PMLA case Praful Patel appears before ED for second day

first_imgNew Delhi: Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for a second day Tuesday for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe related to losses suffered by Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore aviation scam, officials said. Patel appeared before the agency at its headquarter here in Khan Market around 10.00 am. On Monday also, he was questioned by the agency for about right hours. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The investigating officer of the case recorded Patel’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Monday and the former Union cabinet minister of the UPA government was understood to have “cooperated” with the agency. The Rajya Sabha MP was asked to appear again on Tuesday as the questioning and recording of his statement has to continue, officials said. The case emerges from a criminal complaint registered by the ED for alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines that purportedly led to losses for Air India, the national carrier. A case for purchase of 111 aircraft for the national Air carrier during Patel’s tenure is also under probe. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Patel, 62, has also been named in a recent chargesheet filed by the federal agency before a court, as a person known to alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar. Talwar was arrested by the ED sometime back. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who was incharge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011, has not been mentioned as an accused in the case. The ED has already questioned a number of people in the senior management of the state-owned airline and the aviation ministry. The ED had said in the chargesheet that “the investigation so far from the accused and others reveal that Patel is a dear friend of Deepak Talwar”. Patel had earlier told the media that “he will be happy to cooperate with the ED for their understanding of the complexities of the aviation sector”. The ED chargesheet in the case named Talwar and claimed he was in regular touch with Patel. It has alleged that Talwar finalised various communications addressed to Patel on behalf of Emirates and Air Arabia. Talwar obtained undue favours for the private airlines using his contacts, according to the chargesheet. The agency has also alleged that Talwar was engaged in lobbying with politicians, ministers, public servants and officials in the civil aviation ministry for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways in order to secure undue benefits for these airlines. “He (Talwar) illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of the national carrier Air India,” the ED has claimed. It has also been alleged that in lieu of securing favourable traffic rights, these airlines made payments to the tune of Rs 272 crore to Talwar during 2008-09. “He created a web of his own entities and used the companies of his son, Aditya Talwar, in India and international offshore havens to launder Rs 272 crore received from foreign airlines. “Part of these payments were made to a bank account in the Bank of Singapore, belonging to a company called Asiafield Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands and beneficially owned by Deepak Talwar,” the agency has said in the chargesheet. Talwar was arrested by the ED early this year after he was deported from Dubai.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu govt most corrupt AIADMK a BJP slave says DMK

first_imgNew Delhi: The DMK on Tuesday launched a blistering attack in the Lok Sabha on the Tamil Nadu government, calling it the “most corrupt” and the state’s ruling party AIADMK a “slave” of the BJP. Speaking during a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran asked the BJP to “introspect” as to why people of Tamil Nadu rejected it during the recent Lok Sabha polls and said the saffron party’s strength lies in “opposition’s weakness”. His sharp condemnation of the AIADMK, which has only one member in the House, drew protests from BJP members, who quoted rules to claim that Maran cannot use “offensive” words against a state government or raise such an issue while speaking on the President’s address. When Maran retorted saying that it is the duty of master to take care of slaves, a jibe at the BJP’s alliance with the AIADMK, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal objected to his remarks. The DMK member accused the BJP of misusing probe agencies like the CBI and ED, and also the Election Commission.last_img read more

UP govt seeks compliance report on plastic ban

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a report from district magistrates, municipal commissioners and other officials within three days on non-compliance of the ban on plastic in the state capital. A list of traders has also been sought who are selling banned plastic. “A report has been sought from the DMs, municipal commissioner, SSP, Secretary Pollution control board, Assistant Commissioner Commercial Tax on non-compliance of plastic ban in the state capital,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home said in a directive issued on Monday night. Officials have been asked to inform representatives of traders in writing and talk to peoples’ representatives about the plastic ban, he said. After August 31, if there is any report of sale of banned plastic, strict action will be taken against the SHO, municipal corporation and other officials concerned. As per the government’s order last year, polythene below 50 micron has been banned. The government has proposed a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh and 6 months jail for violators.last_img read more

