Prahlad takes charge as tourism minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday took charge of the tourism ministry and said his endeavour would be to take forward the work done in the sector in the last five years and break the stereotypes associated with Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh to promote it as a travel destination.Patel, a BJP MP from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, who has also managed the party’s affairs in Manipur, said more tourism opportunities are now opening up in Northeast region with “insurgency being reigned in”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe was interacting with reporters at his office in Transport Bhawan here, after taking charge as the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge). Asked what would be his priorities, Singh said, “I have just taken charge and will decide on that after assessing all the status of all the tourism circuits, religious or cultural, and then frame policies”. “But, as a minister I would endeavour to take forward the work done in the tourism sector by the previous Modi government and try to finish projects on or before stipulated time,” he said.last_img read more

Red terror strikes

first_imgRed terror struck Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district just 36 hours prior to the first phase of Lok Sabha election with five killed in a roadside bomb – an Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Maoist rebels. Amongst the casualties was Bhima Mandvi, BJP MLA, who was heading to a locality in the Maoist hinterland despite being advised against following an intelligence input regarding a possible Maoist attack. Bhima’s convoy was ambushed as the bomb reduced his car to scrap. A group of 20-25 Maoists opened fire on the convoy with security forces accompanying Bhima in another vehicle engaged in crossfire for at least half an hour before the Maoists retreated. The incident generated panic in the Bastar region as Maoists had outlined their call for boycotting the upcoming polls a few days ago, threatening people with adverse consequences if they exercise voting. The incident, an ambush in the Red zone against the establishment, stirred memories of a similar instance back in May 2013 where 27 people were killed including former Union Minister VC Shukla and Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma by the Maoists in Bastar ahead of the state assembly polls. The Maoist attack on Tuesday, however, does not come as a surprise following similar Red terror strikes that have shaken up the state terrorising the locals. Maoists, historically, have struck security forces in big numbers during polling months. Be it the single biggest attack against security forces in Tadmetla, Dantewada, back in April 2010, where 76 CRPF soldiers were killed in an ambush laid by nearly 1000 Naxals on hilltops or Darbha valley, again Dantewada, May 2013, where 28 people including top Congress leadership taken down, the Ultra-Left cadre has left the establishment distraught with their recurring efforts to seize power in the region. Bhima Mandvi’s convoy ambush is the 39th Maoist insurgency incident in the country this year coming days after suspected Maoist rebels – perpetrators of a decades-long war against the expropriation of their resources – executed five paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks in the state. These rebels have asked the locals to boycott the upcoming polls, not just in Chhattisgarh but the entire Red corridor. In an unexpected incidence, these Ultra-Left rebels extended support to Kashmiri separatists and militants who have a similar – struggle against the state – cause, calling a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. CPI(Maoist) circulated a 2-page press release on WhatsApp, urging villagers to boycott the polls and support them in establishing a People’s Council and spreading their aim to create a state within a state in the “liberated zone” entirely controlled by Maoists. The Maoist menace with their anti-establishment stance has, however, failed to influence the polling schedule. The Bastar constituency, where Dantiwada is located, will vote today in the first phase of the LS polls as planned. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith Maoist insurgency rendering an ugly situation in the Red Corridor over the years irrespective of UPA or NDA terms, the situation has ceased to improve. The contentious issue of insurgency in the Red Corridor prima facie appears to be a prolonged internal conflict between the establishment and the insurgents. However, BJP and Congress quarrelling over each other’s alleged collusion with the insurgents gives the internal conflict an ever bitter taste. Expectedly, a blame game ignited between the ruling Congress and BJP over Mandvi’s death with the BJP leaders alleging a conspiracy by Congress. Congress retaliated how Maoist control has proliferated from three to 13 districts in the state over the last 15 years owing to faulty BJP policies under ex-CM Raman Singh. A divided establishment only fuels the ambitions of the insurgents which is why years of counter-insurgency operations have only produced grievous outcomes. Civilians, security personnel, and insurgents, all have perished due to this uncontained Red Terror which often registers a spike during polling periods. It is certain that the election period is a most-ripe time for the Maoist rebels to highlight their objective and capability both through their violent engagements. The state and the Central governments have so far failed to appropriately tackle this internal crisis and one cannot help but notice the pattern forming of Maoist attacks coinciding with polling seasons. Mandvi’s death and the general insurgency by Maoists draws a sharp contrast to India’s recent achievement in strengthening national security with the BJP reiterating how India will bow down to no one when it comes to its integrity and national security. The national security narrative that BJP offers to everyone may be reduced to empty rhetoric in the face of Red terror which has plagued the country for a long time now. If the Modi dispensation strengthened India’s defence then the prevailing misery of insurgency returns an ironical slap on the nation’s stance over its integrity. We cannot boast of subduing threats and showcasing defence and space prowess when we have failed to combat insurgency for decades. The only way to remedy this is by establishing a comprehensive plan to eradicate Red Terror from the roots.last_img read more

TN govt committed to release of Rajiv case convicts CM

first_imgSalem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Monday said his government was committed to the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts and expressed hope the state Governor will act on the cabinet recommendation for setting them free. Palaniwami’s statement comes amidst renewed calls, both from the opposition and Tamil groups, for the release of the seven, serving life terms, after the Supreme Court recently disposed of a plea of the kin of those killed along with the former Prime Minister in 1991 opposing their release. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The kin had challenged the Tamil Nadu government’s earlier decision in 2014 to release the seven convicts. In September 2018, the state cabinet had adopted a resolution recommending to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of the seven. Speaking to reporters here, Palaniwami said the cabinet resolution was passed in line with public sentiment. “We wanted the seven to be released and that is why adopted a cabinet resolution and sent it to the Governor. The Governor has to decide (on the matter),” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “We took the decision based on public sentiment, adopted a cabinet resolution and sent it to Governor. We hope he will take action,” he added. On September 9, 2018 the AIADMK government recommended to Purohit the release of all seven convicts — Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini. Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally at Sriperumpudur near here on May 21, 1991.last_img read more

