ED arrests Moin Qureshi in money laundering case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi, a childhood friend of former CBI Director A.P. Singh, on money-laundering charges in a case registered against them by the Central Bureau of Investigation.The CBI has accused Qureshi of accepting money from several people for getting them favours from public servants and politicians holding key posts in the government.“During investigation, certain facts have emerged which constitute omission and commission on the part of certain public servants holding high positions in collusion with Qureshi. Huge amount of illegal money was found to have been transacted,” said the ED.Qureshi extorted crores from a Hyderabad businessman for the help provided. He was also found involved in ‘hawala’ transactions through Delhi-based operators for money transfers to Dubai and then to Paris, London, the U.S., Hong Kong, Italy and Switzerland.Messages collected from the Income Tax Department revealed that Qureshi had taken a huge amount of money from different persons for obtaining undue favours. The messages were exchanged between him, the accused in other criminal cases, and also the persons who wanted to seek undue favours from the other investigating agencies, the ED alleged. “This way, he obtained huge amount of money in the name of government servants and political persons holding public office. The said public servants illegally got the money for themselves or through their kin,” it said.An analysis of the messages retrieved from the mobile phones of Qureshi and his associates revealed that ‘hawala’ operators were allegedly used to transfer bribe money to different foreign locations, like France and the United Kingdom.The agency said that from the premises of another ‘hawala’ operator in South Delhi, huge amounts of unaccounted cash were seized in the same case.The ED is also probing the alleged foreign exchange rule violations by Qureshi, whom it has questioned multiple times in the past. In all, two cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act have been registered against him. He is already being investigated by the Income Tax Department under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act.PTI adds..Mr. Qureshi has been questioned multiple times in the past by the agency, after it registered two FIRs under the PMLA. In the latest FIR against him this year, Mr. Singh has also been named.The earlier PMLA case against Mr. Qureshi was booked by the ED in 2015, based on an Income Tax prosecution complaint.The meat exporter is also facing probes by the I-T department and the CBI for alleged tax evasion, money laundering and corruption among others.The I-T Department is probing Mr. Qureshi under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 as probe led it to few foreign assets owned or held by the meat exporter and his family in an alleged illegal manner as they were not declared or reported to Indian tax authorities.The case emerged after the tax department first carried out searches against Mr. Qureshi and his firm in February 2014.last_img read more

Meghalaya Congress stays off shutdown

first_imgThe Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court, too, had given a similar ruling.The Congress, though, has appealed to the civil society to support the bandh against fuel price hike by other parties including the Left. Congress leaders would be carrying out a protest march in State capital Shillong in the afternoon.The media in Meghalaya too did not carry news on bandh calls. This follows a high court ruling in May 2015 restraining the media from publicising the statement of organisations calling bandh, strike, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies in State.“In case of violation of this order, the court may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but it is also directed that the State government shall register criminal cases under appropriate provisions of the law,” the court had said.The court had later approved former chief minister Mukul Sangma’s plea to set up special courts to try cases related to shutdown calls. He had also pushed for compensation to be paid by organisations calling shutdowns.Elsewhere in the Northeast, the bandh evoked mixed response while it had no impact in Nagaland. There were no reports of violence during the first couple of hours of the shutdown.last_img read more

Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS

first_imgMarc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Go USTe! Pido Jarencio ecstatic as Growling Tigers return to UAAP Finals

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress “#GoUSTe!”– Coach Pido after Northport’s win vs. NLEX Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pido Jarencio doing the “Go USTe!” chant at the post-game interview.MANILA, Philippines–It was a good night for coach Pido Jarencio as his current and former teams bagged pivotal victories Wednesday night.Fresh from NorthPort’s 102-94 victory over top team NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the former UST mentor also celebrated the Growling Tigers’ return to the UAAP Finals.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics READ: UST eliminates No. 2 UP, roars back into UAAP Finals vs AteneoBefore ended his post-game interview, Jarencio belted out the iconic “Go USTe!” chant and congratulated UST, which conquered a twice-to-beat disadvantage against University of the Philippines to enter the finals against Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis #PBALabanKungLaban— PBA (@pbaconnect) November 13, 2019UST survived UP, 68-65, in the knockout game at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Jarencio leaves door open for UST: ‘I’m just here’ ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Team Philippines send-off for 2019 SEA Games Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Incidentally, Jarencio was the coach of the Growling Tigers when they faced the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals in 2006. He led the team to a Cinderella run to the championship in just his first year at the helm.This year’s Growling Tigers are also in the middle of a magical playoff run, rising from No. 4 in the stepladder and overcoming three knockout games to reach the finals.NorthPort, meanwhile,  boosted its playoff chances by ending the Road Warriors’ five-game winning run. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ashes 2017, 5th Test: Usman Khawaja, David Warner put Australia in strong position on Day 2

