to remote locations to record data and then again to process the paperwork.“Cellular phones eliminate delays in receiving field data, since all the information is relayed via the mobile network,” Mr. Allport said. FAO recently partnered with the Royal Veterinary College and Vetaid, local non-governmental organization, to support the testing of EpiCollect, a mobile phone application that helps track animal vaccination and treatment campaigns.The application would allow users to access and monitor vaccination data in real-time, and could potentially be made available not just to veterinarians but to animal health workers and village elders.FAO has also developed an information system to display data on disease outbreaks that would allow for an early warning system to isolate infected animals and prevent the death of tens of thousands of livestock. The system, known as EMPRES-i will be tested in Uganda this year.“The FAO EMPRES-i system is truly a global public good, and our reporting and response times are being constantly improved, now thanks to incredible technology,” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer. “Prevention, preparedness and early response are powerful concepts that when translated into tools can be effectively used against infectious diseases, thereby safeguard people’s livelihoods, fend off hunger and, in some cases, human illness,” he added.In addition, FAO has partnered with Oxfam and Nokia to monitor water points in pastoralist areas as an early warning indicator for drought in Kenya and Ethiopia, and is assessing how mobile technology can be used to better link livestock producers with markets and livestock traders.“Traders won’t travel to a remote area to purchase animals unless they have a guarantee that they will be able to buy a minimum number of animals. Otherwise, the expense of making the trip isn’t worthwhile,” Mr. Allport said. “But if sellers at market can relay information to a central point about how many animals they have, where and at what price, then the market functions more efficiently and pricing becomes more transparent. They can also collectively bargain for better prices.” read more

Teenager arrested on suspicion of murder after woman is found dead in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The woman’s next of kin have been informed, but formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.”A teenager from the Hambledon area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time.” Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman aged in her 50s was found dead in a leafy Hampshire village.A teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of the female, named locally as Joanna Thompson. Her body was discovered at a property on Vicarage Lane in Hambledon on Monday.She lived in a converted pub at the end of the lane, where houses are worth as much as £1.6m. Neighbours said she had been living there for at least 10 years and had two sons.One woman who lives just off Vicarage Lane told the Telegraph: “We saw her jogging up and down the village. She kept herself to herself.”Another neighbour said: “People keep themselves to themselves round here but that lady was out regularly.”I’ve seen her out running around the village.”A 75-year-old woman who lives in the village said: “One of the victim’s neighbours told me that he had heard a loud bang and thinks she may have fallen down the stairs.”A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating the death of a woman at a house in Hambledon.”Officers were called at 12.39pm on Monday July 1 to Vicarage Lane where the body of a woman in her 50s was discovered. read more

BUDGET 2019 AFC pleased with allocations proposed for its portfolios

Finance Minister Winston Jordan just before his Budget presentation yesterday (DPI photo)One day after the $300.7B 2019 Budget was presented in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, minor Coalition partner, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has stated that it is very pleased with the allocations the various sectors, being managed by its ministers, have received.In a statement today, the AFC expressed its full support for the budget and noted its satisfaction with the over $167B allocated to the various ministries under control by the party’s top leaders.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson and Minister of Communities,Hon. Ronald Bulkan (DPI photo).The AFC commended the Government for the allocated $38.5B which is expected to go towards the Public Infrastructure Ministry headed by Minister David Patterson. The party also welcomed the $35.6B proposed for the Public Security Ministry and the $21B for the Telecommunications and Agriculture Ministries.Further, the party commended the Government for its investment in the education sector which was allocated $52.2B in this year’s budget. “The AFC commends the government once again for the continued investment in education… The measures which target small business development, growth and expansion and persons living with disability are particularly welcomed by the party… and the party is pleased that there has always been heavy investment and emphasis on the HEYS programming which is transforming the lives of hinterland youth,” the statement said.“The AFC looks forward to the full and complete implementation of Budget 2019″, the statement added.At the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), AFC‘s performance was noticeably poor as the party was only able to gain 4% of the overall votes.The AFC has also received much criticism, especially from the parliamentary Opposition, for what many describe as the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with APNU.Weighing in on the proposed estimates in Budget 2019, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo last evening dubbed it as “visionless and disappointing”.Opposition Member of Parliament, Zulfikar Mustapha making his way to the Parliament Chambers yesterday (DPI photo).The former President who recently tabled a motion of no-confidence against the APNU/AFC Coalition Administration, said that he had hoped that with that looming over their heads, the government would have paid serious attention to the cries of the citizenry and tried to address their many issues.Jagdeo, a former Finance Minister himself, also said that Minister Jordan used his budget presentation to confirm that the economy performed badly in 2018, identifying the – 1.8 per cent growth in the fisheries industry, 0.2 per cent growth in rice, 0.9 per cent in forestry and – 2.3 per cent in the extractive industry.“You would have noticed that the Minister at mid-year; had revised the target upwards to 3.7 per cent after they achieved 3.4 per cent in mid-year. The final outcome was 3.4 per cent and we are not sure that will be, given the history that this Minister, how often he has misled the House when he presents the figures in November in his budget and then in January when the figures drastically change for the worse,” the Opposition Leader reminded.Government Member of Parliament,Hon. Michael Carrington and Minister of Public Telecommunications,Hon. Catherine Hughes. (DPI photo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$38.5B for Public Infrastructure Ministry approvedDecember 12, 2018In “Business”Public Infrastructure Ministry faces challenge of completing projects on timeAugust 10, 2015In “Business”Govt to approach bilateral partner for more funds to complete Diamond-Ogle Bypass RoadNovember 27, 2018In “latest news” read more

