Police Arrest 2 Women for Document Forgery in Morocco

Rabat – Judicial police in Kenitra, north of Rabat, have arrested two women who were charging people for a fake opportunity to get a government job.The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement that two people who fell victim to the suspects showed up at the police school in Kenitra carrying fake “summonses” to take the police exam.After hearing their story, DGSN arrested on woman acting as an intermediary for fraud and forgery of official documents. The woman was found with financial transfer receipts. Read also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 400 Hashish Bags of 10 Tons in El JadidaAfter further investigation, police arrested the main suspect in Temara, a town south of Rabat. Police found a large number of false summonses to take exams of several public institutions and 13 forged summonses for police exams in the suspect’s house.The two women, aged 37 and 41, charged their victims MAD 40,000 to 80,000 in exchange for the summonses.DGSN said that the suspects are now in custody, and they are continuing to investigate to determine other members involved in the case. read more


Report on impact of economic downturn hits City Hall

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted May 30, 2016 7:28 am MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 8:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Taxes will be on the agenda at Calgary City council Monday.A report is going forward on the impact of the economic downturn on revenue for 2017.Administration is forecasting a shortfall for 2017 of $20-million, which would add up to an extra 1.3 per cent increase on Calgarians’ tax bills.The previously approved increase for next year is 4.7 per cent.The report looks at a number or ways to mitigate the losses, but because of the uncertainty about the economy, staff wants to put off discussion of the 2018 tax year until the spring of next year.Council will be getting together again June 29 for a strategic session on city finances. (Kaitlin Lee, 660 NEWS) Report on impact of economic downturn hits City Hall read more


Prince Charles photobombs Kasabian in unlikely meeting at the pub

first_imgNot everyday you meet and shake hands with HRH Prince Charles on a walk on Ham Hill.— Andrew Sweet (@AndrewSweet4) February 14, 2017 Very interesting afternoon meeting HRH Prince Charles. A very charming man and extremely skilled at asking interesting questions.— Orchards Estates (@orchardsestates) February 14, 2017 Kasabian and Prince Charles like the same kind of drinking establishments, apparently Credit:Rex  Prince Charles had an unlikely encounter with Kasabian after appearing to photobomb the band at a pub in Somerset.Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno and co were enjoying some lunch at the aptly named Prince of Wales pub in Ham Hill, near Yeovil, when the royal guest wandered in. Show more “He was very generous with his time and it was just a brilliant day,” she said.“We knew he was coming but it was a lovely surprise for everyone else.“He poured a pint and his visit was just a huge boost for everybody and out invited guests.” 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 Leicester band shared the photo on Instagram joking the royal visitor was in the “photobombing zone”.Landlady Nicki Holroyd told Somerset Live that Charles surprised locals when he got behind the counter to pull a pint. Pizzorno told the NME: “We did so much work really quickly that I took the summer off and did a bit of living.“It was great … then I just came back to it, added a few songs and they only took about ten minutes to write.”Kasabian will headline this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, organisers announced in January. Kasabian new album  Charles joins Prince Harry and the Queen as the latest royal photobomber.Meanwhile, Kasabian were enjoying a relaxing trip to the pub after revealing they have just completed their new album.last_img read more


PSG Handball complete VELUX EHF CL FINAL4 2016

The French champions PSG Handball are the fourth team at VELUX EHF CL Final 4 in Cologne. Tournament at Lanxess Arena on May 28 and 29 will give the new handball rulers since FC Barcelona lost against THW Kiel in quarter-final.The easiest job in second legs had French best team. Noka Serdarušić boys had +8 from Zagreb, so it was enough to play 32:32 against Croatian champions in routine battle.Right back Onufrienko netted seven goals for the home team, while Horvat scored eight for Zagreb. PSG Handball ← Previous Story SC Magdeburg win German Cup after 20 years! Next Story → 2016 Australian Open Club Championships in Geelong


Thief sells stolen diamond ring at bargain price

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A man stole a $1 million diamond ring in a planned burglary and sold it for a bargain price of $300,000 in Thailand, a court has heard. George Georgiou, from Melbourne, snatched the 9.1 carat ring from the CBD jewellery store Hardy Brothers Jewellers in March 2009, before fleeing to Thailand and selling the stolen ring for $300,000. The Court heard Georgiou, a former Freemason, has a history of theft, and was also being charged for a previous offence. Prosecutor Raymond Elston SC told a county court in a committal hearing that Georgiou was charged for stealing a diamond ring worth $26,995 from a stall at Camberwell Market in 2008. Defence lawyer Janine Gleeson said while the Hardy Brothers heist was planned, stealing from the market stallholder, who Georgiou had forged a professional relationship with, was more opportunistic. Mr Elston called for the defendant to be jailed for a maximum of five to six years, with a non-parole period of three to four years. Georgiou will remain in custody as he awaits sentencing by Judge Margaret Rizkalla on October 31.last_img read more


Major Bakken drug case figure from Washington to be sentenced

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday, Aug. 29, in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana’s oil patch.Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. He pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Under a January plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional drug conspiracy, distribution, and firearms charges against Armstrong in exchange for his admission of guilt.Prosecutors want him sent to prison for between 17 and 22 years. They point to the 50-year-old defendant’s extensive criminal record and say in Montana he ran a network of dealers and enforcers selling large quantities of almost-pure meth in Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston and Bozeman.Armstrong’s public defender, Anthony Gallagher, is seeking a 10-year sentence. Gallagher says prosecutors overstated both Armstrong’s leadership role in the trafficking ring and his criminal history.last_img read more


