INX case Karti alleges political vendetta challenges ED notice to vacate house

first_imgNew Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, Thursday challenged the Enforcement Directorate’s notice to vacate his Jor Bagh residence here, alleging that the government was pursuing a politically motivated vendetta against his family.Karti’s immovable property situated in the posh locality had been attached on October 10 last year by the ED in connection with the INX Media corruption case in which the father-son duo is accused. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The eviction notice was served on Wednesday evening following an earlier order of the Adjudicating Authority, PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act). The case involving Rs 305 crore relates to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2007 for receipt of funds by INX Media. Karti approached the authority saying an appeal in this regard was already pending adjudication and ED’s directions on Wednesday were a violation of law. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn his plea, Karti said: “Central government has been pursuing a politically motivated vendetta against the family of P Chidambaram, especially his son Karti and all persons even remotely connected to the appellant including his mother Nalini.” He said that the vendetta is reflective of the “mala fide intention of the central government” and for the past four years the Centre has pursued its vendetta against the appellant by abusing the powers of agencies like the Income Tax department, ED and the CBI, all of which are under its control. “In the light of the conduct of the Central agencies over the past four years, it is submitted that, it is undeniable that they have been acting malafide and harassing the appellant without any justification,” the plea said. The petition contended that the order and the entire attachment proceedings in the case are “bad in law” and the notice under section 8(4) PMLA is purely a “mala fide” exercise of power to “prejudice” him. “There is no cause or reason to issue the notice after four months from the date of filing the appeal, except the untenable contents of the notice that the ED is authorised to take the possession of the said premises under section 8(4) of the PMLA,” the plea said.last_img read more

Zidane and Ronaldo target hunger in annual allstar UN charity soccer match

26 September 2011The soccer stars and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane announced today that proceeds from the next UN all-star charity game will go to the world body’s continuing efforts to fight the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. The two former World Cup champions and FIFA Players of the Year will lead a team against German side Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV) in the Match Against Poverty, a yearly event aimed at reminding people about the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “I am proud of the success of the Match Against Poverty and very honoured that clubs such as HSV have offered to host the event,” said Ronaldo, who has been at the helm of the initiative since its inception in 2003. This year’s match will be played at Hamburg’s Imtech Arena on 13 December.“Through the 2011 edition in Hamburg we hope we will be able to raise both awareness and funds for the people in need in the Horn of Africa,” Mr. Zidane said, referring to the ongoing famine and drought which has affected more than 13 million people.“And, while I obviously hope to win,” he added, “the Match Against Poverty is much more than a game: it is part of the global fight against poverty.”The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which will receive two thirds of the match proceeds, said it will use them to bolster humanitarian efforts in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where the UN is providing food, water, shelter and health services to those afflicted. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark emphasized the need to increase all humanitarian actions in the affected countries.“We need to scale up these humanitarian actions to reach those in need before it is too late,” she said. “At the same time, we must also focus on longer term solutions so that families are better able to cope when this kind of crisis hits.”Proceeds from previous Matches Against Poverty have benefited projects in more than 27 developing countries, including recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods. read more

Afghanistan Despite progress objective of stability remains to be met – Annan

“[Elections] alone will not be sufficient for the establishment of lasting peace in Afghanistan. Security, effective institutions and development will require time and concerted effort to build upon the political achievement of the past three-and-a-half years,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on Afghanistan. Overall, he says, the security situation remains a paramount concern: “It is impossible to overestimate the importance of restoring security in Afghanistan as a condition for the sustainability of the peace process.” He notes a rise in the level of insurgency in that country, as well as in the sophistication of the insurgents’ weaponry and in the types of attacks being carried out. The southern and eastern parts of the country have borne the brunt of the recent upsurge in violence. Even without the burden of violent insurgency, the reconstruction of Afghanistan faces a truly formidable combination of challenges, including the pervasive drug economy, some of the worst social and economic indicators in the world and the consequences of what was one of the deadliest confrontations of the Cold War. “It will no doubt require long-term commitment on the part of the international community to see this process to a successful conclusion,” Mr. Annan says.Afghanistan’s myriad difficulties – internal and external, and those inherited from the past – should not draw attention away from the “remarkable achievements,” such as the election of a new government and the adoption of a new constitution, all over the past two and half years, since the Bonn Agreement set the country on the road to stability in 2001. Preparations for the 18 September elections that will wrap up the Bonn process are on track, with over 5,000 registered candidates and about 1.5 million newly registered voters, Mr. Annan says. He warns however that the ballot faces a serious funding gap and some $31 million is urgently needed in order to avoid a delay in holding the elections. He also urges Government and international security forces to remain vigilant with regard to all sources of intimidation and violence against voters and candidates. read more

