WhiteCollar Frauds

first_imgIn what could be described as an unprecedented crackdown, the CBI over the last week raided around 61 places in connection separte bank fraud cases. While the probe agency registered 17 separate cases of over the last few days, bringing the total number of bank fraud cases registered this year to at least 31, the gargantuan task of walking them down to their logical conclusion has now begun.But what does it take to investigate bank frauds? How do so many fraudsters get away with it? How come most of these cases take years, sometimes decades to get to the point of a conviction? Also Read – A race against timeAccording to data released by the Reserve Bank of India, more than 50,000 cases of bank fraud involving around Rs 2.05 lakh crore have been reported in the last 11 fiscal years i.e. between 2008-09 and 2018-19. The data clearly points to a disturbing trend of an increasing number of bank frauds being reported. Between 2015-16 SCBs reported 4,096 cases of fraud amounting to Rs 18,698.82 crore, in 2016-17 it rose to 5,076 cases amounting to Rs 23,933.85 crore, and the following fiscal year the number further rose to 5,917 cases amounting to Rs 41,167.03 crore. The number grew to more than 6,800 cases in 2018-19, amounting to a whopping Rs 71,500 crore. Also Read – A Golden LootMoreover, the number of bank fraud cases registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation also points to an upward trend. In 2017, the probe agency registered 31 such cases, amounting to a fraud of at least Rs 11,352 crore. The number rose to 52 in 2018, with the amount further increasing to around Rs 16,091 crore. And so far, 2019 has seen the agency register 31 such cases amounting to a fraud of at least Rs 8,587 crore. However, it is pertinent to note that this data just points towards the number of frauds ‘reported’ during a fiscal year. So, most of these cases are a result of frauds that were committed years, and in some cases decades ago, and are just now being detected and reported. But the question again arises as to how and why these frauds were allowed to be perpetrated for years without hindrance. Establishing fraud Well for starters, there is a difference between the fraud amount and the default amount. As part of their business, banks end up lending to several companies and projects with the promise of returns but some of these loans end up turning bad as a result of natural market forces and/or shelving of projects. So, once natural and uncontrollable external factors are excluded, the banks must be able to find enough evidence that the borrower had the intention of defrauding the lender. For example in the case of Bhushan Power and Steel, while it currently owes around Rs 47,204 crore to a consortium of banks, lenders found evidence to suspect fraud of only around Rs 2,348 crore. Now, once banks or financial institutions detect the fraud, they must report it to the Reserve Bank of India and in cases where the fraud amount exceeds Rs 5 crore, the fraudulent account must be reported to the CBI’s Bank and Securities Fraud division for investigation. The mechanism In the wake of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Sterling Biotech, the obvious question is how not only one bank, but a consortium kept lending to them for years before realising what was being done with the loan amount. The most common way these bank frauds are perpetrated is first by way of applying for loan amounts higher than required. A lot of the times, like in the case of former Aircel boss C Sivasankaran, subsidiaries of a single company apply for separate loans to take up different projects. And by the time banks realise what has happened, it turns out that one company of the group is paying off the other company’s old loans with fresh ones. Siva Group of Companies, according to the CBI managed to defraud IDBI Bank off around Rs 1,339 crore in this manner, with alleged involvement of senior bank officials. Further, in order to get loans sanctioned and disbursed, offending companies often rely on producing fake documentation like over-invoicing of