Hafiz Saeed’s JUD continues to operate despite being on Pakistan’s terror list

first_imgEven after Pakistan was pushed into Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’ in February, it is still hard to justify whether the nation has seized all assets and offices of terrorist Hafiz saeed’s organizations given the ground reality in the country.This comes at a time when Pakistan works its way up to present its case and ‘action-plan’ against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attack as well as his organisations Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).Pakistan recently claimed that it had seized hundreds of offices of JUD and FIF across Pakistan as part of its action implemented after the Presidential Ordinance signed by President Mamnoon Hussain which declares all individuals and entities on United Nation Security Council’s (UNSC) terror list illegal.The external pressure on Pakistan increased when United Nation’s latest terror list included hundreds of militants and organisations, who stem, facilitate, operate and collaborate with other terror groups from Pakistan.However, Islamabad’s claims of action against JUD and FIF, have not hindered operations of Hafiz Saeed’s force.Muridke, JUD’s 200-acre headquartersFirst up is the epicentre of JUD’s operations, which is headquartered in Muridke. It is located just outside Punjab’s province’s provincial capital of Lahore.The vicinity spread across 200 acres comprises a martial arts academy, training centres, a fleet of 4×4 trucks, educational institutes, swimming academy and thousands of staff members and volunteers.The main entrance, which initially had JUD’s banners, now has new signs hanging. However, business continues as usual inside the JUD headquarter.advertisementThe new name for JUD’s Muridke headquarter, which earlier was “Markaz-e-Taiba”, is now “Government Health and Education Complex Sheikhupura.”Only five police officals have been added to the squad of at least 100 JUD security guards. The government has added two school principals and a doctor to the facility.Mohammad Athar, an official of JUD said, “At least ,1000 students take classes here. Nearly 3,000 students and employees live on the site, which boasts manicured lawns, rice fields, sports grounds, hostels, residential colonies, a swimming pool and a horse stud farm. There are 35 horses for their riding classes. The students play soccer, gymnastics and martial arts. Cricket is prohibited because it’s a waste of time,” said Athar.Hudabya Madrassa, JUD’s seminary in ChakraAnother JUD facility is the Hudabya Madrassa, a religious seminary located in Chakra, just outside of Rawalpindi.The facility caters to at least 160 students, 22 teachers and 16 staff members.The government after taking over this facility, appointed only one caretaker on a salary of Rs 20,000 ($200 approx.) per month.The overall monthly expense of the facility ranges between 1 to 1.5 million rupees, which comes up to approximately $10,000 to $15000 every month.Interestingly, the expenses of the facility are still being managed by JUD itself.”People come and donate. Our group mainly bears the expenses,” said a teacher of the JUD seminary.A similar scenario was witnessed in another JUD facilitated mosque in Rawalpindi which had banners requesting for donations for Muslims in Kashmir, Palestine and Syria.Government inability to nab JUD’s widespread network fundingThe Punjab government claims it has taken over all facilities of JUD and FIF but has not yet formulated a plan and strategies on how to run the network.This is because the massive reach that Saeed’s charities make it very difficult for the government to not only run the network, but impossible for them to track and take control of their income sources and funding domains.”We’re still collecting details about the JuD’s facilities which have been taken over. Our financial strategists are in consultation with the federal government to prepare a plan to run these facilities,” a spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, Malik Mohammad Ahmad Khan, said during an interview with Reuters.JUD’s network included over 300 seminaries, schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance service.The statement of Punjab province’s spokesperson highlights the inability of the government to take full control over Hafiz Saeed’s organisations and their funding sources, a fact that has been the reason why Pakistan has failed to convince FATF member states.It is pertinent to mention that Hafiz Saeed’s organisations were the focus of a motion moved by United States and its European allies who recommended Pakistan’s name be placed on the terrorist financing watch-list of the FATFFATF is an intergovernmental body that sets global standards for fighting illicit finance.Even though Pakistan has taken some action against JUD and FIF by sealing hundreds of offices in Punjab and other places including Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed Hafiz Saeed to carry out his welfare activities and barred the government from ‘harassing’ him.advertisementThis has made it all the more difficult for the government to take action against Saeed.Saeed’s council maintained that the move was being done under pressure of US and India.”It is regrettable that rulers have been bowing to external powers. The government was making the nuclear-armed nation an American colony,” said Hafiz Saeed.Pakistan lobbies to counter FATFPakistan is currently lobbying to block the FATF motion, the action-plan of which is to be presented by Islamabad to FATF in the coming days.Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Dr Faisal has said that Islamabad is in talks with FATF member countries and is lobbying to block the FATF motion that has put Islamabad on its ‘grey list’.Pakistan has also rebutted the FATF motion calling it a “pressure tactic” by the US at the behest of India.While Pakistan’s actions against Hafiz Saeed and his organisations are being documented and are to be presented as major action against countering terror-financing, the reality on the ground seems to negate its position and might just not be acceptable by FATF member countries.This may attract financial sanctions against Pakistan, whose financial borrowings have already been the highest in the country’s history under the current political government.Also read: Experts say Russia’s experience in Syria vital for combating terrorAlso read: United Nations Security Council has 139 groups from Pakistan on its updated terror listWatch: Afridi caught peddling ISI’s lies on Kashmir: Pakistan’s cricketer used against India?last_img read more