In a week Facebook says 141 million people have connected about the

In a week, Facebook says 141 million people have connected about the World Cup by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2014 6:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Through one week of the World Cup, Facebook has already seen more people having more interactions about the tournament on the social media site than it had for the Sochi Olympics, Super Bowl and Academy Awards combined.A total of 141 million people have commented about, “liked” or shared posts on Facebook about the World Cup, the company said Friday. There have been 459 million different interactions on it.Much of the action is international: 85 per cent of the people talking about the World Cup on Facebook are from outside of the United States. There are 1.28 billion people on Facebook worldwide, 80 per cent of them living outside the U.S.“We always see a large level of conversation on Facebook around big sporting events,” said Justin Osofsky, the company’s vice-president of global operations and media partnerships. “But what we’re witnessing around the World Cup has been extraordinary.”By contrast, the Super Bowl engaged some 50 million people on Facebook, the Sochi games 45 million people and the Oscars 11.3 million people, the social media site said.Facebook has targeted the World Cup as part of its effort to become a site with more real-time conversation and news distribution around big events, functions where many people think of Twitter first. Facebook is promoting World Cup-related hashtags, has a special World Cup-related section and heavily promotes celebrity-related posts.A photo posted by Pitbull, who performed at the opening ceremonies, has received more than 1.2 million interactions, as has a photo posted by Brazilian soccer star Neymar, Facebook said.Facebook is also working with other media outlets to increase its exposure. One of the most prominent is Univision, the broadcaster with the Spanish-language rights to telecast the World Cup in the United States, which is featuring details about Facebook postings on its telecast. For CNN International, Facebook is constantly measuring what topics surrounding the World Cup are getting the most attention.“In a fundamental sense, we’re just getting started,” Osofsky said.____David Bauder can be reached at dbauder@ap.org or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder read more

Motoring media support industry call for scrappage

Representatives from car manufacturers, industry bodies, consumer magazines, and national press attended to learn more about the details of the proposed UK scrappage scheme. Both companies pledged to encourage their readers to sign a petition in support of the proposed scrappage scheme to promote the purchase of safer, more environmentally friendly cars. Rival media companies Haymarket Media and Dennis Publishing launched their support for the motor industry’s proposed scrappage incentive scheme at a press conference in London today. Click here to register support for the introduction of a scrappage incentive scheme in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The scheme would allow both cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) over nine years old to be scrapped in return for a £2,000 cash incentive towards a new or nearly new vehicle. Similar schemes adopted in Germany, France and Italy have proved successful, significantly boosting the market and reducing CO2 emissions by taking some of the older vehicles off the road. A survey commissioned recently by the SMMT shows that 76% of consumers are in favour of the UK government introducing a scrappage incentive scheme similar to those currently running across Europe. read more

