US visa applicants to provide their social media details

first_imgWashington DC: Nearly all applicants of US visas will have to provide information on their use of social media under the new rules adopted to enhance vetting of foreign nationals and to screen out terrorists and other dangerous individuals seeking entry into America. The State Department adopted a new policy on Saturday under which most visa applicants, including temporary visitors, will be required to list their social media identifiers in a drop down menu along with other personal information. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Applicants will have the option to say that they do not use social media if that is the case. If a visa applicant lies about social media use, they could face “serious immigration consequences” as a result, a US Department of State official told Hill.TV. For now, the drop down menu only includes major social media websites, but the applicants soon will be able to list all sites that they use. “This is a critical step forward in establishing enhanced vetting of foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States,” the official said.last_img read more

Aziz Ansaris comeback is much more than an apology

first_imgMore than a year after American comedian/actor Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct at the height of #MeToo movement that rocked Hollywood and eventually the entire globe, he has returned with his newest stand-up special on Netflix – ‘Right Now’ – and unlike many others, the first thing he does is address the incident and apologise.While Ansari has been on a hiatus after the allegations surfaced and he issued a statement, this is the first show he has put out since then. The special, directed by Spike Jonze, was filmed shortly after one of his tours. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain In the beginning of the act, Ansari says, “I just hope I have become a better person…” Interestingly, he also mentions that the incident made his friends “think about every single date they’ve had and that’s a good thing”. ‘Right Now’ is more than just Ansari’s apology; it is about how people grow, learn and try to be better every single day. The Indian-American comic tackles everything from white people trying to explain why they liked ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to what he calls a race to outwoke each other at every step. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTalking about the incident, when a white teenager in Utah wore a Chinese-style dress to her prom last year and was instantly attacked on social media with “My culture is not your prom dress” quips, calling it cultural appropriation, Ansari makes a significant point about how the culture of social media shaming has somehow eliminated the element of having a conversation about difficult topics. On the opposite side, he also addresses how white people or privileged people have a tendency of going on and on about their awareness of injustices faced by minority communities. Ansari jokes that it’s almost as if they are trying to earn brownie points by recognising their position of privilege. “Things don’t just become racist when white people figure it out,” he says. Moreover, given the current state of affairs across the globe, where close friends and family members end up having political differences leading towards an impasse in their relationships, Ansari’s ‘Right Now’ manages to remain very relevant. Further, Ansari’s writing is so fresh in comparison to his work in shows like the Golden Globe-winner ‘Master of None’; showing his growth and maturity as a comic and a person. In fact, there is a section where he talks about what happens when people start judging actions retrospectively and seamlessly brings up his own works from the past. He refers to ‘Parks and Rec’ – the sitcom that first brought him fame, and says that if people watched it in 2019, they would have wildly different opinions about it, all the while maintaining that growth is about recognising the past and then growing from it. And of course, Jonze’s direction adds a special charm to the show. Shot in a way that makes viewers feel like Ansari is in their living room, telling them stories from his life, Jonze has made sure that the American comic’s comeback leaves a mark.last_img read more

