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Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police say officers took a suspect into custody 20 minutes after issuing an Amber Alert Friday that a teenage girl had been forcibly abducted by a man who could be armed and dangerous.The 14-year-old girl was found unharmed and was being interviewed by child protection officers.Police said that a 47-year-man was being held at police headquarters as part of an investigation into an alleged abduction.The man’s name was not released, but earlier Friday police identified the suspect as Jacques Sennesael.According to police, students from a school told a police officer about a suspicious man talking to a girl around 3 p.m.There were also reports that the man had a gun and forced the girl into a car.Police said they then issued the Amber Alert.A few minutes later police said they got a phone call from a witness who reported the direction the car was driving in.Police said it was that tip that allowed officers to quickly find the girl and the suspect.There was no word on charges.last_img read more

Its Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and H

Its Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and H

The World Cup has been a roller-coaster for the United States, which nearly drew with Ghana before beating it and nearly won against Portugal before drawing it. But overall, the Americans’ position is improved. It has about a 76 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage — slightly more than double its odds before the tournament began.The U.S. will kick off against Germany at noon Eastern time in Recife, Brazil. By 2 p.m., its fate will be determined. If the Americans beat Germany, the math is simple: They’ll win Group G and will face the second-place team from Group H in the Round of 16. Their opponent would probably be either Algeria, whom the U.S. would be favored against — or Russia, against whom they would have about even odds.Draw with Germany, and the U.S. will also advance — but as the second-place team from Group G likely to face Belgium in the Round of 16. (The 2-1 and 1-1 scores in the chart below are some of the most common for wins and draws, respectively.)If the Americans lose, they’ll have to sweat the results of the other Group G match between Ghana and Portugal, which will take place simultaneously in Brasilia. They’ll get a reprieve if the Ghana-Portugal match is drawn, in which case the U.S. is guaranteed to advance in second. But a U.S. loss in Recife, coupled with a victor in Brasilia, could knock them out of the tournament.The table below describes what will happen if the U.S. loses its match, for all losing scores up to 4-0 Germany, and for all possible outcomes in Brasilia up to four goals scored by each team. For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 2-0 and Portugal beats Ghana 3-1, the U.S. will advance over Portugal on the basis of FIFA’s goal-differential tiebreaker. Portugal, still disadvantaged from its 4-0 loss to Germany in its opening game, has to make up a net of five goals with the U.S. to make the knockout round.Although Cristiano Ronaldo might think otherwise, we can’t put it completely past Portugal to accomplish this: The Portuguese can score goals in bunches when in good form, and they have about a 5 percent chance of backing into the knockout stage. There’s even a remote chance that FIFA would have to draw lots to resolve a tie between the U.S. and Portugal: If Portugal beats Ghana 2-0 and the U.S. loses to Germany 3-0, both teams would be stuck on four goals scored and six allowed, and FIFA would resort to the luck of the draw.However, the bigger problem for the U.S. would be if it loses in Recife and Ghana wins in Brasilia. Then, any Ghana win by more than one goal, or any U.S. loss by more than one goal, would send Ghana forward. The U.S. does have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Ghana by virtue of having beaten it, but that will come into play only if the two matches finish with the same score line (there’s about a 2 percent chance of that happening).This could yield some interesting strategy and psychology at each venue. Say, for example, that about 75 minutes into Thursday’s matches, the U.S. trails Germany 2-1 while Ghana leads Portugal by the same margin. If those scores held, the U.S. would advance — so it might want to play quite defensively rather than seek an equalizer. But in Brasilia, the Portuguese would have almost nothing left to play for (merely drawing their match against Ghana or even winning it by one goal wouldn’t do them any good), and the Ghanaians would. If Ghana added a garbage-time goal against an indifferent Portuguese back line, the U.S. would be out.Incidentally, the Germans also have something to play for Thursday — at least in theory. They have not technically clinched advancement: They could be out of the tournament if they lose to the U.S. and there is a victor in Brasilia. However, the outcomes would need to be exceptionally lopsided given Germany’s +4 goal differential so far, which is why Germany has a 99.7 percent chance of going forward.Later Thursday, the final matches of Group H will take place. Belgium has clinched advancement but would do so as the second-place team if it loses to South Korea and Algeria beats Russia. Any other outcome advances the Belgians in first.Algeria clinches advancement by beating Russia, or if it draws Russia and Belgium beats or draws with South Korea. If Algeria draws Russia and South Korea beats Belgium, then Algeria and South Korea would be in a second-place tie — although Algeria would be strongly favored to advance on the basis of goal differential. If Algeria loses to Russia, Algeria is out of the tournament.Russia can advance only if it beats Algeria. In fact, it almost certainly will advance if it beats Algeria. The exception would require South Korea to beat Belgium by multiple goals.South Korea is not technically eliminated, but its chances of advancing are only about 1 percent. Its prospects require it, among other things, to beat Belgium by at least three goals in the event of an Algeria-Russia draw, or by at least two goals in the event of a Russian win.An interesting scenario might unfold in Group H if the U.S. beats Germany. Then Belgium might have an incentive to lose to South Korea and hope that Algeria overtakes it. That would set the Red Devils up with a Round of 16 match against the Americans instead of the Germans. read more

