CBI registers case against nine including customs official in gold smuggling case

first_imgKochi: The anti-corruption wing of the CBI here has registered a case against nine people, including a customs official, in connection with a gold smuggling case through the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, credible information was received by the Anti-Corruption Branch in Kochi that Radhakrishnan, Superintendent, Customs, Air Intelligence, Thiruvananthapuram Airport and eight others entered into a criminal conspiracy and smuggled out gold worth several crores of rupees from April 27 to May 13 this year through the airport. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn the FIR filed in the Special CBI Court in Thiruvananthapuram, the CBI said Sunil Kumar and Sareena Shaji in connivance with Radhakrishnan tried to smuggle out 25 kg of gold bars valued more than Rs 8.17 crore through the airport on May 13 without paying any customs duty. They were intercepted by personnel of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), who recovered the gold from Kumar’s possession. The CBI said the other accused persons Vishnu Somasundaram, M Biju, Veneetha Ratnakumari, Abdul Hakkim, Rasheed P K and Prakashan Thampi “played important roles in the conspiracy”. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey procured the gold bars at Dubai, transported the same to Thiruvananthapuram through carriers, smuggled the gold out of the airport, sold it through jewellery shops, the CBI added. The CBI alleged the accused persons conspired among themselves and furtherance of the conspiracy smuggled gold bars valued at several crores of rupees, including the gold bars weighing 25 kg seized by DRI on May 13. Their crime constitutes the commission of cognisable offences punishable Indian Penal Code Section 120B read with 420, and Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018). Biju, a lawyer, who is the prime accused in the case, had surrendered before the officials of the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at its office here on Friday. Earlier, Radhakrishnan was arrested in the state capital for allegedly helping the gold smugglers. The DRI sleuths had arrested him on suspicion that he had a prior knowledge of an attempt by two people from Dubai to smuggle in gold. The two, who arrived here from the Gulf nation earlier this month, were nabbed for an attempt to smuggle in 25 kg gold worth over Rs eight crore. Earlier this week, the DRI had submitted in the Kerala High Court that smuggling of gold into the country was threatening its economic well-being.last_img read more

Former embassy to be dedicated to First Nations Metis Inuit government source

first_imgOTTAWA – A government source says the former U.S. embassy across from Parliament Hill is set to become a space dedicated to First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.The federal government is expected to release more details on plans for the building at 100 Wellington St. in the coming weeks.The source says consultations will take place with indigenous communities to determine how the space will be used.The building was built in the 1930s, acquired from the U.S. government in 1997, and has remained vacant since 1998.Last summer, Canadians were asked to share their views on how to best use the building.The survey found the widest appeal for Canada House — a venue proposed to display diversity and achievements — while a gallery for artwork of national significance received significant support from respondents 55 or older.last_img read more

Highlights of the auditor generals reports released Tuesday

first_imgOTTAWA — Highlights of the auditor general’s reports released Tuesday:— Millions of people had trouble getting through to agents at federal call centres. Instead of giving callers the option of waiting, some centres sent them back to the automated phone system, directed them to a website or told them to call back later.— The RCMP isn’t sure that all of its officers have access to the rifles and body armour needed to respond to an active shooter, almost five years after three Mounties were gunned down in New Brunswick. The national police force mismanaged the purchase, distribution and ongoing maintenance of semi-automatic rifles known as carbines.— Canada’s refugee-determination system is unable to process claims on time despite reforms introduced seven years ago. The lack of flexibility meant that the 2017 surge of asylum seekers led to a backlog and longer wait times for protection decisions.— The Canadian sales-tax system failed to keep up with the rapidly evolving digital marketplace, meaning $169 million of GST on foreign products and services sold in Canada in 2017 went uncollected. In addition, the federal government could not assess and collect all sales taxes on e-commerce transactions.— Public funds might be supporting partisan advertising due to a lack of adequate controls. Only government advertising valued at $500,000 or more is reviewed by an independent body, even though less-expensive campaigns could represent a risk of partisanship.— The National Museum of Science and Technology houses a large portion of its collection in leased storage facilities, along with many objects that have yet to be assessed or catalogued. Poor conditions in these spaces pose risks of deterioration, damage and theft.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN chairs productive meeting with Israeli Lebanese forces

