Mining scam: Ex-CM Kamat chargesheeted

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Goa Police investigating the mining scam in Goa chargesheeted former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat and two others on Thursday for condoning the delay in renewal of a mining lease in South Goa. The 1,572-page chargesheet has booked Mr. Kamat, leaseholder Prafulla Hede, and Goa Mines and Geology Department official A.T. D’Souza under sections of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code, said Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, who heads the SIT. The chargesheet was filed before the Principal District and Sessions Court in South Goa. Mr. Kashyap said it mentions 40 witnesses. Mr. Kamat, who held the Mines portfolio from 2007 to 2012, is accused of allowing mining companies, including the one operated by Mr. Hede, to avail the ‘condonation of delay’ clause to renew their iron ore mining leases in return for bribes. The SIT has also questioned Mr. Kamat’s son Yogiraj and brother in-law Satish Lawande in the case. Rajiv Yaduvanshi, the then Principal Secretary (Mines), has turned approver.last_img read more

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British parliamentarian quashes reports of ban on officials to visit gurudwaras

first_imgUnited Kingdom’s Conservative Party leader Ranbir Singh Puri quashed reports that the UK was planning to ban Indian officials from visiting gurudwaras in the country.Speaking to , the UK parliamentarian leader said: “There is no such law in Britain that anyone should be stopped to visit any place of worship.”“Everyone is allowed to go everywhere. If someone has done this (banning of officials), it is not right,” added Puri, when asked about the ban elsewhere.The reaction comes days after reports emerged that a Sikh organisation in the UK had proposed a ban on Indian officials from visiting the gurudwaras in the country, to what it said was their “interference and anti-Sikh activities”.Read it at Outlook Related Itemslast_img read more

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Delhi pollution a reality but we have to focus on cricket: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgLocal boy Shikhar Dhawan admitted that there is pollution in the Delhi air and the Sri Lankans might be uncomfortable with situation but their main is to focus on cricket.This is the first time that someone from the Indian team has openly spoken about the pollution and said that the Sri Lankan cricketers’ discomforts might be genuine. He agreed to this when he was asked about Mohammed Shami’s condition, who left the field after vomiting on the fourth day of the third and final Test, after struggling with the high level of pollution in and around the ground. In the earlier press meets, India had claimed that the Sri Lankans were using delaying tactics and not focusing on cricket.”It is possible (that their discomfort is genuine). Now only they (Sri Lankans) know (if their concerns have been genuine). Maybe in Sri Lanka the pollution is not that high. There are more beaches in Sri Lanka. It’s natural that coastal areas won’t have so much air pollution. Of course, they may be feeling discomfort. And it is not as if there is no pollution. I won’t hide that. It is what it is. Maybe they are feeling it more, I don’t know.”We have so many players who are not from Delhi. But we as a group have a job on our hand. Of course there is high pollution in Delhi. But it is our responsibility to play and focus on cricket,” said Dhawan.”But I still insist playing is our farz and karm (he two words loosely translate to duty and deeds), which we should do. They must be feeling it (discomfort), though,” added the birthday boy, who turned 32 on Tuesday.advertisementWe are not letting the birthday boy @SDhawan25 escape today. ??? pic.twitter.com/OAtnIi203M- BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2017He also confirmed that Shami is fine and will play on the final day against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.Shami appeared to be struggling after bowling three overs. His reaction was similar to Sri Lankan seamers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage.After throwing up, Shami walked off the ground after consultation with the physio amid concerns over poor air quality.With India reducing Sri Lanka to 3/31 at stumps after setting a target of 410 runs on the fourth day and with three sessions left in the game, Shami is vital to the team since Virat Kohli has only four specialist bowlers in the team.”Shami is fine. You will see him in action tomorrow,” Dhawan told the media after the end of play.In the morning session, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 373 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 163 runs to India. India declared their second innings at 246/5, setting a target of 410.Dhananjay De Silva (13 not out) and Angelo Mathews (0 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day, with Sri Lanka 379 behind the target.”We will try our best to go for the win tomorrow. Pressure is on them,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

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How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New Zealand

first_imgIndia defeated New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final one day international against New Zealand to clinch the 5-ODI series 4-1 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.After the pleasantries and awards were done, the Indian cricket team had but one question to ask – “How’s the josh?””High Sir!” came the roaring reply.Looks like the “JOSH” in the squad is “HIGH SIR”‘HOWS THE JOSH’ – @vickykaushal09 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBdBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019The above phrase comes from the recently released and highly successful Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.Team India too celebrated the ODI series win with the now iconic movie line. As per tradition now, the trophy was lifted by the youngest member of the Indian squad — Shubman Gill – who played his debut series.Shikhar Dhawan too broke into an impromptu dance celebrating India’s victory by doing a few steps of bhangra.#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/zSF8q1YBEDBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019After the win Rohit Sharma was full of praise for his team, esecially after the heavy loss in the 4th ODI inHamilton, which all seriousness was an aberration.”Especially after the Hamilton loss, that was a big loss for us the way we lost there. At the toss I said we needed to come together as a team and we did that,” Rohit said at the post match presentation.”We showed a lot of character. With the ball as well. The wicket got flat at the end, with the dew. At one point it looked like it would be an easy chase. But lot of people put their hands up and got us through,” Rohit said.advertisementVirat Kohli too took to social media to praise the Indian team’s efforts, as he also spoke highly of the “character” of the players.From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman to even interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal using the phrase, “How’s the Josh?”, in the recent past.The overwhelming love for the line from his film, prompted Vicky Kaushal to take to social media to thank everyone.”It’s not just a line anymore, you all have turned it into an emotion,” he wrote on Instagram.Also Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says Rayudulast_img read more

