Canadians focused on cutting debt poll finds

TORONTO — The majority of Canadians are in debt but nearly half of them are trying to pay off their dues ahead of schedule, according to a survey conducted for a major bank.The study, commissioned by CIBC, found that 72% of respondents said they held some form of debt such as a mortgage, student loan or credit card.However, about 49% of those responding to a phone survey conducted for CIBC said they’ve made an extra lump sum payment in the last year to try to bring down what they owed. [np-related]“Debt management is top of mind for Canadians, and these poll results show that many Canadians are taking steps towards reducing their debt,” said Christina Kramer, CIBC executive vice-president of retail distribution.The bank said the results show that Canadians are focused on reducing their debts amid warnings about rising household debt.The Bank of Canada and some economists have warned that Canadians are piling on too much debt while interest rates are low, and some may no longer be able to afford their homes when interest rates rise.CIBC said that while the findings show many Canadians are conscious of debt management, past research has suggested that most are likely to seek out advice about retirement planning before they pursue financial guidance on their debts.The phone survey was conducted by Harris-Decima from a poll of 2,003 Canadians between March 22 and April 2. read more

TNA MP says he is being framed

Tamil National Alliance MP S. Sritharan says he is being framed by the government over the discovery of explosives and pornographic materiel in his Killinochchi office.He said that some 50 officers of the police and army had conducted the raid on his office on Saturday without a court warrant. Sritharan also said that independent journalists or individuals were not able to witness the raid and he feel most of the items were planted by the officers in his office during the raid. The Ministry of Defence said that explosives, pornographic CDs and condoms were among the items recovered in his office. The raid was carried out following the discovery of explosives hidden in a three-wheeler the previous day.“TID officials found approximately 400g of low explosives, a large number of mis-leading, anti government propaganda material, distorted anti peace literature, pornographic materials including CD’s, condoms, lots of photographs of local young tamil girls and other ambiguous propaganda material. Upon inquiry TNA’s Kilinochchi district organizer Arunachalam Velaimaligeedan had confirmed the arrival of the two arrested suspects to TNA – Kilinochchi district MP S. Shritharan’s political office the day before,” the Defence Ministry said. read more

NJ financier adviser praised at NCAA scandal sentencing

NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser was praised for his co-operation and a judge spared him from prison after he admitted his role in a college basketball scandal.Munish Sood was fined $25,000 Thursday but was not sentenced to prison or forced to be supervised by probation authorities.U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood said she’ll rule on restitution at a later point.A prosecutor praised Sood for testifying at two trials that resulted in the convictions of several men charged in the bribery case.Prior to being sentenced, Sood apologized.The prosecution exposed a pattern of bribes paid to college basketball players and their families by representatives of corporate shoemakers and financiers looking to represent them when they reached the NBA.Four assistant college coaches pleaded guilty in the case.The Associated Press read more

