Human Rights Inquiry Finds Discrimination

first_imgAn independent board of inquiry found that Michael Trask was discriminated against by Nova Scotia Correctional Services because of his disability. After nine days of hearings that began in March 2009, board chair Donald Oliver found that Correctional Services had discriminated against Mr. Trask in the workplace. They failed to accommodate his disabilities. Mr. Oliver made a public interest finding, as he was not satisfied that what happened to Mr. Trask would not happen to someone else. He agreed that there was no one person responsible for the discrimination against Mr. Trask, but there was a systemic failure. The order is for extensive human rights training, overseen by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, for Correctional Services. Damages have not yet been awarded to Mr. Trask, as the parties were given an opportunity to settle. “The commission is satisfied with the decision of the board chair. His understanding of how organizations work — that is, that there can be systemic failure that is no single person’s fault — is an important recognition of how discrimination can occur in the workplace,” said Krista Daley, CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We look forward to working with Correctional Services by assisting them to increase their capacity to accommodate persons with disability.” The full decision is available at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions.asp . All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Joins Call For Global Ban On Animal Tests For Cosmetics

first_imgFormer Beatle and long-time BUAV supporter Sir Paul McCartney has applauded the animal organization’s successful campaign to secure an animal testing ban for cosmetics in the European Union, and is now backing Cruelty Free International’s work for a global ban on cosmetics tests on animals.
Sir Paul McCartney said: “I have supported Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV, over the years with its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals. I am so proud to be part of this historic event and congratulate Cruelty Free International for succeeding in taking the cruelty out of beauty across the European Union. Together we have made a huge difference, yet animals continue to suffer because over 80% of the world still allows cosmetics testing on animals. I am now supporting Cruelty Free International with its campaign to seek a global ban to ensure that animals do not suffer for the sake of beauty anywhere in the world.”Sir Paul McCartney joins Cruelty Free International celebrity supporters Joss Stone, and Global Ambassadors Peter Dinklage and Ricky Gervais.In March 2013, the final phase of the European Cosmetics Directive came into force, banning all animal testing from taking place anywhere in the world for cosmetics products to be sold in the EU. A ban on cosmetics animal testing has already been in place in the EU for a number of years. This significant historical milestone was achieved after over twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV.Despite progress in some areas, over 80% of countries around the world still allow animal tests for cosmetics, including the U.S., Australia, Korea, Japan and India. Some countries, including China, actually require animal tests before products can be sold there. Sir Paul McCartney and Cruelty Free International are joining forces to work for a global ban.Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: “We have been grateful for the support of Sir Paul over the years for our campaign to end cosmetics testing in the EU. We are delighted that he will now join us on our global mission to end the use of animals to test cosmetics worldwide.”Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations worldwide and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing on animals. With offices in London, Boston and Singapore, Cruelty Free International is applying its determination and vision on a global stage to repeat its success in Europe worldwide.Find out how to get involved here.last_img read more

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World Lion Day Joanna Lumley Backs New Sanctuary In Africa To Help

