Blood test can predict gut microbes diversity

first_imgScientists at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, USA, have developed a way to predict the diversity of microbes in an individual’s gut by examining certain chemicals in the blood. The researchers explored the link between some small molecules present in a person’s blood, and the number of strains of microbes in their gut. The findings of their study was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. According to the study, this has created the possibility for developing a fast, cheap, and reliable blood test to identify individuals with low gut microbe diversity. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSeveral microbes present in a person’s digestive tract offer protective functions, and some are known to cause illnesses. For long, researchers have tried to understand how the genetic diversity among these microbes – the microbiome – is maintained both in people with specific disease conditions, and also in healthy individuals. For instance, a 2018 study in the British Medical Journal notes that diseases like irritable bowel syndrome are linked to the reduced proportion of certain bacterial strains like Bifidobacterium. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnd some microbes like Clostridium difficile (C diff) are known to kill people if they grow out of proportion in the gut, notes a 2015 press release from the Center for Disease Control, USA. “Without detailed information about host health and microbiome composition, defining a healthy gut microbiome has been difficult,” said Nathan Price, associate director and professor at ISB and co-corresponding author of the research paper. “Our findings allow us to evaluate the structure of the microbiome through the lens of host physiology. We believe the microbiome’s reflections in the host are the best way forward for determining what is a healthy microbiome,” he added. By inspecting the blood analysis data of several hundred participants in a consumer scientific wellness program, the researchers found that they could predict the health-associated local diversity of the digestive tract microbes. This method could help classify people with dangerously low gut diversity, making their guts prone to take over by microbes like C diff, the study noted. According to the researchers, the relationship between the analysed small molecules, and the gut microbe diversity remained consistent except for people classified as extremely obese. “The loss of predictive power for morbidly obese participants indicates that they may be in a different metabolic regime, perhaps due to inflammation or a leakier gut,” said Dr Sean Gibbons, assistant professor at ISB and a co-corresponding author of the research paper. The researchers note that there is a middle ground for gut microbe diversity. While depleted diversity points toward diarrhea and inflammation, elevated diversity is linked to constipation and toxic protein fermentation chemical products, they mention in the journal paper. The team added that their future direction is towards developing a clinical blood test to classify patients with low gut diversity. “The ability to quickly and accurately determine the diversity of a patient’s microbiome is important, as depleted gut diversity is a risk factor for common hospital acquired infections like C diff,” said Price.last_img read more

Funding injection allows UN agencies to fight outbreaks of measles meningitis in

13 April 2010The United Nations has allocated $2.7 million in emergency funding to two of its humanitarian agencies so they can help combat fresh outbreaks of measles and meningitis in Chad. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up in 2006 to allow the UN to dispatch funds to tackle disasters and crises as soon as they emerge, is giving about $1.9 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) and almost $850,000 to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The two agencies aim to vaccinate about 627,000 young Chadians against meningitis, and some 966,000 children against measles, according to a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) earlier this month.Outbreaks of meningitis and measles have become more and more common in Chad in recent years, and they are also becoming increasingly severe. This year an outbreak of measles has been reported in the capital, N’Djamena, and in the western and central regions of Chad, while a meningococcal epidemic has been recorded in the south. read more

Tablets on sidelines Could happen as NFL and Microsoft enhance interactive experiences

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barry Wilner, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 2:22 pm MDT Tablets on sidelines? Could happen as NFL and Microsoft enhance interactive experiences Imagine Sean Payton holding up a Surface tablet instead of a cardboard playsheet on the sideline.Envision Peyton Manning sitting on the bench and dissecting the last series from a variety of camera angles on his hand-held device instead of looking at still photos. Or sitting at home and pulling up real-time highlights on a Sunday afternoon.It’s coming.The NFL and Microsoft, through its next generation Xbox device, are combining to upgrade interactive TV viewing of pro football games in a multiyear agreement announced Tuesday. The next step after that, perhaps as early as 2014, will be bringing technology to the sidelines on tablets.The deal is worth $400 million over five years for the NFL, according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been made public.“When you think about the sidelines, what is most important for us is how you make the game of football better, make what the coaches and players do better, using technology but preserving the competition,” said Brian Rolapp, chief operating officer of NFL Media. “The challenge is how to bring technology to make it a better experience for them and for the fans.“You can start with how we communicate with each other, whether it’s game officials or coaches. Coaches can look at formations as they develop. We’ll look at how do you do the still photos better, get more into real time? Is there a more efficient way to give replay officials a way of doing reviews better through technology?”That’s for the future, albeit the not too distant future.Fans will get new television viewing innovations including the ability to watch games, Skype video chat with other fans, view statistics, access highlights in real time and gather fantasy information about players and teams — all on a single screen. For those who prefer multiple screens, fans can get an even deeper experience on mobile devices and tablets with SmartGlass technology.“From the use of instant replay to the yellow first-down line that has become an important element of the at-home television viewing experience, the NFL is committed to leveraging technology to improve our game for coaches, players and fans,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with a true innovator like Microsoft to shape the future of the NFL game experience both on-field, and in the living room.”Such technology is expected to keep fans not one step but several strides ahead of what’s being presented live on TV now.Consider that a Bears fan in Chicago could be watching his team take on the Giants at Soldier Field while conversing visually with a friend in New York on the same screen. Also on that screen could be all pertinent statistics for the game, access to NFL Red Zone and to replays from the Giants-Bears matchup.Plus — and perhaps as significant as anything to the NFL given the popularity of fantasy football — real-time updated stats from around the league. Call it seamless fantasy integration with the real product.“This partnership will redefine NFL experiences through exclusive and interactive content that you will find only on Xbox,” said Don Mattrick, president of the IEB Division at Microsoft. “For fans, the NFL on Xbox will provide the most complete way to enjoy live football by bringing the first fully integrated fantasy football experience to the TV.”Branding of Microsoft products on the hoods of the referee’s on-field instant replay station and other sideline areas will begin this season. In coming years, coaches or co-ordinators figure to have Surface tablets to aid in-game planning and for play calling.The prospect presents enough competitive challenges that the NFL’s competition committee will discuss guidelines for their use before making any recommendations to the owners next year or beyond.“Anything we do will go through the proper approval processes,” Rolapp said. “Whatever we do, it’s of paramount importance it enhances the competition. We have some gospel points we will not break.”Signing a five-year deal also gives the league some flexibility as technological advances make even more improvements possible.“This was smart by the NFL because it is signed up for five years of interactivity, then it can evaluate what works best and maybe go on with Microsoft or go to another communications company or even the networks. Had they gone to the networks now, it would have been a hodge-podge,” said Marc Ganis, the president of SportsCorp, which does consulting work with the NFL.“The tablets are a huge deal. For a league that prides itself about being at the forefront of technology, having Peyton Manning look at Polaroids isn’t exactly cutting edge. Having him look at a tablet is.” read more

