Supreme Court discusses ‘voluntary code of conduct’ for Cabinet Ministers

first_imgA Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether Cabinet Ministers at both the Central and State levels should have a “voluntary model code of conduct” which addresses their private and public activities.The submissions about such a code were made before the five-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, which is examining if “greater restrictions” should be imposed on the right of free speech and expression of high public functionaries to protect the citizen’s fundamental right to lead a dignified life.Two petitions The question was framed after family members of the Bulandshahr rape case victim complained about former Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan’s public statements that the rape case was part of a political conspiracy against the then Akhilesh Yadav government. The Bench is also hearing a separate petition filed by a Kerala-based man, Joseph Shine, represented by senior lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj, about the public comments made by State Minister M.M. Mani.Both Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Mr. Raj, who are assisting the Constitution Bench, were against introducing additional restrictions. Mr. Venugopal argued that the SC has taken a consistent stand in the past against invocation of any further restrictions on free speech of citizens, and public men are no exception.Mr. Raj asked the court to direct the government to frame the code of conduct for Cabinet Ministers. “The code of conduct should reflect constitutional morality and values of good governance. The acts of the persons holding public offices can be thus subjected to better and meaningful public scrutiny, which in turn would ensure democratic accountability,” Mr. Raj argued before the Constitution Bench.He said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has already a code of conduct for Ministers, which essentially is concerned about financial discipline. “Nothing is emanating from the code which addresses the private and public activities of the Ministers in general. This is too narrow and inadequate,” the senior lawyer argued.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Injured Gautam Gambhir could head back home

first_imgThe Indian cricket team’s injury woes continue to mount in the ongoing tour of England and Gautam Gambhir could be the latest to fly back home as his concussion has not shown much improvement in the last 10 days.In what would be a big blow to the world champions in the forthcoming one-day series, Gambhir is likely to suffer the fate of the likes of Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag who came or joined the Indian squad and left without lending significantly to the team’s cause.India have been whitewashed 0-4 in the Test series, lost their number one Test rankings and are in danger of suffering a similar debilitating fate in the one-day series, starting with the first game in Chester-le-Street on September 3.Gambhir had backpedalled to catch a pull by Kevin Pietersen at mid-on on the second day of the final Test at the Oval on August 19, tripped and fell on his head and subsequently suffered from a blurred vision.Gambhir didn’t open in both innings of the Oval Test and came down late in the order, contributing little by way of runs.Since then, Gambhir has visited doctors and got MRI scans done which have shown clean results yet Gambhir’s condition hasn’t improved.Gambhir’s case could be similar to the one suffered by South African fast bowler Dale Steyn during the Champions League last year when he too had backpedalled to take catch Michael Hussey in a semi-final clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.advertisementThe pacer fell on his head and Steyn’s MRI scans too showed little but the paceman took 3-4 weeks to get himself sorted out.By the looks of it, Gambhir could also suffer a similar fate and be out of action for 3-4 weeks, putting in doubt even his participation when England pay a return visit to India for a one-day series in early October.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Stood There, Looked Stupid: How Magnus Carlsen Felt at Eden Gardens

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bangladeshBellDay/Night Testeden gardens First Published: November 25, 2019, 5:28 PM IST Kolkata: Norwegian chess grandmaster and reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen has shared his experience of how he felt while ringing the Eden Bell alongside five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand ahead of Day 2 of the recently-concluded pink ball Test between India and Bangladesh.In an interview Carlsen said he has a lot to learn about the game after attending the historic occasion at the Mecca of India cricket. “What happened is, Anand rang the bell and I stood there and looked stupid. That would be my summary of the match. I have a lot to learn when it comes to cricket,” Carlsen told The Hindu. He asked further, “Is the match still on or it’s over?””So… no more chances of going there!” Carlsen replied when he was informed of the result.On Saturday, Carlsen looked dapper in casual formals while Anand was wearing a suit and was his usual classy self. They were accompanied by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) secretary Avishek Dalmiya ahead of the second day of the Test match.India rode on brilliant performances from its pacers, particularly Ishant Sharma, as they won their maiden Day/Night Test by an innings and 46 runs to complete series sweep over Bangladesh. last_img read more

