The Indian High Commission based in Wellington has warned members of the Indian community against scammers who demand money posing themselves as officials of the Diplomatic Mission.A communique received at press time said that the caller ‘threatens’ saying that the Visa/Residency application of Indian nationals (i.e. the person at the other end) would be rejected unless a certain amount of money is deposited in a specified bank account or transfer through Western Union.Read it at Indian Newslink Related Items
Police in the Indian state of Punjab is investigating a brother-sister duo, believed to be currently living in Australia, who is accused of forgery and marrying each other in order to get Australian visas.The pair’s cousin complained to the police earlier this month that they had forged a bank account, a passport and other identity documents in her name and used them for getting an Australian spouse visa.Read it at SBS Related Items
A local court in Kolhapur on Monday remanded Sanatan Sanstha sympathiser Sharad Kalaskar, named by agencies as one of the shooters of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, to judicial custody till July 8 in connection with the 2015 murder of senior Communist leader and writer Govind Pansare.Earlier on Monday, Mr. Kalaskar was produced by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Maharashtra police probing the crime in the court of Judge S.S. Raul on expiry of his police custody.The judge immediately directed him to be remanded to magisterial custody, following which the accused was shifted to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.Meanwhile, sources in the SIT have said that Mr. Kalaskar, during his interrogation, had allegedly confessed to the involvement of two other persons in the case, both of whom are believed to be locals of Kolhapur.The SIT has further hinted that it would soon be arresting these two accomplices.The investigation team had first secured Mr. Kalaskar’s custody on June 11 from the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to probe his precise role in the conspiracy hatched in Belagavi and Kolhapur to murder Mr. Pansare.The police had secured a further seven-day extension of his custody from the court on June 18 on grounds that the SIT had uncovered “vital information regarding his involvement in the crime”.During this 14-day period, the SIT had conducted searches at Mr. Kalaskar’s home in Kesapuri village in Aurangabad and retrieved a mobile phone and a diary.The SIT has alleged that Mr. Kalaskar was tasked with destroying the murder weapon used to kill Mr. Pansare and that he, along with other suspects, had obtained instruction in firearms in neighbouring Belagavi in Karnataka district.The Mumbai ATS had first arrested Mr.Kalaskar along with fringe right -wing activist Vaibhav Raut from Nallasopara in Mumbai, and Sudhanwa Gondhalekar from Pune on August 10 last year for allegedly planning disruptive activities in several parts of the State.Probe agencies have alleged that Mr. Kalaskar was an expert in arms manufacturing and was part of the wider conspiracy that links the murders of other rationalist-activists like Mr. Pansare and journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru.Mr. Pansare, along with his wife Uma, were repeatedly shot at close range by motorcycle-borne assailants while they were returning from a morning stroll in Kolhapur’s Sagar Mal locality in February 2015. While Ms. Pansare survived the murderous attack with serious injuries, her husband succumbed to his wounds in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on February 20 that year.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has stressed the need for integrating the principle of resilience in every area of development planning and recovery process to achieve a substantial reduction in the economic losses during natural disasters.“In the coming years, the disaster management efforts of the State will be to build resilience at all levels with focus on disaster resilient public infrastructure and services, disaster resilient housing for all and resilient livelihood and sustainable environment practices to reduce the risk of future disasters,” said Mr. Patnaik.Mr. Patnaik was speaking at a meeting organised by the Odisha Disaster Management Authority to observe Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day of Disaster Reduction here on Tuesday.The State government has been observing Disaster Preparedness Day on October 29 every year. It was on this day in 1999 that a super cyclone had hit the State’s coast killing more than 10,000 people.
TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING A PURSUIT OF A VEHICLE THROUGH THE STREETS OF SOUTH SIOUX CITY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.A SOUTH SIOUX OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A TRAFFIC STOP AROUND 12:35PM, BUT THE VEHICLE’S DRIVER REFUSED TO PULL OVER.A PURSUIT FOLLOWED ON DAKOTA AVENUE AND OTHER STREETS ENDING AT ST. PAUL’S METHODIST CHURCH WHERE THE MAN AND WOMAN FLED THE VEHICLE.THE FEMALE SUSPECT WAS APPREHENDED OUTSIDE A NEARBY RESTAURANT WHILE THE MALE SUSPECT HID INSIDE IN THE RESTROOM BUT WAS ALSO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.NAMES OF THE SUSPECTS AND CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG
zoomImage Courtesy: ONE Ocean Network Express (ONE) sees adoption of low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil as the most realistic and cost-efficient, but short-term solution, for becoming compliant with the 2020 sulphur cap.“We are still also carefully considering other possible solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems and using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel, which may be employed in the future,” ONE said.The company plans to recover rising fuel costs by introducing a bunker surcharge in all new contracts that commence on January 2019.ONE said that the existing contracts will still be subject to the previous BAF mechanism and remain so until the contract expires. The ONE Bunker Surcharge (OBS) = Fuel Price x Trade wise Loading Factor x Trade imbalanceThe newly launched carrier expects its teething problems to have a USD 400 million impact to the company’s bottom line for the fiscal year of 2018.The teething problems, which mostly related to booking reception and documentation operations, have had a major impact on the company’s business performance since launching in April 2018 as a joint venture between K Line, MOL and NYK Line.For the full fiscal year, the company anticipates to book a loss of USD 600 million, a major downgrade from the expected profit of USD 110 million.