Some flee immediately Migrants pretending to be children to get into Ireland

first_img‘Some flee immediately’: Migrants pretending to be children to get into Ireland So far this year, Tusla has received 97 referrals into its team for separated children seeking asylum. Share88 Tweet Email Short URL 32,921 Views 113 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE HEAD OF Ireland’s child and family agency, Tusla, has said one of the biggest challenges for the State when it comes to unaccompanied migrant children is verifying their ages.The first intake of migrant children from Calais arrived in Britain this week and there were criticisms of the age assessment process, amid speculation in some media outlets that some of the young men may be over 18.In an interview with this week, chief executive of Tusla, Fred McBride, said this is a problem his agency also faces.“Some of them are not children, they’re actually adults pretending to be children. So, actually getting verification of their age is a challenge and some will flee immediately on landing at the port or airport,” he said.center_img They’ll just disappear into the communities and it’s very difficult to know where they’ve gone or to track them at all unless them come up through other channels – the guards, or housing and so on.In 2014, Tusla’s team for separated children seeking asylum received 97 referrals. In 2015, it received 109 referrals. So far this year, Tusla has received 97 referrals into this team.For the children who are, in fact, unaccompanied minors, the agency’s main focus is on reuniting them with family members.“That’s the goal and that’s always the biggest challenge”, McBride said.Ireland is seen as “an example of best practice” across Europe, he said, as the country has had a dedicated service for separated children for the last 15 years.“So it’s more developed, better developed than it is in many other jurisdictions who are really only getting to grips with this problem now,” McBride explained.“We’ve been trying to deal with it for a number of years and developed good services and good supports to be able to support these youngsters and reunite them with their families.”McBride’s comments are part of a wide-ranging interview with this week. We’ll have more from the Tusla chief executive on the agency’s changing approach to families, social worker vacancies, the new childcare tax rebate and delays for children in accessing mental health services tomorrow morning. Read: ‘There’s a lot of hidden antipathy towards helping immigrants’>More: ‘Nobody wants that on their conscience’: Irish truck drivers fear deaths of migrants in trailers> Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 9:30 PM By Michelle Hennessy Image: John Stillwell/PA Oct 29th 2016, 9:30 PM Image: John Stillwell/PAlast_img read more

