MONTREAL – National Bank announced plans to build a new head office in downtown Montreal.The bank says its new headquarters will be at the corner of St-Jacques St. and Robert-Bourassa Blvd.It says the building concept will be finalized over the coming months through an architectural competition.The use of materials and services from Quebec and Canadian clients of the bank will be preferred in all facets of construction.The bank plans to be the sole occupant of the new building with a planned occupancy date of 2022.National Bank says the tower currently housing its head office will be put up for sale shortly with proceeds going to the future construction.Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)
Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to start a West African tour that will also take him to southern neighbor Mauritania, reported Spanish news agency EFE.The regional tour, whose specific dates have not yet been disclosed, aims to amplify Morocco’s influence in Africa through the signing of bilateral agreements, the same source said, adding that the kingdom is seeking to strengthen economic cooperation with these countries and to fight against terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking and religious extremism.According to the same source, the Monarch is planning to create an African Development Organization for which there is already a mobilization of various embassies and consulates. In February 2014, Mohammed VI, accompanied with a large delegation, kicked off a four nation West Africa tour to Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Gabon. The visit resulted in the signing of a series of agreements on bilateral cooperation in the social and economic spheres.
Rabat – Mustafa Ramid, the Moroccan minister of justice and liberties confirmed the continued overcrowding of the kingdom’s prisons and attributed the phenomenon to the now-common practice of pretrial detention and the delayed start of cases involving the prematurely arrested detainees. The minister called on King Mohammed VI’s judicial forces to avoid pretrial detentions requested by the prosecution unless the defendant has been caught red-handed in a crime, if judicial supervision will not be enough to prevent the defendant from escaping justice, or if the release of the suspect would lead to the obstruction of justice in another manner.Official data from the ministry charged with managing the nation’s prisons shows that nearly 40 percent of the inmates have been arrested before their trial begins, leading to significant population pressures. Ramid recently announced the contents of a draft amendment to the country’s criminal procedures which will further define the criteria for a pretrial arrest and put the process under judicial supervision, allowing the suspect to lodge an appeal against an unnecessary detention.The minister also advised the King’s agents to use the new recommendations to authorize arrests only when there is significant evidence binding the defendant to a crime.Habib Haji, the president of the Association for the Defense of Human Rights, said to Hespress that the King’s agents need to be trained on the criminal laws that apply during their investigations and the legal rights that the accused have the power to evoke.Haji said the agents “do not follow criminal procedures” and pointed out that they “do not need to arrest a suspect based on the gravity of the act – which would be illegal – but instead they need to [carry out the arrests] based on the gravity of the actor on the public order.”The human rights lawyer said he is surprised at “the level of danger the detentions present to students even though they can be arrested only at the order of education authorities” and added that the “implementation of the laws in the correct way would reduce pretrial detentions and lead to a decrease in incidence of violent arrests without a lawful reason backing the police action.”A report recently released by another human rights group in Morocco cited concerns about the prevalence of highly-crowded prisons in the kingdom. The report claimed that a prison in Marrakech holds more than 2299 inmates even though its maximum capacity dictates it can provide for no more than 700 prisoners. Another prison in Nador hosts 1177 prisoners, but was at maximum capacity at just 840.
BOSTON — The Latest on the case against prominent parents and athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college bribery scam (all times local):3 p.m.Attorneys for a group of parents charged in the college admissions bribery scandal are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the legal process to get the case in front of the judge of their choice.The defence lawyers criticized prosecutors Tuesday for adding their clients to an indictment that has already been assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton.The lawyers say the move is a “clear form of judge shopping” in a letter to Chief Judge Patti Saris.They want their clients’ case randomly assigned to a judge to “stamp out any perception” that prosecutors evaded the standard judge-picking process.Saris has asked the U.S. attorney’s office to respond to the lawyer’s letter.The parents were indicted Tuesday on money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges.___1:45 p.m.Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been hit with a new charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery case.Loughlin and Giannulli were among 16 prominent parents indicted Tuesday on a charge of money laundering conspiracy.The parents were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.They have not publicly commented on the allegations.The new charges come a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents announced they would plead guilty to the scam .The Associated Press
16 September 2009With Timor-Leste’s accession to the global pacts seeking to stem ozone loss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the now universal participation in these treaties as he marked the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Timor-Leste, the world’s youngest democracy, has now joined all of the world’s other States in taking part in the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol.“Timor-Leste’s action sends a strong signal of global solidarity, not only for addressing ozone depletion but for tackling other pressing multilateral challenges, of which climate change is pre-eminent,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the International Day to protect the ozone layer, which protects the Earth’s population from harmful ultra-violet radiation.The country’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão, said Timor-Leste is “very pleased to be joining the rest of the world in the fight against the depletion of the ozone layer and the effort towards it recovery.”The Montreal Protocol, which opened for signature on 16 September 2007, is an annex to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Since the adoption of the two pacts, the international ozone regime has expanded to address almost 100 ozone-depleting chemicals for refrigeration, electronics, foam-making and other industries.With evidence showing that, since 1990, the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, has slowed the progression of climate change by 12 years, the Secretary-General said that international cooperation on the harmful substance is a “timely reaffirmation that through unity of purpose and concerted action, we can minimize risks to our planet and build a safer world for future generations.”The lessons gleaned from this global collaboration should propel nations to ‘seal the deal’ at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is just over 80 days away from today, he underscored.Mr. Ban warned that inaction on the issue could result in dire social, economic and environmental consequences.“The example of the Montreal Protocol sends a power message that action on major global challenges is not only possible, but that the financial and human benefits invariably outweigh the costs.”The head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today pointed out that without the Montreal Protocol and its Vienna Convention, atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances would have surged tenfold by 2050.Achim Steiner said this would have resulted in “up to 20 million more cases of skin cancer and 130 million more cases of eye cataracts, not to speak of damage to human immune systems, wildlife and agriculture.”