Security Council resolution 1701, which ended 34 days of fighting between Hizbollah and Israel in August, mandated a complete Israeli withdrawal together with Lebanese army deployment in southern Lebanon, and today’s meeting also discussed ways to speed up the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the northern part of Ghajar to positions south of the Blue Line.“The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere. It was a productive meeting, and I look forward to the coordination arrangements contributing to an improved level of confidence on the ground,” said UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano after the discussions, which were held in the UN post at the border crossing of Ras Al Naqoura.Separately, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report to the Security Council on resolution 1701, which covers the past three months in the area, that UNIFIL now had over 12,430 troops from 29 contributing countries on the ground, out of a total of up to 15,000 mandated by the resolution.While reporting that the overall commitment by both the Israeli and Lebanese Governments to resolution 1701 “remains strong,” he points out the acute and continuing political crisis in Lebanon and mounting Israeli concerns about the unauthorized transfer of arms across the Lebanese-Syrian border.He also expresses concern that there has not been greater progress in resolving such issues as the captured Israeli soldiers and the Lebanese prisoners, the Shab’a Farms border situation and Israeli overflights. Mr. Ban further highlights the continuing danger posed to Lebanese citizens in the south by unexploded ordnance left over from last year’s conflict, particularly from the use by the Israelis of cluster bombs.“Challenging work remains ahead for the implementation of resolution 1701. Both parties could do more to further its implementation. Maintaining the momentum is the responsibility of the Lebanese, the Government of Israel, regional countries and other Member States,” he writes.“If there is no progress on core issues such as the prisoners, the Shab’a Farms area, Israeli overflights and enforcement of the arms embargo, progress on resolution 1701 will be severely tested in the months to come.” 21 March 2007The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon today reached agreement with senior Lebanese and Israeli military officers on improved coordination, and also discussed the Blue Line that separates the two countries, while in New York a new United Nations report cautioned that much remains to be done to bring long-term stability to the area. read more

Cliffs Natural Resources assets in Quebec and Labrador to be put up

MONTREAL — Idled Quebec iron ore mines, railways and port facilities, are about to be put up for sale as part of a court-supervised exit from eastern Canada by Cliffs Natural Resources.The Cleveland-based miner’s subsidiaries, which filed for creditor protection in January, are seeking a Quebec court’s permission to solicit interest next month in the Bloom Lake mine, the Wabush Mine, and related port and rail assets in Quebec and Labrador, according to a motion filed by monitor FTI Consulting Canada.Bloom Lake General Partner Ltd. and affiliates such as Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining filed for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act amid falling iron ore prices.Excluded from the sale process are Cliffs’ chromite assets in Ontario’s Ring of Fire that are in the process of being sold to Noront Resources for US$20 million.Parties interested in the assets would be required to submit non-binding letters of intent by May 19. Qualified parties would be invited to submit formal bids by an unspecified date, followed by a possible auction.Noront Resources gets prized Ring of Fire assets in deal with Cliffs Natural ResourcesCliffs Natural Resources files for creditor protection for Canadian armThe assets being sold include businesses related to the Bloom Lake mine, Wabush Iron Co. Ltd., Wabush Resources Inc., Arnaud Railway Company, the Wabush Lake Railway Company Ltd., and port facilities in Pointe-Noire, Que.Cliffs has said the court process would buy the owners time to explore restructuring and sale options.It may also protect the company from the US$700 million of closure costs, mainly from three years of obligation to the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railroad owned by a Rio Tinto subsidiary, Iron Ore Company of Canada.Cliffs acquired majority ownership of Bloom Lake — a mine in the iron-rich Labrador Trough that began production in 2010 — as part of its takeover of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. in a $4.9-billion deal that closed in 2011.It had produced more than six million tonnes of ore annually. read more