Tragedy of Somalia shames the world Turkish leader tells UN

“Today the international community is watching the suffering in Somalia like a movie,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the high-level debate of the General Assembly yesterday. “However, we should urgently face this situation which is a test to our humanity.”Mr. Erdogan said he witnessed the poverty and suffering of the Somali people during a visit to the country last month.“The tragedy of Somalia, where tens of thousands of children died due to the lack of even a piece of bread and a drop of water, is a shame for the international community…“No one can speak of peace, justice and civilization in the world if the outcry rising from Somalia is left unheard.”Turkey has launched an aid campaign for Somalia, collecting $300 million within the last two months. It also organized an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that resulted in more than $350 million in pledges, and has undertaken various projects, ranging from transport and agriculture to education and construction of roads, hospitals and schools.And by re-opening its embassy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Turkey has shown the world that claims of security challenges cannot be an excuse for delaying assistance, said Mr. Erdogan.In addition to alleviating the humanitarian situation, it is also necessary to act urgently to support efforts to build peace and stability in Somalia, he added. “As Somalia takes its well deserved place within the international community, the world will become a safer and more stable place,” Mr. Erdogan said.The Prime Minister also voiced Turkey’s “unconditional” support to the recognition of the State of Palestine, and called on Israel to take the necessary steps towards peace rather than building new barriers. Turkey, he noted, has never pursued hostile and confrontation policies against any other country, but has always acted on the basis of cooperation and friendship.“However, Israel has made a grave mistake against a country and its people,” he said, referring to the May 2010 incident in which nine people were killed during Israel’s interception of an aid flotilla headed for Gaza that originated in Turkey.An independent panel of inquiry examining the flotilla incident released a report earlier this month in which it found that Israel’s interception of the vessels was “excessive and unreasonable,” while the flotilla acted “recklessly” in attempting to breach the naval blockade.“Our demands from Israel are known,” said the Prime Minister. “Our position will not change unless Israel takes the necessary steps to redress its mistake and meet our demands.”Turning to Cyprus, he said that Turkey will continue to support a comprehensive and lasting solution to produce a united country, in line with the UN-backed negotiations, but will not let the future of the Turkish Cypriots remain uncertain forever.“At this critical juncture, we can also not accept any attempt by the Greek Cypriot side to act as if they are the sole representative of the island or have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots,” he stated.The attempts by the Greek Cypriot side to unilaterally determine maritime jurisdiction areas and to engage in oil and natural gas exploration activities in these fields are “extremely irresponsible” both in terms of timing and possible outcomes, the President added.Mr. Erdogan also discussed the Cyprus talks and the flotilla report, among various other issues, in a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday. 23 September 2011The Turkish Prime Minister has called for urgent action to help Somalia alleviate its humanitarian crisis and to build peace and stability, stressing that the world cannot let the cry of the Horn of Africa nation go unheard. read more

Statement of Intent to close Liberal Arts program

The Centre for Liberal Arts has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to close the Liberal Arts program.As part of the approval process, the statement is available online to the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.The posting will remain in place for 21 days, until 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by April 17, 2013 to the emails provided below. When submitting a response, please include Liberal Arts in the subject line.Please send comments to: and Michael Driedger, Director, Centre for Liberal Arts.

