‘Criminals thrive on SIMs obtained using fake docs’

first_imgGoa Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said on Friday that cases of foreigners involved in drug-trade and financial fraud in the State using SIM cards obtained through forged photos and documents was on the rise. Forgery on the riseMr. Chander was speaking to presspersons after a meeting with officials of telecom companies. He said, “In 15 cases registered in 2016-17, criminals obtained SIM cards by submitting forged photos and documents. In many cases, foreigners were using the SIM cards to commit crime and financial fraud.” Mr. Chander later told The Hindu that he has asked telecom service providers to sensitise all their dealers and sub-dealers to the use of fake documents to indulge in crime and drug trade .‘A serious threat’He said, “I asked them to strictly enforce Know Your Customer and verification norms. Today dubious elements are using fake documents to obtain connections and misuse them for criminal and drug-related activities. Tomorrow, they may use them to further terrorist activities. It is time they take this threat very seriously and do away with such harmful dealers and sub-dealers.”last_img read more

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Melindo retains jr fly title by split decision

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the chief support, Jonas Sultan trounced former world champion Johnriel Casimero by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.He earned the right to challenge countryman Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF super lightweight title.Other bouts saw a fading Jason Pagara earn a split draw against late replacement James Onyango of Kenya in a welterweight bout and King Arthur Villanueva beat Richie Mepranum by third round technical knockout in a bantamweight tussle.Rising star Kevin Jake Cataraja of Cebu climbed to 7-0 with six KOs following a second round stoppage of Gen. Santos City’s Wiljan Ugbaniel. —ROY LUARCAADVERTISEMENT View comments The Cagayan de Oro native dominated the early goings, but Hekkie found his bearing starting in the fourth and engaged the Filipino in furious exchanges on several occasions.An accidental headbutt produced a cut on Melindo’s left eye, which was compounded by another bloody cut on the right eye in the 10th round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite blurry vision, however, Melindo fought with energy and fury to earn the nod of judges Takeo Harada, 117-110, and Glenn Trowbrudge, 115-112. Judge Carl Zappia saw Budler the winner, 115-113.The 29-year-old Melindo raised his record to 37-2 with 13 knockouts, while Budler, also 29 and also nicknamed “The Hexecutioner.” fell to 31-3 (10 KOs). MOST READ A bloodied Milan Melindo knocked down Hecto “Hekkie” Budler in the 12th and final round Saturday night to salvage his International Boxing Federation junior flyweight crown by split decision at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.Coupled with a strong 11th performance, Melindo, who sustained cuts in both eyes, toppled the tough South African in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games 5-way PBA Govs’ Cup race for 3 premium slotslast_img read more

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Pakistan Cricket Board recovers Rs 4.5 mn fine from Afridi

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has recovered a fine of (Pakistani) Rs 4.5 million from former national captain Shahid Afridi. A senior official of the board confirmed that the finance department had deducted the fine amount from the dues that were to be paid to Afridi for the World Cup and tour to West Indies.”In total the board had to pay him around Rs5.5 million out of which we deducted the fine amount in full,” the official said.The disciplinary committee of the board had fined Afridi for several breaches of the code of conduct last month.The fine came after a stand-off between Afridi and the PCB over his removal as captain of the ODI team in May. He announced his retirement and criticised the board for its conduct and not respecting senior players.After he withdrew a case against the PCB from the Sindh High Court, Afridi appeared before the disciplinary committee which fined him but asked the board to issue him an NOC to play for Hampshire in England’s domestic Twenty20 event.This is the second highest fine amount recovered from a Pakistani player after the record Rs 7 million that were deducted from retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s dues.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Boxer Mandeep receives Arjuna Award from Sports Min

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Boxer Mandeep Jangra today received the Arjuna Award from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here. He received a statuette, certificate and award money of Rs 5 lakh from the minister. Jangra, silver medallists in both the 2013 Asian Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games, could not receive the Arjuna Award from the President of India on August 29 as he was taking part in an international boxing tournament abroad at that time. PTI PDS ATKlast_img

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Yuvraj Singh debuts for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dwayne Bravo gets 100th IPL cap

