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Northeast still under flood fury

first_imgWith the flood situation in Assam and Mizoram still grim, officials in other northeastern States are on red alert since water levels in major rivers may increase any time with the rains. As Assam is the source of all goods transported to other northeastern States, the movement of trucks and inter-State buses has been hampered. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh told The Hindu that the government’s long-term plan was to dredge river beds. He said, “As a result of rampant deforestation, there is heavy silting in the mountains and most of the rivers have muddy instead of running water. This will quicken the death of the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in eastern India.” The flood situation in upper Assam has been officially described as “critical”.last_img

Supreme Court declines petition seeking intervention in Gorakhpur deaths

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea to take suo motu cognisance of the deaths of children in a government hospital at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.A lawyer made the plea before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, who responded that he should approach the Allahabad High Court.‘HC can deal with it’The Bench reasoned that the incident happened in “one State and in one hospital”, and the High Court was best to deal with the case, in case a petition is filed before it.The court also asked why it should intervene as the authorities had already swung into action.The lawyer wanted an Special Investigation Team to be constituted under the directions of the SC to investigate the deaths of over 60 children, many allegedly due to a disruption in the oxygen supply, at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.last_img read more

UK Court Orders Fraudster Who Rigged Language Test for Foreign Students to Repay £230,000

first_imgA UK court has ordered a fraudster, who helped to fake academic records and rig English language exams so foreign students could apply for visa extensions illegally, to pay back £230,000, reported.Wahida Sultana, 40, was the principal of Eden College International in East London. She was associated with a group that faked academic records for foreign students who required visa extensions. Sultana was ordered by Judge Joanna Korner QC to pay £230,000 within a span of three months. “By agreement the benefit is agreed to be £352,000. The available amount is £230,000. I therefore make a confiscation order to the sum of £230,000. There will be three months to pay,” the judge said, reported.In 2016, Harinder Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed, and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between Oct. 17, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014, and stood trial in 2016, the report added.Ahmed and Chowdhury were jailed for eight years each, while Hasan was jailed for five years and Harinder Kumar got a three-year prison term.Sultana and Hemant Kumar were convicted after a second trial last year, following which Sultana was sentenced to two year in prison with the sentence suspended for two years in August.The scam was exposed in early 2014 after an investigation by BBC’s Panorama program in which journalists went undercover as students seeking to make use of the services of the gang. They recorded the fraudsters on their cameras while they were at work. The BBC was told that Studentway could get past mandatory English tests, even if applicants spoke no EnglishThe language tests were conducted at Eden College International, while Hasan was a “designated invigilator.” Students were either given the answers during the exam at the college or the gang made arrangements for other people to take the test in place of the students. The scam also included Studentway Education in Southall and Total Care London in Whitechapel, east London, the report said.The gang also rigged the English language tests needed by the Home Office and was able to make a sum of £500,000 from students who were looking to extend their visas.The police started investigating the scam soon after and found that three firms were involved in the scam. The gang provided documents like bank statements as well as academic records for migrants of countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who were seeking to extend their stay in United Kingdom fraudulently.Immigrants looking for ways to extend their visas fraudulently were picked by Ahmed and Chowdhury from their educational consulting company Total Care London. Harinder Kumar ran an immigration advice service, Student Way Education in Southall, Middlesex, where they promised a “guaranteed pass” to students for £500.“The evidence makes clear that at the college which is at the center of this case, there were during the 16-month period covered by the charge, at least 800 bogus English language examinations taken, the vast majority of which were later relied upon in support of fraudulent applications to the Home Office for the obtaining of student visas,” prosecutor David Walbank was quoted as saying earlier by the publication.Another hearing has been scheduled for May 3 this year to decide the amount Kumar will have to pay back. Related ItemsBritainUKlast_img read more

We don’t believe we are from two different countries: Bopanna

first_imgThe India-Pakistan connection made them a global talking point at the US Open but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi do not even consider themselves from two different nations.They were the first India-Pakistan combination to reach a Grand Slam final and their coming together and doing well at a tennis major, generated a huge interest.Even the Ambassadors from the two countries to the United Nations came together to cheer them and it was enough for media to add some political colour to the coverage, considering the two countries have fought three wars since becoming independent.Media coined terms like ‘Indo-Pak Express, Indo-Pak peace pair’ to describe their pairing but Bopanna today said he and Qureshi have never thought about the countries they belong to and their compatibility as individuals was the sole reason behind their partnership.”Qureshi and I got together because we felt that we would make a good doubles team. We know each other for so long and have a great understanding so it only made sense to play together.”We never intended on making any political statement. It is the media who gives us these tags, we never look at each other as being from different countries,” Bopanna told PTI in an interview.Asked that playing with a strong slogan such as “Stop War, Start Tennis” itself was a political statement, Bopanna said them being ambassadors for peace was the sole reason for having that message on their on-court attire.”We are just here to play tennis. We are great friends off the court and are looking to take our careers forward together. Since we are ambassadors for peace we try to spread that message through sports. We are not here to make any political statements,” he insisted. .advertisementThey brought together the two hostile nations to clap, scream and enjoy together and Bopanna said he and Qureshi would love to do more with their partnership.”Well, we want people to trust and respect each other.Sports should never be subject to religion or politics,” he said.Talking about the biggest match of their career, the Indian Davis Cupper said he and Qureshi now have the belief that they are Grand Slam material and could soon even win one.”Earlier we used to win the first set but fall of on the second set and then take the third. But now we want to win big. We focus even harder on the second set, and the entire US Open, the only sets we dropped were in the finals.”Also that we can compete at this level and we know we belong here. We just need to stay focused, work hard and we can win a Grand Slam final.”The runners-up trophy has already earned them a huge bonanza as they are now ranked world number six.”Hopefully, it will lead to many great performances and eventually take us to the No.1 spot in doubles. I am noted as a confidence player, and I am sure that this final, will help me be a more confident player and doing better.”Bopanna could have been only the fourth Indian and Qureshi first Pakistani to win a Grand Slam had they beaten the Bryan brothers — Mike and Bob — in the US Open final.They are little disappointed to miss out on history but still very much satisfied.”We are still working our way towards winning a Grand Slam. Despite the result it was a great achievement to make it to the finals. We were a bit disappointed, but looking back I think that is definitely something to be proud of,” he said.last_img read more