General Motors earns 1B in first quarter as North America helps it

General Motors earns $1B in first quarter as North America helps it overcome Europe troubles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 5:39 pm MDT DETROIT – Strong sales in North America and China are generating big profits for General Motors. Now the company needs the rest of the world to play along.GM’s net income totalled $1 billion in the first quarter as it sold more vehicles at higher prices in the U.S. But the earnings fell 69 per cent from a year earlier. The reasons: Big one-time charges and high operating costs in Europe, and lacklustre earnings in South America.For GM to continue its rebound from bankruptcy three years ago, it needs Europe and South America to improve, especially if North American sales slow.So far, the story of GM’s comeback from near collapse has been North America, where the company earns most of its money, and China, where it sells its greatest number of cars. In North America, GM has slashed costs, introduced hot-selling cars and improved its reputation for quality. That success continued in the first quarter, when the automaker posted a $1.7 billion pretax profit in North America. It also did well in Asia, where it made $529 million in the first three months of the year.But it’s a different story in Europe, where GM lost $256 million, and South America, where earnings fell 8 per cent to $83 million.In Europe, GM’s biggest cash drain, costs are too high and new products are needed. Prospects are poor as the economy slips into recession, scaring the middle class away from buying cars. GM has pledged to fix the troubled unit, but anything it does will be overshadowed by high unemployment and austerity measures to cut government debt in many countries.GM hasn’t released specifics about restructuring, and Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann says there won’t be one magic answer.“I’m not sure there’s going to be a big bang,” Ammann said Thursday. “It’s a series of actions that we’re taking.”GM’s costs in Europe are high because of contracts with powerful labour unions and laws that make closing a factory difficult. The future was so bleak just three years ago that GM tried to sell the unit, but the deal was scuttled by the GM board.Tim Urquhart, a European auto industry analyst with IHS Global Insight, said GM has at least 20 to 30 per cent more factory capacity than it needs in Europe.The company has seven assembly plants there and an 8.2 per cent share of sales. By contrast, rival Ford Motor Co. has five plants, including one in Turkey, and an 8.5 per cent share.Urquhart said that, ideally, GM would close one or two plants. But that won’t happen right away. GM agreed to keep all European plants open until 2014 in a restructuring deal reached with unions two years ago.“There’s a lot of negotiation that needs to be done, a lot of brinksmanship that needs to go on with the unions,” Urquhart said.Meanwhile, GM can try to squeeze out profits by making factories more efficient and lowering production costs in other ways. But until it cuts factories, the company is “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” Urquhart said.GM’s struggles in Europe aren’t unique. Other automakers, including Ford, also are losing money there.Economists think the 17 countries that use the euro are in a recession. Unemployment is 10.9 per cent, the highest since 1999. That figure masks an even worse situation in southern Europe. Spain and Italy have shrinking economies and budget woes. Greece, Portugal and Ireland needed bailout loan from the other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.In South America, most of GM’s problems are caused by flat sales due to an aging model lineup, one the company says it’s in the midst of updating.Even in North America, GM faces challenges. It has few new models coming until the end of the year. Its U.S. market share fell almost two percentage points in the first quarter to 17.2 per cent. And GM predicted that earnings in the second and third quarters will be similar to the first quarter, representing a decline from last year’s results. GM said its costs will rise as it revamps factories in preparation to build new pickup trucks.Still, North America performed far better than GM’s other regions. CEO Dan Akerson wants the whole company to mimic North America and China.“All four regions must become solidly and reliably profitable,” he said Thursday.For the quarter, GM earned 60 cents per share, compared with $1.77 a year earlier, when earnings were boosted by the sale of GM’s stake in a parts company. The first-quarter results also included a $590 million accounting charge due to future cash flow predictions for the European pension plan. GM says funds in the plan are stable.The North American profit came as GM’s sales grew almost 3 per cent in the region to 703,000 cars and truck. GM no longer needs to sell cars at a loss to keep its factories running, as it did before bankruptcy. Because it cut costs by closing factories and shedding workers, it can now break even when U.S. annual sales are a depressed 10.5 million. So far this year, sales are running at an annual rate of over 14 million.Also GM is getting more money for its vehicles. In the U.S., its most profitable market, customers are paying $166 more for cars and trucks than they did a year ago. GM vehicles sold for an average of $32,421 in the first quarter, including incentives such as rebates, said the auto website.GM won’t say how much profit it makes per vehicle, but the Center for Automotive Research estimates it at $2,405. That’s almost $900 less than Ford, but nearly $1,000 more than Chrysler.The situation is a lot different in Europe, where the Opel, Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands account for about 18 per cent of the GM’s global sales. GM’s European sales fell more than 8 per cent last quarter to 398,000. The Astra compact and Corsa subcompact were the most popular models. In South America, sales were flat for the quarter at 249,000.European losses and a weaker outlook at home rattled investors. GM’s stock price fell 56 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to close at $22.37. read more

Donald Trump wealth details released by federal regulators

Donald Trump wealth details released by federal regulators Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C., Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) by Jeff Horwitz And Stephen Braun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 11:36 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal election regulators released new details Wednesday about Republican presidential candidate and celebrity businessman Donald Trump’s wealth and financial holdings, weeks after he estimated his net worth at roughly $10 billion.Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest person ever to run for president, holds leadership positions in more than 500 business entities, according to his 92-page personal financial disclosure, a report required of all presidential candidates.While the documents don’t prove or disprove Trump’s top-line estimates, even a conservative reading of his annual income — well over $250 million — shows he is more than equipped to personally finance a high-dollar presidential bid. With most of the Republican field scavenging for the tens of millions of dollars needed to sustain even a basic primary run, the only financial limit on Trump’s campaign is his willingness to spend his fortune. So far, he has only lent his campaign $1.8 million and boasted, “I’m not using donors.”The report shows his assets to be worth well above $1.4 billion, including at least $70 million in stocks. Trump carries debt of at least $240 million.It’s impossible to tell from the documents exactly how much Trump is worth because the figures are detailed in broad ranges, with the top category being “more than $50 million.” Trump has complained that the forms aren’t adequate to reflect his wealth. The form shows that real estate holdings form the core of his assets and provide much of his income, with a wide array of branding and marketing deals providing tens of millions more. The deals include more than $1 million from licensing Trump’s name in Turkey, at least $1 million in men’s wear licensing royalties and $5 million from a developer in Panama.Trump is not above pursuing smaller business opportunities, such as an Israeli beverage endorsement contract worth between $50,000 and $100,000, and $50,000 speaking engagements.The form also gives a sense of the potential financial toll of Trump’s controversial comments on immigration. In June, he characterized illegal immigrants from Mexico as “criminals” and “rapists” prompted television networks and some retailers to cut ties with him.Trump recently claimed he received $214 million in income from NBC for his “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” television programs over the past 14 years. While the new disclosure does not provide a similar figure, it shows that Trump’s entertainment production firm, “Trump Productions LLC,” has brought in more than $4 million in revenue. The firm is Trump’s New York production arm for both his “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” programs as well as the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.Trump also listed two entities involved with his role in televised beauty pageants, Miss Universe and Miss USA. NBC recently dropped its televised broadcasts of both pageants after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Trump had already previously agreed to no longer appear in his “Apprentice” shows because he was running for president.Trump’s self-described net worth would far surpass previous magnates like Ross Perot, business heirs like Steve Forbes or private-equity investors like Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee.__Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report. read more

Braxton Miller reinstated without any conditions Instagram post deemed minor violation