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad bolstered their batting line-up with the inclusion of star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh in their playing XI against Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.Yuvraj, who missed out on the first seven matches due to an ankle injury, debuts for his new franchise today. Yuvraj injured his ankle in the World T20 league game against Australia in March and has since been on the sidelines.The 34-year-old southpaw has played 98 matches in the IPL after starting his T20 league career with Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural season in 2008. He then joined the now-defunct Pune Warriors for a three-year contract, before playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils for one year each.Yuvraj’s fifth IPL team Popularly known as Yuvi, SRH are his fifth employers.His vast experience in the cash-rich league will surely benefit the David Warner-led side and coach Tom Moody is optimistic about it.”Yuvraj Singh is a seasoned all-rounder, who brings experience to the team and can make useful contribution to the team both with bat and ball,” Moody said.Yuvraj has scored 2100 runs in the IPL at an average of 25.3, including 10 fifties. In bowling, India’s 2011 World Cup-winning hero has pocketed 35 wickets, with the best figures of four for 29.Bravo’s unique centuryMeanwhile West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was included in the Gujarat Lions line-up. The former Chennai Super Kings star will feature in his 300th T20 game and 100th IPL match. He has had a poor time with the bat, managing only 52 runs from eight matches but has to his credit 10 wickets.advertisementBravo, who became the 22nd player to feature in 100 IPL matches, has so far scored 2546 runs and pocketed 115 wickets from 99 games.last_img read more

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Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rejoins AFC Ajax on one-year deal

first_imgStriker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has rejoined Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam on a one-year deal after ending a long stint at German side FC Schalke, the former Dutch champions announced on Thursday.Dutch international Huntelaar has scored 42 goals in 76 appearances for the national team and the 33-year-old striker made 136 appearances for Ajax between 2006-08, winning the domestic cup.”It’s no secret that Ajax is my club. So I’m extremely happy to come back here. My role is clear, but I’m not coming here to slow down,” Huntelaar told Ajax’s official website.”I feel very fit and I’m already looking forward to starting preparations at the end of June. I’ve won trophies with Ajax, but not the championship. The goal at the end of the season is to hoist that trophy up with the team.”Huntelaar won the German Cup during his seven-year stint at Schalke and has also played for Serie A side AC Milan and La Liga team Real Madrid in his 15-year career.last_img read more

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Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coach

first_imgThere was “some confusion” between captain Tim Paine and his seamers about Australia’s tactics against India on day one of the fourth Test, said bowling coach David Saker, revealing that the team held “aggressive” discussions after the end of play.Australia’s pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins endured a difficult day Thursday as India reached 303 for 4 at stumps and Saker revealed that the bowlers and Paine were not on the same page about the tactics to be deployed on a green-tinged SCG pitch.”I think the bowlers wanted one thing, Tim wanted one thing,” Saker told ‘ABC Grandstand’.”That’s not been the case as the general rule but when you were watching from the sideline you could see there was some confusion.”Saker said both he and head coach Justin Langer had a heated discussion with the team after the end of day’s play.”Last night we talked quite heavily about the day, more because we thought it was a really disappointing day and we just wanted to get our point across,” he said.”Some of it was quite aggressive and that’s not like me usually. I was quite animated, and I know I was not the only one. JL (Langer) wasn’t happy. The bowlers know that.”Saker said the Australians bowlers were inconsistent.”We had spells that were quite good but that’s not going to cut it,” he said.Off-spinner Nathan Lyon too “wasn’t happy” with the Aussie tactics.”I wasn’t too happy with that to be honest,” Lyon said after day one.advertisement”We missed out on using the moisture in the wicket. I thought we could have stuck there (full) longer, but the captain and the bowlers came up with a decent plan and unfortunately it didn’t work.”India continued to pile on the misery for Australia on the second day as the visitors went past 600-run mark, riding on Cheteshwar Pujara’s 193 and Rishabh Pant first century of the four-Test series.Also Read | Pujara’s mammoth 193 sixth highest score by an Asian in AustraliaAlso Read | Rishabh Pant 4th Indian wicketkeeper to score 150 in Test cricketAlso Read | Clarke, Hussey weigh in on Vihari’s controversial dismissal: Don’t think he was outAlso Read | Rishabh Pant 1st Indian wicketkeeper to score Test hundred in Australialast_img read more

