Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 29, 2019 AP AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty. Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam Updated: 10:40 PM
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 10, 2019:Police issued two parking citations in the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. (8:46am)Police noted a MBTA Commuter Rail train (#1639) at North Wilmington station was blocking Middlesex Avenue. (9:36am)A caller stated someone keeps ringing their doorbell, but she doesn’t want to answer. Caller states she is not expecting anyone. Police responded. Minuteman Services was at the door. Police notified the caller. (2:16pm)A Salem Street caller reported an unfamiliar female rang her doorbell several times and is now sitting in her driveway in a silver sedan. Police responded. Female was a CNA who was given the wrong address. (3:13pm)A caller stated he received threats from his former manager while he was picking up his belongings. (4:43pm)A Wilmington 39-year-old was taken into protective custody after causing a disturbance outside a home. Caller said she “had a few drinks.” (9:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”
High CourtThe High Court on Monday said the filing of fictitious cases against the leaders and activists of opposition parties tarnishes the image of the police and destroys their credibility, reports UNB.A HC bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the observation during the hearing on a writ petition filed seeking investigation into ‘ghostly’ cases against the leaders of BNP and other opposition political parties.Placing the first information reports of seven cases before the court, Kamal Hossain, a counsel for the writ petitioner, said charges in all the cases are identical and obscure and things seized from different spots are also identical.Drawing court’s attention to the issue, he said, “Can you imagine that former Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has also thrown brickbats at police. The government is filing these cases out of political vengeance which is contradictory to the basic rights of the constitution.”After observing the FIRs of several cases, the court told the state counsel that Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is a lawyer. “He was accused of throwing crude bombs at police. This is ridiculous.”Mentioning that a criminal case has to be proved beyond any doubt, it said it is seen on many occasions that the incident is true but the case loses its merit due to the inclusion of political party leaders as accused.At this stage, deputy attorney general Ekramul Haq Tutul said Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is not only a lawyer but also a political leader.In reply, the court said there is nothing wrong in doing politics by a lawyer and there was a time when lawyers were more active in politics.Later, the court fixed Tuesday for passing an order after attorney general Mahbubey Alam sought time.According to the writ petition filed on 22 September, the law enforcers have filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from 1 September till 20 September.BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Nitai Roy Chowdhury and its law affairs secretary Sanaullah Miah filed the writ petition.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2018. Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives. Photo: ReutersGermany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.Despite high tensions between Western powers and president Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the four foreign ministers held their first meeting since early last year to revitalise a long ignored truce agreement.After “countless ceasefire violations” in recent months, said the Berlin talks’ host, Germany’s top diplomat Heiko Maas, “it was all the more necessary that we have met again here after 16 months.”Russia and Ukraine had again formally committed to the key tenets of the 2015 Minsk agreement, brokered by Germany and France, he said.”All sides once more voiced support for a lasting ceasefire, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the disengagement of troops and demining, and the protection and granting of access to the OSCE Observer Mission,” he said.Russia’s Sergei Lavrov said that “of course we have not been able to solve all the problems related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the internal Ukrainian crisis, but I believe that this meeting was very useful.”‘Positive dynamic’ Lavrov said both sides had discussed a ‘road map’ for a prisoner exchange of people being held by Kiev and Moscow, reported state news agency RIA Novosti.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also saw “a positive dynamic for what I hope will be a peaceful solution”, adding that Paris and Berlin had offered to assist in demining operations.In the long run, he said, “we are ready to work on the parameters of a possible United Nations mission for eastern Ukraine when the implementation of the Minsk agreements will allow it”.Even if the guns were to fall silent, that issue is tricky.While Moscow favours blue-helmet troops only along the frontline, Kiev would want them to also police the Ukraine-Russian border to prevent soldiers and weapons from crossing.Despite the continued bloodshed, the Ukraine conflict has been half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, and as France, Germany and Russia have all been caught up in their own elections over the past year.The UN Security Council last week condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline.In a rare phone call Saturday to prepare for the meeting, Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko discussed an “exchange of people being held” by both sides.But given the deepening distrust between the West and Russia, hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough were always low.The conflict began when a 2014 popular Ukrainian uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev and Russia moved to annex the Crimea peninsula, backing insurgents in the former Soviet state.Brussels responded to the territorial grab with stinging economic sanctions, with Moscow retaliating in kind. ‘Severe consequences’ Since then, east-west tensions have spiralled to a new post-Cold War low.The US and European powers have accused Moscow of using hackers and propaganda to sow discord, meddle in elections and back eurosceptics and right-wing populists, as well as ramping up military posturing to threaten eastern European states.Putin, who was re-elected to a fourth term in March, has denied all the charges and argued forcefully that hostile NATO powers are seeking to demonise and weaken Russia.Moscow also accused Kiev of spreading “bizarre” fake news after Ukraine’s secret service last month staged the murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, claiming it did so to foil a Russian plot on his life.Heightening tensions, Putin on Thursday warned that any military “provocations” during the World Cup football tournament which Russia is hosting, would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”.Russia’s main goal is the lifting of damaging economic sanctions, a push aided by the rise of sympathetic populist parties in the EU, most recently in Italy.France and Germany agree that any sanctions relief for Russia must be conditional on advances in the Ukraine peace process.
