AU to Invite Polisario’s Self-Proclaimed RASD to Participate in Pan African…

Rabat – The African Union has invited Polisario’s so-called the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to participate in the 11th edition of the 2015 African Games, scheduled from 4 to 19 September, in the Republic of Congo Brazzaville.This will be the first time that Algeria-backed Polisario Front is invited to compete in the African Games.Morocco participated in the games from the first edition held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Congo to the 1978 All-Africa Games. However, since its withdrawal from the African Union in 1984, the kingdom has ceased participating in the games. Morocco formally withdrew from the African Union over the admission of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as a full member of the organization.Morocco left the All-Africa Games with a total of 36 medals (9 gold, 12 Silver and 15 Bronze), finishing 15th in the overall medal standings.The African Games, sometimes called the Pan African Games, are a continental multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) following the dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission

Child sex crime accusations reach record high says charity

first_imgResearchers found one in 10 offences recorded was flagged as having an online element – up by more than half year-on-year.The overall increase in recorded child sexual offences was described as “dramatic” and “extremely concerning” by the NSPCC.It said possible reasons for the trend include improved recording methods, survivors feeling more confident in coming forward and the emergence of online groomers as a “significant problem”.Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: “This dramatic rise is extremely concerning and shows just how extensive child sexual abuse is. The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned.Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.This was a rise of 15% compared with the previous year, and equates to an average of 177 a day.The NSPCC said recorded offences included rape, sexual assault and grooming.In nearly 14,000 cases the alleged victim was aged 10 or under, with 2,788 allegedly perpetrated against children aged four or under. NSPCC said rise was “barbaric”Credit:PA NSPCC said rise was "barbaric" “These abhorrent crimes can shatter a child’s life, leaving them to feel humiliated, depressed or even suicidal.”That is why it is crucial every single child who has endured abuse and needs support must get timely, thorough help so they can learn to rebuild their lives. 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. “These new figures suggest the police are making real progress in how they investigate sex offences against children.”To help them tackle the issue going forward, we must ensure the police are equipped to work with other agencies and provide ongoing support and training to officers on the front line.”The charity compiled the data after submitting freedom of information requests to forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.last_img

WildTangent bringing cheap game rentals to Android

first_imgMobile games aren’t typically the kind of thing you expect to save money on. So far, most have been priced at impulse-friendly levels below $2 and many are offered up for free thanks to offers from places like Amazon and Free App of the Day. More recently, however, many publishers have been releasing more complex (and more expensive) mobile games. It’s a bit harder to pull the trigger on a download at $4.99 or $9.99, but WildTangent thinks it has a solution gamers will like: cheap rentals.Users will be able to purchase WildCoins which can then be used to rent games delivered via WildTangent’s network. Carrier billing will also be enabled inside the app, allowing users to purchase additional coins without using a credit card. Games can be rented for a day at a cost of about a quarter, so you’ll be able to take a deep dive into new games without having to pony up much of your hard-earned cash.As an added twist, users will have to option of watching in-game advertisements in exchange for virtual goods or free game rentals.AdChoices广告It’ll be interesting to see whether WildTangent can get around Google’s Marketplace restriction which prevents apps form providing internal downloads of other apps. That was the nail in the coffin for the Kongregate app, after all. With T-Mobile already working on embedding the app in all its new Android smartphones, don’t be surprised if WildTangent sticks to carrier integration deals to get its app in the hands of potential renters.More at All Things Dlast_img