UN envoy on sport for peace praises exemplary Summer Olympics

“I wish to congratulate the organizers, athletes, spectators and even more so the many volunteers whose remarkable efforts and support have been exemplary from start to finish,” the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said in a news release. “There were a number of notable occasions and initiatives before and during these 17 days of competition that contributed to the legacy that these Games will have in the long run,” he added. Mr. Lemke pointed to the historic inclusion of female athletes in all sporting delegations, including Saudi Arabia, noting that bridging the gender gap would “help change mentalities” and was “a very encouraging step in the fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through sport.” According to the International Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabia sent two female athletes – Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who competed in judo, and Sarah Attar, who competed in athletics – to the London Games. The 2012 edition of the Summer Olympics also broke the gender barrier with every sporting event featuring both male and female competitions. Turning to the Game’s numerous sporting successes, Mr. Lemke also celebrated the vast reduction in reports of doping among Olympic athletes while also applauding the demonstrations of dialogue and friendship on display throughout the two-week event. At the same time, he noted that while the global call for a cessation of hostilities around the world had not gone entirely heeded, it still had had a resounding effect on the Games themselves. “Even though a full observance of the Olympic Truce, meaning a cessation of hostilities during the Games, was not achieved, its spirit was definitely brought to life by a vast number of peace building and conflict prevention initiatives carried out worldwide, as well as by the exemplary behaviour shown by athletes, spectators and volunteers,” Mr. Lemke said. In 2011, the 193 UN Member States co-sponsored a General Assembly resolution calling for the observance of an Olympic Truce and exhorting the cessation of all conflicts during the sports event. The resolution for this year’s Games was the first time that all 193 UN Member States co-sponsored it and passed it unanimouslyThe envoy’s office also noted that the Games provided the UN system with a global platform to promote numerous objectives, with various UN agencies taking part in awareness-raising campaigns and community programmes, as well as disease surveillance and environmental-protection initiatives. read more

Movein day makes a good first impression

Two of the more than 850 volunteers help move a student’s belongings into the Lowenberger Residence.You only get one chance to make a first impression, so Kyle Rose wants it to be a good one. As president of the Brock University Students’ Union, Rose spent Sunday answering questions and carrying fridges for incoming first-year students.It was move-in day at Brock, where more than 2,400 first-year students moved into one of the six student residences. Helping them were more than 850 student volunteers and 100 Brock University staff.Rose said it’s hugely important that incoming students feel welcome right from the start.“If you compare it to your first date with that special someone, this is the one that sets the tone for the entire relationship. So we try to facilitate a good date for the students to make sure they feel like the university is receptive and accommodating and that they’re home. Because they are,” Rose said.Director of residences Jamie Fleming said it takes everyone doing their part to make the day run smoothly each year.“It’s a team effort. We have 850 volunteers from various student groups, varsity teams, Isaac’s Army, 100 staff, so we can’t do it on our own,” he said. “Fortunately we have a lot of buy in from the people we need that support from to make it happen.”Rose said the student buy in “speaks to the passion on campus.”“Students are proud and happy to be here. What first years are going through, we’ve all gone through it,” he said.For Connor Sclater and his family, the help was appreciated.The incoming Concurrent Phys-Ed/Education student from Barrie moved into Vallee Residence Sunday.“I thought it was awesome. I didn’t have to carry one bag,” said Connor’s father Steve. “They were done in probably seven minutes. It was very impressive.”Connor’s mother Laura Sclater said she was impressed with the Brock campus. “It’s friendly, it’s clean and bright. Everyone has been coming up and asking if they can help us with everything,” she said. “It’s not too big and not too small. It just feels like a community.” The move-in day also served as the kick off for Orientation Week, which runs until Sunday, Sept. 13 with a full list of activities. After the first night residence dinner and off-campus barbeque, both Sunday afternoon, there was a Live Burn demonstration at 8:30 p.m. and the Tower Party at the base of Schmon Tower at 9:30 p.m.Click here for more information on Orientation Week activities.More than 850 volunteers helped make Move-In day a success.Every car coming onto campus to be unloaded was greeted by a volunteer who helped everyone get where they needed to go.BUSU President Kyle Rose was one of the many volunteers helping move new students into their residences.Live music helped bring a party atmosphere to Move-In day.Cars lined up to unload in front of Lowenberger Residence.The General was a popular backdrop for photographs on Move-In Day.An army of more than 850 student volunteers helped move 2,400 first-year students into Brock’s residences.Two student volunteers carry a mini-fridge into the Lowenberger Residence.[<a href=”//storify.com/DanDakin/brock-move-in-day” mce_href=”//storify.com/DanDakin/brock-move-in-day” target=”_blank”>View the story “Brock Move-In Day” on Storify</a>] read more

