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Banks reliance on bulk deposits likely to rise


first_imgNew Delhi: Scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase if credit growth is higher than that of deposit, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said Monday. As per the rating agency, the system level credit growth of 12.9 per cent year-on-year continues to outpace deposit growth at 9.3 per cent, thereby intensifying competition for deposits among banks. This is based on RBI’s quarterly statistics on deposits and credit of scheduled commercial banks for December 2018 Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn third quarter of this fiscal, state-owned banks have seen credit growth of 8.4 per cent and deposit growth at 4.9 per as compared to the year-ago period, implying that they could also compete to recoup some of the deposit market share loss that they have conceded to private banks over the years. “With private banks seeing continuing strong credit growth at 22 per cent year-on-year in third quarter of 2018-19, they are likely to solicit deposits even by offering higher rates,” Ind-Ra said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt believes that if credit growth continues to outpace deposit growth, “then scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase which could lead to a higher cost of funds along with increasing volatility in the asset-liability structure of banks”. During April-February 2018-19, deposits raised by banks were up 24.6 per cent as compared to the year-ago period even as the outstanding amount was up only 3.6 per cent at Rs 1.78 lakh crore, it said. The rating agency said the longer term trend of market share shift from public sector banks (PSBs) to private banks continued to play out in the last 12 months.last_img read more


Solution must be found for thousands of Congolese refugees in Angola –


29 March 2007Now that the repatriation of over 400,000 Angolan refugees has been completed, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the next challenge for Angola is finding a solution for the thousands of Congolese refugees residing in the country, many of whom do not want to return to their homeland. High Commissioner António Guterres yesterday visited the Vianna Refugee Camp which shelters 7,000 Congolese refugees who have been living in Angola since fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1960s during the separatist conflict in Katanga province when the country was known as Zaire. Most of these people were born in Angola and are the children of original refugees, and many have stated that they do not wish to return to their homeland.UNHCR believes that permanent residency in Angola is the best solution for these long-standing refugees, and is planning to register those in the Vianna camp and others later this year to compile detailed data on this group.The Angolan Government has indicated that it is willing to join efforts to find a solution for the Congolese refugees, but the lack of thorough information has so far impeded progress.“When it comes to hosting refugees, the extreme generosity of African nations is impressive and should serve as an example for other nations to follow,” Mr. Guterres said.Mr. Guterres just completed a four-day visit to Angola and attended a ceremony on Tuesday marking the end of the official close of the UNHCR-backed repatriation programme which began in 2003. Of the 457,000 Angolans who lived outside their homeland at the end of the almost three-decade-long civil war in 2002, nearly 410,000 have returned home.Of these repatriated refugees, UNHCR organized the return of 138,594 Angolans and assisted 116,856 who returned on their own. An additional 154,000 are believed to have repatriated without the agency’s help.“Contrary to what many people believe, the vast majority of refugees do not want to emigrate to a rich country,” Mr. Guterres said at the ceremony in Luanda, the capital, attended by representatives of countries which had hosted Angolan refugees. “The majority want to go back home.”Also at the event, Angolan Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos said that his country would do its utmost to ensure the sustainable reintegration of those who had recently returned home by providing jobs, schools and hospitals.“This is a very important moment and this operation is particularly important, not only because of the number of persons repatriated and the countries involved, but also – and for me this is the most important fact – because the operation was carried out without any accidents or incidents,” he said.Recently, UNHCR has focused on facilitating the reintegration of Angolan refugees, aiming to act as a catalyst to involve the Government, other international bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in urgent development programmes.“UN agencies have eventually – and with some difficulty – moved from the humanitarian phase to a development-oriented one,” said Enrique Valles, the UNHCR officer in charge of Angolan reintegration. “However, the humanitarian situation in the areas of return remains fragile.” read more