Accountant jailed for three years for pensions fraud

first_imgAccountant Roger William Bessent has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently transferring more than £290,000 of pension funds into his own businesses and investments.An investigation conducted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) found that 66-year-old Bessent took money from the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme; this was the pension scheme for accountancy firm Gleeson Bessent, where he acted as director. Bessent was also director at professional pension trustee firm Gleeson Bessent Trustees, which governed the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme.These roles enabled Bessent to gain access to the pension scheme’s funds, which he then converted into loans to support his personal business agenda. This included using more than £120,000 to buy a house for personal investment, to pay tax bills for Gleeson Bessent and the business of a client, to subsidise the running costs of a children’s nursery and to provide start-up investment capital for a relative’s physiotherapy business.Bessent also made official meeting minutes and records for the pension scheme, falsely listing other trustees as being present at meetings.Bessent pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position and to two counts of making employer-related investments by way of prohibited loans at Preston Crown Court on 27 February 2019. TPR has asked for three other counts of employer-related investments to be left to lie on file.On 29 March 2019, at Preston Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Barker sentenced Bessent to 40 months in prison. This consists of 35 months for the fraud offences and four months for the employer-related investment offences, to be served concurrently. Bessent will also serve five months for director disqualification offences.This is the first time that a TPR prosecution has led to an immediate custodial sentence.Fraud by abuse of position is an offence under section one of the Fraud Act 2006; this carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Making a prohibited employer-related investment is illegal under section 40(5) of the Pensions Act 1995 and has a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.The court is further looking to obtain a confiscation order, to force Bessent to repay the outstanding money taken. The hearing date for this is 5 July 2019.As at March 2019, approximately £80,000 of the total has been repaid.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Fraudsters who abuse positions of trust to line their own pockets with other people’s hard-earned savings will feel the full force of the law. I welcome the sentence handed down by the courts and the regulator’s action in bringing this prosecution.“We’re determined to protect everyone’s pensions, which is why we’re introducing a new offence of wilful or reckless behaviour relating to a pension scheme, punishable by up to seven years in jail or unlimited fines.”Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, added: “By working with the Insolvency Service, we have brought Bessent to justice and will now go after the money he took from the pension scheme. This sentence shows how seriously the courts take the theft of people’s hard-earned savings.“Trustees should be in no doubt that if they abuse their position like Bessent did they should be prepared to go to prison.”last_img read more


Time Magazine Navigating Change

first_imgHere, FOLIO: speaks with McCarrick about Time and about his perspective on the evolving media landscape.FOLIO:: Time, like so many other magazines, has faced its share of roadblocks and hurdles. What would you say is the magazines biggest challenge right now?McCarrick: For sure the decline in advertising in general within the U.S. marketplace has been a concern for all of 2008. Where the future is headed remains uncertain as well. Fortunately, despite shrinking dollars, Time continues to raise its share of market within the category. We also have the good fortune of shifting emphasis to our global editions where we have experienced double digit growth year-to-date and which offsets declines in the U.S. market. Likewise, the explosive growth of our Time.com business is making substantial contributions to ensure the health of our brand worldwide.FOLIO:: Time has undergone several changes between 2007 and 2008. What do you consider to be the most significant changes? Why?McCarrick: We moved our publishing cycle worldwide from Mondays to Fridays. We cut unprofitable circulation and led the industry in presenting a “clean and strong” ABC statement—and many have followed our tactics. We introduced an audience model and, while not well received by agencies in the market, we remain convinced that this is the currency by which brands will be measured in the future. Overseas, it is already done that way. And, last but not least, we relaunched Time.com as a 24/7, 365 days per year news and information site under the Time umbrella.FOLIO:: How exactly do you describe Time’s evolution into a 24/7 news experience, and how have these changes been applied online?McCarrick: Everything we do now applies to a 24/7 news experience. Turn on your television this week at the conventions and you’ll see the Time editors/experts all over the screen—the networks know who is knowledgeable and have the inside information. Any breaking news will be on Time.com immediately, blogs will provide response and analysis (i.e. Swampland) and yes, the magazine where in depth analysis and interpretation as well opinion takes place complements all of this. Each medium complements the other but under Time.FOLIO:: In terms of what magazine publishers are doing to stay ahead of the curve, what are some of the trends you’re seeing now that stand out to you most?McCarrick: For 85 years the Time brand has changed based on the needs of its consumers and advertisers—to stay stagnant is not an option. It evolves and changes each and every week yet remains true to its founder’s mission statement of “keeping busy people informed about the world”. By establishing a global network it touches the four corners of the world in print and online. New and innovative editions—Style & Design—are being copied by the industry. The future success will be measured by how many people we can engage through mediums of print, online and television. Time’s authority and ultimately the trust it captures from its consumer base will sustain it in a world of misinformation.FOLIO:: Where do you see the newsweekly category, and Time specifically, over the next 12 to 18 months?McCarrick: I think you’ll see Time continuing to capture the largest share of dollars invested within the category both domestically and internationally. Our circulation will remain solid in the U.S. at 3.25 million subscribers and newsstand purchasers. U.S. News is no longer a weekly newsmagazine and is in search of identity. You’d have to ask the Newsweek folks where they are headed but Time will continue to invest globally and build the largest international news network of the group, explore new magazine edition like Style & Design and grow our digital business at a very aggressive pace. As part of the struggling newsweekly category, Time magazine has experienced its share of challenges in recent years. There have been layoffs, circulation was slashed, and its publishing cycle was changed. During the first half of 2008, ad pages fell more than 20 percent and estimated revenues dropped more than 16 percent.Meanwhile, Time redesigned the print edition of the magazine, and relaunched Time.com as part of what it is calling a continuous, 24/7 news experience. How these changes affect newsstand sales, and revenue, remains to be seen. Time, though, arguably is one of the best case studies in reinvention, during what has been a tumultuous time for several magazine companies. That’s a big reason why we recruited Time president and worldwide publisher Ed McCarrick [pictured] as a keynote speaker during this year’s FOLIO: Show—the largest gathering of magazine industry professionals in the country—which is scheduled for September 22 to 24 in Chicago. The theme this year, “navigating change,” drives more than 80 sessions across eight tracks.last_img read more