purchases, and presenting a suspiciously healthy profit projection. And as it happens to be in most cases, investigators end up discovering the complicity of bank officials of varying seniorities, who get such dubious documentation processed and approved without scrutiny. Case in point – the ICICI Bank-Videocon bank fraud case; where former Chairperson Chanda Kochhar is accused of complicity. Once the loans get disbursed, the fraudsters use a complicated network of subsidiaries, shell companies, and frontmen to move the money around to mislead auditors for as long as possible. The problem, however, is that this network has both genuine and paper companies, making identification difficult. This is where the Enforcement Directorate comes into play. In bank fraud cases where there is evidence of loan amounts being diverted through third-party concerns, the ED picks up investigations under PMLA and starts establishing the money trail in an attempt to prove how the proceeds of crime were diverted and used to what end. While establishing the fraud itself can take years, it can take longer for the ED to prove money-laundering charges. The Getaway While investigative agencies embark on their massive journey to establish the fraud and money-trail, it is often seen that high-profile offenders manage to flee the country, further delaying the case against them. In fact, according to data provided by the government and the ED, around 36 persons, identfied as economic offenders have fled the country, including Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, the Sandesara brothers (Sterling Biotech), C Sivasankaran, Jatin Mehta, and Sanjay Bhandari. Even when probe agencies take measures to prevent such offenders from fleeing, most manage to leave the country, largely due to their accumulated influence in political, bureaucratic, and legal circles as a result of their wealth. Mallya, Sivasankaran, and the Sandesara brothers managed to flee the country despite a Look Out Circular issued against them. In most bank frauds, larger wealth can be connected to higher influence among power players, which in turn allows fraudsters to avoid scrutiny. Although extradition proceedings for Mallya and Modi are underway and Choksi has been called a criminal by the Prime Minister of the country he is currently in, the process to bring such fugitives back remains a long and arduous one. The investigation Meanwhile, investigators at home face considerable challenges in proving crimes of bank fraud and especially money-laundering. While extracting financial information from countries that are not obliged to share such information is a daunting task, ED investigators also have to explain the evidence to prosecutors here so that a case can be made out. Some ED officials say that prosecutors often have trouble understanding the crime and spend weeks trying to comprehend how to translate years’ worth of evidence in terms that can get them a PMLA conviction. In fact, among the many PMLA cases the ED has registered, convictions are yet to reach double-digits. And given the influence that some economic offenders carry, often times investigators themselves are found to be compromised. Moreover, the accused always has the most common explanation i.e. blaming unpredictable markets for their loan defaults. Mehta’s Winsome Diamonds is a classic example, with Mehta claiming that his buyers in the UAE had faced massive losses, resulting in the default over Rs 6,500 crore. In addition, the sheer volume of documents that require specialised scrutiny add to the challenges faced by investigators. Both the CBI and the ED lack specialised manpower in this regard to be able to sift through such documentation in a speedy manner, with the CBI having only four Bank and Securities Fraud divisions in the country and the ED not having enough officials to be able to expedite cases. And while high-profile economic offenders are guided by some of the “best minds” money can buy to design their crimes, it follows that probing agencies should also have equally talented human resources, both in numbers and quality.last_img read more