His briefing explained efforts by the Government to restore democracy through constitutional, administrative and cultural changes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to have regular briefings for diplomats and the media based in Sri Lanka.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Ministry has appointed Ms. Mahishini Collonne as the official spokesperson to hold regular briefings and interactions with the media and diplomatic community. Samaraweera said this when he briefed ambassadors representing twenty four countries and other senior diplomatic officials on the achievements of the Government over the last four months. He also outlined some of the government’s future plans. Samaraweera also noted that Sri Lanka, whose foreign policy has been reset to serve the interests of all Sri Lankans, was eager to regain its position as a constructive and respected member of the international community. (Colombo Gazette) The critical importance the government placed on efforts to build a “truly multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual society where diversity is celebrated” and where all citizens would enjoy “full and equal citizenship” was also emphasized.In this context, he highlighted efforts underway to win the trust of all Sri Lankans and discussed plans to address key issues especially missing persons, restoring land to rightful owners and reconciliation.
“The electorate has placed their trust in you, and the expectation of your people is high,” UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello said as he handed over the documents. “They will no doubt be watching you closely to see how carefully you listen to, and reflect, their views in framing your nation’s Constitution.””I have every faith that they selected their representatives well and that you will repay them for the faith they have placed in you,” he added. According to UNTAET, the reports from each of the territory’s districts contain input from some 38,000 East Timorese on what they would like to be considered by the Constituent Assembly when drafting the constitution.The Constituent Assembly today also elected two Deputy Speakers. Francisco Xavier do Amaral from Associação Social-Democrata Timorense (ASDT) and Arlindo Marçal from Partido Democrata Cristão (PDC) were elected with massive support from two-thirds of the Assembly. In its first formal session yesterday, Fretilin President Franscico Guterres, also known as “Lu-Olo,” was elected Speaker of the 88-member Constituent Assembly with an overwhelming majority.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that it had helped more than 1,000 East Timorese refugees return to East Timor over the past week from the Atambua area of West Timor, the highest number in weeks. Among the refugees are supporters of anti-independence militia groups whose return to East Timor would have been unthinkable just months ago. UNHCR staff who handled the arrival on the East Timor side said those returning did not encounter problems. In a separate development, UNHCR last Saturday managed to arrange for the return of eight separated children from east Java to East Timor. The children were separated from their parents during the 1999 exodus of East Timorese to West Timor and subsequently placed in orphanages by the Indonesian Government. Their return is seen as a breakthrough, that could pave the way for the return of up to 1,200 separated children. The UN agency commended the Indonesian Government for its cooperation on the issue.