HP Pavilion dv6 Core i7 laptop with 6GB RAM 750GB HDD Bluray

first_imgHewlett Packard is obviously a strong player in the laptop industry, evidenced by their top of the heap laptop shipments every quarter. They are always quick to update their models with the latest Intel platforms and have a comprehensive portfolio of laptops that range from bargain to mainstream to near-luxury. The best bang for the buck have always been the mainstream Pavilion lineup, with models like today’s dv6 Quad Edition making a strong showing in the value quad-core laptop range.The dv6 Quad Edition starts with the same stylish chassis you’ll find in other Pavilions and adds in a ton of standard features. 1GB AMD Radeon HD graphics, USB 3.0, fingerprint reader, and HDMI output should get you falling in love with the Quad. If that’s not enough, right now HP is throwing in some huge free upgrades like 6GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive. And let’s not forget, being it is the Quad Edition you do get a Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM 2GHz quad-core chip as the base CPU. Excited yet?Now let’s throw some gas on this fire: for a limited time, you can get $375 off the base dv6 Quad configuration, meaning you can walk out the door with this beast for only $774.99 with free shipping. Now if you wanted to step up some of the base components, any model that is configured over $999 is eligible for a 30% off coupon. Our personal favorite is ordering the recently added 1080p LCD screen on top of the already beastly configuration for a total of $909.99, after 30% coupon.This coupon is limited in the number of times it can be redeemed, so be sure to jump on this if you want a beastly Sandy Bridge laptop for a ridiculously good price.Visit LogicBuy for the HP Pavilion dv6 Quad Edition deallast_img

US special forces move in to help Philippines rid city of Islamic

first_img 59 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3437224 US special forces move in to help Philippines rid city of Islamic State Philippine troops are struggling to defeat hundreds of fighters, who rampaged through Marawi. UNITED STATES SPECIAL forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting.Philippine troops are struggling to defeat hundreds of fighters, who rampaged through Marawi on May 23 flying black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group, and have used civilians as human shields, bomb-proof tunnels and anti-tank weapons to fortify their positions.Yesterday’s ferocious, street-to-street gunbattles with the militants saw 13 troops killed, in a dramatic surge in the toll from the conflict, Philippine military spokesmen said.A 15-year-old boy was also killed by a stray bullet as he took part in Friday prayers at a mosque in Marawi as the skirmishes raged outside, an AFP video journalist said.It was among the heaviest fighting seen in mainly Muslim Marawi as the air force battered parts of the city with strikes to support ground troops. Some 40 marines were wounded in the gunbattles that lasted 14 hours, according to military spokesman Colonel Edgardo Arevalo.As the conflict intensified, the US embassy in Manila said American forces were providing assistance to the Filipino troops, although it declined to give details for security reasons.“At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the (Philippine military) with ongoing operations in Marawi,” the embassy said in a statement.‘Intense firefights’Marawi-based military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera confirmed the US help, adding that the special forces were not fighting, but “providing technical support”.He told AFP yesterday’s deaths amounted to the military’s biggest single-day loss in the campaign.“There were intense firefights, house-to-house gunbattles,” Herrera said at a news conference in Marawi earlier, adding that the total number of government troops killed in the conflict was 58.Over 20 civilians have been confirmed killed due to the fighting, according to the government, but the true number is likely to be higher with authorities yet to fully assess the roughly 10 percent of Marawi still being held by the militants.Tens of thousands have fled Marawi, which is the Catholic country’s most important Muslim city, as the fighting ripped through residential neighbourhoods, with more than 200,000 displaced people now living in precarious conditions and vulnerable to deadly health risks, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned.About 2,000 people are also believed to still be trapped in militant-held areas as insurgents continue to entrench themselves in the city two weeks ito the conflict, which saw them take a Catholic priest hostage, open up two jails and destroy many buildings.Herrera said security forces were struggling to contain the fighters without causing civilian casualties.- © AFP 2017Read: Dutch police arrest ‘radical’ filming outside stadium during concertRead: London attack: Men ‘tried to use 7.5 tonne lorry’ 16,454 Views Short URL Philippine marines look at smoke following an airstrikes by Philippine Air Force in Marawi. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 1:52 PMcenter_img Share Tweet Email2 Philippine marines look at smoke following an airstrikes by Philippine Air Force in Marawi. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP Jun 10th 2017, 1:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