Italy just a stop on road to Kiev for Madrid & Barca

first_imgUEFA Champions League Italy just a stop on road to Kiev for Madrid & Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 20:47 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Cristiano Ronaldo Mario Mandzukic Juventus Real Madrid UCL 03062017 Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Barcelona Opinion The two Clasico rivals were kept apart in Friday’s draw and will be expected to advance to the last four after the two were paired with Serie A sides The road to Kiev passes through Italy for Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two Spanish sides have won the Champions League three times apiece since 2009 and both will be considered favourites to advance to the semi-finals this time around after drawing Juventus and Roma, respectively.Real are 12-time European champions and have claimed the famous trophy in three of the last four years, including back-to-back successes under Zinedine Zidane over the past two seasons.Barca, meanwhile, have won the competition on five occasions and last lifted the coveted cup when they completed a treble in 2015, having also achieved a triple triumph in 2009 and then followed up with another victory in 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Both of the Clasico rivals were handed tough draws in the last 16. Real, having finished second in their group, were paired with Paris Saint-Germain, while Barca faced Chelsea. In the end, however, the two teams prevailed with relative ease.On Friday, Real were drawn against Juventus in a repeat of last season’s final (which Los Blancos won 4-1 in Cardiff), while Barca face Roma for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Both sides will be happy with the lot.Juventus, in theory, is a tough draw for Real. The Italian champions are one of Europe’s great teams, but this is an Old Lady that really is getting on, an ageing team that somehow found a way past Tottenham in the second round despite only being the better team for around 20 minutes of the entire tie.”Honestly, I feel Tottenham were superior for much of the tie,” Real legend Emilio Butragueno said after the draw. “But Juve showed their character to qualify. That says a lot about the winning mentality they have, like ours.”It did. Juve found a way to win, just like Madrid. And although historically Real have had difficulty against the Italian giants in the European Cup, Zidane’s side would appear to be in better shape following their recent return to form.CLQFGFX“Real are concentrating on the Champions League,” former Juve midfielder Pavel Nedved said. “We will have more difficulty in that we are fighting on three fronts. It will be very tough but we’re ready to face this part of the season.”Meanwhile, Barca probably have the best draw of all in Roma. The Italian side edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16 and are way off the pace in Serie A title race this season, so even reaching this stage is a bonus.”We will face the best team in Europe,” Roma legend Francesco Totti said. “Barcelona will also be concerned at facing us. Roma has a very important and tough task ahead.”Perhaps. But it could have been much worse for both Barca and Real. The Primera Division pair managed to avoid Manchster City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in Friday’s draw, while neither really wanted an all-Spanish tie against Sevilla.So, Italy should really be just another stop for the two Liga clubs on the road to Kiev and perhaps, a first Champions League Clasico since 2011.last_img read more

