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What is a Grip? The Unsung Heroes of the Film Industry

first_imgSuccessful film or video projects rely on the skills of the unsung heroes of the crew, the grips. In this video, you’ll learn what a grip does and why their work is so essential on-set.Mark Vargo knows a thing or two about working on professional film crews. Over the last 30 years he’s been a part of some of the biggest Hollywood films including Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Patriot, White House Down and many others. In the following video Mark gives a nod to the folks that make the shots come together, the film grip.Image courtesy of Sean Divine on WikimediaWhat is a grip? Under the direction of a Key Grip, grips work with the camera and electrical department to provide shooting and lighting support on film and video sets.A key grip will work with the crew leaders (director, director of photography, etc) to design a shooting plan. The grips will then implement this plan so that the shots are achieved on set and the shooting days go as scheduled.In the video below you’ll see basic grip lighting techniques (bouncing light, fill lights, diffusion frames), as well as how grips provide camera support (rigging cameras, laying track, etc).Mark calls the grips the “infantry” of the production crew. No major production can be completed with out them.Thanks for sharing your insight and experience, Mark!last_img read more

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Naughty Noughty History

first_imgPopular history is littered with superlative ‘facts’ about our greatness. It’s about time someone investigated where these ‘facts’ come from, and why they are so popular? Related Itemslast_img

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From the Dhabas of Murthal to the Phulkari of Patiala

first_imgThe royal city has much to offer â?? from traditional crafts and food, to historic sites and shopping options. Related Itemslast_img

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City Of Jhumpa

first_imgEveryone is reading Jhumpa in Chicago! The city has the One Book, One Chicago program where it encourages all the citizens to read and discuss the same book. For fall 2006, the city has chosen Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, joining such previous classics in the program as To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice.As Mayor Daley noted about Lahiri’s book, “The book allows readers a glimpse into the experience of immigrants, expatriates and first generation Americans living in America yet celebrating their cultural roots.”It is a sign of the times that the Chicago Public Library has chosen a book about the ups and down of immigrant life. In fact one of the accompanying discussions include  “Jhumpa Lahiri and Thomas Jefferson: Two Writers in Dialogue With Each Other Over a 200 Year Distance: What America Was and What it has Become, 1806-2006.”And so in planes and in trains, in universities, libraries and bookshops, Chicagoans will be reading Jhumpa.  “I salute the city of Chicago for promoting and celebrating the act of reading and the importance of literature on such a grand, civic scale,” she says.  “In a world where so many senseless and destructive events are constantly taking place, it is especially consoling and commendable.”Now wouldn’t it be great if Iraq created the One Book, One Baghdad program and its citizens got together to read and discuss the collected works of Gandhi or the Dalai Lama? Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sexy Texts Bring Jail

first_imgAn Indian flight attendant and her cabin services supervisor have been jailed for three months for exchanging sexy text messages in Dubai.The pair was convicted for planning to “commit sin,” code for extramarital affair in Dubai. The court concluded that the available evidence did not establish that they consummated an affair, which would have brought a harsher sentence. The text messages surfaced during divorce proceedings brought by the woman’s estranged husband. Related Itemslast_img read more

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A New, Flourishing Literary Scene in the Real Shangri-La