Holly Moore APTN InvestigatesEditor’s Note: Material in the story below may be disturbing to some readers.As some Indigenous survivors of so-called Indian hospitals gear up for class action lawsuits, others like Paul Aliktiluk are being flooded with memories of abuse.“I don’t care about the money,” he said. “I just want people to know what happened to us.”Aliktiluk’s voice trembled with emotion as he told his story to APTN Investigates for the first time outside of his immediate family.“What I remember is that there were a bunch of us over there. I remember their faces,” he said. “I was just little, four or five years old.”He recalled being given strong medication at the Ninette, Man. sanatorium where he was sent for tuberculosis treatment. He said his body wasn’t able to handle it.“I could not hold it in my stomach,” he said.Nurses would scold him for vomiting on the floor or the bed. They made him scoop it up and put it in a bowl of custard.“They would mix it and they made me eat it.”Caption: Ninette Tuberculosis Sanatorium(source: Manitoba Archives, L.B Foote fonds) That was far from the worst abuse experienced by the now 58-year-old.“There were times I was taken to the washroom and they would put me in a little collar and they used to chain me in the washroom and turn off the lights,” he recalled, “Some nurses used to fondle my boyhood and stick their fingers in my rear. It hurt very much.”Aliktiluk was among 80 Inuit sent to the Ninette, Man. sanatorium during the 1963 Eskimo Point tuberculosis outbreak. The area is now known as Arviat, Nunavut.Caption: Map drawn by Dr. Percy E. Moore illustrating the 1963 tuberculosis outbreak at Eskimo Point (source: Manitoba Archives)He said he doesn’t know how long he was at Ninette but by the time he returned home, he could no longer communicate with his Inuktitut-speaking parents.“I remember going home. I only spoke English and when I got home I couldn’t understand my parents,” he said.He explained he tried to tell his parents what happened in his teens.“I didn’t bring it up again while they were alive because they didn’t believe me,” he said. “I just quit talking about it.”The memories of the abuse at Ninette haunted him through the years, leading to suicidal thoughts and angry outbursts. He eventually became a peace officer in Arviat, acting as a liaison between the RCMP and the community. After he married in his early 20s, he finally told his wife what had happened.“She just hugged me for a long time.” he said. “That lifted me up, I felt a little better.”Survivors coming forwardDozens of survivors and their families came forward with stories of physical, sexual and emotional abuse after a series of stories about Indian hospitals and sanatoriums on APTN National News and APTN Investigates.A $1.1-billion class action lawsuit was filed earlier this year with others in development.Aliktiluk said he is encouraged by the attention and hopes it will lead to healing for survivors like him.“You can’t keep it bottled up inside, It has to come out,” he said. “I want people to know the truth of what happened to us.”
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index was shut down early Friday afternoon after technical issues prevented users from accessing the Toronto Stock Exchange, while U.S. markets were mixed.Before an “internal technical issue” prompted the TMX Group to shut down its exchanges at 3 p.m., the latest data reading at 1:39 p.m. showed the S&P/TSX composite index was up 31.34 points to 15,668.93. Canada’s biggest exchange operator said it planned to release updated closing prices later on Friday.Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer of First Avenue Investment Counsel, said in his 20-year career this kind of shutdown was “rare” to see.“It’s premature to really assess what this means, but certainly it’s not an everyday occurrence,” he said in an interview. “And that in itself will raise questions.”The TMX Group said in a statement Friday that it had identified the issue and was working to fix it, and expects to resume trading on Monday.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were largely flat despite strong earnings including from Amazon Inc., whose shares surged to an all-time high on the e-commerce giant’s better-than-expected results. Amazon shares later closed up 3.6 per cent to US$1,572.62 on the Nasdaq.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 11.15 points to 24,311.19. The S&P 500 index closed up 2.97 points to 2,669.91 and the Nasdaq composite index closed up 1.12 points to 7,119.80.Earnings season is halfway through and has produced robust results, but it has not been reflected in the equity markets, said Pashootan.“You’re seeing the market take a cautious approach to share price appreciation, despite the fact that the numbers have been strong,” he said. “That speaks to the fact that there is more concern in the market for some of the variables that can cause a selloff.”He said concerns include the 10-year treasury yield creeping above the psychological level of three per cent earlier this week, which spooked investors, before retreating slightly towards the end of the week.The competition between stocks and bonds is heating up, he added, while geopolitical concerns continue to stoke concern.“Some new risks, many old risks, but the market is taking a more wait-and-see approach than it has in previous years,” Pashootan said.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.78 cents US, up 0.03 of a US cent.The June crude contract was down 9 cents to US$68.10 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 7 cents to US$2.77 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$5.50 to US$1,323.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 7 cents to US$3.07 a pound.