OSU Offensive Line Target Jaylan Jeffers Commits to Oregon

first_imgThe 6-foot-6, 260 pound tackle from Saguaro visited OSU back in June on an official basis as part of a visit-spree that included Colorado and Oregon, but Eugene and all it has to offer made a strong impression on him.“They all have great energy all the time,” he told Oregon Live. “The players love to be there. It’s not a one-sided thing, where a few people are bought in. It seems like everybody is pretty bought in.”Since offering him a scholarship this spring, OSU has planted seeds elsewhere, especially in recent weeks as it became apparent he was leaning heavily in favor of Oregon. While OSU has three OL commitments in the 2020 class, it’s likely they’ll take at least one more — ideally at the tackle spot to complement guard pledges Trent Pullen and Eli Russ as well as tackle commit Cade Bennett. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In a stunningly well-done video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday, Arizona offensive line recruit Jaylan Jeffers, a three-star prospect who has been on OSU’s radar since the spring, committed to Oregon over OSU, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and others.Jeffers said in his video he’s been to a number of great places and even mashed up some OSU film, but, he said, “There was one place that really stood out.”COMMITTED‼️ pic.twitter.com/angaejvslv— Jaylan Jeffers (@jaylan_jeffers) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Uniform Predictions for Oklahoma State-Oregon State in Corvallis

first_imgBack in ⬛️See you In 24 hours 👀 @41Million_ #BTD is pic.twitter.com/dsywJUk7Hi— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) August 30, 2019Justin Southwell (BWB): 2012 was a down year (8-5), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2013 (10-3). 2014 was a down year (7-6), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2015 (10-3). The 2013 and 2015 10-win seasons started with the Cowboys on the road in Black-White-Black. I expect history to repeat itself with Oklahoma State bouncing back from a down year by kicking off their campaign with a familiar combo (B/W/B).I would expect them to go with the brand logo to let Oregon State know who the real OSU is. It can be orange, it can be chrome, it can be whatever, as long as it’s the brand. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The uniform predictions are back, and there will be a lot of orange and black in Oregon this weekend. The Beavers will be in all black, and the Pokes will counter with white jerseys. All that remains is the OSU helmets and pants. Here are our guesses.Carson Cunningham (BWB): I want to see the Cowboys flex on Oregon State by coming out in helmets with the interlocking OSU logo. They won’t do that but I do think they show off that they’re the real OSU and mix in a lot of black and orange. I’ll go matte black helmet with the brand on it, white jerseys and black pants.Kyle Porter (WWO): Oregon State’s all-black announcement solidifies this guess for me. I think OSU going nearly opposite with a WWO look and those filthy helmets from the TCU game last season (see above) would be premium.last_img read more

9 months agoRed Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour eager to hear from Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour eager to hear from Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour has welcomed interest from Liverpool.TMW says Dabour is waiting for a call from Liverpool to bring him to Anfield.Despite rival interest from Valencia, he is reportedly desperate to play for Jurgen Klopp.Liverpool can snap up Dabour, 26, for £22.3m (€25m) because of a release clause in his contract.The Nazareth-born hotshot is enjoying a prolific campaign for Salzburg.He has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, including nine strikes in the Austrian Bundesliga.Dabour is under contract at Salzburg until the summer of 2021. last_img read more

Hardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R Sridhar

first_imgHardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R SridharIndia fielding coach R Sridhar revealed how eager Hardik Pandya was to get back into the Indian team and perform against New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 14:06 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Hardik Pandy picked up two wickets and a brilliant catch on his return to international cricket following the Koffee With Karan suspension (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya took 2 for 45 from his 10 overs in the third ODI vs New ZealandIndia fielding coach R Sridhar revealed how eager Pandya was to perform on returnSridhar was also full of praise for Pandya’s catch to remove Kane WilliamsonHardik Pandya made his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy and after his subsequent suspension was lifted by BCCI.Pandya made an immediate impact as he took 2 for 45 from his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.Team India fielding coach, R Sridhar on Wednesday revealed how eager Pandya was to play the 3rd ODI in Mount Maunganui and make a mark.”No one was more keen than Hardik Pandya to play that game,” Sridhar said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the 4th ODI in Hamilton.”He’s been working very hard during the time he got back home and the kind of energy he brought into the team, the desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He’s always been a good fielder. He was just dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and play it best he can,” Sridhar said.Perfect weather here in Hamilton for an intense session. pic.twitter.com/MwVHldu6GJhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 30, 2019The Indian fielding coach was also full of praise for Pandya’s catch in the third match.”That catch – he made a very difficult catch look easy. By no means an easy catch and then also the fact that it was Kane Williamson’s catch; the extra pressure of one of the best batsmen in the world. I think that was a turning point,” Sridhar said.”I would say a piece of magic from Hardik Pandya. He’s known for that. He’s one of the best fielders as we have in the country. If you also notice, he hit the stumps on quite a few occasions in his comeback match, which was very pleasing to see,” he added.advertisementPandya after the match posted “Thank you” on his social media platforms.Thank you ?? pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELxhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019His performance also got praise from Kohli as well as Sunil Gavaskar.Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar had told Star Sports.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell SantnerAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Hardik PandyaFollow R SridharFollow India tour of New ZealandFollow Kane Williamsonlast_img read more

A Healthy Scalp is the Secret to Good Hair

first_imgIf you’re having issues with your hair, you need to get to the root of the matter. It may seem trite but that’s literally what you should do. Your scalp, where hair springs forth, needs to be a habitable environment for new and healthy growth. There are a litany of factors that can make it less than welcoming for your follicles, including environmental damage from the sun and pollution, a build-up of styling products, overproduction of oil, and excessive scratching. Using formulas that counteract the aforementioned issues and repair whatever harm has already been done, is the first step to setting things right and ensuring there will be better hair days ahead with a better, healthy scalp. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Your styling products are secretly sabotaging your look. As you pile on waxes, gels and pastes, they accumulate on the scalp, which leads to breakage, blocked follicles and flakiness. This purifying two-in-one clears it all away while leaving hair and scalp hydrated with naturally conditioning essential oils.Jack Black Nourishing Hair and Scalp Conditioner with Tea Tree Oil & Basil Leaf $20You don’t want to wash away the gunk only to pile it back on. Which is why you need to pick a lightweight condition like this one that moisturizes hair without weighing heavily on it and treats scalp issues, like dryness and irritation. Because healthy follicles equal a healthy head of hair (unless you have a genetic predisposition to baldness), this invigorating formula aims to invigorate them with a healthy dose of circulation-boosting caffeine.Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner $20 The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa V76 by Vaughn Tonic Hair & Scalp $20For one day a week, try swapping out your follicle-clogging stylers for this eucalyptus and juniper oil infused hair (and scalp) refresher. Simply spray in and feel the rejuvenation. How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo $28Lathering up with this balancing shampoo, packed with an eye-opening blend of rosemary oil, ginger extract, and menthol, will help you get your scalp to that sweet spot between parched and grease ball.Davines NaturalTech Energizing Shampoo $30 Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits last_img read more