Ft Bragg Airlift Wing May Not Earn Reprieve Airmen Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing may not be saved after all, according to members of the Air Force Reserve unit based at the installation’s Pope Field.The airmen say they expect the Air Force to announce shortly that it will inactive the wing by the end of the fiscal year, reported the Fayetteville Observer.A spokeswoman for the 440th, however, said no official announcement has come down from headquarters.The Air Force first proposed deactivating the 440th as a cost-cutting move two years ago in its fiscal 2015 budget request, but last month North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) told the Observer that Air Force officials were considering a compromise that would satisfy the Army’s airborne training requirements at Fort Bragg. Tillis successfully added a provision to last year’s defense authorization bill requiring the Air Force to consult with the Army over its plan to dismantle the unit.Tillis and much of the state’s congressional delegation been fighting the Air Force’s plan say dismantling the airlift wing would hinder the ability of airborne units at the post to quickly deploy to global hotspots.“For years, bureaucrats at the Pentagon have embarked on a reckless and short-sighted pursuit to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing, even though it would negatively impact America’s Global Response Force during national emergencies,” Tillis said. “The most disappointing aspect of the Pentagon’s secretive process is how disrespectful it is to the Fayetteville community and the airborne soldiers, airmen and families at Fort Bragg who have a deep personal stake in this decision,” the senator said.The Air Force has been drawing down the number of personnel in the 440th over the past two years. Its staffing has fallen below 700 airmen and civilians, down from 1,200 earlier.last_img read more


Biggest threat for Australia England players form massive worry for Aaron Finch

first_imgFor England’s best ODI team, this is their biggest match. This is also the Ashes year, but for now, no one wants to talk about it as the hosts want to walk all over Australia and book their spot in the finals. And for that to happen, Ben Stokes needs to stand up, he is their marquee player and he is in good shape.”Is this the most important game I’ve played? Yes, to date. Definitely,” Stokes said. “Playing against Australia is a big occasion in any sport. The rivalry goes way back. Beating them is that touch better than any other team. Losing to them at Lord’s was massively disappointing, so I think there will be a bit of redemption in knowing we have the chance to beat them and get to that final.”Stokes has been the clutch man in the middle order And there are numbers which prove that Stokes has been a real rock in the middle order all through this competition. He has the most 50+ scores (4) for England’s middle order (#4 – #7) in this WC 2019.Their middle order has the best batting average of 37.06 in this year’s World Cup. Also, their strike rate is 109.24 which is the best this World Cup. Also, with 8 fifty-plus scores, they have the maximum runs to have been scored by a middle-order. Only England’s middle order is the only side which has been able to score more than 1,000 runs this tournament. The two captainsTwitter/Cricket World CupAnd Ben Stokes has been in the midst of all this – he has averaged 54.42 with the bat at a strike rate of 95.01. However, his form with the ball has been impressive for England and this has also given the all-rounder immense satisfaction. He has bowled only 43.5 overs in the nine games and has picked up seven wickets. Although the wickets have not come, his economy rate of 4.65 runs per over has made him England’s most frugal bowler this tournament.”But the most pleasing thing has been my bowling. I had a chat with Eoin Morgan to get my head around my role. Being fourth or fifth seamer, I sometimes put too much pressure on myself to influence the game. So I spoke to them about not trying to take a wicket every ball and instead aim at going for five or six an over,” the all-rounder added.last_img read more


Three women commit suicide in Rajshahi Tangail

first_imgLogo of SuicideIn separate incidents, two college girls and a housewife were found hanging in Rajshahi and Tangail districts on Friday, reports UNB.In Rajshahi, a female nursing institute student was dead at the institute’s hostel at Shalbagan in the city.The deceased was Shaila Khatun, 19, daughter of Maidul Islam of Char Mazardiar in Poba upazila. She was a student of Global Nursing Institute in the city.On information, police recovered the hanging body from the female student hostel, said Nibaran Chandra Barman, officer-in-charge of Boalia model police station.The body was sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy, the OC said, adding that she might have committed suicide over love affairs.In Tangail, a college girl ‘killed’ herself by hanging herself from a ceiling fan over family feud at Malati village in Kalihati upazila on Friday afternoon.The deceased was identified as Rina Akter, 20, daughter of Rabiul Islam of the village. She was a first-year student of Ibrahim Khan Govt College.Meanwhile, a housewife allegedly took her life at Berbari village in the same upazila in the afternoon.The deceased was Taslima Akter, 25, daughter of Nurul Islam of the village, said Hasan Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Kalihati police station.last_img read more