Airline Passenger Abandons Pet Snake at TSA Checkpoint

first_img Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey An airline passenger left their pet snake at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to officials.The 15-inch snake, which had a thin black shape and a bright yellow band around the back of its neck, was found on the floor of the TSA checkpoint in Terminal C, said a TSA press release. A child spotted the snake and immediately notified a TSA officer about the reptile, which was slithering on the ground.A TSA officer gently placed a gray checkpoint bin over the snake to prevent it from escaping. Officials temporarily closed the checkpoint lane and told passengers to move to another lane to clear the area. Port Authority Police officers arrived at the scene and secured the serpent before taking it away from the terminal. Once the reptile was gone, TSA officials reopened the checkpoint lane.According to Tom Carter, TSA’s New Jersey federal security director, it’s very common for airport travelers to accidentally forget items, however, it’s rare that someone would abandon their pet snake at a TSA checkpoint area.“Typically people leave items such as their keys, sunglasses, ID, hats, and gloves, but this is the first time someone has left a snake behind,” Carter explained. “We have a fairly robust lost and found program that reunites passengers with their lost items, but this passenger doesn’t need to call us about his snake.”Someone left this snake at a @TSA checkpoint at @EWRairport last night. TSA has a good lost and found program to reunite travelers with items they’ve left at checkpoints, but if that was your snake, don’t bother calling to retrieve it. pic.twitter.com/qpvxRbRRZf— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) August 20, 2019The snake may bring memories of the movie Snakes on a Plane, where an assassin left dangerous snakes on the loose and freaked out airline passengers and crew. But, don’t be alarmed: Ring-necked snakes, including the one caught at the terminal, are considered harmless creatures, according to University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.It’s unknown if the snake was reunited with its owner.Last month, a passenger was detained after TSA officials spotted what appeared to be a missile launcher in their checked bag. The unnamed passenger told authorities that he is an active military personnel, and that he was traveling home from Kuwait and wanted to keep the weapon as a souvenir. The missile launcher, which wasn’t live, was confiscated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal for safe disposal.Watch: Five Animals With Better Jobs Than YouMore on Geek.com:Watch: ‘Dancing’ Timber Rattlesnakes Discovered By Tennessee HikerWatch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherSneaky Snake Causes Power Outage in Kentucky Neighborhood Stay on targetlast_img

629 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The 6/29 WWE RAW remained among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending on 7/5/15. RAW came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6.The show came in No. 6, No. 10 and No. 11 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 55.14%0:07Remaining Time -1:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Facebook David Beckham honoured for his contribution to sports Now Playing Up Next Matthew Mcconaugheycenter_img WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites The NFL and Roc Nation donate $400,000 to Chicago charities Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img

Giroud determined to fight until the end

first_imgOlivier Giroud managed to score a brace as his side came from behind against Southampton despite losing 2-0 in the second half – and the striker wants his side to fight for the Champions League spots.The former Arsenal player insisted that this fight is still not over and despite it is unlikely to happen, they can still surprise everyone and gain the Champions League spot for the next season.The France international spoke about his side’s chances as he said, according to Sky Sports:“Obviously I was waiting for that.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have tried so many times to put it in the back of the net. When you are a striker you need to keep going and keep your confidence high, even if I have been playing a bit less in these recent weeks.”“As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe.”“So we take the games one by one and we have maybe five or six finals to play. Let’s do the job and we will see what the other teams do.”last_img

Salah makes a bold Liverpool prediction

first_imgThe Egyptian star believes The Reds can win the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League this seasonEngland’s Liverpool will start its 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League season tomorrow by hosting France’s Paris Saint-Germain.The game is part of Group C, where Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade and Italy’s Napoli make up for the rest of the group.And for The Reds’ star Mohamed Salah, his team can win bot the UCL and the English Premier League this season.“We played against teams who had won the title before and we still managed to reach the final, so of course we can do it,” he told France Football.“I’m sure we can win it. We could even win both the Champions League and the Premier League. I don’t want to put pressure on the team, but anything is possible.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.He also talked about friend Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.“We’re friends, we talk a lot,” he said.“All three of us sit together in the dressing room at the same place after matches. There’s a real solidarity between us because we don’t care who scored the first or the most. Everyone works to make sure the other can score. And as you can see, we all score.”Jürgen Klopp on #PSG: “They are one of the favourites. We are aware of their quality. We play at Anfield and that can be an advantage.” #UCL pic.twitter.com/B5p9d4f5Ld— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 17, 2018last_img

