Sanitation workers in Faridabad shed cloths to get jobs back

first_imgNearly 160 semi-naked sanitation workers, who were rendered “jobless” after the HUDA handed over maintenance of certain sectors to the municipal corporation, carried out a protest march here demanding restoration of their jobs.The protest march on Wednesday started outside the municipal corporation office and culminated at city’s Neelam Chowk during which the workers raised slogans against the government and the administration.The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had a few months ago handed over the maintenance of certain sectors and markets to the municipal corporation.These 160 workers, however, were assured of being “adjusted” in the municipal corporation, claimed Naresh Kumar Shastri, who led the protest which was held yesterday.He said on July 11, Principal Secretary Haryana, R K Khullar had directed the corporation, Faridabad, that these HUDA employees be taken on duty with immediate effect.“The government has agreed to include 160 workers in the Faridabad Municipal Corporation. Official orders have been given but the implementation is getting delayed,” he claimed, alleging civic body officials were delaying the process.“Names of our children have been struck off school registers because we are unable to pay their fees. We are unable to pay electricity bills and landlords are asking us to vacate houses,” Shastri added.The workers said if their jobs are not restored, they will launch a protest on August 9 carrying “begging bowls” in their hands.last_img read more

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Outsourcing Cost Savings Exaggerated

first_imgAverage cost saving from outsourcing of information technology and business services is around 15 per cent.A survey by outsourcing advisory firm TPI found savings ranged between 10 to 39 percent, for an average of 15 percent, substantially lower than market claims of reducing costs by as much as 60 percent.Duncan Aitchison, TPI’s managing director, said, “This research proves that the promise of massive operational savings is unrealistic when you take into account the costs of procurement and ongoing contract management. In our experience, outsourcing arrangements which focus solely on delivering huge savings often fail to meet client expectations.”While cost reductions are the primary consideration for outsourcing, nearly one fifth of companies claim they do so primarily to improve quality.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr. replaces Miller as opponent for Anthony Joshua

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The 29-year-old Ruiz Jr., who is based in California, gets his second shot at a world title, having lost on points to then-WBO champion Joseph Parker in December 2016.That is his only loss in 33 professional fights. His last fight was 10 days ago, when he forced the fifth-round stoppage of Alexander Dimitrenko.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoshua has a 22-0 record, with 21 knockouts. He hasn’t fought since beating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in September, and is boxing for the first time in the United States. At his best level yet, Robin Catalan confident ahead of ONE strawweight bout DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – APRIL 19: Andy Ruiz Jr. poses on the scale during his official weigh-in ahead of his heavyweight bout against Alexander Dimitrenko at Sheraton Gateway Hotel on April 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua.Miller was withdrawn from the June 1 fight at Madison Square Garden after alleged doping violations.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton looking to extend F1 lead at Singapore Grand Prix

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain salutes his fans after taking third place in the Formula One Italy Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept.8, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)SINGAPORE — Lewis Hamilton aims to turn up the heat in his bid for a sixth Formula One championship at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver heads into Sunday’s race with a 63-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Max Verstappen, third in the drivers’ standings, has been on the front row at Marina Bay the past two years while Bottas has never started in the top three.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton are the only two drivers on the grid with victories at Singapore — with four wins each.But Vettel, whose contract ends in 2020, is now 22 races without a win. He has dropped down to fifth in the championship, 115 points behind Hamilton.“We have seen before that anything can happen in this race, so the final result is hard to predict,” Vettel said. “Off the track, there will also be a lot of pressure on the teams as this race is back to back with Russia.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As with last year’s race, drivers can expect sweltering heat and humidity. In addition to the heat, a thick haze has set in over the city-state with advisories issued from the national government over “unhealthy” air conditions.Hamilton will be hoping for a repeat of the 2018 race here when he won comfortably from pole position to extend his championship lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40He was on a major roll entering last year’s GP, having won four of the past five races. While he already has eight wins this season, the British driver last won at the Hungarian GP in early August.“The offset schedule and the climate make it a demanding weekend for the team,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said of the night race. “Temperatures in the garage can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) or more with high humidity levels as well. It’s a tough environment to work in and it’s equally challenging for the drivers and the car itself.” Hamilton has won here the last two years. A win on Sunday would move him a step closer to his third straight championship and sixth overall, moving him just one away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles.Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc heads into Singapore having won the previous two races this season. After his first-ever F1 victory in Spa at the Belgian GP, the 21-year-old Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to win the Italian GP since Fernando Alonso in 2010.Leclerc, who is now fourth in the standings, finished ninth for Sauber here last year.“Singapore is maybe the toughest track for us drivers physically, just because of the heat and the humidity,” Leclerc said. “After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us, because of the very different circuit layout, featuring lots of slow corners and fewer straights … but we will give our all to have a good result.”The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Marina Bay Street circuit is one of the hardest tracks for overtaking in F1, so whoever takes pole on Saturday will have the upper hand. The driver leading the field has won eight times in the past 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments MOST READ Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany keeps falling in FIFA rankings led by Belgiumlast_img read more