Journalist former ESPN host Jemele Hill has book deal

NEW YORK — Jemele Hill, the ESPN host who departed the sports network a year after tweeting that President Donald Trump was a white supremacist, has a book deal.Hill’s memoir will be published in 2021, Henry Holt and Company announced Tuesday. The book, Hill’s first, is currently untitled.“I’m excited about the opportunity to stretch myself and grow,” Hill said in a statement issued through her publisher. “I hope that by sharing some very personal experiences in this memoir — things I’ve never shared publicly before — people will have a better understanding of who I am. I also hope by sharing my story, people realize their circumstances don’t have to dictate their capabilities or contributions.”Hill joined ESPN in 2006 from the Orlando Sentinel and eventually moved in front of the cameras, notably on SportsCenter. She made headlines beyond the sports world in September 2017 when she tweeted on her personal account that Trump was a “white supremacist” and “the most ignorant, offensive president” of her lifetime. Then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Hill to be fired, and Trump himself said Hill was bad for ratings. In October 2017, ESPN announced it was suspending her for two weeks after she tweeted in favour of boycotting advertisers with the Dallas Cowboys, whose owner, Jerry Jones, had said that any player who took a knee during the national anthem would not play on his team.In 2018, Hill and ESPN amicably parted ways. She now is a staff writer for The Atlantic and hosts the Spotify Original podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered.” In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this year, she stood by her Trump comments.“I didn’t like the fact that it caused damage to people I care about and to relationships that I built, but in terms of what I said, I don’t regret it,” she said. “In my mind, I’ve only been proven right so it’s hard for me to regret it knowing that I’m on the right side of history.”Hillel Italie, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens basketball looks outside the roster for practice competition

Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell drives the lane against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has found that the best way to improve in its craft might not be to simply practice against itself.The Buckeyes have composed their own practice team of male players to scrimmage against on a daily basis because coach Kevin McGuff said he believes it is the best way for his players to get better.“I have always done it,” McGuff said. “The boys can push and challenge our kids and make it a tough environment, I like that.”The male opponents are typically OSU students brought in by the coaches. Those coaches then leave it up to these men to find more players on campus whom they believe could contribute in practice as well.“Usually we get some of the guys and tell them to get people that would fit what we are trying to do,” McGuff said. “They do a good job of that and we have really great guys, they do whatever we ask.”From there, the men play the offensive and defensive schemes of the Buckeyes’ upcoming opponents and are asked to go hard all the time, McGuff said.“It’s a lot of fun and it’s good competition,” Brandon West, a second-time practice player, said. “We are all friends in the end.”West, who played basketball at Stebbins High School in Dayton and turned down the sport in college in favor of the full academic scholarship OSU gave him, said it is necessary for the men to have strong basketball backgrounds to keep up with the team.“You don’t want to come in and do bad because that will hinder the girls more than help them,” he said.This system has set up a benefiting relationship for both parties, as West said he has learned as much from practicing with the women as he has helped them.“I help them, but they help me more than they know,” he said. “It helps me not only as a player but as a person. We both want to succeed.”The competition this type of practice provides makes the team better, West said, and junior guard Ameryst Alston added that she views it as second to none.“Guys are much faster and they jump higher,” Alston said. “We have really good practice players so I look at it as, if we can guard our practice guys, then we can guard anybody.”Alston, who grew up playing with boys, said she thinks this method provides an edge and believes the men tend to be shocked at how good the women are.West said he could not agree more.“I have the utmost respect for them,” he said. “I have a lot more respect for women in sports. I have always focused on the men’s side and thought girls’ sports were taken for granted but they work as hard, if not harder than any guy’s team I have ever watched.”Now, West attends all the Buckeyes’ home games and said the men are extremely supportive of the team and vice-versa.“We have gone to every single home game and we hang out with the girls outside of practice on a regular basis,” he said.Just two games out from completing the regular season, the Buckeyes are ready to apply their practice work to their last games in hopes of obtaining a high seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes currently sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference, and the top four seeds get an automatic spot in the third round of the tournament.“We are trying to get that position of having a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament,” Alston said. “So these next few games are crucial.”First up is Penn State, a team OSU already beat once this season. The Buckeyes look to repeat that effort in State College, Pa., a place McGuff said he feels is always difficult to be successful in.“It is a really hard place to go and win,” he said. “It will be a really challenging situation all the way around for us.”Tip off is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