first_imgA celebrity-backed appeal has been launched for World Lion Day (10 August) to help Animal Defenders International (ADI) build a new wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.Providing a much-needed refuge for lions in their natural homeland, the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will also help raise awareness of the needs of lions and other wild animals, and the threats they face both in the wild and captivity.Actress and national treasure Joanna Lumley said: “Bravo to Animal Defenders International for providing sanctuary to animals in desperate need. Please support this wonderful cause and help provide a home from home for animals who have known only suffering and pain.”US actor and television legend Ed Asner is also backing the new sanctuary: “Animals deserve to live free, not be exploited for entertainment. That’s why I support the work of Animal Defenders International, and their new sanctuary, a place these animals can at last experience love and kindness.”The first residents at the 450+ acre sanctuary will be five lions – Tarzan, Tanya, Kimba, Nena and Sasha – rescued by ADI from circuses in Guatemala following a ban on animal acts. Just as the organisation has done in Bolivia and Peru, ADI is assisting the authorities with enforcement of the new law. Setting up and running a temporary rescue centre in the country, an experienced ADI team is caring for the lions until their relocation later this year.Rescuing large numbers of animals – more than 100 were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru – presents a challenge of sanctuary space. After years of investing in habitats for animals rescued from Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Mozambique, Bolivia and Peru, it was time for ADI to set up its own sanctuary, enabling the group to help even more animals. Having cared for rescued big cats in South Africa for more than 20 years, the country was a natural choice.ADI President Jan Creamer said, “Having experienced a life of fear, pain and deprivation, animals coming home to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will enjoy a life of peace and freedom, in an environment as close to nature as possible. We hope the public and businesses alike will help ADI give animals in need a better life.”To support the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, donate here.For sponsorship opportunities please contact angiegreenaway@ad-international.orgLions are extinct in 27 countries and possibly extinct in 7 others, with numbers across the world estimated to be as low as 23,000 individuals, compared to around 200,000 in Africa in the 1980s. It is thought that within 30 years the African lion could disappear from the wild unless urgent action is taken. Vulnerable to extinction due to hunting and habitat loss, lions are also under threat due to persecution by livestock farmers.Efforts to protect species in the wild can be undermined, research has shown, by animals being presented as objects of fun and within a human environment, such as a circus where lions spend their lives in bare cages on the back of a truck, unable to exhibit their natural behaviours and forced to perform tricks.Many of the lions rescued by ADI were mutilated in the circus to remove their claws and suffered damaged teeth; others have sight or balance problems caused by blows to the head.45 countries around the world have introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses to date. Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is always compromised. Animals in circuses can also be subjected to brutal training methods and violence – wherever ADI has conducted an undercover investigation in the UK and around the world it has documented acts of abuse.last_img read more

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US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

first_imgWashington: The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday left interest rates unchanged after concluding a two-day policy meeting, in a move that met market expectations and reflected the central bank’s patient approach regarding monetary policy changes.In support of the goals of fostering maximum employment and price stability, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent, the central bank said in a statement, Xinhua reported. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe FOMC, the Fed’s monetary policymaking body, continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective as the most likely outcomes, said the statement.”In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn a separate statement, the Fed said it intends to conclude the reduction of its aggregate securities holdings at the end of September. The process, known as Balance Sheet Normalization, started in October 2017.The central bank intends to slow the reduction of its holdings of Treasury securities by reducing the cap on monthly redemptions from the current level of $30 billion to $15 billion beginning in May, according to the statement.last_img read more

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Casablanca Ranks 67 Among 416 World’s Most Dangerous Cities

Rabat – Casablanca is in a ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world compiled by Numebo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numebo’s Crime Index 2015 Mid-Year ranked Morocco’s largest city 67 out of 416 cities with a crime index of 61.61 and a safety index of 38.39. Homicide, premeditated murder, corruption, delinquency, and violence combine to cause the city’s elevated violence.Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. Numebo consider crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high. Safety index is, on the other way, quite opposite of crime index. If the city has a safety index, it is considered very safe. According to Numebo, 69% of Casablanca residents and visitors have worries of being mugged or robbed. 58% have worries of being insulted, 64% have worries of encountering people using or dealing drugs and 82% have worries of corruption and bribery.Casablanca is also the third most dangerous city in the Arab world. It was only preceded by Algiers and Libya’s Benghazi in second and first place, respectively.Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea is ranked the most dangerous city in the world with a crime index of 93.61 and a safety index of 6.39. It is followed by South Africa’s Pietermaritzburg and Maracaibo in Venezuela. The murder capital of the world –San Pedro Sula, Honduras – which saw 187 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 is ranked fourth.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Lanka investigating money allegedly laundered from NY Fed

Sri Lanka is investigating Bangladesh government’s claims that hackers stole nearly 100 million dollars from an account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and laundered money in Philippines and Sri Lanka, Lanka Business Online reported.Bangladeshi officials said they had recovered part of the money from Sri Lanka and was in contact with the Philippines’ authorities to track down the rest that may have been routed to three casinos, according to media reports. Twenty million dollars of 101 million dollars had been recovered from an account held in Sri Lanka, according to a Bangladeshi central bank official, leaving 81 million dollars unaccounted for. “We have been notified. We are investigating it,” a senior Sri Lankan government official told Lanka Business Online. read more