Auction Supporters Hit a Grand Slam for Soybeans Future with Record Total

first_imgAuctioneer Eric Maupin watches for bidders. (ASA photos by Steve Dolan) These farmer-leaders are ready to work the crowd and signal bids at the auction. The 8th Annual ASA Soy Social and Auction shattered previous records and provided a great night of fun for ASA members on Feb. 28 during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. Thanks to the sponsors and those who participated, the auction raised a record amount of nearly $150,000.ASA is grateful to all who participated in the spirited bidding and thanks the members for their support, which will be used to benefit SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee.ASA thanks Soy Social and Auction sponsors Farm Credit, Cargill, Rabo AgriFinance, Renewable Energy Group, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, Illinois Soybean Association and ADM, as well as everyone who donated an item and those who participated by bidding.last_img

9 rescued off Port Townsend after canoe capsizes

first_imgSEATTLE — Nine people were rescued Monday off Port Townsend after their canoe overturned in Salish Sea waters during the annual Intertribal Canoe Journey.The U.S. Coast Guard says there were no serious injuries. Some of them experienced mild hypothermic conditions after being in the frigid waters.The Coast Guard says the first calls to 911 came in around 7:30 Monday, apparently from someone in the water. The capsized canoe was also spotted by a passing cargo ship that saw people waving their arms.The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and a 45-foot response boat that reached the group in the water.For more than two decades, Native American tribes in Washington state, Alaska and British Columbia embark on a canoe journey to honor their culture in the region, visiting different coastal towns.last_img

Facebook expects encrypted messaging to outpace the News Feed

first_img Comment 2:09 Did Facebook cross a line with its iOS research app? Internet Services Tech Industry Tags Share your voice 1 Now playing: Watch this: In Wednesday’s post, Zuckerberg outlines six principles Facebook is using to guide its work to build a more “privacy-focused platform.”They include encrypting people’s messages, making sure their messages and posts aren’t stored for longer than necessary, and letting people communicate across any of the apps Facebook owns. The social network could also give users a way to automatically delete messages after a month or year or give them an option to send messages that vanish in minutes or seconds.  In January, The New York Times reported that Facebook was also planning to make it possible for WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram users to send messages to one another without switching apps. WhatsApp users looking to purchase items on Facebook’s Marketplace, for example, would be able to send a message to a Facebook Messenger user, Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday.At the same time, the company needs to ensure that its messaging services aren’t being used to recruit terrorists, exploit children or spread misinformation. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, for instance, has been used to spread child pornography.  Some experts have said Facebook’s shift to private messaging could make it harder to police misinformation, hate speech and other offensive content because authorities can’t see what messages are being shared. “We are working to improve our ability to identify and stop bad actors across our apps by detecting patterns of activity or through other means, even when we can’t see the content of the messages, and we will continue to invest in this work,” Zuckerberg wrote. Then there’s the matter of public trust in Facebook. Zuckerberg acknowledged the skepticism that’s out there and pointed to the company’s efforts to change for the better.”I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” Zuckerberg wrote in the post. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”Originally published March 6 at 11:43 a.m. PTUpdate, 12:48 p.m.: Includes more background information. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees “private, encrypted services” as the future of communication. James Martin/CNET Facebook, which has been under fire over privacy concerns, is doubling down on private messaging.”I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post Wednesday. “This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”Zuckerberg said he thinks that people will still post publicly on the world’s largest social network but that a growing number of its 2.3 billion users are using messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to converse privately with their friends and family. They’re also sharing more photos and videos that vanish in 24 hours through a feature called Stories. In a few years, he expects the use of Messenger and WhatsApp to surpass communication on the more public News Feed. Facebook doesn’t, however, have the best track record when it comes to user privacy. It’s been under pressure to behave better after revelations surfaced a year ago that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million users without their permission. And in just the last week, the company drew criticism for not letting users opt out of a feature that lets people look them up by phone number or email address. Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img