Shale gas fracking to get going in the UK this weekend

Shale gas fracking will go ahead in Britain for the first time since 2011 after a judge dismissed safety concerns.Cuadrilla, the fracking firm, defeated activists in an eleventh hour High Court battle and said it may begin fracking at its Lancashire site as soon as Saturday.It cleared the final hurdle facing its shale gas plans since earthquake fears brought the burgeoning industry to a halt seven years ago.The temporary injunction against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans will fall away after the High Court rejected a bid by an anti-fracking campaigner to block the work, saying there is “no evidence” that the fracking poses more than a “medium risk”.Within hours of the verdict anti-fracking groups took to social media to call for shale opponents to gather at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.Frack Free Lancashire warned its members to arrive at the site as soon as Friday evening or early on Saturday morning to “show them why we are opposed to this here or anywhere”.The UK is thought to hold vast untapped reserves shale gas within layers of underground rock formations. However, political support for the contentious plans to exploit this natural resource has ebbed and flowed with each successive government, against a backdrop of fierce local opposition and sliding public opinion. Critics of fracking fear that onshore oil and gas extraction could trigger earthquakes, or contaminate drinking water by polluting underground water aquifers. Others object to developing fresh sources of gas as the UK shifts towards low-carbon energy.Francis Egan, boss of Cuadrilla, said that if the fracking campaign unlocks commercially recoverable gas reserves these will be able to “displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply for the UK.”The hydraulic fracturing process, known as ‘fracking’, involves blasting huge volumes of water and sand into layers of shale beneath the earth’s surface.The high pressure forces tiny naturally occuring fissures in the rock formation to open and release natural gas which is trapped.Cuadrilla’s first attempts to frack in Lancashire were brought to an immediate halt in April 2011 after triggering a minor earthquake in the area and raising fears over the safety of the extraction method.In recent years the Conservative Government has warmed to the sector, and could relax fracking rules around earthquakes to encourage more drilling.Mr Egan said the process is expected to take around three months to complete before it can test the flow of natural gas from wells and deliver its results in the New Year. 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

GDF Librarian shot during robbery in Plaisance

Police are hunting two bandits who on Sunday evening shot a 44-year-old woman in an attempt to steal her motor car. Jewel Gibson, of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, is presently nursing a gunshot wound at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Based on information received, Gibson, a Librarian attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was returning home from an outing with a friend when she was allegedly trailed by bandits driving a white car. As she turned into the driveway at her residence around 22:00hrs, the men- one of whom was armed- reportedly ambushed her.The suspects, holding Gibson at gunpoint, demanded that she turn over her cellular phone, house keys and the Toyota Premio she was driving. After she complied with their orders, the armed bandit reportedly fired one gun shot to the woman’s stomach. A tenant who resided at the same residence as the victim recalled hearing a “popping sound” followed by Gibson’s screams of agony. The eyewitness told police that upon inspecting, she saw a man leaning on to Gibson’s motor vehicle and immediately informed her husband. Two concerned residents reportedly ran to Gibson’s assistance, prompting the perpetrators to flea the scene without stealing her vehicle. The took however, the keys to her building, car and her cellphone.Gibson was rushed to the GPHC and underwent surgery. Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnterprise Supermarket attacked by armed banditsMarch 9, 2016In “Crime”Relatives claim dead bandit was “no thief”January 29, 2017In “Crime”Chinese businesswoman shot dead in foiled robbery  – at Number 57 Village, BerbiceFebruary 8, 2016In “Crime” read more