first_imgUsman Khawaja inched closer to his first century in over a year as skipper Steve Smith became the second fastest to the 6,000th runs mark in the longest format of the game.The pair helped Australia reach 193-2 at stumps on second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.The hosts are 153 runs behind England, after some big hitting by the lower order helped England reach a competitive 346 earlier Friday, Australia had an early set back before half centuries by David Warner and then Usman Khawaja helped place their team strongly in its push for a 4-0 series victory.Steve Smith brings ups 6000 runs in Test cricket! What a player #MagellanMilestones (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018Australia went through Friday’s last session without losing another wicket and had Khawaja, nearing his first Test century since November 2016, unbeaten on 91. Smith contributed an unbeaten 44 to the 107-run third-wicket stand.WATCHKhawaja struggled early to find any rhythm, particularly against spinners Moeen Ali and Mason Crane, but survived to raise his 50 off 107 balls just after tea with a six straight down the ground off Ali.Usman Khawaja with the sublime shot down the ground to bring up his half-century and earn the #PricelessShotOfTheDay! @MastercardAU #Ashes (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018Shortly after, Smith tallied his 6,000th Test run in his 111th innings, joined West Indies great Garfield Sobers as the second fasTest to reach the mark. Only Don Bradman reached 6,000 runs quicker, from just 68 innings.advertisementEngland resumed at 233-5 and lost its last specialist batsman, Dawid Malan (62), early in the morning session to a spectacular one-handed catch by Smith at second slip of Mitchell Starc (2-80).Australia spurned easy opportunities to thwart England’s rally, including two dropped catches in the space of four balls to give both Curran (39) and Moeen Ali (30) reprieves.Ali’s second chance was brief, however, with Cummins (4-86) having the allrounder caught behind soon after to leave England at 294-7.Broad and Curran, playing just his second Test, combined to guide England past 300 and kept swinging the bat in an entertaining 41-run partnership, before Curran popped a catch to Bancroft at short leg off Cummins.Broad made 31 off 32 balls with a boundary and two sixes before mis-timing a sweep shot to be caught by Smith off Lyon (1-86).Mason Crane was the last wicket to fall, run out in his Test debut, just minutes before the scheduled lunch interval.After lunch, seamer Broad (1-28) bowled opener Bancroft for a duck with his second ball, but Australia responded with Warner scoring his third half-century of the series as part of a 85-run partnership with Khawaja to steady the innings.As Australia appeared to be gaining a strong grip on the conTest, Jimmy Anderson (1-25) struck minutes before tea to have Warner caught behind for 56 off 104 balls, with five boundaries.Australia won the first three Tests convincingly to regain the Ashes, and the fourth Test was drawn last week in Melbourne.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Tony Parker Says He’s Retiring From NBA After 18 Seasons (Video)