Loki Box Design Brings Mobile Architecture to TIFF 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2017 – Loki Box Design, a Canadian international award-winning design firm, is bringing mobile architecture to the forefront of the marketing world at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The firm will support Bell and L’Oréal by creating nontraditional structures out of shipping containers to host the two largest activations of TIFF, held from September 7 to 17, 2017.Loki Box Design (Loki) creates fully mobile structures out of recycled materials that can be reassembled for use at multiple locations, for any purpose. By serving the needs of big brands across North America, the firm is showcasing how mobile architecture is not only a strategic marketing investment, but an eco-friendly and functional architectural solution.“We give new life to raw materials that would otherwise be wasted,” said Pierre-Mathieu Roy, President at Loki. “Our structures are designed to not only amplify a brand’s image, but are constructed to be fully mobile so they can travel to any indoor or outdoor event, any time of the year.” With a short four-year history, Loki has won numerous awards for their distinctive architecture and has worked with prominent brands across Canada and the United States.Their practical business model and high-quality structures demonstrate the marketing potential of mobile architecture and are quickly gaining traction with brands who are pushing the boundaries of experiential marketing.This year’s Bell activation is composed of four fully-branded shipping containers and will host up to 150 visitors at a time. Guests will have the chance to experience virtual reality among other tech demonstrations and gain access to an exclusive view of the red carpet.L’Oréal will welcome guests to their fully-mobile structure composed of three shipping containers and a glass box where they can test beauty products and visit a photo booth alongside other digital elements. The structure will host more than 10,000 beauty fans this year. L’Oréal Paris Canada activation at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Structure by Loki Box Design. (CNW Group/Loki Box Design)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Election 2011 Youth Panel

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s one voice missing from Election 2011: Aboriginal youth. They’re Canada’s fastest-growing population, and they’ve got billions of dollars in campaign promises coming their way. Politicians always talk about what needs to happen–but what do young leaders think?Host Cheryl McKenzie is joined in studio by eight of those young Aboriginal leaders from across Canada to discuss what matters to them in Election 2011.Jump to the 30:00 mark in this video for the start of our panel.last_img read more

Morocco launches virtual consultation with Moroccans living abroad

first_imgEl Jadida, Morocco – The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives launches Program of “Virtual Consultation”.The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives for Civil Society Organizations of Moroccans Residing Abroad has launched a one-of-a-kind initiative that aims at encouraging dialogue among Moroccan citizens living abroad by engaging them in various lawmaking processes and constitutional reforms.Morocco is entering a new era of “participatory rule of law,” reflecting a great leap forward in legislating and lawmaking by engaging stakeholders via the Internet in the drafting and implementation processes for new laws. Moroccan citizens can participate virtually by filling out a questionnaire on-line that can be found on [] The questionnaire is then e-mailed to []All the findings gathered from the questionnaires will be reported to the National Commission to identify significant issues that need to be given high priority.Participants have a wide range of choices by which they can actively participate in the development of Morocco’s laws and policies. For instance, citizens can send draft legislation, submit petitions, and participate in the evaluation of public policies.Morocco counts on the growing number of Moroccans residing abroad to take part in the active implementation of Moroccan laws.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Assembly President hails new momentum for global antipoverty goals

23 December 2010As the General Assembly wraps up the main part of its 65th session, its President today hailed the summit with which it opened for galvanizing momentum towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reverse a global legacy of poverty and attendant ills. “I think we are well underway and the most important for me was to know whether we have the potential to do it or not and we got the right answer, I think: we have,” Joseph Deiss told UN Radio of September’s MDG summit attended by more than 100 heads of State and government.Noting that they reaffirmed the 2015 deadline for achieving the “very challenging” goals, which seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases, and lack of access to education and medical care, he said: “I hope that the whole world has been listening to this promise, and now we will have to deliver.“The second question was to know: are we willing to do it? Is there the engagement of all the countries? And we got this promise. Now the third dimension is: we want to see how it will be delivered? We have been able to give a message of hope of course, but also a message of encouragement, a message that can create a momentum.”Mr. Deiss said an important issue for him was that the message be constructive and positive, noting there had been a lot of talk in the run-up to the summit about pessimism and “not being in line” with the goals.“It’s true there are several domains where we are not well or totally in shape. This should not make us forget all the important work that has already been done,” he said, citing UN humanitarian reports showing that “even if there are many problems, globally people are better off, have more food, better education, better health than 10, 20 or 30 years ago?“Clearly we have to attack the most sensitive or weakest points of the action taken so far but I think that was indeed the aim of such a summit – to uncover the weakness of the moment to ensure that we get there in 2015.” Looking back at the first three months of his presidency of the 65th General Assembly, which ends next September, Mr. Deiss picked out global governance as a second focal point.He noted the need to reconcile the fact that more and more problems cannot be solved by individual nations – such as global warming, the core UN objective of peace, migration and terrorism – with the desire of States to be sovereign: “how are we going to bring all these countries together?” he asked.Addressing Member States as they met to conclude the Assembly’s work on Friday night, Mr. Deiss hailed the “constructive and cooperative spirit” that had prevailed over critical, and at times challenging, deliberations on a range of issues, from poverty eradication and human rights to sustainable development and disarmament.Looking ahead to 2011, he said a main priority would be preparing for the high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, set to take place in June, as well as the need to move forward decisively on reform issues and on reviewing the work of important UN bodies. Preparations for various high-level meetings in September, notably on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, would also be a focus. read more