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration misinformation

first_imgOTTAWA — Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places.The Liberal leader’s line suggests a theme for next year’s election campaign.“The decision that the Conservatives have taken recently to, for example, go after the global compact on migration in a way that is deliberately and knowingly spreading falsehoods for short-term political gain and to drum up anxiety around immigration is irresponsible, is not the way we should be moving forward in a thoughtful way on one of the big issues that is facing our country,” Trudeau said.The prime minister says he welcomes debate and discussion about immigration — as long as it sticks to meaningful areas of policy, such as the right number of immigrants to bring to Canada each year and how to properly integrate newcomers within the country.“But the fearmongering, and the misinformation that is being deliberately and knowingly put out by the Conservative party right now, is very dangerous to something that has been an extraordinary advantage and benefit for Canada for generations,” he said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s press secretary Brock Harrison said Trudeau’s comments demonstrate that he is failing to take responsibility for Canadians’ concerns about the border. “He resorts to personal attacks and phoney arguments whenever he’s criticized for it,” Harrison said. “Conservatives will continue to hold him to account over the lengthy delays in processing and billions in added costs caused by his failure to secure the border.”Last week, Canada joined 164 countries in signing the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first large-scale agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration and is aimed at improving co-operation.But the pact has incited protest, particularly in Eastern Europe, where a number of far-right groups and political parties have used the compact to fan public concern over a historic increase in the number of migrants and displaced people fleeing wars, persecution and violence in their home countries — or, in some cases, seeking better economic opportunities.Scheer came out strongly against the compact on the grounds that it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system, claims that have been rejected by many immigration-law experts.The Conservatives have also been hammering the Liberals over the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada “irregularly,” away from official entry points, over the last two years. The issue has led to clashes with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who each want Ottawa to fork over $200 million or more to cover costs the two provinces have borne to house and provide services to asylum seekers.They say the federal government is too slow to assess refugee claims and while claimants wait, the provinces have to support them.Over 38,000 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada since early 2017.Trudeau might face a steep challenge if migration turns out to be an election issue. An Angus Reid Institute poll conducted this fall suggested the Liberals are vulnerable on the issue of asylum seekers. Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, told The Canadian Press at the time that concerns about the border resonate across the political spectrum every time the Conservatives bring the issue up.Trudeau said he plans to address the Canadian public’s growing fears by emphasizing that Canada has a robust immigration system that ensures incoming refugee claimants pose no security risk and meets international obligations that Canada has agreed to uphold.“This process is working to keep us safe,” he said. “There is a careful approach (by the Conservatives) to try and scare people, and as we’ve said, it’s always easier to try and scare people then to allay fears in a time of anxiety.”Anti-immigrant rhetoric is helping some political parties, Trudeau acknowledged, pointing specifically to Eastern Europe and the United States. These views have gained traction online in Canada, he added, noting this as an area “that I think requires us to be more vigilant.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lack of support holds Indigenous prisoners back

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News Parole officers gave Parliamentarians a dose of reality on Indigenous incarceration Tuesday.Zef Ordman said he rarely recommends Indigenous prisoners for early release because they don’t have the employment, training or housing to help ease their transition into the outside world.“The white, middle-class, kid who’s got parents on the outside, and he’s 19 or 20, he’s got employment, he’s got education, he’s got housing,” Ordman told the House Committee of Public Safety and National Security.“The Aboriginal kid doesn’t have any of that.”Ordman said that won’t change unless Canada invests in Aboriginal-centred programs in health, education, employment and housing.Committee members heard release can be denied for something as simple as not having proper identification, because Indigenous offenders often come to prison without health cards or driver’s licences.“We had a job set up for (one inmate),” said Aura Andrews. “He couldn’t get it because he didn’t have his birth certificate or his (social insurance) card and he ended up failing.”Andrews suggested the department of Indigenous Affairs and its provincial counterparts visit prisons to hold identification clinics before offenders are released.The list of problems parole officers face is extensive, according to Andrews and Ordman.Everything from backlogs of individuals approved for transfer to being swamped with paperwork.“We need to be freed up to do our jobs, which is interacting with offenders,” Andrews said. “That is our job. So right now we’re so bogged down in paperwork and compliance issues that we can’t do our job.”“It’s sort of organized mayhem,” added Ordman. “You’re managing 30-plus offenders, right? And you’re sort of the central person, as a parole officer, you’re the central person.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Patna Sahib to witness straight fight between Sinha & Prasad