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Neeraj Chopra nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

first_imgStar javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in the Asian Games last year with a record throw, has been nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by the Athletics Federation of India.The 21-year-old Neeraj, one of the very few world class track and field athletes India currently has, was awarded the Arjuna Award last year after he won a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.He was also nominated for the Khel Ratna Award last year but was considered only for the Arjuna Award.After his gold-winning feat at the Asian Games last year with a national record throw of 88.06m, the AFI has re-nominated him for the Khel Ratna Award for this year.”Neeraj Chopra has been re-nominated by the AFI this time also. He is the only one recommended for Khel Ratna from athletics,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity.Five other track and field athletes have been nominated for Arjuna Awards. They are Asian Games gold winners Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (shot put), Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Manjit Singh (800m) and Swapna Barman (heptathlon), as well as Dutee Chand (silver in 100m and 200m).Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiAlso Read | BFI nominates Amit Panghal, Gaurav Bidhuri for Arjuna award againAlso Seelast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly standout Indian captains, says Michael Clarke

first_imgWorld Cup 2015-winning Australia captain Michael Clarke and former England captain Nasser Hussain today heaped praise on India’s own 2011 WC winning skipper MS Dhoni. While Hussain described Dhoni as ‘the coolest character in the world’, for Clarke Dhoni is right up there with Sourav Ganguly on the list of greatest Indian captains.When India Today Sports Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar asked the duo what the World Cup 2019 win might mean for Team India, Hussain harked back to the final of the WC held 8 years ago, that India won.”MS Dhoni is the coolest character in the world. If you think about the final of the 2011 World Cup it was just a cool, calm guy delivering at the right moment and cooly hitting a six to win the final,” Nasser Hussain said.Michael Clarke added: “I think the Indian captains that stand out for me are Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Virat continues to grow as a captain. As a batsman, there is no one close to him in ODIs.”Meanwhile, both the former cricketers didn’t hold back their admiration for Virat Kohli, who will lead India’s challenge for a third World Cup title from Wednesday. India play their opener of World Cup 2019 against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.”Virat Kohli is not worried about anything else other than winning games for the country. That is his greatest asset as a captain. I thought there never will be someone to replace Sachin Tendulkar, but Kohli is going to break them all, a phenomenal achievement and player,” Nasser Hussain said.advertisement”I watched Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara rule ODI cricket but at the moment Virat in ODIs is better than anyone else to stand up to the 1 billion pressure and going on to score day after day is something that stands out. Sunny [Sunil Gavaskar] also deserves a lot of credit for making them believe,” Clarke added.Nasser Hussain also said he loves Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression and credited Ganguly’s role in transforming Team India into a team with “winning” mentality.”I love it to be honest. Indian cricket changed because of Ganguly. Sourav was never bothered about being friends with people. Ganguly transformed them from a nice cricketing nation to a ruthless one that was only interested in winning.”Nasser Hussain added that he sees a bit of MS Dhoni in Eoin Morgan, hosts England’s captain at 2019 World Cup.”One of the things that are against them [England at 2019 World Cup] is pressure and not talent. The England fans seem to be getting ahead of themselves but Morgan is the coolest and calmest person and the right man to lead the side. A bit of MS Dhoni in him. It’s about delivering under pressure for the side which will win the tournament.”ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Shoaib Akhtar asked Harbhajan for World Cup 2011 final ticketsALSO READ | R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

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ORLANDO FAMILY WAITS TO SEE IF THEY CAN EVER RETURN TO…

first_imgMike and Brenda Orlando and their three children are among the families who have been living away from their South Sioux City homes for over a year now because of odors they claim backed up into their residences through the city’s sewer system from Big Ox Energy beginning in September of 2016.Mike moved his family out of their home on November 4th of 2016 and they have been unable to live there since then:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/MIKE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………like you’re home. :20The Orlandos spent Christmas of 2016 with other displaced families at a hotel paid for by Big Ox and the city.Those families that did not agree to settle this past spring are filing lawsuits against the city and Big Ox and had to find other living quarters:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/MIKE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…just so hard. :17The Orlandos are concerned about the effects the displacement has had on their three children:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/MIKE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….through with that. :20The Orlandos all continue to receive medical treatment for conditions they say were caused by the gas odors.Mike says the family also lost many of their belongings because of the smell:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/MIKE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………stuff is gone. ;12Orlando says they have not made payments for several months on their former home because of the rent they pay on the temporary home they now live in.No court dates have been set for any of the ten civil suits filed in the case by the displaced residents.last_img read more