Video: Iowa’s Marshall Koehn Beats Pittsburgh With 57-Yard Field Goal To End Game

first_imgIowa kicker Marshall Koehn kicks a 57 yard field gaol to win the game.Twitter/@IowaonBTNMost college coaches wouldn’t be comfortable sending their kicker out for a 57-yard field goal to win the game. Kirk Ferentz is not one of those coaches. With the game tied at 24, Hawkeye kicker Marshall Koehn blasts one from 57 out to send Pittsburgh home with a loss. As you can imagine, the team mobs him after the win becomes official.How about a 57-yd FG for the win? That’s nothing for @HawkeyeFootball K Marshall Koehn! Brought to you by #GrubHub. http://t.co/FoAm5dBwja— Iowa on BTN (@IowaOnBTN) September 20, 2015Remember, folks, kickers are people too. Sometimes, they’ll even win you a game.last_img read more

House Approves Resolution Calling for Lifting of US Sanctions Against Cuba

first_imgStory Highlights The House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States (US).Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, who moved the resolution during Tuesday’s (October 30) sitting of the House, said the ban, which has been in place for almost six decades, “is the most unfair, severe, and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country”.“The Government of the United States must totally eliminate the blockade on Cuba unilaterally and unconditionally,” she asserted.Mrs. Malahoo Forte contended that the US embargo is the main obstacle to Cuba’s economic and social development, noting that the resulting accumulated fallout is estimated at over US$934 billion.She said the Cuban Government believes the embargo constitutes “a massive, blatant and systematic violation of the human rights of all the Cuban people”.“They strongly believe that the blockade violates the United Nations Charter, violates international law and constitutes an obstacle for international cooperation,” she said.The House, Mrs. Malahoo Forte said, is calling on the United States to comply with the 26 resolutions adopted by the international community within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, and put an unconditional end to its policy of blockade against Cuba.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, concurred that the embargo should be lifted.“The blockade is an expression of a deepening threat to global international relations and to the stability of the Caribbean region,” he argued.Dr. Phillips suggested that Jamaica, which chairs CARICOM, should take the lead by, not just passing the resolution in the House “but to raise our voices more directly and emphatically in the international system, beginning in CARICOM, to speak out against this blockade”.The US embargo was first imposed against Cuba in 1962. While there has been a relaxation of some stipulations regarding telecommunications, trade, remittances, travel, and the reopening of embassies, coupled with the visit of former US President, Barack Obama to Cuba, there has been a tightening of sanctions since current President, Donald Trump, took office in 2016. Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, who moved the resolution during Tuesday’s (October 30) sitting of the House, said the ban, which has been in place for almost six decades, “is the most unfair, severe, and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country”. center_img The House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States (US).last_img read more