Braxton Miller’s Instagram post showing the Ohio State redshirt-senior quarterback posing with AdvoCare products was deemed a “promotion of a commercial product” by the NCAA, according to a statement from OSU athletics. But the matter has been resolved and Miller has been reinstated “without any conditions,” the statement said.OSU said the post was a minor violation.The university initially said it was “looking into” Miller’s social media picture from March 24, which showed the quarterback posing with the products alongside the owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus, Brandon Oshodin, who is also an AdvoCare distributor.Click to enlargeAdvoCare is a company that “provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products,” according to its website.The AdvoCare website states that student-athletes can’t be in photos on “an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned.”In addition to the Instagram picture, Miller had his name displayed in the upper right hand corner of his AdvoCare site, labeled as a distributor. His name was later removed, along with the Instagram post.The AdvoCare website says student-athletes are allowed to be distributors. read more

Wrestling Former Buckeye found dead in his Pennsylvania apartment

Former Ohio State wrestler Nick Roberts was found dead in his Pennsylvania apartment late Saturday night. A cause of death has not yet been determined, although foul play is not suspected.The 23-year-old, who was wrestling for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at the time, qualified for the 2013-14 NCAA championships in his first year with Ohio State as a redshirt freshman. After transferring, he won a Division II national title with Pittsburgh-Johnstown.“It is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of one of our university family, Nicholas S. Roberts,” said Pitt-Johnstown president Jem Spectar. “Nick was a senior in the class of 2017. We also know Nick as a standout member of our Mountain Cat wrestling team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, family, friends and loved ones.”Roberts had been out of competition after suffering a knee injury, but was honored during the team’s Senior Night on Feb. 7.Pitt-Johnstown Mourns Loss of National Champion Nick Roberts— PittJohnstownSports (@MtnCatAthletics) February 26, 2017 read more

Physical play against bitter rival propels Buckeyes to Big Ten championship game

INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State topped Michigan, 68-61, in a heated battle in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday. The afternoon involved a lot of activity from the referees that lead to foul trouble for OSU early. That trouble forced coach Thad Matta to extend his bench. Regardless of who was on the court, the bad blood was evident between the two rivals and the Wolverines kept the game close throughout. A strong second half from a previously slumping OSU junior guard William Buford was needed to secure the victory. Officials’ involvement Officials Ted Valentine, Ed Hightower and Gene Steratore blew their whistles for a total of 33 fouls on the afternoon. Twenty were on the Wolverines. “It seems like they were calling them a lot like they did (Friday) … they’re not really letting anything go inside and that benefits the big men,” said Dave Novak, father of Michigan guard Zack Novak. Buckeye freshman forward Jared Sullinger shot just 10 free throws Saturday, down from the 18 he attempted in the OSU victory against Northwestern on Friday. Besides the fouls, both teams’ benches were warned in the first half for their reactions to the officials judgment. Valentine once gestured inches from OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty and once touched Michigan guard Darius Morris on the chest after calling fouls on the players. Dave attributed the extra activity of the official to the time of year. “I really didn’t notice that,” he said. “As the season gets long, the stakes get higher.” Matta said he was happy with how his players reacted to the whistles and kept their composure and kept their attention on the right things. “(I was) telling our guys, let’s just keep doing what we are doing,” he said. “Our focus was on the right things.” Though some focus might have been redirected to those in striped shirts, Keith Diebler, father of OSU senior guard Jon Diebler, kept his attention on the athletes. “The only thing I’m going to say is officials don’t decide outcomes,” he said. “Other than that I am going to be quiet.” Bench contributions The aggressive officiating led Matta to call on his little-used bench. Freshman forward Deshaun Thomas and freshman guard Jordan Sibert received significant playing time after Lighty and freshman point guard Aaron Craft picked up two early fouls. “When those two were out with foul trouble Jordan and Deshaun came in and played excellent for us,” Jon said. “We’re going to stick to our game plan regardless of who’s on the court.” Thomas scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds while Sibert contributed two points on a transition dunk. The opportunity for the fast break came off the freshman’s own steal. Sibert logged 11 minutes of game action, 10 of which came in the first half. It was an increase in workload for the guard who has appeared in only 23 of the Buckeyes’ 33 games. “As I was walking in to sub-in I really didn’t know what I was going to do when I was out there and I looked at Dave and I looked at Jared and they just told me, be smart and play hard,” he said. “I was like, OK, that’s what I am going to do, and it worked well for me.” Bad blood The rivalry between OSU and Michigan was displayed throughout the afternoon as players from both teams seemed to be talking to one another often. The tension escalated in the second half when Sullinger was fouled by freshman forward Jordan Morgan. While trying to untangle himself from Morgan, who had fallen to the ground, it appeared that he grabbed Sullinger’s leg. “That was kind of dirty. He didn’t need to do that,” Buford said. Buford responded to the action by getting in Morgan’s face, who then shoved Buford while they were walking side by side. “I just wanted to let (Sullinger) know I had his back no matter what,” he said. Diebler and Lighty were also talking to the Michigan huddle at the beginning of the timeout that followed the altercation. “We all got each other’s back out there; we all feel we need to,” Buford said. “That’s like my little big brother.” The team was playing the Wolverines for the third time this season. Lighty is familiar with the intensity in these games. “It’s Ohio State and the ‘team up north.’ Once you say that, it’s automatically heated,” he said. “It’s just that much more added motivation.” Buford’s second half After shooting just 3-for-14 in the Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament against Northwestern, it seemed Buford’s struggles would continue against Michigan. He was 2-of-5 in the first half and neglected to take some open looks. After changing his mentality at halftime, Buford scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting after intermission. “In the first half I felt I had looks; it just wasn’t falling,” he said. “Second half I was just trying to be more aggressive.” Buford was also key on a 16-0 scoring run that helped the Buckeyes create some separation from the Wolverines. A portion of the run followed the two teams’ scuffle and Buford was partially motivated by his involvement in it, he said. Buford had been playing well before the tournament, averaging nearly 18 points per game over the team’s last four contests of the regular season on 57 percent shooting. He did not bring the same shooting touch to his first postseason game. “Yesterday I was just throwing it up there and not really shooting,” Buford said. “I just felt today I needed to take my time and shoot my shot.” The Buckeyes look to take home the Big Ten Tournament championship title against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