First Nations cousin duo dominating combat sport

first_imgAPTN National NewsMuay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand and it is being dominated by two First Nations youth.Ashley Nichols and Daniel Kechego are a cousin duo and one of the best ones in their discipline.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has that story.last_img

BC premier says court is the best place for pipeline debate

first_imgNotley is promising to cut oil and gas exports if B.C. delays the pipeline.The $7.4-billion pipeline expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to Burnaby.British Columbia has retained lawyer Joseph Arvay to prepare a reference case in the courts to test the province’s right to protect its land, coast and waters.Alberta recently ended a ban on wine from B.C.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VICTORIA, B.C. –  British Columbia Premier John Horgan says the best route for the ongoing Trans Mountain expansion pipeline dispute with Alberta is through the courts.He says B.C. will stick to its legal plan to test its jurisdiction on environmental and economic grounds.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week her government will not stand for further delays on a project that is vital to Alberta and the rest of Canada.last_img read more

Robert Badgerow found guilty of first degree murder

After four days of deliberations the jury in the trial of Robert Badgerow has declared him guilty of first degree murder in connection with the 1981 rape and slaying of Diane Werendowicz.  Badgerow grimaced and shook his head when the verdict was read.The judge elected to proceed right to sentencing.  First degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.  Badgerow has already served ten years for the murder after he was convicted at the first trial. But that verdict was overturned on appeal.  Two subsequent trials ended in hung juries.While this was the fourth time Badgerow was tried for the murder — unprecedented in Canadian jurisprudence –  it was the first time jurors were permitted to hear a 9-1-1 call made by the killer from a phone booth steps away from where Badgerow worked at Stelco. The call disclosed information that only the killer would have known.    Badgerow’s best friend was a witness at this trial and confirmed the voice belonged to Robert Badgerow.Before being led away in handcuffs Badgerow told the court: “The only women I’ve hurt are the women in my life… I’ll always maintain my innocence. I’m innocent. I did not do this”.He then said something to his son nearby who began to sob.Withheld from the juries was evidence of another crime. A woman named Debbie Robertson was attacked with a screw driver in the same area weeks after the Werendowicz murder.  Robertson identified Badgerow as her attacker but police didn’t believe her at the time.Ahead of Thursday’s verdict, Lisa Hepfner spoke with some of the investigators involved in the case.Video Playerhttp://www.chch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-12-01-BadgerowInvestigatorsLisaEN6.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Bombardier defends CEOs absence from special meeting following 5000 layoffs

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. was on the defensive Monday after chief executive Alain Bellemare steered clear of a special meeting, hastily arranged to deal with the imminent layoff of 2,500 of the company’s Quebec workers.The province’s economy minister called the early-morning sit-down in downtown Montreal between Bombardier representatives, union and aerospace leaders and the government, with a view to finding a path back to employment for the workers.Bombardier, which announced last week it will cut 5,000 workers worldwide and sell off key assets, including the Q400 propeller plane program, dispatched two representatives to the rendezvous, including vice president of external relations Olivier Marcil.‘They chew up a lot of cash’: Investors cast doubt over Bombardier’s turnaround strategyBombardier plummets most in three years as hopes dim for turnaroundBombardier is selling off two businesses and cutting 5,000 jobs“Bombardier is not hiding, Bombardier is here,” he said during a scrum with reporters. “Mr. Bellemare has a very, very busy schedule and supports the initiative.”The plane-and-train maker has just under 70,000 employees across 30 countries, Marcil noted.Bellemare, whose total compensation was about $14 million in 2017, has avoided interviews since Bombardier gave word of the job cuts last week alongside third-quarter results.Bellemare said in a statement Thursday he was “very proud” of what had been achieved so far as part of his recovery plan, which is set to culminate in 2020.Bellemare has already admitted that Bombardier was close to bankruptcy in 2015 before the Quebec government jumped to its aid by injecting $1 billion of public money into the C Series. The aircraft program was renamed A220 in July when Airbus took control without paying a dime.“He lives in Quebec and is fully aware of what is happening,” said Marcil, when asked if his boss should take the time to explain his recent decisions. “But he manages a rail and aviation giant and could not be here today.”Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon deflected questions around Bellemare’s absence Monday, noting that two Bombardier representatives were present at the meeting in downtown Montreal.However, he said he had talked with the leader of the Quebec multinational in recent days.“We have agreed to meet soon to talk about the industry to avoid future surprises,” Fitzgibbon said.Following the 7:30 a.m. meeting, the minister sought to reassure Quebeckers that the province’s aerospace sector is healthy and growing, despite restructuring at the company. He said he is hopeful an ongoing labour shortage means all affected Bombardier employees will be able to find new work within the next 12 to 18 months.Representatives from Aero Montreal, Bell Helicopter and CAE Inc. were present, among other companies.Bombardier is expected to provide details surrounding the layoffs, such as the trades affected, to the province in the coming days, which would allow the industry to respond, Fitzgibbon said.“You have to understand which employees are going to be targeted,” he said. “There is a risk that there will be training issues and that is where the Ministry of Employment will be present.”David Chartrand, the Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was optimistic about industry prospects, despite having criticized last week the way Bombardier opted to announce the layoffs.“It’s a good message to send to the public if some people think it’s not going well,” he said Monday. “That’s wrong. There is job creation. It’s good that people know about it.” read more