Preity Zinta, Hazel Keech lead IPL’s hot cheerleader brigade

first_imgActor Hazel Keech and sports manager Ritika Sajdeh are the latest to join the bandwagon of the hot cheerleaders in the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)While the usual suspects, Bollywood star and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta and Shikhar Dhawan’s wife Ayesha Mukherjee continue to sizzle on the sidelines, cheering their respective teams, the new ones too are making their presence felt.It seems Lady Luck has been working wonders for Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh. All the three players are in superb form, helping their teams with their solid performances in every match.The impactHazel Keech got engaged to India’s World Cup-winning hero Yuvraj in November last year during. Yuvi has played three matches so far since his return from the injury layoff but has been timing everything with tremendous power. He has looked fit and raring to go despite a heartbreaking end to his World T20 campaign last month. Dhawan is averaging 57 with the willow this season and has smashed three fifties. The southpaw is among the top 10 run-getters so far this season. India opener Rohit Sharma, who married his longtime girlfriend Ritika Sajdeh in December, has also struck form after a lean patch at the World T20. The Mumbai Indians captain is currently the fifth in the top-scorers list that is headed by Virat Kohli. Dimples bring no luckHowever, Preity Zinta’s Jhappis are not helping Kings XI Punjab this time around, it appears. KXIP, who ended as runners-up in the 2014 season, are languishing at the bottom of the table, with just three win from 10 matches.advertisement Kohli has been in stupendous form, becoming the second captain to hit two hundreds in the IPL history, but his team has played inconsistent cricket and are placed in the bottom half of the table.And, the absence of Sakshi Dhoni and daughter Ziva also looks like hurting MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants. Dhoni for the first time, in the tournament’s nine-year history, has failed to make the knockouts.last_img read more