BYE BYE BARCA THW Kiel save German honour

FC Barcelona LassaTHW Kiel THW Kiel joined Vive Tauron Kielce and MVM Veszprem in Cologne! Germany will have at least one team at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 for the seventh year in a row, even predictions talked about next edition as critical about participation of the best handball league members.Europe looking for a new champions! THW Kiel survived hell of “Blaugrana” by losing “only” 33:30 (13:14), which wasn’t enough for the home squad after -5 from the first match – 24:29.The “Zebras” were much better during first 40 minutes (19:15), but Barca managed to make a big come back. Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson netted for 31:26 five minutes before the final buzzer, but fantastic duo Joan Canellas and Niklas Landin made this night unforgetable for the “black-white” fans army.Entrerrios netted six for the “winners”, while match winner Canellas and Vujin made the same for Kiel, who will fight for the third crown in Cologne, fourth in total.TEXT: Ivan Ilić ← Previous Story HAJRA COLOGNE: Ilić saves Veszprem against Vardar! Next Story → 3X100: Ilić opens new chapter of handball history read more

IN PICTURES Over 100000 dead as Syria sees another year of violence

first_imgWarning: Contains graphic imagesTHIS TIME LAST year, the United Nations estimated that about 40,000 people had been killed since the conflict in Syria started in March 2011.By September 2013, that figure has jumped to at least 120,000 – with some charities placing it closer to 130,000 now.The rising death toll includes army soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad, Free Syrian Army fighters and ordinary civilians – men, women and children.In December 2012, there were about 3,000 people leaving their homes every day because of violence. This month, the total number of displaced people surpassed 8 million.JanuarySyrians stomp on a portrait during a demonstration in the neighborhood of Bustan Al-Qasr, Aleppo on 4 January. (Image: Andoni Lubaki/AP/Press Association Images)A Syrian man uses his mobile phone to capture a child using a megaphone to lead others in chanting Free Syrian Army slogans during the same rally. (Image: Andoni Lubaki/AP/Press Association Images)A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat bread in the old city of Aleppo, Syria on 6 January. (Image: Andoni Lubaki/AP/Press Association Images)Syrian men leave the old city of Aleppo on 6 January. (Image: Andoni Lubaki/AP/Press Association Images)What started as a peaceful uprising as part of the Arab Spring more than two-and-a-half years ago has escalated into all-out civil war with a sectarian element.By January 2013, the UN estimated that 60,000 had been killed.FebruaryChildren have not been protected during the war and devastating images of young boys and girls who have suffered gunshot wounds or shrapnel injuries have emerged, despite strict rules on visiting journalists and photographers.However, because of the restrictions, it is often unclear who is responsible for the attacks – the Free Syrian Army, mercenary fighters or the Assad regime.A Syrian girl, Bushra al-Hassan, 4, injured from a government airstrike, cries at Jabal al-Zaweya village of Sarjeh, in Idlib on Monday 25 February. (Image: AP Photo/Hussein Malla)Displaced Syrian children are reflected in a puddle as they walk through an olive tree field near the Azaz camp for displaced people, north of Aleppo on 21 February. (Image: AP Photo/Manu Brabo)Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions as they observe the Syrian army forces base of Wadi al-Deif at the front line of Maarat al-Nuaman town in the Idlib province on 26 February. (Image: Hussein Malla/AP/Press Association Images)Nihal, 9, looks at the entrance of an underground Roman tomb used as shelter from Syrian government forces shelling and airstrikes at Jabal al-Zaweya on 28 February. (Image: (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers and civilians made use of the country’s wealth of ancient and medieval antiquities to protect themselves from violence. They are built of thick stone that has already withstood centuries and are often located in strategic locations overlooking towns and roads.One of the deadliest days of the conflict this year was witnessed in Damascus on 21 February when 83 people – mostly civilians- were reportedly killed.MayAccording to Human Rights Watch, regime forces executed at least 248 people in the villages of Bayda and Banias on 2 and 3 Mary.However, there is still support for Assad across the globe.A Syrian man wrapped in a Syrian flag with a portrait of President Bashar Assad walks past anti-riot police during an anti-Israeli demonstration in front of the UN office in Tehran, Iran on 6 May. (Image: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)JuneRussia remained a steadfast ally, blocking any moves by other international powers to rally the United Nations into action – military or otherwise.President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen on 17 June. (Image: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting at the G8 meeting in Fermanagh but could not reach a consensus on how to deal with the ongoing violence.Meanwhile, back on the ground refugees tried to live a life with a semblance of normality.Twin sisters, who fled the fighting in Syria with their family, sit at their desks at the UNICEF school, during a visit by the Italian foreign minister, Emma Bonino to the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan on 25 June. (Image: AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)JulyAccording to the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), close to 6.3 million people need urgent, life-saving food aid across Syria. The country’s World Food Programme co-ordinator has called it the “worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades”.Every day, more and more people are pushed into hunger. By now, about 3 million people have fled to refugee camps in neighbouring Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and the Lebanon.Syrian refugee Khaled Ammar, 7, opens the side net window to let air into his family’s tent at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan on 23 July. Zaatari is home to about 120,000 Syrians. (Image: Mohammad Hannon/AP/Press Association Images)AugustA girl is treated for injuries inflicted by chemical weapons on 21 August in Ghouta. (AP Photo)The world was shocked to its core when images of young children who had perished in a serious chemical attack appeared online. Once they were verified by newswire, Associated Press, the terrifying photographs were published on front pages across the globe, upping pressure on world leaders to act. This image provided by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the dead bodies of children after an attack on Ghouta, Syria on 21 August. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)The UN sent in a team of experts, led by Swede Ake Sellstrom, to investigate whether chemical weapons had been used. Although they could not say which side used the destructive gases, their report concluded – on the back of clear and convincing evidence – that chemical weapons were used on five occasions throughout the year.Assad denied being behind the attack that allegedly killed more than 1,400 civilians on 21 August.SeptemberThere were talks of a US-led punitive strike in the days after the massacre unless Assad agreed to give up his chemical weapons arsenal, something he eventually agreed to.A man holds a poster depicting former US president George W Bush putting on a mask of US President Barack Obama during a demonstration against a possible military strike in Syria, near the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, east of Beirut on 7 September. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)Military intervention was avoided as the country promised to destroy all of its chemical weapons production equipment by the end of October and all of its current arsenal by the end of the year.However, the violence and suffering did not stop.In this Sunday, 22 September photo, a Syrian man with more than half his body burnt from an air strike leaves a field hospital to go back home to a village which has been turned into a battlefield for government forces and the Free Syrian Army. (AP Photo)On 11 September, a Syrian woman adjusts her scarf inside her tent at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour. On that day, President Michel Suleiman said at least one million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, with thousands more crossing over each week. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)A Syrian doctor touches the forehead of a wounded Free Syrian Army fighter laying on a bed at a field hospital in the Idlib province, northern Syria on 22 September. (AP Photo)On 27 September, a displaced Syrian child plays with his baby brother near Kafer Rouma, ancient ruins used as temporary shelter by those families who have fled from the heavy fighting and shelling in the Idlib province countryside of Syria. (Image: AP Photo)October/NovemberAs the violence becomes increasingly sectarian, Jihadist fighters are accused by Human Rights Watch of killing on 190 civilians earlier in the year. The group claimed the dead included 67 people from Assad’s Alawite minority who were executed. It is the largest atrocity ever attributed to rebels.On the diplomatic front, world leaders try to get Syrian Opposition groups to sit down with members of the Assad government.The Geneva peace talks set to take place on November 23 have been repeatedly postponed.Meanwhile, life on the ground continues. Some attempt to live on in their own homes, while others seek alternatives.A young girl reacts to the buzz of stray bullets overhead as she pushes water from the roof of her family house in Kfar Lata on 3 October. A ghost village at the top of a mountain in Idlib, it is subdued under heavy shelling and bombardments. The sprawling, three-generation family of Mohammed Kale refuses to leave their home; a boxy, multi-story concrete apartment that holds the entire family. The men want to stay back and fight. Their elder patriarch, 65-year-old Mohammed Kale, fears they will suffer in moving, penniless, from their home. (AP Photo)Syrian refugees say goodbye to relatives at the International Organization for Migration office before some board a bus to Beirut International Airport for a flight to Germany where they have been accepted for temporary resettlement. The dozens of Syrians heading to Germany on 10 October were the second batch of the 4,000 refugees that Germany has accepted to receive on two-year visas. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)21-month-old Syrian refugee Omar Gharibt cries as he stands in the outskirts of Tripoli in Lebanon, after his family fled their home in Syria when their house was destroyed and his uncle killed during fighting. (Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images)A Syrian boy has his haircut in the corridor of newly-opened refugee camp, in an old school in Sofia, on 26 October as volunteers provide medical and food aid to hundreds of refugees . Bulgaria is a gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally to seek asylum. Bulgaria asked and was promised EU aid to deal with the ongoing refugee influx. (Image: Valentina Petrova/AP/Press Association Images)In this 24 October photograph, young Syrians dance at a popular bar in the Old City in Damascus. While most people in the capital lock themselves fearfully in their homes as the night falls, the joyful crowd – dressed in tight jeans and designer clothes – go wild with the sound of local Arab hits, clapping and dancing and deafening the booms of the artillery outside. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)A Syrian refugee, who gave himself the name Nidal, covered his face to protect his identity on 24 October in the Caritas Community Centre in Amman, Jordan. He survived an attack that killed his cousin and three neighbours. (Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images)A Syrian child looks out through his tent at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon on 29 November 2013. Every morning in northeastern Lebanon, hundreds of Syrian children are picked up from dozens of informal refugee settlements, loaded onto trucks and taken to the fields where they work for six to eight hours, earning up to four dollars a day. The kids are among a growing number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan who are fast becoming primary providers for families who lack resources for basic survival, according to a report by the UN refugee agency. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)DecemberSyrian refugee women stand in line to receive their families share of winter aid kits at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq on 3 December. Cranes lifted trailers into place and tents are packed away as international aid workers rush to winter-proof the massive refugee camp in Jordan as they try to avoid a repeat of last year when three days of torrential ran turned Zaatari into a muddy swamp. Plans to distribute clothing, blankets and electric heaters come as the 120,000 residents brace for their third winter in exile. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)People play in the snow in Damascus, Syria on 13 December as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to most parts of Syria and the entire Middle East. The snow has heaped another layer of misery on the already grim existence of many of the millions of Syrians who have fled the civil war raging in their homeland. (AP Photo)As the harshest winter conditions in more than 100 years befall Syria, international aid agencies have criticised the international community’s response to the crisis.The UN has launched its biggest ever appeal as it seeks €4.7 billion to provide the necessary aid to victims.“The levels of response (and non-response) by wealthy countries to the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent times is nothing short of disgraceful,” Goal CEO Barry Andrews said recently, referencing a paltry €700,000 gifted by China and the failure of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to give anything.The UN has predicted that three-quarters of Syria’s 22.4 million population will require assistance over the next 12 months.Within that time frame, world leaders must look for solutions to both the humanitarian and political crises.“The warring parties continue to disregard their legal and moral responsibilities to protect the civilian population,” commented US Secretary of State John Kerry who noted that the vast majority of killings and destruction are carried out by traditional weapons – and not chemical ones.He is hopeful that a political solution can be sought at the round table whenever the Geneva II talks get underway.Read: UN launches major appeal for emergency aid amid worsening Syria refugee crisisMore: European leaders ‘should hang their heads’ over Syrian refugee crisisRelated: ‘Clear and convincing evidence’ that chemical weapons used in SyriaExplainer: What is going on in Syria?last_img read more