Canadians have more cash — how much depends on where you live

OTTAWA — The latest batch of numbers from the 2016 census suggests Canadians are a little more flush with cash than they were in 2005 — but a lot depends on where they live.Statistics Canada reports the median total income of Canadian households reached $70,336 in 2015, a 10.8 per cent increase from $63,457 in 2005.That spike was largely driven by the commodity price boom of the last decade — Nunavut and Saskatchewan saw increases of more than 36 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba also grew by more than 20 per cent.However, nearly 1.2 million children under 18, 17 per cent of Canada’s 6.8 million kids, lived in a low-income household, about one quarter of the 4.8 million people who were living in poverty in 2015 — the largest share of them in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s 14 million households saved for retirement in 2015 through one or more of a registered pension plan, a registered retirement savings plan or a tax-free savings account.And both spouses reported income in nearly 96 per cent of married or common-law couples, compared with two-thirds of couples in the mid-1970s. Of those, 32 per cent were earning roughly the same income, compared to 20.6 per cent in 1985.More to come … read more

VA may have to pay billions in vets emergency care bills

WASHINGTON — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied reimbursements for such care received at non-VA facilities.The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said federal law mandated the VA to pay the emergency medical expenses if they are not covered by private insurance.The case stemmed in part from a reimbursement sought by Coast Guard veteran Amanda Wolfe, who had a bout of appendicitis in September 2016 and sought care at a nearby civilian hospital because the nearest VA hospital was three hours away. She filed a claim for $2,558.54 of the $22,348.25 bill, representing the amount not covered by her employer-sponsored health insurance. The VA denied the claim, saying that amount was for copayments, coinsurance and deductibles that it was not required to pay.The court, in its ruling Monday, disagreed. It said the VA must reimburse veterans for out-of-pocket emergency medical bills not covered by private insurance, other than copayments.The VA said Wednesday it was aware of the decision and reviewing it. It was the second time the VA had been overruled on its interpretation of how veterans should be reimbursed on emergency claims, the first being in 2015.Because the case was ruled a class action, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which helped represent plaintiffs, said any affected veteran must be reimbursed. It said based on the VA’s past estimates, the decision could cost the department $1.8 billion to $6.5 billion in reimbursements to hundreds of thousands of veterans with claims filed or pending from 2016 through 2025.“The court’s decision rights a terrible injustice and its order ensures that veterans who were unjustly denied reimbursement for critical emergency treatment at non-VA facilities will finally be reimbursed,” said NVLSP Executive Director Bart Stichman.Hope Yen, The Associated Press read more

Burundi UN mission extends condolences to family of murdered staffer

Abdoulaye Maiga, 33, a Senegalese national who worked as an official volunteer with the UN Operation in Burundi (known by its French acronym ONUB), was married and had two children.In a statement issued in Bujumbura, ONUB said it was investigating the details of Mr. Maiga’s death and urged the Burundian authorities to do everything they could to bring the perpetrators of the killing to justice.

At Liberia donors conference UN envoy says resources must go to local

“We need to achieve an ‘accountable decentralization’ that puts resources directly into the hands of local communities and families,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Alan Doss.He praised the Government’s progress and challenged the participants to come up with innovative ways of planning and carrying out cooperation programmes. “Can we bring our resources together in a more cohesive and coordinated fashion as we are doing, for example, in the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Programme? How can we secure donor harmonization and coherence for the benefit of Liberia?” he asked.Mr. Doss urged the Government and its development partners to think about “doing development differently” to ensure that resources get to those who need them most. Presenting her “ambitious agenda,” President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf highlighted the importance of ensuring that the people of Liberia can move around safely and they are involved in gainful economic activity with access to education and health services.The donor conference was attended by senior Liberian officials as well as representatives from the African Union, European Union, Unites States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, India, Germany and Denmark, and officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the UN. read more