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Rio 2016: Will return PV Sindhu’s phone, let her enjoy an ice cream, says Pullela Gopichand

first_imgWhen it boils down to matters of discipline, Pullela Gopichand has no peers with PV Sindhu learning it the hard way since her formative years at the legendary coach’s academy.  (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) In pursuit of excellence, there are little pleasures of life that needs to be sacrificed and from Saina Nehwal to Sindhu, Gopi’s theory has never changed. However on a day when his ward Sindhu etched her name in the Indian sporting history as the first ever woman to win a silver medal, the strict teacher is ready to become an indulgent elder brother. (Also read: Sindhu fought like hell, says coach Pullela Gopichand)With mission accomplished, Sindhu can now get back to being another 21-year-old, who would now be able to Whatsapp her friends and enjoy her favourite ice-cream. (WATCH – PV Sindhu dines with India Today after winning Silver medal. Burgers, nuggets on the menu)’STOPPED HER FROM EATING ICE CREAM’ “Sindhu did not have her phone during the last three months. The first thing is I would return her phone. The second thing, after coming here for last 12-13 days, I had deprived her from having sweet curd which she likes most. I also stopped her from eating ice cream. Now she can eat whatever she wants,” an elated Gopi told PTI after Sindhu’s silver winning feat.  (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)Gopi hailed Sindhus work ethic during the lead up to the Olympics.”She has had a great last week. The kind of work she has put in in the last two months is tremendous. The kind of sacrifices she has made without complaining is fantastic. She deserved to enjoy the moment and that’s what I really wanted her to do. Im very truly very happy.”  (Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev)advertisement’SINDHU HAS POTENTIAL TO GROW’At 21, Sindhu’s journey has just begun and Gopi expects bigger things from one of her favourite students.”Sindhu is much younger. I think she has developed a lot in this tournament. She has a lot of potential to grow further. You should give your best shot. She has done us proud. I’m really happy for her.”Gopi’s advice to Sindhu has been to think about having won a silver rather than feel disappointed on having missed gold.”I told her don’t think that you lost it. Remember that we have won a medal. I wanted to tell her this to ensure that she does not forget the last weeks effort that she put in to come to second place on the podium.”She has done us all proud by the kind of the effort she’s put in. From our side we are happy, I wanted her to enjoy the moment going into the podium. It’s important for me, more than her, that to forget that she lost the match and focus on the fact that she won the medal.”Although Gopi said that he would have been happier had the national anthem been played at the stadium. “I just wish that our flag had gone one bit higher and our National anthem was played. But having said that, hats off to Sindhu for the kind of effort she’s put in,” he said.last_img read more

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Durban Test: Fernando stars as Sri Lanka pacers bowl South Africa out for 235 on Day 1

first_imgBrief scores – Sri Lanka (49/1) at stumps, trail South Africa (235) by 186 runs in Durban. Karunaratne (28*), Fernando (17*), Steyn (1/10). ScorecardSri Lanka’s inexperienced bowlers made use of a helpful pitch to bowl South Africa out for 235 on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday, taking the early ascendancy in a series few people give the tourists a chance of winning.Seam bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha, with only seven Tests of experience between them, shared seven wickets to put South Africa on the ropes at the start of the two-Test series.Fernando took two wickets in his first spell – removing openers Dean Elgar (0) and Aiden Markram (11) – and finished with 4-62 as Sri Lanka jumped at the chance to put South Africa in to bat on a green pitch at Kingsmead that offered as much help to bowlers as it promised.Rajitha ended with 3-68 and there was a wicket on debut for left-arm spinner Lasith Ambuldeniya.Suranga Lakmal, the only member of Sri Lanka’s bowling lineup who had played more than five Tests coming into the game, chipped in with the prize wicket of Hashim Amla for 3.But it was the new players who gave Sri Lanka hope of ending a three-series losing run.By stumps, Sri Lanka was 49-1 in reply and had fended off South Africa’s vaunted pace attack for now, with new captain Dimuth Karunaratne 28 not out. Oshada Fernando, the second Sri Lankan making his Test debut, was 17 not out.At the start of the day, Vishwa Fernando and Lakmal combined to remove South Africa’s top three batsmen inside eight overs as the home team crashed to 17-3.advertisementSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma eased the pressure with a 72-run stand and Quinton de Kock made 80 down the order to take South Africa past 200.Du Plessis fell for 35 on the stroke of lunch to end South Africa’s best stand and Bavuma followed five overs after lunch for 47. He was run out at the non-striker’s end as de Kock’s straight drive ricocheted off bowler Vishwa Fernando’s foot and into the stumps. Bavuma was confirmed out by TV umpire Ian Gould by the tiniest of margins after a lengthy review, one of a series of incidents when the umpiring came under close scrutiny.On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough combined to make three errors, one of them a bizarre one when they refused a perfectly good decision review by the Sri Lankans.In that incident, Amla was given a let-off when still on zero and only two balls after Elgar was out. Amla was hit on the pads by Vishwa Fernando, Dar ruled not out after an lbw appeal, but even though Karunaratne signaled for a decision review, Dar didn’t refer the decision to the TV umpire.The problem appeared to be a timing error by the umpires, who indicated Karunaratne didn’t signal for the review within the 15-second limit. Karunaratne’s signal was within the 15 seconds, according to the TV broadcasters.Replays showed Amla was out. Ultimately, it didn’t cost Sri Lanka too much.Kettleborough also thought Amla wasn’t out when he edged behind soon after, believing the catch hadn’t carried to Kusal Mendis in the slips. Replays showed it carried comfortably and Gould got it right this time and sent Amla on his way.After lunch, Kettleborough gave de Kock out when he was on 5 for a catch behind. De Kock reviewed that decision, and it proved the ball came off his elbow, not bat or glove.Sri Lanka came to South Africa off a run of three straight series losses and six losses in its last seven Tests. Sri Lanka’s last series victory came at home against South Africa last July. Since then, it has lost at home to England and away to New Zealand and Australia.South Africa has won seven series in a row at home after sweeping Pakistan 3-0 last month, moving the Proteas to No. 2 in the rankings behind India. Sri Lanka is ranked No. 6.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 1 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | DRS controversy erupts in Durban Test as umpire fails to prompt Sri Lanka after 10 secondsAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Bradley, Howard, Dempsey & MLS’s best-paid Americans