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker’s impressive career is over.Parker announced Monday he’s retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision.“It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!” Parker tweeted. “Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!”?? It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey! Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team.Thank you for everything!— Tony Parker (@tonyparker) June 10, 2019Parker played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Charlotte Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’s loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an “amazing career.”“It has been a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old,” Popovich said on a USA Basketball conference call Monday. “I have watched him develop as a player and human being and as a business man.”Parker started 1,151 regular-season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game. He also played in 226 playoffs games, averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists.He won NBA titles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 2007.FILE – In this June 14, 2007, file photo, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker (9), from France, holds the MVP trophy after the Spurs won their fourth NBA Championship with a 83-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Cleveland. Spurs owner Peter Holt celebrates, bottom right. Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he’s retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard played 17 said on Twitter Monday, June 10, 2019, that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an “incredible journey.” He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)Parker had one year left on his contract with the Hornets but was not a major part of Charlotte’s rotation late last season. He hinted after the season that he might be done playing, so the retirement announcement did not come as a surprise.Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak congratulated Parker on a “remarkable career.”“His impact on the game of basketball and the path he laid out for international stars have no equal,” Kupchak said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the year he spent with us here in Charlotte and we wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter of his life.”Hornets coach James Borrego said Parker is a Hall of Famer.“I have never known the NBA without Tony as a part of it and I’ll truly miss him,” Borrego said. “Tony’s leadership, his presence and his dedication to winning made an impact on shaping me and I’ll always be appreciative of him. I know our organization in Charlotte is grateful for what he brought to us in our year together. I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to retirement.”A member of the French National team, Parker was the FIBA Europe Player of the year in 2013 and 2014 and the league’s top scorer in 2011 and 2013.By: Steve Reed, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Touch Football in NRL Videos

first_imgMorris turns sight on RaidersJosh Morris speaks about the Canterbury Bulldogs  but reminisces about winning a NSWTA Junior State Cup title with the Kiama Stingrays. Johnson’s amazing skillsShaun Johnson has produced some quality football in his career thus far, but it all began with a similar game, touch footy. NRL and Touch Football join forcesThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. Touch Football has gotten many mentions in the media and enclosed are some videos of these interactions.Sydney Morning HeraldTouch and tackleSonny Bill Williams playing touch footy with singer Jessica Mauboy and other NRL stars to promote the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia. Canberra RaidersNRL & Touch Football Australia join forcesRaiders CEO Don Furner and ACT Touch representatives Tim Spence and Rebecca Beath discuss their excitement surrounding the announcement that the NRL and Touch Football Australia has joined forces. Smith on Touch Football and ASADANRL CEO David Smith says the alliance between NRL and Touch Football Australia is an important step in growing the game. The Phil Gould ShowInjuries across the competition, the partnership with Touch Football Australia and Sam Burgess’ “squirrel grip Rugby LeagueSignificant point in history: MaguireTouch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire speaks about the alliance between the NRL and Touch Football Australia. North Queensland CowboysCowboys welcome touch partnershipThe Cowboys have marked the historic sporting partnership between the National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia by inviting four of the north’s best touch players to NRL training at Cowboys HQ LinksTouch in NRL Videoslast_img read more

Everyone’s Making The Same Jim Harbaugh Joke After Urban Meyer’s Retirement

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Everyone is making the same joke about Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh following Urban Meyer’s decision to retire from coaching after Ohio State’s Rose Bowl game against Washington on New Year’s Day.The joke: Harbaugh finally has a chance to beat Ohio State.Even a major Michigan newspaper, the Detroit Free-Press, is getting in on the fun.“Merry Christmas, Jim Harbaugh! Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is retiring,” the newspaper wrote this morning.Merry Christmas, Jim Harbaugh! Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is retiring. My instant column via ⁦@freepsports⁩— Jeff Seidel (@seideljeff) December 4, 2018While jokes are being made, there’s a serious side to this Harbaugh story, too.Michigan and its head coach have no more excuses – he has to beat Ohio State.Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel summed this up, too:“Urban Meyer lifted the Big Ten up even as he completely dominated it. The champ is gone. No excuses now for Harbaugh, Franklin and the others,” he wrote.Urban Meyer lifted the Big Ten up even as he completely dominated it. The champ is gone. No excuses now for Harbaugh, Franklin and the others.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 4, 2018Meyer went 7-0 against Michigan and led Ohio State to three Big Ten championships over the last five seasons.last_img read more