Annan recommends sixmonth extension of UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

“Under the present circumstances, I consider the peacekeeping operation in Cyprus essential for the maintenance of the ceasefire on the island,” Mr. Annan writes in a new report to the Security Council. He recommends that UNFICYP’s mandate, which is set to expire in mid-December, be extended until 15 June 2002.The situation along the ceasefire lines has been calm in recent months, according to the report. “Regrettably, no progress was made in removing the restrictions imposed by the Turkish Cypriot authorities and Turkish forces on UNFICYP or in restoring the status quo ante at Strovilia,” the Secretary-General adds, referring to the situation in a small hamlet inhabited by Greek Cypriots. read more

East Timor assembly approves constitutional articles on powers of parliament

The articles were all passed with significant majorities. The first covered the different areas in which parliament may authorize the government to legislate, including the definition of crimes, sentences and security measures; general public service rules and regulations; and ways and means of expropriation, nationalization and privatization.Another article empowers members of parliament, parliamentary groups and the government to initiate laws and states that bills and draft legislation that have been rejected may not be re-introduced in the same legislative session and that draft legislation initiated by the government will lapse if the government is dismissed.Article 93 states the legislative term of parliament will comprise five years, and Article 94 stipulates that the legislative body cannot be dissolved during the six months immediately following its election, in the last six months of the President’s term of office, or during a state of siege or emergency.The final article passed today establishes a standing committee that will sit when the parliament is dissolved or in recess, to be presided over by the Speaker and comprising the Deputy Speakers and members designated by the political parties represented in parliament, in accordance with their respective representation. The standing committee will, among other things, monitor the activities of the government and the Public Administration, take steps to convene parliament when necessary, and authorize the declaration of a state of emergency. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,530.91 down 2.66 points):Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Unchanged at $36 on 5.4 million shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $7.87 on 5.03 million shares.Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 39.58 per cent, to 67 cents on 4.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up four cents, or 0.98 per cent, to $4.13 on 4.07 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 62 cents, or 3.14 per cent, to $19.12 on 3.4 million shares. Newmont Mining Corp. and Barrick blamed each other Monday for the collapse of merger talks that could have combined two of the world’s largest gold producers.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 2.27 per cent, to $8.19 on 3.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,009.58 down 4.01 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil and gas. Down 2.5 cents, or 7.69 per cent, to 30 cents on 8.4 million shares.Fission Uranium Corp. (TSXV:FCU). Miner. Down five cent, or 3.82 per cent, to $1.26 on 5.08 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Technology. Down 23 cents, or 0.60 per cent, to $37.91 on 974,324 million shares. The Montreal-based company is establishing a new IT services centre in southwest Louisiana that will eventually have up to 400 employees.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas services. Down 14 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $13.70 on 2.7 million shares. The share price fell despite an improvment in first-quarter net earnings to $102 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, from $93 million or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue was also higher, up 13 per cent to $672 million, mainly due to higher pricing and drilling activity in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Communication Services. Up 12 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $26.62 on 104,304 shares. The company announced after markets closed that its president and CEO, Robert Depatie, has announced his intention to retire for undisclosed health reasons. His successor as president and CEO of Quebecor and Quebecor Media is Pierre Dion, who has been a member of Quebecor Media’s executive committee since 2004. The hand-over is effective immediately but Depatie will remain to oversee the transition in support of Dion until May 30.Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Miner. Unchanged at $4.67 on 977,828 shares. A dissident group of shareholders seeking three seats on the Sherritt International board of directors believes chief executive David Pathe needs to be replaced. The dissidents, led by investment firm Clarke Inc., say costs are up and the share price has fallen since Pathe took the helm of the mining company at the beginning of 2012. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange read more

