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Why Royal Air Maroc CEO Is Never Held Accountable

By Omar AziziNew York – I had never before flown first class on Royal Air Maroc, and had always been one of those people who avoided flying with RAM whenever possible.As a young man without children, I flew RAM many times. Each time I flew them between 1990 and 2008, they were invariably late, their planes filthy, and, the most inexcusable part was that the flight, the attendants were beyond rude. Asking for a glass of water on RAM was not the same as asking for a glass of water on any other airline. The flight attendant would simply glare at you, pretend she heard you, and not return. When you asked a second time, she would act like getting a glass of water for you was not part of her job description. Ultimately, when the food arrived, which, to be fair, was always of very high quality (pre-2008) – you would get your glass of water. As if that was not bad enough, I once flew to Mauritania, and prior to boarding the plane, I confirmed with the woman working at the gate that a visa was not needed to fly to Mauritania (I was travelling on an American passport). Since I knew that airlines are the ones who are penalized if people go to a country without a visa, I had no reason to doubt her word. You can only imagine my shock at being refused entry to Mauritania and put back on a plane as soon as I arrived. The next two days were spent frantically trying to get a visa so that I could complete my trip to Mauritania. The shock was that RAM not only refused to refund the cost of my ticket, they were not even remorseful about it.I went to the RAM office in Rabat and they were beyond useless. I filed a complaint with the airline in the Centreville Rabat location, too. I then decided to go to the very top, because I truly believed that top management would not want customers to have this kind of horrible experience. I was certain that if they knew what had happened, they would personally act to make things right. This is when I discovered that RAM was run by two brothers. This is also when I found out that despite having a monopoly, RAM was still not making a profit. When I realized that RAM was not generating ANY profit and was run like a family business, this is when I understood that complaints to RAM would always fall on deaf ears.RAM acts like a Mafia. They do not sell drugs, engage in murder for hire, and other kinds of activities we associate with the Mafia, but they are a Mafia in that they have a captive market in the form of a legalized monopoly, and although they receive bailouts and cash from government tax coffers, the “leadership” of the company (for lack of a better word) is completely and absolutely unaccountable to its customers. In other words, they couldn’t care less about how their customers felt. They know their control over the company is solid, and heaven and Earth can’t change that.I took my anger online and wrote several scathing editorials and reviews about the airline, and resolved to NEVER fly RAM again in my life. Then I had kids. Once you have kids, especially young kids, you become acutely aware of how important it is to NOT take indirect flights. Paying an extra few hundred dollars to have a direct flight is a must. Consequently, I was forced to take RAM, as they have the monopoly on direct flights between Morocco and the US. So what happened?The service had actually gotten better. The female flight attendants who previously lacked any kind of social graces had been replaced with young male and female stewards who at least made an effort to be polite. The airplanes were cleaner than I remembered. The only real negative was that the food had decreased in quality.Fast forward to last year: I took a RAM flight from Tunisia to Morocco, and because I needed to take extra luggage, it actually worked out to be cheaper for me to buy a first class ticket one way than it would have cost to pay for the extra bag and fly economy. Thus went my first flight on RAM First, and this is when I realized that business in Morocco, all high level business, for that matter, was not run in a way that had any resemblance to what I grew up with in the United States. In the US, the CEOs want their customers to be happy and look for opportunities to engage their customers. As luck would have it, on my flight back from Tunis, who would be sitting in the first class seat right behind me other than the CEO of Royal Air Maroc? I looked at this man and expected him to be 40 to 50 pounds overweight smoking a cigar, in line with how I assumed all Mafia godfathers would dress. Unfortunately, this was not the case at all. As the alcohol was passed around the first class cabin, he did not drink. This also surprised me, as I assumed that someone who cared so little for the interests of the Moroccan people would have the same kind of vices associated with other types of gangsters. Unfortunately, he did not live up to my expectation of pure evil, so what did that leave?The CEO did not engage people, even in the first class cabin, much less the economy section, to enquire about their comfort during the flight (there was significant choppy air turbulence) – he just did not seem to care one way or another. Now, to be fair, he could have recently had a very difficult situation in his family. He could be going through a divorce, facing health issues, etc… so it is not really fair to make too much out of his seeming lack of interest in getting the opinions of people who had paid good money to use his company’s services. However, taken in concert with the complete lack of accountability I and countless thousands who have flown RAM in the past have experienced, here we had further confirmation that RAM was run like a personal piggy bank – the CEO, far from being concerned with improving the services of his carrier, far from fearing for his job, simply did not seem to care.Did you know that it is illegal in Morocco for Moroccan Muslims to serve alcohol? Did you know that consumption of alcohol by Moroccan Muslims is illegal? Yet, on all RAM flights, you have Moroccan “Muslims” (whether they pray or not, I don’t know) – but they certainly don’t eat/drink in public during Ramadan. These people serve alcohol to Moroccan customers. In other words, criminal activity takes place on every single RAM flight that takes off and lands every single day, yet nobody has been held accountable.If nobody has been held accountable for breaking Moroccan law on ALL RAM flights, what makes anyone believe that anyone will be held accountable for customer complaints? RAM has a monopoly: a monopoly that finally reported a profit for the first time in its history this year! Samir Gas, Alliance, CGI, and a long line of other Moroccan companies are similarly given “preferential” treatment by the government, and the management of these companies is miraculously never held accountable either.I hope that this time is different, but if the powers at be were to react differently to RAM, it would set a very dangerous precedent. It would rock to the core the lynchpin that holds Morocco’s delicate patchwork of interests and moving parts together.I would be absolutely shocked to see RAM start complying with Moroccan law and stop serving Moroccans alcohol on flights. I would also be shocked to see RAM’s bosses stripped of their control of the company. The reason I would be shocked to see any action taken against the CEO of RAM is that this would represent the arrival of accountability in Morocco. In order for the “system” to survive, it depends on two things, NO accountability for members of the oligarchy and no absolute rule of law. Thus, the criminal justice system will always be a place where injustice reigns supreme and top level business leaders in Morocco have no interest in generating revenue or being accountable to their customers. They just take their piece of the pie and try not to make waves.  If accountability were to find its ways to the shores of Morocco, it would represent instability to some, and though it would likely be welcome by the masses, it would threathen the interest of the oligarchy.There are no easy answers, but one thing is certain: the CEO of RAM will not be going anywhere without a seriously large golden parachute. The survival of the clientelist system depends on it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