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How Kevin Neal’s Small Town Upbringing Got him to the Top

first_imgToday we meet Kevin Neal, the founder of Moenio – a client advocacy firm focused exclusively on providing guidance to their clients when working with financial advisors, brokers, bankers, and their firms.I’ll start with the ending, the business I created after 20-years in finance – Moenio. Moenio is a disruptor. A company created to break up what investors have known and trusted for the past 50 years. There were three experiences during my life that led me to believe a company like Moenio was needed and that the time was right.I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A small town, by some standards, with a little over 300,000 on a good day, tourists included. With the Tennessee River winding through the city and mountains cascading from various angles, it’s a mecca for outdoor activity– water skiing, kayaking, fishing, and even a hang gliding facility.The first experience was when my parents made me buy my first car. Easy enough – I work, I get a car. I don’t work; my brother drives me if he wishes. With that in mind, I had to go find a job. I ended up at a restaurant where I started as a dishwasher. Not something noble, but a great place to start – I learned quickly that there were opportunities to be had. I could bus the tables for the waiters, be the “happy hour” set-up person, and more. These had nothing to do with skill, as I found out, but were more about appearances. I realized that all of the waiters, managers, and owner were making decisions on “appearances” rather than skill. Lesson one was people give undo credit to appearances.The second experience was after I sold the regional investment advisory company I had built for over eight years. When I was contemplating the sale, I was reading about learning languages and immersion programs around the world. I thought, why not sell and immerse myself? I spent two years living in Spain, Malaga and Madrid, taking Spanish classes and traveling. It was a wonderful experience, but, more importantly, a valuable lesson when I came back to the states. Whenever I began speaking Spanish the reaction was two-fold; wow, you speak Spanish (remember, I’m from Tennessee) and you must be smart. Lesson two was people give credit to intelligence in the wrong way sometimes.The third experience was spending ten years with one of the largest wealth management firms in the world. I started on the corporate side supporting financial advisors when meeting with high-net worth and ultra high net worth clients. My role was simple, help support the financial advisors when meeting with prospective clients and current clients in all capacities – basically help them close or keep their clients. I attended over 1,000 client meetings with 300+ different advisors. I was able to see every conceivable path used by advisors and brokers to gain clients and keep them. Lesson three was the first two lessons combined: many people make decisions on what they perceive through appearances and intelligence without actually knowing it to be true.Moenio was created from these experiences and has one goal – making certain our clients are working with the best financial advisors, bankers and advisors. We know appearances and impressions can be misleading so we verify the quality of advice and the performance being delivered. Our clients do not leave meetings with their advisors confused – we make certain the information being delivered and advice are sound. Our clients do not have doubts about their advisors – we rate their advisors in over 15+ areas to add confidence.As for my personal style:Jeans: 7FORALLMANKIND, straight cut. It is simple and comfortable.Shirts: For business meetings I wear Prada and Tom Ford. For out and about, I wear whatever my wife chooses, but since I’m based in Miami short sleeves are a must.Pants: For “business pants” – Zegna or Brunello Cucinelli. For a more casual “I have a meeting but there is no way I’m getting dressed up” look – AG pants/jeans or Maison Margiela.Suits: Ever since I left behind the corporate life I have not put on a suit. I do wear a jacket to client meetings – Brunello Cucinelli or Brioni.Shoes: Church’s, Prada, and flip flops.Accessories: I wear no accessories, except when playing golf – a baseball cap – or out on the boat – a Peter Grimm Lifeguard Dover. Heading into meetings for business I always take my Dunhill leather executive folio.Outerwear: Mission Workshop parkas for weatherFavorite Cologne: D’OrsayYour favorite App(s): Windfinder for fishing, UberEats when I’m not cooking, and BloombergFavorite piece of technology: Sous Vide cooking system by PolyscienceNext tech purchase: DJI Phantom 4 drone Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Gala So White Zero diversity among nominees for Quebec TV viewers choice

first_imgMONTREAL — Viewers’ choice awards celebrating the most popular stars on Quebec television will be handed out next month, and all of the 70 stars nominated are white.In a province where roughly 15 per cent of the population is from visible minorities — rising to about 25 per cent in the Montreal area — the Artis gala reflects the lack of diversity among the most prominent people on Quebec television.Sophie Pregent, president of Quebec’s main artists union, said the homogeneity of the Artis nominees “makes my heart hurt. It’s not a pleasant thing to see.”It’s not as if there aren’t enough people of colour to choose from, she said, noting roughly 15 per cent of her 8,500 active members are second-generation immigrants. The number climbs to 25 per cent if third-generation immigrants are included, she added.There are many actors of colour on Quebec television, Pregent said, but there are very few in leading roles on the most popular shows. Therefore, she explained, those actors aren’t top of mind when Quebecers vote for their favourite stars.The Artis awards are based on the results of a multi-layered poll of 8,000 Quebecers, conducted twice a year by the Leger firm. At the end of November, about 2,000 Quebecers — half online and half by telephone — are asked to spontaneously list their favourite television star in 14 categories, including drama series, sports, news and variety shows.The firm calculates the top five choices and polls another 2,000 Quebecers, asking them to pick their favourites among the names chosen by the first group. Leger repeats the process with another 4,000 people at the end of January.Christian Bourque, Leger’s executive vice-president, said the nominees “tend to be the main characters of the most popular shows because they get the most visibility …. It’s more of a popularity contest.”And that’s precisely the problem, said Jerome Pruneau, head of Diversite artistique Montreal, a group trying to promote cultural diversity in the arts and culture scene in Quebec’s largest city. Through the arts, Quebecers are presented with an identity that is a “white, francophone fantasy,” he said.In the 1960s, when the Quebec nation was shedding its Catholic identity, the arts industry played a major role in the construction of its culture and in the protection of the French language, he said. Today, Pruneau added, the imagined Quebec culture hasn’t kept up with the times.“We have the impression that this is the only identity that represents us,” he said, “and it’s what we see unfortunately on our television shows, in the theatre, in our politics and in the public space — a little bit everywhere.”Haitian-born Quebec actress Fabienne Colas called Monday’s announcement of the Artis nominations “a sad day” for Quebec. “And especially since the majority of the nominees are from Montreal — our city, which is one of the most multi-ethnic in North America.”Her solution is for broadcasters to demand diversity quotas in shows broadcast on their networks. “When there are clear quotas, we have the urgency to find the talent,” she said. “When there aren’t any, we find all the reasons in the world not to integrate diversity.”The issue of race and representation in the arts gained wide attention in Quebec last year after the Montreal International Jazz Festival cancelled a show about black slavery from renowned director, Robert Lepage. Activists protested the performances and accused Lepage and the show’s main performer, Betty Bonifassi — both of whom are white — of appropriating black culture.Pregent said Quebecers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of representation in the province’s arts industry. Having more people of colour in leading, well-paid roles on the most popular shows “is the last step we have to climb,” she said. Reaching that goal will take more of an effort from production companies and the big broadcasters, she said.Quebecor Inc., a dominant player in the province’s cultural industry, is broadcasting this year’s Artis awards. The company did not return requests for comment.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccans to Offer Couscous of Brotherhood To Fight Racism