Advertisement Africa has been identified as the continent with the potential to become the next China. Africans have embraced mobile communication technologies faster than any other parts of the world and the continent is being recognised as the next potential enabler of sustainable economic growth, driving innovation for the developing world.The Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) Africa congress, which recently took place in Cape Town, saw over 200 high profile executives from various industry sectors gather to discuss digitisation as part of their new growth strategy and business models.Frost & Sullivan’s Senior Partner Dorman Followwill opened the day with a keynote address on “Digital Transformation – The New Strategic Imperative”, highlighting the immense amount of opportunities available to businesses operating on the continent. “Africa could become the new China, and may serve as a classic staging ground for new technologies, as we have already seen with mobile communications and mobile payment platforms,” he stated. “Rwanda with its topography of many hills, for example, may be the perfect staging ground for drones deployed for delivery of various products for companies like Amazon or DHL or Google.” – Advertisement – Wayne Houghton, Frost & Sullivan’s Director of Growth Implementation Solutions for Africa, presented the Think Tank on “Digital Transformation as a New Business Model”. Using Pokémon Go as an innovative case study example of the success of digital transformation, he stated that “The app now generates staggering revenues of up to $5.7 million per day, and the start-up cost was only around $50,000.”“In order to adapt, like Nintendo who made the business model shift from game maker to IP licensor, organisations need to evolve towards Digital DNA to instil a culture of continuous innovation, incubate the best ideas and be bold enough to cannibalise their traditional business models,” said Houghton.CEO of Wesgro, Tim Harris, engaged the audience with his talk on “Attracting and Retaining International Investments in Africa”. Harris pointed out that Cape Town has now become Africa’s largest start-up scene and that the retail, agriculture and asset management industries are leading the way in terms of innovation.The ever-popular CEO panel session, moderated by Frost & Sullivan’s Operations Director, Hendrik Malan, included senior level executives from T-Systems, the Botswana Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA), Uber, Wesgro and Symphonia. The session proved to be an interesting discussion on the visionary perspectives CEOs share around the digital revolution of Africa as a continent. South Africa was highlighted as a potential platform for innovation in Africa – for Africa, given the excellent financial infrastructure and ecosystem.“The digital revolution of Africa has great potential for the continent, but is also a source of risk and uncertainty,” said Malan. “Stakeholders across the continent need to ensure a greater degree of focus on empowering the next generation with the right skills and digital infrastructure to take advantage of these opportunities.”Other key highlights included Think Tank sessions on the Internet of Things (IoT), FinTech in Africa, Connected mobility and how digitisation is transforming the African transport and automotive industry, as well as the realistic possibility of Smart Cities in Africa.Birgitta Cederstrom, Global Commercial Director for GIL presented this year’s Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) Africa awards to recipients: Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths, who received the GIL award for Visionary Innovation; and Douglas Hoernle, Founder of Rethink Education, who received the GIL Young Entrepreneurial award for expanding the benefit of education to a number of learners across Africa.[IT News Africa]