Jatinder “Bobby” Singh, a resident of Flint in Michigan, could be killed by his wife’s family following his deportation to India if he pleads guilty to aiding a $1.3 million food stamp fraud scheme in Michigan, his lawyer claimed in court.Singh’s attorney Kimberly W. Stout argued that his 31-year old client did not completely comprehend the consequences of pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud at Paradise House of Liquor in Flint, Michigan Live reported.In a motion filed in the Flint U.S. District Court on Jan. 4, the attorney asked a federal judge to allow Singh to withdraw his plea. Stout said that if Singh is forced to return to India, he fears that his wife’s family will kill him. The filing said that in April 2017, Singh pleaded guilty for helping in the food stamp scheme as he thought that he would be allowed to stay in the United States due to the “horrendous circumstances” he faces if he returns to India.The filing further said that Singh fled to the United States from India in 2008 after being targeted by his wife’s family for an “honor killing.”However, in December 2017, an immigration court in its ruling denied asylum to Singh.“Upon learning of the marriage, the woman’s father declared his daughter deceased and placed an article in the newspaper,” the filing said, according to the report. It added that the woman’s family has marked Singh for death as honor killings are still acceptable in parts of India.Since Singh’s wife hailed from a different culture and community, the couple did not have the permission of the family to get married. Singh’s wife’s father beat her up and threatened her with death when Singh had proposed to her, said the filing. The couple eventually ran away and got married with the help of Singh’s siblings.According to court records, while working at Paradise Liquor House on Fleming Road in Flint, Singh allowed his visa to expire and no longer has legal status to live in the United States, according to court records.In April 2017, liquor store owner Lucky Chahal pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud worth more than $1 million. As per federal prosecutors, Chahal and two of his workers, Tony “Paco” Price and Singh, paid customers 50 cents for each dollar of food stamps in exchange for goods, reported ABC 12.Along with Chahal, Price and Singh had also pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud before Flint U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker.Authorities said that Chahal would pay customers 50 cents cash in exchange for each dollar of their food stamps benefits. He would also exchange benefits for ineligible items such as cigarettes and alcohol. Chahal then illegally used the food stamp benefits to purchase stock for the stores.Along with Chahal, Price and Singh had also pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud before Flint U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker.According to court records, Singh worked for Chahal at Paradise Liquor from February to October 2015. While working there, he bought Bridge Cards from beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Investigator said that at the direction of Chahal, Singh used the Bridge Cards to buy inventory for Paradise House of Liquor, investigators said.Court’s records say that Singh owes dollar 81,197 in restitution. However, Stout’s motion states, “He did not personally profit from this scheme other than his paycheck and some groceries.”Government guidelines recommend Singh spend four to 10 months behind bars. Singh is currently free on a $10,000 unsecured bond and sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21.Singh and his wife obtained U.S. visas in 2008 and lived in New York City for nearly seven years before moving to Flint with their two children, aged six and eight years, for work in 2014, the filing added. Related ItemsFraudHuman RightsMichigan
Italy’s victory over Belgium was celebrated as a triumph of the team over individual talents, but Friday’s opponents Sweden are relying on the singular genius of frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get their Euro 2016 campaign off the ground. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)Italy had last won their opening match at a European Championship in 2000 — when they went on to reach the final — and having started strongly, Antonio Conte’s side are being talked of as contenders once again. (Points Table)While Italy’s team is regarded as one of their weakest in years, they make up for their lack of star power with tactical nous, a flexibility of approach and an honest work ethic which proved too much for Belgium, who were beaten 2-0 in their opening Group E clash. (Also read: Italy’s clockwork defence wary of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, says Gianlugi Buffon) This is in stark contrast to Sweden’s supposed one-man band, which relies on the undoubted pedigree of Ibrahimovic, his country’s all-time leading scorer.”Maybe we’re not who people said we were before the European Championship,” midfielder Alessandro Florenzi told reporters. (Also read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumours don’t bother Sweden, says Erik Hamren)”Many are eating their words,” he added. “We’re focusing on the facts and leaving the talking to others.”TIRELESS APPROACH The tireless running of widemen Marco Parolo and Emanuele Giaccherini against Belgium typified Italy’s spirit of self sacrifice and seemed a world away from Ibrahimovic’s trademark shrugs when passes failed to find him in Sweden’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Ireland.advertisementIBRA FACTOR However, memories of Ibrahimovic’s dazzling back-heeled volley against Italy at Euro 2004 and recollections of the 2014 World Cup — when the Azzurri fell at the first hurdle despite beating England in their opener — will prevent complacency.”Ibrahimovic is a great player, he’d be a threat to any team,” midfielder Antonio Candreva told reporters.”Ibrahimovic is the best forward since (Marco) Van Basten, except for Ronaldo,” added Daniele De Rossi. “We are a little bit scared of his power and his talent.”However, we can beat (Sweden) the same way that we beat Belgium — with organisation and by hard work on the training field.”Italy’s collective looks set to be weakened, however, with Italian media reporting that Matteo Darmian is injured, while forward Graziano Pelle missed training on Wednesday amid fitness concerns. De Rossi’s condition is also being monitored.Yet regardless of the personnel, Italy will again keep faith in their team ethic, while Sweden need Ibrahimovic to start living up to his billing to boost their hopes of Euro 2016 success.