first_imgNot long ago, when Bhutan’s government tried to enroll children in school, parents hid them in the attic and bribed government agents with butter and cheese to go away. Families needed their children as field hands. The last thing they cared about were books.But flash forward just a few generations, and the situation in this tiny Himalayan kingdom has changed. Literacy is taking root across these deep green mountain valleys — it’s now around 60 percent, compared to 3 percent in the 1950s — giving rise to a surprising underdog literary scene.The number of bookshops is increasing; there are around a dozen in the capital, Thimphu, and a few more in far-flung districts. Bhutanese writers are publishing books more than ever before — fantasy novels, poetry, short story collections and especially folklore. Each August, Bhutan hosts an international literary festival in which a handful of big-name authors step off the plane, blinking in the bright alpine light and grinning at how stunningly beautiful this place is. The festival opened this week and includes everything from talks about the importance of bees to a performance by Bhutanese hip-hop dancers.Tshering Tashi, a writer, journalist, tour guide and co-director of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Photo: Jeffrey Gettleman/The New York TimesFor a remote, fragile country of less than 1 million people squeezed between China and India — the world’s two most populous nations — it’s a delicate dance of letting in outsiders without getting steamrollered. Historically, Bhutan has sealed itself off, a Shangri-La nestled in the highest, snow-capped mountain range in the world. Before the 1960s, few foreigners set foot here; it was only in 1999 that television was allowed in.The old ways are fading — you can see it in the profusion of newly built car dealerships in Thimphu, and in the haze of pollution that hangs over the city, and in the packs of young, unemployed men wearing the traditional gho, a long robe, who have drifted in from the countryside to mill around mobile phone shops, pockets empty, trapped between two worlds.This new generation of Bhutanese writers and novelists see themselves as occupying a special role: as guardians of their nation’s culture. Many are relatively young, in their 30s and 40s, and love to reminisce about growing up in villages without radios or TVs or even roads, wearing traditional clothes and eating traditional foods (such as hard cubes of yak cheese the size of Starburst candies). They feel an urgency to write about the old ways deep in the mountain villages before that lifestyle totally disappears.“Create?” asked Tshering Tashi, a writer, journalist, tour guide and co-director of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival. “That’s a luxury. Our foremost job is to record.”Gopilal Acharya, a Bhutanese poet and author, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Photo: Jeffrey Gettleman/The New York TimesPerhaps it’s unusual for an artist to resist the urge to put something new into the world; it’s like looking up at a glistening mountain and feeling no need to climb it. But in Bhutanese culture, there is not an obsession with conquering things. There’s actually a law that prohibits anyone from climbing the highest mountains because that’s where the deities live, after all.Tashi, 45, is determined to track down the last of the traditional shamans and spiritual hermits — the custodians of Bhutanese legends — and write their stories, not his, before they take them to the grave. On one mission, he hiked two weeks into the mountains where no roads reach; he finally found his target, an old hermit who had lived by himself for 70 years.“He was a remarkable man,” Tashi said. “He never got bored.”So many different Bhutanese writers are open about their sentimentality and their ache to deliver a strong sense of their place to everything they write. Gopilal Acharya, 40, is a poet with dark eyes, a natty beard, crisp plaid shirts and a slightly coiled vibe. He writes in English, like most Bhutanese writers, because that is what he studied in school. (Several indigenous languages are spoken in Bhutan but relatively few books are printed in them.) Raymond Carver is one of his favorite writers.“I love everything about the man, down to his drinking habits,” Acharya said.But at the same time, Acharya is passionate about Bhutanese folklore. He wrote a book of children’s tales that celebrate a way of life rooted in isolated hamlets where even today, on windswept mountainsides, people till fields of buckwheat with yoked oxen and wooden plows.“These stories are how we are anchored as a society,” he said. “We don’t have military or economic power. Our culture is all we have.”Bhutan may be one of the hardest places to earn a living as a writer. Acharya is considered one of his country’s most talented (all the more impressive considering that he hails from a remote village and his mother can’t read). But he still works as a consultant on sanitation issues.“I don’t want to be doing fecal management,” he said. “I live to write. But I need to make money.”Just about all the writers here are self-published and they said they spend several thousand dollars on each book and end up doing everything: the editing, the graphic design, the layout, deliveries, distribution and sales. Bhutan’s handful of publishing houses tend to stick to textbooks, which are far more profitable than novels or story collections.“Somebody told me that publishing a book is the easiest way to become bankrupt in Bhutan,” joked Monu Tamang, a 20-something novelist.Chador Wangmo, one of Bhutan’s most popular novelists, with her grandmother, Pema Dema, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Photo: Jeffrey Gettleman/The New York Times.The bookshops tend to stock mass-market paperbacks like entire shelves for Nicholas Sparks. DSB Books, which claims to be Bhutan’s oldest book shop, offers many Asia-themed books, everything from Japanese comics to Buddhist tomes on wisdom. And at the packed little Pe Khang bookstore, titles are arranged in no discernible order. “The Life of Buddha” sits next to “Bob Dylan: The Lyrics 1961- 2012.”The Bhutanese novels run about $5 a piece, within range of what most can afford. The per capita gross domestic product is equivalent to $9,000, though the Bhutanese government doesn’t get too worked up about these figures. Instead, it prides itself on maximizing gross national happiness.Every August, the Mountain Echoes festival opens up Bhutan’s literary scene for a brief moment. Dozens of writers from the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia march into the handful of new luxury hotels and mingle with a select few of the Bhutanese intelligentsia at elegant dinners under crystalline skies. The festival is free and audiences tend to be filled with other invited authors, government employees, members of Bhutan’s royal family and lots and lots of schoolchildren.Last year, some of the events were inspired by local themes like one titled “The Karma of Writing.” Markus Zusak, the author of “The Book Thief” and Padma Lakshmi, the celebrity chef and ex-wife of Salman Rushdie, attracted the biggest crowds.This year, dozens more writers are scheduled to come; Sarah Kay, a successful American spoken-word poet, is one of the bigger draws. The Bhutanese contingent seem to enjoy the spectacle but most have no urge to leave their kingdom.“It’s so hectic over there,” Tashi said, referring to the West. He spent three months at Princeton conducting research. “There was never any time for reflection or contemplation.”Chador Wangmo, one of Bhutan’s favorite novelists, is another quiet nationalist. Some of her fondest memories are from long winters as a child, when the light faded at four in the afternoon and the heavy snows kept schools shut for months and the children sat around the fire, without TVs or radios, listening to the elders’ tales.“Those stories were our only source of entertainment,” she said.Wangmo’s books explore old superstitions, like not throwing out the trash at night, juxtaposed with contemporary themes. Her popular novel, “Kyetse,” a word that means something like destiny, is a Dickensian tale of a young woman who is trafficked across Bhutan.“I can vividly remember the lovely time we used to have as children and already we are losing this huge reserve of rich oral culture,” she said. “The family time and the togetherness is dwindling quicker than we could have fathomed.”The culture she wants to preserve, she said, revolves around Bhutan’s Buddhist beliefs. “It’s how we sit, how we talk, our dress, our respect for not just humans around us but the whole environment around us.’’Lately, Wangmo, 38, has interrogated her grandmother, Pema Dema, about all the old stories the elders used to tell around the fire. Dema, well into her 70s, is having trouble remembering them. She also questions why they should be remembered at all.“There was nothing back then,” she said. There was never enough food, it was so cold, we had no shoes, we walked long distances for water.”“Today compared to that,” she laughed, “is almost like paradise.”© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsBhutanChinalast_img read more