Port Colborne drug bust

Five people have been arrested following a drug bust in Port Colborne on May 30th.Police say they searched multiple homes on King St. and seized $1,500 worth of cocaine, weapons and over $5,000 in cash.Four people from Port Colborne and one person from Thorold have been arrested and are facing a number of drug and weapons charges.Editor’s Note: This article was corrected February 23, 2015 to reflect the actual value of cocaine seized.

German court drops Ecclestone bribery trial after F1 boss agrees to make

German court drops Ecclestone bribery trial after F1 boss agrees to make $100m payment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2014 5:15 am MDT Bernie Ecclestone is free to concentrate on running Formula One after a German court dropped a bribery case against him Tuesday in exchange for a $100 million payment.After hearing more than three months of evidence, the Munich state court cited significant doubts that Ecclestone could be convicted on charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust as it approved an agreement between his lawyers and prosecutors and closed the trial.The charges can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and a conviction would have threatened Ecclestone’s grip on the global racing series. The 83-year-old Englishman has continued running F1 while spending two days a week in a Munich courtroom.“Bye-bye,” Ecclestone said to reporters as he left the court, adding that he was off “to take care of Formula One.”Later, Ecclestone said he was “a bit of an idiot” for agreeing to the huge settlement as he believes he would probably have been acquitted had the trial continued.“Anyway, it’s done and finished, so it’s all right,” he told Britain’s Press Association. “I’m contented. It’s all fine. This now allows me to do what I do best, which is running F1.”The charges involved a $44 million payment to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money. Gribkowsky was convicted of corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust in a trial led by the same judge who heard Ecclestone’s case, Peter Noll.Ecclestone denied wrongdoing and said Gribkowsky, who was in charge of selling German bank BayernLB’s 47 per cent stake in F1 in 2005, blackmailed him.After hearing evidence since late April, “the court did not consider a conviction overwhelmingly likely,” court spokeswoman Andrea Titz said.“There was no conclusion on guilt or innocence of the defendant,” she said. “He is leaving this courtroom a free man.”Prosecutors alleged that the payment to Gribkowsky was meant to facilitate the sale of Munich-based bank Bayern LB’s stake in F1 to a buyer of Ecclestone’s liking. However, the court noted in Tuesday’s decision that witness testimony suggested that the sale of the stake to CVC Capital Partners was “an unexpectedly profitable deal” for the bank.Defence lawyer Sven Thomas welcomed the court’s decision and said it showed that there would have been a “clear option of acquittal” had the trial continued, news agency dpa reported. The trial had been scheduled to last until at least mid-October.The defence last week called for proceedings to be dropped, using a provision in German law that allows for prosecutors to drop a case in exchange for conditions such as a fine or community work, so long as the gravity of a possible offence is sufficiently small. The $100 million figure emerged from talks with prosecutors over recent days.Such deals are common in Germany though they rarely involve anything near the amount Ecclestone will pay. The $100 million is believed to be a record for such a payment.Most of the payment, $99 million, will go to the German state. The remaining $1 million will go to a German organization that helps terminally ill children. Ecclestone, who has run F1 for 40 years, has a week to pay up.“In the end what has happened today is good and bad,” Ecclestone told the Press Association. “The good is the judge more or less said I was acquitted, and they (the prosecution) really didn’t have a case. So I was a bit of an idiot to do what I did to settle because it wasn’t with the judge, it was with the prosecutors.”According to Forbes magazine, Ecclestone and his family are worth $4.2 billion. Noll, however, said after examining documents on his assets, that Ecclestone isn’t a billionaire, dpa reported.A former German justice minister criticized the deal as it took shape ahead of Tuesday’s decision, saying that the scale of it didn’t fit with the spirit of the law.“In my eyes, there should not be negotiations in this dimension with justice,” Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Deutschlandfunk radio Monday. “It doesn’t just leave a bad taste, it is really barefaced cheek.” read more

