APTN National NewsAs APTN National News reported Tuesday, an OPP officer is currently under suspension after leaving a man on the side of a highway outside Red Lake, Ont.Stanley Fiddler was forced to walk several kilometres home.The practice is often called a starlight tour.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out, the pleasant-sounding phrase hides a grim reality.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fallout from sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein continued Wednesday as the disgraced producer was hit with a new lawsuit, lost an honorary degree and his former company forced to sell off a major film asset because of the scandal.Weinstein and his former company were hit Wednesday with a proposed class action lawsuit that targets what it called the producer’s “casting couch” harassment and abuses. The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court by an unnamed aspiring actress who claims Weinstein harassed her in a building occupied by his former company, Miramax, also names The Weinstein Co. as a defendant and accuses its leadership of being complicit in Weinstein’s systematic harassment and abuse of women.Representatives for Weinstein and the company did not respond to messages Wednesday seeking comment.The company is reeling from the allegations against its co-founder, and on Wednesday announced it had sold the distribution rights to its biggest upcoming release, “Paddington 2.” Warner Bros. will now release the film, which is based on late author Michael Bond’s famous “Paddington Bear” stories.“Paddington” producer David Heyman earlier said he intended that the Weinstein Co. name to be “nowhere near” ”Paddington 2,” which was wholly financed by Studiocanal.Trustees from the State University of New York and the SUNY chancellor on Wednesday revoked the degree granted to Weinstein in 2001. He was an English major at the University at Buffalo from 1969-1973.In a statement, the University at Buffalo says Weinstein’s alleged conduct is “inconsistent” with the values and policies of the university and “contradicts the spirit of the honorary degree” and “undermines the accomplishments” that were cited to bolster the awarding of the degree.It is the latest honour lost by Weinstein, who has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and received lifetime bans from the television academy and producers guild.Dozens of women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, while actresses Asia Argento, Rose McGowan and others have accused the Oscar-winner of raping them.Weinstein’s representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex, but no charges have been filed.Weinstein, 65, is being investigated by police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London.The harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein have led to numerous women coming forward with allegations of harassment and abuse against powerful men, including actor Kevin Spacey, numerous entertainment industry executives and politicians in the United States and abroad.Actor Terry Crews named a talent agency executive he said groped him, likening the experience on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning to being a prisoner of war. Crews said he felt emasculated by the incident, and he has filed a police report.The scandal in Hollywood has prompted Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to establish a task force to handle any forthcoming criminal complaints. The advocacy group Women in Film also plans to make a help line and panel of pro-bono legal experts available beginning next month to provide counselling, referrals and legal advice to harassment victimsThe Workshop production company announced Wednesday it will begin work this month on an eight-part documentary series that will be called “Shame: The Story of Sexual Harassment in Hollywood.” The project aims to explore issues starting with the “casting couch mentality” that dates back to the days of silent films. It will stretch from the disgrace of “Fatty” Arbuckle nearly a century ago to modern-day offenders like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, shining a light on how actors, directors and producers have routinely used their power to engage in unsolicited, abusive behaviour.___AP Film Writer Jake Coyle and Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy in New York and AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
One in three people is now covered by at least one life-saving measure to limit tobacco use, according to a United Nations report which highlights the progress over the past five years of reducing potential smokers through advertising bans and awareness campaigns.According to the report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013, the number of people covered by bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship increased by almost 400 million since 2003, bringing the total number of people covered to 2.3 billion.In addition, the report shows that 3 billion people, most of which live in low and middle-income countries, are now covered by national anti-tobacco campaigns, most of them.However, the report, which was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), notes that to achieve the globally agreed target of a 30 per cent reduction of tobacco use by 2025, more countries have to implement comprehensive tobacco control programmes.“If we do not close ranks and ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, adolescents and young adults will continue to be lured into tobacco consumption by an ever-more aggressive tobacco industry,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “Every country has the responsibility to protect its population from tobacco-related illness, disability and death.” Tobacco is the leading global cause of preventable death and kills 6 million people every year. It can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. By 2030, WHO estimates that it will kill more than 8 million people every year.Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are one of the most powerful measures to control tobacco use. As of today, 24 countries with 694 million people have introduced complete bans and 100 more countries are close to a complete ban. However, 67 countries currently do not ban any tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities.“We know that only complete bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are effective,” said Douglas Bettcher, the Director of WHO’s Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases department. “Countries that introduced complete bans together with other tobacco control measures have been able to cut tobacco use significantly within only a few years.” The report also notes that more than half a billion people in nine countries now have access to appropriate services to help them quit smoking, 20 countries have put strong warning label requirements in place, and 32 countries passed complete smoking bans covering all work places, public places and public transportation. This last measure, WHO says, has proved to have the highest level of achievement, keeping hundreds of millions of people smoke-free.In 2008, WHO identified six evidence-based tobacco control measures that are the most effective in reducing tobacco use. These measures consist of: monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies, protecting people from tobacco smoke, offering help to quit tobacco use, warning people about the dangers of tobacco, enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and raising taxes on tobacco.