Less than a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were heavy betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. The Bolts entered the playoffs on the heels of one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. They tied the record for the most regular-season wins1Their 62 wins matched the total of the Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96. and finished with the fourth-highest point total in league history. Forward Nikita Kucherov scored 128 points and will almost surely win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, and Steven Stamkos had the best season of his already illustrious career.As a team, the Bolts were unparalleled — they paced the league in goals scored, power-play goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage. If the team that Steve Yzerman built was ever going to acquire some silverware, this would surely be the year.Unfortunately for the Lightning, their astonishing regular-season form hasn’t carried over to the postseason, and now they find themselves on the precipice of an unprecedented failure: If they lose Tuesday night in Columbus, they’ll be the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round of the postseason in history. Even if they aren’t swept but merely lose the series, Tampa’s collapse would be monumental — devastating for any team but especially so for a club that’s been knocking on the door of Stanley Cup glory for several years. How have things gone so wrong for the team from the Gulf Coast?For starters, Tampa’s high-scoring superstars seem to have forgotten what the net looks like. Stamkos hasn’t recorded a point, neither has Brayden Point, and the only thing Kucherov has recorded is a one-game suspension for an extraordinarily dirty hit on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for the Jackets: Matt Duchene and Artemi Panarin — subjects of a major trade and a major nontrade, respectively — are scoring at will, while Zach Werenski is providing service from the blue line.Things aren’t much different between the pipes. Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been uncharacteristically abysmal: He has stopped just 86.6 percent of the shots he’s faced so far, which ranks second to last in the postseason among qualifying goalies. This is somewhat stunning, especially given the Russian’s previous postseason form: In 29 postseason appearances between 2014 and 2018, he stopped 91.9 percent of the shots he faced. This spring’s regression couldn’t have come at a worst time.On the other side of the ice, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been nearly unbeatable, stopping 94 percent of the shots he’s faced — which is good for second-best. None of this bodes well for the Bolts because save percentage is the single most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason, and therefore the key to a playoff run.As if circumstances could get any worse, Tampa is unraveling against a team that has never won a playoff series. In fact, Columbus had never won more than two games in a single postseason before this one. It’s one thing to be swept by a franchise that has won four Stanley Cups, as may happen to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the hands of the New York Islanders; it’s an entirely different thing to get bounced by a franchise that’s never advanced to the second round.We wrote last week that anything short of lifting the Stanley Cup in June would feel like a failure for the Bolts and would put them in the same company as the 1995-96 Red Wings, another set of historically great losers. But if the Bolts are dispatched in four games, their failure would have to be considered more embarrassing. After all, that Red Wings team advanced to the conference finals before crashing out of the postseason. This Bolts team might not even win a game.Only four teams have managed to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. If any team is up to the task, it’s this immensely talented Bolts group. But first, they’ll have to remember how to put the puck into the net of their opponent. Otherwise, they will make history for all the wrong reasons.
described in an announcement to the ASX dated 10 August, 2018. Mexican mining contractor Servimin Sara hasworked previously at Plomosas providing ground support and exploration mining activities and was mobilised tocommence mining the high-grade Tres Amigos mineralisation from level 5 where there is immediate access.Servimin Sara will initially mine 3,000 t of high-grade mineralisation in the first month, ramping up to 7,500 t/mth by the end of December 2018. October will be the first full month of high-grade feed delivery to Santa Eulalia. Consolidated Zinc Ltd announces it will commence mining at its Plomosas zinc-lead-silver project in northern Mexico. This follows the company entering into a processing and offtake agreement with Grupo Mexico through their nearby Santa Eulalia concentrator with the Plomosas concentrate sold and delivered to Grupo Mexico’s San Luis Potosi smelter. Mining will employ airleg stoping with the possible use of room and pillar methods wherethe dip of mineralisation makes this feasible. Equipment includes a 5 yd3 Atlas Copco Wagner (now part of Epiroc) Scooptram.The CZL Board has approved the development plan and mining will commence immediately with monthly receipts commencing mid October 2018. Mining will follow the mine schedule prepared by Cube Consulting Pty Ltdas