No plan to exit Bhushan Power bid JSW Steel

first_imgMumbai: JSW Steel chairman Sajjan Jindal Thursday said the company will not withdraw from or reduce the bid amount for Bhushan Power & Steel (BPSL), but reiterated the call for immunity from future litigations against the scam-tainted firm. JSW Steel, which has submitted a successful Rs 19,300 -crore bid to take over Bhushan Power & Steel, has approached the NCLT for relief following two fraud cases filed by Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank against the company. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The process of acquiring BPSL has taken an unduly long time but there is no plan to withdraw our bid. We are only asking that since inquiries are going on against the company and its ex-promoters, we want complete security from that. The court has to take a decision on that,” Jindal told reporters on the sidelines of the 25th AGM. JSW Steel had put in a Rs 19,300-crore bid to take over BPSL. Tata Steel and Liberty House were also in the fray for the company which owes lenders over Rs 40,000 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostJSW Steel joint managing director and group chief financial officer Seshagiri Rao said the latest IBC amendments are mainly towards protecting lenders. “But what about the resolution applicants, who have to face litigations from many corners, be it the creditors or the tax department or the government? We also need to look at the rights of resolution applicants. In many cases, there is a lot of litigation coming in after control has changed hands. But the applicant often has to face future litigation that can come from anyone. “There is also a disturbing judgement from the Delhi High Court saying the Prevention of Money Laundering Act gets precedence over the IBC,” he averred. Rao further said, “we expect a clean company. In case of BPSL, we approached the NCLT for protection that the assets after change in control will not be accessed through any litigation. We are hopeful we will get the relief.” On the bid to acquire Asian Colour Coated Ispat, Jindal said, the matter is with the authority concerned and they are awaiting their approval, adding the lenders have already accepted their bid. On the fund raising plans, Jindal said the company will continue to borrow to fund its expansion plans. “Steel industry is cyclical. But we take investment decisions looking at the long-term. We are increasing our manufacturing capacities and at this moment there will be no debt reduction,” he said. The company also got shareholders’ approval to raise Rs 10,000 crore during the year to fund its expansion plans. JSW Steel has already plans to spend Rs 48,700 crore between FY18 and FY22 to expand capacity from 18 mt to 24 mt and also to modernise and expand downstream capacities. To strengthen its raw material sourcing, the company secured six iron ore mines recently and acquired facilities in the US and Italy and bought out Monnet Ispat & Energy jointly with Aion Capital.last_img read more

UN human rights mission heads to Sudan to begin Darfur leg of

The five-member team departed Geneva late yesterday, OHCHR announced in a statement, following an invitation from the Sudanese Government to visit Darfur and the national capital Khartoum. It is due to arrive in Khartoum today and then travel to Darfur tomorrow.Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said he sought assurances from the Sudanese Government that the fact-finding team could visit any place it wanted, talk to anyone it wished, and be assured of security during its tour.The fact-finding team has already spent nine days interviewing Sudanese refugees in neighbouring Chad, where tens of thousands have fled to escape civil conflict in Darfur. The refugees raised “serious allegations of a troubling nature,” and they have been submitted to Mr. Ramcharan in a report, the OHCHR statement said.Earlier this month Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said an organized, “scorched-earth” policy of ethnic cleansing was occurring in Darfur.He said there were credible and frequent reports that Janjaweed militias, which are Arab and allied to the Sudanese Government, had committed atrocities – including murders, rapes and acts of looting and destruction – against local black Africans, especially members of the Fur, Zaghawas and Massalit ethnic communities.Conflict erupted early last year in Darfur between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel groups. As many as 1 million people are now internally displaced and some 110,000 others have fled to Chad. read more