Day 3 at the EHF EURO Preview

← Previous Story France strong, Russia weak – 35:28 Next Story → SOME PEOPLE CALL HIM A “CAT”: Amazing save by Darko Stanic! AustriaCzech RepublicDenmarkFilip JichaHungaryIcelandNorwayPetr StochlRaul Santosrobert weberSpain Day three at the European Championship in Denmark sees Group A and Group B teams’ play their second matches, after which many things will be known, including the teams that will secure the main round.In Group A, Macedonia takes on the Czech Republic, and both teams will be taking this game very seriously as a victory might as well mean a main round for them, both having lost the opening matches, Macedonia losing to host Denmark 21:29, while Czech Republic were unexpectedly crushed by Austria with 20:30. Both teams met recently, at the EHF EURO 2012, and Macedonia took the win 27:21 in that one. In todays’ match, main injury worry is Czech goalie Petr Stochl, who had to leave the game against Austria without returning, and now there’s a question mark over his participation at this very important match against Macedonia.Austria were brilliant in their opening match, winning 30:20 over the Czech, but todays’ opponent, Denmark, is by far the more quality team, and understandably the favorite in this game. This victory will surely mean that the Danes won’t take the game lightly, and will be putting all effort in winning this one, while Austria can surely try to concentrate more on the main third game against Macedonia which might be a key one, and go freely into this one without much pressure put on them.In the other group, Group B, we will be seeing Spain taking on Norway, while Hungary is up against Iceland. Spain is huge favorite against Norway who lost the first game against Iceland and are in huge trouble in this very hard group. Spain is the star team, and are poised to win another championship, after winning the World Championship last year in Barcelona. Hungary without Nagy is not the same squad, but after the expected defeat to Spain, Iceland and Norway are their biggest chances of advancing to the main round, and the first chance is today, against Iceland. read more

Users of public wifi may have had personal details stolen

first_imgPEOPLE WHO USED wi-fi in public areas such as hotels may have had their details stolen due to security flaws, an Irish firm has warned.Cork-based IT firm Smarttech.ie said that they had discovered “serious flaws” in cyber security measures after visiting 10 hotels in October and November. They say that finding the flaws took “minimal” effort. Smarttech say that they “wanted to demonstrate just how dangerous using unencrypted logins and passwords across a public network can be”. Over the course of these security tests however, Smarttech.ie soon realised that the level of security being provided was a serious problem. In addition, they say that users seemed “completely oblivious to the dangers of using public wi-fi”.The company carried out tests on public wi-fi systems and spotted flaws within 20 minutes.They were then able to access users’ information, including email logins, credit card details, social media passwords and banking information.In some cases, networks were accessed from outside the hotels.Smart-tech says that they informed all of the hotels and made recommendations on how to close the gaps.They added that anyone who operates a network should be aware of the security on their network. Under EU law, it is the duty of the premises supplying the network to ensure that the network is secure.According to Ronan Murphy, CEO of Smarttech.ie, “Consumers need to be aware that if you are accessing public wi-fi there are serious security challenges. The tests we carried out prove that these risks affect anyone using public Wi-Fi. However there are steps that hotels and restaurants can take to secure their Wi-Fi service and therefore protect their customers”. Read: Pics: The US towns where residents are banned from using mobile phones or wi-fiRead: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery lifelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img No Comments By Garreth MacNamee Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 8:55 PM Apr 24th 2019, 8:56 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast . Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ieHundreds turned out to pay their respects to murdered journalist Lyra McKee. Gardaí are investigating after a couple in their 80s was robbed by a gang armed with knives and hammers.A court heard how a 15-year-old boy had a semi-automatic pistol under his bed.Concerns have been raised about dead bodies left on trolleys in the corridors of the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford.A kennel owner received death threats after a husky’s corpse was returned to owners wrapped in duct tape.Irish songwriter Hozier has been nominated in the prestigious Ivor Novello awards.Luxury cars and €300k in jewellery were seized by gardaí today in an operation targeting bogus insurance claims.Ireland’s first charity-funded community air ambulance is appealing for the service to be approved to go live, as it awaits ministerial approval. Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Here’s what made the headlines today. Short URL 9,665 Views Share Tweet Email WORLD  Anusha Kumari, centre, weeps during a mass burial for her husband, two children and three siblings, all victims of Easter Sunday’s bomb attacks, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Source: AP/PA Images#UK: 23 people were arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests in the English capital.#RUSSIA: Kim Jong Un arrived into Moscow for a summit with Putin.#USA: US white supremacist John William King is to be executed.PARTING SHOTEver look at a parrot and thought ‘ you know what, I don’t trust ya’? Well now you’ve got good reason. A parrot has actually been taken into  custody in northern Brazil following a police raid targeting crack dealers, the BBC reported. Turns out he had been taught to alert drug dealers to police activity in the area. Comments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing in one or more of the above stories. Get our daily news round up: https://jrnl.ie/4605731 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Morning Press Clark Colleges STEM building Scary clowns Deer hunting season