Allergy season is here but air purifiers can help ease your suffering

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 15 Photos Dyson bundles a fan, heater and air purifier into one,… • Comment How Alexa can help you clean your house: Don’t let cleaning get you down. 10 cleaning and laundry tips that’ll make your life easier: Get your house clean with less effort.   Share your voice CNET Smart Home Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.  There are a few ways to be confident you’re picking a good air purifier. You might see the abbreviation and value for “CADR” on an air purifier’s packaging, which stands for “clean air delivery rate.” That’s a measure of how quickly the air purifier can deliver clean air. The higher the CADR, the more quickly the air pollutants are removed, though some manufacturers have suggested this lab testing method isn’t an accurate simulation of how air filtration would work in an average home. Dyson even came up with its own testing method, called the Polar test. Air purifiers are also measured by the MERV scale (minimum efficiency reporting value), where the lowest rating is 1 and the highest is 20. HEPA filters rate between 17 and 20. If you’re in the market for an air purifier, look for a higher score on this scale if you’re looking to solve serious asthma and allergy issues. We haven’t tested air purifiers at CNET, but there are a host of well-reviewed and popular models available online. Here are a few notable options from Amazon: Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Tower Fan ($549) Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover ($250)Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier ($223)GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier ($150)Hamilton Beach 04384 Air Purifier ($60)If dust, allergens, pet dander and other pollutants are taking over your home or if allergies are driving you crazy, try a good deep clean and consider air filters or air purifiers to improve the indoor air quality of those extra irritating spaces. 1:44 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your housecenter_img Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) reading • Allergy season is here, but air purifiers can help ease your suffering Smart Home Small Appliances See All Dyson unveils smarter Pure Cool Tower purifiers CNET Smart Home Guide to Smart Living Dyson’s line of air purifying fans control air pollutants in style.   Sarah Tew/CNET Allergy season is ramping up, and if the eye-itching, nose-running time of year is getting you down, air purifiers could be the answer. Air purifiers, sometimes referred to as air cleaners, work to keep your home’s climate healthy by removing polluting particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander and even mold spores. These air cleaners are often packaged as portable units and fans. Here’s how they can help you breathe easier.Read more: 4 clear signs you have seasonal allergiesWhat do they do? Portable air purifiers and air filters remove pollutants from the air. Indoor air pollutants fall into two main categories: Particulate matter: This includes biological pollutants like mold spores, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander and viruses.Gaseous pollutants: Things like paints, varnishes, adhesives and pesticides. Especially dangerous gaseous pollutants are sometimes referred to as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Air purifiers work to filter these contaminants out of your air. Anyone sensitive to allergens or with asthmatic symptoms might benefit from an air purifier. Of course, it’s hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t be better off with a cleaner atmosphere inside their home, and air purifiers can certainly play a helpful role in improving indoor air quality. 2Z9A2745.jpgVacuuming your home regularly is a good way to stay ahead of accumulating dust and allergens. Colin West McDonald/CNET An air purifier isn’t a replacement for keeping your home clean and ventilating it when possible, however. The most effective way to manage pollutants in your air is to avoid introducing these airborne particles read more