How The SEC Won Another National Championship

The College Football Playoff’s two New Year’s Day semifinal games were a study in unexpected contrasts: a mostly dull blowout in the Sugar Bowl rubber match between Alabama and Clemson after the two teams had been so even in their previous playoff meetings, which followed an all-time double-overtime Rose Bowl classic between Georgia and Oklahoma that threatened to blow up the scoreboard with its big plays. The net result, however, was a pair of SEC teams in next Monday’s championship final, even if they got there in very different ways.For Georgia, Monday’s victory over Oklahoma was all about absorbing the toughest blows the fearsome Sooner offense could dish out — then fighting back in the second half and finally outlasting Baker Mayfield and company in double overtime.We knew going into the Rose Bowl that the Sooners would probably find themselves in a shootout. In fact, on paper this was exactly the kind of game you could picture Oklahoma thriving in, with 1,058 combined yards and 102 total points by both teams. (In that sense, it was reminiscent of the Sooners’ November win over Oklahoma State, which saw the teams put up 1,446 total yards and 114 points.) Thanks to a world-beating offense and a leaky D, Oklahoma specializes in winning when neither side bothers to play much defense.But that game plan only works when you can either pull away with your firepower late or gut out stops when you need to. And the Bulldogs had an answer for all of Oklahoma’s explosions.In the first half, Georgia hung around just enough to stay within striking distance, especially after picking up three quick points before halftime. (A clumsy Sooners squib-kick left Georgia within a completion of field-goal range to end the half, which ended up proving quite important.) In the third quarter, the same defense that had been shredded for 360 first-half yards held the Sooners to 29 yards and zero points. Even when the Sooners roared back to life with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, the Bulldogs summoned a crucial sequence: With five minutes remaining, they forced Oklahoma into a 3-and-out; strung together a seven-play, 59-yard TD drive to tie the game; then stopped OU’s offense again with under a minute left to force overtime.It was a setting where Oklahoma is used to getting the last word — and Georgia just wouldn’t let the Sooners have it. That carried over into OT, when a big third-down stop stalled Oklahoma’s bid for the winning touchdown, and again when Lorenzo Carter tipped Austin Seibert’s go-ahead field goal short of the uprights. After Sony Michel sprinted 27 yards for the walk-off score, the balanced Bulldogs, not the Sooner scoring machine, had closed the game on a 16-3 run. In the end, Georgia essentially managed to match the mighty Oklahoma offense yard for yard. And in a game absolutely loaded with big plays, the ledger improbably favored the Bulldogs (who had 321 total yards on their nine plays of 20 or more) rather than the Sooners, who’d led the nation in the category during the season.Alabama’s road to victory was smoother than Georgia’s, to put it mildly. Although Clemson’s defense had posted superior regular-season numbers, the Crimson Tide D set the tone early by holding the Tigers’ offense to zero points, zero first downs and 3 total yards in the first quarter, opening up a quick lead that Alabama would never surrender. The Tide ended up dominating the Tigers in terms of yardage (261-188), with the outcome practically sealed by the middle of the third quarter.Maybe the biggest surprise was simply in how the Crimson Tide cruised to their win. Although nobody expected the third installment in this rivalry to match the pyrotechnics of Georgia and Oklahoma, Clemson and Alabama had combined for 75.5 total points per game in their last two championship showdowns, and Bama had become a better offensive team (and a shakier defensive one) since last season. It seemed possible that fans in New Orleans could at least be in store for some version of the shootout in Pasadena.Instead, defense carried the day: Neither team gained 300 yards or averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry or 5 yards per pass. Following in the footsteps of Deshaun Watson, who’d generated 463 yards of total offense on 77 touches against Alabama a year ago, Clemson QB Kelly Bryant mustered merely 143 on 55 touches — and was picked off twice for good measure. The Tigers’ offense, which relied on an improved running game this season, was never able to gather much momentum on the ground or in the air until it was too late. This Tide defense seemed to channel Nick Saban’s teams of old, rather than the unit that looked uncharacteristically mortal against Auburn when it last played.And so, it’s an all-SEC championship for the first time since 2012’s Alabama-LSU rematch. That game ended up being a snoozer, and if the Tide have their way defensively again, history could repeat. But after Georgia’s thrilling semifinal victory, laden as it was with huge plays, and an Alabama win that saw the Tide answer every potential comeback by forcing a backbreaking turnover, this title game might overcome its regional matchup and send off the 2017 season in style. read more

Asuka suffers broken right collarbone during NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 5 COMMENTS Cesaro WhatsApp so in an earlier post I said that the Mae Young classic hasn’t been given a title yet like the cruiserweight and UK classics. I said that Asuka would vacate the title out of boredom and move to the main roster and have the title given to the winner of the Mae Young. I mean.. now she can vacate it out of injury and we can have a title match at the finals Seth Rollins Videos Articles Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Twitter They should strip her of the title and go to the main roster undefeated from NXT. Haydn Barker wow, that match became even more amazing considering she finished it with that injury. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mat Thompson August 22, 2017 at 9:05 am Roman Reigns is in Remission August 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next God damn do NOT strip her of the title. She’s been awesome as champ and to end a streak due to injury would just suck August 23, 2017 at 9:26 am They should do like UFC does and crown and interm Champ, then at the next big event, have a unification match. That way she doesn’t have to stop her reign as champ and can rack up more time beyond Punk’s and New Day’s title reigns. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next August 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm Kurt Angle WWE.com is reporting that current NXT Women’s Champion Asuka suffered an injury during this past Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III special.According to the report, Asuka broke her right collarbone while successfully defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Ember Moon on Saturday night at the Barclays Center. She has not been medically cleared to return to the ring as of now.The article noted that the typical recovery time for a broken collarbone is around six to eight weeks. Dr. Jefferey Westerfield spoke more in detail with WWE.com about the injury and attending to her in Brooklyn on Saturday night.“During the match, she landed awkwardly from a throw from Ember Moon and was able to complete the match, but had notable pain and discomfort. We performed an initial ultrasound backstage that was highly suspicious of a break that was later confirmed by an X-ray.”Asuka just approached 507 days as NXT Women’s Champion.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Cameron Huff Richie Sheaffer Comments are closed. Pinterest Videos Articles August 22, 2017 at 3:31 am Google+last_img read more