Premier Ewing Moves To Establish Crime Fighting Unit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2015 – The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, on Monday expressed grave concern for the rising level of crime in the country, and particularly for that of serious and fatal nature. This came on receiving news of yet another gun related murder which ironically occurred after a successful weekend of activities which sought to begin the national conversation gun-related crime and focused on educating young people and adults to “break the silence and stop the violence”. In recent months the Premier has continuously registered his dissatisfaction with the level of crime fighting and solved cases with the Commissioner of Police and the Governor, who holds responsibility for national security, and has charged them to step up their efforts to prevent, detect and solve crimes in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Last week, the Premier and his Cabinet approved funding in a supplementary budget for the establishment of a Serious Crimes Investigation Unit that would assist in the investigation and apprehension of those persons responsible for the many murder cases that remain unsolved.In the meantime, the Premier continues to push for immediate action and during a recent meeting with the Governor, the Premier requested and received commitment from His Excellency and the Commissioner of Police for the immediate recruitment of expert investigators from the UK and the Caribbean region to provide the necessary skills that are required to solve these crimes and also transfer knowledge to local police officers. The Premier and the Governor have also agreed to the establishment of a National Security Council which will be co-chaired by the Governor and the Premier and will consist of lead persons from the various law enforcement agencies. The role of the Security Council would be intelligence gathering and sharing and the development and coordination of crime fighting strategies.These initiatives will complement and enhance the ongoing efforts to fight crime and illegal immigration in the islands.On the matter of crime the Premier commented, “The senseless loss of life and especially that of young people is unsettling and vexatious and one can only imagine the pain that their families must be experiencing. I wish to express my deepest condolences to those families who have lost love ones to violence and I promise you that my Government will put the financial resources behind crime fighting and the development of intervention programs that will reduce interpersonal and gang related violence in our communities.” Related Items:crime fighting unit, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Peter Lenz remembered as a talented driven competitor

first_imgVancouver motorcycle racer killed in crash at IndyThe headline on his Facebook page proclaims him a 9X National Champion.The bio underneath lists the 13-year-old motorcycle racer at 4-foot-11 inches and 81 pounds.His bikes are listed prominently, all Hondas, including a 2009 Moriwaki MD250H.Peter Lenz, who died in a crash Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was to be an eighth-grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, where the principal gathered her teachers Sunday afternoon to prepare for challenges today, the first day of school. Peter has two sisters, one in high school and the other at St. Joseph.He was so good at racing motorcycles that his father, Michael Lenz, told The Columbian in January 2009, “He’s been compared to any number of pro riders at different stages of their careers.”To develop his skills, Peter traveled to the California Superbike School for some of his training. There, he was coached by the school’s co-founder Keith Code, a respected motorcycle racing coach and author who has worked with many racing champions. In that story, Code said, “There are a lot of kids out there who are pretty good. Peter happens to be among the best who are out there — at least in North America.”His website shows action shots of the racer with photo captions that say, “Peter sets the 125GP record at The Streets of Willow,” “Peter chats with Pitpass Radio,” and “Peter wins the Phoenix Moriwaki MD250H race and grows his championship lead.”The icons of 24 sponsors are on that site, including Pro Caliber Motorsports of Vancouver.Jerry Frank, a parts specialist at the business, on Sunday took time from his job to remember waiting on Peter and his dad. “He had a crash last year and I remember him still coming in and being amped to get back riding,” Frank said. “He was just ready to go back and do it all over again. That’s really inspiring.last_img read more

Birthday celebrations of TRSKV leader organised

first_imgBaghlingampally: The birthday celebrations of TRS karmika vibagham state president Rambabu Yadav were held here at TRSKV state office on a grand note in the presence of leaders of TRS affiliated labour organizations on Friday. Among those who participated in the celebrations include TRSKV auto union state president Vemula Maraiah, Hyderabad Jalamandali TRSKV leaders Raji Reddy, Jangir Lakshminarayana, Raju Ramchander Reddy, Chandrashekhar, Shakeel, honorary president of Mother Dairy Shivashankar, Nirmala Reddy, TRSKV Rangareddy district president Anand, general secretary of van drivers’ association Ravi Kumar Koteshwar Rao and others.Speaking on the occasion, Rambabu Yadav thanked various labour leaders who participated in the birthday celebrations. He urged the leaders to bring labour issues and promised them to take the issues to the notice of the CM KCR to address them.last_img read more