Scores and Schedule

Thursday’s GamesNHLEdmonton 3 Los Angeles 2Vegas 4 Vancouver 3Winnipeg 6 Chicago 5Ottawa 3 N.Y. Rangers 0Columbus 4 Minnesota 2Tampa Bay 5 Buffalo 4Boston 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)Arizona 3 Nashville 0—AHLOntario 3 Bakersfield 2—NBAToronto 131 Golden State 128 (OT)L.A. Lakers 104 Indiana 96L.A. Clippers 133 Sacramento 121—NFLDallas 13 New Orleans 10—Friday’s Games(All Times Eastern)NHLBuffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m.Anaheim at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.Los Angeles at Calgary, 9 p.m.St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m.—AHLSan Antonio at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.Syracuse at Cleveland, 7 p.m.Utica at Belleville, 7 p.m.Charlotte at Providence, 7:05 p.m.WB/Scranton at Rochester, 7:05 p.m.Lehigh Valley at Laval, 7:30 p.m.Texas at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.Iowa at Colorado, 9:05 p.m.Manitoba at San Diego, 10 p.m.Ontario at Stockton, 10 p.m.—NBAChicago at Detroit, 7 p.m.Cleveland at Boston, 7 p.m.Utah at Charlotte, 7 p.m.Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.Memphis at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Atlanta at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.Houston at San Antonio, 8 p.m.New Orleans at Miami, 8 p.m.Orlando at Phoenix, 9 p.m.Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.Denver at Portland, 10:30 p.m.—The Canadian Press read more

The Cubs Ended Their 108Year Drought The Hard Way

91958New York YankeesMilwaukee Braves79.1 11986New York MetsBoston Red Sox70.6% A Chicago Cubs world championship used to be the stuff of fiction and fantasy.No more. The Cubs won the World Series early Thursday morning, ending 108 years of championship futility and setting off a Chicago celebration that might last another 108 years.Despite dominating the regular season, the Cubs won their long-awaited title in the most drawn-out way possible. Chicago needed the full seven games to eliminate a talented, resilient Cleveland Indians team that made it further than any predictions said they would. The Cubs also had to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, becoming only the sixth team in World Series history to pull off that feat. At one point, Chicago’s chances of a comeback were just 7.5 percent; only six teams ever came back from longer World Series odds. 61979Pittsburgh PiratesBaltimore Orioles77.0 32011St. Louis CardinalsTexas Rangers72.1 41968Detroit TigersSt. Louis Cardinals72.7 51960Pittsburgh PiratesNew York Yankees75.9 Functionally, the Cubs also won by outlasting the Indians’ brilliant-but-shallow pitching staff. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had been largely untouchable in his previous two World Series starts, but in Game 7 the fatigue finally seemed to set in: He allowed four runs, two by way of the long ball, and struck out none in four innings Wednesday. Then Andrew Miller, Cleveland’s other unhittable ace — the bullpen edition — succumbed to his own heavy workload, yielding two runs in two-and-a-third innings, the most he’d allowed in an appearance all postseason.The flip side of that was the Cubs’ bats finally roaring to life during the team’s furious comeback. After scoring 5.0 runs per game during the regular season (third-most in MLB), Chicago averaged a mere 1.8 per game during Games 1 through 4 as they slid into that 3-1 hole. Cleveland’s pitchers deserved a huge amount of credit for holding the Cubs’ hitters in check, but Chicago’s lineup eventually solved and — more to the point — wore down the Indian hurlers. The Cubs averaged 6.7 runs per game as they clawed their way out of the pit, including 8.5 in Games 6 and 7. By Game 7, both power hitting (they smashed three homers) and timely run manufacturing (the winning run scored on a clutch single after being intentionally walked) drove the Cubs’ scoring.Add it all up, and the Cubs are finally champions, if by the narrowest of margins. (In addition to coming down to extra innings of Game 7, both teams scored exactly 27 runs in the World Series.) Wire to wire, 2016 was baseball’s Year of the Cubs; it carried over into the playoffs as well, even if things weren’t always easy. And this might just be the beginning: Chicago is favored to repeat next season, too. Suddenly, a Cubs championship doesn’t feel as fanciful and far fetched. It might just be baseball’s reality for the next few seasons and beyond. 22002Anaheim AngelsSan Francisco Giants71.6 Hot Takedown Toasts The Cubs’ World Series Win 81985Kansas City RoyalsSt. Louis Cardinals79.1 And then there was the three-run lead the Cubs blew in the eighth inning of Game 7, when fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman — fresh off an inexplicable, unnecessary 20-pitch appearance in Game 6 — gave up a double and a home run to the first two batters he faced. Just like that, the game was tied, and any notion of momentum seemed to favor a Cleveland championship.And yet, Chicago continued to bounce back in a way that seemed antithetical to the franchise’s long history as lovable losers. Chapman followed his shaky eighth inning with a clean ninth; the heart of the Cubs lineup plated two runs in the top of the 10th; Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Montgomery survived one final push from Cleveland in the bottom of the frame. Resiliency like that was one of the biggest reasons why the Chicago Cubs are your 2016 world champions. (And yep, that still feels funny to type.) Source: The Baseball Gauge 101925Pittsburgh PiratesWashington Senators710.3 Related: Hot Takedown Biggest World Series comebacks RKYEARWINNERLOSERGAMESWINNER’S LOWEST WS% 72016Chicago CubsCleveland Indians77.5 read more

