The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, Nov. 25, released its second quarter results (June 30 to Sept. 28). The NSLC recorded net income of $62.8 million on gross sales of $160.6 million, an increase of 6.72 per cent compared with net income in the same period last year of $58.8 million on gross sales of $153.1 million. For the six months ending Sept. 28, the NSLC recorded net income of $114.7 million, an increase of 6.69 per cent over the $107.5 million recorded during the same time period last year. Gross sales rose 4.7 per cent, $296.0 million this year, compared with $282.7 million last year. A detailed news release on the second quarter results can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-
Patna: Bodies of five youths, including three of those abducted from Jamui were found in Nawada and two others in Gaya on Wednesday, police in Bihar said. The three youths who were abducted on May 24 from Jamui district, their bodies were found from a field in Kauakaul in Nawada, Kauakaul police station in-charge Manoj Kumar said. Kumar said prima facie it appeared that they were murdered elsewhere and the bodies were dumped at that deserted location. Two other bodies were found near a canal in Shetghati in Gaya, Shetghati police station in-charge Uday Shankar confirmed.
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch Monday moved a plea before a juvenile justice board hearing the case of an accused in the gangrape and murder of a young girl in Kathua, seeking deferment of the trial as the state high court is yet to decide whether he is a minor or not.Appearing before the board, the special public prosecutor of the crime branch submitted that the high court is yet to pronounce its decision on an application moved against the decision of a Kathua court which accepted the accused’s claim that he is a minor, officials said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The board, after framing charges against the accused who played a key role in kidnapping, rape and murder of the eight-year-old nomadic girl, had fixed Monday for examining prosecution witnesses and commencing of trial. The board, after examining the plea of the crime branch, however, made it clear that there was no stay by the high court on holding the trial and gave prosecution two weeks to produce evidence and its witnesses in the case. The crime branch had filed a petition in the high court against the accused’s claim of being a juvenile and said that the then chief judicial magistrate in Kathua had erred in accepting it. The crime branch had also annexed a report of the medical board of Government Medical College, Jammu, which said the accused was “not less than 19 and not more than 21” years of age. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHowever, the case has seen repeated adjournments last year. The juvenile justice board had framed charges on July 8 following which it issued a notice to the crime branch, asking them to bring in their prosecution evidence and witnesses for the trial. According to the notice, “the next date of hearing has been fixed on July 15”. “The case has been fixed for prosecution evidence… Kindly arrange the presence of public prosecutor appointed in the case so as to examine the prosecution evidence/ witnesses,” it said. The trial in this case was shifted to the Pathankot Sessions Court on the directions of the Supreme Court last year. The Pathankot Sessions Court had on June 10 this year sentenced Sanji Ram, dismissed special police officer Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar to life imprisonment, while sacked policemen Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma were handed five years in jail. The verdict came 17 months after the girl was brutally gang-raped inside a ‘devisathan’ (local temple) and later killed. She was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.
It’s a celebration more than 30 years in the making: in 1980, a 7-year-old boy received his heartfelt wish to be a police officer for a day. That one wish inspired the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and launched the wish granting movement that circles the globe today. Beginning April 1 and culminating in World Wish Day on April 29, Make-A-Wish will mark the special event with a nationwide campaign to raise dollars and airline miles to fund airline tickets for wishes that involve travel.Each year, Make-A-Wish grants nearly 14,000 life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. These wish experiences can be pivot points in the course of a child’s treatment, making them feel better and in some cases, even helping them get better. A wish-come-true strengthens families, provides moments of happiness and inspiration, and helps create strong community bonds.Nearly 75 percent of wishes require air travel, making it a critical – and costly – resource. In fact, approximately 50,000 airline tickets, the equivalent of 2.5 billion airlines miles or $37.5 million, are needed each year to get wish kids and their families to and from these incredible experiences.During the month of April, supporters can visit wish.org/tickets to donate dollars or frequent flier miles in just a few easy steps. As an added incentive, WWE Superstar John Cena will personally match every frequent flier mile donated in April, up to 4.5 million. WWE will also leverage its wide array of assets – TV, digital, social media and live events – to help to promote World Wish Day to its 143 million social media fans and 13 million weekly viewers in the United States. United Airlines will also support World Wish Day by matching the donations of its MileagePlus members, up to 3 million miles, through April 30.Several other Make-A-Wish sponsors are coordinating special World Wish Day promotions, including Maggiano’s Little Italy, Marquis, Brooks Brothers, and Dave & Buster’s. The month will culminate with the announcement of a new, national sponsor.