Loblaw recalling cooked shrimp packages may also contain raw shrimp

first_imgLoblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling certain pre-packaged cooked shrimp due to the potential presence of raw shrimp, which may contain harmful bacteria.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the shrimp is sold in 300-gram packages containing 56-65 shrimp per pound.It was sold across the country at Loblaw banner stores such as Fortinos, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Dominion and Provigo.The CFIA says consumers who have this product should toss it out or return it to the store where purchased.The agency says the recall was triggered by the company and there have been no reported illnesses linked to eating this product.Click here for more information on the recall.last_img read more

FROM FILM SETS TO TRACTOR CABS

first_imgMegz Reynolds loved the time she spent on her extended family’s ranch as a child. (Sherry Reynolds) As a teenager I would fantasize about one day having a farm of my own.What my teenage self didn’t realize was how challenging the transition to farming would be and how many of my preconceived ideas about food and food production would be challenged.I have always been a creative soul and a bit of a gypsy. After high school I got my first job in the film industry as a trainee set decorator on the blockbuster film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I was hooked. I loved the fast pace, the ever-changing challenges, the problem-solving and the performing under stress.As much as I loved film, there was always a piece of me that was missing the farm and farm life.Fast forward to a surprise birthday party on a dark night during harvest in a rural Sask. town with a population of 12. A young grain farmer walks into the bar covered in dust from combining field peas. He didn’t remember meeting me and I didn’t realize it at the time, but that young farmer was going to be the one to bring me back to farm life. Megz Reynolds has embraced farm life after an earlier career in the film industry. (Megz Reynolds) Advertisement I have a confession to make. Seven years ago I thought all GMOs were bad. That may not be a shocking sentiment these days, but here’s the catch: Now I’m a grain farmer in Saskatchewan.My perspective on GMOs is just one of many things that have changed since I embraced farm life.I grew up in Calgary and went on to an 11-year career in the film industry before meeting my husband and moving out to his fourth-generation family farm. The transition from film to farm may seem like a wild step, but growing up I always felt most at home on my extended family’s ranch in Southern Alberta. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img My childhood weekends, summer holidays and birthday parties were always spent on the farm. I was free there. I ran wild, took off on horseback, built forts in the coulee and climbed the Porcupine Hills. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rohit Yadav sets under18 national javelin throw record

first_imgSonipat: Rohit Yadav of Uttar Pradesh stole the limelight with an under-18 national record throw of 81.75m in the boys preliminary round of the second Athletics Federation of India National Javelin Throw Open Championship here Monday. The 17-year-old from Jaunpur improved on the national record of the 79.29m for boys under-18 set by Mohammed Hadeesh Apia in September 2015. Yadav had also recorded a throw of 79.83m in the SGFI National School Games in Nadiad, Gujarat, in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe final will be held on Tuesday. Haryana women trio of Poonam Rani, Monica and Shilpa Rana swept the medals with efforts of 49.53m, 42.46m and 39.89m. Poonam Rani, the 24-year-old from Jhajjar, has a clutch of All-India Inter-University crowns and has thrown over 50m. With national javelin coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics specialist Dr. Klaus Bartonietz keenly watching the proceedings, it seemed natural that the intensity of competition was high and that there was an eagerness to showcase raw talent. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, in the second AFI National 400m Open Championships in Lucknow, it was a teenager sprinter Vikrant Panchal (Haryana) who took the spotlight with a time of 48.06 seconds in the boys under-20 preliminary semifinals. It was the second time in the day that he breached the 49-second mark, having clocked 48.40 seconds in the preliminary heats. Haryana’s Pankaj Malik, 21, clocked the fastest time in the men’s semifinals. His time of 48.54 seconds was better than the 48.97 clocked by M Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu), in the other semifinals heats. Gujarat’s Vishal Chaturbhai had set the pace in the preliminaries with a time of 48.66 seconds.last_img read more

Prohibition not a solution Ekta Kapoor on demand to regulate digital content

first_imgMumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Talking on the sidelines of the launch of season two of TV shows “Kawach” and “Bepanah Pyaarr”, Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.last_img read more

