28th Arab League Summit Kicks Off in Jordan

Rabat – The 28th Arab League Summit kicked off, Wednesday at the Dead Sea in Jordan, with the participation of several Kings, Emirs, Heads of State and Government and representatives of Arab countries.Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, takes part in the opening of this Summit, which will address several issues, notably the latest developments in the Palestinian question, the Arab peace initiative, the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the fight against terrorism, refugee issues, and ways to strengthen and consolidate inter-Arab relations.The opening session will be marked by speeches, notably of President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (President of the 27th Arab League Summit), Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, King of Jordan, King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (President of the current Summit), Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat. read more

Israel court slams Interior Ministry on case involving Sri Lankan

“I didn’t find this decision reasonable,” Bergmann wrote. For one thing, he said, the application wasn’t that belated. Also, the authority’s decision didn’t even address the appellant’s stated reasons for the delay. And finally, there was no sign that the authority had even considered whether there might be grounds for examining his request, “given the fact that a rejection might, in some cases, send a man to his death.”The regulations governing asylum seekers state explicitly that if a request is filed more than a year after the applicant entered Israel, the request should be rejected out of hand. Nevertheless, they add, if the applicant cited special reasons for his belated application, his case should be considered by a designated border authority official.For many years, this time limit wasn’t enforced. But about a month ago, Haaretz reported that the authority had begun using it for the first time to reject asylum requests on the grounds that they were filed belatedly. A belated filing does constitute grounds for a more cursory examination of the request but not for rejecting it out of hand, Judge Dotan Bergmann wrote. An Israel court has slammed the country’s Interior Ministry on a case involving a Sri Lankan asylum seeker, haaretz reported.An appeals tribunal ruled that the Interior Ministry cannot simply reject asylum requests because they were filed belatedly. The appellant, a Sri Lankan national, entered Israel in September 2013 on a two-week tourist visa and never left. In May 2015, he filed an asylum request, saying he was being persecuted by criminals in his own country and feared they would kill him if he returned.About three weeks later, the border authority rejected his application on the grounds that it was filed more than a year after he entered Israel. He asked it to reconsider, saying the delay stemmed from a change of government in Sri Lanka, but the authority refused. The Tel Aviv tribunal said the ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority must examine each asylum request on its merits, even if it was filed more than a year after the asylum seeker entered the country, as in the case before the court. As a result, it rejected almost all asylum applications by Eritrean and Sudanese migrants, even though they couldn’t have filed requests during their first year in the country because at that time Israel was granting them group protection, rather than letting them submit individual asylum requests. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Union takes over aerospace plant in Milton Ont to protest pension shortfalls

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 6:11 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Union takes over aerospace plant in Milton, Ont., to protest pension shortfalls MILTON, Ont. – The union representing workers at an aerospace plant in Milton, Ont., says its members have occupied the facility and stopped production in protest of pension cuts.Scott McIlmoyle, president of Unifor Local 112, says they entered the Northstar Aerospace west of Toronto at about 4 a.m. Thursday.He says the shutdown is in response to Northstar refusing to fund a 24 per cent shortfall in workers’ pensions at the plant.The union says the company has announced the relocation of the Milton facility’s equipment to Chicago and Windsor, Ont., but will not meet the pension shortfall for workers facing job loss.McIlmoyle says the company hasn’t budged in meetings on the subject and the pension shortfall means workers — both newly and soon-to-be retired — will receive about $200 less a month.Heligear Canada Acquisition Co. says in a statement that the pension was underfunded due to poor management before the company purchased the plant in 2012, and it does not control the pension design or its investments.“Heligear has made every payment required in its negotiated collective agreement with the union which also requires the company to make a final lump sum payment,” said Greg Harper, vice-president of human resources. “Heligear has not proposed any reduction of pension benefits. Any reduction or shortfall is a function of the plan management and design, which are not within Heligear’s control.”Harper said the company is pursuing legal remedies to recover control of the facility and resume production of vital products needed by its aerospace and defence customers.“Unifor bears responsibility for the current condition of the pension plan but refuses to acknowledge and accept that responsibility,” Harper said in a statement. “Unifor does not have a legal basis to hold Heligear responsible and its illegal action to seize control of the Milton facility is a desperate attempt to shift responsibility from Unifor to Heligear, through force, instead.”In a statement Thursday, Unifor national president Jerry Dias said the occupation of the plant is to send a message to the company that it “cannot short-change workers and the pension of retirees.”“There is no financial reason for refusing to fund the plan. The only excuse is corporate greed,” Dias said.The union said about 200 workers, union members and recent retirees were involved in the demonstration and about 150 of them had set up a picket line in front of the plant.The plant manufactures gears for Apache helicopters developed by Boeing Aerospace, along with other aerospace components. read more

