New Delhi: The ED has attached properties worth Rs 246 crore in connection with its money-laundering investigation in the Gutkha scam case.The attached properties include 174 immovable properties in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh, worth around Rs 243 crore; and shares and vehicles worth around Rs 2.29 crore. The Enforcement Directorate had initiated investigation under PMLA, after taking cognizance of a CBI FIR in the Gutkha scam after the High Court in Chennai had directed the probe agency to investigate illegal manufacture, import, supply, and distribution of Gutkha, which was banned in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from May 2013. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The financial probe agency found that AV Madhava Rao, PV Srinivasa Rao, Tallam Uma Shankar Gupta and others had associated to illegally manufacture and sell Gutkha products in the souther state, with a turnover of Rs 639.40 crore between June 2013 to June 2016. The ED’s investigation has revealed that the money from this trade was allegedly invested in the attached properties in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. The agency said that land was purchased through several companies such as Gayathri Realtors, Medha Diary Pvt Ltd, Vaijayanthi Spinners and other. The agency added that three factories were also purchased to facilitate the illegal Gutkha business, in addition to purchasing vehicles to distribute their product. The ED added that profits from the Gutkha business were also laundered by purchaing land and real estate in the name of the accused and their family members, in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Salem, Puducherry, and Chennai.
New Delhi: At least 15 trains were delayed on Sunday due to a technical snag at the Okhla railway station in the national capital. Following a delay of two hours, services along the route were normalised after the snag was fixed by a team of railway engineers who were rushed to the spot. “An electric multiple unit (EMU) broke at the Okhla station at about 8 a.m. this morning blocking the up and down lines. As a result, eight up and seven down trains suffered delay,” said a railway official. Officials informed that movement of trains along the up line resumed at around 9.30 a.m. after completion of maintenance work. The down line resumed operations half an hour later.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Annual Ranking of B.C. Elementary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute.This tool is an easy way for parents to compare the academic performance of the province’s schools. The report card ranks 955 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.“The report card offers parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs over time and compares to other schools in B.C.,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region; 43/955 – JS Clark, Fort. Nelson 43/955 – Hudson’s Hope, Hudson’s Hope 95/955 – C.M. Finch, FSJ 95/955 – Clearview. FSJ 106/955 – Bert Ambrose, FSJ 129/955 – Upper Pine, Rose Prairie 134/955 – Alwin Hollan, FSJ 195/955 – Baldonnel, Baldonnel 261/955 – Crescent Park, DC 261/955 – Pouce Coupe, Pouce Coupe 285/955 – Little Prairie, Chetwynd 285/955 – Taylor, Taylor 311/955 – Robert Ogilvie, FSJ 311/955 – Notre Dame, DC 333/955 – Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge 353/955 – Christian Life, FSJ 452/955 – Charlie Lake, Charlie Lake 452/955 – Central Arts, FSJ 452/955 – Canalta, DC 512/955 – Prespatou, Prespatou 655/955 – Frank Ross, DC 694/ 955 – Don Titus, Chetwynd 771/955 – Duncan Cran, FSJ 789/955 – Tremblay, DC 825/955 – Windrem, Chetwynd 862/955 – Peace Christian, ChetwyndThe Fraser Institute shares the data suggests every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.The example provided by the ranking, ‘Armstrong Elementary in the city of Armstrong is the province’s fastest-improving school, climbing from a score of 1.9 (out of 10) in 2014 to 6.1 in 2018. And Armstrong’s Grade 4 students showed significant improvement in reading, writing and math.’ and over the same time period, Maria Montessori in Victoria improved from 7.3 to 9.5—despite having a 20.1 percent special needs population.“We often hear excuses in B.C. that schools can’t improve student performance because of the communities and students they serve, but the evidence suggests otherwise,” MacLeod said.For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare; CLICK HERE
CALGARY — Online payments company PayPal has been ordered to hand over information about its Canadian business account holders to the Canada Revenue Agency.PayPal says on its website it has been served with a Federal Court order to disclose information within 45 days to the Canadian tax-collecting agency identifying account holders and describing the amount and number of payments sent or received between Jan. 1, 2014, and last Friday.CRA spokesman Patrick Samson says the agency has requested the information to ensure that these individuals and corporations comply with their tax obligations under the Income Tax Act.Big tech, not fintech, the top threat to incumbent banks, McKinsey report saysBitcoin passes Amex and PayPal in value amid climb above US$100 billionHe says it’s part of a stepped up campaign to use third-party data to detect unreported economic activity and identify individuals and businesses that do not file tax returns.PayPal says it has notified the account holders, adding the order applies even if the business account has been closed.It’s advising users to ensure they have filed their tax returns as appropriate, pointing out that the CRA has a voluntary disclosure program that allows a filer to adjust a tax return he or she has already filed.
Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a former Minister of National Languages, however insisted that the debate must take place. He said that he will not be in a position to refer the report during the debate as the report is only in Sinhalese. A heated exchange ensued between Sumanthiran and Nanayakkara with Sumanthiran telling Nanayakkara it was shameful that a former Minister of National Languages should not be concerned that a national report is only in Sinhalese.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya later apologized saying the report was yet to be translated into English and Tamil owing to the number of pages in the report and sought the opinion of the House on if to proceed with the debate or not. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella proposed that the debate be postponed and the House agreed. (Colombo Gazette) The debate in Parliament which was scheduled to take place today on the treasury bond report and the report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption (PRECIFAC) had to be postponed after sittings began as there was no English or Tamil translation of the PRECIFAC report.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran raised the issue over the report being available only in the Sinhala language.
With the key drivers, Moody’s assesses the operating environment as stable; asset risk as deteriorating; capital as stable; profitability and efficiency as stable; funding and liquidity as stable; and government support as deteriorating.Moody’s notes that capital has strengthened as the banks successfully raised capital and reduced cash dividends to comply with their Basel III requirements. While the transition to SLFRS 9 will substantially increase loan provisions, the capital impact is likely to be limited as the regulator allows provisions to be staggered over a prescribed period. Profitability supported by interest income growth will offset the increase in credit costs. Moody’s Investors Service says that the outlook for Sri Lanka’s banking system is negative, as the economy remains weak and asset quality is deteriorating.“The economy will only exhibit a modest rebound as the government’s high debt burden and reliance on foreign borrowings continue to limit public investment and pose the risk of capital outflows,” says Tengfu Li, a Moody’s Analyst. “Credit growth was very high over the last two years, with the credit multiplier (credit growth/GDP growth) peaking at more than 2.5 times. As loans disbursed over this period begin to mature, asset quality will deteriorate, and higher borrowing costs due to tighter monetary policy implemented earlier will add to the debt burden of corporates,” says Li. Moody’s conclusions are contained in its just-released “Banking System Outlook: Sri Lankan banks, Macroeconomic risks and deteriorating asset quality drive negative outlook”. The outlook expresses Moody’s expectation of how bank creditworthiness will evolve in this system over the next 12 to 18 months. Funding pressure on the banks will improve with the recent slowdown in loan growth. Sri Lankan banks hold sizeable liquid assets to cover their liquidity needs and movements in deposits, thereby providing adequate buffer.Last but not least, a high debt burden and contingent liabilities relating to state-owned enterprises will continue to limit the government’s capacity to support the banks. (Colombo Gazette)
Video of Council meeting [1hr 27mins] The Security Council today adopted a resolution paving the way for action against Sudan in 30 days if it does not make progress on pledges to disarm the militias accused of indiscriminate murders, rapes and other attacks against civilians in the Darfur region – a move that was welcomed immediately by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. With China and Pakistan abstaining, and the other 13 members approving the text, the Council agreed to impose an arms embargo against the Janjaweed militias and all other non-governmental forces in Darfur, which has been described as the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The resolution says the Council might take measures against Sudan if it does not show progress on achieving the commitments – most notably the pledges to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security to Darfur – it outlined in a joint communiqué with the UN on 3 July. Those measures include steps allowed under the UN Charter, such as issuing economic penalties, restricting transport and communications, and severing diplomatic relations. The resolution also calls for the resumption of political dialogue between the government and Darfur’s two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Mr. Annan, who