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Agricultural investment key to alleviating Africas chronic hunger UN official

Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during its annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C., UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said for political rather than technical reasons, under-nourishment was more prevalent in Africa than in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America or the Caribbean. “Only about 7 per cent of Africa’s total arable land, and barely 3.7 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa, is irrigated,” Mr. Diouf said, pointing to the potential in agricultural investment. “The potential for real growth and development in Africa is dependent upon successfully addressing key challenges – hunger and poverty, agriculture production and HIV/AIDS.”He said the United States Government’s $15 billion for HIV/AIDS activities is greatly appreciated and very much needed by millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean. Hunger and poverty, aggravated by HIV/AIDS, create a vicious cycle where farmers and their families fall sick, cultivate less and shift to less labour-intensive crops, he said. Agriculture productivity decreases and food insecurity and malnutrition rise.Mr. Diouf lauded the CBC for being “a champion in fighting for the humanitarian rights of people worldwide and especially in Africa.” read more

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SecretaryGeneral celebrates life of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

Prince Sadruddin served the United Nations with distinction, most notably as the youngest and longest-serving UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1965-1977), and later as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Annan told the memorial service.”Blessed with a unique grasp of multicultural complexities, Prince Sadruddin played an outstanding role as mediator, facilitator and leader. By focusing on the protection of refugees, he represented the moral and compassionate side of the international community,” Mr Annan said.The Secretary-General described Prince Sadruddin as “cosmopolitan and compassionate, caring and charismatic,” and offered his condolences to Prince Sadruddin’s wife, Princess Catherine Aleya Aga Khan, and the rest of his family.Prince Sadruddin died on 12 May in Boston after a long illness. He was 70 years old. read more

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Toronto stock market falls as commodity prices pull down industrial metals

Toronto stock market falls as commodity prices pull down industrial, metals by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2012 4:29 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended another losing session on Thursday as weaker commodities weighed heavy on the industrial and metals sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 26.91 points to 12,409.25 while the TSX Venture Exchange slid 8.63 points to 1,334.89.The Canadian dollar fell 0.21 of a cent to 102.41 cents US.TSX energy stocks were up 0.4 per cent while the price of crude inched lower for the October contract, falling 11 cents to US$91.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The November contract, which traded in higher volume, gained 12 cents to $92.42.Copper slid 5.5 cents to US$3.76 a pound while gold bullion fell $1.50 to end the session at US$1,770.20 an ounce.Shares of Canadian railroad companies fell after U.S. competitor Norfolk Southern Corp. warned that its earnings will be weaker than anticipated. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) dropped 2.2 per cent, or $2.17. to $80.75, while Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) pulled back 4.2 per cent, or $4.15, to $87.44. The TSX Industrials sector fell 2.1 per cent.Among the sobering news for investors was a survey pointing to a deepening recession in Europe, figures from Japan that showed the country’s powerhouse export sector was continuing to suffer and a private survey of manufacturers in China that showed activity fell again in September, though at a slightly slower pace than in August.The weakness in China has caused a particular concern over whether the world’s second-largest economy may impact the demand for commodities. Prices for soybeans, platinum and palladium also dropped.In the U.S., the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week, suggesting that the hiring level remains weak. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined by 3,000 from the previous week, to a seasonally adjusted 382,000.The Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 18.97 points to 13,596.93, the Nasdaq composite index fell 6.66 points to 3,175.96 and the S&P 500 index backed off 0.79 of a point to 1,460.26.“Over the last few days there’s been a hangover,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“This week you’re seeing … a lack of a catalyst to take the market higher. We’re at a bit of a pause here.“There’s so much lack of news that people are already looking to the jobs numbers which come out in a couple weeks,” he added.The latest U.S. employment numbers are due on Oct. 5.The tug-of-war between bull and bearish sentiment is likely to continue for some time, suggested CMC Markets Canada senior market analyst Colin Cieszynski in a note.“For the next two months until earnings season ends in mid-November, we could see a tug of war between the positive effect of increased money supply and the negative effect of a slow global economy and the risk of more earnings disappointments,” he wrote.In corporate developments, shareholders of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) have approved a proposed $15.1-billion Chinese takeover of the company by China National Offshore Oil Company. The transaction still requires approval by the Canadian government under the Investment Canada Act. Nexen shares were up five cents to $24.72.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares held steady at $1.23 as the company announced plans to hire 900 new employees for the main carrier, and another 200 for its new low-cost carrier, set to launch next year.An Ontario judge has certified a $1-billion class-action lawsuit launched last May against SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) on behalf of investors who saw the value of their shares plummet on revelations about payments in North Africa. Shares of the company were down 64 cents to $38.16. read more