Past experience helping Driss Guessous produce on court for Ohio State mens

Redshirt-freshman Driss Guessous (4) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDriss Guessous went from redshirting his first year at Ohio State to starting every match and becoming one of the most influential players on the men’s volleyball team the next and is far from your average freshman athlete.That’s because when it comes to experience, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Guessous’ coach Pete Hanson said his rivals anyone.“Driss is a great athlete, but all of his experience is one of the reasons why he is having such a successful freshman year. He has played some great volleyball and is drawing from those experiences,” Hanson said.Guessous started playing volleyball during his freshman year of high school at Loyola in Pasadena, Calif., where he was named a 2012 first-team All-American and led the team to a state title. The past two summers, he has played with the USA Volleyball and the Junior National Team, competed at the Federation Internationale De Volleyball and played in the Men’s U-21 World Championship in Turkey with Buckeye teammate and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy.As an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Guessous said it has been a difficult adjustment from last season to find the time to stay on track with his schoolwork while traveling with the team.“The hardest transition for me is trying to balance school and volleyball. Being a physics major and having to travel to matches all over the Midwest can be quite the challenge, but it keeps me focused on what my goals are and what I want to take away from college — a great education and, hopefully, a national championship,” Guessous said.The Buckeyes have the 15th-best hitting percentage in the nation at .287, led by Guessous, who is ranked No. 1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and fourth in the country for his hitting percentage of .446.“Driss is our most consistent attacker. If we ever get into an offensive slump, we know that he has the ability to get us out of it,” redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said.“Driss is one of our best offense weapons. He’s consistently killing balls for us,” Henchy said.Hanson said for one player to be successful on the court, the whole team must work together. But when it comes to Guessous, he works hand-in-hand with freshman setter Christy Blough, to get set up for a kill.“We have a setter who really understands that finding a way to get Driss the ball can really help the offense. Christy has really embraced that and does a good job of assisting Driss in a lot of opportunities,” Hanson said.Beyond his contributions to the Buckeye offense, Guessous is a main contributor to the defense as well. He is ranked sixth in the conference in blocks per set with a .94 average. His position as middle blocker entails a lot, Hanson said.“There is a lot of responsibility on a middle blocker from a blocking perspective, and as an attacker, to make some pretty instantaneous judgments, and being aware of everyone’s positioning on the court and the position of the ball,” Hanson said.As Guessous’ familiarity with the team increases, he also will grow as a player, Hanson said.“The more and more Driss and the passers and setters play together, the quicker and smarter his decisions will become,” Hanson said. “That will help him to continue to be more and more effective.”After falling to No. 15 IPFW Wednesday 3-2, the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 12 Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. in Columbus.Guessous said he is always looking to improve and understand that he has a lot to learn during these next few years as a Buckeye.“I want to get better at all facets of the sport. That’s the best part about playing volleyball — no matter how good I am, I can always can be better. That is why I love the sport. I crave the challenge and that is what keeps me going,” Guessous said. read more

Brazil vs Mexico Lineups announced

first_imgFilipe Luis will start in Marcelo’s place for Brazil today as they look to continue their pursuit of a sixth world title by defeating Mexico in today last-16 encounterTite’s side have won 19 of their last 24 games since he took charge two years ago along with an impressive 18 clean sheets.While Marcelo had trained normally yesterday, he will start from the bench and may be used as a substitute later on in the match.Right-back Danilo has recovered from the thigh problem, but has been overlooked in favour of Fagner.Mexico’s 39-year-old captain Rafael Marquez will start for El Tri in this decisive encounter as the side look to avoid a seventh consecutive last-16 exit at the World Cup.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.However, centre-back Hector Moreno is suspended with Hugo Ayala being called up in his place.The teams are in for #BRAMEX! #WorldCup?????? pic.twitter.com/cayJmgV2fJ— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018last_img read more

France deserved to beat Uruguay – Deschamps

first_imgFrance defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, bringing the progress of Uruguay in the tournament to a halt.Speaking on their victory after the match, France manager Didier Deschamps declared that his side deserved the victory and hailed his players for raising their game against Uruguay known as a tough opposition.“I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” he told reporters via Sportsmole.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I have a younger team, and they’ve already played as a team before, but today’s requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.“I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I’m not doing this for myself, I’m there for the team.”The goals that came Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud has transitioned France into the semi-finals.last_img read more