first_imgNew Delhi: As the seat-sharing among all the constituents of the Mahagadbandhan in Bihar has been finalised and a formal announcement in this regard would be made a day after the Holi, the Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency is all set become the hot seat for both — the NDA and Grand Alliance.As per the reports, the outspoken actor-turned-politician, whose criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown progressively sharper, may not figure on the BJP’s list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls at all. In the given circumstances, the Sinha would be fielded from his home turf on Congress ticket, while BJP would field Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also hails from Patna. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Given that Patna Sahib is an urban and Kayastha community dominated seat, it is quite clear that accessibility of a leader among voters would play a decisive role in winning the seat,” political experts said, adding that Sinha is a mass leader, while Prasad is limited to his coteries. However, it would too early to predict who would win the politically crucial race as the both the leaders would be largely dependent on Kayastha community vote, the experts said, adding that Sinha may take some lead if he manages to get the lion’s share of Kayastha community and others. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThere six assembly constituencies under the Patna Sahib parliamentary seat and a total number of electorates is over 20 lakh. Out of the six assembly constituencies, only one Fatuha was won by Rama Nand Yadav of RJD in 2015, while remaining five seats were won by BJP candidates. The other five assembly constituencies under the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat are Bakhtiarpur, Digha, Bankipur, Kumhrar and Patna Sahib. In the 2014 general elections, Shatrughan Sinha had won the seat by securing 4.85 lakh votes, while Congress candidate Kunal Singh had secured over 2 lakh votes. Notably, if Ravi Shankar Prasad’s name appears on BJP’s list, it would be his first election to a berth in Lok Sabha. Party insiders told Millennium Post that he was once denied ticket to contest assembly election in Bihar from Patna West seat in 1990s. At that time grassroot leader Navin Kishore Prasad Sinha was being preferred over Prasad to contest Patna West seat.last_img read more

Estee Lauder wants Deciem founder Brandon Truaxe out after he shuts down

Screen Shot The company alleged Truaxe also sent a mass email “purporting to terminate for cause various employees and members of Deciem’s executive team, including (his) co-chief executive officer and the chief financial officer.”It said that Truaxe threatened that anyone who did not follow his directions “will be terminated.”“These actions have caused and are causing irreparable harm to Deciem’s business and chaos and confusion for Deciem’s employees, customers, consumers, suppliers, landlords and other stakeholders,” Estee Lauder said in the documents.Estee Lauder is asking for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to be appointed to investigate Truaxe’s claims of criminal activity and report on Deciem’s financial condition to its board of directors.Estee Lauder, which confirmed it made the filing but would not comment further because the issue is pending litigation, said it counts hundreds of “outrageous, disturbing, defamatory, and/or offensive posts on Deciem’s social media accounts and/or websites” that have been made since January.In January, Truaxe posted about an attempted hack on Deciem’s Instagram page, saying “This could be a past employee, someone who doesn’t like us, a competitor, we don’t really know but we’re going to find out.”Days later he was telling his followers that he was dropping his chief executive officer title in favour of “worker” and months after, made remarks on Instagram that angered fans of the brand so much that they began burning Deciem products.In February, he ousted Nicola Kilner as his co-CEO, but by July, he used Instagram to note her return to the company. Estee Lauder’s court filing says both decisions were made “unilaterally” and without being run by the board of directors or Estee Lauder.Estee Lauder wants Kilner to be appointed as Truaxe’s replacement.Estee Lauder said it wasn’t the first time Truaxe made decisions without