Goodbye Campaigns Hello New Campaign Contributions

first_imgThe campaign for U.S. Senate is over, but the accounting is not. The latest batch of campaign finance reports show Democrat Mark Begich spent nearly $10 million, and Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan spent$7.6 million, pushing the total spent on the race to $60 million. Listen now:Congressional campaigns often end in debt. Holly Robichaud, a Republican political consultant unconnected to Alaska, says she actually advises her clients to spend more than they’ve got.“If you win you can raise lots of money. If you lose, usually people help bail you out if you don’t get into too much debt. You never want to lose a race because you didn’t spend the $500 that would’ve really made the difference,” she said.But, after the most expensive election in state history, neither of Alaska’s U.S. Senate candidates appears to have taken that sort of advice. The campaigns aren’t closed out yet, but Sullivan reported no debt and $277,000 cash on hand on Nov. 24, the end of the reporting period. Begich showed more cash than debt, by about $7,000, on that date.  Without net debt, a candidate can’t accept contributions made after the election. But that doesn’t mean contributors aren’t eager to help.Consider Altria PAC. Altria is the company that owns tobacco giant Philip Morris. Its PAC sent the Sullivan campaign $5,000 two weeks after Election Day. It had previously given $5,000 to Begich.Kathy Kiely is a campaign finance expert at the Sunlight Foundation came up with a name for that: “strategic gift revision.”“That’s the perfect illustration I think, that (of) the pragmatism of the big political players. Really, it’s all about influence. And so he’s a senator now and they are looking to make friends,” she said.But, whatever AltriaPAC intended, a spokesman for Sen.-Elect Dan Sullivan says the campaign is sending that money back. Altria, he said, mistakenly believed the campaign had debt to pay off. According to FEC rules on post-election fundraising, a campaign must have more debt than cash on the day it receives a check in order to keep the money. (Sullivan reported to the FEC that he received some $44,000 between Election Day and Nov. 24. The campaign, though, says nearly all of that was actually sent before Election Day. Begich reported receiving $435 after Election Day. The only contribution large enough to be itemized — $100 from a Juneau physician – was received Nov. 5.)Altria responded to our requests for an interview about its contributions in the Alaska race with an email describing the company’s commitment to transparency. It appeared to be lifted from the company website. But on the same day AltriaPAC contributed to Sullivan, they also contributed to a raft of other freshmen who won tough races, in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia and North Carolina. Those other candidates do appear to be able to accept the money to pay off their campaign debt. Kiely says that shows the incumbent advantage in fundraising starts early, even before a senator is sworn in.“So you can see that right away, people who want to be the first in your door with a nice pleasant green handshake and hope that you’ll remember them when the time comes to cast your vote,” she said.In any case, Altria and other would-be Sullivan supporters need not wait any longer to make their campaign contributions. Sullivan this month registered a new campaign committee with the FEC for his next Senate run. Just as Begich did, a few weeks after his election in 2008. In another rite of freshman passage in the Senate, Sullivan also established a leadership PAC this month: True North PAC. Leadership PACs allow senators to raise money from donors beyond the strict limits of campaign contributions. Lawmakers use them to fund certain expenses and to make campaign contributions to other candidates.Now, since it’s the holiday season, let’s take a non-cynical view of money in politics. Despite widespread belief that campaign cash sways a lawmaker’s decisions, there’s little research to prove it.“It’s just really hard to separate out the fact that people tend to give to those that agree with them,” says David Broockman. He’s a political science PhD candidate at Berkeley who ran a clever experiment that suggests contributions DO result in better access. He had emails sent to nearly 100 congressional offices saying they had a group from that lawmaker’s district who wanted to meet with the congress member, or top staffers. Broockman says the meeting requests differed in just one way: Half the offices were told the participants would be local constituents. The other half were told the participants would be local campaign donors.“When the individuals were revealed to be donors they received access at that level almost 20 percent of the time. Whereas, when the group was only revealed to be constituents they received that access just over 5 percent of the time,” he said. “So we’re talking about a nearly four-fold read more