Gallant to seek formal alliance with Greens in bid to stay in

first_imgFREDERICTON – The high-stakes political manoeuvring continues in New Brunswick, with Liberal Premier Brian Gallant seeking a formal alliance with the Greens — and another potential king-maker saying he’ll work with any party.Flanked by his new caucus members Wednesday, Gallant said they had decided to reach out to the Green party.“I think it would then be important to have a discussion on exactly what this would look like, what mechanism would be used, what we could agree on, what we would put aside from each of our platforms and exactly how we could have some kind of relationship in the legislature,” Gallant said.He said the Liberals had not yet made an overture to the small party, and the Greens themselves were non-committal about how they might proceed after Monday’s deadlocked election results.The Liberals won 21 seats — one fewer than Blaine Higgs’ Progressive Conservatives — but Gallant remains premier as he tries to get support from other parties to maintain the legislature’s confidence. He said he will call the house back before Christmas.Both the left-of-centre Greens and right-of-centre People’s Alliance won three seats each, making them both potentially very powerful in a minority legislature.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said Wednesday he’s willing with any party to make a minority government work — and said it’s unfortunate that Gallant has said the Liberals would not form a coalition with his party.“We understand that the people of New Brunswick have given all of us a mandate to work together,” Austin said.“That requires negotiation. That requires give and take. I’m willing to do that, and I think if the other parties are not willing to do that, I think New Brunswickers will see that for what it is as well.”Green Leader David Coon has been meeting with his new MLAs to discuss their next steps. On Wednesday, he said the legislature session will be a real test, especially for the mainline parties.“The others keep talking about doing politics differently but they never do. So I see that we as a Green caucus have a real opportunity here to help make that happen where we create a legislative assembly that actually starts to co-operate on behalf of the people of this province,” he said.Coon said there are similarities in all the parties’ platforms, and he’s sure they can all find issues to support.“Take the People’s Alliance even. They have a clear policy against spraying glyphosate over the forests. We agree with them. That’s a particular issue we could co-operate with them on. The Tories seem to be leaning in that direction too, so that’s interesting,” Coon said.But Coon made it clear the Green party is not willing to compromise on linguistic rights. The People’s Alliance has called for efficiency in the delivery of services and not just what is known as “duality,” particularly in health and education.Austin said party leaders need to put aside egos and agendas to make a minority legislature work.“I think that’s why Mr. Gallant is having such a tough time because they’re used to running New Brunswick with an iron fist and now they don’t have that option,” Austin said.Robert Gauvin, a francophone who won the Tories’ only northern seat, has said he’s opposed to the positions of the People’s Alliance, but Higgs says Gauvin is “fully onside.”Higgs was also asked about some kind of alignment with the People’s Alliance.“Alignment is a strong word,” he said Tuesday.“My goal is to go down through the platforms of each party and to say OK, where do we have common ground? Where do we have issues that we just aren’t going to change anything on our behalf — this is what we believe in and this will stay solid, and I think certainly linguistic rights are a clear example of that,” Higgs said.“We have aims and principles in our party that are foundational and we are not going to be changing that.”Austin said some people are fear-mongering, accusing his party of being anti-French. But he said it fully supports both linguistic groups, and is willing to sit down to discuss that with anyone.“We’ve been saying for many years we respect the rights of both francophone and anglophone citizens to receive government services in their language of choice,” he said.“What we want to do is make sure that it works in the best interest for all New Brunswickers so that we have more paramedics, more doctors, more teachers. The money we’re spending on duality can be invested in frontline services while still maintaining the rights of both linguistic communities,” Austin said.On election night, Gallant ruled out the possibility of a coalition government with the People’s Alliance.“There are some fundamental values that I need to share with any party that we would be working with, and that’s not the case there. With that said, if we put something forward and they vote for it, that’s going to be their prerogative,” said Gallant.“I think that the alternative is Blaine Higgs and the Conservatives will try to form an alliance with the People’s Alliance. I obviously don’t think that’s what’s right for our province. I think that would bring some of the policies a lot more right than people wanted.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asked whether it was Gallant or Higgs who controlled New Brunswick, said simply Wednesday: “We have a strong Constitution and parliamentary precedent that will help them work this out.”last_img read more

Emera to sell Maine operations in deal valued at 18B including debt

HALIFAX — Emera Inc. has signed a deal to sell its operations in Maine to Enmax Corp. in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, including debt.Emera Maine is headquartered in Bangor and serves 159,000 customers in the northern part of the state.It is a regulated electric transmission and distribution company.Under the deal, Enmax will pay $1.29 billion plus assume roughly $500 million in debt. In American currency, the companies value the total deal at US$1.3 billion, including debt. The deal is expected to close late this year, subject to conditions and regulatory approvals, including by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Companies in this story: (TSX:EMA) The Canadian Press read more

As appeal is denied at Lockerbie trial Annan voices hope for closure

“The Lockerbie trial understandably has been followed with great interest, and has caused anguish to many,” a spokesperson for Mr. Annan said in a statement released today at UN Headquarters in New York. “The families of the victims have been suffering ever since this tragic event, and the Secretary-General shares their sorrow.” Earlier today, the appeals court in Camp Zeist dismissed the motion by Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi, convicted last year for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, which resulted in the death of 270 people. The spokesman noted that as agreed with all the parties concerned, the United Nations Secretariat would now work with the British authorities to monitor the conditions of Mr. Al-Megrahi’s imprisonment in Scotland. read more

Scotiabank builds on Latin American presence with equities brokerage in Colombia

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2014 6:16 am MDT TORONTO – Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) is building on its presence in Latin America with a new trading and equities brokerage in Colombia.The bank says the opening is part of placing a priority on key countries in the region, which also include Peru, Mexico and Chile.Head of global equities, Pruyn Haskins, says the bank believes the four nations have attractive economic fundamentals and growth prospects.He says together the four countries have 208 million people and represent about 40 per cent of gross domestic product and 50 per cent of trade in the region.Scotiabank calls itself Canada’s most international bank with a presence in more than 55 countries. Scotiabank builds on Latin American presence with equities brokerage in Colombia read more