consulting stakeholders. The company alleges Truaxe also entered into lease agreements without consulting them or considering Deciem’s “liquidity position.”Estee Lauder’s court filing notes that on May 9, Truaxe was detained by U.K. authorities “because of his erratic behaviour.” The company said he was taken to a London psychiatric hospital, where he stayed for several days.After more “particularly erratic and disturbing behaviour” in late May and June, the company said he stayed at another psychiatric facility in Canada for about three more days.Estee Lauder also noted that in his video closing the company’s stores, he also appeared to be “disturbing and incoherent” when he said “I’ve been a soldier for 13 years and been made fun of as a drug dealer and porn actor. It’s all ending now.”“Unfortunately, Truaxe’s conduct has continued to become more erratic and concerning,” Estee Lauder’s court filing said. The company further said it “must turn to this Court seeking relief to prevent further harm to the business and to their investment.”The respondents to Estee Lauder’s action — including Deciem and Truaxe — must indicate to the court if they intend to oppose the application.Stephen Kaplan, Deciem’s former chief financial officer, said in an email to The Canadian Press that he did not want to discuss the company’s current situation or his time working there, but noted that the recent drama was not a shock.“I am not surprised by the current events based on Brandon’s erratic behaviour, as evidenced by his Instagram posts,” said Kaplan. “I hope that Estee Lauder can install a competent management team and with this in place, I believe that Deciem can continue to be a very successful company.” TORONTO — Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is seeking to oust the founder of Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem, days after he abruptly announced on social media that he was closing down his company.The New York City-based cosmetics giant — which holds one third of Deciem’s voting shares — is asking the Ontario Superior Court to remove Brandon Truaxe as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors at Deciem, and to prevent him from “issuing statements or circulating media” on Deciem’s social media accounts and restricted from talking to the company’s employees, according to an Ontario court filing today.“Truaxe has exhibited extremely erratic, disturbing and offensive behaviour in his role as president and chief executive officer over the course of this year,” Estee Lauder’s court filing said. “That behaviour was chaotic and harmed Deciem’s business and reputation.”Estee Lauder’s legal actions were prompted by an Instagram video Truaxe posted over the weekend, where he said he is shutting down operations at Deciem, known as “the Abnormal Beauty Company,” until further notice. The company says the actions of Truaxe are “oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to or that unfairly disregards the interests of Estee Lauder”.“Please take me seriously,” he said, in the video, where he does not give a clear reason for closing the company that has become a favourite of Kim Kardashian West and attracted a cult following with its inexpensive “The Ordinary” products. “Almost everyone at Deciem has been involved in a major criminal activity, which includes financial crimes and much other. You have no idea what a soldier I have been for 13 years.”Estee Lauder’s lawyer Mark Gelowitz refused to comment on the filing that was also made against Integridad Inc., which holds two-thirds of Deciem’s outstanding voting shares, and Pasquale Cusano, a Deciem board member Estee Lauder said Truaxe once tried to replace with another employee. The filing does not outline what legal action is being taken against Cusano.Deciem’s board consists of Truaxe, Cusano and Estee Lauder’s nominee Andrew Ross.The allegations by Estee Lauder have not been proven in court. Truaxe and Deciem did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and efforts to contact Cusano and Ross have been unsuccessful. Truaxe posted a copy of Estee Lauder’s application and emails from its lawyer on Instagram on Thursday morning.In its legal filing, Estee Lauder said Truaxe’s decision to shut down the company happened without consulting Deciem’s board of directors or Estee Lauder.Stores on the Deciem website are all marked as closed. read more