David Beckham furious at claims he does charity work to win a

first_imgDavid Beckham visiting a centre for vulnerable children supported by UNICEF in Siem Reap, Cambodia In one particularly embarrassing email Beckham appears to object to singer Katherine Jenkins, who once used her Twitter account to deny having an affair with him, being given an OBE, in the 2014 New Year Honours, for services to music and for charitable services.The email to Mr Oliveira states: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops, plus admitting to taking coke … F***ing joke and if you get asked we should think of a cutting remark.”But Beckham, a Unicef goodwill ambassador since 2005, is understood to be particularly angry that the emails appear to show him as cynically using his charity work to curry favour with the honours committee.He is also furious that they depict him as demanding money from the United Nations children’s charity to pay for flights and hotels to visit its projects with children in places such as the Philippines..In one email he apparently complained about being asked to match the highest bidders at a Unicef auction in New York, stating: “Chloe asked me an outright which I was p***** . . . I don’t want to do it and won’t do it with my own money.”And another appears to show his staff haggling with Unicef over its choice of accommodation for Beckham during his 2015 trip to Cambodia.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star had been booked by the charity into the five-star Sofitel hotel, but Beckham apparently wanted to stay in the luxurious Amansara resort, with his staff wanting Unicef to pay part of the bill.One email states: “Would Unicef contribute the same amount that was being paid for the Sofitel and he’ll make up the difference in price for the place he wants to stay.” The PR team of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said that he had a 'powerful partnership' with Unicef 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. However, Beckham is at pains to point out that through his appearances and the work of his foundation, the 7 Fund, he has raised millions of pounds for the charity.A statement issued by his PR team says: “David Beckham and Unicef have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years.  The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world.   “David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term.”It adds: “Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported Unicef and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there. David and Unicef are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”Unicef also came to the star’s defence. Although it would not comment on the veracity of the emails because it had not seen the originals, it described Beckham “as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work for children”.It added: “David has given significant funds personally. The 7 Fund supports programmes for children, tackling issues such as malnutrition, violence, AIDS and emergencies.”Unicef cited Beckham’s visit to Swaziland in June 2016 to raise awareness of the devastating drought affecting eastern and southern Africa, and pointed out that since the launch of the 7 Fund in February 2015 it has raised millions of pounds for Unicef programmes and “reached millions of people around the world with crucial messages about our work for very vulnerable children”.According to Unicef the 7 Fund is helping it to provide improved water and sanitation to children and their families in Burkina Faso and provide vital support and protection to HIV-positive mothers and children in Swaziland.Beckham’s organisation also works with Unicef in Papua New Guinea, helping to provide life-saving food to young children and funding a range of child protection services to help keep children in Cambodia safe.center_img David Beckham visiting a centre for vulnerable children supported by Unicef in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in June 2015Credit:PA/Unicef The PR team of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said that he had a ‘powerful partnership’ with Unicef David Beckham has hit out at claims that he used his children’s charity work as part of a cynical campaign to win a knighthood.The former England captain has angrily denied getting involved with Unicef’s campaigns and projects only in order to build a favourable public image and present himself as a fitting candidate for the senior honour.The claims came after a series of emails purporting to be from Beckham were published on Saturday, in which he appeared to rail at not been selected for a knighthood.In one he allegedly states: “They r a bunch of c***s. I expected nothing  less. Who decides on the honors [sic]?? It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would have got something like this 10 years ago.”But in a forthright statement Beckham, who received an OBE from the Queen in 2003, rejected the claims, maintaining that some of the emails had been doctored and others had been taken out of context.His PR team says that the cache of emails from Beckham to his publicist Simon Oliveira and others in his team were obtained after Mr Oliveira’s computer server was illegally hacked.A spokesman for Beckham told The Telegraph: “This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.”last_img read more