Jammu, Aug 31 (PTI) Adventure tourism will be encouraged in Jammu and Kashmir to give a boost to the tourism sector, state minister Priya Sethi said.The minister of state for tourism also announced first of its kind Manokamana yatra during the upcoming Navratras to make Jammu region an independent tourist destination.”Jammu and Kashmir intends to celebrate the remaining of 2017 as year of adventure tourism to attract people from all over the world and make our state blink on international tourism map,” she said while interacting with representatives of different tourism associations here yesterday.Sethi said this summer, the state witnessed mixed response from tourists.Now adventure sports like white water rafting, skiing, snow skating, mountain climbing, stay in tree house, snowboarding and trekking would be encouraged to attract more tourists, she said.Stressing on the need to dispel any negative perception about the situation in the state and help increase tourist footfall from across the globe, Sethi said the biggest attraction during the upcoming Navratras in Jammu is going to be Manokamana Yatra.”This Yatra will not only attract pilgrims but general tourists, both domestic as well as foreigners, will be able to participate in it and offer their prayers,” she said.”It will encourage growth of pilgrimage tourism in Jammu during Navratras,” the minister said, adding hotel owners of Jammu, Udhampur and Katra will have to play a bigger role in it.Sethi said the government was committed to bring Jammu on the the countrys tourism map and all necessary steps required for the same would be taken in a time-bound manner.advertisement”The tourism industry is the backbone of the state and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken personal interest by touring border areas as well as major tourist destinations of Jammu to ensure that tourism gets a boost,” she said. PTI TAS NSD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danielle Herrington is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model for 2018.The magazine revealed its swimsuit edition cover Tuesday. Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964.Beyonce appeared on the cover in 2007. Tyra Banks was the cover model in 1996 and 1997.Herrington first appeared in the magazine’s swimsuit issue last year.Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day says that even though the issue was conceived and shot before the #MeToo movement heated up last fall, it’s about more than just women in swimsuits. Day says the magazine is “creating and giving platforms to these women” and presenting them as multidimensional people.___Online: https://www.si.com/swimsuit TweetPinShare0 Shares
Newcastle United have completed their third signing of the transfer window, bringing in Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin in a deal believed to be worth £16 million ($19m).The acquisition of Saint-Maximin, 22, followed the loan arrival of Jetro Willems on Friday, with the former signing a six-year deal at St James’ Park.The ex-Monaco winger scored six Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances for Nice last term, and will wear the number 10 shirt for Newcastle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I’m delighted to bring Allan to St. James’ Park. He is a very talented young player with a big future ahead of him,” head coach Steve Bruce told Newcastle’s official website.”He has all the attributes you would want in an attacking player, including lightning pace, so I’m sure he’ll excite everybody. He is a great addition to Newcastle United and the Premier League.”Get ready for your new number .@asaintmaximin#SaintMaximinSigns pic.twitter.com/SzvjkvZdLI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 2, 2019Saint-Maximin could be in line to make his Newcastle debut against one of his previous clubs, with the Magpies taking on Saint-Etienne on Saturday.”I want to do everything I can for the club,” Saint-Maximin said in his first interview as a Magpie. “It’s my policy. My parents always said to me that when people give everything for you, you have to give 20 per cent more. I want to do more. If they give me one per cent, I will give 10.”The fans are very important to me. My play involves a lot of dribbling and I know a lot of fans love that. I want to not just that but to score and give some assists. It’s very important because to win, you have to not just dribble, but to score, to provide assists, to run and to work hard. That’s what I want to do.”As well as Saint-Maximin and Willems, Newcastle have also signed Joelinton from Hoffenheim this close season for a club-record fee.
New York: Serena Williams nearly crashed out of the rain-hit US Open while top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic battled through shoulder pain and Roger Federer advanced despite a weak start. US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, got a scare before ousting 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. “That was unbelievable,” McNally said. “I came out really strong. I felt really good out there actually on the big stage. I wasn’t too nervous. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”First set was unbelievable tennis. I played really well, served really solid. Second and third set, she obviously picked up her level. That was pretty tough for me.” McNally, who hadn’t been born when Williams won her first Slam at the 1999 US Open, threatened a struggling Williams from the start before the six-time US Open champion won nine of the last 11 games to escape under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I survived tonight. I’m not too pleased with the way I played at all,” Williams said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”‘Serena, you made way too many errors today. What were you thinking?’ But I’m alive. I’m happy. I’ll do better next time. I promise.” Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero. “It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.” Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner who last won the US Open in 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call despite 17 first-set unforced errors. “It’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there are that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward. “I clearly have to play better from the get-go.” What the year’s final Grand Slam event lacked in quantity, with 22 singles matches postponed by showers, it overcame with quality in amazing matches that challenged three of the greatest stars in tennis history. One point from surrendering a break into a tie-breaker, McNally won six of the final seven points, the last on a service winner, to capture the first set. Both players made 15 unforced errors. “I couldn’t play too much worse at that point,” Williams said. “I was making so many errors off my forehand. I knew I could play better.” Williams broke on a forehand winner in the sixth game of the second set and, after being denied on four set points on McNally’s serve, hit a backhand volley winner to force a third set. Williams opened the third set with a break on the way to a 4-0 edge and cruised home from there. “She really came out and played really well,” Williams said. “She showed no fear.” Djokovic’s injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, admitting he wondered if he would even get through the first set. “This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots. “It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.” Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end. “I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken,” Federer said. “That made a big difference.” Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4. Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1.