Luxury Graces Mainstream: BMW Will Provide Engines For Toyota’s Corolla

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 2017 Toyota CorollaBMW and Toyota’s collaboration could expand beyond their sports car project, according to a report by Left Lane News. Citing IndianAutosBlog, the auto news site says Toyota’s Corolla will get at least one engine from BMW for range-topping trims. The rumor is light on details, but suggests a turbocharged four-cylinder will slot under the compact’s hood. Neither Toyota or BMW has yet to comment on the reports.To this point, it was presumed BMW and Toyota’s cooperated efforts would be contained within the Supra successor/BMW Z4 project, but this report suggests there could be several co-developed vehicles. The sports car project will supposedly place a BMW engine within a Toyota-developed chassis, like the Corolla rumor, but whether BMW will have a hand in adjusting the Corolla’s suspension, brakes, or other performance characteristics is a mystery.While the partnership between a Japanese mainstream automaker and a German luxury brand makes sense for a performance car, a co-developed Corolla is a bit more odd. Then again, though the Corolla has always been among the best selling cars in its segment, its engine performance is consistently behind rivals. With the help of a BMW motor, the Corolla could sway buyers whose only complaint had been power.Whether the rumors prove true or not, the next generation Corolla will ride on Toyota’s new global platform that was first introduced on the new Prius. As we’ve experienced in the Prius liftback and Prius Prime, this new chassis is significantly improved in terms of ride quality and handling. Should a more potent engine find its way under the Corolla’s hood, the compact should offer a better challenge to Honda’s Civic and Mazda’s 3.Production of the new Corolla won’t commence until at least 2018, so expect more sources to confirm or deny these claims before then. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Video: IMO, IPIECA Team Up on Oil Spill Response

first_imgzoom ​The International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched its latest film at the International Oil Spill Conference 2014 (5-8 May) in the United States.The film shows – using dramatic on-location footage from an oil-spill simulation in Cameroon – how IMO and oil industry body IPIECA work together to help create resources and expertise in parts of the world  least able to cope with the disastrous effects of a spill. IMO, May 16, 2014last_img

Public Hearing on Confidentiality of Rate Filings

first_imgN.S. INSURANCE REVIEW BOARD–Public Hearing on Confidentiality ofRate Filings The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board wants to hear frominsurance companies and other interested parties on the issue ofconfidentiality of documents filed with the board. Based onsubmissions presented, the board will make a decision on whatinformation should be held in confidence. The hearing will take place on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If necessary, it will continue onFriday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in thehearing room at the Utility and Review Board offices, 1601 LowerWater St., 3rd floor, Summit Place, Halifax. The board’s practice and procedural guidelines allow for hearingsto take place on issues of broad public interest. This hearingwill address information filed by companies as outlined in theboard’s disclosure requirements. For example, rate filings mustinclude information such as a company’s name, contact informationand proprietary information. A full list of the disclosurerequirements is available on the board’s website . All written submissions will be posted on the Nova ScotiaInsurance Review Board website and will also be available forviewing at the board’s office. Submissions must be filed with theboard’s office no later than Monday, Aug. 16. Those who would like to make an oral submission can do so byregistering in advance. The length of oral submissions is yet tobe determined, as it depends on the number of registrants at thehearings. Written submissions can be sent to the board by e-mail , by fax to 902-428-5781, or by mail to the NovaScotia Insurance Review Board, P.O. Box 697, Halifax, N.S., B3J2T8. For more information or to register, contact the board by phoneat 902-424-8685 or by e-mail at . The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board is in an independent,quasi-judicial board mandated to regulate automobile insurance inNova Scotia. The board is subject to the provincial Freedom ofInformation and Protection of Privacy Act.last_img read more

Priscilla Presley Named Humane Horsewoman Of The Year

first_imgPriscilla Presley was named 2014 Humane Horsewoman of the Year by The Humane Society of the United States at a ceremony held during the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.The award recognizes Presley’s dedication to ending the cruel practice of “soring,” which involves the use of chemicals and other devices to inflict pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses to produce a high-stepping gait for competitions.Presley worked tirelessly to raise awareness on the issue through the media and other speaking engagements. She traveled to Washington to urge Congress to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act and finally put a stop to this inhumane training method. Along with Elvis Presley, she owned several Tennessee walking horses and shares a deep appreciation for the breed’s graceful, natural gait.Each year, The HSUS offers the award to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s equines. Ending horse soring is one of the organization’s top priorities, along with other campaigns to protect equines from cruelty, neglect and slaughter.Source:Humane Societylast_img read more