As I tabulated these averages, another trend became apparent: Week 1 blowouts have become more rare of late. There were 31 between 1970 and 1996, an average of 1.1 per season. But between 1997 and 2018, there were 15 — only 0.7 per season.What’s more, opening-week blowouts used to be much stronger indicators of success. Before 1997, teams that delivered a Week 1 walloping won almost twice as many of their subsequent games as their victims did, and the victors went on to make the playoffs a whopping 83.9 percent of the time. Keep in mind that the wild-card round wasn’t introduced until the 1978 season, so earlier teams had a shorter road to the Super Bowl. Still, it’s impossible not to see the chasm in the postseason returns of blowout winners and losers: The difference in win percentage is much smaller in recent years than in the older sample.4The average win percentage for Week 1 blowout winners is now .144 higher than blowout losers. Prior to 1997, the difference in win percentage was .305. In fact, the number of Week 1 blowouts has been so small in recent years that we run into sample size concerns; the 6.7 percent rate of Super Bowl appearances for blowout winners and losers since 1997 represents one team each.Ideally, we would only examine blowouts that took place after the 2002 realignment, as that standardized divisions and playoff seeding across the league. That leaves us only nine data points, but the resulting gap between the winners’ win percentage (.531) and the losers’ (.438) continued to shrink.So what happened? Why did winning a season opener by 30-plus points before 1997 give an NFL team about a 5-in-6 chance of making the playoffs, but winning teams after that have had worse than even odds? Why did the blowouts occur more frequently than once a year over that first stretch, and significantly less often since?It’s probably a confluence of several factors, rather than any one switch being flipped. The advent of free agency in the early 1990s, a slate of player-protection rules passed a few years later and the concurrent evolution of more dynamic, three-wideout offenses all contributed to more seasonlong parity between teams despite more in-game scoring volatility.But there are still reasons to believe that a 59-10 drubbing means something. Only a handful of modern-era teams have been blown up in Week 1, as Miami was, and gone on to have any kind of success. Even though dominating a team in Week 1 isn’t nearly as strong an indicator of success as it used to be, Baltimore is still likely in decent shape for this season. Oh, and the Ravens are all but certainly better than the Dolphins.Then again, if any of these trends were ironclad, Milloy and the Bills would have won Super Bowl XXXVIII while Tom Brady and the Patriots watched from their couches.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Blowout losers.367126.96.36.199.0 Share that made it to … Blowout winners.62871.7%65.2%32.6%21.7% Blowout losers.39620.013.313.36.7 Blowout winners.54046.7%33.3%20.0%6.7% Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Blowout winners before the last 20ish years did even betterAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1970-96 TeamYear-end Win %PlayoffsDiv. RoundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Blowout winners.67183.9%80.6%38.7%29.0% Share that made it to … Share that made it to … The Baltimore Ravens’ 59-10 Week 1 demolition of the Miami Dolphins seemed to mark the arrival of Lamar Jackson as a complete quarterback, the establishment of the Ravens as serious AFC contenders and a death knell for the Dolphins — who reportedly had a flurry of players turn in trade requests the night of the loss.1The Dolphins have denied this. But other than dropping Miami from being tied for 31st to dead last in the FiveThirtyEight Elo rankings, did the third-biggest Week 1 beatdown since the AFL-NFL merger actually mean anything?Back in 2003, the Buffalo Bills baited the football-watching world into a massive Week 1 overreaction when they walloped the rival New England Patriots, 31-0. The win came with a neat narrative — new Bills safety Lawyer Milloy was surprisingly released by the Patriots in the preseason— and seemed to signal a changing of the guard in the AFC East. But the Bills finished the season 6-10, out of the playoffs — and the Patriots won 17 of their next 18 games, including the Super Bowl.Both participants in the biggest Week 1 blowout ever, the 1973 Atlanta Falcons’ 62-7 win over the New Orleans Saints, missed the playoffs. Meanwhile, Washington shut out Detroit 45-0 in 1991, only for the teams to meet again in the NFC Championship Game.2Notably, Washington blew Detroit out again, 41-10, to end up in the Super Bowl.So we know there’s no guarantee that the winner of a Week 1 blowout will have a better season than the loser. But how have the teams on either side of the ledger fared overall? We looked at all Week 1 blowouts — any game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger in which the margin of victory was at least 30 points3This doesn’t include the three blowouts that took place Week 1 of this season, as we don’t yet know how the teams involved will finish. — to see what the Ravens and Dolphins might expect for the rest of their seasons, if history proves a guide.Across the 46 games in question, it’s inescapable: Teams that opened their season with a statement victory had, on average, a higher regular-season winning percentage — and advanced farther in the playoffs — than the teams on the receiving end of a blowout. A total of 38 of the 46 blowout winners finished with a higher winning percentage than the losers did. But of course, if blowouts were both more frequent and more significant before 1997, that means they’ve been less frequent and less significant since: TeamYear-end Win%PlayoffsDiv. RoundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Blowout losers have been catching up in the last 20ish yearsAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1997-2018 Blowout losers can make the playoffs, but more winners doAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1970-2018 Blowout losers.376188.8.131.52.2 TeamYear-end Win %playoffsdiv. roundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com