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President worried about Prison security as prisoners boast about the sweet

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into Prison officers found transporting marijuanaMay 28, 2018In “Crime”21% of inmates have access to cellphones- says studyMay 28, 2018In “Crime”Camp Street still holds the best foundation to rebuild a Prison- RamjattanJuly 11, 2017In “latest news” President David Granger has expressed worry over the quality of supervision and security in the prisons. His comment comes on the heels of a new video on social media displaying prisoners attached to the New Amsterdam Prison- who are on remand for serious offences-  imbibing and in possession of high priced liquor and narcotics.In one clip, a prisoner is filmed counting at least 12 single $5000 bills as he places them on a plate that was filled with what appeared to be cannabis and other prohibited substances.The video, which was seen by this publication, shows some of the same prisoners featured in photos shared on social media earlier this week, not only drinking alcoholic beverages but smoking marijuana and in  possession of a significant amounts of cash.Another slide showed the prisoners boasting about the “sweet life” that they are enjoying despite the fact that many of these very men were awaiting trial for grave breaches of the law, including rape, murder, robbery under arms, simply larceny and gun-related offences.When contacted on Wednesday, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels denied any knowledge of the new video, stating that he was only aware of the photos which had surfaced via Facebook.He said he was at the time on a visit to the Mazaruni Prison but explained that contact could be made with the Public Security Ministry and its Public Relations Department for any update on the ongoing probe.Despite this, Samuels told this online publication that he had already submitted an updated report to the Ministry based upon preliminary investigations, following the most recent prison fiasco.He said the probe was ongoing but so far no “substantial or sufficient evidence” to implicate other persons in the controversy which occurred over the Mother’s Day weekend was found.Samuels also asserted that no arrests were made to date but anyone found culpable would be disciplined accordingly.INews also managed to confirm that at least one prisoner who owned the cellphone that took the first set of photographs featured on social media has accepted responsibility for his actions.His phone was seized.The earlier Facebook photo showing the prisoners consuming alcoholIt has since been revealed that the alcohol and other illicit substances as well as the drugs were smuggled into the prison via a tractor owned by the Town Council.Meanwhile, the Indian Action Committee (IAC) has since demanded a more urgent response and action from the President, stating that him just expressing worry and concern is not enough.The IAC said it is of the strongest opinion that this lawlessness must be brought to an end immediately as it called on President David Granger to ensure that all those persons responsible for permitting this egregious lawlessness must either be called upon to resign or be dismissed.“…Minister of Public Security and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan has proved himself to be incapable, inept and incompetent to carry out the political responsibility for the prison service given the spate of unfortunate events which have taken place under his leadership of the sector,” the IAC stated.The IAC has also called on President David Granger to immediately request Minister Ramjattan’s resignation, failing which he should be dismissed.“The IAC is also of the belief that the Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels is also incapable, inept and incompetent to administer the prison system of Guyana and the organisation is calling on President Granger to request his resignation or failing which to dismiss him.” read more