By Associated Press Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:42 PM Struck again: Italy hit by three earthquakes in one hour It further isolated some towns which were buried under snow for days. https://jrnl.ie/3192699 Share9 Tweet Email1 Students and teachers stand outside a highs chool after it was evacuated following three earthquakes which hit central Italy in the space of an hour 4 Comments 16,850 Views Students and teachers stand outside a highs chool after it was evacuated following three earthquakes which hit central Italy in the space of an hour Image: AP Jan 18th 2017, 2:42 PM THREE STRONG EARTHQUAKES shook central Italy in the space of an hour today, striking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year.The quakes also further isolated towns that have been buried under more than a metre of snow for days.The country’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said it appeared no one was killed, but that it was a “difficult day” for Italy.The first tremor, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, hit Montereale at about 10.25am (9.25am Irish time), according to the US Geological Survey.A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and 10 minutes later a third was measured at magnitude 5.3.IsolationSeveral towns and villages in the quake zone had already sounded the alarm in recent days that they were without electricity and were isolated from highways due to the unusually heavy snowfall that has blanketed much of central Italy.The quakes only made matters worse, knocking out some mobile phone service, hampering emergency responses and sending quake-weary residents into panic.“The situation is really getting extreme,” said the mayor of Canzano, Franco Campitelli.“It’s snowing hard. We’re without electricity. We hope the army gets here soon with snow plows or we risk being completely isolated,” he told Sky TG24.The quakes, which had their epicentres in the L’Aquila region, were felt as far away as Rome, 150 kilometres to the southwest.In the Italian capital, the subway was closed as a precaution, parents were asked to pick up their children from some schools, and offices, banks and shops were evacuated temporarily.But elsewhere in Rome at the Vatican, Pope Francis’ general audience today went off without a hitch.Mayor Maurizio Pelosi of Capitagno, near the epicentre of today’s quakes, said even before the earth shook many roads into and out of the town were blocked due to the snow.A hotel worker in town, Giuseppe Di Felice, told state-run RAI radio people couldn’t get out of their homes.“It’s apocalyptic,” he said.Read: 14th century basilica reduced to rubble after Italy’s most powerful quake in 36 years> Image: AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL
Stay on target Glaciers Have Lost More Than 9 Trillion Tons of Ice Since 1961Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies on Mount Everest NASA shared Landsat images of Greenland’s glaciers and they show how these icy structures have significantly changed over the last half century.The chilling images, which focus on the group of glaciers that empty into Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord, detail appearance and composition changes in hi-res form, NASA said in a press release. Landsat images taken in August 2019 were compared to Landsat images snapped in 1972, and they show that these massive ice hubs are changing in color and melting at shocking rates.Three of Greenland’s glaciers are seen in this Landsat 8 image from 2019 and a composite image from Landsat 1 scenes collected in 1972. (Photo Credit: NASA / Christopher Shuman)In a true-color Landsat 8 satellite image from August 12, 2019, the glaciers appear to have a brownish-grey hue. NASA says the color shows that the surface of these glaciers have melted and it’s a process that concentrates dust and rock particles and results in a darker, recrystallized ice sheet surface.What’s alarming about this image is that the darker melt surface in 2019 extends much farther on the ice sheet than it did in 1972, when the first Landsat satellite collected data on the area, according to Christopher Shuman, a glaciologist with the University of Maryland, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.Greenland’s Helheim Glacier is shown in close-up images from 2019 and 1972. (Photo Credit: NASA / Chris Shuman)By comparing the 2019 image to the 1972 image, scientists can also observe how Helheim Glacier and Midgard Glacier have retreated over the past 46 years. As one of the largest and fastest flowing glaciers in Greenland, Helheim Glacier has retreated roughly 4.7 miles up a wide fjord (deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs), leaving a mess of sea ice where its calving front used to be located. East of Helheim Glacier, Midgard Glacier has retreated approximately 10 miles and splits into two branches further up the fjord.“There’s a lot more bare rock visible now, which used to be covered with ice. And all these little glaciers are all getting slammed, as well as the bigger ones like Helheim, Fenris, and Midgard,” Shuman said. “There are scores of examples of change just in this one area.”NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign flew over an area of open water at the Helheim Glacier’s calving front on August 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: NASA / Josh Willis)Another Landsat close-up image of the Helheim Glacier, which was taken on August 15, 2019, shows a patch of open water at the calving front. Three days after the Landsat 8 satellite snapped the image over Helheim Glacier and its neighboring ice structures, NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project flew over the open patch of water in an airplane and dropped a temperature-measuring probe, which detected warm water at the ice front. The project is analyzing how oceans melt glaciers from below, even as air temperatures heat up the ice from above.Unusually warm air temperatures during the summer months have caused a record melt across Greenland. Roughly 90 percent of the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet has melted between July 30 and August 2, during which time approximately 55 billion tons of ice melted into the ocean, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.More on Geek.com:Glaciers Have Lost More Than 9 Trillion Tons of Ice Since 1961Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies on Mount EverestIncredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a Glacier