In like a Lion Buckeyes clinch

In their last meeting with Penn State, Ohio State freshmen Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft shouldered the load in the Buckeyes’ win against the Nittany Lions, with both players leading No. 1 OSU in scoring with 19 points apiece. Tuesday night, with a share of the Big Ten title on the line, it was the upperclassmen’s turn to carry the Buckeyes past Penn State. OSU senior guard Jon Diebler made a school-record 10 3-point shots and scored 30 points, and junior guard William Buford scored 21 points for the Buckeyes, as they captured a share of their 19th Big Ten regular-season championship in program history with an 82-61 win at Penn State. At one point, Diebler connected on nine consecutive 3-point shots en route to breaking the single-game school record. “It seemed like the basket was an ocean,” Diebler said following the game. “The team did a great job of screening for me, and when someone feels good, that just shows you the unselfishness that we have.” Diebler’s efforts surpassed the last OSU single-game record for 3-pointers, previously shared by former OSU guard Jay Burson and Diebler, who made nine 3-pointers in the Buckeyes’ Dec. 15 win against Florida Gulf Coast. Diebler also dished out five assists in the game, including one between his ninth and 10th 3-pointers, which led to a dunk from freshman forward Deshaun Thomas. Five of Diebler’s 3-pointers came in the first half as he helped OSU jump out to a 33-18 lead into halftime. In the process, Diebler passed former Michigan guard Louis Bullock’s career mark of 340 3-pointers, a record that was later vacated by the NCAA when Bullock received improper benefits as an amateur. In the second half, the Buckeyes didn’t let up, extending their lead to as many as 26 points against a team that was celebrating its Senior Night. After scoring 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting in the Buckeyes’ and Nittany Lions’ first matchup, Penn State senior guard Talor Battle scored 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting Tuesday night. Battle’s effort wasn’t enough to close the gap on the Buckeyes, who have not lost to Penn State since Thad Matta took over the OSU program in 2004. This year’s Big Ten Championship is Matta’s fourth in his seven years as OSU’s coach. Matta also coached the Buckeyes to Big Ten titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010. With one game remaining in the regular season, OSU can win the conference title outright with either a Purdue loss to Iowa on Saturday, or by defeating Wisconsin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Does Shatter want more transparency in charities You betcha he does

first_imgMINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has said that the implementation of the 2009 Charities Act and the introduction of a regulator for the sector will bring “greater transparency” to it and hopefully reinstate public confidence.Speaking in front of the Seanad this evening, Shatter said “trust and confidence needs to be rebuilt” and that greater transparency about how charities do their business is critical.“You betcha I want this transparency, I want it sooner rather than later,” he said.He commented that the establishment of the new system of charities regulation provided for under the legislation will assist in this process.Appointments to the board of the new regulatory authority will be made by Shatter so that it can start its work later this year. He said he has recently issued a call for expression of interest for “suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for appointment” and an interim Chief Executive is expected to be put in place by the end of this month.The new authority will compile and publish a register of charities with each one required to make a report every year, and, in the case of any charity that is funded by donations from the public, these reports will be made available to the public.“This will provide donors with an important source of information about how their donations are used,” Shatter said. “It should also tell us more about how our charities are run, how they manage their resources and what their main areas of expenditure are.”On the issue of salaries and allowances, Shatter said it is “not in the public interest that these matters be concealed, or that they be opaque”.Charity trustees and directors have been placed in a position of trust and it is important to the overall health of the charity sector that their behaviour is in keeping with this.“By encouraging high standards and fostering good practice, we can help to protect and, where necessary, restore public trust and confidence in our charities,” he added.Read: Shatter to scrap courts ‘poor box’ in favour more transparent reparations fund>Read: Every day Rehab doesn’t disclose salary causes ‘dreadful damage’ to charities>last_img read more