Todays Deal Light Up Your World for the Next 20 Years Right

first_imgThe Ilumi LED smartbulb is compatible with both the iOS (6.0) and Android (4.3+) operating systems. You can use your iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note lineup, Nexus devices, and HTC One to wirelessly control the devices.Originally priced at $60, you can now get the ilumi LED smartbulb for just $44.99 at a 25% discount. Do you ever want to get the sunlight right in your bedroom, without having to get up from the bed for the curtains? Or, do you dream about those party lights that change with the beat of the music? Ilumi LED smartbulb is that awesome creation that helps you wirelessly program and control your lighting. Create a dreamy night, a party feel or a scheduled sunrise – ilumi LED smartbulb does all of that and more for you.25% off ilumi LED Smartbulb:The A19 ilumi Smartbulb is a color-tunable LED light you can control and program wirelessly. Using the free app, you can adjust the color and brightness of your lighting or explore amazing built-in programs to experience lighting like never before. Plus, ilumi lasts up to 20 years and is 5x more energy-efficient than a regular bulb.Sync the light to pulse with the beat of your musicWake up naturally with a scheduled sunriseCreate, save & replay your favorite lighting scenesMake it look like someone’s home when you’re awayLet your light guide you, turning on & off as you move from room to roomSave on your energy billControl from up to 150 feet away via Bluetooth Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more


US Russia discuss peace plan as Syria worsens

first_imgBut despite claims of progress by both powers, there is little evidence to suggest either side in Syria is ready to halt more than two years of violence that has killed more than 70,000 people. President Barack Obama has demanded that Assad leave power; Russia has stood by its closest ally in the Arab world.Kerry said the U.S. and Russia each are committed to starting a political transition that “would allow the people of Syria to decide the future of Syria.”“We are committed to this,” Kerry told reporters upon conclusion of the meeting. “We both want to make this conference happen, if possible, together with many other countries that will join up.”“It is our hope that we will come out of here with greater clarity about some of the issues that need to be worked on in the days ahead,” he added.Lavrov suggested much work remains if any peace conference is going to make headway, calling it a “very tall order.” He also signaled continued disagreement between Washington and Moscow on the participants at the conference, saying it should include more interested parties than previous diplomatic gatherings. It was an apparent reference to Iran, which the United States and the Syrian opposition don’t want to see involved in any negotiation. The one-on-one Paris meeting between Kerry and Lavrov, to be immediately followed by a dinner that includes French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, occurred as Sen. John McCain slipped into Syria Monday to meet with rebels, and at an increasingly dangerous time for the country.For the past week, regime troops and allies from Lebanon’s Hezbollah _ and even some Iranian fighters _ have waged an offensive in Qusair, gaining ground against the rebels behind intense bombardments of the strategic western Syria town.Hezbollah’s enhanced role poses an assortment of concerns for the Obama administration, with the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, vowing over the weekend that his militants would back Assad to victory.Beyond providing powerful reinforcements to Assad’s regime, Hezbollah’s involvement increases the risk of spillover into Lebanon, a country as ethnically divided and fragile as Syria. Two rockets struck a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut on Sunday, raising fears that the country could be plunged back into civil war.And any conflict with Hezbollah threatens to drag in Israel, which has proven with airstrikes it won’t tolerate large-scale and advanced weapons transfers to its northern border. Lebanon’s state-run news agency reported one missile fired from that area toward the Jewish state on Sunday night. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober With Syria’s opposition scrambling politically and militarily, the European Union apparently is moving to bolster the opposition effort.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday the EU has decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against Bashar Assad’s regime after June 1.The Obama administration has been mulling a similar step for months. Despite Assad’s military advances and evidence that his forces used chemical weapons against the rebels, the Obama administration remains wary about getting too involved.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – The top U.S. and Russian diplomats met Monday to try to accelerate frustratingly slow peace efforts in Syria, where the signs point only to a worsening conflict.Capping off an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry flew into the French capital to see Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and exchange updates on their respective diplomatic efforts.The United States and its Arab allies are attempting to secure the participation of Syria’s fractured opposition at an international peace conference in Geneva, planned for next month. Russia is pledging to deliver Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime to the talks. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean For Kerry and other would-be peacemakers, the confluence of developments only reaffirms the need for a serious peace process to begin.The Americans have stressed that any talks be carried out in good faith and lead to the full transfer of power to an interim government. Logic, they say, compels that this government not include Assad or other members of his government culpable in widespread abuses.Getting to the talks hasn’t been easy. Kerry is waiting for Syria’s Sunni-led opposition coalition to unearth itself from a mountain of internal divisions, from adding new representatives to determining how Islamist or how secular to define their movement.Opposition leaders met among themselves Monday in Istanbul for the fifth straight day. And while they’ve grappled for unity, they haven’t given a firm yes to the peace strategy outlined by Kerry and Lavrov earlier this month.McCain spokeswoman Rachel Dean confirmed the Arizona Republican met with rebels in Syria. She declined further comment. McCain has been a leading proponent of arming the rebels and other aggressive military steps against the Assad regime.Russia has achieved, rhetorically at least, greater success. The Syrian government said Sunday it agreed “in principle” to send delegates to Geneva, strengthening Moscow’s hand ahead of any direct _ and potentially proxy _ U.S.-Russian diplomatic negotiations. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more