Oliphants New Gold strikes 310million deal for Rainy River Resources

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD) is offering a 42 per cent premium over market prices to acquire Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX:RR), a junior mining company with an advanced gold project in Ontario.The offer values Rainy River at about $310 million, net of its cash balance. According to recent filings, Rainy River had about $100 million of cash at the end of March.New Gold is offering $3.83 per share. New Gold would pay up to $198 million in cash with the remainder in stock on a prorated basis, to a maximum of about 25 million New Gold shares.Rainy River shares closed Thursday at $2.70 on the Toronto Stock Exchange while New Gold’s closed at $7.66. Like most gold companies, their shares have declined since last year with the falling price for bullion.New Gold’s executive chairman Randall Oliphant, a former CEO of Barrick Gold Corp., said Friday that the deal comes at a good price and opportune time.“We have followed Rainy River for some time and see this as an opportune time to add this great asset to our portfolio,” Oliphant said.“We view the combination of Rainy River’s ideal location, sizeable reserve, robust production potential and experienced team as presenting a truly compelling opportunity.”Rainy River’s board is supporting the deal and its directors as well as the management team have agreed to tender their shares to New Gold.“This is a great outcome for Rainy River shareholders,” stated Dale Peniuk, chair of the special committee that recommended the deal to Rainy River’s board.“To be able to realize a meaningful premium, while gaining the ability to combine with a well-established mine builder in New Gold, is a win-win scenario for our shareholders.”New Gold will receive a $14-million termination fee if Rainy River receives and accepts a superior offer. Oliphant’s New Gold strikes $310-million deal for Rainy River Resources by The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2013 8:18 am MDT read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Here are five things to look for in Canadian business this week:Housing data: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. releases data Monday on the number of housing starts in the country for December. The figures will be scrutinized by policy-makers following what has been a robust year for the real estate sector.The economy, stupid: The Bank of Canada releases results from its latest business outlook survey on Monday summarizing the views of senior managers of about 100 Canadian corporations on where the economy is headed.Banking conference: The CEOs of Canada’s biggest banks are expected to discuss the economy and challenges facing their industry at a conference Tuesday in Toronto. Last year, the banks cashed in record profits, but they have aired concerns about the falling price of crude harming their bottom line in 2016.Oil and gas: The Conference Board of Canada hosts a two-day oil and gas summit beginning Monday in Calgary that features, among others, Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, whose NDP government has vowed to see the industry clean up its reputation on pollution.Help for the middle class: Ah, the middle class — that highly courted segment of the population will be one of the highlights in a speech Tuesday in Montreal by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Last month, the House of Commons voted to approve a package of tax changes that will cut taxes for middle-income earners while raising them for those in top earnings rackets. Morneau is also expected to outline Canada’s economic situation. read more

UN stands in solidarity with Finland in its fight against terrorism says

“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of Finland in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” the Secretary-General said in a statement from his spokesperson. He extended his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Finland, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.According to media reports, an assailant killed at least two people and wounded a half-dozen others on 18 August in an attack in Turku, Finland.

Yemen Human suffering at risk of further deterioration warns UN aid chief

Across Yemen, more than 22 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom around 8.4 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation.“If conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year,” cautioned Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement.The threat of a resurgence in deadly cholera, together with watery diarrhoea also looms, which infected over 600,000 people during the last outbreak, he added.Of particular concern is the situation of Yemen’s children – one in four are out of school, not only deprived of education but also at risk of recruitment by armed groups and exploitation.I urge all parties to engage meaningfully with the UN, without preconditions, to achieve a lasting, negotiated settlement towards sustainable peace – Mark Lowcock, UN aid chiefAmidst worsening suffering in the war-torn country, humanitarian agencies are also facing increasing restrictions on their work, said Mr. Lowcock.“Humanitarian staff are being detained and intimidated and visas are being delayed and denied. Programmes and missions are being interfered with in ways which contradict humanitarian principles,” he added, calling on the Government to act on the assurances it made in the past and lift restrictions.Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief, said that imports of aid and commercial food has declined recently.“Confidence among commercial shipping companies has eroded due to delays, including as a result of inspections undertaken by the Saudi-led Coalition after these vessels have been cleared by UNVIM,” he said.The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen – UNVIM for short – was established to facilitate commercial shipping in and out of Yemeni ports, in order to manage clearance requests and coordinate inspection of cargo at the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa.Mr. Lowcock said that humanitarian agencies stand ready to increase their delivery of assistance to the people of Yemen, and called on all warring parties to cooperate more, to ease civilian suffering.“Finally, I urge all parties to engage meaningfully with the UN, without preconditions, to achieve a lasting, negotiated settlement towards sustainable peace,” he said. read more

