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Attorney found guilty of failing to render assistance to accident victim

first_imgAttorney Chandra Sohan was on Tuesday found guilty of failing to render assistance to an injured person following an accident. His 10 lawyers were successfully able to get the court to throw out the driving under the influence charge.Sohan, who is a former Magistrate, appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh on three traffic charges – driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to provide Police with his personal information and failing to transport the injured person to the nearest medical facility.The charged stemmed from an accident on August 4, 2017.According to the prosecution’s case, on August 4, 2017, while on the Williamsburg Corentyne Public road, Sohan drove motor car PJJ 6060 while a male pedestrian crossed the road from South to North into the path of the vehicle.The victim did not offer to give any evidence in court but was still suffering from the injuries he received. The matter was reportedly settled for $250,000.Meanwhile, Sohan was fined $35,000 after the court found him guilty of not rendering assistance to the victim following the accident.The other charge against him was dismissed after a battery of lawyers led by Attorney Mursaline Bacchus put forward legal arguments as why the driving under the influence charge should not be entertained by the court.The court eventually upheld a High Court’s running that the devices being used by the Police to conduct breathalyzer tests for alcohol consumption must be calibrated every six months.The court found that the device used to test Sohan back in August 2017 was not calibrated within six months prior to its use and as a result, the charge was dismissed.In April last year, Sohan was fined by Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer for contempt of court. The incident occurred during the Preliminary Inquiry in the Fayez Narinedatt murder trial of which Marcus Bisram is considered the mastermind.last_img read more

LAUSD admissions practice is upheld

first_imgPaul Beard, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represents the ACRF, was disappointed with the ruling. “The reality is that most of our successes occur on appeal,” Beard said. “I thought we had a pretty good shot in the trial court, but we will take it up on appeal and hopefully get a favorable decision.” Peter W. James, an attorney for the LAUSD, said the judge did the right thing. “I thought the court got it right, and his reasoning follows what we believe we are required to do under the (desegregation) case order,” James said. LAUSD officials have maintained that magnet schools and its busing program both fall within an exemption of Proposition 209. That provision exempts court- ordered desegregation programs in effect when the initiative became law in 1996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGutman agreed. “It appears quite clearly and beyond dispute that LAUSD was ordered to employ race and ethnicity to ensure that the magnet schools would in fact be desegregated,” Gutman found. No date was ever set by the 1981 order for desegregation goals to be achieved, Gutman wrote. “It thereby becomes beyond rational argument that the order approving implementation of the desegregation plan still exists and has never been affected by any subsequent ruling,” the ruling says. Gutman had the case under submission since late September. Los Angeles Unified School District administrators do not violate state law by considering the ethnic backgrounds of students when selecting them for admission to magnet schools, according to a ruling this week. The American Civil Rights Foundation sued the district in October 2005, alleging the district policy is unconstitutional and violates Proposition 209, which forbids racial preferences in government hiring and public school admissions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman issued a 17-page ruling Monday, upholding the district’s practices. He said it was in line with a 26-year-old court order to desegregate the school district. As part of that order, handed down by another Los Angeles Superior Court judge in 1981, the district is required to operate its magnet school and busing programs with race in mind, according to the district’s court papers. last_img read more

Farmers using new tools to plan for 2016 crop purchases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the 2015 harvest season winding down ahead of schedule, farmers will have more time to pencil out how to manage production costs while trying for better outcomes in 2016. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Encirca CSA Lewis Stearns visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how farmers are going about making 2016 crop decisions with new digital tools.last_img