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TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT FROM MERRILL TO SIOUX CITY

first_imgA TRAFFIC PURSUIT BY AUTHORITIES THAT STARTED IN MERRILL, IOWA SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND ENDED IN SIOUX CITY HAS RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF TWO MEN.THE INCIDENT BEGAN WHEN MERRILL POLICE ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER A VEHICLE AROUND 3PM BECAUSE THE DRIVER WAS SUSPECTED OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED.THE VEHICLE REFUSED TO STOP AND SPED SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 75 INTO SIOUX CITY WHERE LOCAL POLICE ALSO JOINED THE PURSUIT.THE PURSUIT WENT THROUGH THE CITY’S NORTHSIDE, ENDING AT 36TH AND DOUGLAS.ONE SUSPECT FLED ON FOOT BUT WAS QUICKLY APPREHENDED.24-YEAR-OLD ENRIQUE NINO-ESTRADA IS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE BARRED, FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON, VIOLATING PROBATION AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.THAT CHARGED STEMS FROM HIM ALLEGEDLY BREAKING OUT A WINDOW OF A POLICE VEHICLE FOLLOWING HIS ARREST.NINO-ESTRADA IS BEING HELD ON $25,000 BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.21-YEAR-OLD DENNIS LAWSON IS CHARGED WITH FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON, ELUDING AND FAILURE TO OBEY A POLICE OFFICER.HIS BOND IS $5000.PHOTO COURTESY KMEGlast_img read more

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Breaking down the Tyreek Hill kick return

first_imgTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Okay, let’s take one last look at it. As I said yesterday the Tyreek run was so flipping fast it was comical to watch.I’ve watched the Tyreek kick return five times today. He went 97 yards with two moves in just over 10 seconds. Silly.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 5, 2014But how fast was it?First, we need to talk about how much ground he covered. There are 40 feet between the hashes. Tyreek starts about 10 feet outside of the south hash and ends up about 25 feet outside the north hash. That means he covered 97 yards and ended up 25 yards north of where he started.Pythagorean theorem time.FreekIt’s not perfect given that he made some jukes but it’s fair to say that Tyreek ran right at 100 yards. Now let’s get the stopwatch out. I mean, I literally got my stopwatch out and timed it at these three times.Total 1: 10.98Total 2: 10.96Total 3: 11.09I missed the track star finish on the last one so I think it was legitimately under 11 seconds which is just a joke.You can’t compare this straight up with, say, Usain Bolt’s 100m dash because Tyreek only travels about 91 meters but still, he’s wearing football gear.Also Dave Hunziker saying “THERE GOES THE CHEETAH” in this video is the greatest thing ever (2:05).last_img read more

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Martinez counts on England know-how

first_imgWorld Cup Belgium boss Martinez counting on experience to down England Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 01:32 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) southgatemartinez - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Belgium England After spending 21 years in Britain, the former Everton manager plans to use his knowledge to see off the Three Lions at the World Cup Roberto Martinez is counting on his knowledge of English football as he attempts to mastermind a Belgium victory over the Three Lions in the group stages of the World Cup.Belgium boss Martinez spent 21 years in Britain as a player and manager, last coaching Everton for a three-year spell between 2013 and 2016.The football fates drew up an intriguing sub-plot for the 44-year-old in Friday’s draw in Moscow, with Belgium drawn in Group G alongside England, Panama and Tunisia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Martinez reflected on a “special draw”.”As they say, football is a way of living and I lived almost 21 years in the British game and in England,” he told BBC Sport.”It’s a very special draw. It’s the World Cup and it’s about preparation now with a challenging draw.”I think it is the most demanding group in terms of the travelling arrangements.”Belgium’s current crop have been dubbed the Red Devils’ “Golden Generation”, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderweireld and Thibaut Courtois among their ranks.Plenty of Martinez’s pool ply their trade in the Premier League and he hopes that experience can prove crucial.”It’s fair to say that we’ve got a real competitive squad. Our players are in a very good moment in their careers,” he added.”Twenty-five Belgium players are now in the British game so they are very well known – players with important roles in important teams.”They enjoy coming together for the national team and are great ambassadors for Belgian football.”last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from New Harbour Road easterly for about eight kilometres, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img

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Weight obsession was waste of happiness