Shift to clean affordable energy critical to attaining Global Goals – UN

“Likewise, without increased access to modern energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy, there will be no progress on climate action,” he said, emphasizing: “So, we need to move from silo to synergy.” And in that regard, the UN is reforming its development system in response to the 2030 Agenda to provide more coherent support to Member States. Turning to the role of SDG7 in the broader context of the 2030 Agenda, Mr. Liu highlighted three key points: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is fundamental to a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable work, and a necessary investment in our collective future;Energy is inextricably linked to most of the global challenges now and in the future, including poverty, food security, clean water, infrastructure, public health, education, economic growth, youth’s and women’s empowerment, and climate change; and Access to modern energy must go beyond residential power access. It must aim to unlock new entrepreneurial opportunities for the growing workforce, so that they can become the next global engine for the new economies of the future. “New technologies, new business models, and new approaches to capacity building are all needed to transform the world and achieve global sustainable development. The global energy interconnection, through smart grids, offers one such avenue,” he said. But such global energy interconnection, or GEI, can only work in partnership. “The technology for worldwide energy connectivity is there. The barriers are institutional, not technological,” stated Mr. Liu, calling for a change in mindset, and stressing that decisive progress can only be made through partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources are indispensable to succ “Energy is the golden thread that connects all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the Secretary-General told a High-Level Symposium on Global Energy Interconnection, at UN Headquarters today, where participants gathered to discuss ways to advance the 17 globally-agreed Goals. Modern energy services are integral to poverty reduction, food security, public health and quality education for all. Moreover, they are the key to sustainable industrialization, healthier more efficient cities and successful climate action.Despite this understanding, Mr. Guterres said the world is still far from achieving the vision of SDG7 on affordable and clean energy for all. Indeed, some one billion people still live without any access to any electricity at all – 500 million in Africa and more than 400 million in the Asia-Pacific region. And three billion still cook and heat their homes without the benefit of clean fuels and more efficient technologies. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin speaks atEnergy Interconnection: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals”, organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “So, the world needs more energy, and – in particular – more clean energy,” Mr. Guterres continued, but stressed that as this need rises, the world is experiencing rising temperatures and in 2016, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide surged to a new high.Recalling the sobering report issued just yesterday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which found that pledges made under the Paris Agreement are only a third of what is required by 2030 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the Secretary-General said falling short of the agreed 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise would be “catastrophic.”Against this background, and in light of the devastating hurricane season that had just battered the Caribbean and similar extreme weather events elsewhere, urgent climate action is needed. “That means transforming the world’s energy systems. It means promoting modern technologies than can fulfil energy needs without polluting the environment and pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” Mr. Guterres explained. He said today’s Symposium could help point the way, as it would feature both policy- and technical-level presentations on how to strengthen global energy interconnection through the deployment of smart grids. “With smart grids it is now feasible to generate, transmit and distribute power efficiently, cutting transmission losses and providing clean, affordable, economically viable and environmentally sound energy services,” he stated. Echoing the Secretary-General’s sense of urgency, Liu Zhenmin, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 SDGs and 169 targets, puts a strong emphasis on inter-linkages. As such, progress in implementing SDG7 on energy is bound to impact delivery on other Goals. Secretary-General speaking at Energy Interconnection: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals”, organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

With Ohio State needing a lift Ezekiel Elliott carried it on his

Ohio State junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) outruns a defender during a game on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind — Ezekiel Elliott’s first half was pedestrian. His second was historic. The junior running back finished the day with 274 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns, which tied Keith Byars for second all-time in Ohio State single-game rushing. OSU entered the locker room at the half trailing Indiana 10-6. Elliott had just 31 yards on 10 carries, and the underwhelming offensive output that has plagued the defending national champions through four games seemed to be in full swing. It appeared as halftime did not change things, as the offense’s first possession ended like many in the first half did: with a punt. But then then defense forced another Hoosier three-and-out to get the offense the ball back. It was then that the junior running back began to rewrite the history books with his legs. On 2nd-and-10, Elliott picked up eight yards to set up a third-and-short. On the next play, the St. Louis native took the shotgun handoff from redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones and headed to the left before turning it up the field and outrunning every red jersey en route to a 55-yard touchdown. The run, which gave OSU a 13-10 advantage, was Elliott’s longest since his 80-yarder in the season opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. “It’s a great feeling when he breaks those long runs,” redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein said following OSU’s 34-27 victory. “It really means everyone else is doing their jobs when he does that.” Initially, it looked like that play would be exactly what the doctor order to cure the offense’s slump. But it wasn’t. The next two drives were more of the old, stagnant Buckeye offense.There was a three-and-out followed by a Jones interception, which resulted in the Hoosiers taking a four-point lead following a five-play, 55-yard touchdown drive. OSU got the ball back, trailing 17-14, and ran three plays before being faced with a crucial 4th-and-1 at its own 35-yard line. Then Elliott, who eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the 10th straight game on the possession prior, continued to steal the show. This time, he took the handoff and slithered through an opening in the offensive line before accelerating past the Hoosier defense, leaving a trail of helpless Indiana players behind him as he crossed the goal line. Elliott praised the offensive line for making the play happen.““The O-line blocked it perfectly and I didn’t have to do much but outrun the (defensive backs) to score,” he said after the game. The play stood as a huge momentum shift for the offense, as OSU coach Urban Meyer said it got the unit going. “Zeke’s just such a good second level runner,” he said. “That jump started everything.” The Buckeyes used the momentum to force another Hoosier punt before Jones found redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 23-yard touchdown just two plays later.Two possessions later, after the Hoosiers trimmed the lead to just seven points, Elliott did it again, this time going even further than his previous two touchdown runs.On first down, Elliott got the handoff and headed left. Just beyond the line of scrimmage he bounced off an Indiana defensive lineman before veering to his right, where he outran the entire defense for the third time in the half.The run gave the Buckeyes a 34-20 lead, which they were able to hang onto for the remainder of the game, despite a late push from the Hoosiers. Elliott’s huge second half, highlighted by his three long runs, was exactly what OSU needed in order to fend off the upset.“Coach Meyer made an emphasis that in games like this on the road, big plays are what’s gonna spark the team. I knew we needed big plays,” Elliott said. “The O-line did a great job and they made it easy for me.” Elliott said the game on Saturday was a season in the making.“We were definitely overdue for a game like this,” Elliott said. “The O-line and I were feeling this way for the past couple games. We feel good that it finally happened.” read more