Tom Vilsack talks trade and dairy exports under USMCA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Tom Vilsack — Former U.S. Ag Secretary and president, CEO of U.S. Dairy Export Council on USMCAInterview with Joel Penhorwood OCJ: What is your take on the new NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)?Tom: I think it’s good news from the perspective that we now know that there is likely to be a tri-lateral relationship between Mexico, Canada, and the United States. I think there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the U.S. would either leave NAFTA or whether they would simply provide an agreement with Mexico and leave Canada out. I think now we know that we’re going to have a trilateral agreement which should stabilize and strengthen our dairy markets. We now know we’re going to be able to preserve that Mexican market, which is incredibly important to the dairy industry — our No. 1 market — with potential opportunities for additional access to the Canadian market.The second thing is, as a result of the completion of these negotiations the United States Trade Representative’s office, Ambassador Lighthizer and his team will now be freed up to hopefully begin negotiations to with the Chinese to get that matter resolved expeditiously. And, perhaps they will begin to more aggressively pursue bilateral trade negotiations with Japan and the U.K. and the E.U. and other nations, maybe even work on removing the retaliatory tariffs that still exist with Mexico and Canada as a result of the steel and aluminum tariffs that were assessed by the U.S. That has provided a drag on our cheese sales in Mexico — we would like to see that removed.The agreement itself preserves the Mexican market, but it also provides I think incremental increase in the Canadian market. The elimination of class 7 was certainly good news, but we want to see how it’s going to be implemented, and certainly the market access as well — not a tremendous open market access, but certainly more than we’ve had before.The idea of modernizing NAFTA certainly made sense given the fact it was over 20 years old and there were certainly new industries that had cropped up in the last 20 years and needed to be addressed. I think this was a good opportunity and certainly appreciate the fact that the administration took advantage of it. OCJ: Are tariffs the best way to go about things?Tom: I think the fact that we mixed up tariffs with steel and aluminum obviously has created a hiccup. We obviously have, as I said, retaliatory tariffs between Mexico and Canada on some of our dairy products, which has inhibited trade a bit. It would be great if we could see those removed. Certainly tariffs have caused significant challenge with our Chinese market. We have had powder sales virtually stop in China at a time when we’re looking to try to strengthen prices, which makes things a little more difficult for our dairy producers. I think some of our higher value products are still being sold in China, but the folks are absorbing the tariffs. They’ll only be able to do that for a short period of time. That’s why it’s important for the administration to get back to the table with the Chinese and hammer out some kind of understanding so we have a fair and balanced relationship with them. OCJ: What’s on the horizon for dairy exports?Tom: At this point, dairy exports are sort of an untold story this year. The first seven, eight months of this year, we’ve seen exports at a record pace. We’ve never been able to sell as much dairy to the rest of the world as we’re selling today. Hopefully that continues. We’re seeing market opportunities in the Middle East and north Africa and southeast Asia — in Korea, and Japan. I just got back from a visit to both China and Korea where I see tremendous opportunity in the Korean market. There are opportunities potentially in Australia, which may surprise some folks, and of course an opportunity as well in Mexico to continue to expand that market and some in Central and South America, and Caribbean islands.There’s really global opportunity here. We’re seeing demand for dairy grow. As populations increase, as middle classes grow with the growing world economy, it plays to the strength of dairy protein. We see health and wellness now becoming an issue for so many developed countries with aging populations and dairy’s role in providing better health and fitness. All of it I think speaks to the possibilities for expanded exports and hopefully that translates over time into better prices for our farmers. OCJ: How does USMCA impact Canada’s isolationist policies?Joel: The supply management system is still intact and will still be utilized in Canada. When we eliminated class seven, essentially it’s going to be replaced with a new pricing system that’s tied to our class four milk. However, there’s an adjustment that the Canadians can make based upon applicable Canadian allowances. The fact that it’s the applicable allowance raises some concerns. We’re not certain that’s a set amount. We’re not certain that’s necessarily pegged to the U.S. make allowance and so that raises concerns about how the removal of class seven is actually going to be implemented. Will it create additional advantages for the Canadians? Or will it provide a fair system? That is yet to be determined.The same thing is true with market access. While the numbers are better than the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated and the fact that we won’t have to share those quotas with any other nation certainly appear to be a plus. However, it spreads a little bit differently over product lines, so again we’re going to have to see precisely what this means over time. OCJ: Any timeline on that implementation?Tom: This is an agreement that is going to be essentially phased in over a period of years. The first step of the process obviously is the president to sign the agreement, which he no doubt will do before Nov. 30 so that the outgoing Mexican president can sign it. Then once it’s signed, Congress has roughly 60 days to sort of review the details and then at that point, Congress can take the matter up for a vote. I think there’s obviously going to be lot of discussion about whether or not there are sufficient votes and that’s why it’s going to be important to understand the details of the agreement, which obviously everyone will be interested in.last_img read more