Federal regulator takes temporary control of Maple Banks Canadian branch

OTTAWA – The federal banking regulator has taken temporary control of the assets of the Canadian branch of the German-based Maple Bank GmbH.The move follows a decision by a German regulator to suspend the bank following investigations into certain trading activities during the 2006-2010 taxation years.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Wednesday that Maple Bank’s main business at its Toronto branch was securitization, securities financing and structured secured wholesale lending.The Canadian regulator said the branch has a small number of wholesale deposits.It is not a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. and therefore its deposits are not covered by CDIC deposit insurance.In a statement late Wednesday, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada said it has been in “constant communication” with Maple Securities Canada Ltd. and Maple Futures Corp. and has taken “the necessary regulatory actions to preserve the firms’ capital in Canada.”“We continue to closely oversee the capital and liquidity of the firms as they reduce their business activities,” IIROC said. Federal regulator takes temporary control of Maple Bank’s Canadian branch by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 10:32 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Factory activity shrinks in US China in February

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 8:15 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, photo, employees work on a school bus on the assembly line at Blue Bird Corporation’s manufacturing facility, in Fort Valley, Ga. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for February. (AP Photo/David Goldman) WASHINGTON – Factory activity in the United States and China — the world’s top two economies — slowed in February, reflecting and contributing to worldwide economic weakness.In the United States, the Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose to 49.5 last month from 48.2 in January. But anything below 50 signals a decline. Manufacturing has now contracted in the United States for five straight months.Two Chinese surveys of manufacturing activity released separately Tuesday showed deterioration in February.The global economy has been lacklustre, partly because the Chinese growth has decelerated sharply. Internationally, manufacturers have endured much of the fallout from sluggish worldwide growth.The ISM reported that U.S. manufacturing employment and exports fell, but new orders and production increased.Some economists say the February ISM index reading —the highest since September — signals that American manufacturing might have hit bottom. Nine of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in February.“It’s reaching for 50,” said Bradley Holcomb, chair of the ISM’s manufacturing survey committee. “I feel the momentum.”American manufacturers have been hurt by cutbacks in the energy industry, following a sharp drop in oil prices, and by a strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive in foreign markets.“The worst is over, but don’t expect a strong rebound,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a report.The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, surveys about 200 U.S. companies each month.In China, an index based on an official survey of factory purchasing managers dropped to 49.0 in February from 49.4 in January, the seventh straight month of contraction. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing index has not been lower since the January 2009 — in the midst of a global financial crisis.Separately, a private survey also showed more weakness in Chinese manufacturing. The Caixin/Markit purchasing managers’ index fell to a five-month low 48.0 last month from 48.4 in January. Chinese industry is plagued with overcapacity — too many factories competing for the same customers. Factory activity shrinks in US, China in February read more

UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of

“2014 was one of the most devastating years on record for children […] and 2015 has proven to be just as bad,” David Beckham told a press conference in New York. “As a UNICEF Ambassador and as a father, it breaks my heart to see children continue to suffer.”In a press release, he further underlined that the international community has an opportunity this year, with the world focused on the new Global Goals, to create a better future for millions of children.The international soccer star was referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new set of 17 goals and 169 targets that seek to stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable world for all.As the UN prepares to adopt this new framework tomorrow, the Assembly of Youth– a digital installation created for UNICEF by Google – harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages from children and young people across the globe directly to world leaders. The messages highlight the challenges they face in their homes and communities – including extreme poverty, inequality, violence, deadly disease and conflict – and express their hopes for the future.At the unveiling, Mr. Beckham urged world leaders to listen to these messages and to take action to transform the lives of children by putting the most disadvantaged at the centre of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda.“Every child has a voice, but too often they’re just not heard,” he said. “At this crucial time, as world leaders are gathering here in New York, and thanks to this incredible installation, their voices will be heard.”Also speaking at the press conference was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the new Global Goals put people, especially youth, at the centre of development. “I am pleased to be here today to help UNICEF bring the voices of young people to the forefront of this new development era,” said Mr. Ban. “They will live tomorrow in a world that will be shaped by the actions we take together now.”Despite the progress made toward realizing the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN estimates that nearly 6 million children under the age of five still die every year from mostly preventable causes, and more than 120 million children and adolescents are still not in school.“Unless we invest in the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years, we will continue to see in the next generation the same poverty and inequalities that divide and destabilize our world today, and rob us of the potential of so many young people,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.“To realize tomorrow’s goals, we need to listen to children and young people today – for who knows better than children and young people themselves what their needs are? And we must do more than hear these voices, we must heed them,” he added.Also present were Noor Samee, 16, and Rodrigo Bustamante, 17, who are helping UNICEF bring the voices of young people to the General Assembly this week.Data displayed in the installation located at the Visitor’s entrance of the General Assembly is drawn from U-Report, a free SMS-based system that allows young people to speak out on the issues they face and what is happening in their communities. Data is also derived from outreach to children and young people across UNICEF social media channels. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa’s Josey Jewell (43) tackles Wyoming’s Avante Cox during the 2017 season opener on Sep. 2. The Hawkeyes went on to defeat the Cowboys, 24-3. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Smith | The Daily IowanLocation: Iowa City, Iowa 2016 record: 8-5 (6-3) Head coach: Kirk Ferentz Current record: 2-0 All time record vs. OSU: 14-46What has happened thus far in 2017 The Hawkeyes outlasted in-state rival Iowa State, 44-41, in overtime in Week 2. In its season opener, Iowa’s defense stymied Wyoming’s offense, led by likely first-round pick Josh Allen, and the Hawkeyes won, 24-3. Impact Player While senior linebacker Josey Jewell is a menace, the Hawkeyes’ inexperience on offense places greater importance on running back Akrum Wadley. The senior rushed for 1,081 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, in 2016. Through two games, Wadley has 234 rushing yards and a touchdown. Wadley can be dynamic in space, which he showcased late against Iowa State when he turned a short catch out of the backfield into a 46-yard, game-tying touchdown, made possible by three broken tackles and a slick stutter-step.Strengths Because some things never change, Iowa’s running game will be sturdy behind an experienced offensive line and the legs of Wadley and James Butler, a graduate transfer from Nevada who owns back-to-back 1,300-plus rushing yard seasons. The O-line was dented in Week 2, with right tackle Ike Boettger lost for the year, but because the Hawkeyes often substitute linemen to keep players fresh and develop young talent, they should have enough depth to overcome Boettger’s injury. Jewell, a preseason All-American, leads a defense that returns six of last year’s front seven. The Hawkeyes should be stout against the run and put pressure on opposing offensive lines. The reason they limited Wyoming’s Allen to 174 passing yards was because Allen had little time to throw. Weaknesses The Hawkeyes are inexperienced at quarterback, receiver and defensive back. Whether Iowa is a legitimate threat to win the Big Ten West or is its usual eight-win self comes down to the performance of those units. Sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley showed promise against Iowa State, throwing for 333 yards and five scores, but it’s a small sample size.  Junior college transfer wideout Nick Easley has 11 catches so far, giving Iowa another target alongside senior receiver Matt Vandeberg, whose 2016 was cut short by a broken foot. Even so, the Hawkeyes lack a game-changing playmaker on the outside. Safety Miles Taylor, a three-year starter, is the only returner in the secondary. Other players, like sophomore Manny Rugamba, have seen the field, but not consistently. If the secondary is at least average, the Hawkeye front seven is good enough to handle the rest. read more

Women who identify as men not offered routine NHS breast cancer screening

first_img 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. Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed.However men living as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they do not have a cervix, an official guidebook states.The invitations were yesterday accused of being “ludicrous”.David Davies MP, who has campaigned against Government plans to let people legally ‘self-identify’ their own gender, told the Mail on Sunday: “This NHS effort to be politically correct is putting the lives of women who claim to be men at risk.”He claimed it was also “wasting the time of men who claim to be women by offering them tests for organs they do not have”.Laura Perrins, A conservative women’s campaigner, told the paper: “We’ve now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It’s a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it’s immoral and dangerous not to invite women.”A 24-page Public Health England booklet giving information on NHS screening programmes for trans people explains who is routinely invited for tests. The booklet explains that trans people who register with their GP as being their birth sex will be invited to screenings appropriate to that.But if they register with their doctor as their new gender, they will not be. For example if a trans man, who was born a woman, registers with a GP as male, they will not be sent an invitation for breast or cervical screening. Studies have reported most trans men have not had their wombs removed.Cervical cancer claims the lives of 900 women each year in Britain, but the NHS screening programme is estimated to prevent thousands of cases.A video accompanying the guidance explains that smear tests can be “uncomfortable” for trans men, as “it is often a procedure designed for women”.Public Heath England said the invites were generated using GP’s data on sex and age. The advice says trans men not invited for a smear test “should still consider having cervical screening”.Anne Mackie, director of screening, said: “Where people feel they are not being referred correctly, they can speak to their GP or the screening service to ensure they are offered the right services.“Following engagement with the LGBT community, we produced a guide to help trans people understand what screening is available in England. We have promoted the guide to LGBT groups to help trans people access the most appropriate screening for them.”last_img read more