By Yankuba Jallow and Hatab NyangIn the ongoing Court Martial involving soldiers at the Yundum Military Camp, all twelve pleaded not guilty to all nine counts.The 12 military officers were arraigned before a panel of five military men and a judge advocate at the Yundum Military Camp. The composition of the court includes Sainabou Ceesay- Wadda as the Judge, Colonel Salifu Bojang as President and other members of the panel are Lieutenant Colonel Seedy Joof, Major Lamin K. Sanyang, Major Abdoulie Manneh and Major Basiru Sarr whilst the waiting members are Lieutenant Colonel Mai Touray, Captain A. Dacosta and Captain Awa Bah.Lawyer Sheriff Kumba Jobe appeared for the accused persons with Captains Suwaibou Jammeh, Bubacar Bah, Momodou Demba, Kebba Jabbie and Ansumana J. Sanyang, Lieutenants William Demba and Abdoulie K. Conteh. A.N Yusuf appeared for the State with Captain A.N Njie and Yusupha Jallow.Lawyer A.N Yusuf applied for the charges that were instituted on the 10th October 2017, to be substituted with the one dated 22nd November 2017, to be read to the accused persons to take their plea.Looking at the charge sheet, Lawyer Jobe for the accused persons asked the court whether it is normal practice in the general Court-Martial for charge sheets to be without the seal of the court because the charge sheet lacks the court’s seal. In response, he was told that he should take the charge sheet as it is.When the charges were read to the accused persons, Lawyer Jobe objected to Count one of the charge sheet dealing with treason contrary to Section 35 (1) (d) of the Criminal Code of the Gambia. He said Count one does not conform to the provision of Section 39 of the Criminal Code. He cited the provision of Section 39 of the Criminal Code which provides that the Consent of the Attorney General be given before one can face charge on Treason (count 1). He said Section 39 makes it mandatory that for any person to be tried with treason, a written consent of the Attorney General must be provided. He added that the State has failed to provide the written Consent of the Attorney General because no document of such is provided in court and urged the court to suspend count one till the Attorney General’s consent is acquired and he urged the court not to continue with Count 1.Counsel Yusuf on his counter argument told the court that Section 39 does not provide for the consent of the Attorney General to be provided to the accused persons or their lawyer. He added that before, during and after investigation, the Attorney General’s consent was sought in all stages. He also said before they instituted the charges at the Court-Martial, the consent was also sought which he said is a clear justification of the Consent of the Attorney General and urged the court to disregard the objection.On his reply on points of law, he said Section 39 of the Criminal Code does not contravene in anyway the provisions of the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia. He said Section 39 of the Criminal Code does not talk about the prosecuting authority but rather the person charged and told the Court that the provisions of Section 39 is not ambiguous, as it clearly spelt out what needs to be done.The Court overruled his objection with the view that since AN Yusuf of the State is a staff of the Attorney General, it shows his consent to the charge. She also held that Section 39 of the Criminal Code does not stipulate that the written consent of the Attorney General to the Court before trial commence.After the accused persons took their plea of not guilty, Lawyer Gaye applied for bail for the 8th and 9th accused persons. He said the offences the accused persons are facing are bailable offences and relied on Section 99 of the Criminal Code, 19(5) and 24 of the Constitution. He reminded the court of presumption of innocence under section 24 of the constitution adding that granting of bail will further the accused persons’ fundamental human rights. He told the court that the accused persons are not likely to commit any offence during the course of the bail and they have their family members ready to bail them. He urged the court to grant them bail that is not excessive saying excessive bail condition may amount to denial of bail.Lawyer Yusuf objected saying the laws Counsel Jobe was relying on are all general provisions of the law, adding that the provision of fundamental human rights are not absolute provisions. He cited section 19(4) to support his argument. He argued that the general provision of Section 99 of the Criminal Code cannot be applied on the matter relying on section 29 of the Gambia Armed Forces Act.Lawyer Jobe in his response held that section 49(1) of the GAF Act subjects itself to subsection 4 of the same section.“Therefore, when the Constitution grants for bail, no inferior law can derogate or deny such rights” he said.He submitted that Section 49 of the Criminal Code does not deny the court the right to grant the accused persons bail.The matter was subsequently adjourned to today at 10am.The 12 soldiers are facing prosecution on 9 counts namely; commuting a civil offence punishable under section 83 of the Gambia Armed Forces Act (GAF Act) that is to say Treason Contrary to Section 35 (1) (d), incitement to mutiny contrary to section 47 (a) of the GAF Act, failure to report mutiny contrary to section 47 (e) of GAF Act, conspiracy to commit mutiny contrary to section $7 (b) of the GAF Act, Endeavour to persuade members of the Armed Forces to take part in mutiny contrary to section 47 (c) of the GAF Act, Negligent or wilful interference with lawful custody contrary to section 65 (c) of the GAF Act, Connivance of desertion contrary to section 54 (a) of the GAF Act, Connivance of desertion contrary to Section 54 (a) of the GAF Act and Negligent interference with lawful custody contrary to section 65 of the GAF Act.