Mill A man killed in early morning crash

first_imgA man from the Mill A area in Skamania County was killed in a car crash Friday morning, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel were called to a crash on Cook-Underwood Road, near a Skamania County roads facility, around 3 a.m.The sheriff’s office said investigators determined that John M. Salazar, 26, was heading west when he lost control of his Subaru Legacy.The vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees before coming to a stop facing west in the eastbound lane. The crash partially ejected Salazar from his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office, and he died at the scene.The investigation was ongoing, and an autopsy was pending, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office added excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash.last_img read more

Police search for stabbing suspect in downtown Vancouver

first_imgPolice are searching for a stabbing suspect after a transient man was stabbed by another man Friday evening outside the Plaid Pantry in downtown Vancouver.First responders were dispatched about 5:50 p.m. to the store at 514 Washington St.The victim suffered a small wound to the back of his neck and was transported to a hospital for treatment, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.last_img

Alan Stubbs warns Steven Gerrad to be careful who he listens

first_imgAlan Stubbs has dropped warning for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, saying that he ‘be careful who he listens to’ as he settles into life as Rangers boss.Gerrard started the Premiership outing in controversial fashion last weekend, after which he said his team’s 1-1 draw at Aberdeen showed that ‘the world is against us’, adding that refereeing decisions have been going against Rangers ‘for seasons’.The early red card given to Alfredo Morelos was the spark for Gerrard’s complaint, however, the red card has now been downgraded to yellow card, which now leaves the striker free to play against Stubbs’ St Mirren side on Sunday.Stubbs who was Everton’s centre-back frequently clashed with Gerrard during Merseyside derbies says the former Liverpool captain will learn quickly during his first job in management.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…‘Steven was the best midfielder I came up against,’ said Stubbs, according to Daily Mail.‘I’m trying to think of another one but can’t. He was brilliant.‘I think he’s dealing with management well. He just needs to be careful who he listens to. He is certainly a strong enough character to make his own mind up. Even when I’ve spoken to him away from football, he has always known what he wanted to do.last_img read more

Spurs closing in on Colombian midfielder

first_imgTottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on the signing of Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors.The North London club have ‘everything agreed’ with the representatives of Wilmar Barrios to secure a potential transfer, according to journalist Luis Fregossi.Spurs are willing to offer €23million for the Colombia international to sign him from Argentine side Boca Juniors.Barrios is keen to join Tottenham and has made becoming part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side a priority ahead of the next transfer window in January.“He has put Tottenham first, who already have everything agreed with the representatives of the Colombian. The English club are set to make a 23m euro offer for the purchase of the player.” Luis Fregossi posted on his official Twitter account.El destino de Wilmar #Barrios es Inglaterra , el @SpursOfficial puso Primera y ya tiene todo acordado con el representante del Colombiano para q siga su carrera allí. La oferta del club inglés a las oficinas del club está al caer. 23 M de Euros por La totalidad d su paseVictor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.— Luis Fregossi (@LuisFregossi) October 19, 2018Spurs are ready to make their signing since Lucas Moura joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain in January.The Colombia midfielder is a player the club have been keen on since the summer after his impressive performances during the World Cup in Russia.Tottenham are prepared to make an offer in the region of €23million for the Boca Juniors player and have already reached an agreement with the Barrios’ representatives.last_img read more

Swim instructor accused of sexually assaulting 2 students

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A swim instructor could face life in prison for allegedly giving lewd lessons to children.Jury selection is underway in the case against Francisco De Aragon.He was arrested on May 20, 2015 for sexually abusing two swim students at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.According to police, De Aragon assaulted two students under the age of 12 in two different classes on the same day.De Aragon could face life in prison if convicted on charges of sexual assault and lewd and lascivious molestation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