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.Earlier strikes resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-per cent increase in some cases.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court.The ED contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED and the Centre, raised objection over the maintainability of the two petitions and said no relief should be granted to them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let me file an affidavit to show that the petitioners (Vadra and Arora) are in suppression and not interested to reach to the root of the matter,” the law officer argued. ED, also represented by advocates D P Singh and Amit Mahajan, said Vadra has not approached the court with clean hands and there is suppression of the most crucial and material facts by him. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra, represented through senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. The bench asked as to why they have approached the high court when the Supreme Court is seized of various pleas challenging certain provisions of the PMLA, including its power to arrest and the burden of proof. To this, Singhvi said he has challenged six provisions of the PMLA here while the Supreme Court is only hearing the challenge on two of the provisions. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (burden of proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. He has contended that since these provisions constitute the main parts of the Act, the entire legislation was liable to be struck down on the grounds of being unconstitutional. On Vadra’s application seeking direction to the agency to not take any coercive step against him till the pendency of his quashing petition, the bench said he has already been granted interim protection by the trial court. The bench was informed that pleas by Vadra and Arora seeking anticipatory bail are listed for hearing before a trial court, which later on Monday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 27.
With nearly a billion people in South Asia still lacking basic sanitation, children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in the region, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Addressing delegates from government ministries from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Myanmar at a meeting in Islamabad last week, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Cecilia Lotse said the region had high numbers of children who were malnourished and at risk from diseases caused by bad hygiene and, in particular, from lack of regular hand washing with soap and clean water. Calling on participants at the second Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) to put children first, Ms. Lotse emphasised the double dividends that occur when efforts are concentrated on sanitation. “Women and girls are safer when they do not have to go out of the house to use night soil sites,” she said.“Since the first SACOSAN in 2003, around 100 million additional people now have toilets, but that still leaves more than nine hundred and twenty million without,” she noted. “We also know that more girls will go to schools that provide separate and private facilities.” On Thursday UNICEF will be launching “Progress for Children: a Report Card on Water and Sanitation,” detailing the impressive progress made to date in expanding access to safe water and basic sanitation, but also making clear that there is still a long way to go.
Though four-star quarterback Emory Jones was committed to Ohio State for over a year, he flipped to Florida and signed a letter of intent to play college football in Gainesville, Florida, for the Gators during Early Signing Day on Wednesday.The Buckeyes offered Jones on May 11, 2016, then he committed on July 29, 2016 before the eventual decommitment. The loss of Jones leaves Ohio State with one quarterback — three-star Matthew Baldwin — committed to Ohio State. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Baldwin would be the only quarterback his team inks during early signing day.Dan Mullen reeled in Jones — the 40th-ranked player in the country and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — just a week after he took over the Florida head coaching job after the Gators fired fired Jim McElwain. Jones visited Florida, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn in recent months.
The Telegraph understands that the two products are no longer linked on Amazon.There have been 100 murders in London so far this year. Twenty of the victims were teenagers, 18 of whom were fatally stabbed.Louis-Ryan Menezes, 17, was stabbed to death in Northampton in May last year. His mother Cheri Curran said her family has been left “totally devastated” and has urged young people to put an end to street violence.Yousef Makki, 17, died after being knifed in the heart in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, in March this year. His sister Jade has spoken out about the need for tougher sentences for those convicted of knife crime. 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. Amazon’s ‘frequently bought together’ feature suggested a 14-year-old buy a knife with his school rucksack, his police officer father has revealed.Alister Bonafia, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was searching for a backpack online while getting ready for the start of a new school year.But after adding a £22.99 ‘college school bag’ to his virtual basket, the website offered him a large kitchen knife to go with it.Alister immediately told his father Wiz, a special constable with Northamptonshire Police. The 42-year-old was furious when he heard what had happened.”As a parent I was shocked and worried how easy it looks for my 14-year-old son to buy a knife and how normal Amazon are making it look,” he said.”As a Special Constable that sees how knife crime is impacting communities in Northamptonshire, I’m even more shocked. “I’ve been to stabbings and robberies at knife point before – the effect on the victims and wider communities are horrendous.”We all have to play our part in reducing knife crime, Amazon is no exception.”He added: “I have had a chat with Alister about knife crime and what he should do if faced with a knife, so he knows the gravity of knife crime.”