How Barcelona’s summer of discontent unfolded

first_imgJULY 2017 1 – With a move for Verratti looking complicated, Barcelona ask about Ander Herrera. Manchester United tell them he is not for sale.2 – Barcelona consider signing Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos.3 – A new scandal emerges as Catalan television station TV3  reveal in an investigation that Barcelona have been selling socios’ unused seats as expensive VIP tickets. The club call an emergency press conference, but are unable to convincingly deny the information and instead hit out at TV3 .4 – Ceballos reveals he will decide “in two weeks” whether he will sign for Real Madrid, who were in contact earlier with Betis, or Barcelona. On the same day, the Blaugrana make an initial €20m offer to Guangzhou Evergrande for Paulinho.5 – Barcelona announce Messi’s contract renewal until 2021. Guangzhou Evergrande refuse Barca’s bid for Paulinho and reveal that the player will not move unless his €40m release clause is paid.6 – The Catalans turn down a €45m bid for Gomes and a €35m offer for Sergi Roberto. They also make a €30m offer to Arsenal for Bellerin.7 – Bartomeu tells Catalunya Radio  that “Messi signed his renewal at the end of June”. Verratti returns to training with PSG and says sorry to the fans in a video in which he claims he is happy at the Parisian club.8 – Jeremy Mathieu signs for Sporting CP after his Barca contract is rescinded.9 – Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, personally makes contact with Ceballos to convince him to sign for Los Blancos.10 – Bartomeu also calls Ceballos and tells him he could be ‘the new Iniesta’. Outside Spain, Dani Alves turns his back on Manchester City and signs for PSG.11 – Ceballos confirms he will sign for Real Madrid on the same day that Benedito announces he has half the signatures required for a censure motion to prosper.Dani Ceballos Real Madrid12 – The Valverde era starts as the players return to training for their medical exams and only Deulofeu brought in so far. Barca make a second offer, €27m, for Paulinho.13 – Guangzhou Evergrande turn down Barca’s bid. Meanwhile, the Catalans announce the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica, even though the Portuguese club deny the deal initially.14 – Semedo is unveiled at Camp Nou.17 – Barca announce record income of €706m, which is €10m more than the budget had revealed at the start of the season.18 – Catalan daily  Sport  claims Neymar is unhapy. Barca vice-president Jordi Mestre responds by saying: “Neymar is staying, 200%.” Technical secretary Robert Fernandez adds: “I don’t think anybody will pay Neymar’s clause”. Meanwhile, the player himself tells Goal in an interview that he is “happy at Barcelona”. The controversy, however, is just beginning.19 – Esporte Interativo  drop the bombshell of the summer: Neymar will move to PSG. In Paris, Verratti splits with Di Campli and starts working with Mino Raiola.20 – Real Madrid unveil Dani Ceballos.21 – Barca travel to the United States for their summer tour.22 – Barcelona kick off pre-season with a 2-1 win over Juventus with Neymar in fantastic form.23 – Gerard Pique posts a picture of himself with Neymar on Instagram and Twitter with the message “se queda” (he stays). Barca make a €90m offer for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.25 – Barcelona reach an agreement with Coutinho, but Liverpool are unwilling to negotiate.26 – Neymar scores the only goal as Barca beat Manchester United 1-0.28 – Bartomeu insists, this time on  ESPN : “Messi signed his renewal some days ago”.Neymar Barcelona Real Madrid ICC29 – The Blaugrana beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the Miami Clasico, with Neymar again on great form. The Brazilian spends 15 minutes in the Madrid dressing room after the game and leaves with two shirts.30 – The team return to Barcelona.During the month of July, Barcelona saw the possibility of signing Verratti evaporate, and also missed out to Real Madrid for Ceballos. In the meantime, the Catalans saw two bids for Paulinho turned down and despite good results on tour in the USA, the month ended with Neymar edging ever closer to a shock departure. The perfect storm would follow in August… Transfers Verratti fluff, Coutinho failure and Neymar disaster – How Barcelona’s summer of discontent unfolded Ignasi Oliva Last updated 2 years ago 23:22 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Lionel Messi Neymar Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Primera División Opinion With the transfer window about to close in Spain, Goal takes a chronological look at what have been a difficult few months for the Catalan club This has not been an easy summer for Barcelona. Even before the departure of Neymar and the arrival of Ousmane Dembele, there were plenty of rumours, along with contradictions, fallouts at boardroom level and much more in a turbulent few months for the Catalan club.Barca’s 2016-17 season ended with victory in the final of the Copa del Rey on May 27 and two days later, Ernesto Valverde was announced as the club’s new coach as Luis Enrique stepped down following three campaigns in charge.Get Barca at 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina On May 31, Valverde was unveiled and told the media he wanted to make Barcelona “even greater than it is already”. Little did he know, however, what was in store in the weeks and months ahead.Here, Goal takes a chronological look at Barcelona’s summer, starting in June, when Neymar began to become frustrated with life at Camp Nou. Barca, meanwhile, were still hoping to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain…Ernesto Valverde Barcelona JUNE 2017 2 – Verratti follows Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta on Instagram as a summer switch seems likely.3 – Real Madrid win their 12th European Cup by beating Juventus in Cardiff and Isco ends speculation over his future by confirming he will stay with Los Blancos.5 – Barcelona enquire about Dembele and Borussia Dortmund value the French forward initially at €90 million. The Catalan club also ask Arsenal about Hector Bellerin and are told he will cost €70m.8 – Former presidential candidate Agusti Benedito announces he is planning a censure motion against club chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.9 – Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, complains that “PSG are not growing” and warns that “Verratti likes Barcelona”.12 – Verratti tells PSG he wants to move to Barcelona.13 – Bartomeu assures fans that “Messi wants to retire at Barcelona”, even though there is no news about the Argentine’s contract renewal.15 – Verratti starts to put pressure on PSG and allows himself to be photographed in Ibiza with a newspaper front page linking him to Barcelona.16 – Monaco pay the €3m release clause to take Barcelona’s Juvenil A starlet Jordi Mboula to Ligue 1.17 – Barcelona contact PSG to discuss a move for Verratti but are told the player is not for sale.Marco Verratti20 – The Catalan club meet with Jorge Mendes to discuss the future of Andre Gomes. Officially, the Portuguese midfielder is not for sale.21 – Barca contact Bellerin, who reveals he is keen on a return to Camp Nou. But, like Verratti, he is not willing to force an exit.22 – Lucas Lima admits during a poker game that he will sign for Barcelona in 2018, when his contract with Santos is due to end.23 – Verratti refuses PSG’s offer of a new deal.24 – Paulinho reveals he has an offer from Barcelona.26 – Santos threaten to sue Barcelona and report the club to FIFA for negotiating with Lima, who is still under contract. The Blaugrana rule out the player, represented by Neymar’s father, in order to avoid possible sanctions. Neymar’s father is furious.27 – Manchester City sign talented Juvenil B centre-back Eric Garcia for €1.7m.28 – Carles Alena renews until 2020 on the same day that another talented youngster, Juvenil A full-back Mateu Morey, joins Bayern Munich for €3m.30 – Barca re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12m. On the same day, Neymar tells his team-mates he has decided to move to PSG on the day Messi marries Antonela Roccuzzo in Rosario.Deulofeu Barcelona Chapecoense Gamper 2017However, Barcelona’s board are still not contemplating the loss of one of their stars, the player they had signed as a long-term successor for Messi. At that point, the club were working on reinforcing the midfield balance and were still hoping to bring in Verratti. But July would turn out to be another stressful month for the Blaugrana…center_img AUGUST 2017 1 – Barcelona make a second offer for Coutinho – this time for €100m.2 – Neymar tells Barca he wants to move to PSG, with the Parisian club prepared to pay his €222m release clause.3 – PSG deposit the €222m with the LFP (Spain’s Professional League authority) and Barcelona hold back the €26m loyalty bonus they were due to pay Neymar following his renovation last October, leaving the money with a notary.4 – Barcelona make an enquiry for Inigo Martinez. Real Sociedad respond by saying he will only leave if the club pay his releause clause, set at €32m. Barca draw 1-1 with Gimnastic Tarragona in a friendly. Over in Paris, Neymar is unveiled at the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian speaks of “new challenges” and wanting “to play with the best”.5 – Bartomeu calls Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay to try and convince him to sell Inigo Martinez.7 – Barcelona, now without Neymar, beat Chapecoense 5-0 in the Gamper Trophy with Deulofeu starting in the Brazilian’s left-wing role.8 – With €222m to spend, Barca make another enquiry about Dembele, but are told he will cost €150m. Meanwhile, the Catalans decide they will not pay the €32m for Inigo Martinez.Neymar PSG9 – Liverpool turn down Barca’s €100m bid for Coutinho.11 – Coutinho hands in a transfer request, but Liverpool insist they will not listen to offers. Dortmund also refuse to sell Dembele for €80m and €30m in add-ons.12 – Valverde appears uneasy at the lack of new signings and says: “I hope to have a team that is up to the demands” of the new season.13 – Barcelona lose 3-1 at home to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa. On the same night, Neymar makes his PSG debut and impresses in a win at Guingamp. Meanwhile, Dembele is fined and suspended for missing training at Dortmund.14 – Pep Segura, Barca’s sporting manager, appears to blame Gerard Pique’s own goal for the Clasico defeat. “His mistake was decisive,” he said.16 – Barcelona lose 2-0 to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Supercopa and also had less possession than their rival in a Clasico for the first time since 2008.17 – Paulinho is unveiled by Barca. During the event, Mestre says the club were not aware that Neymar would leave until half way through the US tour and also admits that Messi had not actually signed his new deal, showing that Bartomeu had lied about the matter in two interviews.18 – Barcelona reach an agreement with Nice midfielder Jean Seri and are prepared to pay the player’s €40m release clause. The Catalans also step up their Coutinho chase with a third bid – this time for €125m.20 – Valverde’s side start La Liga with a 2-0 win at home to Betis.22 – Barcelona announce they will sue Neymar for breach of contract. Hours later, Messi, Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Pique post pictures alongside Neymar (back in Barcelona for a visit) on social media. The Catalans up their offer for Dembele to €130m including variables.23 – Seri’s signing is ruled out at the last minute amid doubts among Barca’s technical team that he is the right fit.24 – Neymar takes his own case to FIFA, calling for Barca to pay the €26m bonus held back by the Catalan club, still with a notary following his move to PSG.25 – Barcelona agree Dembele deal with Dortmund for for €105m plus €42m in add-ons.Bartomeu Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Unveiling26 – Messi scores twice as Barca beat Alaves 2-0 in their second Liga game.27 – Dembele poses in a Barca shirt for the first time.28 – The France forward is unveiled at Camp Nou with almost 18,000 fans in attendance. “I’m not here to replace Neymar,” he says. Meanwhile, many of those supporters call for Bartomeu’s resignation.29 – Marlon Santos goes on loan to Nice.30 – Seung Woo Lee, previously nicknamed ‘the Korean Messi’, joins Hellas Verona for €1m, although Barca retain a buy-back clause.31 – Douglas goes on loan to Benfica.So there it is – not the summer Barcelona had in mind back in late May. The Blaugrana had started this week by promising to bring in at least two more players, but by the end of August, still no new signing had come in. September has started with Benedito launching the censure motion (or no-confidence vote) against Bartomeu and the Spanish transfer window slams shut at midnight on Friday. Time is running out…last_img read more