Listeria death toll hits five as two more patients killed by prepacked

NHS sandwiches have killed two more patients, bringing the death toll to five, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed, as it continued to investigate whether more people have died at dozens of trusts.Last week, public health officials said three seriously ill patients had died, and three more infected, after eating food which contained the deadly bacteria listeria.Another of those original six has since died, PHE confirmed on Friday along with a fifth person who was not initially linked to the outbreak. Post-mortem DNA analysis showed the critically ill patient had been infected with the same bacterial strain.Two other hospital patients were also infected, bringing the overall total to nine and the NHS is now running genomic tests on people who died over the past two months amid concerns some of the deaths were caused by the food poisoning outbreak..Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at PHE, said: “To date, there have been no patients linked to this incident outside healthcare organisations, but we continue to investigate.“Swift action was taken to protect patients and any risk to the public is low. PHE is continuing to analyse all recent and ongoing samples of listeria from hospital patients to understand whether their illness is linked to this outbreak.” Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA said: “Our sympathies remain with the families of the patients who have tragically passed away.“We have taken action along with local authorities to minimise the risk based on the evidence so far. The FSA will continue to investigate the cause of the outbreak to prevent a reoccurrence.” The original deaths occurred at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Aintree Hospital in Liverpool. PHE is carrying out its investigations alongside the Food Standards Agency (FSA), NHS England and NHS Improvement, as well as partner organisations in Scotland and Wales. A spokesman for The Good Food Chain said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak. The underlying cause of it remains unclear.”Experts have warned that more people could be infected because of the long incubation period of listeria. The bacteria can lie dormant for up to 70 days and sandwiches were not withdrawn from the NHS until May 25th after investigators realised they had been eaten by all three of the victims.Some 43 out of the 135 NHS trusts were supplied by The Good Food Chain and they have been placed on alert for cases of listeriosis, which can lead to deadly sepsis and meningitis. In pregnant women it can also cause miscarriage and be passed on to the unborn child. All those who died had been given sandwiches supplied by The Good Food Chain, a company based in Stone, Staffordshire, whose Whole Lotta Good brand was developed specifically for hospitals.The company, which also supplies some schools, has voluntarily ceased production while an investigation continues, as has the firm which supplied its meat, Northern Country Cooked Meats, which operates out of Salford. Show more 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. read more

Jamaica Woman allegedly stabs husband to death after beating

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who assaulted wife allegedly beaten to deathMarch 24, 2019In “Crime”Update: Berbice pensioner in custody for allegedly beating partner to deathJuly 4, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop concerned about vigilante justiceJuly 19, 2015In “Crime” (JAMAICA GLEANER) A Manchester woman is now in police custody after stabbing to death her 38-year-old common-law husband, Oneil Coleman.The woman reportedly stabbed Coleman in the neck this morning after he used a machete to beat her at their home in the southern community of Woodlands.The police say both Coleman and his common-law wife have made complaints about each other for varying reasons.One person claiming to be a friend of the deceased, said, ordinarily Coleman would not have been in  confrontation with anyone.“He was a hard-working farmer. Him neva make trouble wid anybody. The most you hear from him is when him drunk and him start run him jokes.”He also said Coleman was in an abusive relationship. read more