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police have confirmed a 15-year-old high school student has been found, two days after she went missing at school.Kenlyn Nicole Velazquez had been last seen leaving Miami Beach Senior High with an unknown female, Friday, at 2:30 p.m.Police said the teen had skipped school in the past, but had never run away before. Officials said she had been upset in light of her parent’s pending divorce.Sunday afternoon, police confirmed Velazquez had returned home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Austin faced a judge in bond court on Thursday charged with child abuse.Some students couldn’t believe the charges against Austin.“Crazy ’cause he not that type of guy to do that,” said student Morris Burton. “I don’t see that in him. He’s not that type of guy.”Another student at Miami Norland Senior High said Austin got along with everyone.“He was cool with everybody,” he said. “I never know him to have beef with anybody. Like, he played basketball with us and all.”Miami-Dade County Public Schools said they’re taking this issue seriously and made the decision to fire Austin Thursday based off these alleged violent actions.Some students agreed with the school system. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Norland Senior High security guard has been arrested for allegedly putting a student in a chokehold, slamming him multiple times and punching him on campus.The 14-year-old student was left bruised and bleeding after police said he was attacked at a school by Miami Norland Senior High employee Torien Austin on Wednesday.According to arrest reports, school surveillance video captured part of the incident as Austin pulled the student down the hallway in a chokehold.Students told 7News about the brawl they saw at school between the student and employee.“After I turned around a couple of inches I managed to see one good pop and blow,” said student Amauri Stewart. “Not like an ease punch. It was an actual blow out punch.”Arrest records said the security guard choked the student and body slammed him about three or four times before he punched the student in the face.The student had bruises and a busted lip after this incident. “That’s not part of your job description: to hurt people’s kids,” said student Stephen Jean-Baptist.. “You’re here to keep them safe.”It is unclear what prompted the fight. Miami-Dade Schools is now launching their own investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau on Wednesday in preparation for daily service to Seattle starting May 29. (Photo by Doug Wahto)In preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.Download AudioAlaska travel analyst Scott McMurren says the power of competition goes a long way in lowering airfares.“The moment that Delta’s rubber hits the tarmac in Juneau, fares will be at historic lows. The moment Delta leaves the market, fares will immediately return to their previous level. This is a great opportunity for Juneau travelers, and that great opportunity will last as long as Delta flies there and not a moment longer,” McMurren says.An online spot check of round-trip flights between Juneau and Seattle in early June showed the airlines offered the same fares, $487.40. In September when Delta service ends, flights on Alaska Air Lines jump $80.Adding service to Juneau is part of Delta’s expansion in Seattle. Right now, the airline makes 35 daily departures out of Sea-Tac Airport. By August, Delta hopes to increase that to 86 departures.“We are reaching out to markets that are key travel markets for us that allow us to carry passengers both into Seattle as well as connect them onto international flights. We’re adding a significant amount of international service. We just added London Heathrow at the end of March and we are going to add Hong Kong and Seoul in June,” says Anthony Black, Delta spokesman.The airline already flies from Seattle to Amsterdam, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.Connecting to international destinations is what Black says will set Delta apart from Alaska Airlines, which only flies internationally to Canada and Mexico.Between Juneau and Seattle, Delta will be flying a Boeing 757. Alaska Airlines uses 737s. Black says a 757 can carry more passengers and has more powerful engines.He also says Delta’s prices are competitive and, so far, Delta is pleased with bookings.Marilyn Romano, regional vice president for Alaska Airlines, says she feels very secure with Alaska’s position in Juneau. She says Delta’s one flight a day between Juneau and Seattle during the summer doesn’t compare with Alaska’s eight flights a day.“That’s our standard operating business coming in and out of Juneau and that doesn’t include all the other flights that we have – Anchorage to Juneau, or Juneau to other cities in Southeast Alaska – so as far as competing, I think we feel like we’ve been operating daily service into Juneau for over four decades,” Romano says.Plus, there’s free baggage if you’re a member of Club 49, the airline’s program for Alaska residents, and bonus mileage, like last summer. Travelers flying on Delta from Juneau to Seattle will still get Alaska Airlines miles, though.While Alaska and Delta are now competing in Juneau, the two airlines are partners for other destinations.“At times, the competitive nature of our business is bigger than at other times and this is probably one of those times. We’re doing what we need to do to grow our business and Delta will do what Delta feels they need to do to grow their business, and at the same time, we are partners, so it’s a unique situation,” Black says.Juneau International Airport manager Patty deLaBruere says competition is good for Juneau’s economy.“Alaska Airlines, I think, has taken very good care of people up here but Delta may add a different flair on what they’re going to do for the travelers. So choice is good,” says deLaBruere.That also means more revenue for the airport, an enterprise of the City and Borough of Juneau. Renting space for a check-in counter and offices, flying in and out, and parking its plane overnight in Juneau for the summer will cost Delta about $90,000.