‘They will go abroad’ – Arsenal warned over losing top young talent

first_imgArsenal risk losing some of their best young talent if they are not given the opportunity to prove themselves at senior level.That is the view of Cohen Bramall, who will leave the Gunners when his contract expires at the end of this month following two-and-a-half years in north London.During that time, Bramall has seen first hand the quality of young players who are being produced at Arsenal – with several now knocking on the door of the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 23-year-old has warned that the exciting crop of emerging players at Emirates Stadium will soon start to look elsewhere, unless they are given an opportunity with the senior side in the near future.“Yes, 100 per cent,” said the defender, when asked by Goal if there was a chance of Arsenal losing some of their top talent. “If they don’t get the chance to show how good they are they will go abroad.“There are a lot of clubs in the Bundesliga who want English talent and they will jump ship and go and try it over there.”Unai Emery did hand some of Arsenal’s youth an opportunity last season, with players such as Emile Smith Rowe and 17-year-old Bukayo Saka both handed their first-team debuts.Smith Rowe made six appearances for the senior side before leaving in January for a loan stint with RB Leipzig in Germany, scoring three goals in the process.Saka, meanwhile, featured four times in all competitions and, when he replaced Alex Iwobi against Fulham on New Year’s Day, he became the first player born in 2001 to ever play in the Premier League.Emery also handed game time to the likes of Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah, but the latter was limited to just nine appearances all season – despite Danny Welbeck’s injury in November leaving Arsenal with just two recognised strikers for the remainder of the campaign.Eddie Nketiah Arsenal 2018-19“I feel sorry for Ed because Danny was injured for a lot of the season and Ed should have been given more chances,” said Bramall.“But with the media and the fans, there is a lot of pressure on youngsters because as soon as they don’t have the best game, people are on to them.“It’s hard to take in. But with Ed, the boss should have given him more chances.“The first team were in a difficult position last year, though, obviously trying to get Champions League and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”Two of Arsenal’s best emerging talents are Xavier Amaechi and Tyreece John-Jules, who have yet to make their senior competitive debuts.Both are very highly rated, but with their contracts due to expire at the end of the coming season, Arsenal are facing the very real prospect of losing both before they have even made their mark at the club they have represented since they were young boys.Bayern Munich want to sign 18-year-old winger Amaechi, while striker John-Jules is wanted by a host of top sides across the continent.Freddie Ljungberg, who was Amaechi and John-Jules’ coach last season with the Under-23s, however, is moving over to join Emery’s first-team coaching staff next season and Bramall believes that can only be a good thing.“Freddie has coached us for a whole season, he knows who is ready, who isn’t and who is ready to go out on loan,” said the full-back.Ljungberg“I think a lot more youngsters will get an opportunity now with Freddie there, especially in the cup games and the Europa League.”One player who did not get any senior game time at all last season was right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu.And Bramall admits that came as a surprise to everyone in the U23s set-up, given the problems Emery had to deal with on the right side of his defence.The Spaniard lost Hector Bellerin to a season-ending injury in December and largely plugged the gap by using Ainsley Maitland-Niles as cover.Carl Jenkinson did get some minutes, as did Stephan Lichtsteiner, but Osei-Tutu never got a look in.“Jordi not getting a chance last season didn’t make sense to any of us,” said Bramall. “We were gutted for Jordi because we were expecting him to be with the first team a lot more and we didn’t really understand why he wasn’t.“He deserves his chance. I think Ainsley has done a good job there but I feel sorry for him because he’s not a right-back, he’s a midfield player and he can be a scary player there.“He deserves a chance in midfield and Jordi deserves a chance at right-back. If that doesn’t happen then I think Jordi will have a successful loan because he is that good. He’s one of the best right-backs I’ve seen.”last_img read more