Opinion ROG deserves better than to be patronised by Kidney

first_imgPaddy Jackson ices his hamstring at training yesterday (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Ian Madigan has developed considerably under Joe Schmidt and in the circumstances I would pick him. Not because he is better than Paddy Jackson but because he is fit. It is also an opportunity to see if he can make the step. If he is in the squad Declan Kidney should be prepared to pick him.There is no point bemoaning the fact that we haven’t blooded enough of our young talent before this. We must accept the position we are in. Which in fact is the greater risk: playing a fit Ian Madigan or an 80% or 90% fit Paddy Jackson?I would also like to have seen Devon Toner in a match like this. Donnacha Ryan is an ideal foil for a tall gangly secondrow like Toner. We are struggling at line out time and need options. Our ability to compete on opposition ball is limited. We have a mental block in this country about the Toners of this world. Instead of wanting to use them for their strengths, we prefer to complain that they aren’t as wide as they are long.Victor Matfield was a tall gangly secondrow until they put him with Bakkies Botha. Toner is an intelligent footballer.  At nearly seven foot tall he should be a major asset in the lineout.  All our throwers have struggled in recent Internationals which tells you that our lineout is just not strong enough.Am I certain about Toner? No. But I wouldn’t be worried about picking him this weekend. He needs to be given a start, be allowed to approach the game on the basis that the position is his. You won’t find solutions on the training park.We have traditionally underperformed at World Cups. The problems always started with preparation. So here we are again at the midpoint between World Cups and we are torn between the agendas of a struggling coach and Irish rugby.Emmet O’Rafferty is a former second row forward for Leinster and chairman of Top Security which operates a security business in Ireland and South Africa.What do you think?Can Fergus McFadden kick it? If only it were that simpleIf Deccie’s stuck for an out-half, he might want to check the Irish police rugby team HE TURNS 36 tomorrow. He has played for 13 years, won 128 caps, a Grand Slam and two Heineken Cups. He is not playing well and has been omitted from the squad for the French game with just Italy coming after that. The World Cup is two years away, by which time he will be 38.Having dropped him from the squad there is now a rush to the microphone to assure Ronan O’Gara and the rest of us that he is very much a part of the squad and could easily play a role against Italy.What planet are these people on? They’re not fooling us and they’re certainly not fooling Ronan O’Gara. If they focused as much attention on the players who are going to be there for the next five or six years and worried about their mental wellbeing, they’d be far better off.Ronan O’Gara is a strong enough character and experienced enough to handle whatever Declan Kidney or anyone else throws at him. In fact, what they are doing is patronising.  He has been a remarkable and enduring influence on Irish rugby during that period. The record books speak for themselves. But all good things have to end sometime.The important question for me here is “What is going on with the management? Where are their heads? What is their focus?”The French game is vital for Declan Kidney and for Irish rugby but for different reasons. If Declan Kidney is to survive he must win. Irish rugby needs to be thinking about the World Cup in terms of this match. These differing agendas are a big problem.From an Irish rugby perspective,there are not that many games between now and the World Cup against the top four or five nations. These are the ultimate test and every one is an opportunity.This weekend’s match against France is one such occasion. Should we be bold in our selection with nothing left to play for this season? Definitely.And then I saw the team.Indecision at outhalf and tighthead prop. You can’t build towards a big game when the players don’t know who is going to be pulling the strings on Saturday. If Paddy Jackson is struggling with a hamstring I don’t think it wise to risk him. He is trying to find his feet at this level and he needs to be confident and assured without any niggling doubts. If he was an experienced international and key to proceedings, it might be different.This is not the case. The opposition will be well aware of his hamstring and therefore realise that it brings limitations in terms of threatening the line and particularly the range and accuracy of his kicking. If I were the French backrow, I know where my focus would be.last_img read more