High Court challenge brought over decision to expel teen for bringing knife

first_img No Comments The Four Courts building in Dublin Image: Graham Hughes via Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 8 Apr 2019, 5:36 PM 19,816 Views By Aodhan O Faolain Share2 Tweet Email2 center_img The Four Courts building in Dublin A HIGH COURT challenge has been brought over a decision by a three-person committee set up by the Department of Education to uphold the expulsion of a secondary school student for bringing a knife to school.In proceedings brought through his mother, the boy claims the decision is flawed on grounds including that a member of the committee was a past pupil of the school he was expelled from.The parties cannot be identified for legal reasons.The second-year student was expelled from the secondary school he attended, located in the south of the country late last year.The teen appealed that decision to the Department of Education which appointed a three-person committee under Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act (known as a Section 29 Committee) to consider the appeal.The committee upheld the school board’s decision.‘Very serious matter’At the High Court today, Derek Shortall Bl for the teen said his client had been expelled over what was “a very serious matter”.Counsel said that his client’s mother attended the appeal and was assisted by an independent advocate.Counsel said it is their case that the teen was not afforded fair procedures at the hearing by the committee.The advocate was ruled out of order at the hearing by the committee member when the advocate attempted to raise questions about that member.Counsel said there was a “community of interest” between one of the committee members and the school. The committee member was a past pupil of the school, counsel said.The advocate says that during the hearing the committee member treated both the teen’s mother and the advocate himself with total disrespect, was argumentative, disparaging, disrespectful, offensive and was wholly disinterested in submissions concerning fair procedures.The advocate also said he was accused by the committee member during the hearing of failing to have the students interests in mind, of having delayed matters, and was accused of making false statements.The advocate further claims that at the hearing the committee member also allowed the school to present its case before the teen’s mother was finished hers.That particular member should never have been part of the committee and should have voluntarily stood down before the hearing commenced in January, counsel said.In his action against the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science, and the three-person committee, the teen seeks an order from the High Court quashing the decision to disallow his appeal.He also seeks various declarations including that there was reasonable apprehension and suspicion of perceived bias in respect of the committee as one of its members was a past pupil of the school, and that the member should have stood down when asked to do so by the pupil’s advocate.He further seeks to have his appeal against his expulsion remitted back to the Department for a fresh reconsideration.The teen’s secondary school is a notice party to the proceedings.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Justice Seamus Noonan today.The Judge made the matter returnable to a date later this month.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Graham Hughes via Short URL High Court challenge brought over decision to expel teen for bringing knife to school The second-year student was expelled from the secondary school he attended late last year. Apr 8th 2019, 5:36 PM last_img read more

Drivers no more holding of phones under new state law

first_imgOLYMPIA — Texting or holding a phone to your ear is already against the law for drivers in Washington, but soon they will be prohibited from doing all the other stuff some do while driving or sitting in traffic: checking Facebook, reading emails or anything else that requires them to hold their electronic devices while behind the wheel.The measure, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday in Tacoma, prohibits holding an electronic device — including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets — while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.The measure was championed by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.“Some drivers clearly need new motivation to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel and their eyes looking ahead. Who hasn’t seen bad behavior on the road because of a handheld device?” Rivers said in an April statement.Inslee vetoed a section that had the measure take effect in 2019. He said it was too important to wait for the provisions to take effect, so the law will now take effect in mid-July.Under the measure, “the minimal use of a finger” to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a personal electronic device while driving will still be allowed.last_img read more

Griffiths grateful for support after break from football

first_imgCeltic striker Leigh Griffiths has thanked fans and the club for supporting him after news broke on Wednesday that he will be taking a break from football.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Wednesday that Griffiths will be taking a  break from football.Leigh will be taken out of football now for a little period of time,” Rodgers said on Wednesday.“Leigh has had ongoing issues now for a number of months and he has done amazing to play to the level and score some of the goals he has.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.The striker today said he was grateful for the messages of support from Celtic and it’s supporters and has vowed to come back “better and stronger”“I just wanted to thank everyone at the club and so many Celtic fans and other people who have sent me such kind and powerful messages of support,” Griffiths told Sky Sports.“I thank you all sincerely and want to let you know I’m doing all I can to come back as soon as possible, a better and stronger person.”last_img read more

Additional PAGCOR officials added to plunder malversation complaint against former chief

first_img RelatedPosts According to Philippines news site Rappler, the officials include former Finance and Treasury VP Estela Ramos, Assistant VP Talavera Virginia, Assistant VP for Accounting Vidal Cabigon Jr, Assistant VP for security Byron Tabangay and Security Department Officer-in-Charge Michael Bailey.The complaints relate to the supposed disbursement of Php254,845,561 (US$4.9 million) in 2012 and Php62,820,000 (US$1.2 million) in 2013 via 48 checks, said at the time to be for a 2010 PAGCOR project called Save the House. Those figures, well above the original Save the House budget of Php67 million, drew attention from the Commission on Audit and ultimately saw the disbursements suspended. Neither Naguiat Jr nor Custodio were able to justify the disbursements.The original complaint against Naguiat Jr in March read, “The failure of the respondent to immediately account for the disbursements despite repeated demands of the COA created a presumption he appropriated, took, misappropriated or consented, or through abandonment of negligence, permitted another person to take them.” Load More Five former PAGCOR officials have been added to a March complaint against one-time Chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr alleging the questionable disbursement of over Php300 million in funds in 2012 and 2013.The additional respondents have been named in a revised complaint filed with the Office of the Ombudsman almost one month to the day since Valente Custodio, a former Assistant Vice President of the Philippine gaming regulator, filed the original complaint against Naguiat Jr. PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation statuslast_img read more