Annan hails new Nobel Peace Prize laureates for championing the poor


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to microfinance economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh as a victory for efforts to help to “break the vicious circle of poverty” and set low-income families on the path to prosperity.“They have provided a powerful weapon to help the world reach the Millennium Development Goals, by helping people change their lives for the better – especially those who need it most,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman, referring to the targets set by the UN Millennium summit of 2000 to dramatically slash poverty, illiteracy, maternal and infant mortality and a host of other global ills by 2015.“The Secretary-General is delighted that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 has been awarded to Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, pioneers of the microfinance movement and long-standing allies of the United Nations in the cause of development and the empowerment of women,” the statement added.“He notes that thanks to Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank, microfinance has proved its value as a way for low-income families to break the vicious circle of poverty, for productive enterprises to grow, and for communities to prosper.”The specialized UN agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries also welcomed the award.“Professor Yunus’ leadership has brought opportunities to millions of poor rural families worldwide,” International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president Lennart Båge said. “Professor Yunus challenged IFAD and other international financial and humanitarian institutions to question their approaches and to find better ways to serve poor people” said Mr. Båge.Mr. Yunus and Mr. Båge are champions of the nine-year Microcredit Summit Campaign launched in 1997 to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for self employment and other financial and business services.IFAD was one of the first UN agencies to support Professor Yunus initiatives on behalf of poor rural people. From 1981 to 1995, it provided capital to the Grameen bank through three projects. As the bank gained momentum and became an ever more successful and sustainable institution, donor financing was reduced. read more


India doctors allow 10yearold rape victim to abort


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victimAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Brothers given life sentences for raping 10-year-old niece in IndiaNovember 3, 2017In “World”Third teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news” (BBC) A panel of doctors has accepted a 10-year-old rape victim’s plea for an abortion in the northern Indian state of Haryana.Dr Ashok Chauhan told the BBC the termination would be carried out “anytime now”.Sexual abuse against children is rampant in India (Getty images photo)The girl became pregnant about five months ago. She alleges rape by her stepfather, who has been arrested.Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the woman’s life is in danger.The decision to allow the child to abort was taken after a local court told doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in the town of Rohtak that it would accept their recommendation.Analysis: Geeta Pandey, BBC News, DelhiIndia is home to the largest number of sexually abused children globally. But there’s a general reluctance to talk about the problem and it’s rarely discussed in public.Studies have shown that in large numbers of cases, like in the case of the 10-year-old rape victim in Rohtak, the abusers are known to the children and include care-givers like parents, relatives and teachers.Contrary to the popular belief that only girls are abused, boys are equally at risk; and children from affluent families are just as much at risk as those from poor backgrounds.Campaigners say sexual abuse of children goes unchecked because the victims are often afraid to report it to their parents or teachers, and also because parents themselves often hush it up, fearing family dishonour.But in recent years India has been waking up to the problem and on Tuesday, child rights charity World Vision India launched a new campaign to end child sexual abuse by 2021.The campaign aims to impact five million children across 200 districts and calls on every Indian citizen to work to break the silence that surrounds child abuse.Campaigners say India’s culture at present stands on the side of the offender, and that must change.The tough law against abortion was introduced to fight India’s skewed gender ratio. A deep-seated cultural preference for sons has led to millions of female foetuses being aborted over the years by pregnant women after undergoing foetal gender testing.In recent months India’s Supreme Court has received several petitions, some from women who were raped, wanting to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks. The court has always referred the matter to medical experts.The scale of abuse in IndiaA child under 16 is raped every 155 minutes, a child under 10 every 13 hoursMore than 10,000 children were raped in 2015240 million women living in India were married before they turned 1853.22% of children who participated in a government study reported some form of sexual abuse50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers”Sources: Indian government, UnicefIn the latest case in Rohtak town in Haryana, doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) accepted the family’s request to allow the child to have an abortion after discussing the matter on Monday.The pregnancy came to light last week when the 10-year-old’s mother, who works as a domestic helper, suspected her child was pregnant and took her to see a doctor.Reports said the girl was often left at home when her mother went to work. She told her mother that she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who had warned her not to say anything.The stepfather was arrested after the mother lodged a police complaint, senior Rohtak police official Pankaj Nain told the BBC.Dr Chauhan had said on Monday the case for the termination was “borderline”.“She is around 20 weeks pregnant, but it could be 19 weeks or it could be 21 weeks. The technology is not so advanced that it can tell you exactly what week she’s in.” read more


Pictures Founding of Irish Volunteers marked at Garden of Remembrance


first_imgTHE PRESIDENT, THE Taoiseach, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, along with various other office-holders and members of the Government, have taken part in a ceremony at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers.‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ were officially launched with a rally at the Rotunda on 25 November 1913; on that occasion, the hall was filled with 4,000 people, while another 3,000 gathered outside. Patrick Pearse and Eoin MacNéill were among the speakers.This morning, the anniversary was marked with a fly-past by the Air Corps, while the Defence Forces also provided a Cavalry Escort, Military Bands and a Guard of Honour.After the ceremony, the President was also due to open a special Military Archives Exhibition on the early years of the Volunteers at the Rotunda.last_img read more