Beijing: Hong Kong’s embattled pro-China leader Carrie Lam is set to formally withdraw the much-despised extradition bill on Wednesday that sparked the nearly three-month long protest crisis which virtually paralysed the city, according to a media report. The decision will mean that the Hong Kong government is finally acceding to one of the five demands of the protesters, who have taken to the streets over the past 13 weeks to voice not just their opposition to the legislation, but the overall governance of the city in demonstrations that have become increasingly violent, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Protests broke over the bill which allows local Hong Kong people to be prosecuted in the Chinese mainland. Besides the demand to withdraw the bill, the pro-democracy protestors are also demanding her resignation and universal franchise of one person one vote with freedom for all the locals to contest the local elections. Lam had earlier already suspended the bill but critics were not satisfied. If she withdraws the bill it will be a major setback for China, which governs Hong Kong under the one country two systems formula ever since it took control of the former British colony in 1997. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Since June, Hong Kong has been witnessing unprecedented protests by millions of people at times demanding the local government to withdraw the legislation to extradite residents suspected of a crime to mainland for prosecution. While some of the peaceful demonstrations witnessed at times the participation of over two million people, hard-line pro-democracy activists have been clashing with police almost every day disrupting normal life and flights out of Hong Kong International airport In the last few days the protests by youth and students turned violent. Earlier reports from Hong Kong said China has overruled Lam’s proposal to withdraw the bill. Lam, 62 has been hinting during the past few days that she even wanted to quit. On Monday, a recording of a private meeting emerged where she is heard saying: “If I have a choice, the first thing is to quit.” But she said on Tuesday she had “never tendered any resignation”, but did not deny the authenticity of the recording. China for its part continues to assert that it firmly supports Lam in bring the situation under control.
(View of the Albany River from the Fort Albany First Nation, 8 kilometres to the south: Courtesy: Fort Albany Flood Watch)Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsKAPUSKASING –The Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario is preparing for a Stage one evacuation and some residents could be in the air within a few days.The Cree community is no stranger to evacuation orders and it seems 2015 will be no different.This year, the dam that keeps the Albany river at bay is deteriorating and officials are arranging transport and lodging.That’s why Gerry Demeules is busy 24-7 these days.The evaucation coordinator for the city of Kapuskasing has just returned from Kashechewan and is wasting no time getting back to work.After the one hour flight, he’s back on the phone making calls to local motel owners, hoping to secure enough beds for the latest influx of evacuees.Demeules said the first to be flown out will be the elderly, the sick and young children.“Our community is pretty well one of the biggest communities in the north when it comes to providing good hospital care,” said Demeules. “So thats why we stepped up to be a stage one centre.”Demeules is no stranger to this type of evacuation preparedness.Since 2006, the City of Kapuskasing, 320 kilometres west of Kashechewan, has been host to evacuees in their time of need.“So from there we’ve learned a lot from our mistakes,” Demeules told APTN National News. “And we’re to the point now where we’re basically the first phone call from the province.”Can’t go homeKapuskasing is currently playing host to 400 evacuees from Kashechewan who have not been able to return home after last year’s flood.Desmeule said the city has plans to help once again and this year, a new plan is in place.Based on the city’s coordination experience, he said Kapuskasing will act as the hub. Then evacuees will be flown to other communities that are willing to act as host communities.Demeules said the other northern communities that are on board this year are Hearst, Smooth Rock Falls and Constance Lake First Nation.“We’re looking at about 800 people that we can house within a couple hours of each other,” said Demueles.It would mean families and friends can visit and relieve some of the stress he email@example.comAnnette Francis is in Kapuskasing and is travelling to Kashechewan later this week. She will continue to file stories as the situation develops
TORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is opening a new office in Tel Aviv to tap Israel’s cybersecurity talent as companies of all stripes race to fortify their defences amid mounting threats.Jeff Henderson, TD’s chief information officer, says the bank plans to invest between $3 million to $5 million in its Tel Aviv office annually and aims to hire as many as 12 staff within the next year.Tel Aviv has a deep pool of cybersecurity talent coming from local universities as well as the military, he added.“The demand for cybersecurity talent is at an all time high, by everybody, and the supply in North America is limited. So it requires us to be more creative. … This is good evidence that we’re willing to go outside of our borders, outside of our market, and to open an office in order to get that talent,” he said.The cybersecurity office in Tel Aviv, which TD says is a first for a Canadian bank, comes less than a month after credit data company Equifax announced that it suffered a massive cyberattack this past summer that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million U.S. consumers and “limited” Canadian and U.K. consumers.On Monday, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.And as banks increasingly interact with their customers in the digital realm either online or via mobile devices rather than in physical branches, the need for strong cybersecurity becomes more pressing.“As we’re building a more digital bank, and as we’re delivering more connected and personalized experience… it introduces a premium on making sure that we’re being very careful and we are managing our risk,” said Henderson.TD has been ramping up its direct investment in cybersecurity by 30 to 35 per cent, compounded annually, each year, said Henderson, a trend he expects to continue or increase. In the last fiscal year, he estimates TD made a direct investment in cybersecurity of $150 million to $200 million.Other cities in the U.S. and Canada were also potential sites for this cybersecurity office, Henderson said.