Dark clouds shadow the future of ethnic media

first_imgIn light of Fairfax’s and News Limited job cuts and restructuring, the fate of foreign media in Australia is looking towards a similar bleak future. As the downward trend for print media continues, there is a lot at stake if ethnic media doesn’t move to other more profitable platforms. Neos Kosmos managing director, Christopher Gogos is very accepting of the online route ethnic media is taking. “We’ve put a lot more resources into our online content. It’s now possibly a bigger audience than our print editions. The next stage for us is to look at other online mediums.” Neos Kosmos is one of the few Australian foreign media who has expanded to social networks like twitter and facebook. There is new hope for more exposure and subscriptions with mobile platforms and tablet applications. Tony Kazzi, the editor of El Telegraph, the largest Lebanese and Arab tri-weekly newspaper in Australia feels there is a bleak future for all ethnic media if they don’t adapt. Even though the paper has increased by 11 per cent over two years with the introduction of online content and a daily newspaper, the editor doesn’t see the paper having a safe future. “There is no immigration now. The immigration has stopped. When the people who read us get old after 10 years, I think we will have a disastrous future,” Kazzi says. With a lack of funding from the government in recent years, the fate of commercial ethnic media seems to rely on its diminishing niche audience. With more than one in five Australians citizens now from an ethnic background it would seem the target audience should be increasing. Sadly for foreign language newspapers, the migrants who have the language skills to read journalistic writing are ageing. Kostas Nikolopoulos, deputy editor of Neos Kosmos is realistic about future growth. “There is no renewal of the population, hence our market doesn’t grow bigger”, he says. He mentions that for the first time there are more second and third generation Greek Australians than Greek born Australians. With second and third generation Australians preferring to get their international media from other sources like the internet and more global news networks, the audience for local ethnic media is not renewing. Like mainstream media, restructuring and new additions will chase a bigger market and will provide much needed revenue. Shifting to online has many foreign media outlets in Australia reach community members directly and raise more revenue via advertising. Surak Doungruapana, editor for Thai Oz, the first Thai newspaper in Australia has seen more than 500 hits a day on his website in addition to a wide circulation. He says the paper still rests on their newspaper work but “now includes more on the website”. Without finding a successful way to monetise online content, both mainstream and ethnic media might be looking towards introducing online subscriptions. Fairfax is set to introduce subscriber only content on their website, and News Limited papers have already introduced paid subscriptions. For ethnic media, the options could vary. As many online hits come from overseas users, papers could introduce paid entry for overseas users. For Paola Rossetti, the editorial assistant for Italian newspaper Il Globo, sees the future of the paper directly linked to the community’s changing interests. “It depends a lot on how the community will evolve,” she says. Staying ahead of consumer demand is a tough job when funding from the government is lacking. Two years ago the then Labour State government promised ethnic media $1 million funding if re-elected. That never happened and the funds never reached impoverished media groups. The purpose of ethnic media might have changed over the years – from a reliable source of the happenings in a newcomer’s home country to a comprehensive snapshot of the ethnic community’s issues – but its importance has not. Ms Rossetti believes there is much to be loved about ethnic media. “As long as we cherish the view of Australia as a multicultural society, then I think that in that context the ethnic media has a very important role to play,” she says. As advocates for different communities in Australia, ethnic media is an integral part of our multicultural landscape. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Blazers cant catch Nuggets fall 116112 in Game 4

first_imgPORTLAND — The Denver Nuggets have been good at bouncing back all season.Not even a draining four-overtime defeat could keep this team down.Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second straight triple-double and fourth of the playoffs, and the Nuggets evened their Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers at 2-2 with a 116-112 victory Sunday.It was less than 48 hours after Portland’s epic 140-137 quadruple-overtime victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series. It was only the second game in playoff history that went to four OTs. The other was in 1953.“I think it’s not quitting. We have a lot of competitive guys who don’t want to lose. I think we don’t want to lose more than we like to win — which is weird,” Jokic said. “We just didn’t want to have the excuse that we lost because of four overtimes, because we were tired.”Jamal Murray led all scorers with 34 points and made all 11 free throws for the Nuggets, who handed Portland its first postseason loss at home this season. The series now heads back to Denver for Game 5.CJ McCollum had 29 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for the Blazers, who missed out on taking a 3-1 lead in a conference semifinals for the first time since 2000.last_img read more