Bloody demonstrations to be held against badger culling


first_img‘BLOODY’ DEMONSTRATIONS BY animal rights activists have been threatened against badger culling set to be carried out by the Department of Agriculture.The bovine Tuberculosis (TB) eradication programme has been run by the Department of Agriculture over the past 10 years as part of a range of measures aimed at eradicating TB.Approximately 6,000 badgers have been culled under the programme in recent years.As the latest round of culling is set to begin, an animal rights group said it will protest the action.“The removal of badgers is undertaken only in areas where badgers are the likely source of [TB] infection,” said the Agriculture Department.  The badgers are captured by trained contractors who are monitored by the Department.“The objective of the research is to replace badger culling with vaccination when researchcurrently being undertaken demonstrates that this is a practicable proposition,” said the Department.It recently sought expressions of interest from organisations interested in tendering for the provision of services, specifically capturing badgers and vaccinating badgers.The closing date for expressions of interest was the end of June.‘Bloody’ protestAnimal rights group ARAN said today it will stage a “lively, ‘bloody’ demonstration” in the coming weeks outside the Agriculture Department in Dublin and has vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to stop the increased kill.The group will also be reaching out to Brian May, guitarist with band Queen and activist, for assistance during the campaign.It is calling on Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, to step down over the cull.The group said that there other more effective humane options available than killing the badgers.ARAN believes that improvements in testing and the development of a cattle vaccine are the best ways to eliminate this disease.Read: Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports>Read: 5,000 badgers to be killed as cull begins>last_img read more


Bridgestone demos AeroBee flexible color ereader


first_imgAt the moment, if you want an e-reader device then chances are it will carry an E-Ink display. E-Ink has done so well, and made its way into the market leading Amazon Kindle, because it offers crisp, paper-like viewing in most lighting conditions while using very little power.That doesn’t mean to say E-Ink displays are free of problems, though, and while they are great for just displaying text and images, they can’t do color, aren’t flexible, and the refresh rate of the screen is so low animation is not an option (although that could change soon).AdChoices广告Competitors are attempting to develop alternatives that make their displays more attractive based on those shortcomings, and one showing some major progress recently is Bridgestone. Its AeroBee e-reader uses  the company’s  QR-LPD display running at a resolution of 800 x 600. It can do color, allows for drawing directly on the screen with a stylus, and is flexible.Bridgestone has managed to achieve this by using a completely different approach to creating the display than E-Ink’s technology. AeroBee uses black and white electrified powder that moves through air using transparent electrodes and acts a lot like a liquid. When a voltage is applied to the electrodes the black powder particles move either to the front or back of the display giving a black or white area on the screen. This is also what allows for stylus input as the powder can be moved to track the input as it happens over specific points.Bridgestone has achieved this while retaining an ultra-low power solution. As a bonus, 4,096 colors can be displayed by adding color filters and the screen technology allows the display to remain flexible. The size of the e-reader can also be both large and small, with the video above showing screens as big as 13.1-inches.The hardware powering AeroBee includes a 533MHz ARM11 processor running Linux 2.6.24. There’s 128MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, and a memory card slot. Weight wise, it will vary on the screen size, but the 13mm thick 13.1-inch model is 730 grams. The display also has an anti-glare film, although from watching the video the AeroBee still looks like it could suffer from some glare issues.As for when we will see AeroBee offered as a consumer product, we may have a long wait ahead. Bridgestone looks to be targeting business users first so no timeline or pricing has yet been revealed.via CrunchGearlast_img read more


E touts season four of Total Divas coming in Summer 2015


first_imgFacebook John Cena Google+ John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Pinterest Nikki Bella Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Videos Articles ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Is John Cena Surprised To Hear Nikki Bella Is Dating Again? Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR E! issued the a press release today on its programming for the remainder of 2015, with the following blurb on Season 4 of WWE Total Divas:“Total Divas” – Summer 2015Returning in its fourth season, E!, WWE®and Bunim-Murray Productions continue their look inside the lives of the women of the sports entertainment giant. Cameras once again showcase the professional and personal lives of the WWE Divas: The Bella Twins™(Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya™ (Nattie), Naomi™, Alicia Fox™, Paige™, and Eva Marie™. Between balancing family, maintaining romantic relationships and constantly fighting for the spotlight, the Divas are up against the odds. However, their unique lifestyles bring them together in a bond of sisterhood like no other. “Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for WWE.TVByTheNumbers.zapzit.com: ‘Total Divas’, ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’ & ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’ Renewed by E!; Network Orders 3 New SeriesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda RouseyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 45.64%0:03Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseylast_img read more