Lonely men are increasingly turning to chatbots for love and sexually explicit

first_imgVirtual assistants – such as the iPhone’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana – are included on smartphones and computers to make life easier, allowing users to issue commands, such as “call mum”, or easily search for nearby facilities such as restaurants and petrol stations.  This happens because people are lonely and bored…. It is a symptom of our societyIlya Eckstein Ilya Eckstein, the chief executive of Robin Labs, said his company’s virtual assistant – Robin – was used by some men for up to 300 conversations a day. He told The Times it was “mostly teenagers and truckers without girlfriends” who were turning to the virtual world.”This happens because people are lonely and bored…. It is a symptom of our society,” he said. “As well as the people who want to talk dirty, there are men who want a deeper sort of relationship or companionship.”He added to Quartz that people who use engage with their virtual assistants in such a way “want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave”.  But Eckstein believes five per cent of interactions with his company’s chatbot are now sexually explicit. He also claims a third of conversations take place for no particular reason, with many users just wanting to chat. Deborah Harrison, a writer for Microsoft’s Cortana, told the Virtual Assistant Summit earlier this year that “a good chunk of the volume of early-on inquiries” were about the chatbot’s sex life. The issue has inspired films such as Her, which was released in 2013 and tells the tale of a lonely writer, who becomes obsessed with his operating system’s virtual assistant, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.  The film Her tells the tale of a lonely writer who becomes obsessed with his chatbot, voiced by Scarlett Johansson Credit:Kevin Wintercenter_img Men are increasingly turning to virtual assistants to have sexually explicit conversations, it has been claimed. Some teenagers and “truckers” who do not have partners are also developing feelings for female and male-voiced chatbots such as Siri, one expert said.  The film Her tells the tale of a lonely writer who becomes obsessed with his chatbot, voiced by Scarlett Johansson  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.last_img read more

NeoNazis at the National Trust How farright groups are trying to take

The National Trust is to step up security after an investigation by the Telegraph has revealed that neo-Nazis are conducting rituals at their historic sites. The National Trust admitted that they were aware that far-right groups had been using Avebury, a World Heritage Site, to carry out rituals and said that they had reported all concerns to the authorities. They vowed to step up security at Wayland Smithy, a Neolithic burial chamber which they manage on behalf of English Heritage, where fanatics… It can be revealed that a far-right group which promises its followers reward in the afterlife if they die in the “struggle for the freedom” has vowed to “take back” ancient locations across England.

Terrafame to go ahead with nickelcobalt sulphate plant in Sotkamo Finland

first_imgTerrafame is to build a battery chemicals plant in Sotkamo, Finland, after finding the €240 million ($273 million) it needs to build the nickel-cobalt facility.Terrafame, which took over the zinc-nickel-cobalt mine following the bankruptcy of former owner Talvivaara, said it intends to have the plant completed at the end of 2020 and commercial production started in 2021. Back in July, the company received permitting permission for the plant.“The intention of the investment is the further processing of Terrafame’s current main product nickel-cobalt sulphide into nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate, used in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries,” Terrafame said.The production capacity of the battery chemicals plant will be 170,000 t/y of nickel sulphate and 7,400 t/y of cobalt sulphate. This amount of nickel sulphate should prove to be enough to produce around 1 million/y electric vehicle batteries, with the cobalt sulphate enough to cover around 300,000/y.Outotec is to supply the pressure leaching technology for the battery chemicals plant, with the contract including the planning of the leaching technology area, the supply of key equipment, and installation supervision and training services.Pressure leaching is the first of the three main phases of the battery chemicals plant. During the pressure leaching, nickel-cobalt sulphide, which is Terrafame’s current main product, is first placed in a elutriating unit, where it is mixed with the process water. The slurry is then fed into an autoclave (ie a pressure leaching reactor, with a raised pressure and temperature) to produce a metal sulphate solution. After thickening and filtration, the solution is directed for further refining and finally for the production of battery chemicals.Outotec has been involved in Terrafame’s battery chemicals plant project since the prefeasibility study phase. Construction of the electric vehicle battery chemicals plant is due to begin in the first half of 2019, with deliveries of pressure leaching technology estimated to begin in early 2020.A funding package of $200 million related to the financing of the plant project was agreed by Terrafame, Finnish Minerals Group (previously Terrafame Group Ltd), Galena Asset Management, Trafigura Group and Sampo plc back in November 2017. In connection with the plant’s final investment decision, the parties have agreed on an additional funding package of approximately €100 million, Terrafame said.Matti Hietanen, CEO of Finnish Minerals Group (which currently owns 77% of Terrafame and is wholly owned by the Finnish government), said: “This is a very important investment for Terrafame and its owners as well as the whole Finnish and European electric vehicle battery manufacturing value chain. Terrafame’s investment also improves the conditions for attracting more operators in the battery manufacturing value chain to Finland.”Mika Lintilä, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, said the Finnish state was willing to do its part in advancing the development of the Finnish battery production value chain “and to take forward the necessary efforts in research & development, operating conditions of businesses as well as investments”.This week, BASF selected Harjavalta, Finland, as the first location for a battery materials production hub serving the European automotive market.last_img read more