first_imgMLS Bradley, Howard, Dempsey & the highest paid Americans in MLS Goal 12:25 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clint Dempsey Tim Howard Michael Bradley MLS 2018 MLS Who are the top earning American players in Major League Soccer? Goal breaks down the top 10 The MLS players union released its salary data last week, and the numbers showed some interesting trends. Three Americans were in the top 10 in the league in terms of total compensation, while a fourth landed in the top 25. Even among Americans Toronto FC dominated the list of high earners, but Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City each placed a pair of players on this list.  Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Here’s the rundown of the top 10 highest paid Americans in Major League Soccer.last_img read more

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Game Times Set For 6 Nebraska Games

first_imgFlag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Flag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A number of college football game times dropped today. That includes half of Nebraska’s regular season slate. Huskers fans can start to plan out some of their College Football Saturdays now.In addition, we have television info for four Husker games. That includes three national network games, which is pretty cool for Scott Frost’s first year. Clearly, there is serious renewed interest in the Huskers with its big-name new coach.The Huskers made the announcement with a video posted to Twitter. From Nebraska:? SCHEDULE UPDATE ?We have times for six games and networks for four.✊ #GBR pic.twitter.com/xGHhYyP1GA— ❄️ Nebraska Football ❄️ (@HuskerFBNation) May 31, 2018Here is the game times and TV channels for the six games on Nebraska’s schedule:Sept. 1 vs. Akron: 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.Sept. 8 vs. Colorado: 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.Sept. 15 vs. Troy: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.Sept. 29 vs. Purdue: 3:30/4 p.m. ET.Oct. 13 at Northwestern: 12:00 p.m. ET.Nov. 23 at Iowa: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.The rest of Nebraska’s football schedule. We do not yet have kick-off times for these games:Sept. 22 at MichiganOct. 6 at WisconsinOct. 20 vs. MinnesotaNov. 3 at Ohio StateNov. 10 vs. IllinoisNov. 17 vs. Michigan Statelast_img read more

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$5.9-Million Programme Launched to Boost School Attendance by PATH Beneficiaries

first_img Speaking at the launch on Thursday (February 8) in Port Maria, St. Mary, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, informed that $4 million will be spent during the first year of the programme and another $1.9 million in the second year. The Government has launched a $5.9-million incentive programme aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). It will offer a range of cash and non-cash incentives to parents and schools to boost student turnout. Story Highlights The Government has launched a $5.9-million incentive programme aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).Dubbed ‘School Days Count’, the two-year initiative will roll out between February and April in 34 institutions that have below-70 per cent attendance levels.It will offer a range of cash and non-cash incentives to parents and schools to boost student turnout.These include 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, to students who will be starting tertiary studies in September 2018.Speaking at the launch on Thursday (February 8) in Port Maria, St. Mary, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, informed that $4 million will be spent during the first year of the programme and another $1.9 million in the second year.She informed that through the initiative, “we hope to accomplish a dramatic shift in attitudes, so that PATH beneficiaries and the rest of the school population will be motivated to attend school, one hundred per cent of the time”.“Also, it is seeking to give more exposure to post-secondary education and career options provided via PATH and the Steps-to-Work programme, while… rewarding students with tangible encouragements to attend school with regularity,” she added.She noted that as part of the initiative, a public education campaign will be undertaken geared at creating awareness among parents and students about the importance of attending school consistently, by demonstrating the correlation between absent days and lessons lost.Minister Robinson said the Government is committed to ensuring that children have a fair chance of achieving their full potential “so they can make a meaningful contribution to nation-building and economic growth”.She thanked the PATH donors for their support in “helping us reach our vulnerable and at-risk populations”.PATH is an initiative by the Government of Jamaica with support from donor partners such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.It is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians To Benefit From Renewed Commitment To Housing