It’s Time to Stop Editing in Final Cut Pro 7

first_imgIt’s been five years since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro 7. Let’s take a look at how video production and other NLEs have changed since.Five years ago, Apple released 7.0.3 — the final update to Final Cut Pro 7.That year, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and WikiLeaks dominated news headlines. Apple released the iPhone 4. Inception was the most talked about film, and independent videographers were all getting their hands on the Canon 7D.Even with all the advancements in camera technology over the past five years, there are still plenty of users editing on Final Cut Pro 7. I’ll admit it… even I still use FCP7 on an occasional project. I had absolutely mastered Final Cut Pro over the years, but with the release of FCPX I was left with a void. Since then, I have dabbled in most of the other NLEs, but I could just never get myself to fully breakaway from FCP7.Now that we are entering an era where most cell phones will shoot 4K footage, and 360 degree videos can be watched on YouTube and Facebook, it’s time to let FCP7 die. The software just can’t handle production needs anymore. Let’s take a look at some of the available options for video editors still caught in NLE limbo.Final Cut Pro XWhen FCPX was released, I was not alone in my hesitations to migrate. Thousands of users complained about the update. The original launch in 2011 made FCPX look like some terrible hybrid between iMovie and Final Cut Pro. It was a disaster. But now that we are years removed from the launch, where is FCPX now?Apple has already released 17 updates for FCPX. The biggest update (10.2) added 3D titles, updated color grading, made the program more compatible with plugins. It also added support for additional camera formats.There are more FCPX plugins available to users than ever before. Apple has made serious strides in making FCPX a great program, but the initial launch is still hurting it. Many users have never given a second thought to using FCPX, but now it’s turning into a very viable option.FCPX is available for $299.99 in the App Store for Mac users.Premiere Pro Creative CloudPremiere Pro CC has taken an absolutely dominant role in the NLE world. With the ease of integration with other Adobe software (like Photoshop and After Effects) and the Creative Cloud packaging, Premiere Pro CC has become the go-to NLE of choice for independent editors.Premiere Pro CC is set up to handle an incredible amount of codecs and formats. Today’s video editor is required to use a multitude of programs, and Premiere Pro is designed with that in mind. Not only is it easy to move media across all of Adobe’s other Creative Cloud software, Premiere Pro also let’s you create OMF, XML, EDL and AAF files.Premiere Pro CC is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.  A standalone subscription for Premiere Pro is $19.99 a month or alongside the entire Creative Cloud suite for $49.99 a month. The NLE is available for Mac and Windows users.Avid Media Composer 8Avid Media Composer remains an industry standard. While not the most-used software among independent editors, Media Composer is constantly used on major motion pictures — like Star Wars Episode VII.Media Composer is immensely popular for its cloud editing, which allows editors all over the world collaborate on a project. It was designed for broadcast facilities and large production workflows. Since so many large-scale productions rely on their technology, updates and plugins are not nearly as available as they are on the previous mentioned NLEs. However, this does make Avid much more robust.Avid Media Composer pricing varies on the packaged options. The program can be purchased for $1,299, annual subscription for $29.99 per month, or monthly subscription for $74.99 per month.  The NLE is available for Mac and Windows.DaVinci Resolve 12 Since being acquired by Blackmagic Design, DaVinci Resolve has evolved tremendously. The color grading program has become so much more. As Blackmagic Design aims to takeover all parts of the video production workflow, DaVinci Resolve is evolving into an all-in-one editing software.DaVinci Resolve 12 introduced a built-in NLE into the color grading platform. Users can now edit multicam footage and color grade without have to export files. Not only is the NLE a new addition, DaVinci Resolve 12 also uses checksum verification to check that all media is transferred correctly from the camera’s memory cards. DaVinci Resolve is poising itself to become a major editing software in the coming future.DaVinci Resolve 12 is available as a Lite Version for Free or Studio Version for $995. The program is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.Are you using any of these programs, or are you sticking to others? What NLE is poised to take over the market in the coming years? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