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India’s Supreme Court Limits Aadhaar, a Sweeping ID Program

first_imgIndia’s Supreme Court limited the government’s sweeping national biometric identity system Wednesday, but found that the program did not fundamentally violate Indians’ privacy rights.The five-judge panel limited the use of the program, called Aadhaar, to the distribution of certain benefits. It struck down the government’s use of the system for unrelated issues like identifying students taking school exams. The court also said private companies like banks and cellphone providers could not require users to prove their identities with Aadhaar.The majority opinion of the court said an Indian’s Aadhaar identity was unique and “unparalleled” and empowered marginalized people, such as those who are illiterate.The decision affects everything from government welfare programs, such as food aid and pensions, to private businesses, which have used the digital ID as a fast, efficient way to verify customers’ identities. Some states, such as Andhra Pradesh, had also planned to integrate the ID system into far-reaching surveillance programs, raising the specter of widespread government spying.Aadhaar, a Hindi word meaning “foundation,” was initially intended as a difficult-to-forge ID to reduce fraud and improve the delivery of government welfare programs. The plan was to scan the fingerprints, irises and faces of every one of India’s 1.3 billion residents and then use them to check identity when someone was picking up subsidized rice or joining a government work program.However, the decade-old Aadhaar project, which mushroomed into a mandatory ID program for all aspects of daily life, quickly became controversial.Tens of millions of the initial enrollments were done by poorly trained or corrupt agents who recorded incorrect biometric or other personal data such as birth dates. Sloppy security practices by state and local governments led to more than 200 data breaches of sensitive information, including Aadhaar numbers.After the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Aadhaar mandatory for receiving all government benefits, millions of the poorest Indians were denied vital food rations when distribution shops had trouble reading fingerprints from work-worn hands or could not connect to the central server over India’s unreliable cellphone networks. At least 25 Indians died of starvation after Aadhaar-related verification problems, according to a tally by one academic researcher, and some local governments, such as New Delhi, stopped using the system for food programs.Proponents, led by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, argued that such problems were just teething pains. They said a digital ID would be transformational in a country where hundreds of millions of poor people have long lacked a reliable, universally accepted way to prove who they are. For private companies such as cellphone providers, Aadhaar turned a paper-intensive, two-day process of verifying a new customer’s identity into a 30-second fingerprint scan.The court’s decision complicates the legacy left by the unanimous opinion from a nine-judge panel last summer in a related case that Indians had a fundamental right to privacy. The Modi government had argued that citizens have no such right.In its majority opinion Wednesday, the court recognized the right to privacy and suggested the Aadhaar legislation gave the government too much power to pry into people’s lives.Aadhaar was challenged in at least 30 cases before the Supreme Court on several different grounds, including that it violated the right to privacy and that the Modi government had illegally authorized it in 2016 through a maneuver that allowed it to bypass consideration by the upper house of Parliament. The court upheld that maneuver, but limited the act’s reach to government services.The court consolidated the cases and held 38 days of hearings in the spring. During its deliberations, it halted the government’s effort to mandate Aadhaar verification for bank accounts and other nongovernment services. Hari Kumar contributed reporting from New Delhi.© 2018 New York Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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Two Indian-Origin Women on Forbes’ List of Richest Self-Made Women in U.S.

first_imgTwo Indian-origin women have been named among the 60 richest self-made women in the United States by the Forbes magazine. Indian-origin technology professionals Jayshree Ullal and Neerja Sethi are placed on Forbes’ list of America’s most successful self-made women entrepreneurs and executives as measured by their net worths.The list, which is facing criticism on the social media for featuring reality television star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner as a self-made successful woman, features Ullal at No. 18 while Sethi is at the 21st spot.Born in London and raised in India, Ullal is one of America’s wealthiest female executives, with a net worth of $1.3 billion, the publication said. She has been the president and CEO of Arista Networks, a computer networking firm, since 2008. The publicly-traded company recorded revenues of $1.6 billion in 2017.Ullal owns about 5 percent of Arista’s stock, some of which is earmarked for her two children, niece and nephew. She joined Arista when it had no revenues and fewer than 50 employees, the report said. The 57-year-old California-based executive was placed at No.1,756 on Forbes’ list of billionaires in 2018.Florida-based Sethi, the vice president of IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel, has a net worth of $1 billion. The 63-year-old former TCS employee co-founded the firm with her husband Bharat Desai at their apartment in Troy, Michigan, in 1980. Syntel, with was started with an initial investment of $2,000, registered $924 million in 2017 revenues. About 80 percent of its 23,000 employees are in India.The Forbes’ list is topped by Diane Hendricks, who owns ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding and windows in America. Hendricks has a net worth of $4.9 billion. Also included in the list are talk show host and media proprietor Oprah Winfrey (No. 6), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 12), singer Madonna (No. 36) and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 42).The combined net worth of the top 60 self-made women is $71 billion, 15 percent more than that in 2017. The minimum net worth to make Forbes’ fourth annual ranking of these top women jumped 23 percent to a record $320 million. As many as 24 women on the list are billionaires, up from 18 last year.The youngest woman to figure on the list is Kylie Jenner, who turns 21 in August. “Half-sister of Kim Kardashian West, who is also on the list for the first time, Jenner has leveraged her massive social media following (110 million followers on Instagram) to build a $900 million cosmetics fortune in less than three years. That makes her worth more than twice as much as her more famous sister,” the publication said.Jenner’s inclusion in the list, however, has sparked a backlash on the social media, with people questioning her being a “self-made” person.Not typically one to throw shade—but for the ACTUAL #SelfMadeWomen out there who started with no capital, no network, no social media presence, & no nepotism to help get started, YOU are what this hashtag implies & please don’t think otherwise because of this pedantic article. pic.twitter.com/vmuM731Rdr— Mike Johnson (@NorCalNavyMike) July 11, 2018https://twitter.com/vnnyvngs/status/1017078520017768448No offense to Kylie Jenner! I’m so happy for her & she really is one of youngest billionaires in the world rn. But #SelfMadeWomen isn’t the proper term for here. It’s like an insult or degrade actual self made women out there… don’t underestimate their struggle & achievements. https://t.co/921o0d9bMV— VISH (@yasiru_vismini) July 11, 2018Just saying If my sister was Kim KardashianFather Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner Mother Kris JennerI’d be a millionaire too. That’s a whole lot of privilege. #SelfMadeWomen— Insta: Karabo.Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) July 11, 2018 Related ItemsforbesUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Mumbai: Woman found murdered in train