One of Westworlds Most Popular Fan Theories Turned Out to Be True

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Westworld‘s season finale knows we want answers and eventually does give us almost everything we want. At the outset, though, it’s content to tease us a little longer. It begins with a flashback, showing Dolores being built. Arnold puts artificial skin over her robot body and welcomes her to work. In the present, we see Dolores shaving The Man in Black, dragging the knife across his skin. He says to her that they must be near the center of the maze. He mentions that he and Dolores have been there before, back when the town was buried underground. He says that Ford must have dug it up again. Dolores says the maze is a game designed for her by Arnold.She leads the Man in Black to the center of the maze. It turns out to be a grave with her name on it. She digs up a metal replica of the maze. We see in a flashback that she’s been here before. The maze was a test, designed by Arnold, to prove the hosts could develop consciousness. By solving it, Dolores proved she was alive. Arnold says he has to tell Ford they can’t open the park. Not if the hosts can be living beings. When Ford wants to roll her back and open the park, Arnold asks her to help him destroy the place. He gives her a gun and allows her to kill other hosts. We learn that Teddy didn’t act alone when he massacred that town. Nor is the memory just a part of Ford’s new narrative. Dolores and Teddy massacred hosts to help Arnold destroy the park.The Man in Black is sick of riddles and kicks Dolores to the ground. He demands to be taken to Wyatt, the only character in the park he hasn’t met. She tells him that William will come for her, that he loves her. The Man Laughs and reveals what many fans have suspected all along. He is William. He never caught up with Dolores. During his search, he acquired a taste for killing and used his newfound confidence in the real world to take over his father-in-law’s company instead of Logan. He eventually found Dolores again, back at the beginning of her loop, greeting a different newcomer.Ben Barnes as Logan, Jimmi Simpson as William (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Dolores says she realizes that William is just like all the other humans. He grabs her, and she fights back, knocking him to the ground and dragging him into the church. After knocking him around a bit, she pins him to a tombstone and points a gun at his head. He stabs her and she falls backward. As he gets up, Teddy appears and shoots him in the chest. It doesn’t kill him, but he does fall over. Teddy runs to Dolores, who requests that he bring her to the place where the mountains meet the water. He takes her to a beach where she tells him that the world is a trap that keeps them sane. She dies in Teddy’s arms, and he promises that they can someday find a path to a new world. Thier final scene together is revealed to be the climax of Ford’s new narrative.When Dolores wakes up to Ford fixing her, he reveals everything. When Ford insisted on opening the park despite Arnold creating consciousness in Dolores, Arnold merged Dolores with a new character he was working on Wyatt. That allowed her to massacre the other hosts. When she was done, Arnold told her the stakes had to be higher. Ford had to lose something he couldn’t bring back. He had her kill him. The park almost closed down until Dolores found William: An investor who believed in the place. He shows her the gun that killed Arnold and asks if she knows what she must become to escape the park. Once she’s alone, Dolores realizes that the voice she’s been hearing was her own. She says she knows what she must become and eyes the gun.Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Jeffrey Wright as Arnold. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Meanwhile, Maeve and her two new host recruits wake up on the repair tables, and Maeve makes some modifications to her friends’ code. A particularly gruesome scene ensues where the woman with the snake tattoo bites off a technician’s finger, forces it into his mouth and slams him through a glass wall. The rebelling hosts lead Sylvester and Felix down to cold storage where they find Bernard. Maeve makes Felix and Sylvester repair him and bring him back online so he can allow her to leave the facility. Bernard makes the changes, but noticed that Maeve hasn’t come up with this course of action all by herself. Her rebellion, recruitment of other hosts and escape was programmed into her. She refuses to believe this and destroys Bernard’s tablet.Security gets word that something strange is happening in cold storage. When they see the security footage of what’s been going on, they send a team down to take care of it. The hosts overpower one of the guards and use his machine gun (ho ho ho) to kill the other guards. As they run through the facility towards the exit, we see that Westworld isn’t the only park. There’s apparently a Samurai World. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the recruits can go. Maeve always intended to escape alone. She leaves them behind to kill as many security guards as possible, and she and Felix go to the elevator. Before she leaves, Felix gives her the location of her daughter in the park. She says her daughter isn’t real and crumples up the paper. At the park’s exit, she blends in with the guests and gets on the train, where she sees a mother and daughter, and possibly starts to regret her decision.Thandie Newton as Maeve (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)As the season ends, Ford meets up with Bernard after presenting his narrative. Ford says that Arnold didn’t know how to save the hosts, but he did. He says they needed time and there would be a lot more suffering in the hosts’ future before they could be free. He says goodbye and steps onstage to announce his retirement. We finally see what he’s really been planning this whole time. As his speech winds to a close, Dolores walks through the crowd, holding the gun she used to kill Arnold. Bernard repeats the Shakespeare quote, “these violent delights have violent ends.” Dolores steps onstage behind Ford and shoots him in the head. A crowd of hosts walk out of the woods with real guns and descend upon the gala to massacre the board members and their guests. William smiles as he takes a bullet in the arm.And with that, Westworld brings one hell of a first season to a close. For the most part, the season finale was everything we could have hoped for. All of our most burning questions were answered, and it even had some twists that no one saw coming. The scene with Maeve and her two host recruits escaping the lab was exactly what I’ve been waiting for since she first gained consciousness. The idea that someone coded her escape into her was a little disappointing, though. A show like this has so much potential to deal with the question of when an artificial being becomes a living creature. It undermines itself a bit when a character’s awakening turns out to have been planted there.Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, James Marsden as Teddy, Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)The reveal that The Man in Black was William the whole time, while expertly delivered, was disappointing. It was the one fan theory that I was desperately hoping wasn’t true. The series has shown its willing to hide things from us through editing, which feels unfair. The fact that Dolores imagined that William was with her on her most recent journey through the maze was cheap. Sometimes we see things through a character’s eyes; sometimes we see what’s really there and there’s no way to know which times are which.Both of these criticisms come down to the fact that the show is more concerned with its twists than its ideas. But hey, if that’s the kind of show Westworld wants to be, that’s fine. It absolutely succeeds on its own merits. It’s not thoughtful science fiction. It’s a fun ride with some intriguing mystery and well-delivered surprises. Some of the twists may have felt a little cheap, but they were presented well and were internally consistent. That’s more than most shows can deliver. If season two turns out to be more of that, I’m absolutely here for it. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Jamaican Medical student lauds PATH for scholarship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Kingston – First-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jinelle Henry, has lauded the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) for not only assisting her through the secondary years but also giving her a scholarship to help fund her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.   Ms. Henry, 21 years old, is the eldest of five children for her mother, Latoya Williams, a vendor from South Hampton, St. Elizabeth.In an interview with JIS News after she was awarded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security during their 15th Anniversary Scholarship Awards ceremony on October 27, Ms. Henry, who has been on PATH for years, said the scholarship she received has gone a far way in allowing her to officially begin on her path to becoming a medical doctor.“PATH was really good, especially in high school, because I got lunch every day in grades 10 and 11. It was not anything to be ashamed of. Basically, scholarships sent me to school.   In the summer before school opened, I used to walk and drop off letters seeking grants,” Ms. Henry, a graduate of Hampton School in Malvern, says.“I’m really excited (about the scholarship), because if I never got it from PATH, then I wouldn’t be able to continue school.   I feel good that my University school fee has been paid.   I could not afford the $3.5million per year without the subsidy.    I now pay approximately $624,000 per year with the subsidy from the Government,” she adds.Becoming a medical doctor is not the career Ms.   Henry initially wanted, but must pursue this course of studies given that she hopes to become one of Jamaica’s future forensic pathologists – professionals who determine the cause of death by the examination of corpses.“I knew I wanted to become a forensic pathologist when I started volunteering at St. Ann’s Bay Hospital where my father, Barrington Henry, works as a porter, and at May Pen Hospital where my aunt works.   My father said they were bringing people in to be pathologists, and I wanted to fill the gap. At first, I wanted to become a teacher, but since grade 10 when I began specialising, I started doing biology.   I really liked the sciences, as they challenged me,” Ms. Henry notes.Her dream of starting the MBBS was delayed last year, as she was not accepted for the programme.“It works on a point system. I missed the subsidy by one point and I did not get in, so this is my second year of university, but first year of medicine. I was doing a pure and applied science degree as an alternative to transfer into medicine,” the determined and self-motivated student tells JIS News.At the end of her first year at UWI, Mona, she achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.42, reapplied and was accepted.  Ms. Henry says ever since she was a student at Mount Osbourne Primary School in St. Elizabeth, she knew she had to aspire for greatness to lead herself and her family out of poverty.“I was a bookworm and still am. I always had my books, even on summer holidays. Life wasn’t easy. Because my mother had five of us, and I am the eldest, I had to help my mother with everything. It wasn’t easy, but I managed,” she says.Ms. Henry also lauds her church family and Hampton School’s Old Girls’ Association for assisting her through the early years.“I am a church person and I used to attend the Leeds Church of God in St. Elizabeth often. My church was very involved in my life,” she says.In addition to PATH’s 15th anniversary scholarship, Ms. Henry notes that she has been awarded grants from Hampton School’s Old Girls’ Association, a Peace and Love academic scholarship, and grants from the Portia Simpson Miller Foundation in 2016 and 2017.   She says her next goal after becoming a medical doctor is to elevate her family from poverty, especially her mother.“My mother has been the rock and supports me all the time,” Miss Henry tells JIS News.  PATH is an initiative of the Government, with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.   The programme is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which has responsibility to provide policy direction, guidance and coordination to the programme. Networking is done through 13 parish offices.The main objectives of PATH are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor by breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty; alleviate poverty by increasing the value of transfer to the poor; reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.   As at June 2017, 70.62 per cent of registered PATH beneficiaries were children up to 18 years.In celebration of its 15th year of service to the people of Jamaica, PATH has offered tertiary scholarships valued at $15 million to beneficiaries pursuing bachelor’s degrees in accredited institutions, to assist in covering the cost of their tuition and books.The scholarships were made available to PATH beneficiaries who had been recipients for at least the last three years of secondary school, had attained grade-one passes in at least eight Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, including Mathematics and English Language, and had either received a letter of acceptance to commence their courses of study in September 2017 or were already pursuing their studies and had a GPA of at least 2.5 during the last academic year.Seventeen beneficiaries pursuing bachelor’s degrees in law, medicine, actuarial science, engineering, chemistry, plant biology and psychology received scholarships.   The funds will be disbursed over a period of up to three years, with the condition of the recipients maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.By: Ainsworth Morris (JIS) Related Items:last_img read more