Its such a tragedy Community in shock after woman 26 dies in

first_img Share343 Tweet Email1 By Cormac Fitzgerald ‘It’s such a tragedy’: Community in shock after woman (26) dies in crash Her two children are in hospital, with one in a serious condition. 23 Comments Leggagh in Meath Source: Google MapsUpdated at 7.2opm A WOMAN WHO was involved in a car crash yesterday has died from her injuries.Gardaí have said they are investigating a serious road traffic collision involving a truck and a car that happened yesterday along the Nobber to Kilberry road in Meath.The incident occurred at about 1pm at Leggagh, Castletown, Navan.The woman (26), who has been named as Emma O’Keeffe, was driving in the vehicle with her two sons (aged two and six).She sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken with one of her sons to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Her other son was taken to Crumlin Hospital.The woman died early this morning in the hospital as a result of her injuries. The two children remain in hospital, with one in a serious condition.Local Sinn Féin councillor Michael Gallagher told the community is “in a state of shock”.“People have huge sympathy towards the woman’s family. It’s such a tragedy, a terrible thing to happen to a family, to lose a young mother,” he said.Witness appeal The driver of the truck was uninjured.The road was closed to allow a forensic collision examination, but has since reopened.Gardaí in Navan are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 046 9036100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.With reporting by Órla RyanRead: Ulster Bank ‘investigating reports’ that wages aren’t being paid this morning Short URL Jan 13th 2017, 3:30 PM Friday 13 Jan 2017, 3:30 PM 65,399 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Partial payments costing more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The payments freeze that has been all but declared by Finance Ministry is leading to a swelling of overdue payments by the various state departments and agencies, further starving the market of precious liquidity. The decision was nonetheless adopted in view of the fact that the central government is projected to run out of cash by mid-October, and because the troika of international creditors seems determined not to give the green light to the disbursement of the sorely needed instalment of 8 billion euros without effective new revenue measures. The payments freeze excludes salaries and pensions. “We are trying to ensure that the government will be able to continue functioning without problems,” Deputy Finance Minister Filippos Sachinidis said on Monday. Overdue payments by various government entities (hospitals, social insurance funds and local government) were estimated at 6.5 billion euros in July. A continuation of the payments freeze will obviously increase their arrears further. Sources said the troika notified the government on Saturday that its representatives will not return to Athens if the new measures are not adopted by the Cabinet and the ruling party’s parliamentary group. These measures, which the troika demands be implemented in the next few weeks, include further pay cuts in the public sector, changes in the labor market and the creation of a “labor standby” scheme for surplus public servants. According to data released by the Finance Ministry on Monday, the budget deficit widened to 18.6 billion euros in the January-August period from 15.7 billion a year earlier – a 22.5 per cent increase. Ordinary budget revenue fell to 31.1 billion euros from 32.8 billion while spending rose to 47.8 billion euros from 43.5 billion. The recent figures, showing a further deterioration, along with increasing concern and speculation abroad that Greece will eventually default, are sending the costs of insuring Greek debt sky-high. The 10-year Greek bond spread climbed to 2,072 basis points, while the five-year Greek credit default swap ascended to 3,508 basis points, compared to 1,238 for Portugal, 1,175 for Venezuela and 918 for Ireland. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Greek family at risk of deportation due to administrative visa error