Drunk friends rescued from top of 300ft Coventry Cathedral after scaling ruins

Not the brightest thing to be doing on a night out,2 adult men decided it was a good idea to scale Coventry Cathedral endangering themselves and others for a laugh.many thanks to @_coventryfire @OFFICIALWMAS @WMPolice in assisting. Both have been arrested for there actions #fools— pete drummond (@petedrummond666) August 12, 2018 West Midlands Police thanked colleagues from the fire brigade and ambulance service for their help.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by the police just before 11pm. Rescuers used a hydraulic platform to bring the pair down to groundCredit:Coventry Telegraph/BPM MEDIA  “We sent one ambulance and one paramedic officer to the scene. We assessed two men once they were back on the ground.”Neither wished to be taken to hospital so they were discharged.”— St Michaels Police (@StMichaelsWMP) August 12, 2018 Emergency services were called at 10.50pm after reports that two people had become stuck after climbing the ruins.The pair were “safely returned uninjured into the arms of the police” after being brought down with the help of a hydraulic platform. They were then arrested on suspicion of trespassing.Pete Drummond, from West Midlands Fire Service, wrote on Twitter that it was “not the brightest thing to be doing on a night out”. Two drunk friends got stuck at the top of Coventry Cathedral after scaling the ruins on a night out.The pair were rescued by firefighters before being arrested on suspicion of trespass when they were brought back down to safety on Sunday night.Pictures showed the revellers gripping onto concrete pillars at the top of the 90-metre (295ft) high ruins, which are the tallest structure in the city. West Midlands Police officers thanked other emergency services who helped return the men “back to earth” after their “late night drunken climbing spree”. Coventry Cathedral said it “takes security very seriously” and will be reviewing procedures after the incident.  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. The former 14th-century Gothic church turned cathedral remains a shell after its bombing during the Second World War. It has the third tallest cathedral spire in England and is next to the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built in 1962.   Rescuers used a hydraulic platform to bring the pair down to ground read more

Volatility in the spot coal market strong steel prices

first_imgRBC Capital Markets notes that steel prices have risen significantly in 2011, with North American, European and imported East Asian HRC prices up an average 17.1% year-to-date. Its latest analysis also notes a stablilising in hard coking coal proces and thermal coal proces moving upwards. Freight rates were flat or down during the week January 25, 2011, to Tuesday, February 1, 2011.Hard Coking Coal: After peaking at $383/t on January 20, 2011, spot hard coking coal (HCC) prices declined for six consecutive trading days as dry weather in Queensland resulted in the resumption of contract shipments. The HCC price declined a total of 10.4% to $343/t over that period. However, prices swiftly reversed direction earlier this week, increasing $16/t (4.7%) over the past two days. “The upswing in price is primarily due to supply concerns, driven by cyclones off the east coast of Australia and to a lesser extent a labour strike at Teck Resources’ second-largest metallurgical coal mine in Canada,” RBC says.Thermal Coal: Thermal coal prices moved higher following two consecutive week-over-week declines. The price increase was driven by increased thermal coal demand in Asia, a proposed strike action at Columbia’s largest open pit coal mine, and cyclones in Australia.Iron Ore: Iron ore prices crept higher this week with market activity dwindling ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.Freight: Freight rates were flat or lower this week. Year-to-date, iron ore freight rates from Australia and Brazil to China are down an average 21.5%, while coal freight rates from E. Australia to China are down a much more modest 3.4%.Steel: Steel prices posted another strong gain this week, led by rebar prices in Europe and HRC prices in North America. HRC prices have moved noticeably higher since late 2010.last_img read more

I deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children Muhammad Taufiq

first_imgTHE DUBLIN-BASED doctor whose family were killed in an arson attack in England has spoken of his loss for the first time.In a brief public statement, Dr Muhammad Taufiq said that he will “deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children” after the “tragic incident”.“What has happened has happened and nothing could be worse, but I hope that justice prevails and this should not happen to any other family,” said Dr Taufiq, who is a neurosurgeon at Beaumont Hospital.Taufiq said that the people of Leicester have been “very supportive” and thanked both police and media for their help.“A real big thanks to the police in Leicestershire for their work and to the media for being patient and understanding the pain I am going through. The local communityhave made me feel that even though I have lost my entire immediate family, the entire community is a family to me.Police earlier arrested three 19-year-olds in connection with a murder that was believed to be connected to the house fire, though police say they are “confident” the Taufiq family had no connection to that incident.Read: Three arrested in connection with Leicester house firelast_img read more

Nintendo releases the 3 hardest Mario levels ever created

first_imgMario titles have always been games anyone can pick up and play regardless of your gaming skill level. It’s only when you get deeper into such a game that the difficulty starts to spike, but even then, it’s never too hard. That changes with New Super Mario Bros. 2.NSMB2 was already notable for being the first game Nintendo has offered with DLC made available in the form of new level packs. And it’s one of those DLC packs that sets the new bar for level difficulty. In fact, two level packs have just been released. The first is called Mystery Adventure Pack, the second is fittingly called Impossible Pack.Both will cost you $2.50 to download, but it’s clear to see the three impossible levels will take you far longer to master than the mystery ones. Not only does the layout of these courses make it extremely difficult to navigate them without dying, there’s also no coins or power-ups available along the way. Your only means of collecting coins is the time left at the end of the level.This is also reflected in the coin targets set for each pack. The Mystery Adventures Pack has a target of 20,000 coins. For the Impossible Pack it’s just 100 coins.Nintendo only recommends purchasing the Impossible Pack if you have “supreme confidence” in your Mario skills. That’s sure to get many veteran Mario game players interested and spending some cash. I’d recommend completing the game, completing all the other level packs, and only then consider the impossible levels. It could end up in your 3DS %displayPrice% at %seller% being thrown around the room in frustration otherwise.last_img read more