A Drunk-Proof Guide to Outdoor Glassware

first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home ‘Tis the season for day drinking, waterfront shenanigans, and dimly lit patios. Other than the holidays, summertime is rare calendar window for acceptable binge drinking, pub crawls, and bad decisions. The worst decision you could make would be inviting glass to this party. Glassware’s plus-ones are wild cards, ranging from embarrassment to a trip to the E.R. Keep the party going strong this year with these sleek, outdoor glassware options.JokelThere are numerous silicone-based glasses out there, but Jokel leads the charge on cleanliness and stability. Easily collapsible, Jokel’s pint and stemless wine glasses are ideal for trips to your local watering hole. If you’re looking for more opaque outdoor glassware, Silipint also offers high-quality silicone pint glasses, many of which glow in the dark. Although these won’t break, they can be easy to tip when not full.Hydro FlaskHydro Flask has slowly made a household name for itself over the past few years with its well-insulated water bottles. If you’re looking for more discretion, their stainless steel glasses are a reliable choice, particularly in hotter climates. For budget or bulk outdoor glassware buyers, a slightly cheaper option with comparable quality would be Klean Kanteen’s pint glasses.FelliFelli’s Baroque-styled acrylic glasses are a great option that won’t remind you or your guests of Mom’s colorful patio tumblers. The styling camouflages any damage inflicted over the years or whatever extreme adventures your summer has in store. Coming in a variety of sizes, Felli glasses are the perfect receptacles for your summer mixology skills.RSVP-INTL’s EnduranceWhether you like it shaken or stirred, martinis always look cool poolside. Keep your drink tasting as cool as it looks with these stainless steel martini glasses (wrist balance not included).GovinoErgonomic and stylish, Govino boasts an entire fleet of shatterproof outdoor glassware. From pitchers and decanters to stemless wine glasses and champagne flutes, their smooth thumb notches make everything easy to hold onto. Their latest whiskey glasses allow you to enjoy your first and fourth Old Fashioned, wildly gesturing your way through any tale. The only thing you have to worry about is texting your ex. Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Minister Launches Adult Day Program

first_imgNova Scotians now have more spaces to enhance the wellness of people older than 50 who have had a stroke, are living with Parkinson’s disease or are physically frail, with the opening of a new adult day centre in Halifax today, Oct. 1. The centre provides programs and services that address physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness. It operates Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is on Bayers Road in Halifax. Increasing adult day program spaces is part of the Department of Health’s continuing-care strategy, a 10-year plan released in 2006. The strategy aims to create a system that supports Nova Scotians in their desire to live well in a place they can call home. Because of pressures in acute care, long-term care and home care, the Department of Health agreed to support interim adult day programs through provincial district health authorities. The province budgeted $2-million to help set up or expand adult day programs across Nova Scotia. The initiative is not meant to replace existing programs, but to build on successes and expand to other communities. “A successful partnership like this shows what can be done when different levels of the health-care system work together with a common goal – meeting the needs of the citizens we serve,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. The need for an adult day program in the Halifax area was brought forward by the Chebucto West Community Health Board. Capital Health, which is working to offer more community-based services that address health and wellness needs identified by residents, partnered with Northwood to provide the service. “The adult day centre signals a new direction in health care for Capital Health, one that reflects us working with friends and neighbours to identify and address the social conditions that affect well-being in our broader community,” said Chris Power, president and CEO, Capital Health. “We believe that citizen participation, a holistic view of health, and partnership — all of which have come together to open the adult day centre — are critical elements to transforming health care.” Northwood is a pioneer in the field of adult day programming, and was the first organization in Nova Scotia to start an adult day program, 30 years ago.last_img read more

Splitting up RRSPs other assets during a grey divorce can get messy

TORONTO — Dividing assets during a divorce can be a complicated and emotional process, especially for seniors who may not have planned on spending retirement alone.Financial experts say like in any separation, one of the most trying aspects for those going through a so-called grey divorce is agreeing on how to split the family’s assets — which can be anything from a shared home to an RRSP account.[np_storybar title=”RRSPs have little to do with retirement” link=””%5DRegistered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) are commonly thought to be a retirement savings tool used by Canadians to supplement spending in their golden years. The fact is, RRSPs have little to do with retirement.First and foremost, RRSPs are a way to reduce your current year taxes and on that basis, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck. In any given year, it’s important to be mindful of what your tax bracket is and how much you should be contributing to your RRSP.Read more. [/np_storybar]“What happens is that the average couple develops an accumulation of assets to fund their retirement,” said Jason Abbott, a member of the Financial Advisors Association of Canada with a private practice in Toronto.“Invariably, if you chop those in half and expenses that used to be shared between two… are now borne by the individual, now you have to take a major step back. Now, all of a sudden, your nest egg isn’t going to go as far as it used to.”According to the most recently available statistics, silver separations are an increasing trend.Statistics Canada reported there were 852 divorces where both partners are 65 and over in 2008, up three per cent from two years earlier. There were 1,237 divorces where women were aged 65 and over, slightly down from 1,247 in 2006. Still, there were 2,486 divorces where men were in that age bracket, up from 2,415 two years earlier.Abbott said dividing an RRSP is as easy as signing the paperwork, but can get complicated if the two sides can’t agree on how much each partner should get — especially in situations where one person was the main breadwinner.“The fact that on paper, one client is technically the owner, the registration is in their name, doesn’t discount the other spouse from having entitlement on that asset,” Abbot explained.One of the factors to keep in mind when dividing retirement savings, especially if you’re a senior, is that there is less potential for the value of the RRSP to grow in the future. You no longer have the benefit of waiting out decades of investment appreciation and compound growth to fund your retirement.That’s why having knowledge about shared finances is one of the best ways to make sure you get your fair share, he said.“Both spouses need to know without question, where do we stand? Similarly, what are our assets?” added Abbott.Elizabeth Taylor, an advisor with Sun Life Financial in Calgary, says she’s been seeing more and more instances of silver separation in the past few years.“When you’re married and raising kids, you’re preoccupied but when you get into retirement, you’ve got two people in the same house— either you’re going to go through that smoothly or not,” she said. “Their needs and their goals are different.”Taylor said people should try not to get too emotional when dividing assets during a divorce, because they need to look realistically at their cost of living and determine whether they can sustain their lifestyle once they’ve split up.Couples going through a divorce should also take into account other valued assets like pensions, group benefits, and high-priced items like vehicles and homes, she said. read more