visited Darfur earlier this month and was present at the signing of the communiqué, “looks forward to the swift and sustained implementation” by Sudan of its commitments, and hopes the resolution will ensure that a humanitarian catastrophe is avoided in Darfur, according to a statement read out by UN spokesperson Marie Okabe. The Secretary-General also welcomed the Council’s backing of the efforts of the African Union (AU), which is trying to mediate a political solution to the crisis and has deployed human rights monitors as part of a mission in Darfur, a region roughly equal to the size of France. In Accra, Ghana, African leaders said they discussed plans to significantly expand the number of troops in the AU’s observer mission given the deteriorating security situation in Darfur. They also called on the international community to give financial and logistic support to that mission. Ambassador John Danforth of the United States, one of the sponsors of today’s resolution, said the Council had been forced to act because Government forces and the Janjaweed, which are allied to Khartoum, had killed 30,000 people since February last year. “The last thing we wanted to do was lay the groundwork for sanctions, but the Government of Sudan has left us no choice,” he told the Council after it voted, calling the resolution essential to global efforts to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Humanitarian agencies estimate that 1.2 million people have become internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the Janjaweed attacks and the fighting between Sudanese forces and the SLM/A and the JEM. Sudan’s Ambassador Elfatih Mohamed Ahmed Erwa told the Council his Government was in a “race with time” to implement the commitments laid out in the 3 July communiqué, adding it was extremely difficult to disarm the Janjaweed because Darfur is a region where almost everyone carries arms. Mr. Erwa said Khartoum had already made much progress, citing the deployment of more than 4,800 police to bolster security, the arrest and trial of 200 Janjaweed members, and the dispatch of rape investigation teams headed by female judges. Accusing the United States of pre-determining the facts, he said that when the joint communiqué with the UN was signed, it never occurred to Sudan that it would be used “as a springboard” to punish Khartoum. Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, announcing his country’s abstention before the role, said the adoption of mandatory measures if commitments are not met is “not helpful in resolving the situation in Darfur and may further complicate the situation.” Mr. Wang stressed the importance of listening to and supporting the AU as it attempted to resolve the Darfur dispute.
OTTAWA — Austen Keating scored two goals and assisted on another and Sasha Chmelevski had a goal and three helpers as the Ottawa 67’s doubled up the Sarnia Sting 8-4 on Saturday to extend their impressive Ontario Hockey League streak.Kody Clark also scored twice for Ottawa (20-3-4), which has earned at least one point in 21 straight games (17-0-4). Sam Bitten had a goal and two assists and Tye Felhaber and Merrick Rippon rounded out the offence.Anthony Salinitri, Sean Josling, Franco Sproviero and Hugo Leufvenius had a goal and a helper apiece for the Sting (10-11-4).67’s goaltender Will Cranley made 23 saves.Aidan Hughes started for Sarnia and allowed seven goals on 27 shots through 45:03. Ethan Langevin stopped 6-of-7 attempts the rest of the way. Ottawa was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Sting scored once on five chances with the man advantage.—BULLDOGS 5 ICEDOGS 2HAMILTON — MacKenzie Entwistle struck twice as the Bulldogs defeated Niagara.Brandon Saigeo’s power-play goal for Hamilton (11-12-1) at 12:49 of the second period was the eventual winner. Matthew Strome and Arthur Kaliyev also scored.Andrew Bruder and Jason Robertson scored for the IceDogs (13-7-4).—WOLVES 3 STEELHEADS 2SUDBURY, Ont. — Darian Pilon had a pair of goals, including the winner late in the third period, as the Wolves downed Mississauga.David Levin also scored for Sudbury (15-8-2).Owen Tippett had both goals for the Steelheads (14-9-2).—PETES 4 OTTERS 0ERIE, Pa. — Hunter Jones stopped all 38 shots he faced as Peterborough blanked the Otters.Liam Kirk scored twice for the Petes (14-11-0), while Declan Chisholm and Nick Robertson added goals.Noah Battaglia turned away 19 shots for Erie (10-14-1).—SPITFIRES 6 FIREBIRDS 3WINDSOR, Ont. — Luke Kutkevicius’s power-play goal at 15:13 of the second period stood as the winner as the Spitfires doubled Flint.Mathew MacDougall, Will Cuylle, Connor Corcoran, Cole Purboo and Louka Henault rounded out the attack for Windsor (12-11-2).Eric Uba had a pair of goals for the Firebirds (3-22-1) and Ryan Bangs added a single.