Poland Vive Targi Kielce in a small crisis

After two unexpected defeats in Champions League (Celje at home 30:36, then away Chambery 26:27), Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce is far away from TOP 16 phase, because team coached by Bogdan Wenta has to play against Barcelona, THW Kiel and Rhein Neckar Lowen, where they must to steal some points. Bad form in Europe, reflected on not such a impressive performance in national competition. In Round 6 of Polish Super liga, Kielce won over Azoty 27:23 (15:10), bur with just four goals difference, what is to low if you look at previous five wins in this season.Vive Targi Kielce – Azoty Puławy 27:23 (15:10)Vive Targi – Rastko Stojković 8, Damian Kostrzewa 6, Patryk Kuchczyński 4Azotów – Wojciech Zydroń i Dmytro Zinczuk po 7. ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 3): BM Valladolid took points in Switzerland! Next Story → TOP 10 handball home grounds – “Noise of joy and passion” Bogdan WentaVive Targi Kielce read more

iPad lapplication Kindle sera disponible sur la tablette dApple

first_imgiPad : l’application Kindle sera disponible sur la tablette d’AppleAmazon vient d’annoncer qu’il ouvrira sa bibliothèque numérique à l’iPad. En s’adaptant à plusieurs applications, la tablette d’Apple confirme qu’elle deviendra bientôt incontournable.L’iPad est sur le point de devenir l’élément indispensable sur le marché des tablettes. Alors que la guerre fait rage entre les constructeurs, la tablette d’Apple marque à nouveau un point en devenant compatible avec la bibliothèque Kindle. Cette dernière sera également disponible pour les Macs.La librairie numérique d’Amazon compte quelque 450.000 titres dont la grande majorité des best-sellers actuels aux États-Unis, et cette annonce peut paraître très paradoxale pour les dirigeants d’Amazon puisqu’ils favorisent un concurrent dangereux de leur tablette Kindle. De son côté, Apple a lancé son application iBooks qui, avec la collaboration de cinq des six plus grands éditeurs américains, permettra d’accéder à sa nouvelle librairie numérique iBookstore.Le 19 mars 2010 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

47 Earthquake Reported Near Tustumena Lake

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A minor earthquake struck the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday morning, according to The Alaska Earthquake Center. The earthquake’s epicenter was approximately 16 miles southeast of Kasilof at a depth of 34.3 miles. The Alaska Earthquake Center reported the quake at 4.7 magnitude that occured at just after 7a.m., located near Tustumena Lake. January 9, 2019   07:11:29 AKST60.2021°N 150.8982°W    Depth 34.3 miles Nearest Communities16 miles SE of Kasilof17 miles E of Clam Gulch20 miles S of Soldotna24 miles S of Sterling27 miles SE of Kenai28 miles E of Ninilchik36 miles S of Nikiski41 miles SW of Cooper Landinglast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons LoGrasso Vellucci Named To Deans List At Plymouth State University

first_imgPLYMOUTH, NH — 437 students have been named to the Plymouth State University Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester, including the following Wilmington students:Marissa LoGrasso, Elementary Education majorAndrew Vellucci, Business Administration majorTo be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.69 during the spring semester and must have attempted at least 12 credit hours during the semester.About Plymouth State UniversityEstablished in 1871, Plymouth State University serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development. With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Plymouth State University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Plymouth State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kippenberger & McNamara Named To Dean’s List At Plymouth StateIn “Education”last_img read more