first_imgProvincial, territorial and federal ministers responsible for housing have agreed, for the first time, on a set of principles that will help them create a long-term housing plan that ensures Canadians receive housing programs and services that meet their on-going needs. The ministers responsible for housing met in Nova Scotia on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 23, to discuss the creation of a Canadian Housing Framework that specifically addresses the need for emergency shelters, supported and transitional housing, affordable housing, assisted home ownership and market housing. “To achieve consensus on a long-term approach to housing is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said David Morse, Nova Scotia’s Community Services and Housing Minister and co-chair of the federal-provincial-territorial meetings. “For Nova Scotians, this means a renewed commitment to improved housing — including housing support for the homeless, emergency repairs to aging homes, and more subsidized and affordable housing.” At the meetings, federal, provincial, and territorial ministers established a working committee — co-chaired by Ontario and the federal government — to finish developing the framework. The framework is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2005. The provincial and territorial ministers said during the discussions that they welcome the active participation of the federal government in housing. In 1997, the federal government transferred responsibility to Nova Scotia for social housing, but it became involved again in 2001 with the signing of the Affordable Housing Agreement. This renewed commitment to work with the provinces will benefit Nova Scotians because all housing partners share their expertise in the delivery of housing programs and services that address the region’s unique needs. “We look forward to working with our provincial and territorial colleagues and federal counterparts to develop a sustained and long-term approach to improve housing for Nova Scotians and all Canadians,” said Mr. Morse.last_img read more

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BJP Trinamool delegations visit tense Sandeshkhali in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A BJP delegation, led by the party’s state President Dilip Ghosh on Sunday visited the troubled Sandeshkhali area in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district where at least three persons were killed in a clash between the saffron outfit and the ruling Trinamool Congress. According to local residents, the clashes broke out in Sandeshkhali’s Hatgachi area over forceful removal of BJP flags on Saturday afternoon. The police has so far confirmed deaths of three political workers — two from BJP and one from Trinamool Congress in the incident, though the two parties claim at least eight deaths. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga State BJP sources claimed that five party workers — Pradip Mondal, Tapan Mondal, Sukanta Mondal, Devdas Mondal and Shankar Mondal — were shot dead from point blank range by TMC backed men, while 18 others had gone missing. The TMC accused the BJP of fomenting unrest and killing at least three of its party workers, “two of whom were thrown into the river”. The state BJP leaders including Ghosh, Mukul Roy, Locket Chatterjee, Shantanu Thakur, Jagannath Chatterjee met the family members of the slain party workers and also visited the Basirhat Hospital, where the injured BJP activists have been admitted. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “The Basirhat Hospital authorities are deliberately delaying the process of handing over the dead bodies of our workers. We are waiting,” Ghosh told IANS. The BJP leader said his party would demand compensation from the Bengal government for the bereaved family. “We will continue our protest against this brutality. We will hold a rally here on June 12,” he said. BJP workers also blocked roads and held demonstrations in Bankura, Hoogly, Howrah, Midnapore, Malda, Barackpore, Naihati and North and South Kolkata. A number of BJP men were arrested while holding a protest near the party’s state headquarters in central Kolkata. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation comprising state Food Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick and senior leaders Tapas Roy and Madan Mitra visited the family of Kayum Mollah, one of the dead party workers. With graphic images of those slain in the clashes circulating on the social media since Saturday night, internet services were suspended in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. A large contingent of police and Rapid Action Force personnel have also been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.last_img read more

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Sitting for 9 hours causes early death

first_imgHigher levels of physical activity – regardless of intensity – are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, a study claims. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also show that being sedentary, for example sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day – excluding sleeping time – is associated with an increased risk of death. Researchers led by Professor Ulf Ekelund at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway analysed observational studies assessing physical activity and sedentary time with death. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStudies included in the research used accelerometers – a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity during waking hours – to objectively measure daily activity levels. Examples of light intensity activity include walking slowly or light tasks such as cooking or washing dishes. Moderate activity includes any activities that make you breath harder, such as brisk walking. Data from eight high quality studies involved 36,383 adults aged at least 40 years with average age of 62. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardActivity levels were categorised into quarters, from least to most active, and participants were tracked for an average of 5.8 years. During follow-up, 2,149 (5.9 per cent) participants died. After adjusting for potentially influential factors, the researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death. Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (five hours) per day of light-intensity physical activity or approximately twenty-four minutes per day moderate intensity physical activity. At these levels the risk of death was halved compared to those engaging in little or no physical activity. However, this study suggests health may be optimised with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity. “Another important finding was that spending 9.5 hours or more each day sedentary – which essentially means sitting was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of death, with each hour more above this threshold increasing the risk of death further. “This highlights the importance of avoiding spending most of the day sitting, as well undertaking purposeful physical activity,” said Yates. The researchers point to some limitations. For example, all studies were conducted in the US and western Europe, and included adults who were at least 40 years old, so findings may not apply to other populations or to younger people. They said the large sample size and device based measures of sedentary time and physical activity provide more precise results than previous studies.last_img read more

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ViceAdmiral Mark Normans pending return raises thorny question for brass

first_imgOTTAWA — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s stated desire to return to active duty after the breach-of-trust case against him was dropped this week is raising the thorny question for the military’s top brass of where he can go.Norman was the military’s second-in-command until he was suspended and later replaced because of the case against him, with Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk currently filling the post.While federal Conservatives demand Norman be reinstated to his former post, they also say they would be content with him being given a post of equal stature — even though none exists in the military.  The decision on where to put Norman ultimately rests with defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, not the government, and Vance is expected to meet with Norman in the coming days to discuss next steps.However, several retired military officers says the current situation is virtually unprecedented and Vance is facing a dilemma given that moving either Norman or Wynnyk will represent a demotion.Norman, who also previously served as head of the navy, has not said whether he wants to return to his former position as second-in-command, saying the military is bigger than any one person.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Few SNCLavalin rivals have been granted DPAs contrary to CEOs claims