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EXCLUSIVE Discover the ideal car schemes at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Smith (pictured), relationship director at vehicle solutions provider Zenith, will detail how delegates can make the right choices around car benefits, as well as outlining current and future shifts in the market, at Employee Benefits Connect 2019.The session, titled ‘All-employee benefits: What is the right solution for your employees?’, will form part of the engagement conference stream on Wednesday 27 February 2019.Smith will be discussing legislative and consumer shifts and how they are changing the way car benefits are used. For example, he will look at the government’s clean air agenda, and how this might affect schemes.He said: “[I will be looking at] where there is demand, why the demand is there, and what is actually being demanded, both now and in the future. There has been a massive amount of legislative changes, and that’s having a push and pull effect among certain groups.”Smith will be outlining some of the typical employee profiles that various car schemes might work best for, while also discussing the theme of individuality, range and the increasing demand for subscription-style packages among younger generations.“There’s not so much a perfect person or a perfect scheme, there are aspects of each that will be attractive to different employees,” said Smith. “There are merits to each, and a sensible solution is to have a range of these schemes that run side by side. It’s almost down to individual circumstances of employees, as to what will work best, so as an employer, the best thing you can do is have a range.”One of the aims for the session is to help dispel some of the widely held misunderstandings about elements such as salary sacrifice, and to help employers understand how to do the best due diligence on potential products. Smith also aims for attendees to come away from the presentation with an increased awareness of the changes taking place and the options available to them.“If you’re not having these types of conversations, as an employer you’re likely to be left behind in terms of putting a benefits package that is attractive against your competition,” Smith explained. “The hardest part at the moment is staying on top of it, because there’s so much change it’s hard to know which direction to go in.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 is open to all senior in-house HR professionals and will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more

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ACDC Shake Up Charts Following Malcom Youngs Death

first_img AC/DC Climb Charts After Malcolm Young’s Death acdc-shake-charts-following-malcom-youngs-death AC/DC Shake Up Charts Following Malcom Young’s Death In the wake of the co-founder and rhythm guitarist’s death, classic AC/DC songs pop up on rock charts Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2017 – 4:09 pm The rock world lost a true hero on Nov. 18 when AC/DC co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcom Young died at age 64. Most likely in his honor, several of the band’s most lasting songs have jumped onto Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs, Hard Rock Digital Song Sales and Rock Streaming Songs charts.Six classic AC/DC songs hit the Hot Rock Songs chart, including “Thunderstruck” (No. 6), “Back In Black” (No. 11), “You Shook Me All Night Long” (No. 15), “Highway To Hell” (No. 18), “T.N.T.” (No. 23), and “Hells Bells” (No. 24), according to Billboard.The band’s iconic album, 1980’s Back In Black, also became the Hard Rock Albums chart’s greatest gainer, up 85 percent last week.Young’s signature driving guitar crunch shaped the band’s highly influential style and sound and provided the perfect foundation for younger brother Angus Young’s more theatrical lead guitar work.An ongoing battle with dementia caused Malcolm to retire from AC/DC in 2014, and his nephew, Stevie Young, stepped in to take his place. Malcolm Young, AC/DC Co-Founder & Rhythm Guitarist, DiesRead more Email News Twitter Facebook last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 actress Pooja Banerjee aka Nivedita Basu turns bride

first_imgPooja BanerjeeinstagramTelevision actress Pooja Banerjee, who plays the role of Nivedita Basu in hit show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, has been gaining a lot of praises for her performance on the show. The actress is quite active on Instagram and often posts pictures from the sets as well.And recently, Pooja shared a few snaps from her latest bridal photoshoot. In the pictures, the actress looks gorgeous as a bride in a red lehenga and heavy jewellery. Posting the pictures on her Instagram, she wrote, “Once upon a time… There was a Bride who simply loved to dress up and pose ❤️.”Pooja started her career as a contestant in MTV Roadies 8 in  2011. Later, she made her acting debut with TV show Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum and then went on to feature in shows like Swim Team, Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha, Chandra Nadini, Dil Hi Toh Hai among others. However, her role as Nivedita in KasautiiZindagii Kay 2 made her a household name.On the personal front, Pooja is happily married to national level swimmer Sandeep Sejwal. The couple got married in February 2017.Meanwhile, the current track of Ekta Kapoor’s Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is riding high on drama. Prerna (Erica Fernandes) tied the knot with Rishab Bajaj (Karan Singh Grover) ditching Anurag (Parth Samthaan). She married Bajaj in order to safeguard Anurag and the entire Basu family from his cruel intentions. The newlyweds headed to Switzerland for their honeymoon.Heartbroken with the news of Prerna’s marriage, Anurag faked his death for his family. As the Basu family mourns their son’s death, Anurag followed Prerna and Bajaj to Switzerland to seek revenge. In the upcoming episodes, the lead pair – Anurag and Prerna – will have a faceoff in the scenic location where Anurag will try to grab his ladylove by her neck to know the reason for her ditching him. Prerna will act rudely with Anurag in an attempt to make him hate her.last_img read more