Who Decides Where Texans Cast Their Ballots

first_img Share GABRIEL CRISTóVER PéREZ/KUT NEWSVoters line up outside of The University Co-op across from the University of Texas at Austin.In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November’s general election ballot. From now until March 2, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. But on Election Day, most Texas voters have to go to their assigned polling place. (That’s unless you’re in one of the counties participating in a special program.)You can find yours on the Texas Secretary of State’s site. How those voting locations are determined didn’t make a lot of sense to one of our listeners.“I’ve always wondered why the polling locations seem to be so random, hard to find, and the lines are very long,” said Carissa Fabian, a civil engineer from Cypress, Texas.Fabian said she thinks about this every time she goes to vote.“You’re standing there wondering why the lines are so long, and why couldn’t it be easier for us to get out and vote,” she said.Predicting voter turnoutTo start unpacking this, I called on University of Texas at Arlington political science professor Rebecca Deen. She said if we’re talking about a primary election, the party chairs get to decide where those polling places are going to be.For those officials, though, picking the right size of venue is tricky. A government office? A gym? Deen said there’s some indication that this year’s primaries may draw bigger crowds than usual — but who knows.“In some ways it’s a guessing game on how many voters they think are going to come to the polls based on previous elections of those kinds, and then they make a determination,” Deen said.If they’re off the mark, well, that means longer waits.So that was the academic take on the question. For the view from the ground, I went to David Bernstein, the elections director for the Dallas County Republican Party.We met up at one Election Day polling site: a Dallas church. Bernstein estimates he’s in charge of about 250 locations across the county.“My goal as elections director is to make sure that every judge has basically 400 voters that come in to vote,” he said. “So they kind of have a stream of people throughout the day — obviously morning and evening are heavier — but nobody is tasked with 1,000 people coming in to vote to one location.”Designing a system that actually works that way isn’t easy. He says he understands Fabian’s annoyance.“Before I did this job, I had that frustration, too. Where I live, there was a voting location that literally a voter would have to go past four other voting locations in order to get to their designated location,” he said. “And it made sense on paper, but when you looked at it on a map, it just made no sense at all.”Factoring in voter fraudPrimary elections in Texas are known for their low voter turnout. Sometimes, parties have to consolidate precincts; put Democrats on one side of the gym and Republicans on the other. Bernstein said it’s ideal to have people on both sides going to the same location.He’s tried to streamline things, but admits no setup is perfect. So, that’s where we are today.“Me being an engineer, I’m always figuring out ways to improve things,” Carissa Fabian said. “This is just an off-the-wall idea I had, but has anybody ever thought about drive-thru voting?”And she’s not too far off. Bernstein also imagines easier ways to vote.“I am an application developer when I’m not doing things for an election,” Bernstein said. “Yes, there are much better and smarter ways to do it. Obviously, a huge concern is validation that this is the voter.”In 2016, there were a few cases of election fraud in Dallas County.Rebecca Deen said that’s the challenge — balancing efficiency and precision. She said there are two schools of thought:“People who are worried about election fraud are skeptical of things that might make it too easy to vote because then you increase the likelihood that somebody votes more than once,” she said, “or that you have people who are not registered to vote, or even sort of the most hyperbolic of examples — dead people voting.”On the flip side:“People who want more people to participate in [voting] don’t see fraud as a real concern; those are the ones who think of these creative ways,” Deen said. “But in terms of the political reality: Group No. 1 holds more political sway than Group No. 2”So until that day, when Texas Republicans and Democrats can agree on an overhaul of how we do things here, Fabian’s dream of a Texas where voting is easier and polling places easy to find won’t come true.And she’ll still probably have to wait in line.last_img read more

Athletic Footwear Market Provides an indepth Industry Analysis with Current Trends

first_imgAthletic Footwear Market report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market is expected to garner $114.8 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 2.1% during the period 2016 – 2022. Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest revenue in 2015, followed by Europe.The segmentation by type includes sports shoes, running & walking shoes, hiking & backpacking shoes, and aerobic & gym wear shoes. Running & walking shoes accounted for the maximum market share of 40.7% in 2015, due to their widespread adoption as daily wear shoes by consumers, worldwide. North America exhibited the highest penetration of aerobic and gym wear shoes in 2015, owing to consumers involvement in gym and dance classes in countries such as the U.S. and Canada. Within the sport shoes category, soccer accounted for the momentous market share of 28.5% in 2015, due to growing popularity of the sport across the globe.Download Sample Copy Of Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1397Asia-Pacific would lead the market throughout the analysis period, followed by Europe. The market in APAC is expected to witness the highest growth driven by the increasing disposable income, rising health awareness, and increasing demand for fashion footwear.Key Findings of Athletic Footwear Market:Asia-Pacific is a lucrative market in terms of growth on account of increasing disposable income, rising health awareness, and increasing demand for fashionable athletic footwearMen segment is the highest revenue-generating segment in the global athletic footwear market followed by the women segmentTennis shoes are expected to be the fastest moving shoes segment within the sport shoes market, followed by soccer shoesSend Me Enquire Before Purchase@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1397Product launches, joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions and mergers have been the key growth strategies used by existing market players to increase their business and market share. The key companies profiled include Asics Corporation, Adidas AG and Puma SE, VF Corporation, Nike, Inc., FILA, Inc., New Balance, Inc., Skechers Inc., K-Swiss, and Wolverine World Wide, Inc.About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact Us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975Web: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

WWW turns 30 Tim BernersLee its inventor shares his plan to save

first_imgThe World Wide Web turned 30 years old yesterday. As a part of the celebration, its creator, Tim Berners-Lee published an open letter on Monday, sharing his vision for the future of the web. In this year’s letter, he also expressed his concerns about the direction in which the web is heading and how we can make it as the one he envisioned. To celebrate #Web30, Tim Berners-Lee is on a 30-hour trip and his first stop was the birthplace of WWW, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, as a research fellow at the CERN researching lab, wrote a proposal to his boss titled Information Management: A Proposal. This proposal was for building an information system that would allow researchers to share general information about accelerators and experiments. Initially, he named the project “The Mesh”, which combined hypertext with internet TCP and domain name system. The project did not go that well, but Berners-Lee’s boss, Mike Sendall did remark that the idea is “vague but exciting”. Later on, in 1990, he actually started coding for the project and this time he named the project, what we know today as, the World Wide Web. Fast forward to now, the simple innocent system that he built has become so large, connecting millions and millions of people across the globe. If you are curious to know how WWW looked back then, check out its revived version by a CERN team: The three dysfunctions the Web is now facing World Wide Web has come a long way. It has opened various opportunities, given voice to marginalized groups, and has made our daily lives much convenient and easier. At the same time, it has also given opportunities to scammers, provided a platform for hate speech, and made it extremely easy for committing crimes while sitting behind a computer screen. Berners-Lee listed down three sources of problems that are affecting today’s web and also suggested a few ways we can minimize or prevent them: “Deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment.” Though it is really not possible to completely eliminate this dysfunction, policymakers can come up with laws and developers can take the responsibility to write code that will help minimize this behavior. “System design that creates perverse incentives where user value is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.” These type of systems introduces the wrong ways of rewarding that encourage others to sacrifice the user’s interests. To prevent this problem developers need to rethink the incentives and accordingly redesign the systems so that they are not promoting these wrong behaviors. “Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse.” These are the systems that are created thoughtfully and with good intent but still result in negative outcomes. Actually, the problem is that it is really difficult to tell what are all the outcomes of the system you are building. Berners-Lee in an interview with The Guardian said, “Given there are more web pages than there are neurons in your brain, it’s a complicated thing. You build Reddit, and people on it behave in a particular way. For a while, they all behave in a very positive, constructive way. And then you find a subreddit in which they behave in a nasty way.” This problem could be eliminated by researching and understanding of existing systems. Based on this research, we can then model possible new systems or enhance those we already have. Contract for the Web Berners Lee further explained that we can’t just really put the blame on the government or a social network for all the loopholes and dysfunctions that are affecting the Web. He said, “You can’t generalise. You can’t say, you know, social networks tend to be bad, tend to be nasty.” We need to find the root causes and to do exactly that we all need to come together as a global web community. “As the web reshapes, we are responsible for making sure that it is seen as a human right and is built for the public good”, he wrote in the open letter. To address these problems, Berners-Lee has a radical solution. Back in November last year at the Web Summit, he, with The Web Foundation, introduced Contract for the Web. The contract aims to bring together governments, companies, and citizens who believe that there is a need for setting clear norms, laws, and standards that underpin the web. “Governments, companies, and citizens are all contributing, and we aim to have a result later this year,” he shared. In theory, the contract defines people’s online rights and lists the key principles and duties government, companies, and citizens should follow. In Berners-Lee’s mind, it will restore some degree of equilibrium and transparency to the digital realm. The contract is part of a broader project that Berners-Lee believes is essential if we are to ‘save’ the web from its current problems. First, we need to create an open web for the users who are already connected to the web and give them the power of fixing issues that we have with the existing web. Secondly, we need to bring the other half of the world, which is not yet connected to the web. Many people are agreeing on the points Berners-Lee discussed in the open letter. Here is what some of the Twitter users are saying: Contract for the Web, as Berners-Lee says, is about “going back to the values”. His idea of bringing together governments, companies, and citizens to make the Web safer and accessible to everyone looks pretty solid. Read the full open letter by Tim Berners-Lee on the Web Foundation’s website. Read Next Web Summit 2018: day 2 highlights Tim Berners-Lee is on a mission to save the web he invented UN on Web Summit 2018: How we can create a safe and beneficial digital future for alllast_img read more