NBWs issued against Bulandshahr accused

first_imgNon-bailable warrants have been issued against the accused in the Bulandshahr mob violence case, in which two persons, including a police officer, were killed, an official said on Wednesday.This came about after an application was submitted by the investigators before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Bulandshahr, arguing that the absconding accused were trying to influence the probe.“The accused are trying to spoil communal harmony by making videos of the incident viral and attempting to influence evidence,” said the application.A police officer confirmed that the NBWs have been issued against the accused, who included Bajrang Dal, Bulandshahr convenor, Yogesh Raj; BJP Yuva Morcha, Bulandshahr city president, Shikhar Agarwal; and former pradhan of Mahav village, Raj Kumar. The NBW application has 21 names of accused persons in the FIR, while six others have been added to the list.Meanwhile, two more accused persons, Nitin and Mohit, were arrested in the case, taking the total to 12. Some of those arrested were not named in the initial FIR.The arrested persons so far include Jeetu Fauji or Jitendra Malik, the Army jawan, who emerged as a key suspect in the murder of officer Subodh Singh. Jeetu Fauji is currently in judicial custody. He had pleaded innocence in the violence but allegedly admitted to bring present in Bulandshahr at the time of the incident.However, some of the main accused like Yogesh Raj are yet to be nabbed. Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agarwal, while on the run, both issued videos claiming innocence in the mob violence case but are yet to surrender or be arrested.More than 70 people, with some of them allegedly having links to the VHP and its youth wing Bajrang Dal, were booked on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, sedition, damage to public property and dacoity, among others in the mob violence case which took place after allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Bulandshahr.last_img read more

The 7 College Football Teams That Control Their Own Destiny

first_imgCFB Playoff logo promotion.Twitter/Playoff CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffTuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee unveiled its third set of rankings, which features no changes from 1-5, but a major shakeup after. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa held serve, but a number of teams, including Oklahoma, made major moves.At this point, while there is still a great deal of football to be played, a few things are obvious. There are seven teams that are in complete control of their own destiny. What does that really mean? If these seven teams win out, they’re locks for the College Football Playoff – no question. These squads are either undefeated or are involved in virtual play-in games that will knock out other contenders.The two teams with the best playoff odds that don’t control their own destiny? That’d be Oklahoma, which, given its loss to Texas, would need a little help to get in with an 11-1 record, and Notre Dame, which won’t have the luxury of claiming a conference championship, should it also finish with an 11-1 mark. Oddly enough, there are many who believe that the last playoff spot could come down to the Sooners and the Irish.Here are the seven teams that control their own destiny.7 Teams: Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8last_img read more

DeMo cases CBDT extends taxmans deadline to Dec 31

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBDT on Thursday extended the deadline up to December 31 for the Income-tax department to complete the final assessment of about 87,000 entities that made suspicious deposits post-demonetisation. The existing deadline of September 30 is being “extended” by three months after considering “various difficulties” being reported by the field offices of the department in finalising assessments in OCM (operation clean money) cases, a senior official told PTI. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAn order was issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday, setting the new deadline on December 31, the official said. The CBDT frames policy for the I-T department. This is the second extension given by the Board in this case after the first deadline of June 30 was extended up to September, the official said. ‘Operation Clean Money’ is the special title given by the CBDT to the specific probe it launched to check black money post-demonetisation. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe assessing officers (AOs) of the tax department had in July asked the CBDT to extend the deadline, saying it was “humanly impossible” to finish the task in the given timeline as it required a lot of “paperwork and manpower”. These cases are those where suspicious deposits of huge amounts or amounts not in conformity with the transaction history of the entity were made post-demonetisation, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016. Two high-value notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 were demonetised as part of the decision. The board, earlier, had also framed a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the assessment of these cases stating that the taxman initially sent notices (under Section 142(1) that pertains to inquiry before assessment) in three lakh cases, 87,000 out of these have “not filed their return of income” for assessment year 2017-18.” It had asked the assessing officers to use the ‘best judgement assessment’ procedure as stipulated under Section 144 of the I-T Act to finalise these 87,000 cases. The section essentially reads, “If any person fails to comply with all the terms of notice issued under Section 142(1), the assessing officer after taking into account all relevant material which the AO has gathered shall after giving the assessee an opportunity of being heard, make the assessment of total income or loss to the best of his judgement…” The CBDT, on its part, had assured the AOs that its technical and data mining arm will provide them with the addresses, bank accounts and the transaction details of these 87,000 individuals and entities who have made “substantial cash deposits during the demonetisation period”. It had asked the AOs that they should also make a “detailed analysis of past Income Tax Returns, if available, to form an opinion regarding the nature of transactions related to demonetisation” while framing the assessment of these entities. “On the basis of all material and evidence gathered by the AO, during the course of assessment proceedings, assessee would be duly provided with an opportunity to explain his/her case,” the SOP said. The SOP said that once the “ultimate beneficiary of a transaction has been established”, the AO should forward this to his counterpart who has jurisdiction over the entity under scanner. It had flagged a special case, saying if “entry operators” or hawala trade-like instances are found then the jurisdictional assessing officers should “tax the unaccounted commission receipts” and unearth the nexus to catch tax evaders. The range heads, officers in the ranks of principal chief commissioners and chief commissioners of the department, were also asked to “monitor” the framing of the final assessment order of these entities.last_img read more