Baseball Ohio State turns to transfer Kobie Foppe to replace twotime captain

Ohio State junior shortstop Kobie Foppe throws a ball during practice. Foppe is set to start at short in 2018 for the Buckeyes. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team was dealt a blow after the end of the 2017 season when senior shortstop Jalen Washington graduated and left for professional baseball.The two-time captain was not only one of the most productive hitters for the team, but he also gave the Buckeyes a veteran dynamic it lacked.“I think the thing we’ll miss more than anything is his leadership and his presence in our clubhouse,” head coach Greg Beals said.One of the people tasked with helping replace him will be Kobie Foppe, a transfer from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. It will not be easy.Washington was a versatile defender who could play both catcher and shortstop. He consistently hit in the top two positions of the lineup, tying for the team lead with both seven home runs and 14 stolen bases. He led the Buckeyes with 38 RBI and was the only player to appear in all 56 games.Foppe is set to be the team’s starting shortstop to open the season. Despite being touted as the 10th-best high-school prospect from Arizona in the 2014 class by baseball scouting service Perfect Game, Foppe went the junior college route.“I originally was gonna go to [Arizona State University] out of high school,” Foppe said. “Unfortunately there were a couple events that didn’t work out the way I would have wanted to, but going to South Mountain I think was actually probably better for me in turn.”Beals said he and his staff do their best to maintain connections with junior colleges in Arizona. Beals specifically reached out to his junior college contacts for a shortstop to add to the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class.“We felt like that shortstop spot was somebody that we wanted to have some experience,” Beals said. “We felt like whomever was coming in needed to step in and play right away.”Foppe was identified as having the abilities Beals wanted. Then it became just a matter of convincing the Phoenix native that Columbus was the place for him.Foppe was sold on his visit.“I came on a gameday when they played Purdue. It was what they say, what they preach here, a brotherhood,” Foppe said. “That was really appealing to me and that ended up being a deciding factor.”In addition to a fielding style Beals termed “smooth,” Foppe has a vice grip on the mechanics required to play shortstop.“Just his instincts around the position,” Beals said. “The angles that he takes, just a real solid feel for baseball and a knack for being in the right spot.”Beals also is  confident in the double-play combination created by Foppe and second baseman Brady Cherry.“They’re doing really well together,” Beals said. “Cherry has a lot of arm strength, which is usually not a characteristic of a second baseman, so that facilitates a good double-play turn.”Now that he’s earned his starting role, Foppe wants to improve his offensive consistency to help contribute to the batting order. He doesn’t expect to fully replace Washington in home run or RBI production, but Beals does not need that from him.“This lineup, while it may not have a [former Ohio State left fielder] Ronnie Dawson in it, I like the one through nine and the depth within this lineup,” Beals said. “The vision of this offense is to be really tough, and wear down a pitching staff because of the quality of the at-bat we’re gonna be able to give top to bottom.”Foppe’s debut with the Buckeyes occurs on Feb. 16 when the team opens the 2018 season in  Port Charlotte, Florida, in the Snowbird Classic. read more