Lunchtime Fix 8 things you need to know

first_img Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter Source: LMFM RADIO/Twitter 4. Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has said there was no secrecy about the letter he set to a judge, asking for leniency for a convicted drug dealer and father of four. The party has been keeping very quiet on the matter today. [RTÉ News]5. The police ombudsman in Northern Ireland has found no evidence that the RUC was involved in the murder attempt on Gerry Adams in 1984. The Sinn Féin president isn’t too keen on the report. @Cllrjoereilly is speaking to us about this fire in Claremont estate in Navan last night that destroyed four houses pic.twitter.com/w2d3jM9N4E— LMFM RADIO (@LMFMRADIO) June 19, 2014 Gerry Adams TD calls on Ombudsman to set aside Report http://t.co/AVcJnNm3Gr— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) June 19, 2014center_img 6. A new report has revealed that nearly 25% of households in Ireland are jobless.7. Four homes in an estate in county Meath were totally destroyed in a fire overnight. WHAT’S THE STORY?1. The Interim Administrator to the CRC believes the organisation set up its charitable arm for the sole purpose of making sure it got as much money as possible from the HSE.And this is what he had to say about the CEO’s salary. Read more from the just-published report here.2. The European Court of Justice has sided with Karen Millen in its legal dispute with Dunnes Stores.3. The IMF is backing Joan Burton to be the next leader of the Labour party. The lads didn’t mention Alex White. 8. Facebook crashed today. And nobody knew what to do with themselves. Source: Cesare Giannetti/YouTubeCatch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more

Trump breaks decades of US foreign policy with telephone call from president

first_img Dec 3rd 2016, 7:47 AM By AFP Share12 Tweet Email1 US PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.It was not immediately clear whether Trump’s telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington’s official “One China” stance, but fuelled fears he is improvising on international affairs.China regards self-ruling Taiwan as part of its own territory awaiting reunification under Beijing’s rule, and any US move that would imply support for independence would likely trigger fury.During yesterday’s discussion, Trump and Tsai noted “the close economic, political and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States, according to the president-elect’s office. It said: 62 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year..China – the target of much bombastic rhetoric during Trump’s election campaign – labeled the call a “ploy by the Taiwan side that simply cannot change… the One China framework”.“I do not think it will change the one-China policy that the US government has insisted on applying over the years,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV, in a muted response.The One China principle is the cornerstone of the healthy development of Sino-US relations, and we do not want any interference or disappearance of this political foundation.As he came under fire for the move, Trump defended his decision to speak with Tsai, saying the island’s president initiated the call and brushed off the resulting criticism. He tweeted: Cabinet postsMurphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged Trump to speed up his search for a nominee to become secretary of state and coordinate US foreign policy.Trump has met with several senior political, diplomatic and military figures in recent days and his pick for Washington’s next chief diplomat is keenly anticipated.Reports suggest that former Massachusetts governor and defeated 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a frontrunner, along with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.Former CIA chief and general David Petraeus has also been cited as a candidate, as have Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and former senior diplomat John Bolton.During the campaign, Trump repeatedly accused China of manipulating its currency to harm US manufacturing and threatened to impose tariffs on some of its exports.Transition officials have told reporters not to expect more nominations for cabinet-level posts before next week.- © AFP 2016Read: Enda denies being snubbed by Donald Trump> Trump breaks decades of US foreign policy with telephone call from president of Taiwan One Democratic Senator said, “That’s how wars start”. Source: Chris Murphy/Twitter Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 7:47 AMcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/3117671 (2) What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That’s how wars start.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2016 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Image: Matt Rourke Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016 ‘One China’President Barack Obama’s White House said the outgoing US administration had not changed its stance.“There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told reporters.“We remain firmly committed to our ‘One China’ policy,” she added. “Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations”Washington cut formal diplomatic relations with the island in 1979 and recognises Beijing as the sole government of “One China” – while keeping friendly, non-official ties with Taipei.But since coming to office this year, Tsai has refused to accept the “One China” concept, prompting Beijing to cut off all official communication with the island’s new government. Source: Chiang Ying-yingTsai’s Democratic Progressive Party government (DPP) defeated the Kuomintang (KMT), which had much friendlier ties with Beijing, in a landslide election victory in January.Even before the call with Taiwan, Trump’s unorthodox diplomatic outreach has raised eyebrows.Until Thursday, State Department officials told reporters that Trump had not asked for official briefing on current policy from US diplomats before making the contacts.Yesterday, department spokesman John Kirby said the outgoing US administration has now helped with “some foreign communications that the transition team has gone forward with.”But he referred reporters to Trump’s office for details and would not say whether the president-elect himself had requested any background briefings before making or taking any calls.Asked whether Trump was among those on the transition team who received such help, a senior US official would only say that Vice President-elect Mike Pence has also made foreign calls.‘The right way’The incident comes as Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said Trump approved of Manila’s ongoing deadly drug war, saying the crackdown in which some 4,800 people have been killed was being conducted in “the right way”.The comments were made during a phone conversation between the Philippine president and Trump late yesterday.Traditional US ally Britain was also embarrassed when Trump tweeted a request that it replace its ambassador to Washington with his friend, eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage.But for some critics, in extending his hand to Taiwan, Trump crossed a dangerous line.Democratic Senator Chris Murphy tweeted: 23,207 Views Short URL Image: Matt Rourkelast_img read more