Morocco Dismantles Five-Member Terrorist Cell

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has announced the dismantling of a five-member terrorist cell, on Saturday, across the country in the towns of Essaouira, western Morocco, and Sidi Alla Bahraoui, located 29.76 km (18.49 miles) away from Rabat.A release by the Ministry of Interior said the newly formed Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) – dubbed as Morocco’s FBI by the media – dismantled a terrorist cell formed of five members who pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization ISIS.The release noted that BCIJ made the arrest of three members of this cell, in a house in Essaouira, in possession of 4 automatic guns, one sub-machine gun, 7 tear gas bombs, a large amount of explosives and swords. The cell was allegedly active in the cities of Beni Mellal, Sidi allal Bahraoui and Tinzouline (Province of Zagora), and was planning on carrying out a series of attacks across Morocco, before joining the military ranks of ISIS.The release said the suspects have been detained for questioning and will be brought to justice once the investigations finish.Morocco, which is on guard against deadly attacks of the type carried out by IS in Tunisia, prides itself on being a bastion in North Africa against Islamist extremism. Some steps to ensure this continuance have included the creation of anti-jihadist units and training of imams to preach tolerance. read more

Cenovus Energy operating earnings fall miss estimates in second quarter

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) said Wednesday it remained committed to shipping an increasing amount of oil by rail, saying it’s convinced it can move the liquid safely despite the train disaster in Quebec that claimed dozens of lives.“We continue to believe that crude oil can be moved very safely by rail and what it does is give us access to a variety of niche markets that will help us to be able to optimize our overall realized pricing,” chief executive Brian Ferguson said in a call with analysts after releasing disappointing second-quarter results.“There is an ongoing investigation into the root cause of the accident and why it was so catastrophic.”Ferguson, who called the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., earlier this month “truly a very tragic situation,” but said Cenovus still aims to finish 2013 shipping 10,000 barrels per day by rail and increase that to 30,000 barrels a year later, as the fates of contentious pipeline projects remain undecided.“Safety in all of our operations of paramount importance to Cenovus, and we will continue to make sure that we do absolutely everything that we can to ensure that every barrel that we produce and every barrel that we transport is done in a very safe fashion.”The Calgary-based oil producer posted lower second-quarter profits on Wednesday as it recorded a couple of usual items related to its light oil assets and to a hit to its refining operations because of higher crude costs.Its shares fell five per cent or $1.66 per share on the Toronto stock market to $30.59.Cenovus had $255 million or 34 cents per share in operating earnings and a $179-million net profit in the second quarter, both down from a year earlier and well below analyst expectations.The operating earnings were 14 cents below a consensus estimate of 48 cents. In the second quarter of 2012, Cenovus had $284 million or 37 cents per share of operating earnings and $397 million of net profit.The company said its second quarter upstream results benefited from stable production, rising oil prices and a narrow light-heavy differential compared with first quarter.Cenovus also posted strong results from its refining operations, it said, adding that it anticipated the rest of the year will continue to experience volatile oil prices, but is confident its reliable oil growth, downstream integration and flexible conventional programs will prop up financial performance.The impact from the Calgary flooding was “very minor” for Cenovus’ operations, chief operating officer John Brannan said, and resulted in a loss of about a thousand barrels a day for the quarter.“The impact was limited to some temporary shut-ins in southern Alberta and a few interruptions at our oil sands assets,” said on the call.Cenovus said its total oil output was up 10 per cent from a year ago but it recorded a $57-million expense related to the sale of its Shaunavon light oil assets, announced late in the quarter and completed in July.The company also incurred a $46 million exploration expense related to another light oil play in Saskatchewan, and recognized a one-time $63 million pre-exploration expense related to an early-stage farm-in opportunity within its conventional business.Ferguson declined to provide details of the $63-million writedown, saying only that it related to a farm-in on its conventional oil operations.“Due to the contractual nature of the farm-in, I am not at liberty to give any additional details on it. I can tell you, and you have my assurances, that there is nothing else to come on this,” he said. “We decided to take a conservative approach, we have fully written off in the quarter the entire obligation.”The company also announced updated guidance for operating costs at its oilsands operations, which produce a heavy type of crude. The new range is between $3 and $3.30 per barrel, up from between $2.70 and $3 in the previous guidance.It’s also planning a maintenance shutdown at its Foster Creek development in September. Cenovus was created in 2009 when Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) spun off its oil and refinery assets from its natural gas business.Most of Cenovus’ production comes from the oilsands, where steam is used to extract the bitumen from deep underground.Its Christina Lake and Foster Creek developments are part of a 50-50 joint venture with Houston energy giant ConocoPhillips. read more