Bad loan eat into SBI profits Q1 net falls 204 to Rs

first_imgThe logo of State Bank of India is pictured next to its headquarters in Mumbai, India, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileIndia’s biggest lender by asset, State Bank of India (SBI), on Friday reported 20.45 percent decline in its net profit for the quarter ended June 30 as bad loans spiked, reported Mint. The bank’s net profit stood at Rs 2,005 crore in the first quarter of 2018 fiscal as against Rs 2,520 crore for the corresponding quarter a year ago.Provisions, funds set aside by bank for anticipated future losses, surged 53.1 percent to Rs 21,054.74 crore in June ended quarter from Rs 13,752.66 crore in the same quarter last year.The lender in its defence said its results are not comparable with the previous year as it merged its six associate banks with itself during the quarter.Consolidated net interest income during the quarter declined 1.8 percent to Rs 19,323 crore compared with the corresponding quarter of last year, impacted by lower net interest margin and slow loan growth.As a percentage of total loans, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) spiked to 9.97 percent during the quarter as compared to 6.9 percent in the previous quarter and 6.94 percent in the year-ago quarter. Net NPAs rose to 5.97 percent in the June quarter compared to 3.71 percent in the previous quarter and 4.05 percent in the same quarter last year.The bank’s asset quality worsened, with gross NPAs surged by 85.21 percent to Rs 1.8 lakh crore (Rs 1.88 trillion) at the end of the June quarter from Rs 1 lakh crore (Rs 1.01 trillion) in the same quarter last year.Bank’s consolidated gross slippages for the quarter stood at Rs 30,059 crore and watchlist at Rs 24,444 crore (Rs 32,427 crore quarter on quarter), Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said while addressing a press conference. Slippages from the watchlist were at Rs 7,976 crore in Q1, she added.Net interest income (NII) or the core income a bank earns by giving loans increased 22 percent to Rs 17,606.01 crore from Rs 14,437.31 crore last year. On the other hand, the bank’s advances for the quarter rose 27.37 percent to Rs 18.04 trillion from a year ago.At 3:00 pm, SBI shares were trading at Rs 279.70 on the BSE, down 5.6 percent from its previous close, while India’s benchmark Sensex index fell 344 points to 31,185.54.last_img

Nirav Modi spotted in London living in £8 million flat and has

first_imgNirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellry shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANSWhile fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has an extradition and Interpol red corner notice against him, he is reportedly living a life of luxury in London. The businessman fled India in January 2018, days before a scam was unearthed, in which the Punjab National Bank accused Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi of cheating the bank of Rs 13,600 crore.Revealing Modi’s whereabouts, Telegraph UK released a video on Saturday, March 9, in which the fugitive businessman can be seen strolling on the streets of London sporting a handle-bar moustache and a jacket by Ostrich Hide, said to cost “at least £10,000.” Several reporters were seen trying to speak to him, but Modi constantly refuses to take their questions with a “no comment” retort.A reporter can be heard asking Modi if he has got a political asylum in the UK, to which he says: “Sorry, no comment.” Another reporter then says that the businessman owes people in India a lot of money and those people would want to know his whereabouts. To this too he says: “No comment.”The report went on to state that the 48-year-old businessman now lives in an upscale three-bedroom £8 million apartment at the Centre Point, a luxury skyscraper, off Tottenham Court Road. He has even started a new diamond business in Soho, incorporated in May 2018 and retailing jewellery and luxury watches.”Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company’s office in a town house in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home,” the report further added.Exclusive: Telegraph journalists tracked down Nirav Modi, the billionaire diamond tycoon who is a suspect for the biggest banking fraud in India’s historyhttps://t.co/PpsjGeFEsy pic.twitter.com/v3dN5NotzQ— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 8, 2019 In addition, Modi has also recently received a national insurance number, a document mandatory to legally work in the United Kingdom. The document was given by the department for work & pensions, and thanks to this, he has been able to operate online bank accounts in the country. “He has also been in contact with a wealth management company based in west London, which specialises in advice to rich foreigners,” Telegraph said, adding that the reason behind the British government’s inaction on the Interpol notice isn’t known.Meanwhile, Modi’s seaside bungalow in Alibaug was, on Friday, razed using dynamite sticks. The structure was demolished in the second attempt, after the first one failed due to the high quality of materials used.last_img