Perfect 7 Sinead Kane is the first visuallyimpaired athlete to complete World

first_img First blind person to complete 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days. #blindrunner777 #worldmarathonchallenge pic.twitter.com/HeMVTvqNWD— Team BlindRunner777 (@blindrunner777) January 29, 2017 13,217 Views Monday 30 Jan 2017, 12:25 PM John Stones not tough enough, says Pep GuardiolaIreland midfielder Gibson set to be reunited with Moyes at Sunderland By Emma Duffy President Higgins on @blindrunner777’s #worldmarathonchallenge: “Hers is an extraordinary achievement and she’s an exceptional role model.”— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) January 30, 2017 Short URL Image: Allianz Ireland Jan 30th 2017, 12:25 PM Share256 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Source: President of Ireland/Twittercenter_img Kane also qualified as Ireland’s first legally blind solicitor in 2009.The original article was updated with quotes from Kane and photographs.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Sinead Kane and John O’Regan. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I’ve had this challenge on my mind since about January 2016 so it’s not something that’s just developed overnight,” Kane told The42 earlier this month before she flew off.“I suppose it shows that, with any goals, there has to be preparation and you have to be willing to put in the hard work and, of course, having to raise the money. “But I think that might make it a bit more rewarding, that I’ve put in the hard work. That said, there’s definitely been times over the last year that I’ve wanted to give up, to walk away.”The Youghal woman has made sporting history before — two years ago, she became the first visually-impaired Irish person to run an ultra-marathon in Ireland. Source: Sinead Kane/Twitter https://the42.ie/3212613 CORK’S SINEAD KANE ran into the record books yesterday as she became the first visually-impaired athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge — seven marthons on seven continents in seven days.Despite just 5% vision, Kane and her guide runner John O’Regan finished their incredible journey in Sydney on Sunday with a final marathon time of 4:42:59.The duo completed their first marathon at Union Glacier, Antarctica on 23 January, before running in Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).Kane came joint-first in her marathon in Asia and finished sixth in her last in Australia.“I am trying to take in what I have just achieved over the past week. The last seven days have been a character building experience for me. It’s been a huge adventure,”Kane said afterwards. Kane and O’Regan in Antarctica. Source: Richard O’Donovan.“I am sad that this experience has come to an end, in a way I am in auto pilot mode, I keep thinking I need to run another marathon tomorrow.“[In Australia] I kept thinking that I just couldn’t do it, that I just didn’t have it in me to complete the final leg of the World Marathon Challenge. I have had high moments and low moments on this trip over the last week, so thanks for all of the belief and support in me.”During the week-long event, competitors flew by charter plane and ran standard 42.2km marathon distances.Having started running five years ago after completing the 2012 Mini Marathon, Kane had been training for the World Marathon Challenge since last year. Follow us: the42.ie Perfect 7! Sinead Kane is the first visually-impaired athlete to complete World Marathon Challenge 7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents. Image: Allianz Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google IO 2012 le point sur les rumeurs