Vicky Phelan receives honorary doctorate from University of Limerick

first_img Image: True Media Vicky Phelan receives honorary doctorate from University of Limerick Phelan said she plans to fund a person to provide cancer patients with access to the latest cancer drug therapies. Jun 26th 2018, 6:08 PM Short URL Vicky Phelan today Image: True Media Vicky Phelan today By David Raleigh 21,269 Views There should be somebody you can go to who will help you to look up clinical trials or alternative drugs, because it’s not fair to give people no hope, and expect them to go home and accept that that’s your lot.“If I had done that I wouldn’t be here,” she added.Tumours have shrunk Vicky Phelan pictured with her son Darragh and husband Jim. Source: True MediaHer “big focus” remains to push for all women with advanced cervical cancer to receive Pembrolizumab, newly licensed in the US, but which is not expected to be licensed in Ireland for another two to three years.Since last April she has undergone four rounds of the breakthrough drug and last week was informed her tumours had shrunk significantly.Phelan said she is now “feeling great, 100%”.However, she pulled no punches in her assessment of the health service. Asked if she had faith in the HSE, she replied: “Parts of it”.She praised paediatric services who are treating her daughter for a “congenital disorder”.However, she added: “But, there are parts of it that don’t work well, which is the cervical screening side of things and also Oncology.”“From my experience of oncology, because I’ve had it twice… The first time around you’re in such shock that you put your faith in the doctors and you assume they know what they’re doing, and I never questioned what they told me, and what the treatment they offered me was going to do.”“But the second time around, you question things a bit more, especially when you know it’s a terminal diagnosis.”“I was offered no hope in January so I had to go off and do all the research myself. I would be a bit sceptical about the health service from the point of view of terminally ill patients, because you’re not given much hope.”She added: “If I hadn’t gone ahead and looked up all these clinical trials and the immunotherapy drugs myself and pushed for them… I mean I had to push hard to get access to this drug, and the only way I got access to it was pestering people.”“I had fundraising money to pay for it and they still wouldn’t give it to me. So I had to keep pushing and pushing until I made a nuisance of myself to get access to it, and shame them into it in the end.”She went on:“Before I got access to the drug, about two or three weeks beforehand, I was really going downhill to be honest. It was the first time I really thought ‘this is the beginning of the end’, because I was so ill and in such pain. I’m glad I did and stuck to my guns, because I’m not sure would I be here if I had gone down the palliative care route.”A full commission of inquiry into the Cervical-Check scandal will begin in September, following the initial Scally scoping enquiry.Also present was Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene, from Carrigaline, Co Cork, was diagnosed with stage two cancer in 2015 and died on July 26 last year after receiving two false negative tests in 2010 and 2013.Vicky Phelan said that she is doing what she is doing for women like Irene:“But that’s why I’m doing this. It’s for all young women affected by this, with [young] kids. I have to use my voice because people are listening to me at the moment, so I’ll keep going until I can’t.”LegislationVicky Phelan broke down a number of times under the strain of her ordeal.“I still feel we are weeks down the line and there is no real accountability, and I’m not happy with that to be honest,” she said.In a stinging criticism of the wider public sector, she added: “I don’t think anything can happen until we have legislation put in place to allow for accountability in the public sector. I work in the public sector myself and I know and see there are people who shouldn’t be in positions that they are in, and they wouldn’t work to warm themselves.”“But we can’t get rid of them. It’s a terrible situation.”Phelan punched the air after receiving her honorary doctorate paper scroll from UL President Des Fitzgerald, proudly watched by her husband, Jim, and children Amelia (12) and Darragh (7), and parents John and Gabby Kelly. 18 Comments THERE WERE TEARS today after Vicky Phelan was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Limerick.She received a false negative test after she went for a cervical smear test in 2011. Three years later she was diagnosed with cancer. Last January, she was informed she had months to live.Last April, Vicky Phelan was awarded €2.5m in damages in the High Court over the error. Her telling her story publicly led to the CervicalCheck scandal, which involves 209 women.Speaking ahead of the ceremony today, Phelan said: “I loved my time as a student in University of Limerick and that is where I began my professional career: I never anticipated then that I would be presented with an honorary doctorate by the university. It is an honour for me and one I am delighted to accept.”UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald praised Vicky for her selfless commitment to public service, describing her as an inspiration to students, staff and the wider university community.“Here at University of Limerick, we aim to instil in our students the ability to reason, to solve problems, to participate as citizens, to play their part in the social and political life of this country. The conferring of a UL honorary degree embraces these ideals. It has been awarded to just a small number of women to date, including: the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; Adi Roche and Ali Hewson, for their contribution to volunteerism; and, to Catherine Day for her leadership in the European Commission, to name a few,” he said.“Vicky Phelan has had a major impact on people’s lives in this most difficult and precious time in her own. Through her courage, commitment and exceptional communication skills, she is highlighting a major issue in the Irish healthcare system. During all of this, Vicky has encouraged the women of Ireland to have faith and to continue participating in the cervical screening programme. She is an inspiration to our students, our staff and our community, she has brought great honour to the university, and for this we have awarded Vicky Phelan an Honorary Doctor of Letters,” Dr Fitzgerald continued.After the ceremony Vicky Phelan also told reporters she plans to fund a person to be employed in a cancer care centre to provide patients with access to the latest groundbreaking drug therapies.She said she is personally willing to fund such position to “shame” the government into following her lead and provide for similar positions on a nationwide scale.“One of the things I want to see happening is that I would hope to try to fund a position, and that one position would lead to another, so I’m willing to do that. I think that if I got the ball rolling, it would be a goodwill gesture on my part, to again shame [the government] into doing it,” Phelan told reporters at the University of Limerick (UL) today.The mother of two has discussed her plans with Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the idea is in its “early stages”.“If you’re given a terminal diagnosis, you should be sent to [such a] person, because the oncologists don’t do it – it’s not part of their remit,” she added.Phelan said she was “given no hope” when she received her terminal cancer diagnosis. Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 6:08 PM Share2069 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

More snow, ice expected later this week

first_imgSouthwest Washington and Northwest Oregon should brace for another round of rough winter weather for the rest the week.The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory starting Wednesday and a winter storm watch starting Thursday evening for the Vancouver and Portland metro areas.From 4 a.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Friday, parts of Clark County, especially those near the Columbia River Gorge, should expect east winds blowing steadily at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph.Gerald Macke, a metrological technician with the weather service, said areas north of the Gorge won’t be as significantly affected.“It shouldn’t be near so bad in Battle Ground, as far as winds go,” he said.On Monday, the weather service predicted up to 2 inches of snow around the area on Wednesday. But Macke said dry, cold air hovering beneath a storm system should prevent most precipitation from reaching the ground.Starting Thursday evening, as much as 2 inches of snow could fall before changing to freezing rain around midnight. Freezing rain could continue into the evening Friday. Ice accumulations could be between two-tenths and four-tenths of an inch.A winter storm watch for that event is set to take effect at 6 p.m. Thursday.Forecasters predict that wind and ice could lead to tree damage, power outages and dangerous driving conditions.Rain is also likely on Saturday, but temperatures are expected to remain above freezing.last_img read more