Former Government Deposited Monthly Subvention to JFP Hospital GT Bank MD

first_imgBy Mamadou DemMr. Ayodele Bolaji, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, yesterday revealed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission that the former government used to deposit money in one of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital accounts on a monthly basis, as subvention for the hospital.But before Mr. Bolaji’s testimony, Mariama Ndure-Njie, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Works, yesterday testified before the Commission in relation to the State aircrafts. Mrs. Njie, who is the only PS at the Department of Works, explained that she was appointed in January 2017; that they had an update from the Gambia Civil Aviation (GCA) regarding the fleet of aircrafts at the request of the ministry. According to her, there was a cabinet conclusion that they should sell the fleet and the date of their meeting was on the 19th September, 2017. At this juncture, she read out a report of the conclusion of the cabinet meeting. She noted that the ministry recommended that they should set up a taskforce to sell the aircrafts and the members of the taskforce were the Office of the President, Ministries of Finance and Justice, Gambia Civil Aviation Authority and Gambia International Airline (GIA); that the taskforce was set up for the disposal of the aircrafts, and it was set up on the 16th October 2017; that an evaluation was also done. Mrs. Njie further stated that they had a list of five aircrafts from GCA; that C5 RTG is currently due for heavy checks and there was a potential buyer; that they were furnished with the assessment of the aircraft but not their value; that they were not abandoning the evaluation but were waiting for the taskforce to make an assessment.She then named the list of aircrafts that were assessed by the GCA and the Ministry as GAF Boeing 727 100, C5 GOG, Boeing B727 100, C5 AFT and Challenger CL 601. Air tractors, such as C5 DOA and C5 KSE were also included.She however stated that she was not aware that the one in Germany was included in the sale.According to her, the DG of GCA wrote an update regarding the status of the aircrafts on the 11th December 2017; that she did not know whether an advertisement was made for the disposal of the aircrafts. Documents relating to the disposal of the aircrafts were tendered and admitted as exhibits.Further testifying, the witness said their Ministry did not have a copy of the agreement prepared by the Ministry of Justice in relation to the sale of the aircrafts; that the Director General of GCA in his update, outlined that Omega Company offered to buy the Jet Fighter and the air tractors to the tune of €100,000 while another Company by the name West Africa Service, changed from their initial offer from €100,000 to €240,000. She finally testified that the Ministry is now waiting for the DG of the Gambia Civil Aviation to come up with a valuation of the aircrafts.In his testimony after Mrs Njie, Mr. Bolaji of the Guaranty Trust Bank said the Jammeh Foundation for Peace account was opened on the 5th February 2006, and the signatories were Kebba Manneh, Cherno Camara, Mr. Jassey, and Dr. Alieu Gaye among others; that the account is still operating and they got a court order to freeze it. He revealed that there were three- dalasi accounts and the first account was funded from monthly subventions deposited by government while the second savings account were payments from patients and the third one was a current account.He testified that the bank received a letter informing them about the change of name of the hospital to Bundung Maternal Child Health Hospital. Documents relating to the JFP accounts were tendered and admitted in evidence.Bolaji further stated that there were two other dalasi and a dollar account for JFP; that the first transaction on the dalasi account was on the 27th November, 2015, which was frozen; that the last transaction was 4th January 2016, leaving a balance of D1, 119.06 while the balance for the dollar account was $8,340; that the first transaction on this account was on the 30thOctober 2015, and the last transaction was on the 5th January 2016.According to him, there was a total deposit of $200,000 which was converted to dalasi; that the balance in the dalasi account was converted to dollar on the 4th January 2016, and the sum of $40,000 was withdrawn by one Yamundow Njie; that on the 3rd January 2017, the sum of $200,000 was transferred to CBG’s account in sequence and was converted to dalasi.Bolaji disclosed that they got instruction to transfer D3, 000,000 to JFP account on a monthly basis. He is expected to provide the Commission with all the debit transactions on the dollar account. According to him, another dalasi account was opened on the 22nd of April, 2009 while another one was opened on the 11th July 2015; that a dollar account was also opened on the 24thJanuary 2015, and there was a total deposit of D28, 869,260.20 making a balance of D323, 274.78; that the last transaction was on the 15th March 2016. He said on the 8th of February 2017, the sum of D452, 950 was transferred to Trust Bank and $9,000 was deposited in the Dollar Account, now Bundung Maternal and Child Health Care and the signatories are the staff; that this account is still operational.Account opening information, statements of accounts and some transactions for both JFP and PEGEP were admitted as exhibits.Sitting continues today.last_img read more