first_imgGoogle I/O 2012 : le point sur les rumeursLa conférence Google I/O ouvre ses portes dans deux jours. Comme chaque année, la firme devrait annoncer ses nouveautés matérielles et softwares.Du 27 au 29 juin aura lieu la conférence annuelle Input/Output de Google. Comme pour le WWDC d’Apple, elle se tiendra au Moscone Center de San Francisco. Pour cette conférence, plusieurs produits sont attendus, comme une présentation de la nouvelle version d’Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, la tablette Nexus 7 et surtout le Google Cloud. Certains attendent même quelques mots sur le Project Glass, les lunettes de réalité augmentée. Retrouvez en image les cinq annonces les plus probables en images, dans notre galerie photo.Que faut-il attendre de cette conférence ? Tout d’abord, Chrome devrait être mis en avant avec de nouvelles fonctionnalités et notamment la version 3D de Google Maps présentée il y a quelques jours. L’autre sujet attendu est l’arrivée d’un nouveau service de cloud. Plusieurs grandes firmes ce sont déjà lancée dans le cloud et Google avait déjà rencontré un certain succès avec Google Drive. Le nouveau service devrait rivaliser avec l’EC2 d’Amazon et pourrait permettre aux professionnels d’héberger des sites ou d’exécuter des applications sur des serveurs virtuels. Ce nouveau cloud permettrait d’attirer les développeurs. Côté hardware, une tablette Google fera peut-être parler d’elle, surtout après l’annonce de la tablette de Microsoft, Surface. Cette dernière est développée par Asus et pourrait bien tourner sur la dernière version d’Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.Pour ce qui est des nouveautés liée à Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, les rumeurs parlent de l’arrivée d’un assistant vocal, pour concurrencer Siri. Ce dernier pourrait croiser les outils de recherche Google et son service de reconnaissance vocale. La dernière version de l’OS de Google devrait être plus orientée vers le jeu et la navigation web avec l’apparition d’une version mobile de Chrome et une meilleure gestion des processeurs pour permettre un meilleur affichage des jeux. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Google ne sera pas le seul à montrer des nouveautés et Mozilla a parlé d’une grande annonce ce matin via son compte Twitter. Le tweet est accompagné d’une photo montrant Firefox pour Android, déjà en bêta depuis le mois de mai. Le nouveau navigateur est présenté comme rapide, intelligent et sécuritaire. Afin de suivre l’actualité des sorties, il est possible de voir toutes les annonces via l’application Google I/O 2012, téléchargeable sur Google Play.Le 25 juin 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video New RAW Tag Team Champions crowned on Monday night in Grand

first_img Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Pinterest Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Google+ Moments ago on RAW, The Revival defeated Chad Gable and Bobby Roode to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions in Grand Rapids.The conclusion of the match:Gable takes Dawson out and rolls Wilder up for a two count. Wilder goes to the top rope, but Gable cuts him off. They hit a powerbomb/diving clothesline, but Roode knocks Wilder into Dawson to break it up. All four men are down. A light “This is awesome” chant picks up. They get Roode out of the ring. Gable rolls Dawson up for a near fall. Wilder tags in, and they catch Gable with the Shatter Machine for the win. – From Mike Tedesco’s live RAW recap.THEY. HAVE. DONE IT!@ScottDawsonWWE & @DashWilderWWE just SHATTERED @REALBobbyRoode & @WWEGable to become the NEW #RAW #TagTeamChampions! pic.twitter.com/9h0mED1YBp— WWE (@WWE) February 12, 2019 WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Facebooklast_img read more