“The creativity of our wish kids and wish granters means air travel has become a critical part of getting wish kids and their families to wish experiences throughout the world,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Donating airline miles or dollars will allow us to continue creating thousands of lasting moments for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”Source:PRWeb.com
For a celebrity couple, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling tend to keep things pretty secretive when it comes to their family life. Although Gosling was very open about thanking Mendes for her love and support during his 2017 Golden Globes acceptance speech, Mendes responded to her partner’s thanks in a much more subtle way. There’s not much we know about the inner workings of their relationship, but Mendes recently opened up in a rare interview about Gosling and her daughters.During an interview with People Chica, Mendes discussed how her family celebrates its Cuban heritage. PHOTO: SONIA RECCHIA Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Rabat – The Canadian Fraser Institute has ranked Morocco 115th in its annual report on economic freedom among 162 countries. Fraser Institute published the report on September 25, using the latest available data from 2016. The Canadian institute classified countries in four categories: most free, second quartile, third quartile, and least free. The institute’s index categorized 42 countries as the “most free” economically, and 40 in each of the other categories.Morocco led the North African and ranked in the third quartile in economic freedom, with an rate of 6.37 out of 10, followed by Tunisia (121st), Mauritania (136th), and Egypt (147th). Algeria (159th) and Libya (161st) were among the 10 lowest-rated countries.A trend towards more freedomAlthough Morocco’s economic freedom score has dipped since 2010, the most recent score is an increased by 0.01 from the previous year, moving the country up one ranking from 116th.The Fraser Institute’s report showed that Morocco’s economic freedom has increased from 1990 to 2016. Morocco scored 4.29 in 1990 and ranked 71th. Morocco’s economic freedom score then increased to 5.93 (ranked 86th) in 2000 and to 6.41 (ranked 104th) in 2010.The index measures the degree of economic freedom based on five major areas: size of government; legal system and property rights; sound money; freedom to trade internationally; and regulation of credit, labor, and business. Each area has 24 components and is based on a scale from 0 to 10.Morocco scored 5.93 in size of government and was ranked 111th worldwide. The North African country scored 5.40 in legal system and property rights (ranked 68th), 7.22 in sound money (ranked 118th), 6.93 in freedom to trade internationally (ranked 95th), and 6.35 in regulation (ranked 130th).Economic freedom and ‘self ownership’ Economically free individuals have the right to decide for themselves “how to use their time and talents to shape their lives,” instead of having their options imposed by the “political process or the use of violence, theft, or fraud by others,” reads the report.Fraser Institute’s 2018 report asserts, “The cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, open markets, and clearly defined and enforced property rights.”At the African continent level, Morocco ranked 13th after Mauritius (first in Africa and 8th in the world), Rwanda (40th), Botswana (44th), Uganda (46th), Kenya (61th), Tanzania (79th), South Africa (94th), Zambia (97th), Ghana (98th), Liberia (100th), Namibia (113th), and Nigeria (118th).Among Arab countries, Morocco ranked 9th after Bahrain (30th), the UAE (37th), Qatar (38th), Jordan (42nd), Lebanon (74th), Oman (89th), Kuwait (90th), and Saudi Arabia (103rd).Hong Kong and Singapore ranked the highest in the world in economic freedom, followed by New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, the US, Georgia, Mauritius, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization based in Canada. Morocco 3rd in MENA for doing businessIn the World Bank’s most recent Doing Business report for 2018, Morocco ranked 69th worldwide. Morocco scored 67.91 points with a more favorable business climate than that of neighboring countries in North Africa, such as Tunisia (88th), Egypt (128th), and Algeria (166th).The report also stated that Morocco’s scoring enabled it to rise to the third position in the MENA region behind the UAE (21st) and Bahrain (66th).At the level of Africa, Morocco also took third place, behind Mauritius (25th) and Rwanda (41st).The World Bank’s Doing Business report “provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms” across the world.