“This isn’t meant to be the only path,” he said. “This is a space around the world where demand is far outstripping supply. And it’s I think unreasonable to say we will get the best and brightest just by being centred in Toronto, or just by drawing upon the markets we have business in.”TD has already established a legal entity and has one person on the ground, said Henderson, adding the bank aims to start hiring in the next two to three weeks.“You can’t build necessarily the perfect impenetrable defence. Nobody can. But its important that your ear is to the ground, so to speak, and know what’s going on from a threat perspective. Being in Israel will give us an extra avenue.”Meanwhile, TD is spending on other technology initiatives as well.TD Bank Group is taking $3.25 million from its fin tech investment pool to provide patent application funding and expertise to startups.The bank is also bringing in artificial-intelligence powered chatbots into its mobile app. It says it has signed an agreement with Kasisto to use its KAI Banking platform, which will allow TD mobile app users to make queries about their accounts or transaction history via text chat.
Ohio State senior Nate Romans (7) swings at home plate in the Buckeyes’ home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team overcame an early 6-1 deficit to claim its second-straight victory. Ohio State (10-10) rallied to beat Northern Kentucky (4-13) 10-8. The Buckeyes produced 14 hits, including two home runs, in the win. After trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State cut into the deficit to just a run by the bottom of the seventh inning. With one man on, redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys lifted a home run over the left field wall to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. “[The mindset was] just competing. I’d been struggling of late. Just going out there and putting that bat to help the team string together something,” Todys said. Five Buckeyes recorded multi-hit games, including a three-hit, two-RBI game from senior left fielder Brady Cherry. The freshmen especially shined, combining to hit .417 with five RBI. After a pair of hard groundouts started the game for Northern Kentucky, redshirt senior designated hitter Will Haueter hit a two-out double down the third base line to give his team a runner in scoring position. The Norse capitalized with a two-run home run by sophomore first baseman Griffin Doersching.Following a quick two outs in the Buckeyes’ half of the inning, Cherry snuck a ball down the third base line. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove home Cherry with a single to right-center field, cutting the deficit to 2-1 after one inning. Following a hit batsman and a wild pitch, a single to center put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the third inning. A strikeout got the second out, but a fielding and a throwing error by Ohio State freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo allowed the Northern Kentucky runner from third to score. On the same play, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone roped a throw from right field to record the final out at the plate and keep the score at 3-1. Ohio State head coach Greg Beals noted the importance of the play to bail them out of the inning and prevent further damage. “That’s what you expect out of your big-time players though. Dom’s a big-time player for us. We needed him to make big plays,” Beals said. Junior pitcher Jake Vance recorded two strikeouts in the fourth inning, but two doubles put another run on the board for the Norse. A two-run home run from redshirt freshman left fielder Sam Hedges put Northern Kentucky ahead 6-1. Vance exited the game after four innings. He allowed five earned runs with four strikeouts. But Todys said the team kept its head up even with the five-run deficit.“We felt like we were still in it, and we felt like our bats are good enough right now to where we can get ourselves back into the game when we are down like that,” Todys said. Ohio State freshman designated hitter Marcus Ernst was able to immediately respond with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg launched the first home run of his collegiate career to reduce the Norse lead to three.“Just chip away at their lead,” Clegg said. “We were still very early in the game, so we had plenty of time.” A fielding error and a hit batsman kept the inning alive for the Buckeyes with two outs. Cherry took advantage with a two-RBI double to deep left-center field to make the score 6-5. “That four runs in the fourth for us kind of put us back in the mix and gave us that believing feeling,” Beals said. Northern Kentucky started the sixth inning with a pair of walks, and a bunt by Northern Kentucky advanced the runners into scoring position with one out before a sacrifice fly by Hedges moved the score to 7-5. Ohio State freshman pitcher Bayden Root stepped on the mound in the seventh inning and he struck out three, surrendering one hit. Pohl was able to hit a double in the gap in right centerfield to open the bottom of the seventh. Dezenzo drove a hard liner to third base, which bounced off the diving third baseman’s glove for a double, bringing home Pohl to cut the Ohio State deficit to one. This set the stage for Todys to lift the Buckeyes ahead with his two-run home run. Following a strikeout to record the second out of the bottom of the eighth inning, a pair of bases-loaded walks pushed the Ohio State lead to 10-7. The ninth inning proved difficult for the Buckeyes for the second-straight game. Northern Kentucky loaded the bases with two outs, and a passed-ball strikeout reduced the deficit to two. Junior pitcher Andrew Magno struck out the final batter to earn his second save of the year, as the Buckeyes survived another late-game scare.“Those experiences, I think, are thickening our skin a little bit, toughening us up. Our guys again survived,” Beals said. Root earned his first collegiate win with a four-strikeout performance in 2 2/3 innings of relief. “This was a big game, because this gets us back to even ground. Now we just go in and never look back,” Todys said. Ohio State will return to start a four-game series with Hawaii at Bill Davis Stadium at 5:05 p.m. Thursday.
