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Six Sri Lankans of Dubai security company charged with theftSix Sri Lankans of Dubai security company charged with theft

Six Sri Lankan staff of a security company in Dubai have been charged with stealing Dh1,198,000 from a vehicle they were transporting.The six Sri Lankans admitted in the Court of First Instance to the charge of theft of the funds that belonged to several branches of a shop in Dubai, Khaleej Times reported. They hid in the flat and also in Sharjah. Around 1:30pm on May 6, they went to a shop at the Deira Metro station where they were supposed to collect funds. One of them pretended he was going to the washroom. As his accomplices distracted the staff at the shop, that accused went to the cash transporting vehicle and stole the money bags after the driver, who trusted him, opened the safe door for him. The driver thought the guard would be taking empty bags as usual. The six guards staged the theft and secured cover for one of them while he stole the big cash.They gathered later at a flat in Al Rashidiya where each of them received Dh160,000 and left the remaining for various expenses. The incident took place between May 6 and 10.The main accused admitted during investigation that they planned the theft a few days in advance.They rented a flat for the purpose and decided to split the money and transfer most of it back home through money exchange outlets. The two cleaners — who are at large — have also been accused of helping and abetting the guards by letting them use their IDs to transfer some of the money (Dh84,000) to Sri Lanka. All the money in different currencies was recovered from them.They paid one of the cleaners, whom they met in Sonapur labour accommodation, Dh2,500 to let them use his ID. Two Sri Lankan cleaners have been charged in absentia with possessing some of the stolen amounts. Once they took the cash, the guards fled the scene in two cabs and went to Sharjah where they changed their clothes. In the evening, they gathered in the rented flat in Al Rashidiya.The main accused was arrested shortly later. Part of the money was recovered from him. He told the police that some of his theft partners managed to transfer their shares outside by using others’ IDs.Apart from Dh1.1million, the guards also stole SR976, 118 Omani Riyals, 1,190 Qatari Riyals and $740. read more

Precision Drilling relies on US growth as Canadian revenue percentage fallsPrecision Drilling relies on US growth as Canadian revenue percentage falls

CALGARY — Strong growth in U.S. oilfield activity made up for declines on the Canadian side of the border as Precision Drilling Corp. beat analyst expectations with first-quarter results posted Thursday.The Calgary-based driller reported a 23 per cent increase in activity in the U.S. compared with the same period of 2018, while its Canadian operations declined by 33 per cent, a trend that it said is continuing in the current quarter.“Of note in the quarter, only 36 per cent of our company’s revenue was generated in Canada,” said chief financial officer Carey Ford on a conference call.“This is the lowest percentage in the history of Precision, reflecting both the success of our investments outside of the Canadian market and the particularly weak industry activity experienced in Canada.”The oilfield services industry has been hit by lower producer spending plans this year, blamed on a shortage of investment capital, delays in building new pipelines and the current Alberta government production curtailments.The industry relocated 16 Canadian rigs to the U.S. in 2018, up from six in 2017, and is continuing to send rigs south of the border this year. Two of the relocations have been Precision rigs.Precision said Thursday it decided to save money this year by not paying to register 75 of its Canadian service rigs with industry associations because they were unlikely to be deployed. (Service rigs are smaller than drilling rigs and are used to complete, maintain and retire oil and gas wells after they are drilled.)Precision said its current active U.S. drilling rig count of 80 rigs has remained steady from the end of 2018, despite slightly declining industry activity levels.On the call, CEO Kevin Neveu said he’s noticed improvements in Canadian customers’ mood since the United Conservative Party defeated the NDP government in the provincial election last week and that could result in an upswing in activity.The new government, to be sworn in next week, has promised to lower corporate taxes, cancel the provincial carbon tax and remove the NDP’s cap on oilsands emissions.“I think there is going to be a little better tone from our client base today than there might have been even just three weeks ago,” he said, adding better realized oil prices in the first quarter are also driving a more confident mood.Precision reported net earnings of $25 million or eight cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $18 million or six cents in the same quarter a year ago.Revenue for the three-month period grew to $434 million, compared with $401 million.Analysts on average had expected a loss of five cents per share and revenue of $409 million for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Precision’s earnings beat and its plan to retire $84 million in debt by the end of May were both impressive feats, said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.During the quarter, Precision sold its five Mexico-based drilling rigs for US$48 million — excluding that sale and restructuring charges, it would have earned about $1 million, it said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PD) read more