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. Georgia Jones died after taking two pills at the Mutiny Festival in PortsmouthCredit:Facebook His comments on drugs echoed those of Miss Jones’ mother Janine Milburn who revealed her daughter had taken two pills before her death. “If nothing else I hope what has happened to her will deter you from taking anything ever,” she wrote on Facebook.The pair were among 15 revellers admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital from the event that night, with organisers issuing a warning of a “high strength or bad batch” of drugs. The family of a father who died at a festival along with a teenage girl has criticised security as it was claimed that the pair could have taken super-strength “Green Heineken” ecstasy pills. Tommy Cowan, 20, and 18-year-old Georgia Jones died after falling ill within 20 minutes of each other at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth on Saturday night.Both of their families have now pleaded that their deaths be a lesson to others.Damian Cowan, 43, said that he had held his son’s hand as he died, adding: “It’s no good saying ‘don’t do drugs’, all I can say is ‘take this on board, look what’s happened, if you want to end up that way, carry on’.”If you don’t, don’t even think about it.”He told Sky News that he had been told that security at the festival this year was “really bad and lax” as he called for tougher checks on those entering events. The second day of the festival, which Craig David and Sean Paul were due to headline, was cancelled as a “safety precaution”.Witness Sam, 20, said that people at the festival were taking ecstasy tablets nicknamed “Green Heinekens” which were strong. He told the Mirror: “I saw the girl on the ground being treated by paramedics, it was a horrendous sight, she was in a very bad way.“We had not heard anything about any drug warning, but as soon as people started getting ill it was blamed on the Green Heinekens.”The festival organisers said in a statement: “The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today…”Enquiries are being made into the circumstances of what has happened, but we must reiterate our advice to all our customers to responsibly dispose of any substances.”A 20-year-old man from Havant, a 20-year-old from Waterlooville, and a 22-year-old man from Cosham are currently being held in custody after being arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, Hampshire Police said. Please RT – Please RT – Please RT pic.twitter.com/JjdZpuWYuO— Mutiny Festivals (@MutinyFestivals) May 26, 2018 They were not known to each other and police are not treating the deaths as suspicious, but have since made three arrests in connection with the supply of drugs.
‘Significant concerns’ as only half of Garda reform targets have been met – Policing Authority There had been an increase in assaults, robberies, and very little progress in tackling hate crime, the report said. Short URL Garda Commissioner Drew Harris following a meeting with the Policing Authority at Dublin Castle. https://jrnl.ie/4606036 THE POLICING AUTHORITY has criticised An Garda Síochána for failing to make progress on over half of its targets relating to reforming the police force.The Authority questioned the “realism and quality of planning” undertaken, as a third of the initiatives were off target by March. “It is the Authority’s view that many of the issues this year were not just predictable but predicted, and that the Garda Síochána itself was aware from the start of the year that the Policing Plan was extremely unlikely to be fully delivered,” the report said in its conclusions.The Policing Authority’s full report into the Garda Síochána’s performance in the implementation of the Policing Plan for 2018, it found that half way through the year, that half of the aims were already off target, and by the end of the year 61% was off target. Source: Policing AuthorityAlthough the Authority praised the organisation for “exceeding” targets in identifying suspects and victims in online child sexual exploitation, and in organised crime seizures, there had been an increase in assaults, robberies, and very little progress in tackling hate crime.The report said that almost all the detection targets were missed and that the Gardaí’s Economic Crime unit was under-resourced.The following issues were also of “significant” concern to the Policing Authority: By Gráinne Ní Aodha 24 Comments Apr 25th 2019, 9:04 AM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Recruitment of gardaí fell significantly short of targetRedeployment of gardaí to the front line fell significantly short of targetResources and capacity continued to be a major barrier to achieving objectivesPerformance management for gardaí and staff members is not yet embedded in the organisation.In the area of Road Policing, the report praised that last year was the lowest year on record for road fatalities, but said that there had been a “considerable increase in the number of serious injuries on the roads”. But the report also highlighted the “significant progress made in strengthening governance within the Garda Síochána in 2018″, and said that one of its greatest sucesses was in the protection of children.Last year, 798 probationary Gardaí have been recruited, and 258 Gardaí have been redeployed to front-line duties since 2016.It also said that the issue of data and how figures are used within An Garda Síochána is ongoing, and that the organisation is working with the CSO to try to make improvements.