MONTREAL — It was a sunny Wednesday in March, and Neil Bruce was making his case for why SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. deserved a negotiated settlement over corruption charges tied to alleged dealings in Libya.After spending six weeks in the eye of a political storm over the actions of top government officials who had pushed to head off a criminal prosecution in the case, the CEO of Canada’s most renowned engineering and construction firm went on a press offensive.Flanked by a public relations team in a downtown Toronto boardroom, Bruce shared some internal data on the use of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) by SNC-Lavalin’s rivals to illustrate the competitive disadvantage his firm faces.“We’ve calculated that about 75 per cent of these U.S. and European competitors have done DPAs in their own host country and are free to work in Canada,” Bruce told The Canadian Press on March 20.When pressed for details on this claim — made to at least one other news outlet — SNC-Lavalin told The Canadian Press it does not have a comprehensive list of competitors who have entered into DPAs. The firm did not share how it arrived at the number.The Canadian Press analyzed figures on corporate settlements from a pair of databases and found that only a handful of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s rivals or their subsidiaries have received deferred prosecution agreements. In the U.S. and United Kingdom, just one of SNC-Lavalin’s 16 main competitors listed in its 2018 annual information form is named as a DPA recipient, according to the databases that go as far back as 1992.Of 216 DPAs and non-prosecution agreements — which are similar, but more lenient — in the U.S. since 2014, only eight were granted to construction or design firms, and only three of those companies qualified as global players, according to figures in annual reports by law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.The U.K. has granted only four DPAs since legislation was passed in 2013, records from Fieldfisher law firm show.“Most of the activity in DPAs is extremely recent,” said Jennifer Quaid, a criminal law professor at the University of Ottawa. “There isn’t necessarily a long tradition of holding companies criminally liable in many European jurisdictions.”When asked about the discrepancy in the numbers, SNC-Lavalin stood by its figures.“SNC-Lavalin did internal research on the topic and calculated that about 75 per cent of its rivals have concluded DPAs in their host countries,” spokesman Nicolas Ryan said in an email.While none of SNC-Lavalin’s 16 competitors appear to have received DPAs in the U.S. or U.K. in the past five years, a few of their subsidiaries have, and several rivals accepted deals prior to 2014.In 2012, Tokyo-based Marubeni Corp. agreed to pay US$54.6 million in a DPA linked to its participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Montreal-based engineering firm WSP Global Inc. bought Louis Berger in 2018 — three years after that company paid US$17.1 million to resolve charges it bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait.Aecon Group Inc.’s Tishman Construction Corp. accepted in 2015 a US$20.2-million DPA tied to an overbilling scheme. And SNC-Lavalin’s own WS Atkins, which it bought in 2017, acquired a subsidiary seven years earlier that reached a US$3.4-million DPA following allegations of bribing Qatari officials in 2009.In 2008, British construction company Balfour Beatty admitted to “payment irregularities” and paid a 2.25-million-pound penalty following a bribery investigation by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office, avoiding charges in the process. Instead it got a plea bargain, which unlike a DPA involves a legal admission of guilt along with the bidding bans and steeper penalties that can come with it.The goal of a DPA, also known as a remediation agreement, is to encourage voluntary disclosure of criminal misconduct that might otherwise fly under regulators’ radar. By entering into a DPA, a company avoids prosecution while taking responsibility for breaches such as fraud or bribery of foreign officials and agreeing to conditions like overhauling its board and senior management, adopting a compliance program and accepting third-party oversight.DPAs also aim to slash costs and time for investigators in what can be lengthy, exhaustive criminal probes by cash-strapped government bureaus.“The big thing that corporations are worried about is stigma. They don’t like the stigma of being considered a corporate criminal, because that affects their sales and their public reputation,” said Russell Mokhiber, a corporate crime journalist and author.The difference between who gets a negotiated settlement and who doesn’t often comes down to size, says Susan Hawley, policy director at London-based non-profit Corruption Watch.“Large companies tend to get away with DPAs and the smaller companies get prosecuted criminally,” she said.She points to Rolls-Royce PLC, with which U.K. prosecutors pursued an agreement “for corrupt conduct spanning three decades,” as the state’s Serious Fraud Office director put it in February. The settlement — which emerged only after Rolls-Royce had been “found out,” Hawley said, not after self-reporting — drew renewed scrutiny of the practice.“Because the large corporations have the power, they have the power to demand and secure these agreements,” said Mokhiber. “You lose so many jobs in the economy, shareholders get hurt, innocent employees are punished, and so forth.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:WSP)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

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Cops arrest 18 for betting

The police said that a case will be filed against all 18 suspects at the Dambulla Magistrate’s court next Tuesday.The Galewala police are conducting further investigations. The police arrested 18 people for betting for money in Galewala last night, the police media unit said today.According to the police media unit the betting center was raided by a police team in the area and the suspects were subsequently arrested.