Geek 101 How to make a bow in Minecraft

first_imgMinecraft is a world in which you can almost do whatever you want. With an extensive modding scene, the ability to build structures by hand or through importing floor plans with third-party software, or creating machinery thanks to the various cogs and parts in the game. The game is so open and sometimes you need a little bit of help, say, when you are trying to make a bow.Minecraft is a truly open sandbox. However, if you’re playing on survival mode, you aren’t going to get very far unless you can defend yourself. Punching won’t do much, and a sword still requires you to be close to an enemy. So, you need a bow and some arrows to safely rain death upon your foes so you can get back to building that huge statue of your dog.MaterialsFirst off, you’ll need the proper materials. To make a bow, it requires three sticks and three strings. To craft sticks, you have to get wood from trees and craft it into wood planks by dumping it into the crafting table. Then, take two wood planks and arranged it in a vertical line in the crafting table. This will net you some sticks.In order to get string, you’ll have to go hunting for either spiders or cobwebs. Destroy either and there is a chance string will pop.RecipeIn Minecraft, the crafting patterns somewhat resemble the finished form, so in order to craft a bow, you essentially make a bow-shape.Bows have a durability ever since version 1.0.0, so they’ll eventually break. You’ll either need to make more, or repair them with the Anvil. If you’re feeling aggressive, you can also go seek out skeletons, which have a chance to drop a damaged bow on death.ArrowsIn order to stock your bow with ammo, you’ll need one feather, one flint, and one stick per four arrows. You can find feathers by either stalking (they’ll randomly drop) or killing chickens, and you can get flint from mining gravel.Place them in a vertical line starting with the feather at the bottom, stick in the middle, and flint on top.Image credit: dynamite2001last_img read more