“The issue of data quality has become synonymous with particular aspects of policing – breath tests, homicide and more recently youth referrals,” the report said. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris following a meeting with the Policing Authority at Dublin Castle. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 11,684 Views Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 9:04 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Les radars tronçons bientôt mis en place sur les routes de FranceFrance – Le ministère des transports a décidé d’équiper nos routes de nouveaux radars, afin de passer sous la barre symbolique des 3.000 morts par an en 2012.Le principe des radars tronçons est simple : calculer la vitesse moyenne de circulation des véhicules sur une distance variant de 5 à 30 kilomètres. Deux radars tests ont déjà été mis en place sur l’A10, au nord d’Orléans pour sensibiliser les automobilistes. On ne sait pas encore si les prochains auront un rôle préventif ou répressif.À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteSi les automobilistes peuvent ralentir à l’approche des radars fixes actuels, il sera plus difficile de duper ce type d’appareils. Le ministère des transports affirme que c’est un moyen d’obtenir plus de sécurité sur les routes, en évitant les freinages dangereux. Le gouvernement souhaite avant tout diminuer le nombre de morts sur les routes d’ici 2012. En France, en 2009, 4.262 personnes sont décédées dans un accident de la route. Les radars tronçons sont déjà mis en place en Angleterre, Allemagne, Italie, Norvège, Autriche ou Espagne.Le 26 janvier 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrin
Don de sperme : l’Académie de médecine contre la levée de l’anonymatAlors que le projet de loi de bioéthique prévoit notamment la levée éventuelle de l’anonymat concernant le don de sperme, l’Académie de médecine a fait savoir qu’elle était totalement opposée à cette proposition.Le 20 octobre dernier était présenté au conseil des ministres, le projet de loi de bioéthique. Celui-ci propose, entre autres, la levée de l’anonymat concernant le don de sperme, une mesure qui pourrait concerner près de 1.300 enfants chaque année, conçus grâce à un don de gamète. Une mesure à laquelle l’Académie de médecine se dit totalement opposée, expliquant qu’il s’agit là d’une proposition dont les conséquences n’ont pas été mesurées. Ainsi, le fondateur des Centres d’études et de conservation des œufs et du sperme (CECOS), Georges David, explique à l’AFP : “Nous mettons le doigt dans l’engrenage de ‘qui est de qui'”.De son côté, le biologiste spécialisé dans la reproduction, Pierre Jouannet, explique son point de vu : “Je suis un fervent défenseur de l’accès aux origines, la difficulté est de savoir de quelles origine on parle”. L’homme avance qu’un enfant né d’un don de sperme n’est pas simplement un enfant au père anonyme, mais plutôt l’enfant d’un couple qui a connu des problèmes de procréation. Et d’ajouter : “Il n’est pas clair que la levée de l’anonymat puisse résoudre le mal-être de quelques dizaines d’enfants sur les 50.000 nés d’un don de sperme”. Le président de l’Académie de médecine indique de son côté que la préservation de l’anonymat est un “véritable dogme” en France, dogme auquel il ne faudrait pas toucher. De plus, en levant l’anonymat des donneurs, la France risque de voir les couples demandeurs se rendre dans d’autres pays où l’anonymat est assuré, comme cela se passe en Suisse. De plus, le nombre de donneurs pourrait également être revu à la baisse s’ils peuvent se voir confrontés un jour aux enfants qu’ils ont engendrés.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Kim Dotcom reste en liberté sous cautionMalgré les craintes des gouvernements néo-zélandais et américain, la justice kiwi a décidé que le fondateur de MegaUpload ne retournerait pas en prison.L’enthousiasme exprimé par Kim Dotcom lors de sa victoire contre la justice américaine n’était donc pas sans fondement. La justice de Nouvelle-Zélande a décidé, malgré les efforts des gouvernements néo-zélandais et américain, de rejeter la demande de remise en détention du fondateur de MegaUpload. Les magistrats kiwis n’ont pas jugé crédibles les arguments quant à la possibilité de l’existence d’argent caché par Kim Dotcom pour fuir le pays et sa justice, explique Zdnet. Il restera donc en liberté sous caution, assigné à résidence et dans l’obligation de porter un bracelet électronique. Il ne retournera pas derrière les barreaux jusqu’à sa prochaine audience, qui se déroulera en août. Cette dernière devrait le fixer sur une éventuelle extradition vers les États-Unis, où il risque jusqu’à 50 ans de prison. Le 29 février 2012 à 19:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito says that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will sack Julen Lopetegui after Tuesday’s match against Viktoria Plzen, irrespective of what happens in that game.“Lopetegui will coach Madrid this Tuesday and it all points towards him not doing so at the Camp Nou. Mourinho is the favorite for the board and the club is thinking about appointing Solari until Mourinho is free to return to the Spanish capital. Solari would be a temporary option,” said Pedrerol via Managing Madrid.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Roberto Martinez is also a candidate but Conte is also ahead of him,” added the reporter.Following the consecutive poor performance of the team, it looks obvious that Lopetegui’s time as Real Madrid’s coach is coming to an end. It seems as though Madrid has decided to be patient and wait until right after El Clasico next Sunday as to decide the fate of Lopetegui’s future. The only victory for Madrid over Barcelona could save Lopetegui.