BC miner RB Energy files for creditor protection

VANCOUVER – RB Energy Inc. said Tuesday it has filed for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The Vancouver-based miner says the filing through the Quebec Superior Court will help it achieve an orderly restructuring of its business and operations.Terms and conditions of the restructuring have not yet been determined.RB Energy owns Aguas Blancas, an iodine producing mine in northern Chile, and the Quebec Lithium Project near Val d’Or.RB Energy shutters Quebec lithium mine as financing failsOn Oct. 8, the company said it was unable to secure the funding needed to maintain operations and had halted work at its Quebec Lithium Project.For the three months ended June 30, the company said it earned a net profit of $1.3 million, or a penny per share.The company had lost the same amount in net profit and share price in the same quarter a year earlier. read more

In joint message top UN officials reaffirm importance of press freedom

With journalists facing increasing danger as they cover conflicts around the world, top UN officials have used the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to decry acts of violence against media representatives and reaffirm the vital importance of press freedom for human progress. “In each of the past two years, more than 50 journalists have been killed while covering violent conflicts,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a joint message released in advance of the Day, which is traditionally marked on 3 May. This year’s observance is devoted to the question of terrorism and media freedom. The UN officials stressed that, increasingly, such deaths were not the result of war’s accidents, “but the outcome of a deliberate targeting of journalists by those seeking to prevent media exposure of their criminal, corrupt or terrorist activities.””Terrorism all too often includes violent attacks on reporters and publishers, including assassinations, abductions, torture and bombings of media offices,” they said, adding that journalists have human rights like anyone else. “Press freedom is an indispensable dimension of that wider freedom of expression that is each person’s birthright and one of the foundations for human progress.”In a separate message, the President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, also underscored the dangers faced by journalists in zones of conflict or crisis, and urged “State and non-State actors alike to take all measures possible to make the media profession a less dangerous one.”The UN will observe World Press Freedom Day in New York tomorrow with a panel discussion on such issues as national and international security vs. freedom of the press, televised coverage of terrorism trials, and the safety of journalists. Among those slated to participate are high-level UN officials and correspondents from Al-Jazeera, Court TV, CNN, The New York Times and The Times of India. There will also be a screening of a videotaped interview with Mariane Pearl, the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. read more

UN refugee chief to visit Afghanistan Pakistan and Iran

The new head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday begins his first official visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, where his office has assisted 3.5 million out of the more than 4.4 million Afghans who have returned home from the two host countries since 2002, the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.High Commissioner António Guterres, who assumed his position this past June, plans to travel first to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he has meetings scheduled with several Afghan Government officials and UNHCR staff to discuss the repatriation and reintegration operation in the country, the agency’s largest. He will also be briefed about the longer-term prospects for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, which is crucial for any successful return programme, the agency said. On Wednesday, he will travel to the eastern city of Jalalabad, where he will visit recent returnees, UNHCR staff and local officials.Mr. Guterres arrives in Pakistan on Thursday for a two-day visit that is expected to include an inspection of UNHCR’s emergency operations for the victims of the devastating 8 October earthquake, as well as meetings with several senior Pakistani Government officials, donors and UN and non-governmental organizations.More than 3 million Afghan refugees remain outside their country, mainly in Pakistan and Iran, where Mr. Guterres is scheduled to arrive on Saturday. In both countries of asylum, the High Commissioner will discuss with Government officials the future prospects for those Afghans who may wish to remain.He is scheduled to return to the Geneva headquarters of UNHCR on November 28. read more