Painting finally confirmed as Botticelli after 100 years in London collection

She said: “Being able to closely examine and conserve this painting for the first time in over 100 years has really given us the chance to get up-close and personal with the paintwork.”I noticed instantly that the painting bore a striking resemblance to the workshop of Botticelli himself. “Stylistically it was too similar to be an imitation, it was of the right period, it was technically correct and it was painted on poplar, a material commonly used at the time.”She added: “After removing the yellowing varnish, x-ray and infrared examination revealed under-drawing, including changes to the final composition uncommon in straight imitations.” The Botticelli Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The discovery was made while the painting was being cleaned by conservatorsCredit:English Heritage The Botticelli It has been in the collection at a Georgian mansion for decades, admired by visitors as a clever imitation of a 15th century masterpiece.After closer inspection, which saw curators peel back at least a century’s worth of yellow varnish, a striking painting depicting the Madonna, Child and four angels has been assessed as a real work by Botticelli.The work was thought to have been a small copy of Botticelli’s famous Madonna Of The Pomegranate, painted by a talented but unknown peer.  But X-ray testing, infrared studies and pigment analysis have indicated that the painting, with its vivid reds, blues and golds, came from Botticelli’s own Florence workshop.Rachel Turnbull, English Heritage’s senior collections conservator, said that after consulting with experts at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery, “we are finally able to confirm that Madonna Of The Pomegranate is from the Florentine workshop of master painter Sandro Botticelli”. The discovery was made while the painting was being cleaned by conservators read more

Woman kills reputed husband during argument

A heated argument ended deadly on Sunday afternoon when a woman armed herself with a knife and stabbed her reputed husband to death at their Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.Victor Roberts, 38, of Lot 41 Prince Williams Street, Plaisance ECD was stabbed once to his chest by the suspect who was identified only as ‘Melissa’.The suspects being led out of the yard by an investigatorThe couple was heard arguing moments before the heinous crime was committed. According to reports, it has become a custom for the two people to fight with each other.Persons who gathered at the scene however, stated that this is the second time the now dead man was attacked and stabbed by the woman.When <> arrived at the scene on Sunday, the suspect was in a distraught state as she was being grilled by investigators. She was in handcuffs.Relatives of the dead man were heard arguing while a sister told this publication that “two lives were lost here today instead of one”.The suspect was later led into a police vehicle which left the scene. The man’s body was taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post mortem. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPlaisance woman charged with murder of reputed husbandDecember 5, 2018In “Court”Suspect in Stanleytown murder of security guard apprehendedDecember 19, 2018In “Crime”Security guard stabbed to death, family suspects brother-in-lawDecember 19, 2018In “Crime” read more

Have your say on multiculturalism in Vic

first_imgThe Victorian Government is urging members of the Greek community to have their say on multiculturalism in Victoria. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras has called for nominations for the Multicultural Regional Advisory Councils across the state and invited Victorians to attend a Strengthening Our Community information session. “The Strengthening Our Community sessions provide an opportunity to inform Victorians about the Victorian Government’s work in developing new state-wide multicultural Regional Advisory Councils,” Kotsiras said. “The eight Regional Advisory Councils to be established across Victoria will act as vital links to the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC),” Kotsiras said. The core functions of the Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) will include: providing advice on settlement issues in the region, local multicultural affairs and citizenship; assisting the VMC to promote the benefits of cultural and religious diversity; advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD); and providing advice on communication, engagement and consultation with CALD communities. The government is looking for people who can express the interests of those in their community to consider becoming a member of a RAC. “We will be hosting forums across the state for open discussion on the Government’s plan for a multicultural Victoria,” Kotsiras said. “I encourage readers of Neos Kosmos to attend the forums which are being held in metropolitan and regional areas,” he added. The eight councils will operate in regional and metropolitan regions. For more information on the nomination process and attendance at information sessions, call the VMC on (03) 9651 0651, email rac@vmc.vic.gov.au or visit multicultural.vic.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Varoufakis attacked by anarchists while dining in Athens

first_imgGreek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he and his wife came under attack by anarchists while dining in a central Athens restaurant.In a statement Wednesday, Varoufakis said he and his wife were in the Exarchia district, a neighbourhood popular with extreme leftists and anarchists, Tuesday night when a group barged into the restaurant.The group, who had their faces covered, demanded the minister leave the area and threw glass objects at the couple, Varoufakis said, without either of them being hurt.He said that when some of the group moved in a threatening manner against him, his wife embraced him so that the potential attackers could not get at him without hitting her first.Varoufakis eventually spoke with the group outside the restaurant, he said, and tempers were calmed. Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les Nike Hyperdunk allient technologie et sport