UFO Experts are studying a mysterious aluminum object that could date back

first_imgSince the official claim is that mankind did not learn to extract and manufacture metallic aluminum until around 200 years ago, news of finding aluminum that dates back as early as 250,000 years ago leaves people with a lot of questions. With this type of discovery, many theories emerge, some feeding challenges of science while others fiercely debate and reject any non-empirical claims.It must be admitted that it’s intriguing to peek into another possible theory of human life and civilization on our planet than the commonly accepted one.Reportedly, the discovery of a sensational object that challenged ideas about aluminum took place in Romania in the town of Aiud, near the banks of the Mures River, during the 1970s. At this time the country was under Communist and the news was not exposed to the public in detail.At the time, builders who worked on a project on the banks of the aforementioned river excavated three objects, of which one was later thought to be made by a human.Alum crystals have been used in a wide range of industries since antiquity.In the 1970s examination, two massive bones of an extinct mammal, which vanished from the face of the Earth 10,000 to 80,000 years ago, were reportedly discovered next to a piece of lightweight metal.These discoveries were analyzed by Swiss scientists in Lausanne, who concluded that the metal object contained around 90 percent aluminum and was around 250,000 years old.Mureş River, Arad, Romania. Photo by NorbertArthur CC BY-SA 3.0The primary claim was quickly dropped as the scientists revised the calculation and said that this metal piece might be anywhere from 400 to 80,000 years old, a possibility that still created problems because aluminum was first produced by humans 200 years ago.The object when found was noted as 7.8 inches long, 4.9 inches wide, and 2.8 inches thick. The experts who investigated its structure were perplexed by the concavities in the metal, which led them to believe that the object was formerly a part of an unknown mechanical system. The scientists searched for clues about the object’s etymology, use, or significance.NASA Apollo moon landings conspiraciesThe aluminum puzzle led to speculations that the piece might have been, in fact, part of an unidentified flying object and proof that aliens once visited the Earth. This supposition was supported by those who assert that we Earthlings are not the only advanced life forms in the universe.George Cohal, the director of the Ufologists Association of Romania, stated: “The substances of which the object is compromised are combined of an obviously unavailable technology on Earth.” On the other hand, according to the Daily Record, Romanian historian Mihai Wittenberger opposed any UFO speculation, claiming that the metal piece was actually part of a WWII aircraft.Lausanne, SwitzerlandToday, the ancient aluminum piece is displayed in the History Museum of Cluj-Napoca, the main city of the Romanian region of Transylvania, with the notation “origin still unknown.”The history of the artifact has been the subject of a heated viral debate.While conspiracy supporters believe the story of an extraterrestrial life bringing it to our planet, others doubt the claims over the discovery and suggest that the scientists should consider revising human capacity to produce aluminium alloys before the official date of the invention.Some people even discuss possible evidence of advanced human civilizations that might have lived on Earth long before the generally known beginning of civilization.The National Museum of Transylvanian History. Photo by CristianChirita CC BY 2.5According to several historians, the following passage, citation unknown, may refer to the creation of an early aluminum artifact:“Once a certain Roman jeweler was allowed to show the Emperor Tiberius a chalice made of a new metal. The chalice was remarkable for its unusually lightweight, and it shone just as brightly as silver. The goldsmith told the emperor that he made this metal from ordinary clay. He also assured the ruler that the means of obtaining this metal from clay was known only to him and the gods. The emperor was intrigued by the craftsman’s words, and the financial side of the matter did not concern him much. But soon he was struck by the thought that if people master the production of this bright metal from ordinary clay, all the stores of gold and silver in his treasure trove would instantly become worthless. Therefore, instead of the expected reward, the craftsman lost his head.”Read another story from us: The push for answers to the mystery of the lost Roanoke colony of 1587Let’s hope that we will be given a chance to find out whether any of the stories about aluminum are true.last_img read more

Stick to peace planning says PAC founder of exPresident Arias plan to

first_imgCosta Rica’s former two-term President Óscar Arias on Tuesday announced a proposal to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit that included a mix of both direct and indirect taxes.Arias’ proposition urges the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís to reduce spending by 2 percent of the gross domestic product in the next two years, while increasing tax revenue by 3 percent in the form of new taxes.To achieve that, the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who served from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010, recommends a coalition of union leaders and representatives from the business and political sectors.Costa Rica’s Finance Ministry and Central Bank expect the country to finish the year with a fiscal deficit of 6 percent.Arias called for a national accord between members of the Solís administration, business leaders and other members of the private sector, as well as political parties and unions to seek a viable solution to the fiscal deficit problem. He said Costa Rica should seek to promote dialogue similar to Spain’s “Pacto de La Moncloa,” a series of economic reforms achieved in the late 1970s. The goal, he said, is to find common ground between those who support new taxes and those calling for spending cuts.Arias, from the National Liberation Party, said he opposes the Solís administration’s plan to shift from a national sales tax to a value-added tax and a new global income tax.Recommended: Solís outlines plans for Costa Rica in first Washington appearance as presidentEarlier this month, ratings agency Moody’s downgraded Costa Rica’s bond rating to junk status, citing the country’s growing fiscal deficit and the failure of a proposed 2015 budget to cut spending.Next year’s budget proposal currently is under discussion in a Legislative Assembly commission, where it has faced strong criticism from opposition parties – and even a leading member of the president’s own party, Ottón Solís. Responding to complaints that proposed spending is too high, the administration yesterday offered to slash $408 million from the proposal.Lawmakers have until November to pass the budget.No love lostCitizen Action Party founder and Assembly Budgetary Commission President Ottón Solís criticized Arias’ proposal, saying the former president “lacks the moral authority” to discuss deficit reduction.“[Arias] can talk about peace plans, but not about fiscal plans,” Ottón Solís said Tuesday.President Luis Guillermo Solís also probably won’t be paying too much attention to Arias’ statements.“I’ve had conversations with the finance minister about why his [Arias’] opinion isn’t viable,” President Solís said on Tuesday. “The transition from a sales tax to a VAT [value-added tax] with a global income tax has been proven in other countries not only to be viable but also ideal in reducing the deficit, as international credit ratings agencies have been requesting for years.”President Solís added that, “It seems to me that Dr. Arias had the chance to lower the deficit during his administration after having two years of surplus, but he didn’t.”When he left office in 2010, Arias passed on to his successor, Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), a deficit of nearly $1.2 billion, about 5 percent of GDP, according to former Finance Minister Fernando Herrero. Facebook Comments Related posts:Finance Ministry submits bill to improve tax collection, reduce evasion Costa Rica’s ex-President Óscar Arias says the country is on the wrong path Hitler reference stirs up Legislative Assembly session Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problemslast_img read more