—COLTS 8 STORM 2BARRIE, Ont. — Ben Hawerchuk had a hat trick as the Colts cruised past Guelph.Jason Willms, Jacob Tortora, Jaden Peca, Lucas Chiodo and Tyler Tucker also scored for Barrie (13-11-1).Isaac Ratcliffe and Zach Poirier scored for the Storm (12-6-6).—GREYHOUNDS 7 ATTACK 4OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Barrett Hayton struck twice as Sault Ste. Marie sunk the Attack.Joe Carroll out away the game-winning goal for the Greyhounds (15-6-5) at 4:10 of the third period. Zack Trott, Keeghan Howdeshell, Cole MacKay and Rory Kerins also scored.Nick Suzuki had a pair of goals for Owen Sound (13-9-3), while Brady Lyle and Kevin Hancock also found the back of the net.The Canadian Press
As punishment, it said he had been “blown away from a gun”, a common method of execution used by the British to execute rebels which involved tying the person to the mouth of a cannon which was then fired. The note added that the skull had been brought back to Britain by “Captain (AR) Costello (late Capt. 7th Drag. Guards), who was on duty when Alum Bheg was executed”.But Dr Wagner says Mr Bheg was wrongly accused – and the real culprit was a local executioner who had a personal grudge against the British. Bheg was a member of a regiment whose members did mutiny in the location where the missionaries and doctor were killed, but wasn’t actually involved in the violence, he says. “My research shows he was actually innocent,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Those murders did happen, and he was there, but he didn’t kill them. We know who did kill these people, and it was somebody else. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Storming of Delhi, Sepoy uprisingCredit:DEA / A. C. COOPER /De Agostini Editorial A skull found in a Kent pub should be repatriated and buried in India because it belongs to a man wrongly accused of murdering European missionaries, an academic believes. The skull was owned by a couple who inherited it after relatives took over the The Lord Clyde pub and discovered it in a back room in 1963. The couple passed it on to Dr Kim Wagner, an expert in imperial history at Queen Mary University, London, who began to investigate its provenance. He was helped by the fact that the skull came complete with a note which claimed to tell its history. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket and said it was the skull of Havildar “Alum Bheg,” a leader in the mutiny of 1857 who murdered a group of missionaries and a doctor near Sialkot, which is now in Pakistan. It said he had been a “principal leader in the mutiny of 1857 & of a most ruffianly disposition. “He took possession (at the head of a small party) of the road leading to the fort, to which place all the Europeans were hurrying for safety. “His party surprised and killed Dr. Graham shooting him in his buggy by the side of his daughter. His next victim was the Rev. Mr. Hunter, a missionary, who was flying with his wife and daughters in the same direction. “After 1857 the punishment that the British meted out was quite indiscriminate. “There was very little concern about individual guilt.” As a result, he says the man’s skull should receive a respectful burial in his home country – particularly because the method of his death was a deliberate effort to stop a proper burial taking place. “It should be buried because the method of execution – he was blown from a cannon, so his body was physically destroyed.”That was intended, when the British did that in 1857, as a kind of spiritual punishment, so that the body could not be buried. “So that combined with the fact that the skull was then taken as a trophy, all points to the fact that it’s a kind of humiliation.”So my aim would be to bury it and put it to rest under respectful circumstances.”He said the British High Commission in India and the Royal Asiatic Society were involved in preliminary discussions about a possible repatriation, as well as non-Governmental Indian institutions. “There’s no real precedent for this kind of thing,” he added. The mutiny of July 1857 involved Indian soldiers rebelling against the British East India company, in part because they believed gun cartridges, which a soldier had to open with their teeth, were being greased with cow and pig fat, which would be forbidden by both Hindu and Muslim religions. “He murdered Mr Hunter, and his wife and daughters after being brutally treated were butchered by the road side.”It described him as “about 32 years of age; 5 feet 7 ½ inches high and by no means an ill looking native”.
Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after squaring up against the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.The Dutch side settled for a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly-rated De Ligt, 19, featured in the first half like Hazard and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker.“I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender told FourFourTwo.“And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.“You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for the Netherlands.“I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.“That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”
The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for their efforts to establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an organization designed to encourage greater investment in research, public/private research partnerships and other ventures that foster innovation in the industry. The senators are sponsoring a bill to establish FFAR that will be introduced to the Senate today. ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb., offers the following statement of support:”For so many years, American agriculture has met the challenge of producing better, healthier and more abundant food, feed, fuel and fiber, all while using fewer resources. Moving forward, our industry will be put to the stiff test of feeding a global population projected to pass 9 billion by 2050. Time and time again, our industry has met these challenges with creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking best practices that reach far beyond the farm. These advances depend on the continued investment of both the public and private sectors in agricultural innovation. ASA and soybean farmers across the country applaud Ranking Member Roberts and Chairwoman Stabenow for their foresight in proposing the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and we look forward to working together to tackle the challenges on the horizon.”
Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report The trio had previously been granted permission to host gaming facilities under the management of Donaco in a deal that saw the latter paid a monthly management fee of THB5 million (US$151,000), but that agreement expired in 2017 with no new management arrangements put in place. Under the terms of non-compete provisions, the vendor is not allowed to be involved in any other casino or gaming business in the Poipet area.Donaco won an injunction via a Cambodian court in December to close Star Paradise casino and is continuing to pursue enforcement of its legal rights via arbitration proceedings in Singapore. Arbitration awards from Singapore can be enforced in both Cambodia and Thailand.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, Donaco announced that it has now been granted an ex parte interlocutory order in the nature of a Mareva injunction in NSW to freeze the Donaco shares held by the Thai vendors.The order “restrains the defendants, by themselves and their servants and agents, from selling, disposing of or otherwise alienating their interest in the share capital of Donaco, until the final resolution and payment of any award of damages in the Singapore arbitration proceedings initiated by Donaco.”The defendants own 148 million shares in Donaco, representing approximately 17.9% of the company’s issued capital.The proceedings are listed again before the Supreme Court in Sydney on 6 April 2018 for a continuation of the interlocutory order. Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Australian-listed Donaco International Limited has been granted an injunction by the Supreme Court of New South Wales to freeze the shares held by the Thai vendors of its Star Vegas casino resort in Cambodia.Donaco is seeking damages of US$120 million from the vendors – named as Somboon Sukcharoenkraisri and his two sons Lee Bug Huy and Lee Bug Tong – for continuing to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions at Star Paradise, which is located adjacent to Star Vegas in Poipet. RelatedPosts Load More
Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents have not asked for a pay rise in the last three years, according to research by recruitment consultancy Randstad.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that around a third (34%) of respondents would consider asking their current boss for a pay increase.The research also found:35% of respondents do not ask for a pay rise because they are worried that they will be turned down, 34% decline to do so out of fear of their manager’s reaction, and 29% cite the prospect of having to justify why they deserve an increase as the reason for not asking for a pay rise.72% of female respondents would never consider asking for a pay rise, compared to 58% of male respondents.44% of female respondents name fear of rejection as the primary reason for not asking for a pay rise, and male respondents cite concern about how their manager will react (26%) as the main reason.14% of respondents aged 18-24 years old have asked for at least three pay rises in the last three years.More than a third (34%) of London-based respondents have asked for a pay rise in the last three years.80% of respondents in the East Midlands and in East Anglia have not asked for a pay rise in the past three years.12% of respondents in North East England have asked for a pay rise three or more times in the last three years.Mark Bull, UK chief executive officer at Randstad, said: “Despite signs pointing to a shortage of professional skills in certain sectors, UK employees still aren’t taking advantage of the increasingly open employment market.“With nearly three-quarters not pushing for more money, and with explanations ranging from fear of rejection to jeopardising their current roles, questions should be raised about whether UK employers are creating the right working environment for their employees to stay and seek progression.”
The board received over 540 letters from residents during the open public comment period including Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) that in a letter along with other state legislators states: “I am writing to urge you to support Alaska’s 10 distilleries’ efforts to continue to produce value-added Alaskan products by serving drinks in their respective tasting rooms.” The ABC Board approved the proposal at its meeting on January 24, the proposal defines “the distillerys product” as a distilled spirit made or distilled in the licensed facility, and also clarifies that a licensee may provide other non-alcoholic products (mixers and garnishes) but may not combine them with a distilled spirit. The two-drink limit at all distilleries will remain in effect. The new rule goes in effect 30 days after Lt. Governor Byron Mallot signs the new regulation. However, under the new proposal, licensed distilleries may provide mixers, and they may sell alcohol distilled on site, but it will be up to the customer to mix them into a single drink. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 25th, 2018 at 10:49 amThe Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved a proposal that forbids distilleries from serving mixed drinks. The state of Alaska has 10 licensed distilleries, all of which have previously testified that mixed drinks served in approved tasting rooms are key parts of their individual business plans. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-ABS-distillary-ruling-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-ABS-distillary-ruling-1.mp300:00RPd
In response, Gaynor acknowledged the issues outlined by Murkowski and agreed that the process at times can be complex. Murkowski: “You indicate in your testimony, which I appreciate, that you’re seeking to reduce the complexity of FEMA to promote simpler less complex processes to streamline it. And that’s good, but how do we let folks know that disaster victims can have confidence in this program that is being administered and is it being administered as we intended it to?” Murkowski touched on the potential flaws within FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program process and questioned Gaynor on how to ensure disaster victims can be confident in FEMA’s disaster recovery efforts. Gaynor stated that he was committed to making adjustments to the program to try to deliver maximum disaster relief and assistance to Alaskans in need. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security a review was conducted of FEMA’s FY2020 Budget Request. During the hearing, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) raised Alaska specific concerns to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor. Murkowski: “Part of the problem is that it seems this individual assistance program has kind of a black box reputation. Nobody really knows what is eligible for a home repair award. No one knows if inspectors are consistent. The specific criteria that inspectors use isn’t readily available. Appeal decisions aren’t published.” Senator Murkowski highlighted the difficulties that Alaskans are facing as they seek assistance from FEMA following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Alaska on November 30, 2018.