Last month ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program sent Sergio Serna Saldivar to El Salvador to meet with millers, bakers and extruded snack producers. WISHH Program Manager for Latin America Liz Hare joined Serna in his meetings. The team met with a flour mill that processes 6,500 tons of wheat and 4,500 tons of corn per month to discuss the value of adding soy to their finished products. The company has requested soy flour samples and will be conducting trials with their products.The team also met with an industrial manufacturer of snack foods that currently produces seven snack products and is looking to expand. Serna explained that the inclusion of soy flour in their products could increase the protein by up to 25 percent. This company and a large scale bakery have also requested soy flour samples and will be conducting trials with their products.WISHH meets with an industrial manufacturer of snack foods in El Salvador to educate about the value of soy inclusion in their products. (WISHH photo by Liz Hare)
An Indiana man is now charged with murder in the death of Anchorage resident Cynthia Hoffman in early June. Prosecutors say he allegedly tricked a group of teenagers into murdering Hoffman by promising them millions of dollars in exchange for images of the killing. Brehmer and Leyland are due in court Tuesday. Federal, state and city authorities said they would make an announcement about the case Tuesday afternoon. Police followed a tip to Brehmer and McIntosh, who was the first arrested. The charging document says detectives searched Brehmer’s phone and discovered child pornography and the connection to Schilmiller in Indiana. Hoffman was killed June 2. Police found her bound with duct tape, shot in the back of the head, in the Eklutna River near Thunderbird Falls. Prosecutors say there was no evidence she was sexually assaulted. “Once Brehmer realized she had been cat-fished by Schilmiller, she ultimately admitted to being solicited by Schilmiller to commit the murder and that the murder was planned,” prosecutors wrote in the recent bail memorandum. Leyland is charged separately with sexually abusing a minor. Schilmiller also faces related child pornography charges in federal court. Prosecutors wrote in the charges for that case that Schillmiller had directed Brehmer to take sexually explicit photos of two minor victims and told her to record videos of child sexual abuse to send to him. Brehmer is charged with first-degree murder in Hoffman’s death, along with 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh, whom police say pulled the trigger, and 19-year-old Caleb Leyland, who allegedly provided a car. A recent indictment adds Schilmiller and two unnamed juvenile defendants. According to a bail memorandum filed Friday, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller posed as a millionaire named “Tyler” online, using another person’s photo in a scheme known as “cat fishing.” The bail memo says Schilmiller offered 18-year-old Denali Brehmer $9 million or more to “rape and murder someone in Alaska.”