first_imgA young woman was found murdered in the second-class compartment of a suburban train in Mumbai, police said on Saturday.The incident took place on Friday night, when the patrol staff of the Railway Protection Force on duty found the body of the woman in the rake, parked at the Kalwa car shed.The body with deep stab wounds was found lying in the compartment shortly before midnight, they said, adding it was not yet known when she was killed. The victim, in her 20s, could not be immediately identified and police is awaiting the postmortem report.The railway police have registered a case of murder and have launched a hunt for the killer.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Credit card fraud: Crime involving plastic money takes a bolder turn

first_imgCARD SHARP: Mathew made purchases worth Rs 15 lakh on stolen card numbersAt first, nothing seemed amiss about the trio. Like a growing number of youngsters of their age, they too were out to have a rollicking time. Branded clothes, flashy girls, discos – life was one long party, money,CARD SHARP: Mathew made purchases worth Rs 15 lakh on stolen card numbersAt first, nothing seemed amiss about the trio. Like a growing number of youngsters of their age, they too were out to have a rollicking time. Branded clothes, flashy girls, discos – life was one long party, money a non-issue. The credit card took care of it all. Until, of course, the Mumbai Police received a tip-off.When the police acted on the information and arrested the three in May – Charanjit Singh Chaddha, 24, Karanjit Singh Sethi, 23, and Gaurav Bakshi, 26 – even the law enforcers had not bargained for what they recovered: 80 credit cards – and all of them fake. The youths, it transpired, were from Delhi and part of an international racket in which hundreds of genuine US credit card holders were skimmed to churn out an assembly line of fake plastic.The mastermind behind the racket was a New York-based Pakistani national called Fahad. Chaddha and his friends were running his backroom operations in Mumbai and had colluded with a grocer and travel agent to fabricate bills to siphon off over Rs 1 crore from bank accounts of 80 card users in the US. Indian banks are also suffering: Citibank Rs 30 lakh, Canara Bank Rs 50 lakh, Bank of Baroda Rs 60 lakh…More recently, the Mumbai Police arrested Ravi Shankar, a 34-year-old unemployed computer engineer who bribed a waiter in a city hotel for credit card numbers of customers. Using two of these, he ordered two music systems, a synthesiser and a mobile phone from durableshop.com, a Chennai-based e-commerce site. His luck ran out when a suspicious courier company alerted the police just as he was to take the delivery of a new laptop.advertisementSimilarly, two months ago the police in Kottayam, Kerala, arrested Arun Mathew, a 30-year-old engineer who swapped pornographic pictures for credit card numbers with a front-desk staffer of a US hotel. For over a year, he used the credit card numbers of US-based customers to import lingerie and sports shoes worth Rs 15 lakh from e-commerce chains before a foreign bank informed the local police.CLEAN SWIPELOST/STOLEN CARDS: The most common cause of card frauds.POSTAL/MAIL INTERCEPT: Card criminal intercepts the new or renewed card issued to cardholder and misuses it.MAIL/TELEPHONE/INTERNET ORDERS: Fraudulent transactions in which a cardholder’s credit card number is quoted by an unauthorized person to make purchases or use services.COUNTERFEIT/DUPLICATE CARDS: Cards with counterfeit card association logos, holograms with valid names, account numbers and encoded data.MULTIPLE IMPRINTS/SALES DRAFTS: An unscrupulous trader generates multiple imprints of your legitimate card submitted for payment in his premises. The subsequent sales slips could be used to put fraudulent charges on your card or are sold to other retailers. While credit card frauds are nothing new, what has shocked the police is the growing audacity and scale of the crimes. Billed as a convenience tool, plastic money is as convenient to pick. The global village’s criminal now finds it easier to swipe your card and key in its pin number than to point a gun in your face and rob you. The bag of tricks appears to be full. They range from the relatively dated method of stealing the card in your mail to more tech-savvy ones like hacking websites to get hold of credit card numbers.”Credit card fraud is the bank robbery of the future,” says DCP Dinesh Bhatt of the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing. According to a study conducted by the Credit Card and Management Consultancy (CCMC), an Udaipur-based firm, card-related frauds are now increasing at an annual rate of 30 per cent in India.The study pegs the average loss per card at Rs 60,000 per annum and for ATM cards at Rs 30,000. It estimates that 2 per cent of the Indian credit card base, or two of every 100 persons owning a credit card, become victims of fraud at one time or the other.Just two months ago, the Delhi Police busted a racket in which the employee of a courier company had intercepted and stolen eight credit cards despatched by the State Bank of India to clients in Madhya Pradesh. The cards were then sold to friends who bought computers, clothes, refrigerators and mobile phones worth Rs 1.25 lakh.In August 2000, Delhi-based businessman Mohanjeet Singh applied for a Citibank ATM card. The card was reportedly sent to him by post from the bank’s headquarters in Chennai but didn’t reach him. It was intercepted and used by criminals who in a series of rapid-fire cash withdrawals from various ATMs sucked Rs 17.5 lakh out of Singh’s account over 10 days. The culprits are yet to be identified, let alone arrested.advertisement”Going by the experience of developed countries, card fraud in India will soon be an industry in itself,” says CCMC’s Chief Consultant Vijay Mehta. “The bigger the bank, the bigger the card base and the more vulnerable are customers.” Card companies, however, are circumspect. They have a clientele of over 50 lakh credit, debit and ATM card users, a figure growing by an impressive 22-25 per cent annually.That is, every year 10 lakh card holders join the legion of plastic users. The growing crime, the industry fears, could act as a major deterrent. “It inhibits card usage by customers who have had a bad experience,” admits Citibank spokesperson Madhulika Gupta.How vulnerable is a credit card holder to fraud? As vulnerable as he lets himself to be. He can count himself in the high-risk group if he leaves his cards lying around, doesn’t bother to scrutinise his monthly statements and freely parts with the card number to anyone asking for it on the phone or the Net.EXPOSED: Chaddha (in red shirt) with six others arrested in MumbaiThat’s one side of it. There’s also porous technology and the lack of legal safeguards to contend with. Most foreign banks claim they have the technology to detect card fraud. Standard Chartered, which has over 10 lakh customers in India, has a system which pinpoints abnormal attempts on a credit card.”We send out an advisory to the customer if we see him buying say 10 shirts or indulging in low-denomination transactions, usually done by card criminals to check the card’s validity,” says Shyam Srinivasan, head of the credit cards division, Standard Chartered.Citibank too boasts of a similar check system. But it is obviously not enough. Neither bank will reveal the losses they suffer from card fraud, preferring to call it “well within globally acceptable norms”.While multinational banks can afford to absorb the hits – at the current levels at least – many Indian public-sector banks have shied from entering the technology and volume-driven card industry. Some fight fraud by maintaining modest user levels and thus bypass the sophisticated technology required to protect huge card bases.Taking note of the growing foul play, however, the Reserve Bank of India recently issued a circular advising all major Indian banks to set up internal control systems and participate in fraud-prevention task forces to formulate stringent laws. At present, whenever a fraud is detected it is registered as a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC. But that’s more of a formality. With no fool-proof protection, victims of fraud often find themselves helpless.While their liability to pay up is reduced if the theft of a card is reported in time, there is little they can do in other cases. Rajesh Dalvi, an executive with a Mumbai TV software firm, for instance, wanted to protect himself from fraud. He asked Standard Chartered for a photo credit card.advertisementA bank “representative” came to his house one evening to collect his old credit card and do the needful. Within a week Dalvi was slapped with a bill of Rs 18,000 for shopping he hadn’t done. Dalvi had no option but to pay up. For bitter cardholders like him, credit is a taboo word now. At least till technology and legislation to tackle plastic crime are fully in place.last_img read more