Hyderabad: Three of the University Grants Commission (UGC) scholarship schemes have helped the universities and colleges overcome the f staff crunch. The staff crunch has affected the research activities. According to a UGC, it has rolled out “UGC BSR Faculty Fellowship Scheme’ to encourage talented faculty members, who will retire within a year, to continue their research basic sciences. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us It said that the scheme was rolled out to provide an opportunity for the continuance of research contributions by talented science and technology teachers nearing superannuation in State Universities. The scheme which is also applicable to teachers of Central Universities, who are about to retire, would facilitate talented teachers in Science and Technology to continue their productive research for an additional period of three years after superannuation. Under this scheme they will play a research mentorship role for young researchers and PhD students, it said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Similarly, the Commission has rolled out another fellowship scheme comprising of three components for the universities and their affiliated colleges to take up research projects in humanities and human sciences. Christened as “Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE)”, it provides support to research projects that are socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important and globally significant. Advertise With Us The main objective of the new scheme is to benefit the faculty and students to strengthen trans-disciplinary research culture in the universities and affiliated colleges. As part of the scheme, it aims to identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity to promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research for India’s developing economy and national development. Under the scheme, the UGC will fund multi-institutional network high impact research projects in humanities and human sciences. For this, the commission would provide funding to the tune of Rs 1 crore to carry out research in all disciplines. That apart, the UGC will also provide funding to the tune of Rs 1 crore for the research in any discipline encouraging collaborations between universities, government, voluntary organisations and industries. Also, under another component of the same scheme, the UGC said that it would fund Rs 1 to Rs 5 crore for high impact research projects in the identified thrust areas in humanities and human sciences through a national network of eminent scientists from leading institutions based on the merit of the project. Likewise, under the Emeritus Fellowship Scheme (EFS) the UGC said that it would provide an opportunity to superannuated teachers to pursue active research in their respective field of specialisation in Indian universities, Deemed to be Universities eligible to receive a grant in aid from UGC. Besides, universities, institutions, colleges funded by the Central and State governments and institute of national importance are also eligible to avail the scheme.
Gandhinagar: The Hyderabad Commissionerate East Zone Task Force sleuths on Saturday caught two persons who were indulging in preparation of fake land registration documents and duping public. The accused Kranthi Suresh Kumar (62) and Mohammed Ali (40) were procuring and selling old non-judicial stamp papers.According to the Task Force sleuths, they seized incriminating material including old non-judicial stamp papers, rubber stamps in huge quantity from the possession of the accused. Efforts are on to nab the absconding accused. The are licensed stamp vendors and they used to sell non-judicial stamp papers near the Secunderabad Court. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us They used to purchase old stamp papers from Satish and further sell it to the public, mainly real estate brokers who in turn create fake documents by using those non-judicial stamp papers and approach the court to harass and create problems to the actual owners of the properties. The accused along with the seized material were handed over to Gandhinagar police for further action.
Madhuri Dixit celebrates her birthday on May 15th.InstagramBollywood diva Madhuri Dixit-Nene was born 15 May, 1967, in Mumbai, as Madhuri Dixit. The award-winning actress celebrates her 52nd birthday today. Known for her mesmerising smile, elegant dance moves and impeccable acting skills, Madhuri Dixit was a sensation in the late eighties and all through the nineties in Bollywood.The actress, recently seen in Karan Johar’s film Kalank as Bahaar Begum, held her own in a male-dominated Bollywood industry and had author-backed roles for her. Even in a hero-centric film, she had a strong role and could always shine through. After gettng married to Dr Shriram Nene in the US, she took a break and raised two sons.Often compared to yesteryear actress Madhubala for her resemblance, charm and beauty, Madhuri Dixit continues to enthral fans with her acting, her dance, her television shows where she is a judge, and her movie productions.Here are some beautiful pictures with quotes posted by Madhuri Dixit-Nene on social media, including some lovely black and white photos with the hashtag #BlackAndWhiteStories.1. “Don’t let your past affect your present or future.” Madhuri Dixit in black and white.Instagram2. “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Madhuri DixitInstagram3. “Looking for the good in everything and everyone.” Madhuri Dixit in black and white photo.Instagram4. “Be someone’s sunshine on a cloudy day.” Madhuri Dixit in orange traditional outfit.Instagram5. “Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.” Madhuri Dixit in black and white.Instagram6. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.” Madhuri Dixit casual cool.Instagram7. “Life is better when you’re laughing.” Madhuri Dixit smiles.Instagram8. “Dream It! Plan It! Do It!” Madhuri Dixit in sari.Instagram9. “No beauty can shine brighter than that of a good heart.” Madhuri Dixit in traditional look.Instagram10. “Give everyday a chance to become the most beautiful day.” Madhuri Dixit in traditional outfit.InstagramBonus image! Madhuri Dixit-NeneFacebookHappy birthday, Madhuri Dixit!
The Islamic State group claimed twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday targeting parliament and the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini, the first it has carried out in Iran.”Fighters from the Islamic State attacked the Khomeini mausoleum and the parliament building in Tehran,” the the Amaq propaganda agency said agency said, citing a “security source.””The two martyrdom operatives blew themselves up inside the Khomeini mausoleum in the centre of Tehran,” the “security source” added.The claim was circulated on social media accounts sympathetic to the jihadist group, which is currently under attack in its two major strongholds, Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.At least three people were killed in the coordinated mid-morning attacks in the Iranian capital.