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Jameela Jamil has described her obsession with weight as a “horrifying waste of happiness”. She was consumed by the task of being thin and struggled with crash diets and anorexia, reports mirror.co.uk. The 33-year-old actor said she weighed herself every day for more than 20 years and her mood was dictated by what she saw on the scales. Jamil told Stylist magazine: “I ended up weighing myself every single day of my life until last year. That’s 21 f***ing years of waking up every morning and my entire mood for the day being determined by the number on a stupid little machine in my bathroom. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”What a horrifying waste of happiness. What a horrifying waste of time. What a sad thing for a bright girl who technically knew better, to keep as her deep, dark secret for so long.” Speaking about when the insecurities began, Jameela said, it was being publicly weighed in school and that she was the heaviest in her class. At home, she said her parents were not supportive, but put her on a crash diet to tackle her weight. The actor added that her teenage years became more consumed by her obsession, leading to dangerous weight loss, bed sores, a thinning heart and thyroid problems.last_img read more

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THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW CROWNS A WINNER IN THE SEASON 2

first_img Facebook If the choux fits… Andrei Godoroja, 58, a software engineering consultant from Vancouver, B.C., won THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW title and trophy on tonight’s finale, while Leduc, Alberta’s Megan Stasiewich and Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Sachin Seth gave their best efforts but came up short in the final showdown. The finale saw the three bakers create two dozen mini Swiss rolls for the Signature Bake, whip up princess cakes for the Technical Bake, and build breathtaking choux pastry sculptures for the Show Stopper, judged by acclaimed pastry chefs Rochelle Adonis and Bruno Feldeisen.“It was a privilege to be in the finale alongside bakers as talented as Megan and Sachin, and an honour beyond my wildest dreams to have been selected the winner by Bruno and Rochelle,” said Godoroja. “I came into the tent on the first day hoping that I wouldn’t be the first to be sent home and wondering if my goal of making it to the finale was realistic. I have so appreciated the encouragement I received from viewers and hope that some may be inspired by my journey to push themselves and achieve things they thought were beyond their capabilities.”Godoroja was named Star Baker twice throughout the course of Season 2, during Cake Week and Pastry Week.  Memorable bakes include a checkerboard cake for Cake Week, a dark chocolate cookie piano for Biscuits and Bars Week, and a strawberry slab pie and basket of pastries for Pastry Week.  His chocolate passionfruit tart during Chocolate Week, and coffee and maple crepe cake in the semifinal, wowed the judges and earned him a spot in the finale. Godoroja first learned to bake by watching his grandmother, and has previously had careers in opera singing and astronomy – he can now add the Great Canadian Baking Show title to his extensive resumé.Fans can relive the delicious drama of THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW Seasons 1 and 2 anytime on the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch.THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW brings together 10 amateur bakers from across the country to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges that celebrate their diverse backgrounds, families and communities. Each of the eight one-hour episodes features three rounds: the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Show Stopper. After the baked goods are tasted and critiqued, the judges decide the week’s Star Baker, and who will be sent home, with the final three bakers competing for the Great Canadian Baking Show title.THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is produced by Proper Television in association with CBC and Love Productions. The executive producers are Lesia Capone and Cathie James, and the series producer is Marike Emery. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production. The format is owned by Love Productions and distributed by Sky Vision. In addition to the original British series, the format has been produced in 23 territories including America, Australia, France and Ireland. THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is presented with Robin Hood. The Robin Hood Baking Family consists of a portfolio of leading baking brands.Follow THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW online:Website: cbc.ca/life/greatcanadianbakingshowHashtag: #GCBS or #canadianbakingshowTwitter: @CBCBakingShowFacebook: facebook.com/GreatCanadianBakingShowCBC/Instagram: instagram.com/cbcbakingshow/.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trump signals frustration with Feds independent policies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is complaining that President Xi Jinping enjoys a major advantage in the U.S.-China trade war in that he controls China’s central bank while Trump must deal with a Federal Reserve that is “very destructive to us.”Trump makes clear in an interview with CNBC his frustration with a system that provides political independence for America’s central bank — something most economists see as vital to its credibility. Trump notes that China’s president, by contrast, is essentially also head of the Chinese central bank.“He can do whatever he wants,” Trump says.Trump also complains that even though he selected four of the Fed’s five board members, including elevating Jerome Powell to chairman, “We have people on the Fed that really weren’t, you know, they’re not my people.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Calgary Chamber of Commerce pushes employers to better support depressed employees