The PS4 supports Move but not PS3 controllers

first_imgIt has been two days since Sony announced the PlayStation 4 without showing us the actual PlayStation 4. How are you holding up under the deluge of news tidbits that followed? What we did get an extensive look at, though, is the PS4’s new controller, the DualShock 4. If you felt the controller was a little ridiculous, or didn’t want to pony up funds to buy extra ones for when you have company over and were planning on using your PS3 DualShock 3 controllers instead, we’ve got some bad news for you.The president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed the unfortunate news himself, stating that the PS4 will not support the DualShock 3. Though this isn’t the best news, it does make a bit of sense. The DualShock 4 is incorporating a host of features that the 3 simply doesn’t have. Considering the PS4 isn’t backwards compatible with PS3 games, dropping support for the DualShock 3 makes even more sense.Fortunately for those of you who jumped on the Move bandwagon (if there ever was one), your weird light-up lollipop controller isn’t being glossed over as some kind of forgotten failure. The PS4 will continue to support Move, but who knows to what end. The console does have a new PS4 Eye, and in conjunction with the PS3’s Eye, the Move became a highly accurate device. Perhaps the wand will be incorporated into whatever plans Sony has for the new Eye. However, considering the reception motion gaming experienced during the PS3 generation, we’d suggest holding off on investing more money into the Move until Sony shows you there’s a reason to do so.last_img

Sports travel company scores business award

first_imgFans from this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa Highlighting just how profitable sports tourism can be, Sportsnet Holidays was awarded the coveted ‘Fastest growing private business of the year 2010′ at the recent BRW ANZ Private Business Awards.As the countdown for the Rugby Work Cup in New Zealand begins and London works feverishly to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games, the fact that the winner of a business award is a sports travel company is testament to the important role sports travel plays in the tourism industry, Sportsnet founder Rob Cecconi told BRW.In the last financial year, Sportnet managed to double its revenue, despite the global financial crisis, recording 90 per cent growth.With sports events an ongoing certainty, Mr Cecconi sees few obstacles to the company’s continued growth and expects Sportsnet to again double its revenue to $30 million.“People love their sport and people love their travel and we provide them both,” Mr Cecconi told the magazine.“People travel today for the experiences not just the sights. And being at the big sports events is all about the experience.“So when you can fulfil that passion for people, you have a sustainable business.” On winning the award, Sportsnet chief executive Adam Jacoby said, “It is thrilling to see our innovative strategic work vindicated in such illustrious company.”By pursuing an active promotion campaign and by directly packaging tours to corporations, Sportsnet has “gone from strength to strength”, the magazine reported. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. Alast_img

Industrial action against Qantas hurts tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The ongoing industrial action threatening the long term operation of Qantas is significantly hurting local tourism operators across Australia, warns ATEC managing Director Felicia Mariani.Ms Mariani said the industry is suffering “constant shock syndrome” having dealt with a string of natural disasters, the high Australian dollar and the global economic crisis that is affecting inbound business. “The entire tourism industry hangs off the effective delivery of aviation services which bring international visitors to our shores, any disruption to services has a significant direct impact on the bottom line of local tourism businesses,” Ms Mariani said. “If the industry misses out on yet another peak holiday season and the opportunity to make hay when the sun shines the outcome for many will be devastating.”Ms Mariani stated that without a speedy resolution to the current situation the country’s tourism industry will struggle to get back on its feet.She added that the tourism industry has already lost around 16,000 full time employees over the last three months, mainly in regional Australia.“Australia is already struggling to maintain its market share, the industry is working hard to engage new markets and build a stronger tourism product to ensure its future and that of the half a million people it directly employs.”Ms Mariani said that ATEC urges both parties to agree the resolutions and compromises to end the disruption before it interrupts the important holiday season.last_img