North Korea says latest test a new weapon

first_imgPyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ‘new weapon’ test, state media reported Sunday, the latest in a series of launches that United States President Donald Trump has played down as Washington seeks to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang. The report carried by the Korean Central News Agency followed Trump’s comments that Kim had expressed a willingness to meet once the US-South Korean exercises are over and apologised for the slew of missile tests. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Tth launch was the North’s fifth test in two weeks as it protests the annual military drills under way between Seoul and Washington which always infuriates Pyongyang. Defence officials in Seoul said Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles Saturday, flying 400 kilometres (250 miles) before splashing down in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. KCNA provided no technical specifications but said Sunday they were a ‘new weapon’ developed to suit the country’s ‘terrain condition’.last_img read more

Top terror Amit Muhuri killed in prison

first_imgTop terror Amit MuhuriTop terror Amit Muhuri was killed in an attack by his cellmate over a trifling matter at Chattogram Central Jail early Thursday, reports UNB.Amit Muhuri was wanted in 14 cases including murder.Mohmmad Mahsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said Amit had been serving jail sentence in a murder case.Police said a scuffle took place between Amit and his cellmate Ripon Nathat in their prison cell on Wednesday night. Ripon hit Amit with a brick.Zahirul Haque, in-charge of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital police camp, said the prison guards brought Amit to the hospital with several injury marks on his head and body around 12:00am where he succumbed to his injures around 1:00am.On 13 August 2017, police recovered the body of Imranul Karim Imon, 26 of Raozan upazila from a drum at Enayet Bazar Rani Dighi in the city, said police.After investigations, police found that Amit killed Imon following his extramarital affair with Imon’s wife. Later, police arrested Amit from a drug rehabilitation center in Cumilla on 2 September 2017 and he was in jail since then.last_img read more

Unlicensed Bail Bond Companies Prey Upon Baltimores Most Needy

first_imgBy Myesha Braden and Veryl Pow, Special to the AFROEach day, about 4,000 people are held in Baltimore City jails on pretrial detention, many because they cannot afford to make bail.  In theory, judges set bail at an affordable amount sufficient to incentivize criminal defendants – whom the law presumes to be innocent – to return to court and appear at trial.  In practice, however, bail is routinely set at amounts exceeding the means of most defendants.  The average bail amount for low-risk defendants is $51,000; yet in the five Baltimore neighborhoods most effected by pretrial detention, the average median income is only $26,000.  High pretrial detention rates is one major component of mass incarceration and national studies have shown that bail determination decisions are particularly susceptible to, and influenced by, stereotypes and bias based on race.  It is no surprise then that in Baltimore City, 89 percent of the individuals being held in custody are Black, despite being only 64 percent of the population.(Stock Photo)When they cannot afford to pay bail, families contract with bail bondsmen to secure release for their loved ones.  Doing so carries a steep price for low-income communities of color, particularly when bail companies demand unaffordable collection amounts and charge exorbitant interest rates.  These practices can trap families within a web debt and risk of incarceration, from which it is often impossible to escape.In attempting to remedy pretrial practices that make a person’s access to freedom contingent upon their ability to pay, bail reform advocates have deployed various legislative and litigation strategies to reform money bail.  Last year, these efforts bore fruit when the Maryland Court of Appeals adopted Rule 4-216.1.  The Rule aims both to reduce the number of criminal defendants held in pretrial detention solely because of their inability to pay money bail, and to establish a presumption in favor of release.  Early reports indicate that the use of money bail has declined since the Rule took effect in August 2017.Unfortunately, for every inch of meaningful progress gained on bail reform, the for-profit commercial bail industry, which generates $2 billion in profit each year, has fought tooth-and-nail to see it rolled back.  Through campaign donations and intensive lobbying efforts, the industry has mounted a full-throated effort to stymie meaningful bail reform.  Maryland ranks third highest in the nation for campaign donations by the bail industry.  That industry players have been able to fund a counterattack against bail reform is made worse by the efforts of local bail bond companies that are attempting to collect on bail bond contracts that are laden with statutory and regulatory violations.The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to eliminate pretrial and bail practices that make an individual’s access to freedom dependent upon their ability to pay, has been investigating one specific violation over the past few months.  In the State of Maryland, companies that are unlicensed may neither enter into bail bond contracts nor engage in any bonding activities.  The Maryland Court of Appeals has held that unlicensed companies are not entitled to the assistance of courts in enforcing contracts where the underlying licensing statutes are regulatory in nature.Despite the law, in recent years, one particular unlicensed company, Baltimore’s Discount Bail Bonds (BDBB), has been flooding the Baltimore City and County District Court dockets with debt collection complaints and winning judgments.  BDBB currently has 149 pending cases in District Court seeking to collect some $862,111.81.  These numbers do not include those who have already had judgements entered against them.The Lawyers’ Committee has notified the Maryland judiciary about BDBB and requested the dismissal of all pending lawsuits filed by BDBB.  We have also asked the Court to prohibit the enforcement of past judgments entered in favor of BDBB.  Though District Court Chief Judge John Morrissey responded stating he was not aware of any authority for the Court to dismiss cases on its own, we believe Maryland case law clearly establishes the District Court’s authority to dismiss these cases on its own, without requiring victims of BDBB’s practices to expend any additional resources.Pretrial and bail practices that entrap the poor in a cycle of escalating debt and unnecessary incarceration proliferate within our criminal justice system.  If you or a loved one entered into a contract with BDBB, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee at (866)996-7921 or CJInvestigator@lawyerscommtitee.org.Myesha Braden is the Director of the Criminal Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  Veryl Pow is a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.last_img read more