Thinkstock. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kayla Butler Posted Oct 9, 2015 10:16 pm MDT Calgary Chamber of Commerce pushes employers to better support depressed employees Depression in the work place results in lost productivity, and the Canadian economy takes over an 8 billion dollar hit each year because of it.That’s why the Calgary Chamber of commerce is encouraging employers to direct employees to the Counselling Centre’s free online screening test.Chamber CEO Adam Legge says companies also need to make sure employees know help is out there.“It’s okay to seek treatment, it’s okay to talk to your manager or your HR department about it. They have resources in place, whether it’s a family assistance program, or counselling in their externded benefits,” said Legge.“We all need to work together, we need to be able to supoprt our colleagues that go through it, we need to be open to those communications as managers and leaders.”The test is available until October 11, and you can find it here.It’s free, anonymous, and takes about five minutes. read more

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CCTV shows barefoot Grenfell tenant fleeing fire that started in his flat

Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 CCTV showing the tenant of the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started fleeing the building barefoot have been shown to a public inquiry.Behailu Kebede, 45, was woken by the sound of his smoke alarm shortly before 1am on June 14, and found white smoke billowing from behind his fridge-freezer.He alerted his two female housemates, Elsa Afeworki and Almaz Kinfu, before knocking on every door of the neighbouring flats on the block’s fourth floor and then rushing outside.The resident is also pictured pleading with fellow residents, trying to usher them out of the building.Security footage stills shown at the inquiry into the disaster on Thursday pictured Ms Afeworki walking down the stairs into the main lobby at approximately 12.56am, two minutes after the first 999 call.She is followed at around 12.58am by Mr Kebede, who is seen wearing just a T-shirt and a pair of trousers, but no shoes.Within two minutes, the first firefighter is seen entering the building. Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs For the first time, sections of his 999 call at 12.54am were translated from Amharic, during which he could be heard telling someone: “Grab it and leave, just leave. What kind of person is she?”Counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett told the inquiry at Holborn Bars that Mr Kebede said these words were directed to Ms Kinfu, who had left carrying a suitcase. At an approximate time of 1.06am, the report said: “(Watch Manager) Dowden notes from his position at ground-floor level that the fire has breached the window of flat 16 and he wants to put a covering jet onto it.”(Crew Manager) Secrett advises him not to at this point due to the risk to BA Team One who are about to enter the flat.” Within minutes the blaze had latched on to the flammable cladding strapped to the outside of the building and shot upwards.Grenfell tenant ‘wishes he burned with others’ after fire started at his flatThe father-of-two who lived in the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started has described wishing he had “burned in the tower with the others”.Behailu Kebede, 45, set out his desperation since losing everything on June 14 last year – compounded by a fear for his life – in a statement to the public inquiry.The Ethiopian-born Uber driver said media coverage painted “a completely distorted picture” that portrayed him “like a criminal who was to blame for the fire”.His upsetting written account ended: “Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.”Suggestions that he caused the fire by tampering with his fridge-freezer or that he had packed a bag before escaping led to safety concerns from the police.He said in a statement to the inquiry, published on Thursday: “I met a number of officers there. They offered to take me to an unknown address outside London for my own protection.”They wanted to put me into witness protection because they were concerned about reports in the press that showed me in a negative light, reports suggesting that I was to blame for the fire. He phoned a friend and then left the scene, but felt compelled to return later in the night as he had many friends inside Grenfell Tower, according to his evidence. Witness statements given by Mr Kebede – an Ethiopian Uber driver who had lived in the west London block for around 25 years – were read to the hearing.In the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Kebede was accused of packing a suitcase before leaving Grenfell Tower, but the new footage confirms his version of events – that he left barefoot and tried to rush others with suitcases out of the building.  Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs Builders were sent around who “put sealant in the gaps”. On Wednesday, the inquiry heard that this sealant was flammable. Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede’s flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Mr Kebede had been saving to buy his fourth-floor flat in Grenfell Tower under Right to Buy and hoped to move his partner and two children in with him.Instead, he left Flat 16 for the final time with only his phone, trousers and T-shirt – not even managing to put on a pair of shoes.His statement continued: “Since the Grenfell Tower fire, my life has been a complete mess. For much of the time, I just wanted to be left alone.”I had gone through a terrible ordeal that was affecting me mentally and physically. I wanted to meet the families of the bereaved but I did not have the courage to do so.”I wanted to pay my respects to the deceased but felt unable to go out on my own. I believed that there were people out there who wanted to hurt my family and me. “This was a very difficult time for me. I did not want to live under witness protection but I still took the threat posed to me seriously.”I genuinely feared for my life based on the information that the police gave me at that time.”I knew so many of those who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. I relive the horrific memories of that night all the time. I have not been able to sleep properly, thinking about those who died and seeing their faces when I close my eyes. Just talking about it is painful.”I wish I could have banged on more doors and woken up more people. I am haunted by my failure to pick up my flat keys when I left and my inability as a result to get back into the building and warn more people. I feel broken inside. I am not the same man I used to be.”I am still in fear, looking over my shoulder all the time. I do not feel comfortable in the presence of groups of four or more. I feel scared, as if I want to cry all the time. Sometimes I cannot even express myself and struggle to speak.” Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede's flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower Mr Kebede has not given evidence in person at the probe, saying through his lawyer that he was “terrified”.His account was read into evidence by lead counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett QC.The full statement ended: “I do not know what the future holds in store for me. I know I am in a bad place now. I would like to give a positive answer but I find it very difficult to do so at the moment. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Experts believe the inferno on June 14 escaped through gaps around Mr Kebede’s window on to the external facade.Mr Kebede, however, said he had “no idea” that “highly flammable cladding” had been installed on the outside of the building.He had moved to the UK in 1990, was joined by his two brothers in 1991, and was offered a flat in Grenfell Tower soon afterwardsHis statement said: “It is difficult to explain just how happy I was to move into Flat 16 in Grenfell Tower with my younger brothers.” Mr Kebede became friends with many Eritreans and Ethiopians in the building, which, he said, was a multicultural “melting pot”.Eventually his siblings moved out and, by the time of the fire, he was living with two women who had needed a place to stay, leaving him sleeping on a mattress in the living room.He bought the fridge-freezer around which the fire is thought to have started several years earlier for around £275 new, his statement said.On the night of the fire, Mr Kebede heard no explosions and saw no flames in his flat.His statement said: “While I was standing outside I saw the fire get bigger and bigger.” “Maybe if the inquiry identifies those who are really responsible for the fire and the deaths of so many people, maybe then I will be able to have a better future.”Before the fire, I was feeling very hopeful. I was eligible under the Right to Buy scheme and was in the process of purchasing my flat at Grenfell Tower from the council.”I had been offered a mortgage and was hoping for it all to be finalised by August 2017.”However, that dream died with the fire. I cannot see a future for myself right now.”Even though my family and friends keep telling me that I am not responsible for the fire and I know they are right, I cannot help but blame myself.”Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.” “It was even suggested to me that I might need to change my name and not have any contact with my family.”I told the police that I did not want to take part in any form of witness protection. Finally, they agreed to let me stay in a different part of London.”As a result of the media intrusion, my partner and children were forced to move out of their home. The four of us have been living together in various hotels ever since.” Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 Mr Kebede said in a later police statement: “I was a bit annoyed because I saw her with a heavy suitcase and I wanted everyone to leave immediately and no-one else had brought luggage.”During a lengthy statement of truth to the inquiry, dated June 1 2018, the former resident said he had complained about the quality of a window refit now blamed for fire’s spread.Mr Kebede and nearly “everyone” in Grenfell Tower had been concerned about the quality of a recent refurbishment and had raised the issue with both the council and their MP.His kitchen window was replaced during the work, which “caused problems” as “air was entering my flat through these gaps” around the frame. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The statement continued: “We walked back to the tower on foot. When I got there the whole tower was engulfed by an inferno on all four sides. It was terrifying. It was much worse than before.”Firefighter told not to douse flat where fire startedA firefighter spotted that a blaze on the fourth-floor of Grenfell Tower was spreading on to the external facade but was initially advised not to spray it with water by his colleague.Fresh details about the response of the London Fire Brigade has been outlined in a detailed report published on Thursday titled Operational Response to Grenfell Tower, covering between 12.50am and 2am on June 14. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower read more