Besiktas Mogaz set price of Karim Hendawy to high for RK Vardar

The Egyptian No.1 between the posts, Karim Hendawy, was an early-season target of one of the strongest teams in European handball – RK Vardar Skopje. The Macedonian champions want to find replacement for Serbian goalkeepeer Strahinja Milic, who left the team due problems with kilos at the start of pre-season. However, it will be hard to find a proper quality as most of TOP goalkeepers are under contracts.Hendawy plays his second season at Besiktas Mogaz.The Turkish champions weren’t ready to let him out of the clu. Unofficially, the transfer fee was about 300.000. This sum was unacceptable for team from Skopje.PHOTO: France 2017 ← Previous Story IHF president Hassan Moustafa confirms: We think about 32 teams at World Championships Next Story → VIDEO: Dainis Kristopans is best goalscorer in SEHA history BESIKTAS MOGAZKarim HendawyRK Vardar Skopje read more

New York sues Trump for illegal conduct at family foundation

first_img Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 14th 2018, 4:54 PM Image: Susan Walsh/AP/Press Association Images 20,874 Views New York sues Trump for ‘illegal conduct’ at family foundation Trump dismissed the suit as “ridiculous”. Short URLcenter_img File photo of Donald Trump. File photo of Donald Trump. Image: Susan Walsh/AP/Press Association Images Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 4:54 PM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York’s attorney general said in a lawsuit as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.The Donald J Trump Foundation “was little more than a chequebook for payments from Mr Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic AG Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 million in restitution.The lawsuit says the foundation illegally helped support the Republican’s campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser in January 2016, then allowing campaign staffers to dictate how the money was spent in grants.Foundation attorney Sheri Dillon and a Trump Organisation spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. She still represents the foundation.Underwood’s predecessor, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, began investigating the foundation in 2016 following Washington Post reports that foundation spending personally benefited the presidential candidate. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in New York.The Trump campaign, at the time, said the foundation intended to cooperate with the investigation. The campaign had previously called Schneiderman “a partisan hack” who backed Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Trump dismissed the suit as “ridiculous”. “I won’t settle this case!” tweeted the US president, accusing “sleazy New York Democrats” of “doing everything they can to sue me”. 62 Comments By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

Astros Upcoming Breath of the Wild A10 Headset is a Thing of

first_imgAstro Gaming and Nintendo are two of gaming’s biggest brands. It comes as no surprise the two companies would come together to create a unique peripheral that fans of both their products would love. The all-new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild themed A10 combines Astro’s most affordable headset with symbols from one of gaming’s most beloved franchises. This new headset is specifically made for the Nintendo Switch.The new Nintendo Switch A10 headset features a stylish new black colorway with rich gold highlights and “classic” The Legend of Zelda iconography. It has full chat capability on Switch thanks to a new discreet chat cable. Like the original A10, the headset has a durable and highly adjustable headband, memory foam ear-cushions, and “precise” voice communications with the included omnidirectional mic. The headset works as intended whether you are playing the Switch in docked mode or on the go.“With our new wired headset for the Nintendo Switch, we celebrate the iconic gaming experience that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild delivers to a new generation of gamers,” said Cris “Soup” Lee, head of licensing & partnerships, ASTRO Gaming. “We worked closely with Nintendo to create a stylish, uncompromising audio experience, with a special new chat adapter designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch. With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, players can chat with their friends while playing compatible games at home or on the go.”Back in April of this year, Nintendo and Astro announced a multi-year agreement. This new The Legend of Zelda-themed A10 is the first product to come from this deal, but it certainly will not be the last. Expect a wide range of special edition headsets, speaker tags, and accessories based on other Nintendo properties like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. in the near future.I actually got to try this headset out while at E3. I’m a fan of Astro’s headsets, so this wasn’t a hard sell for me. Of course, all of the awesome Legend of Zelda art on the headset just makes it that much better. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild A10 headset is expected to release later this year. Expect a full review of the headset at that time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more