The Army has asked a federal court to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed last August by residents of Frederick, Md., seeking $750 million in compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by contaminated soil and groundwater at Fort Detrick.Decades ago, the Army dumped sludge from its former decontamination plants, ashes from its incinerators, potentially radioactive sludge from a sewage disposal plant, drums of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene and other hazardous substances into unlined pits at the post’s Area B, reported the Frederick News-Post. About 200 people are involved in the suit, which claims the contaminants are responsible for cancer and other terminal illnesses they or their relatives experienced.The state, however, has been unable to verify the existence of a cancer cluster in the residential neighborhoods outside Fort Detrick.U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein argued that the government has sovereign immunity from the suit and the Army can use its own judgment to decide whether to conduct a cleanup. Residents’ claims of suffering were vague and “allege unspecified acts of negligence by Fort Detrick that caused unspecified injuries and occurred at unspecified times,” Rosenstein stated in court documents.Past lawsuits alleging damages caused by contamination at Fort Detrick have been denied.In January 2015, a federal judge dismissed a housing developer’s $37 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging the Army’s negligent practices contaminated the groundwater underneath land outside of Fort Detrick where it planned to build 732 homes. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
2:13 Post a comment Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Switch debuted in March 2017 and became the fastest-selling console in US history after shifting 4.8 million units in its first 10 months. It’s expected to sell 17.3 million consoles globally in 2019, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics, but that forecast may jump upwards if the console enters the massive Chinese market.First published at 4:42 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:08 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Tags Share your voice 29 Photos The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Nintendo We may see a budget model Nintendo Switch in the coming weeks. Sarah Tew/CNET Nintendo may reveal its cheaper Switch option very soon.The new version of its portable console is likely to launch by the end of June, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing a pair of anonymous sources.Thoses source also noted that slightly upgraded Switch will come out this year, but won’t be more powerful as suggested by a report last month. Nintendo hasn’t officially announced either new version of its console, but Bloomberg noted that it’s likely to acknowledge at least one when company president Shuntaro Furukawa on Thursday announces financial results for the last fiscal year and guidance for the coming year. Now playing: Watch this: Consoles Gaming 0
5 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sarah Tew/CNET The end came quietly, slipped in with a series of back-to-school announcements about better screens and lower prices for the MacBook Air, and, uh, more Touch Bars for the MacBook Pro. No formal announcement was made in the jargon-filled press release letting us know that the entry-level Pro now features “Touch Bar and Touch ID, a True Tone Retina display and the Apple T2 Security Chip,” but a quick check online confirmed that the 12-inch MacBook had been removed from Apple’s website. And the 12-inch MacBook wasn’t alone in going to the big upstate farm where old computers allegedly roam, with free Wi-Fi and plenty of power outlets. The “classic” MacBook Air and the Touch-Bar-less MacBook Pro also exited active duty. But those are easier to let go of. The former was so outdated as to be hard to recommend, the latter is getting the higher-end features of its more-expensive cousin while keeping the same price. I’ll come right out and say it. The 12-inch MacBook was an unfairly maligned, misunderstood product. In fact, at several points since its 2015 debut, it’s been my favorite laptop. Insanely portable, very light, great 12-inch display, and a sharp look that turned coffee shop heads back when smaller-screen laptops were mostly low-end junk. In 2016, I proudly declared it “my favorite laptop” and “my top go-to machine.” I even wrote most of a 75,000-word book on its super-shallow keyboard. But I also acknowledged why a lot of people just didn’t “get” the 12-inch MacBook. “The knocks against this system — an odd-man-out, not part of either the Air or Pro MacBook lines — were numerous. Its screen was too small; the keyboard too shallow; not enough ports; no MagSafe power connection; underpowered, even compared to the base MacBook Air; and battery life that didn’t measure up to the MacBook standard.”I