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No review needed for Bengal-Gujarat rescheduled tie decision, CAB tells BCCI

first_imgThe Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday wrote to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), contending that it would be a violation of the rules if the abandoned Ranji Trophy between Bengal and Gujarat is not rescheduled.After the BCCI decided to reschedule the Bengal-Gujarat Ranji Trophy Group A match – abandoned without a ball being bowled last month at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi due to smog, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) have voiced their unhappiness.Countering the move of the TNCA and the MCA, CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya wrote to BCCI President Anurag Thakur stating “it is humbly submitted that the decision adopted by the BCCI (to play the match between December 15-18) for rescheduling the match is correct and appropriate. The same is also beyond the scope of any review both in factual as well as constitutional powers.”Tamil Nadu has said it would be unfair to the other teams in Group A as it gives a big advantage to Bengal and Gujarat in their quest for entering the last eight stage as the two teams now know exactly what they need to do in that tie.Mumbai are top of the Group A table with 29 points from seven matches while third-placed Tamil Nadu have 23 points from seven games. Tamil Nadu play their last league game against second-placed Gujarat from December 7 while Mumbai lock horns with Punjab on the same day. The top three teams progress to the quarterfinals. (BCCI reschedules Ranji Trophy knock-outs)advertisementRequesting that the “decision take by the BCCI based on supervening extraordinary unavoidable dangerous condition be not reviewed”, Dalmiya said “otherwise the same would be not merely unfair but also contrary to regulatory provisions of the BCCI and the principles of natural justice.””Clause 3.5.3 of the Playing Conditions for Multi-day Matches (Men) expressly stipulates amongst others, that if the situation is so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to safety of player and would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place warranting immediate suspension/abandonment, the Umpires in consultation with the Match Referee may not allow the play to “commence”,” the letter further read.The CAB also pleaded that the matter be looked into by the technical committee and not the tournament committee abiding by “existing BCCI rules”. CAB president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, incidentally, is the technical committee chairman.The board’s technical committee had decided to reschedule the abandoned November 6-9 game.last_img read more

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Oilers Slide Past Devils, 2-1