Taroudant – A group of Moroccans called on all Moroccans around the world to offer on Friday ‘couscous de la fraternité’ (Couscous of Brotherhood) to their neighbors of all faiths to “promote living together and confront barbarism.”The organizers said that this initiative, which came in the wake of attacks in Paris, Beirut and Bamako, aims to revive “the tradition of sharing inherited from our religion, our culture and our traditions wherever we live.”The purpose behind this initiative is to “fight against racism and rejection of the other,” organizers said. The Moroccan organizers chose November 27, the same day France scheduled to hold a ceremony in honor of the victims of the massacre in Paris, to donate a plate of couscous to their neighbors regardless of their religion.“For Muslims, Friday is a holy day, a day of prayer, meditation and sharing,” organizers said on their Facebook page.For this reason, “we invite all our compatriots – wherever they live – to offer this Friday, November 27, the ”Couscous of Brotherhood” to their French neighbors, and also to Malians, Lebanese, Tunisians, Egyptians, Spaniards, Belgians etc. in order to revive our tradition of sharing,” they added.The organizers also invited Moroccans to publish the photos of this meal on their own walls and on the fan page dedicated to this initiative, “in order to revive fraternity, to revive humanity, and to say that in the face of barbarism, we remain united.”Couscous is a purely Moroccan dish usually prepared as a lunch meal after the Friday prayer.The dish, deep-rooted in the Moroccan culture, has significant symbolizations including hospitality, sharing and collectiveness. read more

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Airbnb Broadcasts Moroccos Beauty After Trumps Alleged Insult

Rabat – Airbnb, the global online marketplace for travel and accommodation, says that it will spend at least USD 100,000 on a digital advertising campaign promoting the countries recently slandered by the United States’ president, who allegedly dismissed all of Africa a “shithole.”Taking to Twitter, Airbnb praised the beauty of Morocco and the hospitality of its inhabitants in a tweet shared on January 12, accompanied by a photo of a Marrakech riad well known by Instagram enthusiasts for its colorful decorations.Things you should know about Morocco: Yes, it really IS in Africa. And contrary to some recent remarks, it really IS this beautiful. But more importantly, it’s home to the kindest people who are proud to share their culture. We suggest you take them up on their offer. #weaccept pic.twitter.com/luKdAmc6XO— Airbnb (@Airbnb) January 12, 2018“Things you need to know about Morocco: Yes, it really is in Africa, and contrary to some recent remarks, it really is this beautiful. But more importantly, it’s home to the kindest people who are proud to share their culture. We suggest you take them up on their offer. “ Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky also shared several tweets from his personal account to promote destinations like Haiti, El Salvador, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal. read more

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Insider QA Goldman Sachs first Marcus employee speaks

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs’ consumer banking division will celebrate its fifth year in operation next month. ‘Marcus,’ as the retail division is now known, is the investment bank’s first foray into consumer banking in its 147-year history.Through Marcus, Goldman now offers unsecured personal loans, online savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Apple chose Marcus to underwrite its new credit card, and Goldman is expected to launch online money and investing products for Marcus customers as well.Omer Ismail, head of U.S. consumer business at Goldman, had worked in the bank’s private equity division before joining Marcus as its first employee. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: Why did Goldman decide to start a consumer banking division?A: I would say that you can divide up the history of the consumer bank in two major phases: from the financial crisis to 2014 and from 2014 to today. We became a bank holding company in late 2008, and for those first few years it was really about getting the regulatory compliance infrastructure installed to be a bank. We really were thinking about the bank as purely a legal entity. After 2014, we started looking at the bank as an asset for growth. And it was there that we looked at opportunities where we felt like there were unmet consumer needs.Q: Why did you start with personal loans, instead of something more traditional like a checking account?A: We looked at consumer pain points and areas Goldman Sachs could have a competitive advantage. We were interested in places with deep profit pools, so that our success would not be predicated on getting some unreasonable market share. This isn’t like Goldman Sachs’s investment banking business. The U.S. consumer financial services market is massive. There are a trillion dollars in credit card debt, and $4 trillion in deposits in low-earning savings accounts.Nobody wants to go in a bank branch and apply for a personal loan. We could do this all online, and a personal loan as a product is relatively simple to handle and is less transactionally intensive unlike other banking products like a checking account. That was one criterion for us as we were looking to decide our first foray into the consumer business.Q: Goldman Sachs had zero history in consumer banking. What drew you to start this division?A: Simply, it was a very unique opportunity, both for Goldman Sachs and for me personally. How often does Goldman Sachs create a whole new business? Consumer financial services is also an area where you know you can do it better than the competition, and you are really making a difference in the lives of real people. For example, I was listening in on our customer calls when there were floods down in Houston. For those customers who had personal loans, we offered them a deferment plan. It gave them one less thing to worry about, and they were very grateful. It was very personally touching.The final thing that I will say is that you know I really feel like Goldman Sachs pays me to learn. We’ve been able to hire all these really smart people from outside Goldman: the best engineers, the best data scientists, the best credit risk managers, and the best people that understand digital products. I get to sit in meetings where we’re really trying to solve real customer pain points and listen to the best in the world talk about their craft. It’s been great, on a personal level, but it’s been a great learning experience for me.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press read more