“Until now, African countries lacked effective means to share information on forest-invasive species despite an increase in the spread of pests across Africa,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) specialist on forest health Gillian Allard said. “The new web site is facilitating the information flow.”The site, created by African specialists at the initiative of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA), is hosted by FAO. Features include information on new outbreaks of invasive pest species and woody species. It also provides references, publications and other links related to invasive species in Africa, those that are not native to a specific forest ecosystem, whose introduction does or is likely to harm the ecosystem.Through FISNA, countries are already sharing information on the latest outbreaks of such species. For example, an insect pest, the blue gum chalcid, has recently been discovered in Kenya and Uganda damaging young eucalyptus trees and nursery seedlings. On the web site it is noted that the pest has previously been recorded in Morocco, Iran, Israel and Italy.Also, since 2001, the giant conifer aphid, a pest native to the eastern United States and Canada, has been recorded damaging pine tree plantations in Malawi. The web site shares information on how this can be controlled. Furthermore it shares information on how the spread of the cypress aphid, which has been harming cypresses and cedars in Africa since 1986, is being controlled.”Once this regional web site is linked to other existing regional networks on invasive species, it will become much easier to protect African forests from species that transcend national and regional boundaries,” Ms. Allard said.
Briefing the UN Security Council earlier this morning on the global response to Ebola, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan observed that lacking public health capacities and infrastructures had combined to expose a dangerous vulnerability across the West African belt – from Guinea to Liberia – leading to an outbreak unprecedented in scale and duration. Only an equally unprecedented response by the international community and by individual governments, she added, had helped stem the advancing tide of the disease.Indeed, if the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the virus can be soundly defeated by the end of this year. “That means getting to zero and staying at zero,” she declared. “Surveillance and response capacities have vastly improved. We have a very good picture of current chains of transmission and know how to break them,” Dr. Chan told the 15-member body. “This is a night-and-day difference from the situation less than a year ago.”“I can assure you: the progress is real and it has been hard-earned,” she added. Among the measures to be hard-wired into future preparations, the WHO chief underlined a series of critical reforms she would implement with her own UN agency, including the establishment of a global health emergency workforce, an operational platform that can shift into high gear quickly, performance benchmarks, and avenues aimed at acquiring the needed funding. Beyond that, she said, individual governments had also greatly improved their healthcare outlook in steps that greatly increased the prospects that Ebola-affected communities will survive. “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa shocked the world out of its complacency about the infectious disease threat,” Dr. Chan continued. “We witnessed the decisive role of vigilance and readiness in countries that experienced an important case.” The first cases of the current Ebola outbreak were reported in March 2014 in Guinea and quickly spread across the region to Sierra Leone and Liberia killing more than 11,000 people in an epidemic that also saw isolated cases pop up in the United States and in Europe. At the time of writing, however, no new cases have been reported prompting some optimism among the international medical community. Echoing Dr. Chan’s message, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, similarly spotlighted three components of the Ebola response – from the nurturing of “powerful and decisive leadership” and the “importance of community ownership” to the response to “the value of working together in long-term solidarity.”“When people themselves define the support they require, when they are able quickly to access the assistance they need, when they need it, challenges and obstacles are quickly overcome,” he explained. Above all, Dr. Nabarro cautioned, unexpected new outbreaks of disease in the future will demand more honed and cohesive emergency preparedness planning on behalf of the international community as a whole. “Human security depends on being able to anticipate these outbreaks, to react quickly, to curtail spread and to prevent suffering,” he concluded. “Societies that collectively recognize threats to health, that proactively address these challenges, and that engage with their health systems in the response are at the heart of secure nations and a safer world.”