The Punjab National Bank unearthed a Rs 11,400-crore fraud at its Kalagodha branch in Mumbai.ReutersShares in Punjab National Bank slumped as much as 8 percent on Thursday, its second straight day of fall after the lender “detected some fraudulent and unauthorized transactions” at a branch in Mumbai.Four big jewellers – Gitanjali Gems, Ginni, Nakshatra and Nirav Modi – are under the scanner of various investigative agencies following the bank’s declaration of a $1.8 billion fraud.But this isn’t the first time that the Indian banking industry faced a scam of such an epic proportion.Bank of BarodaIn 2015, two Indian businessmen – Manmohan Singh Sehgal and his son Gagandeep Singh Sehgal — were arrested for illegally laundering money worth Rs 245 crore from Bank of Baroda to entities in Hong Kong through shell companies.The accused had made fake accounts at the state-owned bank and these accounts were used to remit funds to shell companies in Hon Kong, the lender said in a statement.The investigations surfaced that nearly Rs 6,000 crore was sent from India to Hong Kong for import of cashew nuts, pulses and rice, but nothing was imported.Infact all the money was deposited in 59 bank accounts of several companies.State Bank of IndiaThe retired SBI officials in 2015-16 entered into a criminal conspiracy with Shreepavi Constructions and sanctioned loans to ineligible people.The scam caused a loss of Rs 13.77 crore to the erstwhile State Bank of Mysore, which has now been merged with SBI.Axis BankTwo Axis Bank managers – Shashank Sinha and Vinit Gupta – in 2016 helped the cash hoarders deposit close to Rs 40 crore in several bank accounts and transfer funds online.The money was being laundered using the banking channel through entry operators, including a chartered accountant, and shell companies.Allahabad BankSenior bank officials of the state-owned lender released loan of Rs 3.5 crore to bogus firms in 2006.Investigations revealed that the loans were taken under forged names from the bank’s Jankipuram branch in Lucknow.Indian BankFormer chairman and managing director of Indian Bank abused his position and entered into criminal conspiracy in the matter of availing and sanctioning letters of bank guarantees, overdraft facilities and term loan facilities in favour of PJ Pipes.Following investigation, M Gopalakrishnan was sentenced to 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 70 lakh for causing a loss of more than Rs 8.7 crore to the public sector bank between 1987 and 1992.
Stay on target For quite a while, science fiction on TV was a tough sell. Hell, even the original run of Star Trek barely made it three seasons. There are quite a few reasons for that. First off, to convincingly depict the world of the future you need to have a budget, and for decades TV shows just didn’t have that kind of money. Second, the serial nature of TV drama means that you can’t just have one big idea — you need to have enough to keep viewers tuning in episode after episode. So for much of the 80s and 90s the closest we got was semi-futuristic procedural dramas like Automan.But then, something changed. Star Trek returned with The Next Generation, and the rise of cable meant that there were new avenues for all kinds of programming. Into this brave new world stepped a writer named J. Michael Straczynski, who had worked on He-Man, Twilight Zone and Murder, She Wrote. He had an idea for a different kind of science fiction show, one that demanded to be watched in order and told a massive, galaxy-spanning story. And, amazingly, he got it made. 25 years ago this month, Babylon 5 had its post-pilot series premiere and laid the groundwork for where TV sci-fi would go.So what made Babylon 5 so important, and why is it worth re-watching today, awful CGI and all? Read on, dear geek, and we’ll explain.The StoryFirst, a quick geeksplainer if you’ve never watched the show. Babylon 5 was set on a space station of the same name set up by Earth’s government to serve as a trading and diplomacy hub. Ten years after a war with the alien Minbari that humanity barely survived because the other side mysteriously surrendered, the crew of the station is still wrestling with that defeat and keeping the peace.Eventually, we learn that all of this conflict is in service of a long-spanning battle between two ancient races, the Vorlons and the Shadows, who are both tasked with helping younger species evolve through conflict. Having lost sight of that original goal, the two civilizations instead manipulate for their own petty victories.This is a horribly reductionist summary, of course — there was a lot going on in each episode of Babylon 5, from the political machinations of the Centauri to the rising xenophobia back on Earth and the interpersonal relationships on the station. Episodes are dense and reward multiple viewings. Now let’s figure out how they got that way.The BackstoryStraczynski wrote the series bible way back in 1989, while working on live-action kids show Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. The gimmick of that series was that a tie-in toy from Mattel would interact with the screen using a mechanism similar to the NES’s light gun. Not the highest concept. But he and his co-writers imbued it with some remarkably mature concepts, including the death of a main character. They were already reaching for something bigger, and that work inspired the throughline of Babylon 5.The cards were stacked against the series from the beginning. Babylon 5 was pitched as a five-season show with a clearly defined beginning and end. This was unheard of anywhere outside of soap operas — sure, every once in a while a prime-time drama would do a two-parter, but more often than not TV series had no inter-episode continuity to make things easier for new viewers. But this would not be a show for the casual fan.Finally, Warner Brothers bit. They were launching a new syndicated network — PTEN — in 1993, and needed programming for it. With a budget of a million dollars an episode, it was a big risk, so the studio attached a caveat: if the pilot movie broke a certain ratings threshold, they’d commit to a series. It did, and they were off to the races.The RulesWith his dream project, Straczynski knew