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Probe on reports Sri Lankan maids sold in Oman

Foreign Employment Minister, Thalatha Athukorala, has launched a top level government investigation. The Government has ordered an inquiry into how Sri Lankans are entering Oman illegally and has recalled an embassy official in Oman as part of the probe.The moves come after a Times of Oman investigation revealed that Sri Lankan housemaids are on ‘sale’ in Sohar. “My officials will be probing to find how Sri Lankan female domestic workers are travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on tourist visas and crossing into Oman on job visas illegally,” Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Employment Athukorala told Times of Oman. “An official has been called back in October. We are checking whether he had any connections with the illegal gangs,” the minister said, adding that another 21-year-old woman was recently rescued from Oman after she was moved into the country by a Nepali agent through the UAE. According to the Lankan foreign employment rule, woman below 30 years old cannot legally migrate as a domestic worker.“We urge everyone to follow the rules set by the Government. Take up overseas job opportunities only through official channels,” the minister added.The agents in Sohar had told Times of Oman that they need salary details, maudinyia and ID card to get a housemaid. She also confirmed that a Sri Lankan embassy official had been recalled to Colombo as part of the probe. On October 26, Times of Oman revealed that female domestic workers from Sri Lanka and other Asian and African countries are brought into Oman by expatriate agents without the knowledge of the sending country’s embassies in Oman.An official from the Sri Lankan embassy in Oman confirmed that they had dealt with 70 trafficked cases this year alone. “We can bring housemaids. You can choose which one you want. No need to go to embassy. We will do that,” the agent had told Times of Oman.Earlier, an official from the Sri Lankan embassy, while detailing the registration procedures to recruit housemaids from Lanka, said that the embassy’s involvement is must.“Agencies can recruit housemaids but job order and other papers have to be attested by embassy here and employment bureau in Lanka. Without approval from all sides, a Lankan housemaid cannot be legally hired,” the official said.“We have come across around 70 cases of housemaids brought into Oman illegally by agents this year. We were worried and sought the help of Oman government. They have taken necessary steps to prevent it and the numbers of housemaids coming illegally have come down,” the official had said.According to the official, earlier, housemaids could come to Oman on a visit visa and convert that into a job visa.“However, it was stopped. Now, housemaids come to neighbouring countries on visit visas and then they enter Oman. They don’t know that they are duped,” the official said, adding that officially, it will cost OMR1,500 to recruit a Lankan housemaid.The official added that recently, three such cases have come to light even after the strict measures taken by Oman Government.“We are planning to make representations with Oman government authorities again,” the official added. (Colombo Gazette) The agents in Sohar, talking to Times of Oman in a hidden camera operation, had said that “they have their own way to deal with embassy officials”.Agents in Sohar speak openly of skipping official Government and embassy procedures to provide expatriate women to work as housemaids in Oman.According to the minister, the official recalled is now part of the Government inquiry. read more

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Calls for stronger UN highlight second day of General Assembly debate