Hours after being found alive, walking on the Annandale, East Coast Demerara road, 22-year-old, Matthew Shivtahal – the young man who was held at gunpoint and abducted by four hardcore criminals during the Camp Street Prison break on Sunday- says his pleading with his abductors and telling them he is a father, is what saved his life.Matthew ShivtahalAs the young man recounted his experiences on Monday to media operatives, Shivtahal explained that on Sunday he was returning home on the East Bank of Demerara from Industry in the company of a woman and her children.He said that upon hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the Camp Street prison, while on Broad Street, he attempted to turn around. However, he was too late since by that time, one of the four escapees was already in front of him with a gun pointed to his head.Shivtahal related that they took him to a certain point with his vehicle which was then abandoned and he was then made to trek with them through swampy backlands.“…ah had a lady and some children inside the car. They take out them, push me back inside the car [and we travelled] to South Backlands and we keep going down south, keep walking south, crossing a lot of trenches, going down till to Land of Canaan.”Shivtahal explained that after hours of walking, the group approached a large trench where men were expected to swim, however, he recalled telling them that he could not swim.The audibly shaken Shivtahal said “I can’t swim so they seh instead fuh I slow them down, best they kill me and done.”The young man related that he pleaded even more than before for his life.“I beg. I tell them that how I got a 1-year-old son, that I wouldn’t like he to grow up without a father.”The father of one related that upon hearing that, one of the fugitives believed to be Royden Durant Williams aka “Smallie” –who was sentenced to death for being involved in the Lusignan Bartica Massacre- released him.“The rasta one…seh just because you tell me duh, ah gon leh you go and the man show me a way weh fuh go out, walk down the dam, show me a way weh fuh go out [and I] cross over like four swamp, over a set of bridges, cut up meh foot…till last night 10 o’clock I came out. Since 12, Sunday night ah deh walking.”The seemingly traumatized Shivtahal thanked God for saving his life.Following an attack staged by prisoners at the Camp Street Prison on Sunday, which resulted in the building being set alight and correctional officers being shot at and injured with their own firearms as well as make shift weapons, four hard core criminals, who were armed, managed to escape by hijacking a vehicle and holding Shivtahal, hostage.Wanted bulletins were issued for Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams, Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon, and Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has now confirmed that there are Eight (8) fugitives missing from the Camp Street Prison following Sunday’s riot and fire.Samuels disclosed that the number was originally nine but one of the inmates; Shamudeen Mohamed was recaptured last night at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking Prison Update: Abducted driver found alive, 22 Camp St inmates receive bailJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”Mother breaks down in Court as Duo is charged for murdering HairdresserSeptember 8, 2014In “Crime”Prison break update: Vehicle used by escapees recovered, driver still missingJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”
Courtney Ashby, a 40-year-old labourer, succumbed to his injuries yesterday after being involved in an accident at Orangestein Public Road, East Bank Essequibo.Ashby, a labourer from Lot 2133 ‘Z’, Tuschen New Scheme, EBE, had ran into the path of a motor car around 5:30am. The car was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the Public Road at the time of the accident when Ashby ran into its path.He was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTuschen labourer killed in accidentDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”12-year-old struggling for life after being struck by motorcyclistMay 7, 2016In “latest news”Labourer killed following hit and run accidentFebruary 13, 2017In “latest news”
THE UNITED STATES has signalled its intent to eliminate its stockpile of anti-personnel landmines and eventually join a global treaty banning them, boosting efforts to rid the world of the weapons.The high-profile announcement was made at a conference in Mozambique’s capital Maputo aimed at ultimately ensuring no armed forces use anti-personnel mines by 2025.The number of people killed or maimed by APLs fell in 2012, according to the global watchdog Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, but still reached 4,000. In many cases, the mines are leftovers from wars that ended decades earlier.“The United States took the step of declaring it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, including to replace existing stockpiles as they expire,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.In 2009, Washington said it was reviewing its position on landmines but — along with rivals China and Russia — has failed to sign the Ottawa Convention that bans the use of APLs and envisions their eventual elimination.Arch-foeNuclear powers India and Pakistan have also not signed up, nor has arch-foe Iran.Long-standing critics of the US policy say Washington’s rivals are waiting on the United States to move before they do likewise.The White House gave no timeline as to when it might eventually sign the treaty, but Hayden said the US delegation in Maputo “made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention.”Risks“We are conducting a high fidelity modeling and simulation effort to ascertain how to mitigate the risks associated with the loss of APL,” she said.