Cultural traditions in Portugal Uganda and Ukraine added to UNESCO heritage protectionCultural traditions in Portugal Uganda and Ukraine added to UNESCO heritage protection

The meeting in Ethiopia of parties to the international convention is designed to preserve the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Five nominations for inscription on the list have been examined by representatives of 24 States Parties to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, who form the committee.The three new additions to list of intangible cultural heritage include Portugal Bisalhães tradition of making black pottery and traditional Ma’di Bowl Lyre music and dance, which is one of the oldest cultural practices of the Madi people of Uganda.Also added to the list are Cossack songs sung by communities of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region, which tell stories about the tragedy of war and personal relationships of Cossack soldiers.Intangible cultural heritage, according UNESCO, encompasses practices and living expressions are handed down from one generation to the next. To be inscribed by the Committee elements must comply with a series of criteria, including contributing to spreading the knowledge of intangible cultural heritage and promoting awareness of its importance. The Urgent Safeguarding List aims at taking appropriate measures for those intangible cultural heritage expressions or manifestations whose viability – that is whose continuous recreation and transmission – is threatened. Only those countries that have ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage can present elements for inscription on the lists. The updated The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity presently number 339 inscribed elements. The current session of the Committee will end on 2 December. read more

Closure of immigration court in Kentucky causes concernClosure of immigration court in Kentucky causes concern

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Problems with the condition of a building where an immigration court is located have caused weeks of hearings to be canceled.The Louisville Courier Journal reports the court closed August 15. General Services Administration spokesman Adam Rondeau says the agency hasn’t been able to work with the lessor to address issues.- Advertisement – Officials didn’t disclose what issues contributed to the closure. Some immigration advocates say the elevators had problems.Immigrants and their attorneys will now have to handle cases in Memphis, Tennessee. Immigration cases were filed in Memphis before the Louisville court opened in April 2018.Attorneys worry immigrants may miss key deadlines to file asylum applications or motions. It’s unclear how long the court will be closed. read more

Mens hockey kicks year off strong Logan Stieber picks up another honorMens hockey kicks year off strong Logan Stieber picks up another honor

WrestlingThe OSU wrestling team picked up a 22-15 win over Penn State on Sunday to bring its record to 5-3.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber earned the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus on Jan. 6. A three-time national champion and two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, Stieber’s current winning percentage of .971 makes him No. 1 in school history.Stieber and the Buckeyes are set to take on Michigan State on Friday at 7 p.m.Women’s gymnasticsIn November, the OSU women’s gymnastic team announced the addition of two 2016 athletes in Casey Carvalho and Jamie Stone. Coach Carey Fagan said in a released statement she is excited about the level of natural talent and excellence the girls will bring to the team.Meanwhile, the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll placed the Buckeyes at fourth and named sophomore Tenille Funches and freshman Taylor Harrison “gymnasts to watch.”OSU kicked off its season by defeating the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh on Friday.The Buckeyes are set to welcome Michigan and West Virginia for their home opener on Saturday at 4 p.m. Men’s hockey The new year provided a generally successful start for the men’s hockey team as well. Including a 4-1 loss to Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes won or tied three of their first four games in January. OSU brought its record to 7-10-2 with a win against Mercyhurst, 6-3, a tie against Mercyhurst, 2-2 in overtime, and an overtime win over Penn State, 5-4.Senior forward Matt Johnson was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week on Jan. 6, after scoring four goals over the team’s two games against Mercyhurst, including his first career hat trick. It was the Stillwater, Minn., native’s first career conference weekly award.Next, the Buckeyes look to avenge a December loss to Michigan at home on Friday at 7 p.m. While Buckeyes around the country are anticipating the outcome of Monday night’s National Championship football game, the rest of the Ohio State athletic department has been busy raking in wins, awards and new prospects. From women’s gymnastics and rowing, to men’s gymnastics, hockey, volleyball and wrestling, winter generally sports started on high notes for Buckeye teams. Men’s gymnasticsThe fifth-ranked men’s gymnastics team concluded its preseason schedule on Saturday at the annual Alumni Exhibition. The Buckeyes are set to host Illinois in their regular season opener at St. John Arena on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. after taking part in the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 17. Men’s volleyballDespite picking up its first two losses of the season on Thursday and Friday, the OSU men’s volleyball team has a winning 3-2 record. The Buckeyes just returned from Hawaii where they fell to both Hawaii, 3-1, and University of California Irvine, 3-0.They’re set to play Limestone at 7 p.m. Friday in Columbus.On Tuesday, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association named two Buckeyes Players of the Week. Senior outside hitter Michael Henchy earned Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore setter Christy Blough took the defensive title. read more