President Nicanor Duarte FrutosThe battle against poverty, hunger and social inequality also figured high in Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos’ address. “It is here that the UN, this noble organization, must not lose its historical memory, its raison d’etre, the objectives that gave it birth.”Among measures he proposed for his continent of Latin America were debt relief and adequate social investment to allow the Millennium goals to be reached. He also called on rich countries to fully open their markets to agricultural exports from the developing world. Video President Alejandro Toledo ManriquePresident Alejandro Toledo of Peru stressed the indispensable role the UN has to play in the current evolving world. “Without it, the goals of global governance towards preventing and curbing international conflicts, civil wars and ethnical and cultural conflicts will not be attained,” he declared. “Let us all strengthen the juridical structure of the United Nations, the rule of international law.”But he warned that no amount of reinforcement would help without addressing hunger, poverty and inequality among and within nations. “The international community must understand – we all must – that peace, security and the stability of the world system are not uniquely related to political, military or strategic issues,” he said. “Poverty and exclusion are some of the new threats to peace and security.” Video Thabo Mbeki, PresidentBut South African President Thabo Mbeki declared that for the billions of the planet’s poor, and powerless, people, the description of the UN in the Millennium Declaration as “the most universal and most representative organization in the world” was a mockery. “We comforted or perhaps deluded ourselves with the thought,” he added, “afraid to ask the question – is it?”He underscored the gulf between “the grandeur of our words and the vision they paint of a world of peace, free of war, a world characterized by shared prosperity, free of poverty” and the paltry results. For the wealthy and powerful, terrorism is the major threat, but “the poor and powerless feel threatened by a permanent hurricane of poverty, which is devastating their communities as horrendously as Hurricane Ivan destroyed the Caribbean island state of Grenada,” he added. Video President Ismail Omar GuellehPresident Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti also stressed the deficit in achieving the lofty goals of the Millennium Declaration to combat poverty and hunger and achieve a range of other social targets, noting that of the world’s 50 least developed countries, 34 were on his own continent of Africa.”There is a mounting recognition that global poverty and inequality threaten national security interests,” he said. “Something must be done for the millions suffering in those countries, as well. To ignore them is at our own peril.” He added that action to solve the conflicts in Africa must come through the UN. “This is the only path that confers a degree of legitimacy for any actions taken,” he declared. Video Opening the morning session, President Sulejman Tihic of Bosnia and Herzegovina drew on the tragic experience of his own country – torn apart a decade ago by ethnic war between Serbs, Muslims and Croats in which thousands were massacred – to highlight the need for effective UN action.”If UN mechanisms had been more efficient, the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina would not have happened or, at least, the war could not have lasted that long,” he said. “And genocide would not have been committed in the UN safe haven of Srebrenica and Žepa,” he added of the UN-designated zone where between 7,000 and 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered in July 1995 after it was overrun by Serbs. Video Prime Minister Paul MartinCanadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called for reforms “designed to put our common humanity at the centre of the UN’s agenda.” He cited as an example the current crisis in Darfur, proposing a “responsibility to protect” clause which would enshrine the legal right to intervene in a country on the grounds of humanitarian emergency when the government of that country “is unwilling or unable to protect their people from extreme harm as a result of internal war, repression or state failure.”Other reforms would establish a permanent inspection and verification mechanism to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and mechanisms to protect threatened minorities, pre-empt new pandemics and manage the environment. “The time has come for real reform of the United Nations,” he declared. “We must put aside narrow interests and work to common purpose to strengthen this universal institution, whose activities give force to our common humanity.” Video Pervez Musharraf, PresidentSpeaking from the frontline of the war on terrorism President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan warned that the immediate anti-terrorist response has to be accompanied by socio-economic reform in Muslim nations and adequate financial and technical assistance and larger trade opportunities from the industrialized world. “A bold and innovative global strategy is required to redress the growing inequalities,” he said.He welcomed a resurgence of support for multilateralism, saying this must be based on the principles of the UN Charter. “All our collective aspirations can be best pursued within this world organization,” he declared. “The United Nations must be strengthened and revitalized to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.” Video Sam Nujoma, President Striking a similar note, President Sam Nujoma of Namibia called the widening income gap between the industrialized North and the developing South a dangerous time bomb, adding that the planet was too small to perpetuate the coexistence of abject poverty and abundance of prosperity within its fold.The world had enormous resources to fight and defeat poverty and hunger and developed countries should consider their support to the countries of the South as an act of enlightened contribution to regional and global stability, he declared. Like other leaders he called for UN reform, including the enlargement of the Security Council to reflect new economic and regional realities that did not exist four decades ago at the time of the last enlargement. Video Robert Mugabe, PresidentPresident Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe called for reform of the UN, noting that already last year he stressed “the perils inherent in the status quo, particularly, with regard to the dominance of global politics by one superpower and its closest allies.” He said debate on reforming the Security Council has been too long drawn because of attempts calculated to protect those whose interests are best served by the status quo.”We are seriously concerned that the United Nations, the pre-eminent instrument for the maintenance of international peace and security, watched helplessly while Iraq was plundered by the US- and UK-led so-called coalition of the willing,” he declared. “Such belligerent gun-slinging diplomacy and illegitimate territorial occupation of the state of Iraq are blemishes on the fair play image of the UN.” Video Bingu wa Mutharika, PresidentMalawi’s President Bingu Wa Mutharika returned to the theme of combating poverty in an address he titled “Sharing global prosperity,” underscoring what he called the “dismal” results of the international community to alleviate the scourge. He called on the industrialized nations to share the prosperity of globalization with poor nations and for the UN to adopt a holistic approach in the war on HIV/AIDS combining support, care, treatment and prevention with the provision of adequate, nutritious food and proper diet.”We share the belief that a more representative and democratic United Nations will enhance the efficiency and credibility of this global organization,” he concluded. “This will also enhance the efforts towards a just and more equitable sharing of global prosperity.” Video Vaira Vike-Freiberga, PresidentLatvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga voiced pessimism over the “many dramatic and disconcerting events” since last year’s high-level debate, referring to the “indiscriminate and brutal terrorist attacks on civilians” all over the world – in Russia, Spain, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and elsewhere. “Ten years after the human catastrophe in Rwanda, we are again confronted with the systematic rape, torture and killing of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan,” she added.But she reiterated Latvia’s deep commitment to the UN and effective multilateralism. “Latvia believes that the UN must maintain its crucial role in the mediation of international disputes, and that the United Nations Member States must summon the collective political will to support the UN as a truly credible force for peace,” she declared. Video Prime Minister Issam FaresWrapping up the morning session, Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares of Lebanon called on the UN to solve the Middle East problem by securing Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories, giving the Palestinians an independent sovereign state and ensuring the return of Palestinian refuges to their homeland.The world body should also assume more responsibility in resolving the violent conflict in Iraq and in restoring peace, stability and unity to the Iraqis, he said. Video read more

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Ohio State womens basketball hoping to rebound on the road against Michigan