also said, “The 12-inch MacBook won’t do everything and isn’t for everyone. But its strictly enforced minimalism will make this laptop the model that industrial designers will strive to copy for the next several years.” And that has certainly come to pass. USB-C as the go-to standard? Check. Butterfly keyboard on every MacBook? Check (although who knows for how much longer). Higher-res, Retina-style screens as table stakes for premium laptops? Check.I recall people tearing their hair out over the single USB-C port in the first 12-inch MacBook. No USB-A, no HDMI — how could anyone use a laptop like that? Now, many super-premium 13-inch laptops have at best a couple of USB-C ports and little else. Just one port. Sarah Tew/CNET It reminds me of when Apple led the way dropping things like Ethernet jacks and optical drives from computers. The company was just a little ahead of the curve about what features were on their way out. The 12-inch MacBook didn’t physically connect to anything because many modern laptops don’t need to physically connect to anything. Between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cloud-connected services, I can’t recall the last time I had to plug something into a travel laptop. I was excited to get a USB memory key with dual USB-A and USB-C ports several months ago. Still haven’t taken it out of the package. If it was so great, then what killed the 12-inch MacBook? The culprit was the very system the it was originally supposed to replace. The 13-inch MacBook Air, for many years the single most universally useful laptop you could buy (and a staple for students and office workers alike), had fallen into the phantom zone where Apple sticks products that stagnate with minimal, if any, updates for years on end. But last year, the Air finally got the top-to-bottom makeover it needed and became a sales leader, leaving few reasons beyond slightly better portability to choose the 12-inch model instead. Call it natural selection or survival of the fittest, but it’s the law of the gadget jungle. And before I get too morose over the death of the 12-inch MacBook, I should remember that I’m writing this on — you guessed it — an excellent new 13-inch MacBook Air. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple • Apple Tags Computers Laptops Comments See All reading • RIP 12-inch Apple MacBook, my misunderstood friend Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors
For Selena Gomez’s 27th birthday, the young starlet took off to Italy. Right after serving as a maid of honour at her cousin Priscilla DeLeon’s Texan wedding over the weekend, Gomez, along with her pals, flew off for an overseas birthday extravaganza.Strolling the streets of Rome in gorgeous maxi dresses and looking gorgeous under the Roman sun, Selena certainly looked like a sight to behold!According to a source quoted by E! News, “Selena arrived for lunch with a group of friends. The table shared several dishes such as raw fish, tagliatelle with lobster, pasta with vodka sauce and various salads.” The insider further added, “They were chatting and laughing the entire time. No candles, cards or cake, but they did have a dessert of ice cream and tiramisu.”Selena had a very good time as her birthday rang in. “They had a two-hour lunch at Pierluigi, one of Selena’s favourite places where she loves to eat in Rome. They sat inside and had a long lunch with many different courses to enjoy. After they finished they had a driver pick them up and take them away,” revealed an insider.’Cause we can’t get enoughYeah, we can’t get enoughYeah, we can’t get enough of Selena Gomez in Italy. https://t.co/gX3bRd1Twn pic.twitter.com/7fkDVhqGR5— E! News (@enews) July 23, 2019 Selena Gomez in ItalyTwitterPictures further convince us that the Wolves singer had a great time. “After lunch they walked around near Piazza del Popola and the Spanish Steps. It was a hot day so they didn’t stay out too long. They cooled off with bottled water and did some sightseeing and shopping at street vendor stands and in women’s clothing stores. Selena seemed very happy to be in Rome and was taking in the beautiful sites and all of the culture.”How cool! Part of her Italian rendezvous also included her visiting the island of Capri as Gomez and her squad took off in a boat. “Selena sipped on an iced tea and stopped to look at leather sandals and hats,” the source told E! News. “Selena and her friends posed for pictures on the boat that Andrea took for them. Selena seemed very happy and content with her friends. She was hugging them and they were all having a lovely time.”.@SelenaGomez looks gorgeous as she spends her 27th birthday in Italy.? pic.twitter.com/MKqidwwisr— Pop Crave (@PopCraveNet) July 22, 2019 Selena Gomez in ItalyTwitterIt won’t be long before the singer returns, although the exact date has not been revealed yet. After going through a tough year as she dealt with tremendous mental health concerns and therapy sessions, this trip looks like it was much needed!