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Expelled US official en route from Venezuela Pentagon

first_imgTHE PENTAGON CONFIRMED today that one US military official expelled from Venezuela amid accusations by Caracas of a conspiracy was en route back to the United States.But officials were unsure of the status of a second military official who Venezuela said it also had expelled.“We are aware of the allegations made by Venezuelan Vice President (Nicolas) Maduro over state-run television in Caracas, and can confirm that our Air Attache, Col. David Delmonico, is en route back to the United States,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale said in a statement.The expulsions came as Maduro accused the country’s “historic enemies” of causing the cancer of ailing President Hugo Chavez, whose health has taken a turn for the worse.Maduro alleged that Delmonico had been seeking out active Venezuelan military officials to obtain information about the armed forces and propose “destabilization projects.”He said the officer was given “24 hours to pack your bags and leave Venezuela.”Pentagon officials said the US embassy had posted military attaches in Caracas as Washington had previously run security cooperation programs with Venezuela — before relations soured under Chavez’s rule.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Varoufakis euro will collapse if Greece exits

first_imgIf Greece is forced out of the euro zone, other countries will inevitably follow and the currency bloc will collapse, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday.Greece’s new leftist government is trying to re-negotiate its debt repayments and has begun to roll back austerity policies agreed with its international creditors.In an interview with Italian state television network RAI, Mr Varoufakis said Greece’s debt problems must be solved as part of a rejection of austerity policies for the euro zone as a whole. He called for a massive ‘new deal’ investment programme funded by the European Investment Bank.“The euro is fragile, it’s like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse,” Mr Varoufakis said according to an Italian transcript of the interview released by RAI ahead of broadcast.The euro zone faces a risk of fragmentation and ‘de-construction’ unless it faces up to the fact that Greece, and not only Greece, is unable to pay back its debt under the current terms, Mr Varoufakis said.“I would warn anyone who is considering strategically amputating Greece from Europe because this is very dangerous,” he said. “Who will be next after us? Portugal? What will happen when Italy discovers it is impossible to remain inside the straitjacket of austerity?”Varoufakis and his Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received friendly words but no support for debt re-negotiation from their Italian counterparts when they visited Rome last week. But Mr Varoufakis said things were different behind the scenes.“Italian officials, I can’t tell you from which big institution, approached me to tell me they backed us but they can’t tell the truth because Italy also risks bankruptcy and they are afraid of the reaction from Germany,” he said.“Let’s face it, Italy’s debt situation is unsustainable,» he added.Italy’s public debt is the largest in the euro zone after Greece’s and Italian bond yields surged in 2011 at the height of the euro zone crisis. They have since fallen steeply and have so far come under little pressure from the renewed tensions in Greece.Mr Varoufakis said his government would propose a «new deal» for Europe like the one enacted in the United States in the 1930s. This would involve the European Investment Bank investing ten times as much as it has so far, Mr Varoufakis said.If Europe continues to pursue counterproductive austerity policies the only people who will benefit will be «those who hate European democracy,” he said, citing the Golden Dawn party in Greece, the National Front in France and the United Kingdom Independence Party in Britain.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fotios Tsiouklas taking the digital world by storm at 16