first_imgNina Christidi, her husband Stefanos Stefanoglou and their two children aged six and nine are in danger of being deported to Greece for a mistake in Nina’s visa application.The family of four have been living in Melbourne for five years, with both parents being skilled and well- versed in English.Now an administrative error could see them leaving the country after a long strike of bad luck.When Mrs Christidi, 43, was filling out the online visa application, she mistakenly answered ‘no’ to the question “do you or anyone else intend to study”, assuming it applied to her alone.“Since day one in Australia my children have been attending school,” she says, stressing “it was an honest mistake”, as she thought the government would already have the data concerning the children’s schooling.“Melbourne is home for them, they’ve never been to Greek school; they don’t even speak Greek. We’ve been working hard for all those years and have sacrificed all our savings on visa applications.”Indeed, the couple has spent tens of thousands of dollars since 2012. The family was originally on a 457 visa, with the 45-year-old father being sponsored as a mechanic. Mr Stefanoglou’s employer abruptly went into liquidation one week before the visa was approved and left Stefano unemployed with only three months to find a new employer who would agree sponsor him. “These months have now lapsed,” explains Dimitrios Katsaros, principal migration agent at Katsaros & Associates. “They were fortunate enough that aged care provider Frondida made them an offer, hiring the wife, Nina, a certified aged carer, and nominated them. “This meant they had to apply for a new 457 visa.”Having spent $25,000 in June 2016 to lodge the father’s lost application, the mother of the cash-strapped family decided to lodge her application online on her own behalf, as opposed to hiring an agent.“It has been an ordeal for us and having lost all our savings, I just couldn’t risk it. It was a mistake,” Mrs Christidi tells Neos Kosmos.“We ended up paying the sponsorship fee as well for my husband’s 457 and the blow when he lost his job was hard to recover from.”Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection insists that all visa applicants should assume responsibility for the ­accuracy of provided information and supporting documentation while lodging their ­visa application.“Visa applicants are given a chance to inform the department of an error or errors in the application and provide a satisfactory explanation in which case there is no need to withdraw an application and it can continue to be processed taking the note into consideration.”Mrs Christidi was quickly picked up by Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020 which, should a refusal on this PIC occur, will also carry a three- year ban for any further temporary visa application as it implies the family has provided the state with misleading information. “This could almost certainly lead to a cancellation of their current visa,” says Mr Katsaros, from whom Mrs Christidi sought professional advice last week. Prior to that she was advised by a different agent that given the situation she should withdraw the application to avoid the PIC refusal. “The problem with this is twofold – if she withdraws, she would have to re-lodge and pay the Visa Application Charge (VAC) again, of approximately $6,500,” Mr Katsaros adds.“The couple also face a cancellation of their current visa given that it is a condition that Nina’s spouse should have found a new sponsor by now. A cancellation would lead to them being unlawful and possibly be given a Bridging Visa E which has no work rights, and no study rights; not even for the children.”Meanwhile, the younger child of the family, the six-year-old boy, suffers from Global Developmental Delay and is receiving special schooling not available in Greece.“Our issue is definitely financial,” says the mother, “but are not asking for money. We are not even asking for permanent residency anymore. We’ve lost our chance. “We are just asking for a chance to fix this mistake. A chance to keep working and keep providing for our children. We have served this country for five years, lawfully. We have lost all our savings due to my husband’s employment predicament and in that short timeframe of five weeks we have been through more than we could have ever imagined.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