“Other aspects of our landmine policy remain under consideration.”The United States has provided more than $2.3 billion in aid since 1993 in more than 90 countries for conventional weapons destruction programs, Hayden noted.The US stockpile is believed to consist of about nine million self-destruct anti-personnel mines, Human Rights Watch said, cautiously welcoming Washington’s announcement.- © AFP 2014Read: 349 US planes with war munitions allowed to land at Shannon. Zero were refused >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mobility is everything, and for disabled children, they wouldn’t have any form of independence without their wheelchair. The Western Australian charity Wheelchairs for Kids is designed to give the right of mobility back to children who need it most. WikiLeaks party member and journalist Gerry Georgatos has been the volunteer foundation manager for years and has overseen the transportation of thousands of wheelchairs to over 68 countries in the world to disabled children suffering through war and poverty. Starting in 1998, the charity has grown from manufacturing 35 wheelchairs a month (all handmade and built by volunteers) to over 350 a month. Most recently, the charity has shipped wheelchairs to war-torn Syria and Libya and will be adding Egypt to the list in their next shipment. Over 150 volunteers – mostly retired individuals – help make wheelchairs of all shapes and sizes for children around the world. The volunteers often go the extra mile by making personalised toys to go with each wheelchair. For Mr Georgatos, seeing the immediate benefit for the child and the community is what keeps him volunteering. “A wheelchair means mobility, it means improved access to personal wellbeing, education, it means relief for the family,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “It means a quality of life.” To date, the charity has made 25,986 wheelchairs and is hoping to boost that tally as demand keeps rising. “The demand is huge, the amount of kids we help, we know there’s millions waiting,” Mr Georgatos says. The WA charity runs out of a factory in the Perth suburb of Gnangara and is completely funded by donations. The annual running costs are $600,000, enough to buy materials and pay for shipping for over 5,000 wheelchairs a year. Each wheelchair is built to withstand rough terrain and is built to last. Many of the areas they are sent to don’t have the ability to fix substandard wheelchairs with spare parts. “There are no wheelchair assembly factories, there’s no way of provision and they depend on international aid to survive,” Mr Georgatos says. Right now the charity is looking to increase its reach, adding more countries to their distribution list. The only way they can do that is by raising more funds. To donate to the Wheelchairs for Kids Foundation: ANZ BSB: 016 261 – ACC: 267 255 563 Any school, association, organisation or individual that would like to assist WFKids please contact the volunteer foundation manager, Gerry Georgatos on 0430 657 309 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alerte Météo France orange : de la neige et du verglas toujours attendus dans 12 départementsLundi matin, Météo France a maintenu son alerte orange sur douze départements, en raison d’un risque de chutes de neige et de verglas. Dimanche, 41 départements avaient été placés en vigilance orange. Après un léger redoux, la météo a décidé de redevenir plus hivernale et la neige est tombée une nouvelle fois sur l’Hexagone ce week-end. Dimanche, Météo France avait ainsi placé pas moins de 41 départements en vigilance orange en raison des chutes de neige et d’un risque de verglas. Une alerte qui a été réduite ce matin et maintenue seulement dans 12 départements. Les départements concernés sont : la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse, l’Ain, la Haute-Savoie, la Savoie, l’Isère, la Drôme, les Hautes-Alpes, les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence et le Var. Les Landes, et les Pyrénées-Atlantiques sont eux placés sous vigilance en raison d’un littoral particulièrement agité. L’alerte sera maintenue au moins jusqu’à mardi 6H00. Ce matin, à cette même heure, la perturbation neigeuse s’étirait des frontières de la Belgique et de l’Allemagne à la Franche-Comté, l’est de Rhône-Alpes et la partie intérieure de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA).Néanmoins, concernant les régions du nord-est, Ardennes, Lorraine, sud Champagne et Franche-Comté, Météo France a indiqué que les chutes de neige devraient rapidement s’atténuer dans la matinée. Les intensités de ces chutes de neige sont irrégulières et se situent entre moins de 1 cm par heure à 2 cm par heure. De même, sur l’est de Rhône-Alpes, il neigera de façon continue ce matin, puis ces chutes de neige vont lentement s’atténuer dans l’après-midi, d’après les météorologistes cités par l’AFP. On attend d’ici à la fin de journée des épaisseurs de neige voisine de 10 cm à basse altitude ou même localement en plaine. 5 à 10 cm de neige attendus dans le Vaucluse À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeIl neigera en revanche, de façon plus soutenue en montagne, sur le Jura et les pré-Alpes, et des épaisseurs comprises entre 25 et 35 cm sont probables. Sur la région PACA, les précipitations tombent sous forme de neige à basse altitude, sous forme de pluie sur les côtes, de pluie et neige mêlées en retrait des littoraux. Pour le département de Vaucluse, les forts cumuls seront concentrés sur l’est du département. Les cumuls attendus sont de l’ordre de 5 à 10 cm dans l’intérieur et jusqu’à 30 cm au-dessus de 500 m.Samedi, Météo France avait annoncé un “nouvel épisode hivernal qui nécessite une vigilance particulière dans la mesure où ce type de phénomène est très perturbant pour de nombreuses activités économiques”. Si les chutes de neige vont s’atténuer en cours de journée, Météo France recommande de rester particulièrement vigilant de lundi à mardi en particulier sur les routes.Le 11 février 2013 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambert
Apple is Apple. Folks love them for it or hate them for it, but it’s undeniable that the company’s self-image is based on being precisely, uniquely itself. Even when presenting ideas originally developed by others, doing it the Apple way is supposed to make you think different. And if rumors are to be believed, a core Apple product is about to think much more differently. According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing its own custom Mac processors for 2020.Why does it matter? This shift would further Apple’s plans of merging the beloved but not super popular Mac line with the massively popular iPhone, iPad, and other iOS products. Those devices already use custom, A-series, ARM system-on-chips. Even supplemental Apple products like HomePod and AirPods and Apple Watch share similar tech. So if Macs also move to Apple-designed architecture, then it would be easier for the entire ecosystem to get even cozier, and more exclusionary.Yes, beyond whatever potential performance upgrades these “Kalamata” chips would provide, like better MacBook battery life perhaps, they might also make the Mac platform even more closed off and incompatible compared with PC rivals. It’s like a more high-tech version of requiring proprietary peripherals like Lightning headphones. But if the chips do make Macs more compatible with iOS, at least the machines won’t be wanting for software. It just won’t necessarily be exactly the kind of software you’re getting on PC or even older Macs. That probably sounds like good news to most Apple fans anyway.The only thing somewhat surprising about this speculation is that it would actually be a step back for Apple in terms of how nice it plays with the rest of the computing hardware industry. In 2006, Macs moved over to PC-style Intel chips instead of PowerPC processors. But then again Apple in 2006, pre-iPhone, was in a much different place financially and culturally compared to today. Now they have power and aren’t afraid to swing it around.Whatever the future for Mac holds, including a real OS name upgrade beyond codename “Marzipan,” we should find out more at WWDC in June. I’m just hoping they still all look like space trash cans. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target The Titanic‘s legend goes on and on.Since her maiden voyage in April 1912, the shipwrecked British passenger liner has become one of history’s most beloved vessels.And she’s making a comeback.Titanic II is set to launch in 2022, tracing its doomed namesake’s North Atlantic route from Southampton, England, to New York.Helmed by Australian shipping company Blue Star Line, the modernized ship—now with enhanced stability and state-of-the-art navigation—will carry the same number of passengers (2,400) and crew (900) as the original.Except this time, there’ll be a few more lifeboats.Rendering of Titanic II (via Blue Star Line/Cyril Codus)Under the command of Capt. Edward Smith, the 1912 boat carried some of the world’s wealthiest people, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Europe seeking a new life in the US.Most, of course, didn’t make it that far: After stops in Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the Titanic (spoiler alert!) hit an iceberg, broke apart, and sank.The wreck was discovered more than 70 years later, gradually disintegrating some 3,780 miles underwater. Her final survivor, Millvina Dean (only two months old at the time of the sinking), died in 2009 at the age of 97.“In 1912, the Titanic was the ship of dreams,” Blue Star Line chairman Clive Palmer said in a statement. “For over a century, Titanic‘s legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue, and respect for all she stood for.“Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port, and experiencing her unique majesty,” he continued. “Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true.”In April 2012, Blue Star Line announced plans to replicate the famed ship, initially projected to set sail in 2016.The firm, led by billionaire Palmer, re-commenced work on Titanic II in September, after missing two launch deadlines. Blue Star Line now aims to break a bottle of champagne over the bow in 2022—110 years after the ill-fated expedition.Titanic II rendering (via Blue Star Line)If all goes well on its inaugural trip west, Titanic II will eventually embark on various global routes.“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York,” Palmer said. “But she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits.”There is no word on how much tickets will cost, though you can expect to spend at least an arm and a leg (but hopefully not your life) for admission.More coverage on Geek.com: Titanic Expected to Disappear by 2030 Thanks to Hungry Bacteria Scientists to Scan Titanic Wreckage in 3D ‘Oldest Intact Shipwreck’ Discovered in Black Sea ‘Titanic Is Deteriorating’: New Images From Dive Reveal Deca…’Titanic’ Car Scene Handprint Is Still Visible 22 Years Later
The Spanish giants Barcelona have finally given up on their chase for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer having seen that United won’t sell the World Cup winner before the summer transfer window closes by month end.The France international who is valued at around £89million, has three years left on his £290,000-a-week contract.Barcelona had offered Manchester United £50m plus two players was rejected out of hand to secure Paul Pogba. However, Express Uk reports that United are unlikely to entertain a January bid for the 25-year-old, which means that Barcelona will have to wait until the end of the season.Pogba fueled the conversation concerning his relationship with his club Mourinho last Friday night’s after win over Leicester by hinting all is not well between himself and Jose Mourinho. However, Mourinho trashed the speculation of a rift with the player saying:Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with [Pogba] as I am now, that’s the truth,”“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.“He did it better and for more time than we could expect, when he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players.“He’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, October 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 5 to 7 mph.In The Community: Enjoy an evening of dance and storytelling with Wilmington resident and acclaimed Indian classical dance artist Mouli Pal from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). Free admission. A donation to the church is appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Wilmington Cultural Council. [Learn more HERE.]At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. As Seen On TV: Zombie Survival Course at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 20, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”