Greedy Routing Enables Network Navigation Without a Map

first_img Algorithm explains how ants create and repair trail networks This correlation between a node’s distance to the destination in metric space, the node’s overall reach, and its degree is what makes the greedy routing strategy efficient at determining the shortest paths. In most cases of transferring information with greedy routing, information first travels to nodes with high degrees. Then, when the distance to the destination decreases, the pattern changes so that the information reaches its destination in a few small hops, regardless of node degree.As the researchers explain, complex networks have a peculiar structure that makes them navigable and that guarantees that information can flow along the shortest routes even without knowledge of the network’s global topology. Regardless of the specifics of the hidden metric space, greedy paths are the shortest paths in synthetic networks with the topologies of real complex networks. Still, the study leaves open some questions, such as the possibility that real networks may tend to evolve to become navigable, as well as determining which networks have hidden metric spaces and which do not. Using the greedy routing strategy to find the shortest paths for the Internet could greatly improve the efficiency of routing in the Internet, Today, Internet routers must continually update their global topology knowledge, presenting a major scalability bottleneck in Internet growth.“Routing in the Internet today requires global topological awareness for all routers, which involves enormous and ever-growing inter-router communication overhead,” Krioukov explained. “Routers are constantly detecting, distributing, processing, and recalculating information needed to compute the shortest paths. For example, as soon as a link fails, the adjacent routers send messages to their neighboring routers about this event, those send messages to their neighbors, and so on, resulting in huge and never-abating cascades of routing updates and recalculations. Routers are getting overwhelmed with this overhead. They can’t keep up with it, they fail, and black holes – unreachable islands of the Internet – are appearing everywhere.“With greedy routing, global topology knowledge is not needed, so that this overhead would be removed, and routing would scale and work much better,” he said.More information: Boguna, Marián; and Krioukov, Dmitri. “Navigating Ultrasmall Worlds in Ultrashort Time.” Physical Review Letters 102, 058701 (2009).Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. However, a navigation technique called greedy routing has shown that it can find the shortest paths between nodes using only local information, without knowledge of the network’s global topology. Marián Boguna from the University of Barcelona and Dmitri Krioukov from the University of California, San Diego, have shown in a recent study that random, scale-free networks such as the Internet have a peculiar structure that enables information to flow along the shortest routes without global topology knowledge. The surprising results are published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“As common sense suggests, the computation of shortest paths is commonly believed to require the full and precise knowledge of the full topology, and here we are showing that it’s in fact not true – not true for the topologies of real complex networks,” Krioukov told PhysOrg.com.In greedy routing, a node passes information to the neighboring node that is closest to the final destination in an abstract space called hidden metric space. This space underlies the real network, and distances in this space abstract intrinsic similarities between nodes. The existence of hidden metric spaces under real networks is a conjecture, although researchers have found evidence of their existence for some real networks, including the Internet.As the researchers explain, some types of networks are not navigable. For instance, if the probability that two nodes are linked doesn’t depend on the metric distance between them, then such networks are difficult to navigate, as there is no way to choose one node over another based on distance. But when there is a connection between the link existence probability and the hidden distance between nodes, metric distances can help to navigate the network, i.e., such networks are “navigable.”As the scientists explain, an ideal navigating strategy should first pass the information to high-degree nodes, since their numerous connections likely cover long distances, getting closer to the destination node. However, greedy routing doesn’t check nodes’ degrees, but only compares the underlying metric distances between various neighbor nodes and the destination node. Fortunately, as the researchers show for navigable networks, node degree is positively correlated with the distances that the node covers by its links. So the closer to the destination a node is, the more distance it likely reaches, and the higher the degree of the node. Citation: Greedy Routing Enables Network Navigation Without a ‘Map’ (2009, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-greedy-routing-enables-network.html Explore furthercenter_img This illustration shows the path of greedy routing, a navigation strategy in which a node passes information to the neighboring node that is closest to the final destination in hidden metric space. Image credit: Marián Boguna and Dmitri Krioukov. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — How does an e-mail get routed so quickly to its recipient’s inbox, or a search query generate relevant Web pages from servers from around the world? Navigating the Internet – or any similar network – generally works most efficiently when routers have knowledge of the network’s global topology. Without knowing the links between nodes, it’s difficult to determine the shortest path between two nodes.last_img read more