he’d have one shot to do things differently. He wanted to do for science fiction what Hill Street Blues had done for cop shows in the 80s — bring them out of the world of procedurals and car chases and into a deep, rich examination of characters and their world. He banned a number of tropes from the series — one famous edict was “no kids, no robots” — and maintained a staggering amount of control over the show, writing 92 of the 110 episodes that aired. And the other scribes were no slouches – Peter David, Neil Gaiman and Harlan Ellison all wrote for the series.He also understood the many vagaries of writing for television. At any time, an actor could get a better deal or get sick of spending hours in the makeup chair every day and leave the show. So Straczynski wrote every character with a “backdoor” that he could use to write them off in a way that was consistent with the show’s premise. The level of control he had over the story paved the way for the modern showrunner era.But he wasn’t a dictator – one of the most interesting aspects of the show is the input he took from the actors who played the space station’s various resident aliens. There’s a great story from this oral history of the show where actor Bill Mumy suggested an arc for his character Lennier and Straczynski folded it right into the narrative without pause, knowing that it would deepen the narrative even further.Scrappy ProductionTo make budget, the show had to cut corners every way it could. Instead of a fancy studio, the production filmed in a former hot tub factory that was built out to contain interior sets. The show was one of the first to use extensive CGI instead of models for space scenes, which allowed them the freedom to shoot multiple angles. That said, the CGI looks incredibly primitive today and is upscaled for modern TVs badly.Things got even tougher when the show premiered — Paramount had put Deep Space Nine into production, which had not only a higher budget and the backing of a classic franchise, but a very similar premise. Comparing the two shows was inevitable. Even worse, after the show’s fourth season, network PTEN shut down, causing the producers to have to scramble to find a home for the fifth and final year.But with adversity comes strength, and the team behind Babylon 5 was as close as any in the business. A staggering 75 percent of the crew of the show that was there at the beginning of Season 1 was still there at the end of Season 5, and very few of the main actors moved on to greener pastures while it was filming.The LegacyBabylon 5 is now streaming in its entirety on Amazon Prime if you want to see it for yourself. I’m midway through my own rewatch and it’s funny how much of it found expression in later sci-fi shows. One of the most obvious is Battlestar Galactica, which did many of the same things — wrestling with an ancient mythology unknown to the major players while still telling compelling, human-scale stories built around the personalities of its characters. And, of course, it’s tough to find any prestige drama that doesn’t think about season-long — and multi-season — arcs in telling its stories.Keep in mind, if you watch, that the show doesn’t really pick up steam until midway through Season 2, and the scriptwriting definitely seems like a relic of a different time before Buffy made us expect sharp, witty dialogue from all of a show’s players. It all feels a little stilted and theatrical. But it’s definitely worth the ride, and once you’re in you won’t be able to quit until the show’s remarkably moving climax. It’s amazing that a low-budget show that lost its network halfway through was so influential on the genre, but a solid plan can make up for a lot of other stuff.More on Geek.com:2019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This Year11 Real Sci-Fi RecipesThe Best Sci-Fi on Netflix Streaming Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm…
The Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive may not be around anymore, but that doesn’t mean that games aren’t still being produced for it. For the past four years, game developer WaterMelon Corp has been working hard on creating a classic beat-em-up style game for the Genesis. Paprium (which was once known as “Project Y”), is described as a “post-apocalyptic, outrageous, street brawler,” by the developer. As you’ll see from the trailer below, Paprium looks exactly like something gamers would’ve played on the Genesis.Here is a breakdown of the game as listed on the official Paprium website:“Year 8A2, somewhere at equidistant point between Shanghai, Tokyo, and Pyongyang, a Megapolis rose from ashes of the shortest but most devastating nuclear war in history, its name is PAPRIUM. BRUTAL, MASSIVE. You will fight your way through the city with Tug, Alex, and Dice. Redefine the word justice, deal with the BLU drug temptation, and more importantly: STAY ALIVE!”AdChoices广告Parium will come in an 80-MEG Genesis cartridge. It will feature over 25 levels and more than five playable characters. The game will sport 60 frames-per-second and “advanced 16-bit visuals.” The title supports two-player co-op and will have multiple game modes.There will be two editions available: the limited edition and classic edition. Each of these will include the 80-MEG cartridge and a full-color instruction manual that will be packed into an old-school Genesis game box. There will also be posters, stickers and “a bunch of other surprises.” Paprium will be available in the USA, Europe, and Japan. It is region-lock free, so you’re allowed to play it on any Genesis/Mega Drive system regardless of its country of origin.And because all of that wasn’t enough, WaterMelon Corp will also release the Grandstick III. Since Paprium, is a classic arcade brawler, playing it with a fight stick makes perfect sense. The controller will have high-quality SANWA x WM switches, a clicking joystick with eight buttons, and dual connectivity with Genesis/Mega Drive and USB. The Grandstick III will have a snazzy stainless-steel aluminum case.Dust off that old Genesis and get ready for Paprium when it is released on September 16, 2017. For more information, make sure to visit the official Paprium website and WaterMelon Corp Facebook page.