Barcelona make a sensational late move for Malcom

first_imgThe future of Bordeaux forward Malcom has been handed another thrilling twist with Barcelona having now hi-jacked AS Roma’s move for him by making a late bid of their own, claims Gianluca Di MarzioOn Monday evening, it had been announced by Bordeaux that an agreement had been reached in principle with Roma over the sale of their forward Malcom for a transfer fee of €36m.The Brazilian was expected to arrive at the Italian capital for his medical earlier this week before surprisingly electing to remain in France, despite the fact that Roma supporters had even shown up at the airport to greet him on his arrival.And now it has been revealed that Malcom was advised to remain in France by his representatives after Bordeaux received a superior offer for him by Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.After having a third bid rejected for Chelsea winger Willian on Monday, Barcelona have now given up on signing him and have now set their sights on his compatriot.But Roma are determined to sign the Malcom and will even offer Bordeaux an improved deal for the 21-year-old to fend off interest from the Catalan giants.Malcom scored 12 goals and made seven assists in 35 league appearances for Bordeaux last seasonlast_img read more

Luka Modric rejects Real Madrid offer – Report

first_imgCroatian midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid and is said to be considering an approach from Inter.Diario AS cite a report in local TV station Telemadrid and carried by Football Italia claiming the Ballon d’Or winner has turned down Madrid’s initial offer and there are strong indications that the interest from Inter is huge.Modric has been instrumental in both club and country as he helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and his nation Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Modric is believed to be influenced by the fact that his fellow compatriots Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all play at the Nerazzurri.The midfielder’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs through until 2020 but he is said to be holding out for an improved offer, one which would match or exceed that offered by Inter.last_img read more

Tax Bill Passes House After Second Vote

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The GOP tax bill has passed the House after Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber that several minor provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, forcing the House into the second vote this morning, in a vote of 224 to 201. According to White House leaders, President Trump will hold an official signing ceremony at a later date. This morning, the House passed the tax bill for the second time. President Donald Trump has promised a news conference, this afternoon following the final vote to approve the GOP tax cut bill. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): “The passage of this bill marks a defining moment in our nation’s history. It’s been 31 years since we last reformed the tax code—and this bill comes not a moment too soon. It’s time we deliver relief, tax cuts, and good jobs for hard-working Americans.”center_img Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, President Trump referred to the passage a “historic victory for the American people.” The House approved the bill on Tuesday, December 19, and then after debating much of Tuesday, the Senate voted on the tax bill well after midnight, approving the bill, 51 to 48.last_img read more

Divided Alaska Legislature Convenes Session In 2 Cities

first_imgThe debate over the climate bill, which did not pass, highlighted the tension between the greater Portland area and rural areas in Oregon. Hundreds of farmers, loggers and truckers rallied at the Capitol in solidarity with the Republican senators, saying the climate legislation would cost jobs in their towns. Democrats said the measure was an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities’ ability to adapt to climate change.___Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report. Giessel told The Associated Press last week that she believed the Legislature is on solid footing with the plan, despite legal questions raised by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who has argued that Dunleavy can call lawmakers into special session anywhere he wants. In a rare move, nearly a third of Alaska lawmakers are expected to buck their leadership in both chambers and meet Monday in Wasilla even though a majority of lawmakers will convene the special session in Juneau, the state capital, about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. Neither the House, led by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, nor the Republican-controlled Senate, could pass a bill for the full payout. Last month the Oregon Legislature was disrupted by a walkout by Republican senators, who fled the Capitol to thwart climate legislation. The 11 GOP senators, who make up the minority in the Oregon Senate, left the Capitol on June 20 and remained away for nine days to protest a proposal that would have been the second in the nation to cap and trade pollution credits among companies. The main issue is to determine the amount of this year’s oil wealth check, a hot-button issue in Alaska. Nearly every single Alaska residents receives the check for simply living in the state. Alaska is not the only state in the West to see upheaval on the legislative process. The Grammy-award winning band Portugal. The Man, which hails from Wasilla, will be featured Tuesday at a rally at the University of Alaska Anchorage to encourage lawmakers to overturn Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Dunleavy’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow has said Dunleavy hopes lawmakers show up in Wasilla. If they don’t, they will “cross that bridge when we get there,” Shuckerow said. Dunleavy said late Friday he would expand the special session agenda to include state match money for road and airport programs “when the Alaska State Legislature convenes in Wasilla,” pursuant to his special session proclamation There could be other business for lawmakers. Once they convene the special session, they have five days to attempt any overrides of Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, including a $130 million cut to the University of Alaska system. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has called the cut as devastating. Furlough notices to employees have already been spent. The checks are from the Alaska Permanent Fund, a fund seeded with oil money and grown through investments. Annual dividends traditionally have been paid with fund earnings, which lawmakers also began using last year to help pay government expenses amid an ongoing budget deficit, creating tension. Dunleavy called the special session in Wasilla, his hometown and the heart of his conservative base, saying a change of venue would be good for lawmakers who could not finish their work over five months in Juneau this year. Both House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who cited safety concerns about meeting in Wasilla, and Senate President Cathy Giessel decided to hold the session in Juneau. A formula in state law to determine the amount of the checks has not been followed the last three years, resulting in reduced check sizes. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December, campaigned on paying a full dividend, which would cost about $1.9 billion and result in checks around $3,000 this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session.last_img read more