The Latest Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls

first_imgFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the plan is “legitimizing the brutal Castro regime.”Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calls it a “slap in the face of a close ally” that the U.S. would place an embassy in Havana before putting one in Jerusalem. The U.S. Embassy for Israel is in Tel Aviv because of sensitivities in the Middle East about moving it to Jerusalem. Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant father.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Obama is “foolishly” rewarding Cuban leaders.But Rand Paul has been silent on the embassy plan. The Kentucky senator has supported the normalization of relations with Cuba.___2 p.m.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen embassies, calling the restoration of diplomatic ties “an important step on the path toward the normalization of relations.”U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the secretary-general “hopes that this historic step will benefit the peoples of both countries.”___12:32 p.m.Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American and 2016 presidential contender, excoriated President Barack Obama over the new diplomatic ties with Cuba, calling it “unconditional surrender” to the Castros. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The transmission is happening live on state television with a translation into Spanish.It is highly unusual for Cuban TV to carry a U.S. presidential speech, although Havana broadcasters also did so in December when the two countries announced a historic detente.___11:10 a.m.President Barack Obama says the reopening of embassies in Havana and Washington is another demonstration that the U.S. doesn’t have to be imprisoned by the past.Obama is announcing the formal restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. He’s calling it an “historic step.”Obama says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Havana over the summer to raise the American flag over the embassy.Obama says the reopening of a full embassy in Havana means American diplomats will be able to engage directly with Cuban government officials, civil society leaders and ordinary Cubans. He’s referring to the freedom of movement for U.S. diplomats that had been a sticking point in negotiations to reopen the embassies.Obama is also calling on Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba. He says lawmakers should listen to the Cuban people and the American people who oppose maintaining economic sanctions against the island nation. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Cruz says the Cuban regime is “one of the most violently anti-American regimes on the planet.” And the Texas senator is threatening to block any Obama nominee for ambassador. Cruz also says he will work to stop funds for embassy construction unless Obama can show that he has made progress in alleviating the “misery of our friends, the people of Cuba.”___11:54 a.m.One of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama’s outreach to Cuba is a fellow Democrat — Sen. Bob Menendez.The New Jersey senator, in a statement Wednesday, ripped the administration for its plans to open the embassy in Havana. Menendez said the Cuban government is the only one in the Western Hemisphere, “which the Obama administration has chosen to establish relations with, that is not elected by its citizens.”Menendez said the message from the administration “is democracy and human rights take a back seat to a legacy initiative.”___Cuban President Raul Castro says he’s “pleased” to confirm his country will resume diplomatic ties with the United States.Castro writes in a letter to President Barack Obama that Cuba is doing so because it is “encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful relations and cooperation between our people and governments.” ___10:13 a.m.The Cuban government says Havana and Washington will restore full diplomatic relations and reopen embassies July 20.The Foreign Ministry in Havana made the announcement Wednesday morning after receiving a letter from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro.The onetime Cold War foes have not had full diplomatic ties for more than five decades.___9:30 a.m.The United States’ top diplomat in Havana has delivered a letter from the White House to Cuba about restoring embassies in the countries’ respective capitals.U.S. Interests Section chief Jeffrey DeLaurentis arrived at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana on Wednesday morning to hand-deliver the message.Photographers and video journalists were allowed to document the encounter, but neither he nor Cuban officials spoke publicly.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   However a separate statement from the government says reopening embassies is just the first step in “a long and complex process toward normalization of bilateral ties.”It demands an end to the U.S. embargo, the return of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, a halt to U.S. radio and TV broadcasts aimed at the other island and other grievances.Castro’s letter and the government statement were read out by a presenter on state television Wednesday morning.___11:22 a.m.Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is cautiously welcoming word from the Obama administration of plans to open an embassy in Cuba as the White House seeks to normalize ties to the Cold War foe.“I still distrust Castro, but we have to get that regime to open up, stop human rights abuses, and give the Cuban people their basic freedoms. I think reopening the embassies is a necessary step in the long process toward achieving that goal,” Nelson said in a statement.___11:35 a.m.Secretary of State John Kerry says he’ll travel later this summer to Havana to raise the stars-and-stripes over the new U.S. Embassy to Cuba.Kerry didn’t give a precise date for opening the embassy.But he called Wednesday’s announcement of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba “long overdue.” FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2015 file photo, a Cuban and American flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga in Havana. President Barack Obama will announce July 1 that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, a senior administration official said. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories He credited Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro with making a necessary change.Speaking in Vienna, where he was attending nuclear talks with Iran, Kerry said the former Cold War foes still have sharp differences over democracy, human rights and other matters.An embassy, he said, will allow the U.S. to engage the Cuban government and people, and help Americans traveling to the island.Kerry, recovering from a broken leg, spoke from a city square with crutches at his side.___11:21 a.m.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the Obama administration is handing Fidel and Raul Castro “a lifetime dream of legitimacy without getting a thing” for the Cuban people who have been oppressed by a brutal communist dictatorship.In a statement, the Republican leader maintained that relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom — “and not one second sooner.”The statement underscores the heavy lift for the administration in persuading Congress to end the embargo or even approve any taxpayer dollars on a U.S. embassy in Havana.___11:10 a.m.Cuban television is broadcasting President Obama’s statement on resuming diplomatic ties. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):___4:20 p.m.Republican presidential contenders are speaking out against the plan for the U.S. and Cuba to open embassies in each other’s capitals.Marco Rubio says he’ll continue to oppose the confirmation of any ambassador to Cuba until its leaders address human rights abuses and meet other conditions. The Florida senator and son of Cuban immigrants accuses the Obama administration of making “unilateral concessions” to an “odious regime.”last_img read more