Qlds biggest development awaits enviro approval

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The fate of Queensland’s largest ever tourism development, Ella Bay, rests on the shoulders of Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, after receiving conditional approval from the state government last week.In granting approval, the Queensland Coordinator General attached 38 conditions pertaining to environmental issues regarding animals, water quality and road access, according to DesignBuild Source.Environmental concerns regarding water quality are due to the development’s proximity to the Wet Tropics Queensland World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef.The Ella Bay integrated tourism and residential project will provide Queensland’s construction industry with a 15-year project, creating up to 400 jobs at the peak building phase.The completed development will provide 800 operational jobs, 250 part time peak-season positions and deliver over $256 million in tourism related expenditures, including $50 million in state government taxes.The Satori Ella Bay project will house three resort precincts, four residential areas, an 18-hole golf course, a retail village and a cassowary research and education centre.Satori agreed to provide full and necessary infrastructure for the new community and development at no extra cost to local or state authorities.Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has less than 30 days to approve the project. Ella Bay, in far North Qld will be home to the new resort. Image: News Limitedlast_img read more

Fannie Freddie Investors File Another Suit Against US

first_img Investors led by New York-based hedge fund giant Pershing Square Capital Management have filed a lawsuit against the United States government, alleging that common stockholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been shortchanged since the government began sweeping profits from the GSEs into the U.S. Department of Treasury starting in 2012.Three individual common shareholders along with Pershing Square alleged in the complaint that the diverting of GSE profits into Treasury equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” a practice forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.Pershing Square claims in the lawsuit that the diversion of GSE profits created a “windfall” for the government while shortchanging GSE shareholders.With more than 63 million shares in Freddie Mac totaling approximately $246 million and more than 115 million shares worth about $448 million in Fannie Mae, Pershing Square is by far the largest non-governmental owner of GSE common stock. Pershing Square’s share in both GSEs computes to about 10 percent.The three individual investors that combined with Pershing Square in the lawsuit are Josephine and Stephen Rettien, a married couple who purchased common stock in Fannie Mae approximately 15 years ago, and retired nurse Louise Rafter, who has held common stock in Fannie Mae for more than 25 years.The lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., is one of several similar suits filed in the last 14 months. In July 2013, hedge fund Perry Capital sued the federal governmentover Treasury’s sweeping of GSE profits. In June 2013, private shareholders filed a suit seeking $41 billion in damages for the same reason.William A. Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, declined to comment on the lawsuit when reached by phone. Spokespeople from the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency also declined comment. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Fannie, Freddie Investors File Another Suit Against U.S. August 18, 2014 521 Views center_img Share Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Pershing Square Profits Treasury 2014-08-18 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Marriott International