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov seemingly didn’t mind either the ugly red scrape on the right side of his chin or the five stitches above his lip.Collisions happen in hockey and sometimes there is damage.Yakupov not only shook off an early mid-ice collision, the struggling 21-year-old forward scored a game-winning, power-play goal in the second period to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 9.“Finally, it’s got to go in,” Yakupov said after ending an 11-game goal drought. “I’m just trying to get open. We got good guys and skill players who can pass the puck. I had a couple of shots that couldn’t go through. The third one I put in. That’s what I’ve got to do more and more every game.”Jordan Eberle had the primary assist on Yakupov’s goal, and helped set up defenseman Oscar Klefbom’s tally as the Oilers snapped a two-game losing streak.Devils fans were booing at the end of a game most expected would be a laugher against the Oilers (15-30-9), who have the fewest wins in the NHL.“Obviously, we did some good things, especially in the third period,” said Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, who had 13 saves.“The last couple of weeks we’ve had opportunities to close games out and we’ve been making mistakes. We weren’t so much being outplayed as causing our own headaches. It was good that we took a positive step forward tonight.”The loss was the second straight for the Devils, who had gone 8-2-2 in their previous 12. It was a big hit to their playoff hopes.“It’s up to us to figure this out,” said Cory Schneider, who had 22 saves, including a stop on a breakaway by Teddy Purcell with just over three minutes to play. “For sure, the last two games have been a setback for us, but we have no one to blame but ourselves. No one is going to come and bail us out.”Patrik Elias scored for the Devils.Yakupov missed a couple of first-period shifts after a collision with Devils forward Steve Bernier. He was down on the ice for at least two minutes and didn’t return until late in the period.“I went for a change and I didn’t see the guy,” Yakupov said. “I was really nervous for a couple of minutes. At first I wasn’t positive at all I’d come back but I wanted to come back. Our doctor did a pretty good job.”The Oilers, who hadn’t tallied a power-play goal in six games, took a 2-1 lead when Yakupov scored from the right circle at 12:45 of the second period as Devils defenseman Adam Larsson served a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck into the crowd.A little more than a minute later, Yakupov missed the net from the right circle. The puck went around the boards to Eberle, who sent a cross-ice pass to Yakupov in the right circle. This time he didn’t miss.“Yak’s shot was definitely a relief to get that goal,” Eberle said. “If you’re not scoring, that’s one place you have to try and pick it up.”Edmonton, which had only scored one goal in losing its last two games, got two in the opening 40 minutes against New Jersey.Klefbom tied it 1-1 with 36 seconds left in the first period after the Oilers did an excellent job of keeping the puck in the New Jersey end.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the initial play, flagging down a clearing attempt at the right point. Eberle set up Klefbom near the right circle for a shot that beat Schneider.Elias, who was honored before the game for scoring his 400th goal, 600th assist and 1,000th point this season, had given New Jersey the lead 5:47 after the opening face-off.Martin Havlat took the puck from Derek Roy along the left boards, skated toward the net and found Elias in the right circle for his 401st goal and eighth this season.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKR

first_imgVirat Kohli delivered on a promise made to close friend AB de Villiers. Before leaving the team hotel in Kolkata, Kohli told AB de Villiers he would score a hundred for him as Royal Challengers Bangalore faced a must-win match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.The odds were stacked up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Before Friday, they had lost 7 out of their 8 matches. AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli’s most trusted ally, was ruled out of the game. And Virat Kohli had not scored another hundred after 4 centuries in the 2016 IPL. But he is man of his words.After KKR decided to bowl, RCB were on the backfoot when Parthiv Patel and Akshdeep Nath were dismissed cheaply. Moeen Ali started the carnage with 3 sixes and 2 fours off Kuldeep Yadav’s final over before Kohli took over.Virat Kohli had reached 50 off 40 balls; his next 50 came off 17 balls. Virat Kohli finally fell for a 58-ball hundred off the final ball of the innings. No other captain has scored 5 IPL hundreds. Other than Chris Gayle (6), no other player has more hundreds in the IPL. The 100 was of high quality and it could have only been made by a man of Virat Kohli’s stature.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have destroyed many bowling attacks together. On Friday, he was without his mate but he did not forget his promise.”Before leaving, I told AB I will get a hundred for you, so he must be pretty happy,” Virat Kohli, also the man-of-the-match told the broadcasters.advertisementAB de Villiers was pumped and he tweeted minutes after Kohli’s masterclass at the Eden Gardens.VIRAT!!!!!!!!!!! you little biscuit @imVkohli Top knock from @MoeenaliAli as wellBowlers to follow through what’s been a very good 1st halfAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 19, 2019By the way, Virat Kohli also promised AB de Villiers a hug if RCB won. There would be plenty of that Friday night in the RCB camp.Virat Kohli lauded Moeen Ali for his assault on the KKR bowling attack. He smashed 66 off 28 to give RCB the momentum they needed in the middle overs after a slow start. From 70 for 2 off 10 overs, RCB finished with 213 for 4 off 20.”Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it.”He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs. It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player,” Kohli said after RCB secured their 2nd win of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli has lost way too many games this season and he said it was a relief to finally win again. Andre Russell had exploded with Nitish Rana earlier in the evening – Virat Kohli had undoubtedly thought of the Russell carnage in Bengaluru 2 weeks ago when his sixes blitz helped KKR trump RCB in another high-scoring contest.Back then, Virat Kohli was upset with his bowlers for not showing enough courage. On Friday night, he doffed his hat to Marcus Stoinis and Moeen Ali who held their nerves in the final 2 overs to deny Nitish Rana and Andre Russell.”It felt really good, especially winning here. It was crucial for us to come here and get a win. Not walking to an interview straight after the game is a relief. You have to leave it to the bowler in those (end overs) situations. I think the way Stoinis bowled that 19th over was very good. Those three balls were crucial in the end, and in the end Moeen showed composure,” Kohli said.Also Read | RCB survive Russell-Rana scare to seal victory after Kohli 100Also Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredlast_img read more

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Real Madrid vs Al Jazira: Team news & TV