BRAC University students continue protest over assaulting teacher

first_imgStudents of BRAC University have been protesting in front of their Mohakhali campus against the university management, over the sacking and ‘assaulting’ of a law teacher.The agitated students said Farhan Uddin Ahmed, a law teacher recruited on contractual terms, was called to the human resources department on Sunday and handed documents for the immediate termination of his contract with the university.Students of BRAC University protesting in front of their Mohakhali campus over the sacking and ‘assaulting’ of a law teacher on Tuesday. Photo: Hasan RajaWhen Farhan refused to take the termination papers, several officials of the registrar’s department took away his identity card and attacked him physically, they added.Since Sunday, students of several departments, including the law department, have been boycotting classes and exams, and protesting against the university management.Students of BRAC University protesting inside their Mohakhali campus over the sacking and ‘assaulting’ of a law teacher on Tuesday. Photo: Hasan RajaThe agitated students on Tuesday observed a sit-in in front of the Mohakhali main campus, chanting, ‘bring back Farhan sir’, ‘we want justice’, and ‘the registrar must resign.’.Some students also alleged the university authorities have threatened them to stop their protest, otherwise they will face the music.When contacted, the management declined to comment on that.A law student told Prothom Alo that at a meeting with the vice-chancellor, the students demanded the resignation of the registrar and two assistant officials.The VC assured the protesting students that a probe committee would be formed to look into the incident.But no such committee has yet been formed, said the students.last_img read more

Garlic onions may lower colorectal cancer risk

first_imgConsumption of allium vegetables – which include garlic, leeks, and onions – may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, a study claims. Colorectal cancer is the cancer of the colon or rectum, located at the digestive tract’s lower end. It is the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men, respectively. The study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that the odds of having colorectal cancer were 79 per cent lower in adults who consumed high amounts of allium vegetable compared with those who consumed low amounts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It is worth noting that in our research, there seems to be a trend: the greater the amount of allium vegetables, the better the protection,” said Zhi Li, from the First Hospital of China Medical University. “In general, the present findings shed light on the primary prevention of colorectal cancer through lifestyle intervention, which deserves further in-depth explorations,” Li said in a statement. In the study, 833 patients of colorectal cancer were matched to 833 healthy controls by age, sex and residence area. Demographic and dietary information was collected via face-to-face interviews using a validated food frequency questionnaire.last_img read more

Qatar Tourism gains Authority

first_imgA change in executive regulations has given Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) permission to monitor the country’s tourism sector, according to the group’s chairman Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi.The senior official explained the executive regulation will be issued within eight months and makes a QTA licence mandatory for operators looking to open new hotels and other tourism related facilities, Construction Week Online reported.”It will give some QTA employees judicial powers,” he said.  “There is an emphasis on nature tourism, and we are preserving several traditional spots in the country with this view [in mind].”Meanwhile, in January this year the country’s national carrier, Qatar Airways announced a new codeshare with American Airlines to boost tourism between the Middle East and the US.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Government makes QTA licence mandatory. Image: Fotopedialast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories – / 5 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

Football hooligans fined and banned

first_imgTwo football hooligans were fined €750 each and barred from matches for nine months on Friday for possessing flares and firecrackers during the Apoel-Astana game on August 23.The two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, were detained after the game when officers found the explosives during a search of the car they were travelling in.Several other arrests were made both before and after the match in Nicosia’s GSP stadium.Before the start, a 22-year-old man, a passenger in a car, lit a flare and waved it outside the car window. The car was stopped by police officers who arrested both the passenger and the driver.Another 22-year-old man was arrested just after the final whistle as he rushed onto the pitch before being brought down by police and ground stewards and taken away.last_img read more

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