Homeownership Goals Alive Among Teens

first_img While the oldest crop of millennials have been slow to check into the housing market, a new study from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate suggests today’s teenagers are eager to jump in.In survey findings released Monday, Better Homes and Gardens found that the current generation of teenagers—dubbed “Generation Z”—already values homeownership as the cornerstone of the American Dream, with 82 percent of teens surveyed saying it is the most important factor.Furthermore, when asked about their own interpretation of the American Dream, 89 percent of respondents between the ages of 13 and 17 cited homeownership, putting it above graduating from college (78 percent), getting married (71 percent), and having children (68 percent).Looking to their future, 97 percent of those surveyed said they believe they will own a home, and 61 percent said they have already begun saving money for homeownership and other future expenses—a lesson many said they took from their school studies on the Great Recession.The study also showed Gen Z teens have a solid understanding of home values, with those who plan to buy a home estimating they’ll pay on average $274,323 for their first purchase. The latest Census data puts the current median cost of a home at $273,500.”Today’s teens are fiscally literate and realistic when it comes to their future,” said Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. “With such mature insights at such a young age, Gen Z could very well be primed to be the next great generation.”Despite their apparent financial caution, the survey showed most respondents are eager to move on their life goals quickly, with most aiming to own their first home by age 28—three years younger than the current median age of first-time homebuyers as estimated by the National Association of Realtors.At the same time, most expect to hit life’s traditional milestones before making their first purchase, including earning an advanced college degree (60 percent), getting married (59 percent), and owning a pet (58 percent). Most anticipate having their first child after buying a home, with only 21 percent wanting to have children first.Unsurprisingly, when it comes to shopping around for a house, most of today’s teenagers—95 percent—expect to take to the Internet in tackling the key steps.  Still, a 59 percent majority said they plan to seek help from a real estate agent, and 81 percent said they will work through an agent to actually purchase their first home.”For a generation living in an online world and knowing no limits to online commerce, seeing the overwhelming response from today’s teens on the value of working with real estate sales associates reinforces the importance of relationships and the human element in such a sophisticated and important transaction,” Chris said. American Dream Demand Home Prices 2014-09-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Homeownership Goals Alive Among Teenscenter_img September 9, 2014 470 Views Sharelast_img read more