Political strikes cause staggering losses to Bangladeshs economy – UN report

“If Bangladesh could save the economic and social losses due to hartals, the nation could aspire to match the outstanding progress being made by other countries in Asia,” said Jorgen Lissner, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which issued the study in Dhaka, the country’s capital. “Ending the hartal culture could yield a development leap for the entire nation.” The report, entitled, “Beyond Hartals: Towards Democratic Dialogue in Bangladesh,” notes that, when in opposition, political parties are usually denied adequate chance to voice their views. The opposition is frequently sidelined in parliament and their social mobilization activities are curbed. Politicians claim that as a result, calling hartals is often their only chance to raise their concerns. Dubbing this vicious spiral as Bangladesh’s “hartal culture,” it makes numerous recommendations for moving forward, including reform of Parliament and the electoral and political party systems by introducing such measures as “opposition” days or hours in Parliament and ensuring the independence of the body’s speaker (leader). The report also recommends that Government enhance transparency by establishing basic watchdog agencies such as an ombudsman, a human rights commission and an effective anti-corruption commission. When a nationwide hartal is called by one of the major parties, Bangladesh is forced to shut down. Shops, markets and places of work stay closed. Children miss school. Buses and other means of transport are forced to stay off the roads. As a result, earnings are reduced, education activities obstructed and social services are difficult for ordinary people to access. Since the advent of democracy in 1991, the frequency of hartals has increased dramatically. From 1995 to 2002 611 hartals were called, compared to the period from 1947 to 1954 when there were only six. “In a globalized economy with fierce competition for investment capital and jobs, no country can afford continuous confrontational politics. If a country is largely closed for democratic dialogue, it cannot possibly be seen as open for business.” Mr. Lissner said. Today, nearly half of Bangladesh’s 141 million people live below the poverty line. The economy, with an average yearly growth rate of 5 per cent, has an impressive potential for pulling millions out of poverty, he added. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,313.13, down 129.19 points):Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 9.30 per cent, to $4.70 on 9.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 97 cents, or 4.04 per cent, to $23.04 on 6.2 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up six cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $4.15 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.09 per cent, to $4.65 on 5.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 3.24 per cent, to $3.82 on 4.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 33 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $14.12 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 53 cents, or 2.08 per cent, to $25.99 on 3.8 million shares. The company says an international trade tribunal has ruled in its favour on a dispute over a multibillion-dollar mining project in Pakistan. Barrick, along with joint venture partner Antofagasta plc, took the Pakistani government to the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes after the country denied a mining lease for the Reko Diq copper-gold project in 2011.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 37 cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $54.12 on 3.2 million shares. Federal agencies are responding to an oil spill at the company’s storage site that contaminated a creek in an area east of Edmonton. The National Energy Board says staff are on site monitoring the company’s response, while the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it’s deploying a team of investigators to the pipeline spill. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2017 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

BlackBerry L Series demo video leaks to the web

first_imgNot everyone is all that thrilled about RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS and its accompanying devices, but one company rep in Mexico clearly couldn’t contain his excitement. A video demonstration of an as-yet-unannounced BB10 smartphone (likely a member of the upcoming L Series) made its way onto Vimeo for all to see.The five-minute video appears to have been filmed for Mexican carrier Telcel for use on its HolaTelcel portal. In it, RIM’s corporate rep gives a brief glimpse at some of the new features in BlackBerry 10 OS, like the best shot picture in the camera app, the redesigned App World experience, and the slick predictive keyboard that will allow BB10 users to flick words into text fields as they appear above individual letters.A few swipe actions are also shown off, but not much is revealed about the hardware itself. This particular L Series phone looks to be about the same size as a Galaxy S2 — though its possible our demonstrator has either very large or very small hands. A previous leak pegged at least one L Series at 4.2 inches with a 1280×768 display, and that would probably be a close match to what’s shown in the video.It doesn’t appear quite big enough to be the BlackBerry Aristo, another BB10 phone that was leaked recently. The Aristo is said to feature a 4.65-inch display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The phone in the video will likely be positioned as a more modest BB10 offering  once the new handsets finally go on sale early next year.via N4BBlast_img read more