This is the second story in a five-part series looking at prison re-entry. Want more? Alaska Public Media is hosting a live community forum on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. to dig deeper into life after prison.One of the first stops for everyone leaving prison is the Probation and Parole Office in downtown Anchorage. People are required to check in within 24 hours of release. Parole officers have two major roles: law enforcers and social workers. Both help keep the community safe.Denice McKenzie. Photo: Anne Hillman/KSKA.Parole officer Denice McKenzie scans parolee Tyson Davis with a detection wand then lets him through the security door. It buzzes loudly then slams back into place.It’s time for Davis’ required monthly check in. McKenzie asks about his life.“So you have self-employed?” she asks, referring to his current employment status on his information forms.“I am,” Davis replies, nodding politely, hands on his thighs.“But you’re still doing construction?”“Yes.”“For the same guy?”“Yeah. I’m building a house for him.”“Same guy through church? Are you still going to church?”“Oh, absolutely.”“Excellent!” McKenzie replies with enthusiasm.“I’m doing well in that regards,” Davis says, nodding.Davis talks about getting medical treatment and visiting his mom. Within 10 minutes their conversation is over, no red flags, no need for a urinalysis, called a UA. McKenzie cheers his successes and offers support to help him with a 12-step program. Because that’s what she does — she’s a cheerleader, a best friend, and a mom.“I used to joke with some of the offenders on my caseload that I need to be able claim them on my income tax as dependents because they’re just like my children,” she says, laughing.McKenzie gets very involved with her offenders’ lives. She knows their partners and their parents. She feels the emotional impact if they die.“When they overdose, that’s the worst. Because what could I have done to get them into the office, get them a UA? It would have been better to send them to jail than to see them die.”She sees her role as helping people lead stable lives by connecting them to resources that help them find housing and jobs. McKenzie says ultimately, stability means offenders won’t commit another crime, and it makes the community safer for everyone.“It comes down to we are as a community only as strong as the least among us. And my job is to make the people on my caseload a stronger and a bigger part of the community because until they can rise, none of us can, really.”McKenzie is part of a larger cultural shift within the Probation and Parole Division of the Department of Corrections. The division’s leaders are trying to focus on ways to connect offenders to community resources and help them be healthy and productive.To that end, McKenzie uses different tools like random urine testing to help people manage and treat their substance use issues instead of just throwing them back in jail. She uses her discretion. Being a parole officer is a job with a lot a gray areas.For Davis, who has been on parole for more than three years, McKenzie’s approach is working. He says that’s not always the case; not everyone has a great relationship with their PO.“I think (success) has a lot to with who you get as a PO,” he says. “You get the different type of personalities. And I’m super-blessed to have mine. I’m really blessed.”Parolee Jimmy Tuilefano has a different officer, not McKenzie, and their relationship is more mixed. He says part of the problem is he’s not always sure he understands what’s expected of him, which is frustrating.“Sometimes I feel like I just want to give up. I’d rather be in jail sometimes. But then I get to thinking, that ain’t really where I wanna be, ya know.”He says sometimes he thinks his PO is on his side, but not always.“Sometimes I feel like she’s just gonna throw me to the wolves,” he says, laughing.Tuilefano likens parole to adult babysitting. “I’m a grown-ass man, excuse my French. That’s what people feel like. But at the same time, you’re on a leash. You’re not free no more. Your life belongs to them for the next couple years.”PO McKenzie says some people can’t handle all of the rules. Even Tuilefano’s been back to jail a couple of times. McKenzie estimates that 30 to 35 people leave the office every week in handcuffs for having violated conditions of parole or for committing new crimes. Some people simply don’t show up for appointments and have warrants out for their arrest. That’s when her role as a law enforcement officer kicks in.“If it’s an offender that’s going sideways and committing crimes, my job is to get out there and try to find them and stop them.”McKenzie says it’s about striking a balance to help keep the community safe and the parolees moving ahead with their lives.“The reality is, you run across people that are on felony supervision each and every day and you may not realize it. They have jobs. If you go into a restaurant in Anchorage, there’s someone on supervision probably working in that restaurant. And they’re doing an exceptionally good job, and they’re doing what they need to do to be a member of our community.”And to help them keep doing that, McKenzie says she has to be versatile and approach each person as an individual. She says she has 79 people on her caseload, so she has to be 79 different POs.