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Golden Triangle shows downward trend in opium cultivation UN report

The Myanmar and Laos Opium Surveys for 2003, launched today in New York by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), confirms the downward trend in 2002 in opium cultivation in the Golden Triangle – which also includes Thailand. The surveys show a 24 per cent decline for Myanmar and 15 per cent for Laos mostly because farmers shifted crops to rice or other grains, which together with marginal harvest levels in Thailand and Viet Nam, has reduced opium cultivation in Southeast Asia by 60 per cent since 1996.Still, the report notes that although the current downward trend in Myanmar had been encouraging, the country remains the world’s second-largest supplier of opium and heroin after Afghanistan, with the Shan State representing more than 90 per cent of the total opium poppy cultivation in the country. Laos is the third-largest opium producer.Although their numbers are declining, more than 350,000 households in Myanmar and 40,000 in Laos will continue to derive the largest share of their income from the harvested opium – an estimated 810 tons in Myanmar and 120 tons in Laos. To sustain these declines, alternative development programmes for farmers are required, the report says. It also remains crucial to ensure that significant funding and technical assistance is provided to UNODC’s alternative development, demand reduction and law enforcement initiatives.At a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, UNODC Executive-Director Antonio Maria Costa attributed the decline not only to the commitment of the central governments, but also that of local communities, provinces and townships. He also stressed the importance of alternative cultivation efforts to reduce food shortages. One of the main reasons framers had been cultivating opium was because of the revenue it generated. Efforts by UN agencies to improve food security had reduced the motivation to cultivate illegal crops, he said. read more

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Price of crude drives down housing resale prices

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary’s resale housing market sales were down in January, year over year, for the second consecutive month.The 40 per cent dip is so significant that many people are now rushing to sell their homes.According to BMO Capital Markets Senior Economist Sal Guatieri, listings are up 37 per cent.Guatieri says Calgary’s market had been holding up fairly well, even with the challenges, until December.He believes the correction can all be attributed to the price of oil.“So we will see a lot of layoffs in the energy sector this year, and spillover effects to other industries that will, at the very minimum, discourage a lot of people from moving to Alberta,” Guatieri said.Guatieri believes house prices could fall by as much as 10 per cent, erasing any of 2014’s gains. by News Staff Posted Feb 2, 2015 10:59 am MDT Price of crude drives down housing resale prices read more

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This Is The First NBA Finals In 9 Years Without LeBron A