Lawmakers to Discuss BRAC Installation Issues in FY16 Defense Policy Bill

first_imgThis year’s defense authorization bill almost certainly won’t give DoD the green light it wants to hold a new BRAC round, but it could help the department build its case that a new round is needed.The House version of the annual defense policy bill calls for DoD to prepare a 20-year force structure plan for each service and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The Senate draft does not contain a similar provision, however, and so it is not yet clear if the House language will remain in the final bill.The fiscal 2016 authorization bill will be highlighted on Wednesday, June 24, when several members of the congressional Armed Services committees address the Defense Communities National Summit during the Congressional Keynote Briefing. One of the featured speakers will be Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and one of the few lawmakers who has backed the Obama administration’s request for a new base closure round.Smith, however, has proposed a number of reforms to the base closure process to ensure that implementation costs for a new round are reasonable and that the recommendations yield significant savings within five years.Most recently the debate in Congress over the authorization bill has focused on the GOP strategy to rely on DoD’s war account to bypass the statutory spending caps. On Tuesday, the Senate rejected a Democratic effort to stop lawmakers from authorizing the use of tens of billions of dollars in extra war funds to bolster the Pentagon’s FY 2016 budget.Following the vote, it’s not clear whether Senate Democrats will try to block the annual policy bill, S. 1376, from advancing in the chamber. Afterwards, Democrats vowed to stop the GOP from going ahead with its strategy to offer the Pentagon budget relief by adding funds to its overseas contingency operations (OCO) account while ignoring domestic agencies by blocking progress on spending bills.“I don’t know what will happen,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters when asked whether Democrats would filibuster the bill if the vote failed. “I think I know what our plan is on appropriations; it’s not as clear on defense authorization,” he said, reported the Hill.Tuesday’s vote took up an amendment from Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), ranking member on Senate Armed Services, which would have restricted the use of $38 billion added to the OCO account unless Congress lifted the discretionary spending caps on defense and non-defense spending. S. 1376 authorizes a total of $89 billion for the OCO account; the Obama administration had requested only $51 billion.“There are many good reforms in the NDAA but they are compromised by the inefficient, irresponsible OCO budget gimmick,” Reed said in a written statement. “Sending the president a bill to veto just leads to more government by crisis, and another partisan legislative cliff,” Reed added. Prior to the vote, John McCain (R-Ariz.), Senate Armed Services chair, urged senators not to make the authorization bill a “hostage” for a dispute over spending.“The NDAA is a policy bill. It can’t solve the Budget Control Act,” McCain said. “It deals only with defense issues, and it doesn’t spend a dollar.”The budget framework adopted by congressional Republicans for FY 2016 endorses the strategy of relying on the OCO account as a way of meeting the total dollar amount of the president’s budget request for DoD without adjusting the Budget Control Act limits. But Democrats in both chambers, along with the White House, have opposed the maneuver in a bid to bring the GOP to the negotiating table.“We shouldn’t wait to solve this problem. We need to get to the table now and work together to eliminate the threat of sequestration, just as every single military leader has asked us to do,” Reed said.  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 11 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At University Of

first_imgDURHAM, NH — The following Wilmington students have been recently named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire:Highest HonorsDaniella AlmeidaMatthew DiorioMaryanna DiRupoHolly DoyleRyan WilliamsHigh HonorsAbigail ChaseMegan HydornKatelyn NewtonHonorsDanielle GianatassioMolly O’SheaThomas MageeStudents named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.About The University of New HampshireThe University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.To learn more about the opportunities at the University of New Hampshire visit: http://www.unh.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of New Hampshire via Merit.))Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 14 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of New HampshireIn “Education”11 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UNHIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Saint Anselm CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