Welfare benefits on governments radar

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram All welfare benefits currently granted by the state are set to be scrutinized by officials at the Health Ministry in the coming months, in a bid to combat extensive cases of fraud. All benefit recipients will have to register at a Citizens’ Advice Bureau (KEP). This week, municipalities began sending out notifications for the process, which is expected to last through February, and when the registration period is up authorities will go through the collected data in a bid to identify cases of fraud that appear to mostly involve multiple registrations. Prompted by recent allegations of bogus benefit claims, the ministry has drawn up a rather unusual national disabilities map depicting suspiciously high incidences of particular ailments. Residents of Viotia, central Greece, for example, appear particularly sensitive to asthma attacks as an unusually high number of patients receive benefits for the illness. Similarly, the southeast Aegean island of Kalymnos appears to have an exorbitantly large occurrence of mental ailments, while Zakynthos in the Ionian could well be described as the “island of the blind.” A doctor on the island allegedly charged 5,000 euros to provide blindness certificates. Meanwhile, data on Thessaloniki collected by the ministry point to a significant rise in the number of people with severe disabilities particularly among Roma and ethnic Greeks from the Black Sea region. In 2010, more than 1,150 inhabitants were listed as heavily disabled, prompting Deputy Health Minister Markos Bolaris to say that the figure “would have been appropriate if Greece had fought in the Vietnam War.” Corinth also has an inordinately high number of disabled benefit claimants. Some 210,000 people are currently earmarked for benefits, a figure that is mainly attributed to multiple registrations, which Bolaris describes as “provocative.” Municipalities are not free of blame for the situation, since they have failed to make use of a digital database, known as the Greek Public Administration Network (OPSNA), which alerts the occurrence of multiple entries. But according to Bolaris, some municipalities have deactivated the system while others have installed their own software. There is also a number of municipalities that have stuck with written records. Following the new census, authorities are hoping to trim at least 250 million euros from a total 6.2 billion spent annually on social welfare benefits, while multiple registrations will be erased. People who receive benefits for disabilities, housing and other categories of beneficiaries are to be invited to sign up at their local KEP between February 1 and March 15 providing full details. Benefit claimants can give power of attorney to someone else in cases where they themselves are unable to show up at the KEP.last_img read more

Local Olympians cherish role

first_imgAmong the thousands of words that could be used to describe the Olympic experience, Seth Kelsey sums it up with a handful:“The best thing about being an Olympian is that you always get to be one.”Special site keeps you up to date on Olympics happenings.Kelsey should know. The 30-year-old Brush Prairie native is headed to the Olympics for the third time, representing the United States in fencing at the London Games.He is one of two Clark County athletes competing in London — along with women’s javelin thrower Kara Patterson, a 26-year-old graduate of Skyview High School. And he again will be taking his place among the world’s elite athletes.According to, 7,297 athletes have represented the United States at the Summer Olympics since the inception of the Games in 1896. Out of the millions upon millions of athletes who have aspired to the Olympics over the years, the number who have achieved that dream still could fit into a small arena — and each of those has had their life changed forever.SETH KELSEYo Who: Native of Brush Prairie.o Age: 30.o What: Fencer competing in his third Olympics.o Background: Graduate of Oregon Episcopal School and the Air Force Academy.o Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.o Event: Individual men’s epee. Competition is Aug. 1.KARA PATTERSONo Who: Native of Vancouver.o Age: 26.o What: Track and field athlete competing in her second Olympics.o Background: Graduate of Skyview High School and Purdue University.o Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.o Event: Women’s javelin. Preliminaries Aug. 7; top 12 qualifiers compete in finals on Aug. 9.“It turns people’s heads when you say you were an Olympian,” said Clem Eischen, 85, who came out of Vancouver High School and Washington State to run the 1,500 meters at the London Games in 1948. “I was an All-American several times, but being an Olympian takes it up another notch.“I didn’t really think much about it at the time. As I get older it becomes more of a precious thing.”Eischen’s Olympic experience reflects the vast changes in the Games over the decades. The London of his Olympics was still recovering from the ravages of World War II, and sports were far from the worldwide media obsession they would become.last_img read more