A Web Traffic and Engagement Tip Sheet

first_imgEveryone needs a review sometimes. And in the highly competitive and, especially for magazine publishers, make-or-break world of Web content publishing, SEO and engagement are two critical strategies that deserve perpetual oversight and review. So, in that spirit, we’ve spoken with a number of SEO and Web content development experts across the industry and compiled their favorite ways to drive—and keep—traffic to their sites. Optimization and TrafficTopic Pages Are the AnchorsWe’re all creating hundreds of thousands of pages of content that come and go on a daily basis. Topic pages that never change their URLs, however, are like a traffic magnet. Over time, other sites will link to them, building up that all-important “Google juice,” and topic pages tend to be very keyword heavy. “If something has been up over time, you build up more incoming links,” says Kelly Maloni, director of product development at New York. “Google is looking for incoming links, keyword-friendly URLs, and keyword-rich pages. Pages that have those and don’t change over and over again have a lot of weight. It’s about owning the keywords, a simple URL, and owning that space.” Remember Your 301 RedirectsEvery site needs to rebuild its structure at some time or another. If you do have to change a URL to a topic page or a directory page, make sure you alert the search engines with a 301 Redirect command, which tells search engines that the old URL is the same as the new one. “We’re pretty obsessive about the 301 Redirects,” says Maloni, who warns that without it, Google will treat the URL as a brand new one and all the elements built up over time that gave the page a high ranking will be erased. SEO for that section will have to start all over again. “Instead, a 301 Redirect tells Google that the old URL is now the new one, and to consider them the same page and keep the page rank.” Social Media Isn’t Just a Buzz Phrase“It can actually work from a traffic standpoint,” says Jonathon Hills, acting GM of ReadersDigest.com. “We’ve done a lot to ramp up our social media efforts, which now account for a good portion of our traffic.” Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter—they’re all being used, but not indiscriminately. “Social media is a fuzzy area, but if you select the channels carefully and position the content in a way that makes sense to your brand, it can be a powerful traffic driver,” says Hills.Leverage Your Analytics“A lot of my work comes from looking at analytics,” says Alison McPartland, manager of search and discovery strategies at Questex Media. McPartland created a “Top Author” report that identifies which editors and what content brings in the most traffic—and uses it to foster a bit of friendly competition. “It’s the top 30 articles of content per month,” says McPartland. “We pull who the author is and what the topic is and analyze page views, percentage over site, total amount of keywords that were driven to that story, average time spent, bounce rate and exit rate.”The content analytics reveal how visitors find the content (keywords) and what topics are trending high. McPartland then makes sure to share the details with the editors. “It gets them competitive with each other and makes them proactive, rather than waiting to see what works.”Leveraging Syndication’s ResultsFinding other Web sites and portals to syndicate your content is another way of driving traffic back to your site, but it’s what you do with the traffic that’s also important. “We’ve got great partnerships with MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and some smaller sites as well,” says Sean Nolan, Rodale’s VP of online operations. “We assume we’re getting new audiences and populate the article with downstream links. We try to get them around the rest of the site and show them related content—maybe have a subscription or product offer.” The E-mail Newsletter ConnectionCreate and send e-mail newsletters as often as people give you permission to. “It really begins with e-mail,” says Jason Revzon, VP of Taunton Interactive at Taunton Press. “Half of our traffic comes from search, but e-mail is hugely important. It’s your way of reminding people what’s on your site. Depending on the site, we double or quadruple our traffic when the e-mails go out.”Content and EngagementTease Related Content“You want to watch for people viewing multiple pages of content across the board,” says Omid Jahanbin, director of product design and creative strategies, interactive platforms, at Cygnus Business Media. “We want to keep on average four pages of content on the top of our page view line.”Time the Release of Certain ContentPost content when your audience is most likely to read it. “You want to release content when you have a high traffic period,” says Jahanbin. “Typically, 11:00 am is very high for our publishing partners.”The added benefit here, says Jahanbin, is readers are more likely to avail themselves of the sharing functions, too—e-mail to a friend and the social networking buttons. “There’s a reason corporations release news they don’t like on a Friday. It’s lost its mystique by Monday.”Content Packaging and Presentation Don’t just shovel a 2,000-word story into a single Web page. Break it up. Add infographics. Consider changing the format completely. “We’re always trying to turn a full-length magazine article into a seven-photo slide show, for example,” says Hills. “We could take that and break it down and extract pieces and add some relevant images and create a whole new story—that presentation works better than a 1,000-word article. Or we could turn 25 tips into a one-minute Web-exclusive video clip.”Reformat Your Video PresentationConsider breaking up a longer-form video subject into a number of shorter clips that can play in a series. Taunton’s Revzon has introduced “snack-sized” videos that visitors are watching all at once. “We recently went from a single-clip player on a page to a player that has eight clips on a subject that play in order,” he says. “People are watching eight videos on average, and that keeps them there a long time. They’re small nuggets—between 40 seconds and two minutes—but they’re put together in a way that lets you lean back and enjoy them.”Make Your Slideshows Tell a StoryA perennial page-view favorite, it can actually be hard for image-only slideshows to keep readers until the end. At UBM’s Channelweb.com, vice president and editor Larry Hooper says they get 80 percent pull-through on their slideshows by adding some editorial content. “We treat them like stories, not like a bunch of pictures with captions,” he says. “We take a graphic novel approach to pull people through.”Hooper also says that he’ll substitute a slideshow or other visuals for a text-based story where it makes sense. A story about 10 new laptops, for example, could easily be turned into a slideshow. Pull Your Visitors into Guiding Editorial DevelopmentUser-generated content is one thing, but having your site’s most loyal visitors help guide story development accomplishes two things: Your editors have first-hand knowledge of what topics matter most, and your users are pulled deeper into the site experience. “Instead of calling up five or 10 readers, we’re starting the reporting within our community,” says Hooper. “It creates more traction than just commenting. Our reporters have set up private groups and invite experts to join, and those are generating stories on the site.”last_img read more