High Court rules against British Airways in pensions discretionary increase case


first_imgA High Court judge has ruled against British Airways (BA) in its bid to challenge a decision made by its pension scheme trustees to award a 0.2% discretionary increase to members of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS).The case, which was heard between October and December 2016, centred around allowing the APS trustees to amend scheme rules to enable them to award discretionary increases, after the government changed the process by which increases would be valued in 2010.The APS is a final salary defined benefit (DB) scheme that was closed to new members from 31 March 1984. At 31 March 2015, the scheme had 27,268 members, including 2% active members, 5% deferred members, and 92% pensioners.Before British Airways was privatised, the APS was a public sector pension scheme. As a result, ongoing increases within the scheme were based on the Retail Price Index (RPI) in line with the Pensions Increase Review Order (PIRO). The RPI is calculated on a monthly basis, and reflects the change in price of a selection of goods and services designed to be representative of the expenditure of UK households. In 2010, the government announced that PIRO would be based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the RPI. The CPI is the current headline rate of inflation in the UK.The scheme trustees amended the APS rules in 2011 to introduce a discretionary power to enable them to increase pensions to accommodate for an expected lower rate of increase as a result of the move to CPI.In November 2013, the trustees agreed to exercise the discretionary power to award an increase of 0.2%, effective from 1 December 2013.BA challenged the amendment of the scheme rules and the decision-making process that led to the discretionary increase of 0.2%, arguing that the trustees failed to take all relevant considerations into account and also took some irrelevant considerations into account.In his judgement, Justice Morgan confirmed that the amendment to scheme rules was valid and effective, therefore any decisions made regarding the pensions increase were within the scope of the trustees’ power. He found that the trustees had regarded all relevant considerations around the increases, and that the November 2013 decision to grant a discretionary increase of 0.2% did not amount to a benevolent or compassionate payment.Trustees for the Airways Pension Scheme said: “We are naturally very pleased with the clarity brought by the Court’s decision. We welcome the confirmation from the Court that we and our professional advisers acted appropriately in relation to those decisions. “We are analysing the full implications of the judgment with our professional advisers and assessing the next steps, albeit the actions that we are able to take in the near term will depend on whether BA decides to appeal.”A spokesperson at British Airways said: “Given the risks that remain within the scheme we believe the deficit contributions should be applied to improve funding and reduce risks, not improve benefits. There are 26,000 members in this pension scheme, 98% of whom are already retired and on far more generous pensions than succeeding generations of British Airways employees. Last year British Airways made payments of more than £500m toward pension fund deficits.”last_img read more


Uber driver ambushed held at gunpoint in North Miami


first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – An Uber driver was carjacked by a group of armed men in North Miami, early Sunday.The driver, Jesus Aro, said he was picking up a passenger near Northeast 128th Street and 13th Avenue at around 3:30 a.m., when he was ambushed by a group of armed men.The victim described the experience. “There were four of them. They robbed us at gunpoint. They made us get on the ground and held a gun to our heads. They asked if we had money,” he said through a translator.Aro said one of the subjects was carrying an AK-47 rifle. “I don’t know what I need to say because I was nervous. I was — I don’t say nothing,” he said. “I say, ‘Oh, please, sorry guys. Relax. I’m still working. I have a family. Please don’t kill me.”Aro said the men held a gun to his back before taking off in his 2014 gray Nissan Sentra.If you have any information on this carjacking, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


UM fan punched by cop ordered to undergo anger management


first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A University of Miami fan who was arrested for punching a police officer has been ordered to complete an anger management course.A judge ordered Bridget Freitas to complete an anger management course and write an apology letter to the Miami-Dade Police officer she punched during a Miami Hurricanes game.The officer was escorting her out Hard Rock Stadium in November after she was ejected for unruly behavior.If the 30-year-old complies, all charges will be dropped.The officer she struck was recently cleared of any wrongdoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Madrasa teacher held for praying for Banghabandhus killers


first_img.Police detained a madrasa teacher from Gopalpur upazila headquarters in Tangail on Saturday morning for allegedly seeking salvation of departed souls of the killers of Banghabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.The arrested teacher is Faizul Amir Sarker, principal of Gopalpur Kamil Madrasa, hailing from Muradnagar upazila in Comilla district.Witnesses said Gopalpur upazila administration arranged a special prayer programme in upazila freedom fighters’ office around 8am for seeking salvation of the departed soul of freedom fighters who laid their lives for the country.Faizul conducted a munajat in the programme where he sought salvation of the departed souls who were hanged in connection with killing of Banghabandhu in the presence of upazila chairman Yunus Islam Talukder, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Dilruba Sharmin and others, said Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Gopalpur police station.Immediately after the incident, police detained Faizul and started filing a case against him, added the OC.last_img read more