Cyprus and Israeli plan their largestever military exercise

first_imgThe largest land-based exercise between the National Guard and the Israeli special forces will take place in the coming days in several areas of the Troodos mountains, media reports said on Wednesday.The exercise, part of the defence cooperation that has developed in recent years between the two countries, will mainly focus on scenarios for occupying and liberating villages and survival strategies.The presence of Israeli commandos is expected to be impressive, as this is the first time such a large number of Israeli soldiers will attend a military exercise in Cyprus.Advisor to the defence minister, Maro Theodotou, was unwilling to confirm any details of the joint military exercise on Wednesday.This week’s exercises follow a three-day joint military exercise between Cyprus and Israel which took place between March 20 – 22, as part of the agreement for military co-operation between the two countries.The ‘Onisilos-Gideon’ exercise was held inside the Nicosia flight information region and also incorporated a large section of territory.A large number of National Guard personnel took part as well as numerous Israeli air force aircraft, which tested Cypriot air defences.Onisilos-Gideon was the biggest since 2014 when the two countries agreed to hold joint exercises.Meanwhile, the government has lodged a formal complaint to the UN concerning a Turkish military exercise which took place 30 nautical miles north-west of Paphos.The complaint noted that the exercise was within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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Bandookbaaz Related News Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he feels he is presently the highest paid actor in Bollywood in terms of acting In an appearance in Aap Ki Adalat to be telecast on India TV on Saturday the critically acclaimed actor known for portraying complex characters with ease said “I am the highest paid actor in industry as far as acting is concerned I did not have to ask They (filmmakers) themselves started paying me this” The actor popular for films like Gangs Of Wasseypur The Lunchbox and Raman Raghav 20 wonders why the Indian film industry is obsessed with Hollywood “I do not know why there is an inferiority complex among us… Everybody here wants to work in Hollywood and become big I can’t understand why we have this complex When we watch films from a powerful country we feel somewhat inferior We think our films are not up to their level but at present we should feel proud of our films We are making films with very good content here” Nawazuddin will next be seen in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz in which he has some intimate scenes with actress Bidita Bag Earlier actor Chitrangda Singh was a part of the movie but she had walked out it Commenting on that Nawazuddin said “She left when half of the shooting was over Actually our director (Kushan Nandy) wanted some more kissing scenes and she said ‘Enough is enough I won’t be able to do any more scenes and left’” He said he felt “uncomfortable” initially while doing kissing scenes but became used to it Narrating an incident with Huma Qureshi during the shoot of Gangs of Wasseypur he said “We had to do a romantic scene and she started addressing me as Nawaz bhai I went to the director Anurag Kashyap and said ‘She is calling me bhai how can I do the scene’” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by BollywoodHungamaNewsNetwork | Mumbai | Published: May 28 2013 3:34 pm Related News Randeep Hooda recently completed a two-day shoot for Pooja Bhatt’s film Badwhere essays the role of the ‘bikini killer’ aka Charles Sobhraj Apparentlythe film directed by Prawaal Ramanhas three different for Randeep Hoodathe first of which would be exactly the look he sports for Imtiaz Ali’s Highway A source said: “Initially the plan was to give Randeep a completely revamped looksomething entirely different from what he has sported so far in his films The plan was to let Randeep finish shooting for Highwaylet him get into another look for Bad But then Prawaal Raman and Pooja Bhatt felt Randeep’s Highway look would work for Bad” Last week Randeep Hooda did a trial shooting making love to two blonde babes in bed Prawaal Raman said: “It is meant to be a party sequence in Paris Those two girls Talia and Bianca are part of Charles Sobhraj’s guest lust…I do mean lust” ApparentlyRandeep Hooda’s global criminal act would require him to do a lot of the naughty stuff in and out of bed “Nothing sleazy or unaestheticthough” promises Prawaal Raman For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi | Updated: June 14 2017 5:30 pm Samsung Galaxy J7 Max smartphone: Here’s our first impression of the device Related News Samsung Galaxy J7 Max J7 Pro have been launched in India at a price of Rs 17900 and Rs 20900 respectively Galaxy J7 Max is going on sale in India first from June 20 while the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro will only be available in the market from mid-July While the J7 Pro sports a more vibrant sAMOLED display and has 64GB storage on board the Galaxy J7 Max comes with 4GB RAM and a bigger 57-inch TFT display Given the pricing and specifications there’s no doubt the new Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max will compete with the likes of OPPO vivo which have smartphones in the Rs 18000-Rs 20000 price range as well Samsung is banking on its brand name some India specific features and an improved camera to help boost sales of the Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro Here’s our first impression of the Galaxy J7 Max which goes on sale in India first Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Design Display Samsung Galaxy J7 Max sports a big 57-inch display with full HD resolution (1080×1980 pixels) The phone sports a metal unibody design according to Samsung The Galaxy J7 Max has a very wide and squarish display with thin bezels on the side This feels like a very wide smartphone when I was handling it in the demo zone and using with one hand might be a challenge for some buyers On the top front Galaxy J7 Max has the front camera the speaker mesh proximity sensor and the front flash arranged in one row Samsung Galaxy J7 Max does remind one of the standard Samsung smartphone though this isn’t so bulky to hold On the rear Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has very prominent antenna band lines running on the top and bottom and the camera is placed in the centre The camera module is squarish with rounded edges with the LED flash placed next to it Just below the camera is the Samsung Logo The camera module unit does jut out from the smartphone but only slightly Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is launching in gold and black colour variants From a design perspective the Galaxy J7 Max does remind one of the standard Samsung smartphone though this isn’t so bulky to hold Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Processor RAM and Storage Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with a MediaTek Helio P20 processor which is an octa-core one with 16Ghz clock speed Samsung has added 4GB RAM on this smartphone along with 32GB storage which is expandable to 256GB via microSD Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is a dual-SIM smartphone with a dedicated slot for the microSD card On the performance front we didn’t see any noticeable lag on the J7 Max in the brief time with device though we can only judge the full performance once we have the review unit Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with a MediaTek Helio P20 processor which is an octa-core one with 16Ghz clock speed In terms of performance though Galaxy J7 Max should be at par with other options in the market However it is strange that Samsung didn’t go for the Exynos or a Qualcomm processor in this one; in contrast the Galaxy J7 