first_imgFind out what’s on tap for this weekend’s weather. Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Clark College formally welcomes $40 million STEM BuildingClark College’s newest building will blind you with science.Its new 70,000-square-foot STEM Building was formally unveiled to a crowd of students and public officials Monday, though students have been in classes for two weeks now. STEM is a widely used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and those subjects are represented in design elements throughout the $40 million building.Read more about the new STEM building.Clown calls test patience of Clark County law enforcementClark County sheriff’s deputies have been responding to a handful of weird clown sightings each of the past few nights, a clearly exasperated sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Waddell said Thursday night.On one call Wednesday night, deputies went to the Felida area and found a 17-year-old boy, in some clown regalia, and his buddy messing around in traffic, Waddell said.last_img read more

Fatal shootings at Grambling State not random sheriff says

first_imgGRAMBLING, La. — Authorities searched Wednesday for a suspect in a shooting that killed a Grambling State University student and his friend after an altercation on the Louisiana college’s campus.Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said the suspect and victims knew each other “to some extent” and stressed that the shooting wasn’t random or an act of terrorism.“There are no indicators that this incident bears any resemblance to any of the random acts of violence or domestic terrorism that have been experienced around our country in recent weeks,” Stone said in a statement.The suspect remained at large hours after the shooting, but classes at the historically black college were held as usual.The sheriff’s office said the suspect was a black male but didn’t immediately release a detailed description of him. Both shooting victims also were black, according to a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.University spokeswoman Kathy Spurlock identified the victims as Grambling senior Earl Andrews and Monquiarious Caldwell, both 23 and from Farmerville, Louisiana, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Grambling.last_img read more

Battle Ground forums on school boundary changes start today

first_imgBattle Ground Public Schools is seeking community feedback on proposed school boundary changes it says will alleviate overcrowding at the district’s south end.Starting today, the district will host a series of informational forums on the proposed changes. They are at:• 6 p.m. today at Laurin Middle School, 13601 N.E. 97th Ave., Vancouver.• 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Maple Grove School, 610 S.W. Eaton Blvd., Battle Ground.• 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Daybreak campus, 1900 N.W. 20th Ave., Battle Ground.Overcrowding has been on the forefront of the district’s mind for years as population in its south end near Brush Prairie and Orchards grows faster than schools can accommodate. The district has thrice asked voters to approve facilities bonds to improve existing campuses and build a new school. Each time, however, the district failed to garner the 60 percent approval needed for school construction measures.Now, the district is looking at alternatives. The school board voted 3 to 2 last week to move three proposed boundary changes forward for public comment, with the goal of approving one of the plans next month. Students affected by the boundary changes will attend their new schools in the fall.The proposed changes are:• Shifting some students from the Pleasant Valley and Glenwood-Laurin campuses to the Tukes Valley, Daybreak and Maple Grove campuses.• Converting Maple Grove into a kindergarten through fourth grade campus, pulling Glenwood Heights Primary School students into that school while shifting current fifth- through eighth-grade Maple Grove students to neighboring schools.• Redrawing district boundaries throughout the entire district.District administrators will present the three options at the forums and answer questions. Attendees can provide feedback via a survey at the events, or at the district’s website starting today.Maps of the three proposals are also available on the district website.last_img read more