Order not to be construed as internal affairs of any party HC

first_imgThe Patna High Court on Thursday said its order for legal examination of the Assembly Secretary’s letter recognising Nitish Kumar as JD(U)LP leader should not be construed as interference in the internal affairs of any party. “The order should not be construed as any interference in the internal affairs of any party, including JD(U),” a division bench comprising Chief Justice L N Reddy and Justice Vikash Jain said. This was said during the hearing of a review petition by former JD(U) minister PK Shahi this morning on Wednesday’s order of the same bench.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | November 24, 2009 Healthcare Bill Excludes Mammograms for Women 40-49 Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more November 24, 2009 – Several sections of Senate healthcare reform legislation would exclude mammography services for women 40-49, noted the American College of Radiology (ACR) in a public statement issued today. The bill contains language stipulating that insurance entities such as private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid would only be required to cover services receiving a specific grade from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Based on the USPSTF’s recent recommendation, this would exclude mammography services for women 40-49, would only require coverage of biennial coverage for women 50-74, and would exclude coverage for those 74 and older. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) gave the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the authority to consider USPSTF recommendations in Medicare coverage determinations. Private insurers may also incorporate the USPSTF recommendations as a cost-savings measure.In a public statement, the ACR warned that while these USPSTF recommendations may result in cost savings, a great many women will subsequently die unnecessarily from breast cancer as a result.In the statement, James H. Thrall, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors urges Congress to act to specifically protect annual mammography coverage for women ages 40 and older and for high risk women under 40 as recommended by their physician. “If the cost cutting USPSTF mammography recommendations are not excluded from healthcare reform legislation, the government or private insurers would be permitted to refuse women coverage for this life-saving exam, turning back the clock on two decades of advances against the nation’s second leading cancer killer,” said Thrall.The federally funded and staffed Task Force includes representatives from major health insurers, but does not include a single radiologist, oncologist, breast surgeon, or any other clinician with demonstrated expertise in breast cancer diagnosis or treatment. Despite demonstration by their own analyses that screening annually beginning at age 40 saves the most lives and most years of life, the Task Force recommended against: mammography screening for women 40-49 years of age, annual mammograms for women between 50 and 74 (in favor of only every other year), and all breast cancer screening in women over 74. These recommendations run counter to even the Task Force’s own data and are out of touch with the long-proven policies of the American Cancer Society, ACR and other experts in the field.“I strongly urge those in Congress to exclude the USPSTF guidelines from health care legislation and make changes to the Task Force membership and operating process that will guard against such unacceptable recommendations moving forward without any input from experts in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said W. Phil Evans, M.D., FACR, president of the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).Since the onset of regular mammography screening in 1990, the mortality rate from breast cancer, which had been unchanged for the preceding 50 years, has decreased by 30 percent. According to the statement by the ACR, “ignoring direct scientific evidence from large clinical trials, the USPSTF based their recommendations to reduce breast cancer screening on conflicting computer models and the unsupported and discredited idea that the parameters of mammography screening change abruptly at age 50. In truth, there are no data to support this premise.”The benefits vs. concerns of annual screening mammography starting at age 40• Mammography has reduced the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30 percent since 1990 ? hardly a small benefit.• Based on data on the performance of screening mammography as it is currently practiced in the United States, one invasive cancer is found for every 556 mammograms performed in women in their 40s. • Mammography only every other year in women 50-74 would miss 19 to 33 percent of cancers that could be detected by annual screening. • Starting at age 50 would sacrifice 33 years of life per 1,000 women screened that could have been saved had screening started at age 40.• Eighty-five percent of all abnormal mammograms require only additional images to clarify whether cancer may be present (or not). Only 2 percent of women who receive screening mammograms eventually require biopsy. The USPSTF data showed that the rate of biopsy is actually lower among younger women. “Allowing a small number of people with no demonstrated expertise in the subject matter to make recommendations regarding diagnosis of a disease which kills more than 40,000 women each year makes no scientific sense and is a mistake that many women will pay for with their lives. Lawmakers need to require that the USPSTF include experts from the field on which they are making recommendations, and that its recommendations be submitted for comment and review to outside stakeholders in similar fashion to rules enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” said Thrall.For more information: www.acr-arrs.org and http://www.acr.org/HomePageCategories/News/ACRNewsCenter/ExcludedUSPSTFR… FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more last_img read more