first_imgLes Nike Hyperdunk allient technologie et sportAprès Adidas, c’est au tour de Nike de sortir des baskets intelligentes.Les Hyperdunk de Nike permettent de mesurer la vitesse, la détente et l’activité sportive du porteur. Déjà depuis 2006, avec Nike+iPod, disponible sur les appareils Apple, il est possible d’afficher ses performances sportives, notamment grâce au podomètre et à un capteur fixé dans une chaussure.Mais cette fois, Nike veut aller plus loin et rejoindre Adidas avec sa basket Nike Hyperdunk. En effet, Nike vient de créer une paire de chaussure, chacune équipée d’un capteur de mouvements. Chaque semelle est équipée de quatre zones de pression permettant de déterminer le mouvement exécuté et le synchronisme du sportif. À la fin de l’utilisation, l’athlète peut charger les données recueillies en synchronisant sa basket sur son ordinateur et analyser ses performances. Pour l’instant, la technologie n’est développé que sur les chaussures des basketteurs. Les baskets Nike Hyperdunk seront disponibles le 29 juin prochain pour 250 dollars (185 euros) et vous pourrez les voir en action aux pieds de Lebron James lors des Jeux Olympiques 2012 à Londres. Le 4 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Causes de la dyslexie et si le cerveau avait un problème de

first_imgCauses de la dyslexie : et si le cerveau avait un problème de connexion ?Selon une recherche tout juste publiée, la dyslexie serait due à une mauvaise connectivité entre deux régions du cerveau. Cette découverte pourrait ouvrir la voie à de nouvelles formes de traitement.La dyslexie est un trouble qui se traduit notamment par une difficulté à lire et à saisir correctement le langage. On estime que 10% de la population mondiale est affectée par ce trouble neurologique. Jusqu’ici, cette pathologie était attribuée à une représentation mentale défectueuse des mots (notamment des phonèmes, les éléments sonores distinctifs du langage), comme l’explique Bart Boets, un psychologue belge. Mais ce clinicien de l’Université catholique de Louvain a décidé d’aller plus loin pour comprendre les mécanismes impliqués. Il a ainsi mené une étude auprès de 45 étudiants âgés de 19 à 32 ans, dont 23 étaient sérieusement dyslexiques. Les cerveaux des participants, tous de langue néerlandaise et droitiers, ont été observés par IRM tandis qu’ils écoutaient différentes séries de sons, par exemple “ba-ba-ba-ba” et “da-da-da-da”. Les sujets étaient alors chargés d’identifier ceux qui était différents.L’IRM a permis de dresser des images en 3D des cerveaux pendant l’écoute. Dans l’article publiée par la revue Science, Bart Boets explique que “de cette manière on peut obtenir une bonne signature neuronale des représentations phonétiques” des sons écoutés. Une fois l’expérience terminée, les chercheurs ont comparé les observations faites d’un individu à l’autre.Un temps de réponse plus lent Ils ont alors constaté que les réponses du groupe des dyslexiques et l’intensité de leurs réactions neuronales étaient similaires à celles du groupe témoin. “Leurs représentations phonétique mentales étaient parfaitement intactes”, souligne Bart Boets repris par l’AFP. Toutefois, la différence résidait dans le temps de réaction, les participants dyslexiques étant environ 50% plus lents à répondre. Après avoir analysé l’ensemble de l’activité cérébrale des sujets, les scientifiques ont constaté que les dyslexiques avaient une moins grande coordination entre 13 régions du cerveau qui traitent les sons élémentaires et l’aire de Broca, une des principales zones responsables du traitement du langage. Par ailleurs, d’autres analyses ont permis de révéler que plus la coordination entre les aires cérébrales était faible, plus la réponse des participants était lente. D’après les auteurs, ceci démontre que la cause de la dyslexie n’est pas une mauvaise représentation mentale des phonèmes mais un problème au niveau de la zone du cerveau qui assure le traitement des sons. “Il s’agit de la recherche la plus concluante depuis cinq ans” sur la dyslexie, estime Frank Ramus, un expert de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris qui n’a pas participé à l’étude. Des preuves qui font débat “Si ces résultats sont confirmés, ils modifieront profondément notre compréhension de la dyslexie”, ajoute t-il dans un commentaire publié en parallèle des travaux. Néanmoins, tous les spécialistes ne partagent pas son enthousiasme. C’est le cas de Michael Merzenich, un neurologue de l’Université de Californie à San Francisco, qui remet en doute le fait que les activités neuronales mesurées dans l’étude représentent bien les différents phonèmes entendus.À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ? Même scepticisme chez Iris Berent, une linguiste de l’Université Northeastern repris par l’AFP. Cette experte estime que les différents sons utilisés dans cette étude étaient trop faciles à distinguer les uns des autres. Pour elle, les résultats auraient été plus parlants si les participants étaient parvenus à distinguer des sons plus subtils. Une affirmation rapidement contestée par Frank Ramus. Pour lui, même avec des différences plus subtils, “l’IRM aurait permis de voir si les dyslexiques avaient une représentation défectueuse” des phonèmes entendus.Vers un traitement efficace ? Pour aller plus loin, Bart Boets compte exploiter ces nouvelles données et prévoit de chercher un moyen de remédier à ces mauvaises connexions cérébrales, apparemment à l’origine de la dyslexie. Cela pourrait, à terme, déboucher sur un traitement. Par exemple, “il n’est pas inconcevable de recourir à une stimulation électrique non-invasive du cerveau pour rétablir la communication entre ces deux régions cérébrales”, estime t-il.Le 6 décembre 2013 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