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMarriott International and South Beach Consortium have announced that The South Beach hotel, a 634-room luxury property designed by the renowned Philippe Starck, located on Beach Road and adjacent to Suntec Singapore Convention; Exhibition Centre, will become JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, offering the warm authentic service and crafted culinary experiences that the JW Marriot brand is known for.In addition, Ian Schrager together with Marriott and Granmil Holdings have announced the introduction of The Singapore EDITION, the first to the city. The 8-storey boutique hotel, with 190 rooms, will be located on the former Boulevard Hotel site on Orchard Boulevard and Cuscaden Road.EDITION is the first true international luxury-lifestyle brand which includes the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager, the internationally recognised American hotelier, is known for, with the reach, operational expertise and global scale of Marriott International. The property will mark the fifth city in the Asia Pacific market to welcome this one-of-a-kind brand of 5-star hotels.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A lawsuit claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the Miss America Organization was withdrawn Monday for financial reasons, with the pageant responding it proves the “meritless and misguided nature” of the case.The lawsuit had been brought by former board member Jennifer Vaden Barth, who is also a former Miss North Carolina, and several state pageant organizations.Vaden Barth said that she withdrew the lawsuit due to a lack of financial resources but that it was dismissed without prejudice, leaving the door open for future litigation.Numerous state organizations have opposed the new direction and leadership of the pageant. Last year’s competition eliminated the swimsuit portion.“I continue to believe that this organization is being led unethically, using intimidation tactics, primarily to serve personal agendas, and by those without the business skills necessary to manage and improve the financial health of the organization,” Vaden Barth wrote in a statement Tuesday.But continuing the litigation, which was filed last December, “will cost at least as much as we have already raised,” she said.The suit was filed on behalf of Vaden Barth and pageant organizations from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia. It asked a judge to void the actions of Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, and sought restoration of the situation that existed before the two assumed control of the Miss America Organization.In a statement Tuesday, the Miss America Organization said Vaden Barth’s withdrawal of the lawsuit “is a reflection of the meritless and misguided nature of her suit and her false and defamatory claims. MAO disagrees with Ms. Barth’s characterization of the dialogue regarding ending this lawsuit and is now assessing its next steps.”At a hearing in January, a New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences. At that hearing, Tim Davis, a lawyer for the Miss America Organization, chalked up the opposition to “a vocal minority that is unwilling to accept change.”A lawyer for the plaintiffs rejected that characterization, saying 46 out of 50 state organizations eventually called for new national leadership of the Miss America Organization.Both sides had advanced settlement proposals, Vaden Barth said, but no agreement was reached.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 1:59 pm PDTcenter_img Lawsuit on ‘takeover’ of Miss America pageant is withdrawnlast_img read more

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So much for..- Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6 2017 being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14 Now compare him to my season 1 But who cares he supported Kasich & Hillary- Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6 2017Anyway hes back to firing off multiple tweets about deleted emails and Crooked Hillary now but am I the only one thinking Trump wont leave this here Especially following all the attention the story has got today He wont be able to resistOr maybe the unnamed former Twitter employee will make themselves known and start a full-on Twitter feud thatd be good wouldnt it A nice distraction from the world Featured Image Credit: PA Topics: World news Us news Donald trump Twitter PoliticsA prosecution witness Nuhu Dalhatu on Thursday told a Federal High Court Abuja that about N800 million used for the construction of a shopping mall linked to Alex Badeh a former Chief of Air Staff was traced to the Nigeria Air Force NAF account Badeh is standing trial along Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N397 billion brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC While being led in evidence by prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs SAN Dalhatu a forensic analyst with the EFCC told the court that investigations were carried out on a number of properties linked to Badeh one of which was the shopping mall located at 2 Oda Crescent “I was asked to investigate the procurement scam that was linked to the Office of National Security Adviser ONSA and Nigeria Air Force arms procurement contracts” he said Dalhatu who is the 17th prosecution witness told the court that the property located at 19 Kumasi Crescent was linked to his son According to him his son was invited for interrogation during which it was discovered that the property was bought at about N260 million through a former NAF Director of Finance “We were assigned five properties to investigate including 19 Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2; 6 Ogun River Maitama; 2 Nelson Mandela Street Asokoro; 2 Oda Crescent off Adis Ababa Crescent Wuse 2 and a plaza on Ahmadu Bello Garki 2” he said “In the course of investigation we found out that the property located at 2 Oda Crescent was a five floor mall under construction” he said He explained further that: “The construction company (Rytebuilders Technologies Limited) was invited and we requested for its project account “Upon analysis of the Zenith Bank account of the company we discovered that about N800 million out of the N12 billion total turnover was from the NAF106B and NAF camp accounts from the Mogadishu Barracks and it was authorized by EA Abu and Air Commodore Seyi” According to him both of them were invited for questioning and they both admitted that: “For a period of seven months N200 million from the account was transferred to Badeh” Further hearing in the matter continues on May 2 3 and 4 2017 Whether you can make it there or not, sales managers, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja. Ezekwesili reacting to the development called on IGP Idris to retrace his steps follow processes and respect that the country is running a system of democracy She further described the invasion as ‘low-quality policing tactics’ The former minister on her Twitter page wrote: “What exactly are the officers of the IG of Police Ibrahim Idris doing with such brazen low-quality policing tactics “Please let the IGP know immediately that this is a democracy There are laid down processes that must be followed at all times for everyone” Adams Oshiomhole former Governor of Edo State on Sunday urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to take more “ruthless” measure in dealing with alleged looters across the country He gave the call while describing as mindless the alleged looting under the immediate past administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Speaking in Benin the Edo State capital Oshiomhole noted that it was the right of Nigerians to know the level of rot that transpired during Jonathan’s administration He said “I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency the right to know the media should uphold that right and defend it “What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence “We are talking of resources which if it is distributed on basis of equality divide by 180 million people you will be a lot richer “I think my only complaint is that the Federal Government should be more ruthless because there are lot of people who should be in court who are not there “When I was still in the office and I said the kind of money they stole was huge in dollars they paid hired writers to ask how I knew “I have interacted with power vertically and horizontally I know that we cannot be lamenting today without understanding that the treasury was burgled yesterday “I think the promise of democracy is that good or bad the people have the right to know and that is the starting point and particularly important “I think the people have the right to know and if any of them think that what has being said is not true they can go to court “All of them who are involved and those who they are looking for they should put everything in public domain and that is the promise of democracy and it is about you “Just by virtue of being in a winning party they helped themselves so much “One of the acting chairmen of PDP Ahmed Makarfi I used to respect him so much I heard him saying that the reason they did not indict Diezani was that the money missing and everything that was done Goodluck approved “If President approved the money should it be stolen and not go into the federation account or used for the intended purpose “Jonathan may have immunity against prosecution but he doesn’t have power to appropriate what the national assembly have not done “Right now they are now saying the national assembly should not approve the $1 billion the Federal Government is going to spend on security ‘’This is a party that spent well above that without going to the national assembly at all” DAILY POST had earlier reported that the Police on Tuesday morning blocked the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s convoy at Lake Chad junction in Abuja.The annoyed cyclist added: "The bike is most likely toast.

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