Central Bank Governor says Bahamians unaware of DIC

Central Bank Governor says Bahamians unaware of DIC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – According to Central Bank Governor, John Rolle, most Bahamians are unaware of the insurance guaranteed to local money in the banking system. Rolle made the statement while announcing the Deposit Insurance Corporation (DIC)’s 2017 Public Awareness Campaign.Rolle is also DIC Chairman. “We have realized that many, if not most, Bahamians did not fully appreciate that their Bahamian dollar deposits in any local bank are insured up to $50,000.The Deposit Insurance Fund has assets of more than $40 million against a deposit base of around $6 billion,” said Rolle.The DIC awareness campaign aims to strengthen public confidence in the financial system and educate the public on the role of the DIC in protecting the interest of Bahamian dollar depositors added Rolle. The April campaign will include public service announcements and visual aids. DIC is a statutory corporation managed by the staff of the Central Bank.Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#BahamianunawareofDIC Related Items:#BahamianunawareofDIC, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Victoria Memorial to unveil sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi on Monday

Victoria Memorial to unveil sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi on Monday

first_imgKolkata: Victoria Memorial Hall is all set to unveil an on–site sculpture installation of Mahatma Gandhi (accompanied by a child) on Monday November 19, as part of its ongoing celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.”The uniqueness of the installation lies in the fact that it has been made entirely out of natural materials like straw, bamboo and clay, not fibreglass, which is preferred by many sculptors. The style is similar to the way in which Durga idols are made. It is our effort to pay tribute to Gandhi’s ideas of toleration, self-reliance and sustainability,” said Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Sengupta, the statue has been inspired by a photograph of Gandhi and a child, taken in the 1940s by Gandhi’s grandnephew Kanu Gandhi. The latter had spent 10 years with Gandhiji during his last days and had captured some wonderful photographs of the quiet, quotidian last ten years of the widely photographed public leader. These photographs, which are more than 40 in number, were discovered in 2015 by the Delhi-based Nazar Foundation, which also brought out an eponymous publication. The VMH had organised an exhibition titled ‘Kanu’s Gandhi’ in March 2016 with these photographs, which was enormously successful. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The sculpture is a reflection of Gandhi’s lifestyle, who believed that the real schooling of a child lies in the experience he gets in contact with his parents and not through formal education in schools. He has always stressed upon parents spending quality time with children, which is lacking these days,” Sengupta said. The installation has been created by noted artist Debanjan Roy and organised in association with the Akar Prakar Art Gallery. The installation will be unveiled by eminent art critic and historian of art Pranabranjan Ray. The event will also mark the beginning of Communal Harmony Week, as well as World Heritage Week, during November 19 to 25. It may be mentioned that over the years, Kanu had taken around 2,000 photographs of Gandhi that have been exhibited worldwide. But interestingly, he did not feature in any of the photographs and led a rather sequestered life. He maintained a reverential distance from the Mahatma and yet kept a close, watchful eye, perhaps standing on the fringes or lurking in a corner.last_img read more