More Secure Optical Communications Via Antisqueezed Light

first_img Explore further Citation: More Secure Optical Communications Via ‘Antisqueezed’ Light (2006, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-optical-antisqueezed.html Physicists use nanostructures to free photons for highly efficient white OLEDs Enter researchers Tatsuya Tomaru and Masashi Ban from the Hitachi Advanced Research Laboratory in Japan. Recently, they figured out that more secure optical communications can be achieved using “antisqueezed” light. Their work is described in the September 13, 2006, online edition of Physical Review A.“Antisqueezed light is tolerant of loss and amplification,” Tomaru told PhysOrg.com. “It is well suited to optical communication.”Antisqueezing, rather nonintuitively, is one side effect of a process called squeezing, which (also nonintuitively) is not the mechanical action its name implies. Rather, understanding squeezing and antisqueezing begins by understanding the quantum nature of light – that light is inherently grainy, made up of basic units, or “quanta,” called photons. And photons, like other particles, like to retain some mystery. A photon will allow either its position or its momentum to be measured with high precision – but not both. This limitation is known as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.That said, squeezed light – and by extension antisqueezed light – is defined by fluctuations in the precision of the photons’ measured position and momentum. When the fluctuation (i.e. the error) of the measured momentum is “squeezed,” the fluctuation of the measured position must, in accordance with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, become inflated, or “antisqueezed.”So how can this make optical communications more secure? Mathematically speaking, when squeezed light is transmitted, the larger fluctuation – the antisqueezed component – dominates, and the squeezed component regresses to the natural fluctuations light experiences in a vacuum. But the antisqueezed component resists that pull; it is always beyond the vacuum fluctuation, even after loss and amplification. The result is a signal that is far more loss-tolerant. As a result, there are far fewer lost pieces for eavesdroppers to collect.Tomaru and Ban assume real light signals that are encrypted prior to transmission, with the intended receiver equipped with the proper key to correctly un-encrypt the signal. An eavesdropping receiver would not know this key, and would be unlikely to correctly guess it. This is a common way to secure a transmission. Using antisqueezed light adds an extra measure of security.“Antisqueezing is essential to differentiating between legitimate receivers and eavesdroppers,” said Tomaru. “Eavesdropping would be very difficult under these conditions.”Citation: T. Tomaru and M. Ban, “Secure optical communication using antisqueezing.” Phys. Rev. A 74, 032312 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Using light to transmit information – optical communication – is the basis of several technologies, most commonly fiber-optic cables, which are used in imaging and telecommunications. But sending information securely using light requires minimizing and compensating for loss as the light propagates between transmitter and receiver. And in the area of security, there is always room for improvement. 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.last_img read more

Research Says Construction is Prepping for a 15Year Growth Spurt

first_img June 18, 2015 489 Views Research Says Construction is Prepping for a 15-Year Growth Spurt in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Construction is the key to a positive long-term outlook for the housing market. It is likely the most important facet of the industry and can be a determining factor of a slowly recovering housing market. In an article titled “New Home Construction Is Gearing Up for a 15-Year Boom. Who’s Ready?” author John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, did research on the rate of construction over the next 15 years and came up with data that determines how to meet the overwhelming housing demand.“If you want an industry with a great long-term outlook, consider construction. I have run the math. Even with the most conservative of assumptions, household formations will boom over the next 15 years, and we will need well in excess of 1.5 million homes built per year to meet the demand,” Burns said. “That is 50 percent more than we built last year. All of my builder clients tell me there is a huge shortage of talent—both blue collar and white collar.”Although the housing market is slow to recover and it is unclear whether the 1.5 million homes goal will be met, population also has an effect on this industry. Those that were born between 1989 and 1994, who are currently 21–26 years old, are the largest 5-year group out there.“Their struggles to gain full-time employment at a fair wage and to pay off student debt have been well documented,” Burns said.  “What has not been sufficiently documented is that the majority of them will still leave the nest, marry, have children, and need a place to live.Factors that Impact Housing Demand:Government Involvement. From immigration policies to mortgage policies to investment in urban areas or infrastructure, government will continue to play a major role in housing demand.Technology. Whether it is improved health care extending life, IVF technology allowing babies later in life, Internet access enabling knowledge workers to live wherever they want, or construction technologies making new homes more energy efficient, technology continues to evolve.Economy. You need a good-paying job to form a household, and the Great Recession was so damaging that there are still fewer full-time employed people than 6 years ago.Social Shifts. Television has done a great job depicting household life over the decades, from Leave it to Beaver in the 1950s and 1960s to Modern Family. Family structures are changing, and thus the type of home people desire has shifted as well.“My home builder clients have been complaining for 3 years about a shortage of qualified labor, both blue collar and white collar,” Burns said. “Our research shows that the industry will grow 50 percent over the next few years, and demographic housing demand will maintain that level for a very long time. If you want a great career, consider the many ways you can become involved in the construction industry.” Construction Housing Market New Home Construction Is Gearing Up for a 15-Year Boom 2015-06-18 Staff Writerlast_img read more