State to Give Their Position on Njogu Bahs Single Count Charge

first_imgBy Mamadou DemPrincipal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie of the lower Court in Banjul yesterday granted an application for adjournment in a single count charge of Abuse of Office brought against Dr. Njogu L Bah during the Jammeh era.Magistrate Janneh granted the application in order to enable the state to give their position regarding the case surrounding the then Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Presidential Affairs MinisterEarlier, state counsel Mansour Jobe informed the court that this matter was adjourned for judgment sometime in 2015. He said prior to the date of judgment there was a directive for the withdrawal of the matter and since then, the matter had not proceeded but recently, the state was served with a hearing notice. “I don’t know whether the accused or his lawyer was served with the hearing notice,” said counsel.“For that circumstance, I’m applying for two weeks adjournment,” he added.According to counsel, the matter was withdrawn since 2015 but he was surprised that the matter wasn’t formally withdrawn from the court. Consequently, the matter was adjourned till 20th of this Month for the state to give their position on this matter. Meanwhile the court ordered for a hearing notice to be served on the accused person.Both the accused person and his attorney, Lamin K Mboge were absent from court.According to the particulars of offence, the aforesaid person sometimes in the month of January, 2013, at State House in the City of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York, without following the proper procedure of nomination, thereby committed an offence. He denied any wrong doing.last_img read more

Suncity Group Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Leading Asian VIP promoter Suncity Group and Bloomberry Resorts, owner and operator of Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila’s Entertainment City, confirmed their interest in developing an integrated resort in Wakayama, Japan, after unveiling their IR concepts at a symposium held in the prefecture on Monday.In a presentation to an audience of around 450, including Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka, local politicians, industry representatives and local residents, Suncity executive director John Au said his company would “create a brand new IR in Wakayama that the world has never seen.” Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions In addition to a massive hotel and exhibition hall, Suncity’s plan includes a possible water taxi port and facilities to introduce tourist spots in the prefecture.“The site will attract the most well-to-do in Asia as a gathering point for entertainment and traditional culture,” he said.Vice President of Bloomberry Resorts Japan, Mitsuaki Kiriyama, highlighted his company’s intention to develop a 2,500-room hotel and the world’s largest exhibition hall with capacity for 12,000 people.“We will develop variety in tourism that includes education, agriculture and fishing in the Kansai area, and cooperate with local governing bodies to achieve a special economic zone,” he added.European casino operator Barrière, which has already set up an office in Wakayama City, was the other hopeful to offer a presentation with Barrière Japan director Jonathan Strock speaking of the company’s aim to create an IR that blends with Wakayama’s nature.last_img read more

Fix Google Chrome screen flashing on Windows 10

first_imgFix Google Chrome screen flashing on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on April 15, 2019 in Google Chrome – 13 commentsSome Google Chrome users on Windows 10 have reported for some time screen flickering issues when they use the web browser.The issue dates back to as early as January 2018 and recent bug reports suggest that it has not been addressed until now.Screen flickering is not the only issue that some Chrome users experience on Windows 10. Other issues include Chrome’s black screen issue or black bottom bar issue, or Chrome font display issues.Just like with any other issue that users may experience, there are multiple solutions that users may try to resolve the issue.To describe the issue: Chrome’s window starts to flash regularly when the issue exists, e.g. every other minute or so.Fixing Chrome Screen FlickeringThe general consensus is that the screen flashing has something to do with Windows background and color settings. Making changes to the configuration appears to fix the issue for most Chrome users who experience it.It is suggested that video card drivers are updated to the most recent version before any other attempts are made. Also, it is a good idea to keep Chrome up to date.The solutionOpen the Settings application on the Windows 10 device. You may use the shortcut Windows-I for that, or click on Start and select Settings from there.Switch to Personalization in the Settings application; this should load the Background preferences right away as it is the default page. If not, select Background on the left side.There you need to select Solid Color as the new background. It seems that Windows’ automatic background switching is the most likely culprit and that Chrome somehow has issues with the setting.You can try to set a static background image as well if you prefer that.Select a solid color to display the desktop background in.Once you are done, switch to the Colors section under Personalization. There, you need to check the “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” option. It is not entirely clear if the second step is necessary, but most users who followed the instructions reported that it helps.You could try and see if changing the background settings is enough to address the screen flashing issue in Google Chrome.Second solutionSome users reported that they disabled hardware acceleration in Chrome and that this fixed the issue on their end.If you want to give it a try, load chrome://settings/ in Chrome’s address bar and click on the advanced link at the bottom of the page that opens.Scroll down to the System section and toggle “Use hardware acceleration when available” so that it is off. Restart the browser to see if that resolved the screen flickering issue.Now You: Did you experience screen flickering or other issues in Chrome recently?SummaryArticle NameFix Google Chrome screen flashing on Windows 10DescriptionSome Google Chrome users on Windows 10 have reported for some time screen flickering issues when they use the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