San Diego County considers using vacant county building as migrant shelter

first_img January 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Supervisors will consider a proposal on Tuesday to use an empty public building in Downtown San Diego as a shelter for migrant families.A coalition of non-profit groups, led by Jewish Family Service, asked the supervisors for help after learning it must leave the building where it is operating a shelter on February 15.The temporary shelter in the South Bay began operating last November after a change in federal policy for immigrant families who were allowed to enter the United States to begin the asylum process.The federal government used to assist the asylum seekers in finding transportation to family members and sponsors in other parts of the nation. However, the Department of Homeland Security terminated that practice in late October, and began to leave hundreds of families in Downtown San Diego without food, shelter or money for transportation.Since that time, a coalition of non-profit groups, called the San Diego Rapid Response Network, have operated a temporary shelter where families typically stay for one to three days. Those families receive health screenings and caseworkers assist with travel arrangements to reunite the migrant families with relatives.According to Kate Clark of Jewish Family Services,”We immediately allow the families to get into contact with their families across the United States to ensure their safety and then basically transport and travel them to their final destination.”In a meeting of the County Supervisors earlier this month, the Network asked the board to find unused county properties that could be used for a temporary shelter. Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox are proposing the now shuttered family courthouse at 6th and Cedar as a location for the new migrant shelter. “This location is scheduled to be demolished and turned into affordable housing. But we have flexibility in that construction is several years off,” Fletcher said.The non-profit groups will cover all the costs of running the shelter. The county will provide health screenings for the shelter occupants, but no other public money will be involved. Those who oppose the proposal said the county should be directing its resources to helping others, such as the men and women who are currently unsheltered and living on the street.However, Fletcher said doing nothing to help the migrant families may only add to the numbers of homeless people in San Diego.The proposal being considered at Tuesday’s meeting would give the shelter operators permission to use the vacant courthouse until December 31. Posted: January 28, 2019 Sasha Foo, San Diego County considers using vacant county building as migrant sheltercenter_img Updated: 7:18 PM Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

47 Million worth of artifacts recovered in raids across Europe

first_imgArt and artifacts can worth big money. Think of da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” or any Monet that has recently been on the auction block. Millions of dollars trade hands each year for masterpieces, unique objects, and ancient items. And because these articles from history are worth so much, they are prime targets for theft. Fortunately, there are numerous agencies that are continually on the hunt for stolen art and artifacts.At the beginning of July 2018, artifacts worth over €40 million ($46.6 million) were retrieved in a number of raids across Europe, under the auspices of the European Law Enforcement Agency. After a four-year-long investigation, more than 250 police officers in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain carried out the raids.Pottery issued from , ItalyThe operation was led by the Italian military police – the Carabinieri – and supported by the British Metropolitan police, the German LKA of Baden-Württemberg, and the Spanish Guardia Civil. In total, 43 suspects were detained under suspicion of being behind the trafficking of stolen artifacts, which are believed to have been originally excavated in Italy before being sold at auction houses in Germany.In order to sell them at auction, however, the items were given fake certificates of origin and passed off as having been legitimately acquired. In all, over 250,000 items were recovered by police including coins, statues, pottery, and many fake items. Police also recovered excavation tools including metal detectors and cash. The case is believed to be the largest involving illegal extraction of Italian archaeological objects.Europol reports that thousands of illegally excavated artifacts were seized during the coordinated raids.These were not the only raids recently, however. Just prior to the “action day,” Italian police confiscated around 3,000 archaeological items and 1,200 fakes. And at the end of 2017, another 41,000 objects were recovered, including paintings, musical instruments, furniture, sculptures and ancient weapons. One ivory carving of Jesus Christ was valued at €6,000, or about $7,400. These winter raids again involved significant international cooperation and coordination, with police and customs officers from over 81 countries taking part – a noteworthy undertaking in itself.With suitcases and other baggage being monitored by customs officials, police examining websites and online “chatter,” and guides at historic sites being on alert at all times, one would think that it would be difficult to successfully steal archaeological items.The Parthenon’s position on the Acropolis dominates the city skyline of Athens. Author A.Savin CC BY-SA 3.0Anyone who has been to the Parthenon in Athens has surely experienced being hollered at for simply picking up a pebble, let alone pocketing it. And yet, pieces are stolen regularly. Some are recovered, as evidenced in the aforementioned raids, but not all. Ironically, once a famous “priceless” piece has been stolen, it actually becomes worthless, since it is impossible to sell it unless the buyer wishes to never display that piece of art for which they paid so much. And hiding it kind of takes the joy away from owning any piece of art.6 World famous landmarks that are hiding something from the public.Then there is the question of those items that have been acquired in an unscrupulous manner, or in a different era, and now reside in museums. Take the Elgin Marbles, for example. The relief sculptures once adorned the Acropolis in Athens.They were removed from Greece by the 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, in the early 1800s, and currently reside in the British Museum in London, England. The repatriation of these items to Greece is hotly contested by archaeologists and historians alike, and has been for years. It will not likely be resolved any time soon, however.Section of a frieze from the Elgin Marbles. Photo by ChrisO CC BY SA 3.0Indeed, the topic of repatriation of artifacts as a whole can be a difficult one for museums to broach, and yet it remains critically important to the public trust on which museums rely. Many museums, such as the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, work directly with indigenous populations to discuss and facilitate the repatriation of aboriginal items, particularly in reference to human remains.Read another story from us: 3,000-year-old sword discovered in Denmark is ‘still sharp’In some cases, museums are given permission to be the “caretakers” of indigenous items, which in turn serve to educate the general public and help visitors realize that all objects have history.Patricia Grimshaw is a self-professed museum nerd, with an equal interest in both medieval and military history. She received a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University in Medieval History, and an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and completed a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto before beginning her museum career.last_img read more