Inlaws arrested for thrashing woman over dowry demand

first_imgJajpur: A woman in Odisha’s Jajpur district was allegedly thrashed by her father-in-law and mother-in-law over dowry demand, police said on Friday. The father-in-law, mother-in-law and the husband of the woman were arrested after a video of in-laws beating their daughter-in-law and dragging her by the hair over dowry demand went viral on social media on Wednesday night, the police said. In the video, a man identified as Nabin Behera was seen dragging his daughter-in-law by her hair while his wife Charulata Behera was beating her with a stick at Dhaneswar village under the jurisdiction of Korei police station on Wednesday. Although no formal complaint was filed but Korei police station took suo moto cognizance of the matter after the video went viral on social media. “We have suo moto registered a case after the video of the incident did the rounds on social media platforms on Wednesday night and arrested father-in-law, mother-in-law and the husband of the victim under various sections of IPC,” said Ranjit Mohanty, Inspector-in-charge of Korei police station. The woman Meena Behera (26), a resident of Jokadia- Bhandaripada in Jajpur district was married to Gananath Behera about 5 years ago, the police said. She was allegedly tortured by her in-laws several times in the past over dowry demand. The woman had once consumed poison following the torture by the in-laws over the issue and was hospitalised in a local hospital, the police added.last_img read more

Kejriwal lays foundation stone for 362bed trauma centre at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal laid the foundation stone for a 362-bed trauma centre at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital on Sunday. The trauma centre will be equipped with medical facilities like ICU beds, emergency beds, and six operation theatres. The trauma centre is expected to be ready in 18 months.The CM lauded the city’s government hospitals and said, “Despite the massive expansion of public healthcare infrastructure in Delhi, some hospitals do see overcrowding. This is because people from across the country are coming to Delhi now to access our hospitals. Today, someone from Bihar can take a Rs 500 ticket to the capital, get free treatment in our hospitals and return happily. It is a matter of great pride and happiness for us that the people of the entire country are confident in Delhi Government hospitals.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarKejriwal congratulated the Public Works Department (PWD) and Health departments, and said, “Ordinarily large government hospitals across the country are constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore per bed. This hospital should have cost Rs 362 crore but the Delhi govt is constructing it in just Rs 71 crore. This has been possible because Delhi has an honest and efficient government that saves peoples’ tax money and is, therefore, able to provide the best services to all our people.” Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe standard number of emergency beds in a 300-bed hospital would only be 5-6%, that would mean 15-20 emergency beds in a single hospital. The Delhi government has necessitated that 40% of the bed strength in a hospital should be emergency beds. More than 50% of beds have been reserved as ICU and emergency beds at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, a report claimed. Boasting of Delhi’s healthcare model, CM Kejriwal said, “We are matching the healthcare standards of Denmark, which is one of the most developed nations in the world. Denmark has universal healthcare coverage for all, every patient, rich or poor, can access free treatments in all the hospitals. We are matching the most progressive societies in the world like Denmark, USA and Japan, in terms of providing quality healthcare to the people.” Tweeting about this, the Delhi CM wrote, “We have saved Rs 290 crore in just one project. If I use this money to make medicines, treatment and tests free for the people of Delhi, is it wrong? The Opposition claims we are wasting money by providing free healthcare to people.” Kejriwal also took the opportunity to hit back at the opponents and said, “They (opposition) believe Delhi will suffer losses with such free provisions, but I want to say that this government will not let Delhi suffer from losses. We have expanded the budget of Delhi year after year, and this is due to the trust that the people of Delhi have shown in us. Before our government came to power, the budget of Delhi was Rs 30,000 crore. Today, after five years, it is Rs 60,000 crore. We stopped the Raid Raj system, and the people of Delhi realized how paying taxes is leading them towards a more developed city. We have eliminated corruption from the capital, and are instead spending the money towards more developmental works in the city, like building schools and hospitals and providing free facilities to the people. We had decreased VAT from 12.5 percent to 5 percent but increased facilities for the welfare of the people.”last_img read more