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HC orders govt to give Mainul division in prison

first_imgMainul Hosein file photoThe High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to barrister Mainul Hosein in jail, reports UNB.The bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order following a writ petition filed by Mainul’s wife Saju Hossain seeking first class division facilities for Mainul.Saju Hossain filed the petition on Sunday.After hearing, the HC kept it pending to deliver its order today.On 23 October, a lower court sent barrister Mainul Hosein to jail in a case filed for defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti on a TV talk show.Detective branch of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser from in front of JatiyaSamajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence on 22 October.According to the case statement, Mainul was connected via video link to a live talk show programme hosted by MithilaFarzana on private channel Ekattor TV, where Masuda Bhatti was a studio guest on 16 October. He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement says.last_img read more

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Hoyer says he doesnt expect to see a GOP health care plan

first_imgBy JAY CANNON, Capital News ServiceWASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed his doubts Tuesday that a new Republican healthcare bill will come any time before the 2020 election cycle, despite Trump administration claims that a plan is coming.The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Democratic resolution condemning White House efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full. A repeal would greatly shake up the landscape of American health care, but temporarily leave roughly 20 million citizens without coverage.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., joined at right by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at an event to announce legislation to lower health care costs and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The Democratic action comes after the Trump administration told a federal appeals court that the entire Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” should be struck down as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)“I hope some Republicans vote with us on that tomorrow,” Hoyer, D-Mechanicsville, said of the resolution. “The president said in his tweet yesterday – of course yesterday his tweet fell on April Fools Day, just to make that observation — he said that he’s going to have a really good bill…It will not come.”Trump’s tweets on Monday represent a backtracking on his administration’s initial involvement in a Texas court case last week seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.“The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare,” Trump tweeted. “Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House. It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America.”The president’s resurrection of the health care issue has caused consternation among many congressional Republicans, who saw little political benefit in ending an increasingly popular program, according to multiple news accounts.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters Tuesday that he spoke to Trump on Monday and told him that Republicans had attempted unsuccessfully to pass comprehensive health care reform when they were in charge of both houses. Now, with a Democratic House, GOP senators were not going to revisit the matter, McConnell said.“I made it clear we were not going to be doing that in the Senate,” the Kentuckian said.Indeed, Trump’s decision to postpone a formal health care replacement bill until after the 2020 election is likely a result of Obamacare’s increased popularity among Americans in recent years. According to polls conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation last month, approximately 50% of Americans have a favorable view of the health reform bill, an increase of 12 percentage points from March 2014.As a result, making health care a centerpiece topic for the 2020 election cycle might not be in Trump’s best interests.“The president’s view will make the 2020 (election) all about healthcare as well. I would suggest that’s good for us,” Democratic House leader Hoyer told reporters at his weekly press briefing.On another matter, Hoyer also expressed his hope that the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which the House is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, garners bipartisan support.If passed, the bill would keep those convicted of domestic and sexual assault related crimes from purchasing firearms as well as improve services for victims.“There’s some talk that the (National Rifle Association) is uptight about this, but we made a provision for domestic abusers not to be able to purchase firearms,” Hoyer said. “I certainly hope the Republicans not only will support the bill, but also will oppose a (bill) that will negatively affect the women of our country.”Other iterations of the bill cast in 1994, 2000 and 2013 each passed with bipartisan support in the House.last_img read more