Share Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty ImagesActivists of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council shout anti-U.S. slogans at a protest in Karachi on Tuesday. Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador after President Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over “lies” about militancy.Pakistan reacted angrily to President Trump’s first tweet of 2018, in which he accused the country of taking billions of dollars in U.S. aid while continuing to harbor militants.“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning, “and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Tehmina Janjua, summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale to complain about the tweet.“We have already told the U.S. that we will not do more, so Trump’s ‘no more’ does not hold any importance,” Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told Pakistani news channel Geo. “Trump is disappointed at the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan and that is the only reason he is flinging accusations at Pakistan.”Pakistan’s National Security Committee, formed of senior military officials and government ministers, also convened Tuesday and expressed “deep disappointment” over the tweet, which it said “struck with great insensitivity at the trust between [the] two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation.”The president’s tweet reflected tensions that have been growing between Washington and Islamabad since Trump outlined his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan in August. Back then, Trump accused Pakistan of offering “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.”The U.S. has delivered billions in aid to Pakistan since 2002, but a deepening sense of distrust has marred the relationship. Pakistan says it has paid an enormous price as an ally in the war on terrorism.Fareed Khan/APSupporters of Pakistani religious groups rally to condemn a tweet by President Trump in Karachi on Tuesday.“Seventy thousand lives for the last 16 years,” says Shahzad Chaudhry, a retired air vice marshal, referring to the number of Pakistani civilians and soldiers killed in militant attacks — widely seen in Pakistan as blowback for the country’s allying with the U.S. in the war on terrorism.“The U.S. looks at Pakistan as a transactional nation,” says Chaudhry. “Used when needed, and trashed when not needed.”Trump reiterated his message that Pakistan harbors terrorists in December, and it was echoed by Vice President Pence during a Dec. 21 visit to Afghanistan.Previous U.S. administrations have also accused Pakistan of playing a double game of allying with the U.S. while harboring militant networks loyal to the Taliban, seen as security assets.“But the tone is much sharper under the Trump administration,” notes Michael Kugelman, South Asia senior associate at the Wilson Center.The administration appears to see Pakistan as the chief reason the U.S. is not winning in Afghanistan, says Mosharraf Zaidi, an Islamabad-based columnist on political affairs for Pakistan’s The News and co-host of a podcast on political affairs called How to Pakistan.“I think what we’re seeing now is a substantial reordering of the relationship,” says Zaidi. “This is actually a process. And the process is a downward decline in the quality of trust,” he says, between the U.S. and “the Pakistani military, which is all-powerful and controls most of what happens with respect to these relationships.”Zaidi describes Trump’s tweets as “rhetorical coercion to see if they can scare Pakistan into doing some of the things that the U.S. would like Pakistan to do,” referring to a crackdown on militants in Pakistan’s border areas.Pakistan is unlikely bow to pressure, he says.In recent days, Pakistan’s military appeared to signal a certain defiance to the United States. Last week, Hafiz Saeed, a cleric designated as a terrorist by the U.S., participated in a rally in Rawalpindi, where Pakistan’s military headquarters is based.On Dec. 29, the New York Times reported that Pakistan refused to hand over a militant affiliated with the Haqqani network that is linked with the Taliban. U.S. officials believed the militant could provide information about an American kidnapped along with an Australian in Kabul in 2016.In response, the Trump administration was considering withholding a payment of $255 million to Pakistan’s military, the paper reported.Withholding aid is one of several actions the U.S. is considering. In August, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly mulled over stripping Pakistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally. Analysts say the U.S. could also increase drone strikes targeting militants on Pakistani territory.Analysts say Pakistan is betting that the U.S. will not take drastic steps because Pakistan serves as the chief air corridor for U.S. military supplies and troops to reach Afghanistan. It also still shares at least some intelligence with the U.S.“There are significant costs to the United States of rupturing the U.S.-Pakistan relationship,” says the Wilson Center’s Kugelman. “Pakistan would be very likely to retaliate in ways that would imperil U.S. interests.”One retired Pakistani general who is close to serving members of Pakistan’s military said any retaliation that would involve halting the U.S. supply routes would be “a last resort.” There are other, less dramatic options being considered, he said, such as cutting numbers of visas for U.S. diplomats. The retired general spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely about internal discussions.But Pakistan, too, needs the U.S. It needs Washington to support its appeals to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for loans as it seeks to stabilize its economy. The navy and air force largely rely on U.S.-manufactured technology, says Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S.China defended Pakistan on Tuesday, as a Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “We believe that the international community should fully recognize Pakistan’s anti-terrorism.”But Trump’s tweet — and his administration’s increasingly tough line toward Pakistan — have been welcomed by many Afghans, who have long pressed the U.S. to take a harder line on Pakistan.“President Trump has finally said what everybody needed to hear,” Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S., tells NPR.Islamabad bureau assistant Abdul Sattar contributed to this story. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.