SCC Wins Three Coveted Security Awards

first_imgSource = Singapore Cruise Centre  Silver organisational award for threat screening system Staff clinch two individual awards Awards affirm SCC’s strong track record in maritime security Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd (SCC)’s strong track record in maritime safety and security has been given a thumbs-up by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).At MHA’S latest security and counter-terrorism forum, SCC won the Silver TOPSIS (Threat Oriented Passenger Screening Integrated System) Organisational Award by the ministry’s Homefront Security Division.Two SCC staff responsible for overseeing the implementation of TOPSIS, Mr Panirsilvam S/O Murugaiyah Appavoo and Mr Sumardi Bin Hussein, also received Individual Awards for their efforts in driving and facilitating TOPSIS operations at SCC’s ferry and cruise terminals.Ms Christina Siaw, SCC’s CEO, said: “We are pleased to be recognised yet again for our efforts in maritime security and safety. The TOPSIS awards underscore our unwavering commitment to protect users of our terminals, including cruise and ferry passengers and vessels, from any hostile intent that threatens their safety.“The awards also affirm our belief that the success of TOPSIS depends largely on the people operating the system. As such, they are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of SCC staff and their sustained efforts in keeping the ports safe for all users.”SCC has a long-established record for maritime safety. It is among the first in Asia to achieve the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS Code) Implementation. In two decades of operating cruise and ferry terminals, it has a zero fatal accident record.MHA’s recognition of SCC’s ongoing commitment to TOPSIS is also reflective of SCC’s deep domain knowledge on marine security and its close working relationships with all authorities to protect the marine passenger terminals.SCC participates actively in the TOPSIS programme by involving its frontline staff, including cleaners, porters, ferry operators. These employees are taught to be alert to suspicious indicators as the eyes and the ears on the ground for SCC and the Singapore Police Force.TOPSIS was first conceptualised in 2007 by MHA as part of a counter-terrorism measure at border checkpoints. It was the first security system put in place specifically targeted at detecting hostile intent – i.e. finding the bomber, instead of just the bomb.It involves both the security and non-security communities so that there are many more eyes and ears on the ground watching and listening for suspicious indicators, thus enabling multiple layers of scrutiny across the various nodes.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMore than 50 representatives from Thailand’s hotels, tourism operators and airlines were out in force on Thursday 3 May for the Sydney edition of the Amazing Thailand Roadshow 2018, held at Doltone House.During the evening, guests learned how visitor numbers and revenue from Australia are up for Thailand, as well as improvements to transport networks in popular tourist areas. The roadshow also promoted the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) ‘Open to the New Shades of Thailand’ marketing concept, which is based upon 13 core themes: Sports, Gastronomy, Maritime Tourism, Wedding & Honeymoon, Medical & Wellness, Community-based Tourism, Leisure, Green Tourism, Night Tourism, MICE, Trade Fairs, B2B Marketing Activity and Logistics.Sydney guests were treated to a display of Thai cooking by one of Sydney’s most talented Thai chefs, Sujet Saenkham, the founder of Spice I Am Restaurant. Thai canapés included a spicy chicken salad and vegetarian curry puff.To add to the excitement, guests were in with a chance to win one of TAT’s fantastic prizes, including hotel stays and airfares.For more agent opportunities, visit the online learning hub.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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