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HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is asking for help after, she said, thieves broke into her Homestead home and took off with thousands of dollars in valuables, including a tablet containing a home video of deep personal value.Surveillance video shows the thieves wandering around and rummaging through the house located on Southeast 13th Road, near 31st Court, Thursday.Homeowner Brianna Jefferson said her TV, jewelry, phone and clothing were stolen, but one irreplaceable thing she wants back is a tablet containing precious memories. “The most important belonging is the belonging of a tablet that had my stepdad on it. He was dancing and things and whatnot at my wedding,” she said. “He’s now passed away, so that’s a lot important to me.”If you recognize the thieves, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood. Officers on Wednesday also found a dog at the home that had died.Download AudioAnchorage Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Laura Atwood says the animal control office received a tip by email that the dogs were being neglected.“The dogs were brought here to Anchorage Animal Care and Control Wednesday evening,” Atwood said. “They are in our care, they are being seen by a veterinarian today, and they are being cared for by our kennel staff. ”Officers accompanied by Alaska State Troopers visited the home Wednesday afternoon. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says the matter is under investigation, and that Troopers will have no further comment until the investigation is complete. No charges have been filed.Atwood says that when officers reached the home, there was no owner present.“To the best of my knowledge, the owner was not present when the dog was taken.”She would not say how the dead dog died.Atwood says Anchorage Animal Care and Control is ready to help if there is any suspicion of cruelty or neglect of domestic animals.
An initiative group is gathering signatures in an attempt to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.KTUU-TV reports that PFD Voter Registration is trying to get a question on the ballot asking voters if they’d like registration to come automatically when they apply for their dividend from the Permanent Fund. The initiative would also update home address information for those already registered to vote.The group needs to get 28,500 signatures before the 2016 legislative session starts in January. If it succeeds, the question could show up on the 2016 primary election ballot or the November 2016 general election ballot, depending on when the Legislature adjourns.
(Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Facebook logo)Alaska is seeing an outbreak in a dangerous sexually transmitted disease. In a notice today, public health officials say an outbreak of Gonorrhea first reported in October 2017 led researchers to find Alaska’s rate of infection is 297 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 145.8 per 100,000.Listen nowLeft untreated, Gonorrhea can lead to infertility, facilitate the risk of HIV and lead to problems with pregnancies. Nationwide, the number of cases reported to health officials is steadily increasing. But Alaska’s rates have shot up. In 2017, 2,190 incidents were reported, representing a 51 percent increase from the prior year.The state’s Section of Epidemiology attributes the rise to several factors. Those include healthcare providers doing a better job screening for the disease, an increase in incidents principally among men because of risky sexual behaviors, diminished access to healthcare and fewer resources for prevention.Researchers say the data suggest Alaska has the second highest rate of Gonorrhea in the country. However, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, current national rates are still significantly lower than recent periods during the 70s and 80s.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowFEMA assesses issues after national emergency alert testAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerWednesday was the very first national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, and there are reports that some phones in Alaska and across the country did not receive the test message. State and federal officials are now working to sort out the kinks.Bryce Ward wins 4-way race for Fairbanks North Star Borough MayorTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksBryce Ward will be the next mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The former North Pole mayor cruised to victory over three opponents, winning more than half of the vote.Sitka and Juneau elect new mayors in municipal electionsAlaska Public Radio Network staffCommunities across the state elected new mayors and enacted new measures in local municipal elections yesterday.Bethel local option fails in unofficial election resultsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelA ballot measure to impose a complete ban on alcohol sales in Bethel under the state’s local option law has failed in a close vote, according to unofficial election results.Man shot in front of Anchorage elementary school; suspect in custodyCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage police say a shooting in the parking lot of a downtown Anchorage elementary school Wednesday morning sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.$5M in federal money coming to combat Alaska drug traffickingZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe money is attached to Alaska’s recent designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.Arctic sea ice minimum continues downward trend, with implications beyond the ArcticRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“The Arctic’s like an air conditioner or refrigerator for the global climate…And as the Arctic warms, partly because the sea ice is going away, it’s like you’re opening that refrigerator door.”Kodiak district approves closure plan for rural school Associated PressOfficials say a rural public school on Kodiak Island will close in November unless it can enroll at least three more students.Ketchikan union, school district agree to mediation meetingsAssociated PressMediation meetings between the Ketchikan Education Association and the school district have been scheduled after months of contentious contract negotiations.To institutional gatekeepers, indigenous artists say, ‘share your power’Scott Burton, KTOO – JuneauTlingit and Dena’ina playwright Vera Starbard says she let non-indigenous audiences compromise her art.Alaska nurses help with hurricane relief in North CarolinaCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaskans working to help in the wake of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast include a small group of public health nurses stationed in North Carolina.