Samsung begins production on new 12GB RAM chips for phones

first_img Phones Chris Monroe/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it Rylo How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo Read the Rylo camera preview Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal 0 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $520 at HP $155 at Google Express Share your voice Best Buy See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the AirPods review See It $59 at eBay What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See It $999 $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Ram Google Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Samsung If you always want more RAM on your phone, Samsung has some good news for you.The Korean electronics giant on Thursday announced it has started production of its new 12GB LPDDR4X RAM chips. Most Android phones come with 4GB RAM, like the Google Pixel 3, or 8GB RAM, as with Samsung’s Galaxy S10. While the ceramic edition of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus already comes with 12GB RAM, it’s not using this new module — instead the phone uses an older one made using a 20nm process.The new 12GB chip uses a 10nm process which, according to Samsung, allows for more space inside the phone for the battery while minimizing power consumption. Phones with this new memory module will be able to easily handle more than five cameras, larger screen sizes, AI and 5G. Multitasking on a phone with 12GB RAM will also be a lot more fluid, said Samsung.   “With the LPDDR4X, we’re strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers,” said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics in the press release. Tags Angela Lang/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The Cheapskate Abt Electronics Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice Boost Mobile $999 $833 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 7 See It Amazonlast_img read more

Is AOAs Mina involved in Seungris prostitution scandal Singer responds

first_imgSeungri is currently accused of providing prostitutes to business investors. Following the news, the 28-year-old artist announced his retirement from the entertainment industry. Adding on, he revealed he is leaving the five-piece group Big Bang.Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, took to Instagram to share the news. He wrote: “At this moment, it seems like it would be good for me to retire from the entertainment industry. I’ve decided to retire from the entertainment industry because of the huge social controversy that has arisen. I am under investigation, and I will receive investigation with sincerity so that the building suspicions can be revealed.” “During the past month and a half, I have received criticism and hate from the public and been in a situation where every investigative agency in this country is investigating me. I just cannot accept causing pain to those around me just for my sake.””I would like to sincerely thank all of the fans both in and out of Korea who have shown me love for the past ten years. For the sake and honor of Big Bang and YG, [my career is] ending here. I would like to apologize one more time. Thank you for everything throughout the years,” he added. Seungri announced his retirement after the prostitution scandalFacebook/BIGBANGSouth Korean singer Mina has responded to rumours that she is linked to Seungri and the recent controversies surrounding him. The 25-year-old member of the girl group AOA took to Instagram to squash the reports.Mina shared a screenshot of an online comment that read: “I think Mina is involved in Seungri’s incident.”The caption of the post read: “What? That’s not true.”last_img read more

Kalank movie review It is an example of all that glitters is

first_imgAll that glitters is not gold! The movie Kalank is a fine example of this adage. Despite having a stellar star cast and stunning visuals, the period drama falls flat on various levels and fails to live up to the expectations.STORYLINESatya Chaudhry (Sonakshi Sinha), the wife of Dev Chaudhry (Aditya Roy Kapur), suffers from cancer and hardly has one year of life left. Her last wish is to be sure that her husband gets married to another girl, who is good enough to take care of him after her demise.Satya chooses Roop (Alia Bhatt), an educated girl from a poor family, and requests her to be with their family in order to be familiar with Dev, and then marry him after she passes away. While Roop was initially totally against this idea, she eventually agrees but on the condition that she gets married to Dev before settling down there. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotSatya agrees to it, and so does Dev and his father Balraj Chaudhry (Sanjay Dutt). However, this marriage turns out into just a contract, and never a relationship.Meanwhile, Roop comes across a Muslim blacksmith, Zafar (Varun Dhawan), who does not believe in love but only in lust. He is an illegitimate son of a courtesan Bahaar Begum (Madhuri Dixit). Being deprived of husband’s love, Roop starts falling for Zafar. He too is attracted towards her, but he has a bigger and a revenge motive behind befriending with the Chaudhry family’s daughter-in-law.However, both Roop and Zafar eventually fall in love but their extra-marital affair certainly cannot go unharmed. A lot of drama follows, bringing out some dark realities from the past, and a tragedy in the future. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESKalank is blessed with a brilliant star cast involving Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kunal Kemmu. All the actors performed exceptionally well. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESKalank has some splendid visuals. Cinematography is one of the key elements of this film. Mention-worthy scenes here are the bullfight scene and a Dusshera sequence. Varun and Alia’s chemistry yet again strikes the chord. Some of the dialogues are hard-hitting. The movie showcases various elements of complex relationships well. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESKalank has a number of silly flaws that are hard to miss anyone’s notice. Firstly, it is absurd to see a wife wanting to fix her husband’s re-marriage. It gets even more irrational when the wife actually agrees to get her husband married and all of them stay together. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotSecondly, there is a Hindu-Muslim riot and the Hindu population (minority) of the area starts fleeing on trains. However, the Muslim mob is seen attacking only the three characters – Roop, Dev and Zafar (as he was helping the other two characters), leaving the rest of the Hindu crowd. A mob certainly do not attack selective people from the opposite religion, and if the mob was particularly after just the three characters, why were the other Hindus fleeing? Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotThirdly, there are too many songs in the movie, which not only is distracting but also monotonous. The film is extremely slow in the first part, and even the second part is unnecessarily dragged. The sets of the film also look too unreal. Kalank stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTKalank is a film which has all the elements to be an excellent film –a brilliant star cast, high budget, stunning visuals and a good storyline. However, it falls flat on silly loopholes, slow pace and faulty direction. Rating Kalankcenter_img Kalank movie reviewTwitterlast_img read more