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first_imgUtah: A wildlife rescue in Northern Utah is commending a man who found a creative way to rescue an abandoned baby bird while out drinking with friends. Staff at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah (WRCNU) say they received a call last weekend from a man who “had a few too many” alcoholic drinks but discovered a baby lesser goldfinch struggling on the ground. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Another FIRST you WILL NOT BELIEVE!!! 😳 What do you do when you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, but you’ve “had a few too many?” 🤪 WELL, this rescuer called an UBER driver! pic.twitter.com/SvJO6dHE25— WRCNU (@WRCNU) July 2, 2019About an hour later the bird arrived at the centre by itself in an Uber. Staff later learned that the man had called the car as he was too intoxicated to drive. Center director Dalyn Marthaler says the bird who they nicknamed “Petey” was thin and dehydrated when he arrived. He says the bird should be released into the Utah wilderness in a few weeks.last_img read more

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first_imgSteph Curry is on the verge of winning his third NBA title and is already likely headed for the hall of fame, but before global celebrity and championships, he was the most famous student at Davidson College in North Carolina.In addition to leading the small college to the doorstep of the Final Four, Curry also dabbled in low budget student produced TV, starring in The Davidson Show. The show is mostly him and his buddies hanging out around campus, but also features a groundbreaking rap about the cafeteria food and some comedy sketches. Steph also admits to volunteering for orientation duty to scope out the incoming freshman ladies.This is genuinely forgettable, but the internet never forgets. Here’s a best of….last_img

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first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Dominica, Kempinski Share DOMINICA — The sun-soaked island of Dominica is getting its first five-star resort, courtesy of Kempinski Hotels.Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica, the hotel group’s second Caribbean venture, is scheduled to debut on Oct. 14, 2019 with 151 guestrooms and suites ranging from deluxe and superior rooms, to two-bedroom duplexes and villas. There’ll also be a 4,585 square-foot Presidential Villa featuring dedicated butler service, a private lobby entrance, two bedrooms, a dining room, private spa room with sauna, an oversized terrace for dining and a private pool.Other selling points of the luxury property include three restaurants that serve both local and international cuisine: the signature Cabrits Market restaurant where diners can enjoy interactive buffet stations; the Kweyol Beach Café, a modern spin on the traditional Creole beach bar; and Bonsai for Pan-Asian cuisine that includes everything from sushi and satays, to Thai curries and sashimi.For a nightcap, guests can watch the sun set at Rumfire Bar, where an expert mixologist will prepare both classic cocktails and original creations featuring local Caribbean rums.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAlso planned is an 18,000 square-foot Kempinski Spa where guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor wellness experiences and a comprehensive menu of treatments inspired by the local culture.And for those staying for business or milestone occasion, Cabrits will offer more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including beach, pool and lawn venues as well as three meeting rooms, a boardroom and an outdoor amphitheatre. An events team will be on hand to assist in choosing the right venue and menus based on party size and preferences.On what the new resort means to the hotel company, General Manager Michael Schoonewagen said: “Bringing this project to fruition is another remarkable milestone for Kempinski Hotels. We are especially proud of this property because it will give travellers the chance to experience Dominica like never before by bringing together the timeless opulence of Kempinski with the destination’s pristine, untouched landscape to create a transcendent experience where luxury meets nature.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterGuests are invited to book their stays now to receive one complimentary night when staying a minimum three nights, including daily gourmet breakfast. For more information go to www.kempinski.com/Dominica/Cabrits.center_img Kempinski Hotels to open Dominica’s first 5-star resort << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 23, 2019 last_img read more

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