Morocco says cell with alQaida links dismantled

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Morocco’s government says a terror cell with links to al-Qaida affiliates in North Africa and Syria has been dismantled.In a statement Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry said the cell’s four members were led by one of the most visible militants on jihadist websites. He was said to have been directed by leaders of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate to recruit Moroccans in anti-government attacks. Top Stories center_img Check your body, save your life How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The statement said among those being recruited were Moroccans with links to al-Qaida fighters in Syria.Friday’s announcement brings the number of terror cells dismantled this year in Morocco to four, including two in May.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

New look Luxury Collection highlights best of New Zealand

first_imgNew look Luxury Collection highlights best of New ZealandA new look Luxury Collection is set to debut at CINZ MEETINGS 2016 in June, promising the best of New Zealand in one stand-out location.Now in its third year, the Luxury Collection has evolved to showcase the finest end of the New Zealand business events product with everything from boutique lodges to luxury yachts. Exhibitors for 2016 include award-winning host TIME Unlimited Tours, Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht in Queenstown and Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.“Business event organisers looking for the five-star wow factor will find everything they need in the Luxury Collection,” says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan.“New Zealand has established an international reputation for exceptional, high-end meeting and incentive offerings, and the Luxury Collection shows what sets us apart.”The stand’s stylish new design features contemporary dark-stained solid timber and striking destination graphics. Booths will be set within a premium island space, accentuated by a five-metre high designer curtain and plush black carpet.MEETINGS’ pre-scheduled appointments on 14 and 15 June allow buyers to meet a choice of 200 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand all under one roof, with 35 appointments across two days.Over 100 Australian hosted buyers will be treated to experiences in eight regions across New Zealand on weekend familiarisation tours before MEETINGS, plus a day out in the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau on Tuesday 14 June.Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media to MEETINGS from North America, China, India and South East Asia. More than 300 day buyers are also anticipated over the two days of MEETINGS, as well as 100 New Zealand event organisers to be hosted in Auckland.Final applications for exhibitor bookings close next week, 28 March and hosted buyer applications close on 18 April. Conventions & Incentives NZSource = Conventions & Incentives NZlast_img read more

The Stelios Awards 2017 Video

first_imgEvery year for the past nine years, Cypriot billionaire Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has awarded annual cash prizes through the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation to enhance bicommunal co-operation in Cyprus.This year, the awards were announced in Nicosia on October 20, and amounted to 75 prizes of €10,000 each. Grants were given in categories ranging from Business to Arts to “partners in life”, awarded to couples with a Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot partner.We attended the ceremony and spoke to Sir Stelios and a few of the 850 applicants – asking, among other things, if they feel the awards still have a place, given the lack of progress in solving the Cyprus problem.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

BoC trial postponed pending appeal of former execs acquittal

first_imgFollowing a motion by state prosecutors, Nicosia criminal court on Monday again adjourned the proceedings in the third case against Bank of Cyprus (BoC) and senior executives.The court postponed the trial until April 18, granting a request by attorney-general Costas Clerides – who appeared personally – for an adjournment pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the state against the prior acquittal of two of the defendants.Former BoC CEO Andreas Eliades and his deputy Yiannis Kypri had been cleared of all charges. The case continues for bank executives Christis Hadjimitsis, Nicolas Karidas, Christodoulos Patsalides, Eliza Livadiotou, and Despina Kyriakidou.However, the state is meanwhile appealing the acquittal of Eliades and Kypri at the supreme court.The attorney-general, representing the state, would like that appeal resolved before the trial before the criminal court can continue. Eliades and Kypri could return to the dock should the state win its appeal.Last week, during an appeal hearing at the supreme court, Clerides had requested the recusal of supreme court president Myron Nicolatos, one of three judges adjudicating the appeal.The attorney-general argued that there were questions surrounding Nicolatos’ “objective impartiality”.Nicolatos himself rejected any doubts over his impartiality, but recused himself regardless.His withdrawal means the panel needs to be reconstituted before it can resume those proceedings.This has not happened to date, Clerides informed the criminal court on Monday, motioning for an adjournment in the trial.Earlier this year, allegations surfaced that Nicolatos’ daughter and sister had benefited from out-of-court settlements with the bank.Nicolatos himself had also adjudicated in an appeal filed by former BoC CEO Eliades who had been jailed for market manipulation, in a separate case to the ongoing one.In a 2 to 1 decision, the three-bench court had found that the bank and Eliades, although they had made false representations about the financial status of the bank, did not do so with intent to manipulate the market but rather to ‘reassure’ shareholders.The casting vote, which benefited the bank, belonged to Nicolatos – leading to talk of a quid pro quo between the judge and the lender, and the suggestion that Nicolatos ought to have recused himself from those hearings.Also on Monday, defence attorney Polys Polyviou, who has accused Clerides of dragging the current case out, asked the attorney-general to state for the record whether filing a motion for a stay was among his options.Clerides said it was not.In this third case against BoC, the bank and executives are accused of conspiring to reclassify the lender’s holdings in Greek bonds – with an effective date of April 1, 2010 – with intent to defraud investors.The bonds were reclassified in a manner as to indicate the bank had suffered fewer losses than it actually did, conveying a better picture overall of the lender’s financials.In turn, this resulted in the stock value being listed higher than it would otherwise have been – a move which prosecutors believe is tantamount to market manipulation.The prosecution also asserts the date on a document containing the minutes of a meeting of the BoC Group’s Assets and Liabilities Committee of April 7, 2010 had been altered.  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 Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more