Water cannon bought by Boris Johnson for £322k sold for just £11kWater cannon bought by Boris Johnson for £322k sold for just £11k

It is understood that as prime minister Mr Cameron privately indicated he would license water cannon if there were a repeat of the 2011 riots.  A source close to Boris Johnson said: “In the wake of the London riots, with a worrying rise in knife crime and with his hands tied by the political decisions in the Home Office, Boris made tackling crime his number one priority.”During his time as mayor he reduced the murder rate by 50 percent and brought overall crime down by 20 percent. This is a legacy the new mayor has sadly been unable to match.”The sale was announced as details were revealed of 72 youth projects that will receive the latest round of grants from the Young Londoners Fund.The schemes, aimed at diverting young people away from crime, will receive a share of £13.2 million and include the Ben Kinsella Trust, Redthread and Football Beyond Borders. Three water cannon bought by Boris Johnson for more than £320,000 while he was London Mayor have been sold for just £11,025.Current Mayor Sadiq Khan announced yesterday that “we have managed to finally get rid of them” as it was revealed they had been sold to a firm that will dismantle them and export the parts.The machines were bought by Mr Johnson from Germany in 2014 – before their use had been licensed on British mainland.Then-Home Secretary Theresa May banned their use in riot situations in 2015, and later used the purchase to ridicule Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race after David Cameron resigned.The machines cost £322,000 to purchase second-hand and then refit – including £32,004 for low emission zone compliance, £19,035 for re-painting, £3,109.20 for signage, and £970.50 for the fitting of radios and CD players.They have now been sold to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd, who will strip them and sent the individual parts overseas. Mr Khan said: “For too long, London taxpayers have had to bear the brunt of Boris Johnson’s appalling botched water cannon deal. This has been another waste of taxpayers’ money by Boris Johnson.”Londoners continue to live with his vanity. I am pleased we have managed to finally get rid of them and I made an election promise to Londoners that I would claw back as much of this cash as possible, and pump it into helping young people at risk of being affected by crime and giving them better life opportunities.” 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. read more

The EU plans to impose sanctions on more RussiansThe EU plans to impose sanctions on more Russians

first_imgAll sides in the conflict must now work together to ensure the hundreds of families bereaved can get the answers they need, and that the remains of the victims of the crash can be recovered and repatriated without delay.“This tragic incident highlights the urgent need to bring the conflict in Eastern Ukraine to an end.”GazaThe meeting of Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Gaza and the Middle East. Flanagan said:“We condemned both the rockets attacks into Israel and the very high level of civilian casualties in Gaza, and have stressed again the need for any military action to be proportionate.We called on the parties to resume meaningful negotiations with the aim of achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 1967 borders.“We have also discussed the humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Gaza and underlined the need to provide access for humanitarian assistance.”Yesterday Minister Flanagan announced funding of €500,000 for the United Nations’ emergency appeal for families affected by the devastating conflict in Gaza.Read: Flight MH17 and Gaza to dominate EU Foreign Affairs meeting>Read: Ireland is providing €500k in humanitarian aid to Gaza> EU FOREIGN MINISTERS have decided to impose sanctions on more Russians.In a meeting in Brussels they agreed to expand the criteria for listing people and entities against whom sanctions can be imposed.The move is in response to continuing instability in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.Speaking after the EU Foreign Affairs Council today – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, said:“Sanctions can encourage all sides to come to the negotiating table and reach a peaceful solution to their differences.“Today we also made it very clear that we are willing to consider further measures if the situation does not improve.”MH17Ministers also discussed the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine last week.Minister Flanagan said, “I joined with my European colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to those who have lost family and loved ones on flight MH17.“We are calling for a full, thorough and independent international investigation to ensure those directly and indirectly responsible are held to account and brought to justice.last_img read more