Highprofile fugitives Cautious CBI issues lookout notice for Chanda Kochhar

first_img UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya Apparently stung by high profile flight from the country of several economic offenders, premier crime investigative agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against top banker Chanda Kochhar, who is being probed over alleged fraud during her tenure as the chief executive officer and managing director of ICICI Bank.Apart from Chanda Kochhar, the lookout notices also include her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot. The development comes weeks after Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a criminal case against them for alleged money laundering, according to media reports.The CBI and the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken opposition flak over the flight aboard of several top businessmen including liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchants Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi. Facing the general election in a matter of weeks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government can ill-afford to face another embarrassing flight in a high profile economic offence investigation.The CBI last year issued lookout circulars at all airports against Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot last year. The Economics Times reports this is the first time LOC has been issued against Chanda Kochhar.”LOCs were filed after the FIR and are mandatory in cases where such economic offences are alleged. In recent times, keeping an eye on travel plans is a top concern for regulators,” the newspaper quoted an official as saying.ED registered a criminal case for alleged money laundering against the Kochhars, Dhoot, and others, to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning a Rs 1,875-crore loan to the corporate group.ED filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, taking into account a CBI complaint filed last month. An ECIR is the ED’s equivalent of a police first information report (FIR). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANSThe agency is probing the possibility of amassing tainted assets from any kickbacks the loan deal might have generated. The ED is expected to summon the accused named in the ECIR soon, according to reports.Allegations of conflict of interest against the CEO first arose in October 2016 following the ICICI Bank’s sanctioning of a loan to the Videocon Group. The allegation was that though Kochhar’s husband had alleged beneficial business dealings with Videocon managing director Venugopal Dhoot, yet the bank CEO continued to function on the credit committee that sanctioned the loan in 2012.An ICICI Bank inquiry found that Kochhar violated the bank’s code of conduct and its board decided to treat her October resignation – tendered while she was on leave – as a termination. Kochhar said she was “utterly disappointed, hurt and shocked” by the decision. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:39Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Wednesday Weather Updates And Closures Houston Area Under Flash Flood Watch