Sophomore guard Cait Craft takes the ball up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWith just five games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-13, 4-7) is trying to finish the season strong.To do that, the Buckeyes will need to make a concerted effort to outrebound their opponents and get in easy shots.When the Buckeyes outrebound their opponents, they are an impressive 11-1, the only loss coming Sunday against then-No. 9 Penn State when the Buckeyes shot just 27.9 percent from the field.But that’s easier said than done for the struggling Buckeyes, who are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak — which would be the longest for the team this season.Senior center Ashley Adams, who is tied for third on the team in total rebounds despite coming off the bench for most of the season, has played a big part in games in which the Buckeyes have won. In the Buckeyes’ most recent victory Jan. 30, she tallied 15 points and six rebounds on 7-7 shooting.Adams, who has struggled during the current three-game skid, said the pressure put on her and her teammates to win the battle on the boards is very demanding.“It is kind of stressful because our guards get back,” Adams said. “It is really difficult to have the mentality to get the ball every time and not give up.”Adams, along with fellow senior center Darryce Moore, received a lot of help from sophomore guard Ameryst Alston and junior guard Raven Ferguson on the boards against Penn State. The two guards combined for 17 total rebounds, something Adams said is always a positive.“It is extremely helpful whenever they have above five or six rebounds,” Adams said. “It relieves us a lot.”The Buckeyes received what senior forward Martina Ellerbe called a much-needed two days off this week, as they prepare to take on No. 25 Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.“It is a long season and I feel like our bodies go through a lot,” Ellerbe said. “I came in and got some shots up though.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he is excited to get his team back on the court, especially against a good Michigan State team.“Overall, they are playing very well,” McGuff said of the Spartans. “It (the Breslin Center) is a great venue to play in and they support their team well.”The Buckeyes dropped their first meeting to the Spartans, 82-68, Jan. 26, a game in which MSU 6-foot-7 redshirt-junior center Madison Williams had a career day, blocking seven shots and pulling down eight rebounds while also altering multiple OSU shot attempts.“We have changed our offensive around (since the MSU game), so hopefully our guards will have a better chance of finishing,” Adams said in reference to the Jan. 26 loss.When later asked how the offense was changed, Ellerbe simply said with a smile, “It is a secret.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. read more

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Charities call for urgent action over latest cancer screening scare

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. Cancer charities have called for urgent action after it was revealed that thousands of patients may have missed vital cancer screening and jabs during the past decade.Health officials are investigating reports that adults who should have been invited for breast and bowel cancer screening were not issued with invitations, and that children missed out on crucial jabs.Patients groups have expressed concern the latest screening scandal could further undermine public faith in the system.Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said “Even hearing there’s the possibility of further issues with invitations to breast screening will compound the anxiety and uncertainty felt by many women after the awful failings earlier this year. If there have been problems they must be tackled urgently.”The charity urged women to attend regular screenings , saying it was the way of spotting early stage cancer.“While there are two sides to the coin for screening it remains our best tool for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage,” said Ms al Qadhi.Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “If people have missed bowel or breast screening invitations as a result of these errors then that is extremely concerning – our cancer screening programmes are of a very high standard and detect cancers at the earliest stages when they are much more likely to be effectively treated.”We hope that anyone affected is contacted immediately and offered screening wherever appropriate.”The scare comes just three months after the last breast cancer screening scandal led the then health secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologise for errors that were estimated to have caused up to 75 deaths.An urgent investigation into the latest failing is underway, with new Health Secretary Matt Hancock due to be updated on the scale of the risks on Monday.The latest blunders are thought to relate to medical records for 55,000 patients, some of which could date back as far as 2008.Patients may not have been invited to child immunisation, newborns’ hearing screening, safeguarding, bowel cancer screening, breast screening, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.The investigation is understood to be at an early stage and there is currently no direct evidence any patients have been harmed.But a document by officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement document, obtained by the Health Service Journals (HSJ), show concerns about potential “risk of harm” to patients associated with 120,000 discrepancies between two national IT NHS systems.Ms Hiom added: “It’s concerning to hear of further problems with NHS technology, especially if people have inadvertently missed screening, vaccinations or care as a result.”Our health and social care system deserves to be supported by consistently reliable, 21st century IT, as well as seamless integration between all patient registers and electronic databases – this needs adequate attention and investment.” read more

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Challenge to the EPAs stance against mercury in coal power station emissions