When Lamar Odom heaved the ball down-court to drain away what seconds remained between the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and a championship, few realized that it marked the start of a new era. The period that followed was defined by who wasn’t in L.A. that June night: LeBron James. For each of the next eight seasons, a James-led team would make the NBA Finals — a streak of contesting the championship that won’t technically end until Thursday’s Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.As the confetti filled the Staples Center air, there was little sense of just how profoundly the game was about to change — some changes because of James himself, others just moving on a parallel track to the game’s biggest star. With the benefit of hindsight, then, let’s take a look at exactly how many huge developments have transpired across the league since the last time we had an NBA Finals without LeBron James.From ABC News: In many ways, it’s fitting that these 2019 finals would pit two of James’s longtime foils — the Raptors (who could never beat him in the playoffs) and the Warriors (whom he could seldom beat) — against each other. James’s shadow hangs over the series in absentia, if not simply for what his vacancy signals. He may return to the championship stage again sooner than later, particularly if the Warriors’ hegemony is threatened this summer. But for now, this series marks the end of an era — and the culmination of all the many changes that have remade basketball since the last time we weren’t debating James’s chances of adding another ring to his collection.Check out our latest NBA predictions. LeBron’s GOAT turnGoing into the summer of 2010, James’s future was as uncertain as it would ever be. He had just suffered the most high-profile failure of his career, inexplicably struggling as his Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. He faced a looming free-agency “decision” — would he betray his hometown Cavs? — and persistent questions about whether he could lead a championship team. Statistically, James’s career was off to a stellar start, but by the NBA’s ring-obsessed standards, his path toward GOAT status was wobbling.Nearly a decade later, James is still not universally hailed as the greatest ever. (Michael Jordan’s shadow looms large.) But he is generally placed right in the conversation with MJ. He answered postseason critics with eight straight conference titles and three rings, including one that involved: a) one of the greatest NBA Finals comebacks ever; b) upsetting the winningest regular-season team in history; and c) ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought. At the same time, James has climbed up the all-time statistical mountain in countless categories, including passing Jordan on points in March. If James isn’t the GOAT, he has at least become the defining player of his generation — and in some ways, he even redefined the role of a superstar and the criteria we use to judge all-time greats.The rise of the WarriorsThe 2009-10 Golden State Warriors won only 26 games and got their coach, Don Nelson, fired. (The team would go through two more coaches before finding current boss Steve Kerr.) Few vestiges of Nelson’s 2006-07 “We Believe” Warriors — the franchise’s high-water mark for postseason success since the early 1990s — were still on the roster anyway. Newcomer Stephen Curry finished second in Rookie of the Year voting but gave scarcely any clues that he’d eventually become a transformational player. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were still 20-year-old college kids. From these not-so-promising beginnings, the single greatest dynasty in basketball history1If not all of sports history, if you compare their run to those of greats from other leagues. would be formed.Every dynasty requires a series of unlikely breaks to fall its way, but it’s difficult to overstate just how surprising it was that Golden State would barge into an NBA championship club that included just eight franchises (the Celtics, Bulls, Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, 76ers and Spurs) hoarding the 31 titles up for grabs from 1980 through 2010. Before they added Kevin Durant in free agency, the Warriors were a testament to the power of drafting home-grown stars and locking them up on team-friendly contract extensions. After inking Durant, they became the scariest collection of talent ever assembled. And it would all come completely out of the blue, from the perspective of a neutral observer in the summer of 2010.The superteam craze gets crazierIn conjunction with James’s emergence as arguably the best player ever (see above), he also helped usher in an era of star players dictating the direction of the league on their own terms. The Age of the Superteam had already gotten underway with the 2008 Boston Celtics’ title-winning team-up between Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But James pushed the trend even further when he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a trio of prime-age superstars on the 2011 Miami Heat. Ever since, most of the game’s highest-profile moves have been designed to either counterbalance or mimic James’s original flight of fancy made good.The league’s power balance, of course, has almost always been about an ever-escalating arms race between Big Twos and Threes. The difference this decade has been about who gets to choose both how and where those combinations form. Encouraged by a salary structure that prioritizes nonmonetary benefits and empowered by what strange quirks of the system do arise, superstars (and their agents) have become every bit as powerful in team-building as general managers. You can’t fault them for it, either: Rings are how players are judged, and star recruiting is the most sensible path to a title in the NBA. This was bound to happen eventually — and the past decade has only solidified the trend.Pacing and spacingThe Warriors didn’t just break the mold of dynasty-building — they helped redefine how a championship team plays the game. Before Curry and Co., the conventional wisdom was that a team who lives by the 3-pointer would eventually die by it before the playoffs ended. During the 2015 playoffs, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson famously tweeted a critique of jump-shooting teams during the 2015 playoffs; Charles Barkley voiced the same sentiment around the same time. The Warriors’ title that summer felt like a retort, invalidating any preconceived notions about what kind of great team could successfully win a title.Although the rise of the 3-point shot was set in motion long before Golden State formed its dynasty, the Warriors became its symbolic standard-bearer — even after they shifted away from small-ball lineups a bit and were surpassed by many other teams in their actual use of the 3-pointer. Whether influenced by Golden State or not, the league’s obsession with speed, spacing and shooting has intensified greatly over the past decade. Pace factor is up 8 percent since 2010, and 3-pointers per game are up 78 percent. (Huge dinosaurs still roamed the paint back in 2010; today’s game looks very different.) Offenses are the most efficient they’ve ever been, and the range at which players can reliably make threes is expanding constantly. James’s own development even mirrored these changes: Once criticized for a lack of shooting touch, he improved to eventually become one of the game’s best deep 3-point bombers by the end of the decade.The evolution of tankingIn addition to the LeBron-influenced spate of superteams, one of the league’s other primary off-court concerns this decade has been how to prevent teams from tanking — deliberately building bad (and often dirt-cheap) rosters in order to get high picks in that summer’s draft. The tactic is nothing new, but back in 2010, it still hadn’t been fully explored to its cynical conclusion — that wouldn’t truly come until Sam Hinkie took over the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.2Perhaps the SuperSonics/Thunder of the mid-to-late 2000s could also be seen as a precursor to Hinkie’s Sixers, but even those teams were not as brazen in their tanking efforts as Philadelphia would become.Hinkie’s “Process” — designed specifically to acquire a franchise-altering talent like James — left a controversial legacy. It helped Philly eventually acquire many building blocks for their current contending squad, even after missing on a number of their high picks. It also produced some of the worst basketball ever along the way, and the results underscored the complete lack of certainty inherent in hitching a franchise’s fortunes to a randomized lottery system. Neither of this year’s NBA Finalists were built by tanking — in fact, Toronto methodically built a solid team until a superstar (Kawhi Leonard) fell into its lap. And the league readjusted its lottery odds this year anyway, flattening out the rewards for poor records and further discouraging intentionally bad roster construction. Unlike the dreadful 2002-03 Cavaliers team that drafted James, the next LeBron might not even enter the league with a team that lost on purpose to get him.The end of ‘Lakers exceptionalism’?Perhaps the starkest contrast between 2010 and the present is in the state of James’s current club, the L.A. Lakers. With a core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Odom and young center Andrew Bynum, coached by Jackson, Los Angeles had just won its second consecutive title — and they appeared poised to contend for even more over the next few seasons. But Jackson retired from coaching in 2011; Bryant and Gasol got older; Bynum couldn’t stay healthy; Odom was traded; and the front office struggled to upgrade the supporting cast.An attempted superteam of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Bryant and Gasol failed miserably. It also represented the last time the Lakers made the playoffs. Ever since, the team has tried desperately to replenish its once-endless supply of Hall of Famers, whether through the draft or in signing James, the game’s biggest star. But at the same time, L.A. has been hamstrung by ineffectual management, a story that extended to this week’s ESPN report about dysfunction between Magic Johnson, former president of basketball operations; general manager Rob Pelinka; James’s agent, Rich Paul; and the rest of the team and its staff. The Lakers still figure to aim for another huge star acquisition this offseason, but the era of what SB Nation’s Tom Ziller calls “Lakers exceptionalism” — the idea that L.A. is entitled to always dominate the NBA — is over, difficult as that would have been to believe in 2010. read more