England can use Leicester as inspiration for World Cup – Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson believes that England can take inspiration from Leicester City’s miracle Premier League title victory heading into the World CupThe Three Lions are considered outsiders for glory in Russia this summer with a relatively young and inexperienced line-up with Gary Cahill being the only player to have more than 50 caps to his name.As such, expectations are relatively low for the supporters with many claiming that a quarter-final appearance should be considered a success.But Henderson believes an upset should not be ruled out and pointed out the Leicester side that went from odds starting at 5000/1 to win the English top division at the start of the 2015/16 season to eventually ending up as the champions.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You’ve got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team,” he said, via FourFourTwo.“There have been a lot of upsets in sport. No disrespect but look at when Leicester won the Premier League. Not a lot of people would have said they could have done that.“That is just one instance. You’ve got to have belief in the group all the time and believe you can reach the heights,” said Henderson, speaking ahead of England’s friendly with Costa Rica on Thursday.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before later facing Panama and Belgium in their other two group stage matches.last_img read more

Bahamians launch independence events with Souse Out on Saturday

first_img Church of God of Prophecy gets new Minister Recommended for you Bahamian man busted; Prosecutor unable to make smuggling case stick Related Items:bahamian, church of god of prophecy, comedy, david wallace, halleluiah boys, independence day, sheep toungue souse, will stubbs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – The One Bahamas Association of the Turks and Caicos forges ahead with plans to commemorate Bahamian Independence in the Turks and Caicos, despite recent remarks that the events are not welcomed. A souse out is planned for the TCI Bank parking lot on Saturday, as the organization which last year donated to the HOPE Foundation for Autism Awareness gears up for a number of activities surrounding the July 10th 42nd birthday of independent Bahamas. The Souse Out will feature Bahamian favorites including Sheep Tongue Souse and starts as early at 6:30am, this Saturday. Also this weekend Bahamian comedians David Wallace and Will Stubbs will be on island for a Hallelujah Boys show at the Church of God of Prophecy in Five Cays; that happens on Saturday night. Johnny Kemp confirmed dead by Bahamas Consul in Jamaicalast_img read more