DJ Murthovic rocks Friday Night

first_imgFarzi Cafe Hyderabad hosted Friday Night with DJ Murthovic. The young and hip crowd of the city gyrated to heavy music belted out by Murthovic. The atmosphere was electrifying as as the popular DJ entertained the audience with his various forms of electronic music by using a hybrid organic/ digital process of recording composing. Murthovic is an independent Electronic music composer, sound designer and DJ who has been working in the electronic music field for the last two decades. His energy and different style of music made the entire musical extravaganza a unique event. The evening was full of music & fun and the guests enjoyed the delicious food and mind-blowing food & drinks at Farzi.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 Jaime Lannister to kill Arya

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 Arya Stark and Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (Helen: Sloan/HBO)/FacebookGame of Thrones season 8 is going to be the end of several of our favourite characters. There have been speculations about the death of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen but now fans are speculating that Arya Stark will apparently die in episode 4 by the hands of Jaime Lannister.Back in Game of Thrones season 7, it was shown how Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) finally ended his relation with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and headed to the North. From the recently released trailer of Game of Thrones season 8, it was revealed that he will be joining the hands with the Starks in their fight against the Night King. But what if he is not there to help Starks to kill Night King? What if he is simply there on Cersei’s order to murder whomever he can?In the earlier released trailer of Game of Thrones season 8, we were shown that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was running in Winterfell’s crypts. There are several theories as to from whom she is running. It was also speculated that she might have seen the ghost of her father coming back to life, which scared her to death and made her run for her life. But what if she is running from someone she thought she could trust?It was revealed that we are going to see the biggest battle of any TV show in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3. The third episode is going to show an epic fight between the Army of Living and the White Walkers. The episode is going to feel like a feature film and it will surely reveal the death of several of our favourite characters. Remember, this is the final season and no resurrections are happening this time. Arya Stark in the official trailerYouTube/HBOSo, as we enter in episode 4, we may find the aftermath of the greatest war ever fought in the Winterfell. The episode will have several intense dramas and it will be the same moment when Jaime Lannister will realize that now he has to take actions otherwise it will be too late. After killing the Night King, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will be headed to fight Cersei Lannister.As we all know, Arya Stark has become an assassin and can wear any face. She does not even hesitate when she slit anyone’s throat. So, even Jamie understands that she may become a problem for Cersei and in order to save his twin sister, there are chances that he somehow ends up killing the youngest Stark. Remember: Jaime himself said once, “Things I do for love!” We all know that he truly loves Cersei and can do anything for it.Well, this is yet another theory about Game of Thrones season 8. If it happens then fans will be heartbroken after seeing the end of Arya Stark from the hands of Jaime Lannister.last_img read more