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Gap accused of stealing Flickr photo for shirt designs

first_imgAll of the big clothing brands are tasked with coming up with new designs to go on their latest clothing ranges every year. So you’d expect designers to be hired, or existing images to be licensed for use as prints on such clothing. That’s not the case for Gap, who seem to prefer loading up Flickr and doing a search until they find an image they like.That certainly seems to be the case for a Thermal Body Double Gap is selling in its Baby range for $17. The print on the shirt is of a classic Jaguar, but where did the image come from? Hobby photographer Chris Devers can tell you, as he took the original photo and uploaded it to his Flickr account. The issue Devers has is Gap never asked to use the photo, they just took it.AdChoices广告This isn’t an accusation made without evidence. Here’s the images side-by-side:Further evidence comes from Bill Ricker who superimposed the shirt design over the photograph and it matches perfectly:Devers is awaiting a response from Gap explaining why his image is on its shirt:I have various thoughts about what’s going on here — for example, the mind-boggling idea that some unknown factory in southeast Asia somewhere is cranking out thousands of $16.95 tshirts with my photo on them on behalf of the Gap, and yet they never attempted to contact me about their use of my work — but I’m trying to keep most of my thoughts to myself until Gap has a chance to respond. It’s not just that one item, though, the same print appears multiple times across a $25 2-in-1 moto one-piece:We are also awaiting Gap’s explanation as to why it is using this image without any contact with the owner first.Read more at Steve Devers Flickr page and MediabistroMatthew’s OpinionIn case you are wondering, Devers has uploaded his image to Flickr under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license. That states the image can be freely copied, shared, and distributed as long as:Attribution is givenIt is noncommercial distributionNo alterations, transfroms, or build upon work is carried outGap fails on every condition. They haven’t attributed Devers, the image is being sold commercially, and they have altered the image.Unless Gap manage to produce an image that is exactly the same but from another source, they could be in trouble here. Devers could rightly get himself a copyright lawyer and go to court. Gap will have to remove the items from sale and compensation may be in order.There is a scenario where Gap is completely innocent, though. The company does employ independent designers to create new prints for its clothing. It’s not out of the realms of possibility that it was one of these designers that stole the image and presented it to Gap as his/her own work.Whatever the case, we would like to know the outcome of this complaint and hope Gap respond to Devers explaining what happened.last_img read more

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Man 29 charged with murder of Gareth Hutch

first_img Updated 2pmA 29-YEAR-OLD man replied “not guilty” when he was charged today with the murder of Gareth Hutch who was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside his home in Dublin.Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was gunned down outside Avondale House flats, on North Cumberland Street in inner city Dublin, on the morning of 24 May.Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court in north inner city Dublin, was charged last year with unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on 23 May, a day before the shooting.That charge was contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.He had been initially refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 1 and was remanded in custody. He faced his thirteenth hearing today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.Dressed in a green jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms he was escorted into the courtroom by prison officers in stab vests.“Not guilty” reply when charge put to himDetective Garda Sergeant Robert O’Reilly told the court that Fox was charged at 10.34am today with the murder of Gareth Hutch. He said the accused replied “not guilty” when the new charge was put to him.There was an application for him to be remanded in custody for one week and the court also heard that the DPP has directed trial on indictment.There was an application on behalf of Fox, represented by Eoin Lysaght solicitor, for the firearms charge to be dismissed. The State objected and the judge refused to dismiss it but said he would strike it out.State solicitor Karen Wilson said that the book of evidence is near completion and would be ready in two weeks.Judge Blake remanded Fox in custody to appear via video-link on 25 January next. At a previous hearing, the Judge heard that the case is extremely complex and that about 300 statements have been taken.The accused had been in custody since 1 June on the firearms charge. Bail cannot be granted in the district court in a murder case and he will have to make an application to the High Court to get released pending his trial.The district court has also heard earlier that the investigation involved the examination of 5,000 hours of CCTV.Fox is one of two people before the courts in connection with the shooting of Hutch.Mary McDonnell (43) with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street is accused of withholding information from gardaí investigating Gareth Hutch’s murder.She is accused of failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardaí, as soon as was practicable, information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.The charge is under Section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act and the offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on 24 May last.She is on bail and her case was listed before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court on Wednesday. However, she had been excused from having to attend the hearing.Detective Garda Kevin Keys confirmed for the judge that the prosecution was seeking an adjournment for directions from the DPP to be obtained. The case was put back for four weeks and the judge heard that she would be notified by her solicitor.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts.Read: Man to appear in court in connection to Gareth Hutch murderRead: ‘No investigation yet’ into how CCTV footage of Gareth Hutch murder was made public Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Man (29) charged with murder of Gareth Hutch The man replied “not guilty” when the charge was put to him by gardaí. Jan 18th 2017, 2:00 PM By Tom Tuite No Comments https://jrnl.ie/3192114 26,814 Views center_img Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Share541 Tweet Email Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Short URLlast_img read more

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