Senate Passes Operating Budget With No PFD

first_imgIn a social media post from Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days, I will review and scrutinize the budget passed by the Legislature and determine the best path forward, including options to accept the budget as passed, to veto the budget in its entirety, or to veto portions of the budget to better align expenditures and revenues. I am absolutely determined to address the budget issues that have haunted Alaska for years.” Prior to the vote on the operating budget the Senate voted deadlocked 10-10 on a vote of whether to rescind their action last week, when they voted down the full payout. Senate Bill 1002, proposed by the Senate as part of a compromise, which would have given Alaskans a reduced PFD, to allow a vote on the rest of the state’s operating budget, was defeated last week. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget during a floor session on Monday.  The Alaska House of Representatives passed the same operating budget on Sunday which does not include a PFD. Governor Mike Dunleavy has said lawmakers should follow a longstanding formula and pay a full dividend. Some lawmakers share his position. But there are legislators who contend the formula is unsustainable.center_img House and Senate leaders expect the budget bill, HB 39, to be ready for Governor Mike Dunleavy’s review within three days. The vote averts a government shutdown and allows state services to continue with the next fiscal year beginning July 1. If the Legislature passed a reduced dividend and Dunleavy rejected it, such a scenario almost certainly prompt another special session. The current special session is set to end this Friday. Representative Ben Carpenter: “I think one way or another we are going to be paying a full PFD.”last_img read more

Gold price crosses Tk 50000

first_imggold pricesThe gold prices in the local market have shot up again by Tk 1,400 per bhari (11.664 grams).After the latest hike, the price of one bhari of 22-carat gold will stand at Tk 50,738, while 21-carat gold price at Tk 48,406, 18-carat gold at Tk 43,157 and traditional gold at Tk 26,536 per bhari.The Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association announced the new prices in a press release on Tuesday.The new prices will come into effect from tomorrow, Wednesday.Earlier on 25 December last, gold prices were hiked by Tk 1,400 a bhari.However, the price of silver remains the same at Tk 1,050 per bhari.last_img

Fatherson duo among three held for over Rs 150 cr gold diversion

first_imgKolkata: Three men, including a father-son duo, have been arrested by the DRI for allegedly diverting gold jewellery worth at least Rs 150 crore meant for foreign markets to use in India, according to an official statement issued today. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is investigating gold jewellery exporters declaring exports using the personal hand carry export procedure’ a government policy that allows exporters to carry gold jewellery in hand baggage instead of cargo to destinations in United Arab Emirates (UAE) but diverting the consignments into the domestic market by manipulating the procedure. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accused were arrested from the international airport here when they were trying to divert Rs 15 crore worth gold jewellery, it said.While the son was intercepted at the time of boarding a flight to Dubai, his father was de-boarded from a flight destined to Hyderabad, the statement said.Documents were filed by them at the Customs Air Cargo Complex, Kolkata, for export by hand carriage of gold bangles weighing 54 kg to be carried to Dubai by the son on board the flight bound for Dubai. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the gold bangles were checked by the customs at the cargo, as per procedure, the items were sealed and escorted to the airport.”Before entering immigration and security check, the son took the goods meant for export to an entry gate of the airport where his father was waiting and handed them over for diversion. The father then booked the two metal boxes containing the gold bangles through domestic cargo for transfer to Hyderabad,” it said.DRI officials acted in the nick of time and intercepted the two as they were about to board/ had boarded their respective flights and also retrieved two metal boxes containing the gold booked for Hyderabad as domestic cargo. Surprisingly, the father was found to be travelling to Hyderabad from Kolkata on a ticket in the name of his son, the DRI said.In the latest case, the diverted gold bangles weighing 54 kg and valued at about Rs 16 crore meant for export have been seized by the DRI.”DRI investigations till now reveal that more than 500 kg of gold jewellery, valued at about Rs 150 crore, meant for export has been diverted using this modus operandi by this particular syndicate,” the statement said.The agency is investigating whether this modus operandi has been used by other gold jewellery exporters in the country, it said.Both accused admitted to have diverted gold bangles/chains in similar fashion in the past through Kolkata as well as Hyderabad airports after completion of the customs export procedure.Another associate of these two accused was examined by the DRI and he also admitted that he was involved and diverted gold jewellery meant for export through airports after completion of the export procedure.The mastermind confessed to have received remittances against such export consignments though no actual gold bangles were physically exported, the probe agency said.He used to send cash to his Dubai-based contacts through hawala channels and got the money back into his Indian bank accounts as export proceeds, it said.He admittedly sold primary gold purchased from nominated agencies in the domestic market instead of making gold jewellery for export.For fulfilment of their export obligation and to redeem the security amount paid by them to nominated agencies at the time of purchase of primary gold, they had resorted to diversion of gold bangles meant for export after completing all export formalities, the DRI said.In fact the same sets of gold bangles were repeatedly used to show export of different consignments, it said.Three people have been arrested in this case.last_img read more