With ORourke Gaining Momentum Cruzs November Alarm Hits New Volume

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz meets with Austin-area home schoolers on August 4, 2018.As Ted Cruz took questions at a Republican women’s event here Saturday evening, Bastrop retiree Ronnie Ann Burt wanted to know: Should she really trust the growing barrage of chatter online that the senator’s re-election bid is in peril?Cruz’s response: Believe it.“It’s clear we have a real and contested race where the margin is far too close for comfort,” said Cruz, who’s facing a vigorous, massively funded challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.Cruz’s stop in this small Central Texas town was part of a return to the campaign trail Saturday in which the incumbent cranked up his long-building warnings that Democratic enthusiasm in the era of President Donald Trump should not be discounted, even in a state as red as Texas.The timing couldn’t have been more fitting: A trio of polls came out this week showing Cruz’s race tightening and a national political forecaster shifted the contest in O’Rourke’s favor. Meanwhile, Cruz launched his first TV ads Friday, including three targeting O’Rourke, and the challenger moved quickly to turn them into a fundraising boon for him.Appearing Saturday afternoon at the conservative Resurgent Gathering in Austin, Cruz delivered a nearly 10-minute assessment of the uncertain political landscape he faces in November.“The biggest challenge I have in this race … is complacency,” Cruz said. “People say all the time, ‘Oh, come on, it’s a Texas re-elect. How could you possibly lose?’ Well, in an ordinary cycle, that might be true. But this is not an ordinary cycle. The far left is filled with anger and rage and we underestimate that anger at our peril.”Cruz added that there is reason to be skeptical of the polls — his campaign has criticized their methodologies — but the trendline “ought to be a cause for concern for everyone.”After the Resurgent conference, Cruz headed to a meeting with supporters and home school families in east Austin, where he continued to press the argument that the GOP base cannot take November for granted. Cruz said Travis County was the “base of the support” for O’Rourke but other “bright red” counties like Denton, Tarrant and Collin need to turn out hard as a counterweight.“There are a lot of good, strong conservatives [in Travis County] too — you’re outnumbered, but it does make you sturdier when you’re withstanding criticism and abuse,” Cruz said. “What [Democrats] are doing is to find every liberal in the state of Texas and get them energized and get them to show up.”Cruz’s remarks at events Saturday came a day after Gov. Greg Abbott offered a more reassuring forecast for November while addressing the Resurgentconference. He dismissed the idea of a “blue wave” in November as media hype that “sells papers” and reminded the audience that he ended up defeating his much-ballyhooed Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, by over 20 points in 2014.“Texas is going to stay red,” said Abbott, whose Democratic opponent, Lupe Valdez, has not caught traction in the way O’Rourke has against Cruz.Cruz did not sound as sure as Abbott on Saturday — and his supporters appeared to get the message.“I think what Sen. Cruz said is true: The Democrats are unhappy that they lost [the 2016 presidential election] because they never anticipated it, and so they’re coming out in force, and I see it in my own county,” said Jeanne Raley, vice president of the Lost Pines Republican Women group that hosted Cruz in Smithville. “That just means we have to work harder.”“Complacency will kill any of us,” she added.O’Rourke spent Saturday in the border city of Del Rio, the latest stop on his 34-day tour of the state during the August congressional recess. Holding an evening town hall there, O’Rourke geared up supporters for a final three months of the race with momentum on their side.“They say there are two points that separate us, the campaign we’re running and Ted Cruz — two points is all we’re down right now,” O’Rourke said. “There are 94 days to go in this election. We can totally win this, but it is 100 percent on us.”O’Rourke’s campaign continued to show momentum Saturday afternoon, when it said it had raised more than $500,000 over the last 24 hours in response to Cruz’s commercials. The campaign has set a goal of topping $1 million by the end of the weekend.Cruz got a taste of the opposition several minutes into his appearance at the Resurgent Gathering, when a protester interrupted with a sign reading, “Russian Bootlicker,” called Cruz a coward and used an expletive to denounce the crowd before breaking out in chants of “Beto!” Speaking afterward, Cruz wasted little time turning the incident into a rallying point for the fall.“That anger, by the way, is dangerous,” Cruz said. “Every one of us needs to be taking this November election deadly serious.”Sydney Greene contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

HBO CEO Cyber Attack is Disruptive Unsettling

first_imgHBO confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack, in which proprietary information was leaked to the public.Hackers published upcoming episodes of multiple series, and “at least one” script or treatment, as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.The breach, announced Sunday in an anonymous email to reporters (“HBO is falling,” it warned), contains an alleged 1.5 terabytes of data—including future episodes of Dwayne Johnson-led Ballers and the Duplass brothers’ new anthology series Room 104.There is also “written material,” which the culprit’s claim was plucked from the next installment of Game of Thrones. It remains unclear whether any footage from the popular show has been seized; as of press time, no GoT chapters have leaked.“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” the premium cable network said in a statement emailed to Geek. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”HBO provided no further details or confirm specific titles or the amount of data.CEO Richard Plepler on Monday alerted HBO employees via email:“As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming.“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us. I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests.“The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. The problem before us is, unfortunately, all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”But this is not HBO’s first rodeo. In April 2015, the first four episodes of Game of Thrones season five were leaked, spoiling the provider’s plan for simultaneous premiere access across 170 countries.Similarly, an anonymous hacker recently posted most of the fifth season of Netflix original Orange Is the New Black on file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, after the streaming service reportedly failed to pay a ransom.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Aug. 2 with comment from HBO.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more