RollsRoyce to pay 817 million in penalties to settle bribery charges

first_imgRolls-Royce Holdings, the UK-based maker of jet and marine engines, will pay £671 million ($817 million) in penalties to authorities in the US, UK and Brazil to settle bribery allegations that the company hired commercial agents to secure high-value contracts in several countries.Rolls-Royce registers second highest car sales in its 113-year historyAfter the settlement, Rolls-Royce will avoid being prosecuted by anti-corruption investigators in these countries, however, individual executives may still face action. The Rolls-Royce agreement is one of the most high-profile corporate admissions of corruption in the UK.In a regulatory filing to the London Stock Exchange on Monday, Rolls-Royce said it has in principle reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The proposed DPA is subject to the court approval on January 17. In addition, Rolls-Royce also reached a DPA with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and a leniency agreement with Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal (MPF). These agreements relate to bribery and corruption involving intermediaries in a number of overseas markets, concerns about which the company passed to the SFO from 2012 onwards.Rolls-Royce said in the regulatory filing that it has co-operated fully with the authorities and will continue to do so.In the deal announced on Monday, Rolls-Royce said it would pay £497 million to the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), $169 million (£140 million) in penalties to the US Department of Justice and $25 million to the Brazilian authorities. Rolls-Royce Holdings, which is no longer affiliated with the maker of luxury cars, is a major supplier of aircraft engines to Boeing and Airbus. The UK Serious Fraud Office is also investigating alleged wrongdoing by Airbus in a separate satellite and aircraft deals overseas.Rolls-Royce operates across five businesses: civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems. In 2015, the company reported annual underlying revenue of £13.4 billion and as on June 30, 2016, its order book stood at £79.5 billion.Rolls-Royce will report its full-year 2016 results on February 14.last_img read more

Third straight rout end worst weak for Dow Nasdaq since 2008 crisis

first_imgA street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 28, 2016.Reuters file [Representational Image]Wall Street ended its worst week in a decade with more bruising losses on Friday, and with the tech-rich Nasdaq entering a bear market amid worries about trade wars and a possible US government shutdown.The Nasdaq and Dow suffered their worst weeks since the start of the global financial crisis as the US-China trade dispute returning to the forefront, and amid continued concerns about the Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rate increases.”It has been a remarkably terrible trading week for financial markets amid concerns over rising US interest rates, decelerating global growth, Brexit uncertainty and chaos in Washington,” said Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the week with a loss of nearly seven per cent, after losing 1.8 per cent or more than 400 points Friday, to close at 22,445.37.Markets elsewhere were mixed, with European bourses flat or rising slightly, while Tokyo slid.The Wall Street decline came as Washington teetered towards a likely government shutdown as US President Donald Trump dug in on threats to close if congressional Democrats continue to refuse his demand for funds to build a wall on the border of Mexico.Thousands of US government employees could be furloughed without a paycheck right before the end-of-year holidays if Trump and congressional Democrats fail to strike a deal by midnight (0500 GMT Saturday).With that deadline looming, investors received another jolt in the final hour of trading when White House advisor Peter Navarro delivered hardline comments on the ongoing trade talks with China.”China is basically trying to steal the future of Japan, the US and Europe, by going after our technology,” Navarro, a longtime China hawk, told the Japan’s Nikkei news agency in an interview conducted Thursday but published Friday.And he said China must address all US concerns about its trade policies, saying there are “no half-measures.” Investors also have been anxious over the surprise resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who laid out significant policy disagreements with the US president in his letter to Trump which he made public.”We are in a fragile environment,” said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert Financial Services.”The extremist position is winning in the Trump administration, not just on trade but on everything.” Investors have been unnerved by the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates this week, and projecting it would continue to raise next year.New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams on Friday tried to tamp down market concerns, opening the door to a more benign monetary policy in 2019, saying the Fed was listening to the fears about the risks and will “be ready to reassess and re-evaluate our views and our policy stance.”Stocks briefly rallied on Williams remarks, but fell quickly back into the red.last_img read more

Madrasa teacher detained for rape attempt on minor student

first_imgProthom alo illustrationA madrasa teacher was held for his alleged attempt to rape a minor girl in Savar’s Anandapur on Monday, reports UNB.The arrestee is Idris Ali, 35, a teacher of Talimul Quran Madrasa of the area.FM Sayed, officer-in-charge of Savar model police station, said the victim, 5, from Imandirpur of Savar municipality area, is a student of the madrasa.On Monday, the teacher took the girl to his room during the break at noon and attempted to rape.Hearing the victim’s scream, locals rushed in and rescued the girl. They caught the teacher and handed him over to police after beating him.Later, a case was filed against him, the OC added.last_img read more