first_imgThis story will continue to be updated throughout the day as information becomes available.  Creeks, Bayous and Rivers UpdatesMajor flooding is still occurring along creeks and rivers in North Harris County.Cypress Creek is still out of its banks in Hockley, Cypress, Spring and at the Montgomery County line near Humble, according to NOAA.Listen to Houston reports  Further north, Spring Creek is causing major flooding just south of The Woodlands.To the east, the San Jacinto River near Humble and also south of Lake Houston near Sheldon is over its banks.Other areas of concern include the Brazos River in Richmond and further south in Rosharon.Officials say it will take days for the creeks and rivers to return to normal levels following the historic rains earlier this week. Other Area Openings and ClosingsIf you have a jury summons for today, you must appear. Harris County District and county courts will be open. People summoned for jury service should report at their scheduled time.Montgomery County officials are also working to get a federal disaster declaration for the area. They too are asking residents to report damage.If you live in Fort Bend County, here’s where to go to report damage. Area shelter and volunteer information can be found here. NWSWeather Forecast Watches and WarningsThe National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Some parts of the Houston area could receive up to 2-to-4 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts possible from slow-moving storms. That has officials concerned that it could make things worse in Cypress, Spring and other areas hit hard by the historic flooding across Greater Houston. The ground is saturated, creeks are swollen and there’s no more place to put the water and avoid further flooding.NWS/Alert HoustonAreal Flood WarningAn Areal Flood Warning has been extended to 9:15 a.m. this morning. This mostly affects homes and businesses near bayous in Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties. Those bayous and creeks are still handling massive amounts of water that continue to drain from Monday’s storm.And the National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until late Sunday night, or until further notice.NWS/Alert HoustonFlood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto RiverAs of last night, the river was about 7 feet above flood stage, and the Houston City Office of Emergency Management says major flooding along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to continue for the next several days. Harris County UpdatesHarris County Judge Ed Emmett lists some areas that officials will be monitoring closely today, but it’s really up to Mother Nature at this point.“We are going to pay particular attention to underpasses, places that we know are high water areas, try our best to keep people out of those,” Emmett explains. “The flood control people are monitoring, but all we can do really is monitor. If you’ve got a watershed and it’s full, there’s nothing else you can do. The water’s got to go somewhere.”A particular area of concern is the Addicks Reservoir out in West Houston. It’s up to near capacity and that has led to some flooding behind it.         “In some areas, it’s going to take several days, if not a week or more,” Emmett explains. “The Addicks Reservoir is a particular circumstance because the Corp of Engineers is only allowed to release a certain amount of water at a time, because you run the risk of flooding the downstream areas of Buffalo Bayou. Even if we get no more rain, the street flooding behind the Addicks Reservoir is going to be there for quite a while, because we can’t release that water. The Corps can’t release that water.”County officials are still working to get a federal disaster declaration for Greater Houston. They have confirmed that 744 homes and 400 apartments have been flooded and expect the number to grow to.Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies are in search and rescue mode again in areas of Spring and Cypress to evacuate stranded residents.  Transportation UpdatesHouston Metro says the 217 Cypress Park and Ride will remain closed today. But the 214 (Northwest Station) and 216 (West Little York) are operating normally.TranStar is reporting 33 high water School Openings and ClosingsStudents in the Houston Independent School District return to classes this morning. Make-up days have been set for May 26 and May 27.Other school districts that are also open so far this morning are Spring Branch ISD; Conroe ISD; and Fort Bend ISD. The University of Houston campuses are also open. But some students across Greater Houston will get at least one more day off. The Tomball, Klein and Spring school districts will all remain closed today. Lone Star College has also canceled classes.For a complete list of closures, click here. – / 6 Sharelast_img read more

New Book Tells The Story Of Developing An Artificial Heart

first_img X 00:00 /08:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In a story she says is “as much about innovation as it is about medicine,” Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz has a new book called Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart.In it, she follows a nearly 50-year saga of research and roadblocks, focused on the work of Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute as he strives to develop a fully-functioning artificial heart with the help of various associates, a project that is still ongoing though hopefully nearing some kind of completion soon.We talk with Swartz about the book and why this story piqued her interest.center_img Terry Vine/Texas Heart InstituteDr. Bud Frazier holds up an artificial heart. Listen Sharelast_img read more