Doordarshan has a great new series on offer for its audience. The television series Nazarya Nazariya will feature real-life stories of visually impaired and blind achievers in India across various fields. Renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah to be a part of the weekly television series, which will air every Saturday at 9:30 to10:00 am. Each episode of the television series will feature real-life stories of blind and visually impaired achievers whilst addressing diverse themes throughout the course of the 13 part series. The themes will range from education, employment, business, art and culture including marriage and relationships. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on his association to the cause and television series, Shah said, ‘When I did Sparsh in the early 1980s, I had the opportunity of interacting with several visually impaired individuals. I realized that the problem is not with the Nazar it is with the Nazariya.’India houses over 63 million visually impaired people. Most of these people are often marginalised, not given equal opportunities for education, career and employment; they are also ill informed, and not stimulated to explore their potential. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe blind and visually impaired community is often viewed as liabilities as opposed to potential human resource for a developing country, says Shah. ‘What is important here is that people like you and me need to break away from the societal stereotypes and commonly held perceptions about disability and success or happiness. This is the main message that we are trying to drive through this television series and we hope that we are able to achieve this goal by reaching out to more and more people of this country.’
As of August 2015 Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai will begin a partnership with OTT to offer those in the travel trade the opportunity to embark upon e-training courses focusing on the resort.Rewarding benefits for those taking an OTT course on Atlantis, The Palm include an increase in product knowledge and a boost in sales confidence and potential.Upon completion of the training, members will receive a certificate and additionally will be entered into prize draws as part of an incentive programme, giving participants the chance to win trips to Atlantis to further enhance their training experience.With tourism growth in Dubai set to increase by seven to nine per cent annually and a target of 20 million visitors by 2020, in depth training of the travel trade becomes vital in the coming years to ensure continued tourism growth.Kyp Charalambous, director of international leisure sales commented: “As Atlantis, The Palm is such a vast destination it can be tricky to truly bring the experience of a stay or visit to the resort to life if you’ve never been here.“We therefore hope that our new partnership with OTT and our engaging training modules will help to bring a stay at Atlantis to life and really allow the travel trade to get to grips with what makes an Atlantis experience so memorable and unique.“We also look forward to inviting members over to see the resort on incentivised visits, to enable us to enhance their knowledge and ensure Atlantis, The Palm is as unforgettable to them as it is to any guests who walks through our doors.”
British bases authorities said on Tuesday that since 2014, their clampdown on illegal casinos had seen more than €100,000 paid in bail money, close to €31,000 in cash seized, 10 people imprisoned and 30 others receiving significant fines for illegal gambling.The bases said that all illegal casinos operating within their jurisdiction have now been closed.“This announcement, which also includes the donation of 30 computers to local schools, marks the culmination of a four-year clamp-down that began back in 2014 when a total of nine illegal casinos were actively operating under the radar within the SBAs,” the bases said.SBA Police Superintendant Dinos PetrouSpeaking at a news conference on Tuesday at the Akrotiri police station, Superintendent Dinos Petrou confirmed that the illegal activity had finally been eradicated after numerous operations by the police force.He said: “We have been working tirelessly for the past four years now to ensure that we close down all of these illegal casinos and today we are delighted to be able to confirm, that has now happened.“We have donated a considerable amount of police hours to combating this crime and through the outstanding work of our officers and with the help of our partners at the Cyprus Police, who have played a major role alongside us, we have been able to succeed and bring many offenders to justice.”Petrou also revealed during the media event that a number of the computers seized during these raids had been wiped clean and donated to Cyprus schools, including Kolossi High School, Trachoni Gymnasium and the 18th Primary School, Ayios Antonios in Limassol.“We seized close to 1,500 PCs, so as part of our community policing we decided to use them to benefit the local schools,” he added.“We have very good relationships with many of the schools both inside and outside of the SBAs, so we donated some of the computers to them to help with the students’ education.”Also at the press conference were representatives from three of the schools who received the computers and Mrs Maria Theofanous, the Headmistress of Kolossi High School was quick to thank the SBA Police and pay tribute to their dedication to helping the local communities.She said: “I would like to give my sincere thanks to the Sovereign Base Area Police of Akrotiri for the donation of the computers to our school.“The computers are used by our students on a daily basis since we have equipped most of the classrooms. Our cooperation as a school with the Sovereign Base Area Police of Akrotiri is in harmony on educational issues of our youngsters and for this reason we are all grateful.”SBA Police officials also confirmed that there remain two cases pending in the SBA Court from the most recent illegal gambling operations.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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