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces onetime water

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced an one-time water arrear waiver for over 13 lakh defaulting consumers with functional meters, here on Tuesday. Consumers with commercial connections can get 100 per cent waiver by paying the principal amount of the bills till March 31 this year. Under the scheme, domestic consumers will get 25-100 per cent waiver on the principal bill amount. The late payment surcharge has been waived for all domestic A to H categories customers. There are eight categories (A-H) of colonies in Delhi, based on house tax. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Sharing details, Kejriwal said all principal and late surcharges of residents of the E, F, G and H category colonies would be waived. For A & B categories, 25 per cent, for the C category 50 per cent and for the D category colonies 75 per cent of the principal amount will be waived. There are 17,69,981 customers in E-H categories, 70,082 in A-B categories and 76,425 in the C category and 3,44,271 in the D category colonies in Delhi. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “The 100 per cent waiver on late payment charges, however, is applicable across categories,” Kejriwal said. Those likely to get the domestic meter installed by November 30 can get late payment surcharge waived. Kejriwal said some of these arrears were due to consumers, and some due to the incorrect billing system of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). “There are a lot of shortcomings in our billing systems. While some are not getting bills for months, others are getting excess bill,” the Chief Minister said. Advertise With Us Since last year, the DJB was working to improve the billing system, said the Chief Minister, also the DJB head, and added, “Because of which people got bills due for last five-seven years. The DJB was suffering as people were not paying the bills and had also stopped paying current bills.” The commercial consumers can pay bills in three instalments before November 30. The DJB was expecting to collect Rs 600 crore, Kejriwal said and added, he would write to consumers to urge them to take benefit of the scheme. “This is an open invite to the people of Delhi to join the mainstream and install water meters. Only those who have installed meters before November 30 will get the scheme’s benefit,” he said. He said before he came to power, there were water bills and no water. “Now there is water, but no bill. We have improved the infrastructure and 93 per cent of Delhi colonies have access to piped water,” he said. Barring the areas having legal issues in laying pipelines, the entire city would have tap water in a year or so. “Of the total 1,200 of mgd water requirement, Delhi is self-sufficient for 940 mgd. We are aiming 24-hour water supply,” he said. Kejriwal said on April 1, 2015, the DJB had 19 lakh connections, which increased to 23 lakh on August 1. The DJB’s revenue has improved from Rs 1,219 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 1,819 crore in 2018-19. The number of unmetered connections has come down to 1.5 lakh from 3.50 lakh, he said.last_img read more

Google Files rewards How to earn Rs 1000 by sharing files offline

first_imgClose Google’s file managing app ‘Files’ has crossed 100 million downloads in January, but it seems the company is not satisfied with numbers. To add more users, the search giant is offering up to Rs 1,000 reward for using its offline file transfer app and redeem as Google Pay credit.Google launched Files in 2017, which helps users to remove junk and clean up their device with a single tap. It also features file sharing ability without going online. Now, it is interesting that the app pays users for sending and receiving files using the app.For every successful transfer, users can earn Rs 100 as a prize. The offer is limited to ten successful transfers, which add up to Rs 1,000. However, you can change your account by just unlinking it and can link a new account to earn more rewards. Google Files app on Play StoreGoogle Play Store screenshotHow to get a reward by using Google Files?First, you will have to install Google Files app or if you are an existing user, then switch to the share tab, which is located at bottom right corner. In the Share tab, you will see “Earn Reward” message. If you can’t find that message, then wait for a while as it will pop up after some time, which was the case with us. Google Files rewardsGoogle FilesAfter clicking on Start, you will have to link your Google account. Now, you are ready to win rewards. Next step to follow is Connect your Google Files app to your friend’s app and share files. Notably, you both have signed up for a reward.As the file transfer finishes, you will receive a notification, which greets you and tells you that you have won a reward. Now you will have to claim this reward with Google Pay using a scratch card in your Google Pay reward section. In no time, your reward will be in your bank account. It’s as simple as that. Google Assistant now introduces visual snapshot featurelast_img read more

Man electrocuted in Kishoreganj

first_imgA man was killed after being electrocuted while plucking mangoes at Jamalpur village in Katiadi upazila on Friday afternoon.The deceased was identified as Falu Mia, 55, son of Sonam Uddin of Dashpakhi village in the upazila.Witnesses said Falu Mia electrocuted when he came in contact with a live electric wire while climbing on a tree to pluck mangoes, leaving him dead on the spot.However, police handed over the body to the family without any autopsy as they applied for it, said Faruk Ahmed, sub-inspector of Katiadi police station.last_img

Mark Zuckerberg Made a Sleep Box for His Wife

first_imgApril 29, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Mark Zuckerberg will forever be associated with Facebook and social networks, but we can’t forget he’s also an engineer and he just put his talent to good use helping his wife get a good night’s sleep.Posting on Instagram, Zuckerberg explained how he spent some time recently building a light-emitting wooden box. It sounds strange until you hear why he created such an unusual object.His wife Priscilla knows that their children usually wake up between 6-7am, so she got into the habit during the night of checking her phone to see what time it is and whether she needed to get up. The problem is, knowing the time “stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep.”The solution, as Zuckerberg viewed it, was to create a new device that indicates when it’s the right time to get up for the kids, but isn’t a distraction at any other time. The end result is a “sleep box.” It’s a very simple wooden box that emits a faint light focused downwards, but only turns the light on between 6-7am each morning. If Priscilla wakes up and the light isn’t on, she knows to go right back to sleep, where as the light being on won’t wake her, but if she wakes and sees it she knows it’s time to get up.By solving the problem in this way, the time never needs to be known and the physical process of interacting with a phone (and its very bright display) is no longer required. It’s true that Priscilla could oversleep, but the same was true of checking the phone. It’s also easy to avoid oversleeping by simply setting an alarm that goes off at some point after 7am each morning as a last resort.With the experiment deemed a success, Zuckerberg has responded to his friends wanting their own version by putting the idea out there for “another entrepreneur” in case they want to run with it. It seems likely the sleep box will be turned into a product now, although I suspect it may get a few smart home feature upgrades in the process. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