Samsung definitely not interested in buying webOSSamsung definitely not interested in buying webOS

first_imgThere was a lot of buzz last week about Samsung being a possible suitor for HP’s webOS, either as a licensee or even to buy the ex-Palm mobile operating system. Samsung’s CEO Choi Gee Sung has, however, cast aside any doubts about his company’s level of interest at IFA 2011 as far as an acquisition goes: it’s zero. Choi’s sentiment was echoed by a Samsung spokesperson back in Seoul as well, so it’s clearly not just a personal opinion.Choi takes issue with the “trend” of mobile tech companies acquiring an OS — which we can assume is an obvious poke at both HP and RIM (who purchased QNX) and probably even a subtle elbow in Google’s ribs for acquiring Android back in 2005. He also assures that Samsung is working much harder on stepping up its software game than those outside the company might think.That Choi and Samsung genuinely aren’t interested in buying webOS shouldn’t really come as a surprise. The company enjoyed a very successful launch of its own Bada OS and has received solid reviews so far for its first batch of Bada 2 smartphones. Would Samsung really want to shuffle developer resources from its own creation to learn someone else’s mobile OS inside-out, maintain it, and support it going forward? No.Would Samsung still be interested in licensing webOS? Possibly. If Samsung’s concerns about the Google/Motorola deal one day lead it to shy away from Android, webOS might be an interesting alternative — provided someone else wants to take care of its development. Samsung is already looking after Bada internally, but it’s making good money on smartphones with licensed OSes like Windows Phone that other companies are looking after.Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more

Woodland boy becomes honorary rescue swimmer in AlaskaWoodland boy becomes honorary rescue swimmer in Alaska

first_imgWhen 8-year-old Andrew Bishop was given the choice between family trips to Hawaii or Disney World, visiting Boston to watch a Bruins game or going to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, the choice was easy.“He pointed to the Coast Guard,” said Andrew’s mom, Stephanie Bishop.Andrew, who is nonverbal and nonmobile, has for years had a fascination with rescue swimmers. The love dates back four years, when a 4-year-old Andrew watched “The Guardian,” a Coast Guard rescue swimmer movie starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.“He watched it repeatedly, like continuously,” Bishop said. “But he was 4. We thought he would get over it. But he didn’t — ever.”So when Make-a-Wish’s Alaska and Washington chapter selected Andrew as a wish recipient, Stephanie Bishop and her husband, T.J., knew they needed to include a Coast Guard visit among the options for Andrew. They printed off pictures of each activity and let Andrew choose.They weren’t surprised when Andrew passed up Mickey Mouse for Kodiak, Alaska. Stephanie, T.J., Andrew and younger brother Aiden left their Woodland home for Kodiak on Thursday and returned Monday night.last_img read more

Haitian Government makes major donation to Turks and Caicos 630 generators amongHaitian Government makes major donation to Turks and Caicos 630 generators among

first_img Related Items:#, #magneticmedianews, #TCIreceivesdonationfromHaiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 30, 2017 – Providenciales – A monumental gift arrived on board the Kristina cargo ship direct from Port Au Prince, Haiti loaded with a generous contribution from the Haitian Government to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the aftermath of deadly hurricanes Irma and Maria.  This is the first official gift from the Government of nearby Haiti and the items were handed over to Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Delroy Williams and DDME director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux on Monday by Haiti’s Consul to the TCI, His Excellency Jacques Adolphe.HE Adolphe said, “it is our contribution to our neighbors the Turks and Caicos where so many of our compatriots reside and who consider this beautiful by nature country their second home.”Usually Haiti is on the receiving end of the gifts during a storm season, and while we are still 31 days from the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Consul Adolphe explained that Haiti is counting its blessings that no catastrophe has come its way via hurricane this year, so far.The supplies include:  630 generators, 1000 sheets of plywood, 4,500 tarps, 2,000 sheet rock and 4,000 metal roof sheets which were presented to TCIG.On behalf of Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is the former Ambassador to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Antonio Roderigue, the Consulate office explained:  “We know how to be prepared and this is our chance to return our gratitude for the years of being supported when we have been devastated by storms. It is a show of solidarity; we are acting on behalf of the people of Haiti.”It was explained to #MagneticMedia that the items were donated and TCIG alone will oversee and determine the distribution of the supplies.   There have been other donations shipped to TCI from Haiti since the back to back September storms. Boyfriend protects woman from gunshots in Provo shooting; ‘critical’ in hospital Prime Minister breaks ground for Darliston Serviced Lots Development Gold Medal Shaunae & Maicel in Celebrity Wedding, Bahamian style at Atlantislast_img read more