Ahead of major meeting Catholic bishops face pressure to act on abuse


first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Southern Baptist president says racial insensitivity shows disregard for the gospel Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Women sex abuse survivors tell Southern Baptists: ‘Our family is sick’ By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This!center_img TagsCatholic sex abuse scandal homepage featured Top Story USCCB,You may also like By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — When the American Catholic bishops met as a body last fall, they were on the verge of voting on a series of resolutions to show they were at last taking the sexual abuse crisis seriously — particularly their role disciplining and removing errant priests and fellow bishops.Those votes were dramatically halted at the request of the Vatican, which was planning its own summit on sex abuse.Now, three months after that conference in Rome, the bishops are heading to a summit in Baltimore this week, where they are facing pressure to pass those stalled resolutions — and then some.The sex abuse scandal, which continues to roil the church from the parishes to the pope, will likely be the foremost topic of discussion at the three-day U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting (June 11-13). Originally scheduled as a retreat in California, the bishops changed it to a business meeting after they were unable to pass resolutions on the topic at their last meeting in November.The pressure is all the higher because the Vatican’s four-day sex abuse summit in February fell short of instituting concrete reforms in the eyes of victims groups and other advocates for more transparency on the part of the church.The onus is now on bishops to take action at their meeting, especially in the wake of new reports that Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, did not do enough to stop a priest in his diocese accused of abuse, as well as allegations that he was slow to respond to a report of a sexual relationship between a priest and a female parishioner.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, left, leads the USCCB’s annual fall meeting on Nov. 13, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)DiNardo, the current president of the USCCB, is expected to chair the meeting in Baltimore.The conference’s troubles were compounded when The Washington Post reported last week that a West Virginia bishop sent money to those who accused him of harassment. The previous week, the Vatican handled abuse allegations of a former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, stripping him of his cardinal title after the allegations came to light.Last month, Pope Francis issued a new church law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns across the globe to report to church authorities any sexual abuse by their fellow clerics or cover-up by their superiors.But in a press release, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  published a list of four recommendations for the bishops, including a requirement for clerics to report suspected abuse to both church officials and police simultaneously. The group also wanted to see the immediate release of the names of all church workers accused of committing sexual crimes, a halt to church-led efforts to fight reform of statute of limitations laws, and to push leaders to turn over their records to law enforcement.SNAP described Francis’ edict requiring clergy to report abuse internally as “a step in the right direction,” but incomplete, insisting law enforcement should be involved.“Now, with this gathering in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and the rest of America’s bishops have a chance to strengthen these requirements and push forward real changes that will help prevent future abuse,” the group said.The Leadership Roundtable, a group made up largely of influential Catholic laity devoted to promoting better management in the church, also sent a letter urging the bishops to pass the proposals initially considered in November, as well as a slate of other initiatives.“At the assembly we believe that the bishops need to commit to create a new culture of leadership that values accountability, transparency, and co-responsibility with clergy and laity,” Leadership Roundtable CEO Kimberley Smolik told Religion News Service. “This is a time for courageous, bold leadership.”A lone protester stands outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 13, 2018. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsSmolik also called on leaders to address what she called the “twin crises” facing the church: abuse and leadership.“There is a leadership crisis and there is a culture in our church that has created and allowed for an abuse of power,” she said, adding that the bishops’ reaction to the letter has been positive.According to Catholic news website Crux, the bishops are hoping to vote on a trio of resolutions designed to address the abuse crisis. The first would implement Francis’ abuse reporting directive by establishing a national third-party reporting system to receive complaints of abuse or cover-up. Metropolitan archbishops would also be empowered to investigate a bishop in their see.But the proposal sidesteps a separate suggestion raised at the November meeting that would have created a nonprofit to oversee such cases. That idea was reportedly dismissed by Vatican officials, who argued it superseded the authority of the pope.Officials will also likely vote on a proposal explicitly stating that bishops are bound by the rules of the 2002 Dallas Charter — a series of reforms enacted by bishops in the wake of the Boston Globe “Spotlight” report that drew international attention to the abuse crisis. A separate proposal would also strengthen measures to hold accountable emeriti bishops who have resigned or been removed from office because of “grave acts of commission or omission.”Bishops are also slated to discuss other issues at the gathering, such as immigration and updates regarding a document on religion and politics titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Share This! 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Love Death Robots Animated Adult Series Is Returning to Netflix