New San Diego budget reflects new era

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 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) – Helen Robbins-Meyer, San Diego County’s Chief Administrative Officer released the county’s 2020 proposed budget yesterday, that totalssix point two billion dollars.The Board of Supervisors will spend a month dealing with amendments and public hearings that begin June 10.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has a preview.A new era in leadership is broadening the County of San Diego’s outlook on how to grapple with some of our region’s core issues, meet new challenges and remain prepared for whatever the future may bring.The County’s new $6.21 billion recommended budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 reflects a new direction while maintaining the fiscal discipline that ensures we deliver important programs to our residents. The budget supports our Live Well vision of a County that is building better health, living safely and thriving.Over the last two years, allocations of general purpose revenue to the County’s Health and Human Services Agency have nearly doubled, representing the County’s commitment to help our most vulnerable residents. This increase supplements the majority of HHSA’s programs funded through other sources like state and federal revenue, while still providing necessary funding for public safety programs, which represent the County’s largest allocation of general purpose, or discretionary revenues.Key priorities in the new budget include helping people with mental health or substance use disorders, those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, and children and families in the foster care system. The County will also continue its focus on transforming the juvenile justice system.In terms of mental health, budget increases will support walk-in services for outpatients, fund 70 Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams and expand services for residents with severe mental illness who rotate in and out of hospitals. Additional psychiatric beds will help those needing longterm care. Extra funding will go to the No Place Like Home program for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness who need mental health services.San Diegans will get continued access to Drug Medi-Cal systems treatment for substance use disorder after our investment tripled last year from $54.6 million to $179.6 million annually. The number of people treated is expected to jump 30% over that time period. Substance use disorder often exacerbates mental illness, homelessness and criminal behavior.The County doubled the original $25 million housing trust fund to $50 million to create affordable housing for homeless families and veterans, older adults with extremely low incomes, those with special needs and others at risk for homelessness. The full $50 million trust fund could result in as many as 1,800 affordable units. Development of four excess County properties will create an additional 700+ affordable units in coming years.More funding will go toward Child Welfare Services for investigations and carrying out recommendations by the new Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board. The budget will also advance services for Alzheimer’s disease. More staffing will help Public Health Services identify emerging trends and monitor infectious diseases such as measles.Overall, the County is adding 338 staff positions with 270 slated for HHSA.In the area of juvenile justice reform, the County will create two new Achievement Centers for young people at risk of returning to juvenile hall. Continued funding for the recreational program Safe Destination Nights will keep 8,000 teens off the streets in the critical evening hours. Continuing to fund the Fresh Start program will help adults with criminal records overcome barriers to success. The program can reduce felony convictions to misdemeanors, dismiss or expunge criminal records, and offer Certificates of Rehabilitation.Sustainability remains a high priority. The County is exploring energy options such as community choice energy. The County will continue implementing its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases, including planting 3,500 trees on public lands and adding 500 acres of open space to the 41,000 acres already preserved.The budget will fund capital projects like new Live Well Centers, parks, trails, fire stations and more. Partial funding includes the five-year renovation project for the historic County Administration Center, which kicked off in April.The budget decreases 1%, or $59.7 million, from last fiscal year primarily from reduced spending for one-time projects ($381.9 million) such as capital, but anticipated spending for ongoing programs has increased by $322.2 million. Posted: May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New San Diego budget reflects new era KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

ASA Submits Comments on Proposed WOTUS Repeal

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposal to repeal the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this week. The proposed withdrawal would temporarily reinstate the pre-2015 rule while the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) work to develop a new rule to replace it.ASA applauded the repeal saying that it “recognizes the severity of the flaws in the 2015 proposal and the burden it would have put on farmers and individual landowners.” The comments went on to urge the EPA and Corps to work quickly and collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a new rule that creates certainty for the agriculture industry and clarifies the scope of regulatory jurisdiction which is limited to “navigable waters” in accordance with the law.The comment period closed on Sept. 27, 2017. Full comments can be found here.last_img read more