first_imgAmerica’s largest business lobby group, The US Chamber of Commerce, has petitioned a federal appeals court to invalidate environmental regulations it claims will lead to sweeping electricity blackouts by forcing coal-fired power plants to close. The challenge is to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Utility MACT’ rule, which aims to reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Lisa Camooso Miller, Vice President for Media Relations at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy writes on the chamber’s website that “America isn’t running out of energy. But the Obama Administration is running away from our most abundant energy resource: coal. We have over two centuries worth of coal, containing more energy than all the rest of the world’s oil reserves combined.“Despite coal’s abundance, reliability and affordability – the EPA is set on knocking coal off its spot at the top of America’s energy portfolio. From Cap and Trade to New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gases and from particulate matter rules to energy industry ‘crucifixions’ the Obama Administration’s environmental agenda will stop at nothing to bring down coal. “The latest attempt, Utility MACT, is the single most expensive EPA regulation ever placed on coal-fueled power plants. According to EPA’s own studies, compliance costs are projected to be $10.4 billion in 2015, with a total compliance cost of $94.8 billion.“Those costs will be passed along to ratepayers, resulting in massive layoffs and higher consumer prices. Utility MACT could cost 1.65 million jobs by 2020 according to industry studies, while causing rate increases of 14-19% in 30 coal-reliant regions.“Utility MACT is the beginning of the end to affordable electricity from coal. That’s why passing Senator Inhofe’s Joint Resolution 37, has been a legislative priority for senators who are worried about keeping America on track.“At a price tag of at least $10 billion, EPA’s Utility MACT rule is one of the most expensive regulations ever for power plants, and has already resulted in the announced shutdown of numerous coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, with more sure to come,” the chamber’s lawyers said.The chamber says the EPA has ignored requests by utilities to give them more time to comply with the mercury emission curbs.It also said the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by using a flawed methodology to set emissions standards that are unachievable for coal plants because the necessary pollution control technologies don’t exist.“EPA’s current floor-setting approach has led to circumstances in which virtually all existing facilities in certain source categories will have to shut down, and new sources will likely never be built because of the inability to achieve the standards,” the chamber said in its brief.last_img read more

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AIB will write off debt for some split mortgage holders

first_imgAIB IS TO write off debt for some borrowers whose mortgages are distressed under a new initiative that is expected to come into force soon.For the bank, it is a final attempt to keep people in their homes where there is some level of affordability.It is understood that the initiative is a variant of the bank’s split product and can provide for upfront partial compromise of principle debt and a right sizing of the loan.The customer will also get the opportunity to earn a ‘reward’ in the form of principle debt reduction – a write off of part of the debt – if they keep to the terms of their first loan.The scheme will also incentivise and reward repayment of the new loan before its maturity.There is security of tenure built in so that the borrowers are not at risk of losing their home.The initiative will suit a certain, limited cohort of borrowers and if standard forbearance – delayed payment – works, it is understood it won’t be offered to people in those cases.It will be based on an assessment of affordability. This will involve net disposable income being calculated, after reasonable living expenses.The product will only be for ‘cooperating’ customers and those who provide full disclosure to the bank.According to David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation any client of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation who has already been offered a split will also be offered this new product.In addition, any AIB customer already offered a split will also be offered the new product.AIB declined to comment on the product.Read: Some Bank of Ireland cards to be blocked from AIB machines>last_img read more

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Latest wind turbines for multinationals in Cork harbour energy project switched on

first_imgTHE LATEST WIND turbines in a project to make businesses in Cork’s lower harbour more energy efficient have been switched on.Two of Johnson and Johnson’s wind turbines officially became operational yesterday in an event officiated by Junior Minister Sean Sherlock.The two turbines will support medical devices manufacturer DePuy Synthes and Janssen Biologics, who develops new treatment methods in the areas of immunology, oncology, and nephrology.CEO of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary said the project was the culmination of several years of work with the Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group, who works with companies Johnson and Johnson, GSK and Novarti“Johnson and Johnson maintains the highest environmental and energy efficiency standards anywhere in the world, and I am delighted that IDA Ireland could play its part in helping to make this project become a reality,” he said.It is hoped that the turbines with “boost competitiveness and lower energy costs by as much as 30 per cent at both sites”.Read: Wind farms to face stricter regulation under proposed legislation >More: These five graphs dig into the figures behind wind energy in Ireland >last_img read more

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POLL Heres what you think about the FYROM name deal outcome

first_imgOn Saturday (AEST) Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia’s (FYROM) Parliament passed an amendment to the constitution to rename the country “Republic of North Macedonia”. It is now up to the Greek Parliament to up or down-vote the amendment in order for the new name to become official for FYROM.Following the announcement we run a poll on Facebook asking how our readers feel about it and here’s what you told us.The vast majority of those of you that took part -at 82 per cent- feel dissatisfied with the outcome while almost 1/5 -at 18 per cent- are satisfied.As for the top takeaways from the comments, most of our readers are frustrated with the course of this long-standing issue between the two Balkan countries to the point their only comments is that they are “tired of speaking out when their voices aren’t being heard”.Some of the ‘dissatisfied’ are still hopeful the amendment won’t be passed by the Greek Parliament:“Nothing is official until the Greek Parliament votes on the matter – the biggest betrayal is that Tsipras does not have a mandate for this agreement and will not allow a referendum because he knows the Greek people are against it,” one reader wrote.Another Facebook user argued that “The term North Macedonia is geographical and (at least officially) doesn’t directly denote an exclusive Macedonian ethnic identity. It’s probably the best compromise Greece can achieve. In practice many countries and international media refer to FYROM as Macedonia, so renaming to N.M. will make it easier to use that name rather than the awkward FYROM. Also people there call themselves Macedonians (wrongly), but what can Greece do to prevent it? Gag them? Declare war? It’s time to pull the heads out of the sand and accept a reasonable compromise.”Meanwhile, several agreed with this comment:“If the issue was rectified earlier in the beginning, Greece wouldn’t be in the position of reaching a compromise. Leaving the issue for 27 years and more, only allowed the problem to grow to the point where it was beyond repair. Both governments are to blame as a result and the Greek citizens are left betrayed by their own government.”Finally, with most commentators falling under the ‘dissatisfied’ category there was much backlash towards readers who answered that they are ‘satisfied’ with the outcome which has been perceived as a form of ‘betrayal’ to the public sentiment by some amongst the ‘dissatisfied’ group. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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