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La maltraitance médicale inquièteFrance – Le médiateur de la République, Jean-Paul Delevoye, a présenté le premier bilan du Pôle santé et sécurité des soins, créé il y a un juste un an. Près de 4.800 requêtes ont été déposées auprès du Pôle et 8% d’entre elles indiquent une montée de la maltraitance en milieu hospitalier, autant pour les malades que les personnels.Le Pôle santé et sécurité des soins a été créé afin de prendre en compte les réclamations liées aux soins donnés aux malades et leurs conditions de prise en charge en milieu médical. Près de 4.800 réclamations ont été traitées sur une seule année, avec le constat d’une banalisation de la “maltraitance ordinaire”.À lire aussiGrève des médecins : une nouvelle manifestation cet après-midi à ParisLe médiateur constate “une montée inédite et progressive des phénomènes de maltraitance concernant non seulement les patients, mais également le personnel hospitalier, parfois victime de comportements agressifs”. Les requêtes pointent du doigt un manque de respect du personnel soignant envers les besoins primaires des patients.”Face à une certaine banalisation de la violence, il apparaît nécessaire de rappeler au personnel hospitalier, mais aussi aux patients, la nécessité du respect réciproque”, estime Jean-Paul Delevoye. Thierry Amouroux, du syndicat national des professionnels infirmiers, associe ce phénomène à un manque flagrant de moyens qui empêche les soignants de prendre le temps d’écouter, d’informer et de s’occuper convenablement des patients. Le 15 janvier 2010 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’alcoolisme et les troubles du comportement alimentaire seraient liés génétiquementUne étude statistique a montré que l’alcoolisme et les troubles alimentaires partageraient des gènes à risque.Des chercheurs américains de l’université de Washington viennent de découvrir que des gènes sont impliqués à la fois dans les risques d’alcoolisme et de troubles alimentaires. Les personnes alcooliques seraient donc susceptibles d’être boulimiques ou anorexiques, et vice-versa. Les résultats sont parus dans le Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.Étude de jumeaux “Les autres études qui ont porté sur les connexions génétiques entre l’alcool et l’alimentation n’ont pris en compte que les femmes. La nôtre est la première à inclure les hommes” explique le docteur MelissaA. Munn-Chernoff. Bien que les troubles alimentaires soient en général associés aux femmes, le docteur Munn-Chernoff rappelle qu’ils peuvent aussi concerner les hommes.L’étude a rassemblé les témoignages de près de 6 000 jumeaux australiens. En génétique, l’étude de jumeaux est très courante, car ils partagent le même patrimoine génétique, il est donc possible de déterminer quels comportements peuvent avoir une origine génétique. “En comparant les résultats récoltés chez les vrais et les faux jumeaux, on peut estimer l’impact des gènes sur les différents traits”.Un lien significatifÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au total, près de 25 % des hommes et 6% des femmes ont été dépendants à l’alcool à un moment de leur vie. Chez ces personnes, 11 % des hommes et 13% des femmes ont souffert de troubles du comportement alimentaire. Chez les femmes, 14 % ont utilisé des laxatifs ou des diurétiques comme méthode de régulation de l’alimentation (les chercheurs n’ont pas pu récolter de données sur leur utilisation chez les hommes). L’étude a démontré une corrélation statistique significative entre ces comportements alimentaires et l’alcoolisme.”Ces chiffres indiquent qu’il y a des facteurs génétiques partagés, comme le besoin de prendre des doses rapides et intenses” explique le Dr. Munn-Chernoff.Sensibiliser les médecinsL’auteur souhaiterait ensuite étendre ses travaux, notamment chez d’autres groupes ethniques, la plupart des sujets de la cohorte étant blancs. Elle souhaiterait également sortir de la pure analyse statistique et déterminer quels sont les gènes impliqués, à l’aide d’échantillons de sang et de salive. Selon elle, les médecins spécialistes de ces maladies devraient prendre en compte ces nouveaux résultats pour proposer de l’aide aux patients, que ce soit dans les centres de désintoxication ou dans les hôpitaux. “Si les centres pouvaient prendre conscience de ces données et traiter les deux conditions en même temps, cela pourrait aider beaucoup de patients.”Le 25 août 2013 à 19:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
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Not too long ago, notifications were sent to publishers from all national distributors that PMG International, LTD was to cease operating its facilities that service Hawaii, the Caribbean, South America, and the U.S. overseas military. The notifications indicated that all magazine product on its way to those locations was being put on hold at the printers or shippers. Publishers with issues ready to print or ship, were instructed to put those issues on hold as well. The news was quickly overshadowed by the startling developments with HDA, the distributor of magazines and books to specialty stores including Michaels, Lowes, Dollar General, and Menards. Though many publishers did not do business with HDA at all, for the ones that did, the quantities could be significant. By contrast, for most publishers, PMG allotments were relatively small. Many might barely notice the loss, either because they didn’t send copies to the military or South America, or because they did in such small quantities that red flags won’t be raised. See Also: Magazine Distributor Shuts Down While It Restructures DebtBut for publishers that pay attention to their international distribution and sale, PMG was important. The importance of the military to publishers comes from several factors: the audience is American; it may be appropriately targeted to a publication; and, since the bases serve an English-speaking market overseas, military distribution makes up an often-significant portion of overall overseas sales for American publishers.Since that tough week, some solutions have emerged for publishers losing distribution from PMG. Copies bound for Hawaii were briefly diverted to Source Interlink’s California facility, then veered to settle on TNG, through their West Sacramento warehouse. TNG is also picking up the important overseas military through their Atlanta, Georgia facility.In the midst of these changes, there are some small bits of good news. The word is that Phil Bagnall, the well-liked publisher liaison, will still be involved as magazine buyer. Also, PMG’s Mexico operation, DIMSA, which does a good bit of volume, is to remain in business.The rest of Latin America remains to be settled.