Gadhafis burial delayed for further investigationGadhafis burial delayed for further investigation

first_imgTRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The burial of slain leader Moammar Gadhafi has been delayed until the circumstances of his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to bury the body, Libyan officials said Friday, as the U.N. human rights office called for an investigation into his death.The transitional leadership had said it would bury the dictator Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition. Bloody images of Gadhafi’s last moments in the hands of angry captors have raised questions over his treatment minutes before his death. One son, Muatassim, was also killed but the fate of Gadhafi’s one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam was unclear.Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi said Seif al-Islam was wounded and being held in a hospital in the city of Zlitan. But Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam on Friday that the son’s whereabouts were uncertain.Shammam said Gadhafi’s body was still in Misrata, where it was taken after he was found in his hometown of Sirte, and revolutionary forces were discussing where it should be interred.Thursday’s death of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom.last_img read more

32 use group risk benefits to attract and retain staff32 use group risk benefits to attract and retain staff

first_imgJust under a third (32%) of employer respondents use group risk benefits to attract and retain key members of staff, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its Group risk annual employer research report, which surveyed 501 UK organisations with between five and 1,000 employees, also found that only 16% of employer respondents make a point of providing regular communications about their benefits package.The research also found:30% of respondents detail group risk protection benefits in their employee benefit statements.21% of employer respondents see group risk benefits as a major selling point at interviews.38% of respondents clearly lay out group risk protection benefits on their intranet or staff handbook.12% of employer respondents make a point of not actively communicate their group risk benefits to ensure they are not abused.Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson at Grid, said: “When staff need practical support, if diagnosed with a critical illness, or are unable to work through ill-health or injury, for example, then these benefits come into their own. It is imperative that employers understand how best to use group risk benefits and the supporting services that come along with them so they can let their staff know how to access them when needed.”last_img read more

Anchorage Assembly budget makes several cuts to increase police forceAnchorage Assembly budget makes several cuts to increase police force

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly passed a $504 million operating budget during it’s Tuesday night meeting, up slightly from last year’s budget of $488 million. Increases are going primarily to pay for a larger police force.Listen Now Modest cuts were made across the board to departmental budgets, grant programs and public transportation.Assembly member Eric Croft summed up a process that’s gone relatively smoothly since the budget was first introduced by the mayor’s administration a few months ago.“(There are) cuts all over this budget to make up for concentrating on police,” Croft said during member comments. “It does make cuts in every other area except public safety in order to put more cops on the street.”The budget passed seven to four, with conservative assembly members opposed because they say it grows the size of local government amid a lean fiscal environment.last_img read more

Watch Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped at rally in GujaratWatch Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped at rally in Gujarat

first_imgHardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat.Twitter/ANINewly inducted Congress leader and Patidar champion Hardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat on Friday, April 19. The shocking incident happened in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district during a Jan Aakrosh Sabha.In the video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, the Patidar leader was addressing the rally when a man went up to him with a paper in his hand and attacked him.The attack on Hardik Patel comes a day after BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao had a shoe hurled at him while he was addressing a press meet at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi.According to reports, the man who slapped him has been detained but he is yet to be identified.#WATCH Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped during a rally in Surendranagar,Gujarat pic.twitter.com/VqhJVJ7Xc4— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019 Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel had joined the Congress a couple of days ago.Twitter25-year-old Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel will contest the Lok Sabha 2019 election from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12.Gujarat will go to polls on April 23. The results will be announced on May 23.last_img read more