September 06 2018

first_imgSeptember 06 , 2018 Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, … Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … Banana multinational Chiquita Brands has responded to recent charges in Colombia against a group of former employees accused of financing a paramilitary group that committed grave crimes during the nation’s armed conflict.On Friday (August 31) Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General released a statement saying it was charging 13 people with “aggravated conspiracy to commit a crime”.The workers include eight people from Colombia, three from the U.S., one from Honduras and one from Costa Rica.The Attorney General’s office on Friday said it had evidence the company directed funds through a subsidiary, Banadex and Banacol, “for the presumed financing” of the paramilitary group known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).Specifically, it alleges company executives directed funds to the Arlex Hurtado front of the AUC while it was led by Raúl Emilio Hasbún Mendoza, known by the alias Pedro Bonito. Pioneering Dutch substrate banana production proje … center_img U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … You might also be interested in “The evidence demonstrates the participation of managers and some employees of these companies, whether by decision-making, intervention and/or participation in the promotion and financing of the illegal group,” the statement said.On Wednesday, a Chiquita spokesperson sent a statement to Fresh Fruit Portal responding to the charges.”Chiquita is aware that Fiscalìa in Colombia last week formally accused a number of individuals for aiding paramilitary organisations in that country,” the spokesperson said.”This whole legal process in Colombia started more than a decade ago. Some of these individuals were, at some point in their careers, associated with the activities of one of the company’s subsidiaries in Colombia during this difficult period in Colombia’s history of the 1990’s.”The Chiquita of today still believes that these individuals are innocent of the crimes they are being accused of committing and will continue to support their defense in the expectation that the Colombian criminal legal system will, in the end, allow justice to prove their innocence.”In a U.S. court settlement in 2007, Chiquita stated that it had been forced to pay millions of dollars to rightwing paramilitary and Marxist guerrilla groups alike for security protections that would allow it to operate in Colombia, according to Tele Sur Tv.last_img read more

Viking Cruises

first_imgViking Cruises Viking Cruises has rolled out a new Viking Resident Historian Programme across its ocean fleet, with a carefully-selected faculty of historians providing guests with historical education relevant to their specific itineraries onboard Viking Star and Viking Sky.The ‘destination-driven learning’ lectures are exclusively produced by Viking Cruises under the direction of Dr. Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian, who has lectured in more than 60 countries for The National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Dr Doherty has selected the historians who are part of the programme, including Dr Fenella Bazin – specialist in the Age of the Vikings; European Military historian, Lt. Colonel Tony Coutts-Britton; and Dr. Mark Callaghan, specialist in 20th Century art and culture.Dr. Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historianlast_img read more

The Yachts of Seabourn Destination Services Depart

first_imgThe Yachts of Seabourn Destination Services Department has created over a hundred exceptional local activities and excursions, specifically designed to accommodate couples or small groups who opt for bundled Sail & Stay packages or stays at luxury hotels in cities where the intimate vessels begin or end their cruises.From a bicycle tour of Copenhagen’s vibrant art and design scene to a day spent cruising the islands of the Venice Lagoon on a private speedboat, Seabourn’s menu of private arrangements will provide participants with laughter, learning and thrilling memories to last a lifetime. Among the exceptional arrangements available are:-View ancient masterpieces of Chinese brush calligraphy in a Hong Kong museum, then learn from a master how to make your own.-Visit La Posta Vecchia, the beautiful villa of the late J. Paul Getty near Rome, for a hands-on cooking class from the resort chef and a sumptuous lunc-Spend an unforgettable day at a luxury lodge in the Central Andes above Valparaiso, either trekking or horseback riding among the spectacular peaks.-Traverse rolling desert dunes outside Dubai to a secluded encampment, for a Champagne feast fit for a sheikh, and a display of traditional Bedouin falconry.-In Rome, do as the Romans do and enjoy the masterpieces in the Villa Borghese gallery, followed by a delicious picnic lunch in a pleasant corner of its gardens.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more