WILMINGTON, MA — Alfred N. Rongone, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on April 1, 2019. Alfred was born on March 9, 1937. He was a hard-working man, working up until the day he was called back to his wife, Renzel and his parents, Alfred and Susan.Alfred grew up in East Boston until his parents moved to Lexington, where he attended high school. He started working on Draglines with his father right out of high school while taking college courses at night. He also entered the Air Force, where he got the opportunity to see much of Europe and Africa.After the Air Force, Alfred focused his time on working in the family business, A. Rongone & Sons, with his father and brother, Edward. For years, he worked side by side with his father learning all he could about Draglines and he loved every minute of it.For more than 60 years, he has been all over Massachusetts, parts of New Hampshire and Rhode Island running Draglines and doing what he loved. He met many people and was an unforgettable guy, he will live on in the hearts and memories of so many.He is survived by his son Allen Rongone, son Wayne Rongone, daughter April Hunt, daughter Angela Merrill and her husband E.J., and son Nicholas Rongone and his wife Marcia. His four grandchildren, Sofia, Anthony, Avery and Lylah. His nieces Carol Carbutt and Anne McCormack and their families, and his sister-in-law, Ave Rongone. His Great-nieces HaleySue and Sariah.He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity and strong work ethic. Rest easy, Big Al.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, April 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Alfred’s name may be made to the Chester Police Benevolent Assoc., 84 Chester St., Chester, NH 03036 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.Alfred N. Rongone(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”REPORTS: Wilmington Man Killed In Crane Accident In New HampshireIn “Police Log”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”
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BJP leader Surendra Narayan Singh touched a new low in political rhetoric.Twitter/ANIPassing a misogynistic remark against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP MLA Surendra Narayan Singh on Sunday, March 24, said that the former Congress president was a dancer in Italy and party president Rahul Gandhi is following his father’s footsteps by inducting Sapna Chaudhary into the party.The BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, who is known for making controversial statements, went on to say that Rahul Gandhi is taking his family’s tradition ahead by roping in a “dancer like his mother Sonia Gandhi”.In a video shared on social media, Surendra Singh told news agency ANI, “Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe se thi. Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aapne bhi Sapna ko apna bana liya hai.”(“Rahul’s mother [Sonia Gandhi] was also in the same profession in Italy and how his [Rahul Gandhi’s] father made her his own, he should also take the family tradition forward and make Sapna his own”).#WATCH BJP MLA Surendra Singh on dancer Sapna Chaudhary joins Congress: Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe se thi.Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aap bhi Sapna ko apna banaye.Sabse acchi baat hai saas aur bahu ek hi peshe aur culture se rahengi pic.twitter.com/HK5XCWcuL6— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 24, 2019Advising Rahul Gandhi to marry Sapna Chaudhary like how Rajiv Gandhi married Sonia Gandhi, the BJP leader further said, “Sabse acchi baat to ye hai ki saas aur bahu ek hi peshe aur culture se rahengi (The best part is both mother-in-law and daughter-in-law will be from the same dancing profession)”.He added, “I’m glad that Rahul Gandhi has lost faith in politicians and is now trusting dancers to do politics.”This sexist jibes came a day after Haryanvi actor-dancer and former Big Boss contestant Sapna Chaudhary joined the Congress party ahead of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Sapna Chaudhary is likely to contest from Mathura Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh to take on BJP candidate Hema Malini. Sapna Chaudhary joined the Congress party on Saturday, March 23.Twitter/ANIHowever, this is not the first time that the BJP MLA has made such a statement. A few days back, Singh had targeted Mayawati, saying she does facial every day and also colours her hair, so she has no right to attack PM Modi. He also said that there is nothing wrong in calling Mayawati ‘worse than a transgender’.