first_imgFIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid vs Al Jazira – Live TV Stream & Team news Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:11 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images FIFA Club World Cup Al Jazira v Real Madrid Al Jazira Real Madrid The Spaniards start their pursuit of another title against rank outsiders who have already caused two massive upsets Double champions of Europe, Real Madrid begin their quest to be crowned double champions of the world when they face Al Jazira on Wednesday in the Club World Cup semi-final.The Spanish outfit have struggled so far this season and are off the pace in La Liga and face a difficult hurdle to overcome in the Champions League when they tackle Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, but they are hot favourites to win this competition once more.In the US, watch the Club World Cup live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player UAE outfit Al Jazira have already overcome Auckland City and Urawa Red Diamonds to reach this stage of the competition and are set for the match of their lifetimes as they tackle Los Blancos. The winner will tackle Gremio in the final after they beat Pachuca 1-0 on Tuesday. Game Real Madrid vs Al Jazira Date Wednesday, December 13 Time 17:00 GMT / 12:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Gareth Bale Real Madrid FuenlabradaIn the UK, the game will be available to stream live on the Goal Facebook page. It will not appear on TV, so this is the only way to watch the game. UK TV channel Online stream Goal Facebook Goal Facebook In the US, the game will be broadcast live on television on Telemundo Deportes, and available to stream live online on FuboTV.. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo Deportes FuboTV SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, M. Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mayoral Zinedine Zidane has taken every available player in his first team with him to the UAE to play this tournament.Changes to his regular starting XI are possible as he will want his players to be in prime condition to face Gremio in the final – and Barcelona in La Liga in only 10 days.Raphael Varane has apparently shaken a muscular issue and could play, while Gareth Bale is also fit.Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal missed training earlier this week but should be available.Jesus Vallejo travelled with the squad but has not been registered with FIFA to play.Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Vazquez, Kroos, Modric, Asensio; Benzema, Ronaldo Position Al Jazira players Goalkeepers Khaseif, Al-Senani, Al-Ameri Defenders Fazi, AL-Eidi, Ayed, Fayez, Khalfan, Obaid, M. Al-Otaibah, Al Attas, Fares Juma, Ibrahim Midfielders Rashidov, Boussoufa, Mubarak, Al Hosani, Ramadan, Jamal Forwards Mabkhout, Romarinho, Rabee, A. Al Attas After shocking Urawa Diamond Reds four days ago, there appears little need for Henk ten Cate to make changes to their squad.This will be the biggest game of many of these players’ lives.Potential starting XI:  Khaseif; Fayez, Fares Juma, Ayed, Obaid; Boussoufa, M. Al Attas; Yousif, Romarinho, Salem Abdulla; MabkhoutBETTING & MATCH ODDS Ali Mabkhout Al JaziraReal Madrid are astonishing 1/25 favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Al Jazira priced at 33/1 to continue their incredible run. A draw is considered a 10/1 bet.Click here to see all the available markets for the game, including first goalscorer, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Cristiano Ronaldo, Real MadridReal Madrid will begin their quest to win the Club World Cup for the second time in succession against an Al Jazira side that were expected simply to make up the numbers in the competition.The host team might be the champions of UAE, but against the continental winners from Oceania and Asia, they were not expected to be competitive. However, head coach Henk ten Cate, a former assistant at Barcelona, no less, has his side firing. Veteran attacker Mbark Boussoufa is the player most fans are likely to recognise, having had spells at Anderlecht, Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow, yet surely this miracle run cannot continue against the European champions.This tournament may not be Madrid’s top priority, but their sheer wealth of talent should be enough to guide them safely through.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs

first_imgShare on Messenger Manchester United Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Tottenham still need two world class full-backs and maybe another centre-back to make the next step. We have seen how crucial Virgil van Dijk has been to Liverpool. It is not always about signing star forwards and midfielders. Tottenham have as strong a front line in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura as any other team in the league.Chelsea have changed managers a lot over the years and are spending a lot less these days but they have been fortunate to retain some of their best players at the same time, such as Eden Hazard. Maurizio Sarri is one of those managers who can get the best out of players who aren’t necessarily world class which he proved at Napoli. It goes back to managers having to work with what they have got versus those who just have a bottomless pit to spend like Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Pochettino has now reached the stage where he is thinking: ‘I’ve brought this team such a long way but how can we go further?’ Now it’s about how the board react in the summer and whether he is given the money to strengthen the team. I hope Pochettino is supported. His loyalty deserves it. Pochettino says Spurs will struggle to compete at top without spending comment Share via Email Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe his comments this week about his future at Tottenham as a direct call for action to the club’s board following his show of loyalty. I understood Pochettino to be saying to them: “I have showed and I am showing my loyalty to you by batting away the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, but now if you back me financially I want to stay for the next 20 years”.Pochettino has been at Tottenham for five years, which is rare in modern football and yet has spent a lot less money than rivals clubs who challenge for the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp has turned Liverpool into real title contenders in only three years and has had to spend a lot of money to try to bridge the gap to Manchester City. But Klopp has also moulded that team in his own image, with an exciting brand of play which we have seen in abundance this season. Pochettino has done the same but how much of building a team to win the Premier League is down to having much more spending power versus a coach’s ability to change the playing style, tactical blueprint and perhaps most importantly the winning mentality of the team? The Fiver: Sign up for our free daily football email. Topicscenter_img Pochettino plays it cool but dance with United has already begun Read more I can’t see Tottenham winning the Premier League this season because they have been dropping too many points against teams lower in the table but now he has made it clear that he wants to stay, next season could be a real chance for them.If Pochettino doesn’t get the financial backing from the board, I’m sure he will make it known and put more pressure on them. He walked away from Southampton after building a successful team, which proves if the opportunity is right he is capable of leaving. But I would be shocked if he went to Manchester United at the end of the season if he is in the perfect position now to really up it with Tottenham.I’m sure United are already thinking about who will be their permanent manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjær and if they don’t know it’s Pochettino now then I don’t think it will happen. Maybe it’s mind games but I don’t think Pochettino is that kind of person: Tottenham is his project. There is more potential to do something historic at Spurs by winning the title for the first time in almost 60 years than going to United to try to rebuild the club. Now he is so close to getting over the line it would be such a shame to walk away. Why would you go to Real Madrid, where they change their manager every other year, or to United where the rebuilding job is huge? If I was Pochettino, I would stay. Pochettino has been a revelation at Tottenham but the big challenge for him is to try and change the mentality of the club. I’ve said in other columns that Tottenham have been a nearly club for too long. Reaching eight semi-finals in as many years probably exemplifies that nearly status.Pochettino needs to try to mount the type of title push that Klopp and Liverpool are building while making sure they get over the line when it matters by starting to win trophies. However his call for action to “change the way we have done things in the last five years” is valid given the lack of spending by the board over the past few transfer windows. Tottenham need to become a winning team not just a great team with fantastic players. There are other managers who have built a winning team in less time than Pochettino.For now I think Pochettino will stay – I don’t think a manager comes out and says “I want to stay for 20 years” if he doesn’t want to and I applaud his loyalty when he would be forgiven for moving to, say, Real Madrid. But he knows he is in a more powerful position if he stays and shows his loyalty because now he has the power to ask for what he wants and do it directly. He is very smart.I’m not sure how much money will be available when Tottenham finally move into the new stadium but Arsenal struggled to compete for the Premier League for years when they moved to the Emirates.Tottenham were the first Premier League club ever not to buy anyone in the summer transfer window so to still be competing for the title is a real credit to Pochettino but I do not think Spurs can continue in this way. If the forthcoming transfer window is anything like the last one, it would be unfair to expect Tottenham to challenge while Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea continue to add key players to the team. Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoBurnley striker Chris Wood delighted to be scoring again