QantasLink commits to Brisbane with new lounge

first_imgImage Source: Australian Aviation Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T QantasLink has opened a new, modern lounge facility at the gate for customers at Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal, displaying its commitment to the Queensland capital and travel gateway.QantasLink executive manager John Gissing said the gate lounge is a symbol of the strength the airline has garnered from the growing domestic market in recent years.“QantasLink is committed to Brisbane as it is the gateway to 13 QantasLink destinations in Queensland which support the state’s booming resource sector and world class tourism destinations.”Qantas has spent over $4 million to deliver a “state of the art facility which will provide customers with a premium QantasLink experience from the ground up,” according to Mr Gissing.Access to two additional boarding gates, an easy-to-locate customer service desk and seating for 150 guests are the highlighted features of the new lounge in Brisbane.A new QantasLink ground team will service the new lounge.“QantasLink’s new gate lounge is conveniently located in close proximity to Qantas’ premium Business and Qantas Club lounges as well as the terminals cafes and retailers.”The Minister for transport and main roads Scott Emerson is pleased the new lounge is providing the state with 250 new jobs.“It is great to see one of Australia’s most iconic brands investing in our state’s future by providing employment opportunities as well as a premium product at our major transport and tourism gateway, Brisbane Domestic Airport,” Mr Emerson said.QantasLink is also celebrating being named ‘Regional Airline of the Year 2012’ by launching a new element to its aircraft livery.“QantasLink is proud to be Air Transport World’s Regional Airline of the Year 2012. This award recognised our team of services professionals who are dedicated to connecting regional Australians to our nation’s capital cities and beyond,” Mr Gissing said.The new award livery will be introduced across QantasLink’s fleet and will remain intact for the next six months.last_img read more

SuperStar Virgo will embark on an epic 48 day voyage

first_imgStar Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, announced today that its flagship vessel, SuperStar Virgo, will embark on an epic 48 day voyage, visiting a number of exotic ports throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. Scheduled to set sail on 13 November 2015 from Hong Kong, SuperStar Virgo will take advantage of summer in the southern waters before returning on 31 December 2015.“As a pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, we have seen the appetite for longer cruise itineraries grow in popularity with our Asian and Australian cruisers in recent years and have responded by offering larger scale journeys for our guests,” said Mr. Braydon Holland, Vice President, Sales, Star Cruises. “We are thrilled to have Australia play such an important role in this inaugural itinerary with more than half the schedule showcasing some of her best cities. Marking her first visit back downunder in 10 years, we want to reacquaint Australia’s seasoned cruisers with our flagship SuperStar Virgo and our acclaimed Asian hospitality again.”In addition to local Australian destinations, passengers aboard SuperStar Virgo will be able to visit favourite locales as Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam with stops in over 20 ports including Bali, Bangkok, Jakarta, Krakatoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and more during the full 48 day tour.For those without the luxury of time, the voyage can also be broken up into various shorter segments such as Hong Kong/Singapore/Fremantle, or Fremantle/Sydney via Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania, or Sydney/Hong Kong, to provide even more holiday choices.Whichever itinerary chosen, guests will have the opportunity to savour the myriad flavours, sights and sounds of the region though exciting land excursion experiences during this exceptional voyage of discovery.Operating in the Asia Pacific since 1993, Star Cruises also has the experience to deliver the best “home away from home” environment on board SuperStar Virgo.Guests can indulge in an extensive selection of dining, retail, and lifestyle facilities to satisfy their every need. With over 13 restaurants and bars serving Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, local and international cuisines and beverages, culinary highlights will include special, local signature dishes skillfully prepared by award-winning chefs to reflect the multi-cultural bounty of the various destinations dotting the itinerary.A variety of entertainment, leisure, recreation and retail options will also provide guests with a rich assortment of activities to enhance their journey across the open waters.Accommodation options on board SuperStar Virgo range from a dazzling selection of premium suites to staterooms with balconies and ocean views, and budget friendly inside cabins – all spaciously laid out and furnished to offer total comfort with a touch of elegance and luxury.Star Cruises Source = Star Cruiseslast_img read more

FBC Strikes Agreement With Justice Department

first_img February 28, 2012 442 Views FBC Strikes Agreement With Justice Department in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology The “”Justice Department””: has reached a deal with “”Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (FBC)””:[IMAGE]The agency recently announced that the two entities have struck an agreement that pertains to underwriting practices related to loans insured by the “”Federal Housing Administration””: and “”HUD””: FBC will revise its fourth quarter and full year financial results for 2011 as per the terms of the transaction. Additionally, FBC will reaffirm its forward looking statements for 2012, made by the company during its earnings call for fourth quarter findings in 2011. Other key aspects of the Justice Department’s deal encompass FBC’s continued compliance with all FHA and HUD rules, establishment of a $15 million initial payment within 30 business days of the agreement’s effective date, conditional obligations to make payments of up to $118 million pending “”the occurrence of certain future events,”” and a comprehensive monitoring period by an independent third party as chosen by FBC and approved by HUD.Commenting on the nature of the agreement, FBC’s chairman, president, and CEO, Joseph P. Campanelli, said, “”Flagstar Bank is one of the leading originators and servicers of FHA-insured loans, and we remain committed to continuing in that capacity. This agreement with the Department of Justice allows us to move forward, and to continue to focus on core operations and on serving our customers.””The agreement elaborated on the specific nature of “”future events,”” and such potential instances were described in detail. Related events covered by the deal include allowances for FBC’s possible generation of “”positive income for a sustained period, such that part or all of its Deferred Tax Asset (DTA) is likely to be realized as evidenced by the reversal of the DTA Valuation Allowance in accordance with US GAAP””; the ability to apply “”capital derived from the reversal of the DTA Valuation Allowance in its Tier 1 capital””; and the adjustment of the company’s repayment obligation of “”$266.7 million in preferred stock held by the “”Treasury Department””: under the TARP program, which can now be extinguished or excluded from Tier 1 capital for purposes of calculating the Tier 1 capital ratio.””The Justice Department went on to add that, “”Upon the occurrence of each of the future events described above, and provided doing so would not violate any banking regulatory requirement or the “”Office of Comptroller of Currency (OCC)””: does not otherwise object, FBC will begin making additional payments provided that (i) each annual payment would be equal to the lesser of $25 million or the portion of the additional payments that remains outstanding after deducting prior payments; and (ii) no obligation arises until FBC’s call report as filed with the OCC, including any amendments thereto, for the period ending at least six months prior to the making of such additional payments, reflects a minimum Tier 1 capital ratio, after excluding any un-extinguished portion of TARP, of 11 percent (or higher ratio if required by regulators).””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Underwriting Standards 2012-02-28 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more