Report Says Buyers Can Break Even on a Home Purchase in Less

first_img The real estate market has shown that timing matters when purchasing a home. Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon analysis determined that homebuyers who made the biggest financial gains over the last decade entered the market at its lowest point. The analysis found that homeowners can still break even on a home purchase in less than two years, even while many buyers who bought 10 years ago have not broke even.The analysis reviewed how buyers can expect the market to perform and how buyers fared at different points in the housing crisis and recovery. Many buyers lost money in the housing market simply by buying before the market had bottomed out.”For example, millions of buyers took advantage of the federal homebuyer tax credit in 2009 and bought a home before the market had fully bottomed out,” the Zillow report said. “In most of the country’s 35 largest housing markets, those buyers would have been better off financially if they had rented and put their money anywhere else – stocks, bonds, or even in their bank account. On the other hand, buyers who bought in 2012 fared much better and made more in the housing market than they would have even if they had rented and invested their savings in the recently bullish stock market instead.”According to Zillow, the wide variety of outcomes is a result of the U.S. economy’s boom, bust, and recovery over the past decade. The first time homebuyer tax credit was part of a government effort to push economic recovery as the country exited the Great Recession, but it came before the market had fully hit bottom. Buyers looking to purchase in the country’s hardest hit housing markets found the greatest opportunities if they bought at the right moment.The breakeven horizon for the U.S. remained flat from the previous quarter in the first quarter of 2015, Zillow says. This was mostly due to rising rents, which made it advantageous to buy rather than rent. Currently, homebuyers can break even on a home purchase in two years or less in 23 of the top 35 housing markets and the national average is 1.9 years. Dallas-Fort Worth buyers can break even the fastest, in 1.1 years. Breaking even takes the longest in Washington D.C. at 4.5 years and Los Angeles at 4.3 years.”It’s very clear that when it comes to maximizing gains from an investment in real estate, timing really does matter a great deal,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “However, timing isn’t everything, and trying to time the market perfectly is incredibly difficult, even for professionals. There are any number of factors to consider when purchasing a home, only one of which is the potential for financial gain. Potential buyers should always place their personal needs and their family’s needs first, and make the decision to buy only when they are ready to make a significant investment of both their time and money. Just because the math might say to buy or rent in a given area, personal preferences and situations vary greatly, and there is no one answer that is right for everybody.”Click here to view Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon report.  Breakeven Horizon Homebuyers Two Years Zillow 2015-07-09 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img July 9, 2015 475 Views Report Says Buyers Can Break Even on a Home Purchase in Less Than Two Yearslast_img read more

Rep Chatfield applauds pipeline report

first_img Lawmaker begins work on bills to address safety concernsState Rep. Lee Chatfield is leading an effort to increase transparency between Enbridge and the state of Michigan by drafting legislation to require state review and approval of future pipeline changes.The legislation follows today’s release of a Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force report that calls for a ban on heavy crude oil transportation through the 5B Pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, along with other recommendations for the 5B and other petroleum and gas pipelines across Michigan.“When it comes to our Great Lakes and inland waterways, we must remember that this is not just a part of who we are in Northern Michigan, it is the lifeblood that drives our tourism and economic development,” Rep. Chatfield said. “Preserving our water is critical for the future of Northern Michigan’s success, and it’s imperative that we take the simple, necessary steps laid out in this report to ensure its safety.”The task force report recommendations for the 5B Pipeline include mandatory full insurance coverage, examining future options, disclosure of Enbridge safety inspections and creation of a public advisory committee.“Enbridge has recently taken many important steps to ensure that the pipeline remains safe, fully operable and properly inspected,” Rep. Chatfield said. “However, increasing reporting requirements for this critical industry improves much-needed transparency with the public and the Legislature.“I share the concerns voiced by this report for preserving the quality of the Straits of Mackinac, and I am encouraging that action be taken immediately.” Categories: Chatfield News 14Jul Rep. Chatfield applauds pipeline reportlast_img read more