first_img Love, Death & Robots, the adult animated anthology series that spans cyborg thieves, shape-shifters, and super-intelligent yogurt, is coming back to Netflix for a second season.On Monday, Netflix announced the return of the series in a short video on Twitter. Not many details have been shared yet on Love, Death & Robots’ second season, including an official premiere date, however, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) will be the supervising director and oversee all new episodes, Deadline reported. pic.twitter.com/5U6JMY8IbL— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 10, 2019Nelson joins Love, Death & Robots after many animated projects: She’s previously directed Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Darkest Minds, and many Spawn episodes.“Love, Death and Robots” will be back! Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined as supervising director for Volume 2 and will oversee all episodes pic.twitter.com/8OVStMbpeP— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) June 10, 2019Love, Death & Robots, which is executive produced by David Fincher, Josh Donen, Jennifer Miller, and Tim Miller, features short animated stories that cover many genres, such as comedy, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. Previous episodes featured bizarre tales, including a young couple who discovers a lost civilization inside their vintage freezer and a “beastie” fighter who needs to prove herself in a deadly game industry.More on Geek.com:‘Love, Death & Robots’ Animated Trailer Is a Raunchy Sci-Fi WonderlandNetflix Experimenting With Different ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Episode Lineups David Fincher’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Animated Series Is Coming to Netflix Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more


CBI raids nine places over chit fund scam


first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at different places in the state on Friday, in connection with a chit fund case of the ATM Group.Raids have been conducted at nine places, including the offices and residences of the Chief Managing Director (CMD) and other directors of the group.A case was registered in this connection on June 6 in 2017 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case had started on charges of criminal breach of trust (406 IPC), cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (420 IPC), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), for voluntarily causing hurt (323 IPC), criminal intimidation (506 IPC) and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (34 IPC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe central investigating agency had initiated a probe following the Supreme Court’s order.Teams comprising CBI officers went to nine different places to conduct raids and several incriminating documents were seized.After preliminary investigation, CBI officers have come to know that the group had collected around Rs 4 to Rs 5 crore through different chit fund schemes.The modus operandi of the group was quite similar to that of other chit fund groups. Investigation has revealed that the group had assured high rate of return to collect money from people. But the investors have not got back their money and the invested amount has been allegedly misappropriated.Officers of the investigating agency have seized several documents during the raid and they will be going through the same to get more information about the group.It may be mentioned that the probe into all the chit fund cases have recently started gaining momentum and officers of the central investigating agency have conducted raids in connection with several chit fund cases in the past few weeks.last_img read more


Onduty doctor of staterun hospital dies suicide suspected


first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a doctor who was declared brought dead at SSKM Hospital on Sunday.The victim, identified as Saswata Hira (34), who was attached to Ramrik Das Haralalka Hospital (RDHH), an annex unit of SSKM Hospital, was found unconscious at RDHH on Sunday morning.He was taken to SSKM Hospital by the staff where Hira was declared brought dead.It was learnt that Hira had a night shift at the ICU of RDHH on Saturday.According to hospital sources, he was there at the ICU till 2 am on Saturday night. He was absolutely fine when the staff last saw him. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday morning, some staff spotted Hira lying unconscious inside the hospital campus.He was immediately taken to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead.According to SSKM and RDHH, the cause of his death will only be confirmed after his post-mortem report is available.According to the sources at RDHH, the victim doctor had been suffering from mental depression due to some family problems.He had been under medication for his ailments.A section of the hospital staff suspects that he might have fallen inside the doctors’ room and this might have led to his death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have already started a probe in this regard. They are investigating if the victim had committed suicide following mental depression.Cops are also suspecting that the doctor might have administered an injection to commit suicide.They are interrogating others doctors, nurses of the hospital and also the family members of the victim in this connection so far.The investigation officers are waiting for the post-mortem report which might throw some light on the nature of his death.Police are also looking into if there was any foul play behind the death of the doctor.last_img read more


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