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday reportedly seized Rs 20 crore cash during raids on 13 premises of two former officials of Northern Railways and seven private companies, allegedly involved in supplying fake packaged drinking water in place of Rail Neer in premium trains.The agency has registered a case against the former chief commercial managers (catering and passenger services) of Northern Railways, MS Chalia and Sandeep Silas, according to reports.RK Associates Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd, Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate, PK Associates Pvt Ltd, Sunsine Pvt Ltd, Brandavan Food Product and Food World are the seven private firms booked by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act, PTI reported.It said that the CBI recovered Rs 20 crore from the residence of Shyam Bihari Agrawal, his sons Abhishek Agrawal and Rahul Agarwal, who run private firms RK Associates and Brandavan Food Product.The accused have been charged with allegations of showing favour to these private companies to sell “cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) other than mandatory ‘Rail Neer’ in premium trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express”.The private suppliers were allegedly selling cheaply priced packaged water in place of mandatory Rail Neer, for Rs 5.70 to 7.00 (approx) per bottle, thus making undue gains and bringing losses to the railways, said a CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh.As per the Railway Board stipulations, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is supposed to provide Rail Neer to private caterers at Rs 10.50 (approx) per bottle and pay them Rs 15 (approx) per bottle for supplying the bottled water to passengers in premium trains.”The accused public servants allegedly did not take any action against the private parties providing catering services in the premium trains despite repeated requests of IRCTC for non-picking of allotted quota of ‘Rail Neer’ by Private Caterers,” a CBI spokesperson said.
Additionally, Juan Vasquez, an attorney with the Chamberlain-Hrdlicka law firm –which is representing Rodríguez’s wife and their three daughters— explained the lawsuit they filed last week in Federal Court has been dismissed for now by Lee Rosenthal, the Chief District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.That lawsuit argues that Rodríguez’s deportation should be stopped because of the fact he and his family practice Adventism, with one of its core principles being the unity of the family and, therefore, Rodríguez’s eventual deportation would violate their religious rights.Nonetheless, Vasquez told Houston Public Media that his team will present that argument as a complementary one to the arguments González is making to get Rodríguez’s case re-opened. Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaJuan Rodriguez, (center) with his daughter eldest Karen, (left), on June 26th, 2017. He is a Houston undocumented immigrant fighting against his deportation with a legal case based on religious arguments.Juan Rodríguez, the Salvadoran immigrant whose family is trying to stop his deportation on religious grounds, has received good news this Monday.After meeting with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the agency’s office located in north Houston, Raed González — who is Rodríguez’s attorney— explained that U.S. immigration authorities are granting his client “prosecutorial discretion.”That means González could have more than the 60 day reprieve officials granted at the end of last week to make arrangements to leave the United States.González will use that time to continue trying to re-open Rodríguez’s immigration case.The attorney noted his strategy to achieve that goal will be arguing Rodríguez is eligible for asylum in the United States because of the risk he and his family would be taking if they finally moved to El Salvador –as Rodríguez’s wife, Celia, and three daughters, Karen Rebecca and Kimberly, have publicly said they are willing to do— in case he is ultimately deported.“He’s gonna be targeted without a doubt, without a doubt, and that’s precisely why we have filed that motion to re-open with the asylum application,” González stressed during a press conference held after the meeting with ICE officials.Also at the press conference Karen, Rodríguez’s eldest daughter, expressed her relief due to the prosecutorial discretion granted to her father.“We get to stay together as a family and I thank God for the blessing that he put all of these people in front of us and that have helped us a lot,” she said.Despite the prosecutorial discretion, Rodríguez will have to wear an ankle bracelet that will monitor his location.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/26103237/WhatsApp-Video-2017-06-26-at-9.10.30-AM.mp400:0000:0000:33Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share
Kweisi Mfume was one of the many notables to attend the retirement ceremony of Pat Burns.On Sept. 25 at Martin’s West in Baltimore, Maryland, Pat Burns kicked off her stilettos after 35 years of State Service. Over the years her titles included: federal bonding coordinator and employment specialist with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation-State Government.Joining Pat’s celebration were: Congressman Elijah Cummings, former Congressman/Executive Director-NAACP Kweisi Mfume, Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones, Former State’s Attorney Pat Jessamy, Delegates Keith Haynes and Charles Sydnor.Joyce Smith, the MC of the event, read citations from President Obama, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Delores Kelley, Delegates Keith Haynes, and Comptroller Joan Pratt.