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Number of Emoji References in US Court Cases Growing Exponentially

first_imgStay on target ‘Emoji House’ Feud Turns Calif. Neighborhood Pink With RageThis Twitter Bot Mashes Up Emoji To Create Fresh Faces Emojis are appearing in court evidence more frequently than ever, according to a report.Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman recently revealed an exponential rise in pictorial symbol references since their debut in U.S. court opinion in 2004.Goldman users online legal research services Westlaw and LexisNexis to track every judgement that even mentions “emoji” or “emoticon” (not including those that display a symbol without its English title).“As expected, the number of emoji/emoticon case references are growing,” he wrote in a late-January blog post, counting 53 claims in 2018, compared to 33 the year before.They tend to crop up most frequently in cases where online chatter “is a key source of evidence,” Goldman told Law.com’s The Recorder. The most common, he said, are sexual predation (which I imaging involves a lot of winking faces and eggplants) and employment discrimination.By Goldman’s estimate, there were at least 171 such lawsuits filed over the last 15 years—more than 30 percent of which occurred in 2018.Despite the phrases’ frequency, there have been no substantive rulings on the ideograms. In 37 of last year’s 53 cases, the term only appeared a single time, indicating the symbol was an incidental part of the evidence.“None of the other 16 cases broke any interesting new ground on emoji interpretations,” Goldman added.That may be true in the United States. But international law is another story.An Israeli judge in 2017 ruled that the popular pictorial symbols do show intent: A couple was charged thousands in fees after the court ruled that their use of emoji in texts to a landlord signaled a commitment to rent his apartment.The property owner sued for ₪14,500 (about $4,000) in damages, claiming reliance—a principle of contract law stating that someone who takes steps based on another’s expressed or implied intent can file suit if impaired when the other party doesn’t follow through.In this case, that “expressed or implied intent” came in the form of pictograms, according to Herzliya Small Claims Court Judge Amir Weizebbluth.“[Emojis] do not, under the circumstances, indicate that the negotiations between the parties have matured into a binding agreement,” the adjudicator said in his ruling. “However, the sent symbols support the conclusion that the defendants acted in bad faith.”By adding some seemingly random flare—dancing women, a peace sign, a comet, a squirrel—the couple apparently sealed their fate.Weizebbluth ruled partial compensation and trial expenses.More on Geek.com:Oops: Apple’s Squid Emoji is Upside DownSamsung’s Revamped Emojis Actually RecognizableAI Trained on Emoji Can Detect Social Media Sarcasmlast_img read more

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ExIPS officer Bharati Ghosh declared absconder

first_imgKolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Friday submitted a charge-sheet against former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh marking her as an absconder along with eight others at Ghatal court in West Midnapore. Apart from Ghosh, her bodyguard Sujit Mondal has also been shown as an absconder in the charge-sheet.According to a senior official of the state CID, all those named in the charge-sheet has been slapped with cases including forgery, extortion and Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe CID has already arrested six persons in this connection including four police officials — former Circle Inspector of Ghatal Subhankar Dey, former Officer-in-Charge of Daspur police station Pradip Rath, former OC of Ghatal Chitta Pal and Assistant Sub-Inspector Debasish Das.A businessman from Ghatal, Bimal Gharai and caretaker of Ghosh’s flat at Madurdaha in Kolkata, Rajmangal Singh have also been arrested.It may be mentioned that the state CID had taken up the case on basis of a complaint of extortion and criminal conspiracy at Daspur police station on February 1 by a gold trader named Chandan Majhi against certain police officers in the district who were close to former superintendent of West Midnapore Bharati Ghosh. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe CID sleuths in the charge-sheet have also mentioned the huge amount of cash and gold jewellery that was recovered from a series of raids at flats owned by Ghosh and opening of lockers from a nationalised bank branch in Kolkata during the course of the investigation.The investigators, however, have remained tight-lipped about whether the charge-sheet figures the name of Bharati’s husband MAV Raju, who has been granted anticipatory bail by Calcutta High Court. The sleuths had questioned Raju in connection with this case on more than one occasion.The charge-sheet states that gold was taken from traders assuring a high rate of return after demonetisation of high-value notes was announced.last_img read more

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