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley striker Chris Wood delighted to be scoring againby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Chris Wood is delighted to be back amongst the goals.Wood ended an eight-game wait for a goal as Burnley signed off 2018 with a priceless 2-0 win over West Ham.“It’s nice to have a good record against them, but even better to get those three points and much-needed ones,” said Wood, whose last goal had come at the London Stadium in November.“It was nice to get off to a bright start, especially with the amount of pressure we piled on.“I think we deserved it and it was nice to compound it with another goal from Dwight. It was a great first half and we took it through from there.“It’s nice to have opportunities. As a striker you’re always worried when you don’t get opportunities so I’m happy to have got them.“It means we’re doing something right as a team and we can build on that going into the next game.” last_img read more

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YouTube invests in learning content across Indian languages

first_imgNew Delhi: Google-owned YouTube which has over 265 million users in India is now actively investing in accelerating the growth of learning content across languages in the country, a top company executive has said. Towards this, the company provided learning fund to eight Indian creators to develop high-quality content during its “EduCon” summit held here on Sunday. “With over 265 million monthly active users on YouTube, we’re seeing incredible viewership coming from tier 2, tier 3 cities and even small towns,” Satya Raghavan, Director Content Partnerships, YouTube in India, said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We’re now actively investing in accelerating the growth of learning content on YouTube through mentorship for our creators across languages, and funds for them to develop high quality content on a wide variety of topics,” Raghavan added. The eight Indian creators who received YouTube Learning Fund are: ExamFear Education Hindi, Learn Engineering, Don’t Memorise, Study IQ Education, D’art of Science, Learnex-English Lessons Through Hindi, GetSetFlySCIENCE and Let’s Make Engineering Simple. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India These creators are developing high-quality learning content, covering topics like English language training, environmental science, political science, calculus, genetics and chemistry in English, Hindi and Tamil. “It’s exciting to see that our incredible video library is emerging as the largest supplementary learning platform for users across India, with learning videos generating hundreds of millions of views on YouTube every single day,” said Raghavan. In 2019, learning content on YouTube has grown exponentially. “Wifi Study”, one of the largest learning content channels in India which livestreams up to 30 videos a day with live questions and answers, has crossed 9 million subscribers this year. YouTube recently introduced “Learning Playlists” to provide a dedicated learning environment for people who come to YouTube to learn. Joined by a vibrant community of over 200 learning creators, this year’s EduCon witnessed inspiring stories from many creators talking about their journey.last_img read more

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs growing in Halifax area more officers needed RCMP

first_imgHALIFAX – Efforts by outlaw motorcycle gangs to expand in the Halifax area have prompted an RCMP request for more front-line officers.RCMP Insp. Robert Doyle said it’s clear the gangs “want to get a foothold here” after the Hells Angels lost their Maritimes beachhead when police smashed their Halifax chapter in 2001.“We want to ensure that they do not,” Doyle said in an interview Tuesday.Doyle requested the funding Monday at a meeting of the city’s Police Board of Commissioners, calling the bikers’ Nova Scotia growth “prolific.”“A number of years ago, through the efforts of policing, they were shut down in the area. What’s happen here in recent years is that they’ve slowly come back into the area to the point now where they’ve got clubhouses set up here.”In 2016, an Angels puppet club threw a high-profile “welcome home” event in Musquodoboit Harbour.“Between Musquodoboit Harbour and Fall River, there is a significant presence of the Gate Keepers, Sedition, Bacchus and the Hells Angels, each intent on growing their presence in the area.”The RCMP is requesting six new constable positions to be stationed in areas such as Tantallon, Cole Harbour, and Lower Sackville.Last November, two Hells Angels members from Nova Scotia and Ontario were charged following a search of the gang’s clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour, which turned up drugs, firearms and cash.The arrests came roughly two weeks after several members of the Gatekeepers Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Halifax were charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment.The RCMP’s request cites a number of other reasons more officers are needed, including the upcoming legalization of cannabis, and an increase in mental health calls and cybercrime investigations.The region’s residential and commercial growth over the last decade means there are new areas for crime to occur, Doyle added.He said there are also concerns about officers who are working overtime hours to fill the staffing gaps.“That’s taking members away from their days off and bringing them back into work. While that can be sustainable in the short term, it does cause us concern over the long term,” said Doyle. “It has an effect on their physical, mental and emotional well-being.”The request said the last time new constable positions were created in RCMP Halifax District — rural and suburban areas not patrolled by Halifax Regional Police — was in 2009.The new hires would cost the municipality $877,890 annually, the report said.Police board member Waye Mason, the municipality’s deputy mayor, said Tuesday a staff report on the request has been ordered.Doyle said if the request is eventually approved by the board, it would then have to be approved by the province’s Justice Department and then by Public Safety Canada.last_img read more

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