Tiger flying schedule leaps in time for Xmas

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to increase its services down under just in time for the Christmas rush.Effective immediately, the approval was handed down earlier this week and will see the carrier operate 32 flights per day, up from its 22 sectors daily.The increase comes months after the carrier was forced to ground its entire Australian operations due to safety concerns.The carrier said additional services will be added to its four popular routes, Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast to Melbourne, Perth to Melbourne and Perth to Brisbane.“Today’s news means we are now in an even better position to offer greater choice for Australians looking for affordable air travel in the lead up to the busy Christmas and summer holiday season” a Tiger Airways spokesperson said in a statement. “Whilst it has been a demanding year for Tiger Airways Australia the groundswell of our customer support has remained strong. “This coupled with Tiger’s recent run of operational excellence and industry leading punctuality means that we are continuing to do what we do best; driving local market competition and enabling more people to travel for less,” said Ms. Regan. The extra flights include an extra daily Melbourne – Perth flight rotation (from one daily return flight currently to two daily return flights); an extra Melbourne – Brisbane service (from three daily return services currently to up to four daily return services); an additional Melbourne – Gold Coast service (from two daily return flights to up to three daily return services); and, up to two extra daily return Melbourne – Sydney rotations (from five daily return services to up to seven daily return services.They are on sale now for travel commencing 16 December 2011.Earlier this week the carrier’s Group announced it has experienced a 23.2 percent decline in passengers for the second quarter this year over last year from 1.4 million to 1.1 million.The Group’s operating profits also fell from $9.6 million to negative $41.2 million.last_img read more

MADRID – The brotherinlaw of Spains King Felipe

first_img MADRID – The brother-in-law of Spain’s King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Spanish prison authorities said Monday.An official with the Interior Ministry’s prison management division said Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila, about 100 kilometres north of Madrid. The official spoke anonymously, in line with ministry rules.Urdangarin, a 50-year-old former Olympic handball medal winner married to the king’s sister, Cristina, is the closest person to the ruling Bourbon family to be imprisoned.He was convicted to five years and 10 months in prison for embezzling about 6 million euros ($7 million) by exploiting his position in the royal family to obtain public contracts.Cristina was fined 136,950 euros ($158,600) as a beneficiary of her husband’s crimes.The corruption scandal helped erode the image of the Spanish royal family and prompted the abdication in 2014 of Juan Carlos I, who ceded the throne to Felipe.Urdangarin had been given five days to voluntarily turn himself in to begin serving his sentence after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal earlier this month.The ministry official described the Brieva prison chosen by Urdangarin as a small facility with less than 100 inmates, most of them women.The prison has a small module for men, but authorities could choose to send him elsewhere for security or internal organization reasons, the official said.Spain’s Royal House has said that it respects judicial decisions and King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have not publicly commented on the result of the appeal.The royal couple is on an official visit to the United States. On Monday they are scheduled to meet entrepreneurs and students in San Antonio, Texas, before travelling to Washington D.C. for a meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Spanish king’s brother-in-law begins prison term for graft by Aritz Parra, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2018 12:33 am PDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

In this Aug 9 2017 file photo Louis CK cocr

first_img In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the “Better Things” panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Louis C.K. mocks Parkland students in audio of stand-up set by The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2018 11:26 am PDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2018 at 11:49 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Louis C.K.|louis ck|parkland NEW YORK – Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.The sound-only recording was posted Sunday in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, New York, comedy club. Several media outlets captured and posted clips and transcripts of the set.“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” C.K. can be heard saying on the recording. “Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking?”Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg replied to the C.K. material on Twitter.“My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting,” Guttenberg said. “My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss every day. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 31, 2018The most prominent of the student-activists from Parkland have not offered comment. A message seeking comment left at C.K.’s website wasn’t immediately returned.last_img read more