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fotios Tsiouklas is only 16 and an entrepreneur proving that there’s more to the word than just owning your own business.“The term is thrown around very lightly today,” the 16-year-old who has sold over 50 video games globally and owns a social media company with a weekly reach of 15 million people, tells Neos Kosmos.“It is often used to describe anyone who is self-employed. However, I believe it is so much more than being self-employed. An entrepreneur, to me, is someone who makes the impossible happen, every day. From a young age, I was often criticised by those around me for the ventures I chose to pursue. I was often told ‘you are too young’ or ‘you don’t know what you’re doing.’ This is a part of the life of an entrepreneur,” he stresses.According to Fotios, an entrepreneur is a resilient, persistent individual who is willing to push aside criticism and chase their dream. While most people only see the success stories, only a few see the hardships involved in getting to the levels successful entrepreneurs reach.“I strongly believe that if you believe you have the traits of an entrepreneur, [then] you allow yourself the opportunity to try out something new in an area you are passionate about,” he says. “Don’t let any factors deter you from trying something new. Believe in yourself, work hard and everything will eventually come together. That’s what it means to be an entrepreneur – to make the unthinkable become the new reality.”Fotios discovered his passion for entrepreneurship at the age of 10, when he started his first website fotoz.com.au, a social media network for photographers. At the time, he was told by those around him that it wouldn’t work even after he created a business plan and sample website.“Later that year, a very similar website/app was released – Instagram. After seeing the success of Instagram, I was inspired to believe in myself and went on to pursue other ideas,” he says.“I have always enjoyed creating things. I derived a sense of achievement in making possible whatever my imagination held.”Now a year 11 student at Balwyn High School in Melbourne, he is also completing two year 12 subjects, Greek and Business Management, while running a digital agency (arvada-apps.com) developing applications and software for companies and individuals. Through his agency, Fotios employs eight people to manage different areas of operations.“Through Arvada Apps, I have sold over 50 games across the world, I have developed educational software which is being used by childcare centres throughout Melbourne to educate children, I have mentored over 10 people in the app industry and I am currently working on a system that will allow people to build their own app for under $1,000 (with optional add-ons), which is relatively cheap, considering most app development agencies charge thousands of dollars just to design a user interface,” he explains.“Through this promotion, I have already gathered a large amount of interest. Using my knowledge in apps, I will also be releasing an app course to teach other people how to work from home and make a substantial amount of money online through application development, the way I have.”It didn’t take Fotios long to realise that establishing a digital agency takes a lot of hard work – especially as a teenager and he feels grateful his family has got his back.“At first, it is often hard to gain respect from those in business due to my age, however, results always speak loudest and my credibility is always established very quickly thereafter,” he says.“It may seem surprising, but when you’re a teenager running a proper business, a lot of people want to work with you. It is therefore important that you have your family’s backup and support to help you filter between those with good and bad intentions. I encourage all parents with young, emerging entrepreneurs to be supportive at all times and help their children where possible. Having a strong support network through my family has played a huge role in me reaching the goals I’ve set for myself and have subsequently achieved. Without their support, reaching these targets would’ve been impossible.”Fotios’ parents have always been close offering valuable advice, motivation, encouragement, and knowledge along the way – especially during difficult times, helping him put things in perspective and ensuring he remains humble and level-headed as he says. Other than his family, Fotios’ business partner Daniel also inspires him in many ways offering the much needed space for improvement. He also looks up to Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX.“Unlike other successful business people,” Fotios explains, “Elon Musk continues to focus on improving humanity and not ‘chasing the dollar’ which I admire about him. I try to always model myself on him and help as many people as I can along the way, recognising that success breeds success.”Although, Fotios aspires to a life of success by creating something that would be known, used and appreciated world-wide his main goal is to excel at school.“Once I graduate from high school,” he says. “I would like to complete a commerce and IT double degree, at a top-tier university and later do a post-graduate business degree at an Ivy League school in the US.”While running a demanding business he does not neglect his family and friends, an essential to remain a balanced individual. He also ensures his apps are helpful for others, especially children and young people.Fotios has created Tiny Town, which includes a suite of 10 apps targeted towards children aged three to five years old. The series has been tailored to the national curriculum and aims to provide an alternative option to the traditional, mindless iPad and iPhone games children play, by providing them with a fun way to learn.“The app has been tested and was a very big hit with kids, who refused to give me back my phone,” he enthuses.“We have this app currently being used by six KoolKidz centres throughout Melbourne and aim to launch this series in every independent childcare centre in Australia.“I enjoy helping people and seeing them transform the apps I sell to them into successful, chart-topping games. It’s all part of my value-add proposition beyond the point-of-sale. My goal is to allow everyone a gateway into the saturated and competitive app industry by offering affordable prices and assistance where needed.”Apart from building apps and creating video games, the 16-year-old boy wonder uses his knowledge in social media and his strong base of influencers to organise Greek events throughout Melbourne through his page Hellenic Clips (facebook.com/hellenicclips), working with some of the biggest names in the Greek community.His ingenuity does not end in the social media and IT realm. Fotios’ latest venture includes working with the founders of Australian company HiSmile to manufacture his own line of niche skin cosmetics.Have you ever felt that maybe you dream too much? I ask him.“I’ve always felt cosmetics and healthcare in general is a good industry to enter, however, most cosmetics companies use very conservative methods to market their products and present their products in a very traditional way. A different approach in social media, marketing, and online distribution could truly revolutionise the industry,” he says.“Many people have told me from a young age that I have a tendency of spreading my wings too far. However, I believe that in order to excel at something, you need to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. No one knows what the future holds, so it is important that you immerse yourself in as many opportunities as possible – as long as you can handle the extra commitment of course.”For more information go to arvada.com.au and facebook.com/socialsquadofficialYou can download Tiny Town on the iTunes store online @ tinytownapp.comHellenic Clips: facebook.com/hellenicclipslast_img read more

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