Costa Rican super eggs boost daily intake of nutrients

first_imgRelated posts:Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Costa Rica to use drones to deliver medicine to indigenous communities Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Rica Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza virus Researchers at the University of Costa Rica’s School ofAgronomic Engineering have found a natural method to improve the intake of selenium, a mineral that is important for health but scarce in the Costa Rican diet, by enhancing the amount of that nutrient inside enriched eggs.The project aims to comply with Health Ministry recommendations to promote the production and consumption of selenium-enriched food, a step suggested by the Costa Rican National Health Survey since 2009.Selenium is a trace mineral that helps strengthen the immune system. Among other benefits, the micronutrient contributes to the prevention of various types of cancer, including gastric, lung and prostate cancer.It is an antioxidant that helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also protects against free radicals, meaning it retards aging and prevents degenerative disease.Ordinary diets in most countries satisfy selenium requirements, mostly from vegetables. However, Costa Rica’s fresh produce contains reduced contents of the mineral. What’s to blame? Volcanic soils with high sulfur content obstruct the transfer of selenium to crops, according to the UCR study.Research findingsUCR student Marisol Rodríguez Alfaro dedicated her thesis to finding a way to enhance a food product with selenium. She selected eggs because they are among the most common foods in Ticos’ daily diet.Her research found that it might be possible to the increase selenium content of eggs by adding a specific type of yeast to chicken food.The goal was to demonstrate that chickens could absorve the nutrient in their metabolism and then transfer it to the eggs in a completely natural way. Professor Catalina Salas Durán, an aviculture specialist, assisted Rodríguez as a thesis supervisor.For 13 weeks, researchers monitored two groups of chickens, one fed with the yeast-enriched food and another group fed with a normal diet. They collected egg samples from both groups and subjected them to daily laboratory tests to measure the eggs’ selenium levelsIn the enriched-food group, eggs went from 0.105 parts per million (ppm) of selenium to 0.275 ppm.Health Ministry regulations requires a food component to show an increase of at least 10 percent from regular values in order to promote that product as “enriched.” Eggs collected during the project showed increases up to 50 percent, but researchers in the final report cited the lowest values they found.“We reported enrichment levels above 10 percent,” Salas said.Those results also mean that one enriched egg provides up to 30 percent of the required daily intake of selenium, she added.Results also showed that selenium transfers to eggs unevenly: 40 percent is found in the egg whites and 60 percent in the egg yolks. For that reason, researchers recommend that people eat a whole “super egg” in order to get that 30 percent of selenium intake.On the marketIn the next stage of the project, researchers began reporting their findings to various egg farmers and provided detailed information on feeding procedures. They also provided training in marketing concepts and instructed farmers about branding regulations for micronutrient-enriched foods.As a result of these marketing efforts, one of the egg farms recently started feeding their chickens with a selenium-enriched diet. That farm supplies all their eggs exclusively to AutoMercado supermarket chain, which is selling them at all their retail locations.Selenium deficiencyResearchers from the Health Ministry, the Health Research Institute, the Social Security System and the National Institute of Statistics and Census conduct the National Health Survey periodically.Results from the 2009 survey found insufficient selenium intake in most of the country, showing a decrease from the levels found in the previous survey.The study found selenium deficiency in 35 percent of adults, mostly among women. The figure was particularly high among women of childbearing age, as the survey found selenium deficiencies in 42 percent of women in this age group. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

LPS Names New VP of Investor Relations

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