Pro has a Exynos processor Samsung has however beefed this up with 4GB RAM and that should be enough for multi-tasking running games etc Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Camera Samsung is focusing on the cameras with this smartphone It has a front 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a rear 13MP camera with LED flash as well But this isn’t just about the megapixels Samsung has also added a lot of software tweaks to the camera UI which will appeal to users For starters users can pin the social networks where they wish to post images in the camera UI itself and directly share an image Samsung is focusing on the cameras with this smartphone There’s also an augmented reality (AR) mode which is basically face filters that work just how they do on Snapchat Though in the demo units the filters do take time to load but they are live filters and get superimposed on your face while you are taking the selfie or whatever else For those who don’t know the Samsung Galaxy S8’s in-built camera also has these filters and so it’s good to see Samsung introduce these for its mid-range phones as well We didn’t have much time to take sample photos with the Galaxy J7 Max but the selfie camera is not bad Galaxy J7 Max’s camera also has an augmented reality (AR) mode which is basically face filters Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Software UI and battery Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with the latest Android Nougat 70 OS with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top The look and feel of the UI is very similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S8 S8+ smartphones which is another positive on a mid-range phone Samsung’s new TouchWiz has a redesigned camera app icon wallpapers which are much more vibrant Of course the J series has the other features seen on Samsung phones like Ultra Data Saving Mode SBike mode etc Samsung has also included Samsung Pay Mini on this and this version of the app only has options for UPI and mobile wallet payments Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with Samsung Pay Mini The full-fledged Samsung Pay requires NFC for wireless transactions and since that is not supported Samsung just added a different version of the app minus the key feature That would be the ability to store your credit debit cards for a direct transaction Samsung Pay Mini is coming first to the J7 Max though the J7 Pro has the regular full-fledged version of the Samsung Pay app We’ll have to wait and see how soon Samsung rolls out its payments app to other J-series smartphones On the battery front Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has 3300 mAh one and there’s a micro-USB charging port at the bottom of the phone Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Conclusion Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is geared for the offline market where the J series has been driving volumes for the company It is priced at Rs 17900 which might seem a little pricey but then this has a lot of nifty additions from Samsung on the software front Design and display are not bad and the overall performances should be enough for most users Samsung’s focus with Galaxy J7 Max is on the camera as well and it will be interesting to see how this phone does compared to Oppo and vivo’s strong lineup For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 19 2017 5:24 pm Saif Ali Khan’s statement on ‘nepotism rocks’ controversy Related News After Varun Dhawan Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar’s recent ‘nepotism rocks’ act at IIFA 2017 a number of fans have expressed their disgust at the comment and they even found the gig uncalled for While Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan have already apologised for the remarks Saif Ali Khan has also given his take on the issue Saif mentioned that all nepotism can do is land you a break in Bollywood but beyond that it is only talent that lets you survive He also added how he respects Kangana and her journey but that doesn’t change the fact that he too has had an uneven beginning in Bombay and a rocky career after that And even though he does understand Kangana’s stand this is where his opinion differs from hers Saif Ali Khan told Firspost “I respect Kangana tremendously for what she’s achieved for coming up the hard way We’re a mutual admiration society She also agrees that despite having illustrious parents I too have had an uneven beginning in Bombay I understand what Kangana means by her stance on nepotism though I have a slightly different take on it People knew who I was because of my parents but that didn’t necessarily give me an easy ride Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while” Talking about the controversy Saif also said that there could have been a better way to deal with the issue He said “To me at IIFA it was just a joke and nothing more to be read into But now I feel I had we given it more thought we could’ve really finished this ongoing public discourse on nepotism more decisively” The 46-year-old actor also talked about how he is generally perceived as a very privileged person but that is not always the case Saif agreed that he is privileged in terms of getting an opportunity to meet a producer but not beyond that He said that only sheer talent can sustain an actor after the so-called big break He also added “It’s easy to confuse nepotism with genetics Maybe there is something in the genes too that makes many of Raj Kapoor’s descendants actors or Pataudis cricketers I think it’s actually eugenics and genetics that’s coming into play” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: July 20 2012 3:34 am Related News The golden age WHO can forget the years when Rajesh Khanna starred in mega hits like SafarKati PatangAnandAmar Prem and Aaradhana He sparked off a frenzy never seen before or sinceperhaps not even by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan Rajesh Khannas stardom was a unique phenomenon Bidyut K Chatterjee Faridabad WITH the death of Rajesh Khannaanother star of the golden age of Hindi cinema has vanished Two other starsDev Anand and Shammi Kapooralso passed away this year A fresh acting stylecombined with his endearing mannerismsmade Rajesh Khanna a superstar His stardom was brief but intense in the early 1970she starred in dozens of films and delivered 15 successive hits His movies are made memorable by the songs in themsung by the inimitable Kishore Kumar A sensitive filmmaker like Hrishikesh Mukherjee picked Rajesh Khanna to act in his films The superstar did not shy away from non-glamorous rolesas in Bawarchi Howeverhis best performance was in Anandwhich won him millions of hearts JV Yakhmi Mumbai THE sad news of Rajesh Khannas death came at time when Bollywood fans were still recovering from the loss of Dara Singh It is sad that he wasnt able to reinvent himself and return to audiences the way Amitabh Bachchan did J B Sunuwar Bagrakote MANY years agoRajesh Khanna had come to Muscat to inaugurate a music institute I had the good fortune to meet him in his Mumbai home a year later and reminded him of his trip to Muscat He jokingly said that he wanted to set up the Rajesh Khanna Institute of Acting there While other Bollywood stars have high walls and gates around their bungalowsKhanna never did Such was his popularity in the 1970s that the school I went to in Mumbai arranged to take its students to see Anand I remember leaving the cinema hall sad because the lovable character that Khanna played died in the film TodayRajesh Khanna the real-life hero is no more Sunil DCruz Muscat Growing unpopular THIS refers to Surjit S Bhallas Growth payspopulism does not (IEJuly 18) While comparing the performances of the NDA and the UPA during their respective regimesBhalla comes to some significant conclusions According to himthe UPA won the 2009 poll as it had delivered 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