Nigerian named by UN to probe effects of toxic waste dumping on

The chairman of the 53-nation Commission, Ambassador Mike Smith of Australia, appointed Okechukwu Ibeanu to serve in his individual capacity, until 2007, as the Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights and on the companies and countries involved in such the practices.Dr. Ibeanu succeeds Fatma-Zohra Ouhachi-Vesely of Algeria, who served as Special Rapporteur from the establishment of the mandate in 1995 until July 2004.A professor of political science at the University of Nigeria’s Nsukka campus, Dr. Ibeanu has published widely on the social and environmental impact of the petrochemical industry in Nigeria, the link between environmental issues and security, and has served on the scientific panels of several international organizations.He was on leave from his university post to work in the Nigerian office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.The new Special Rapporteur would make “a global, multidisciplinary study of existing problems and new trends of and solutions to illicit traffic and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes, particularly in developing countries,” as well as “concrete recommendations and proposals on adequate measures to control, reduce and eradicate these phenomena,” the Commission said.He was also to “produce annually a list of the countries and transnational corporations engaged in the illicit dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes in African and other developing countries and a census of human persons killed, maimed or otherwise injured in the developing countries through this heinous act.” read more

Mobster 78 charged with Goodfellas airport heist after being caught on a

first_img“Jimmy buried over a dozen bodies … under the bocce courts,” Hill wrote in his book, “A Goodfella’s Guide to New York.”FBI agents search the backyard of a house once occupied by Jimmy Burke in New York. (Pic: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Katz once owned a warehouse where mobsters stored stolen goods, according to the court papers. After a raid at the warehouse, Asaro and Burke began to suspect Katz was a law enforcement informant. Asaro told the cooperator that Burke “had killed Katz with a dog chain because they believed he was a ‘rat,’” the papers say.The cooperator told investigators that Asaro and Burke brought Katz’s body to a vacant home in Queens where it was concealed beneath a cement floor. In the 1980s, Burke ordered the cooperator to dig up the remains and move them to another location.The Asaros also were charged with arson in the 1981 torching of a building that was the former home of a nightclub called Afters that was “a known meeting place of many organised crime members and associates” that was named for “after Lufthansa,” the papers say.The owner of an Italian restaurant from the night spot “was upset that the new owners of Afters were going to replace it with a social club that catered to African Americans” so the father ordered his son to burn it down by igniting gasoline with a burning rubber ball thrown through a window, they say.Massino was convicted in 2004 on charges he had a hand in multiple gangland murders, including the execution of a mobster who vouched for FBI undercover agent Donnie Brasco, a story that also was turned into a movie.In July, Massino saw his life prison sentence reduced to time served after prosecutors praised his work as a government cooperator.Read: Charred bodies of Canadian mafiosi found in Sicily >Read: Italian court confirms Berlusconi ally guilty in mafia case > MORE THAN 30 years after Vincent Asaro is believed to have gotten away with helping hatch a $6 million airport heist dramatised in the hit Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas”, prosecutors say the reputed mobster slipped up and complained to the wrong person that he’d been cheated by another gangster named James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke.“We never got our right money, what we were supposed to get,” the 78-year-old Asaro told a cooperator wearing a wire in 2011, according to the court papers. “Jimmy Burke kept everything.”Burke inspired Robert De Niro’s character in “Goodfellas,” which was based on Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy” and told the story of Hill’s time in the mob and subsequent cooperation with law enforcement.Asaro’s profanity-laced rant was a break in an investigation that resulted yesterday in murder, robbery, extortion, arson and other charges against Asaro and four other defendants, including Asaro’s son, Jerome.The men were named in a racketeering indictment and other court papers that Asaro’s defence attorney, Gerald McMahon, dismissively said at times read like another movie script.“Marty needed a sequel and Loretta said she would help out,” McMahon told reporters outside court, referring to the famed director and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.The father and son, both identified as captains in the Bonanno organised crime family, pleaded not guilty through their attorneys and were ordered held without bail at a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.McMahon accused authorities of using shady turncoat gangsters to frame his client, including former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking member of the city’s five organised crime families to break the mob’s vow of silence.Massino “is one of the worst witnesses I’ve ever seen,” McMahon said. He added that Asaro had given him “marching orders” that “there will be no plea and he will walk out the door a free man.”A lawyer for Jerome Asaro declined to comment.In this April, 1979, Jimmy Burke is led handcuffed from a law enforcement vehicle in New York. (Pic: AP Photo/File)The indictment accused Vincent Asaro of helping to direct the 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist at Kennedy airport, one of the largest cash thefts in American history.Hooded gunmen looted a vault in the airline’s cargo terminal and stole about $5 million in untraceable U.S. currency that was being returned to the United States from Germany, along with about $1 million in jewelry. The cash was never found.According to court papers, an unidentified mob associate who pleaded guilty and became a cooperating witness told investigators that he participated in the robbery at the direction of Asaro.The theft was orchestrated by Burke, a late Lucchese crime family associate who was close to Asaro, who told the bandits that he had a “score” that would make them rich, the papers say.Each robber was supposed to be paid $750,000, but the cooperating witness said “most did not receive their share, either because they were killed first or it was never given to them,” according to the court papers.In addition to the heist, the elder Asaro was charged in the 1969 murder of Paul Katz, whose remains were found last year during an FBI dig at a house once occupied by Burke.According to the cooperating witness, Asaro and Burke were business partners in Robert’s Lounge, the papers say. The saloon was described by a fellow Lucchese associate of Burke, the late Henry Hill, as Burke’s private cemetery.last_img read more

Travel gadgets Packing light while staying connected

first_imgIt’s almost July and travel season is upon us, which means that many of us will be packing our bags, charging our gadgets, and shipping off for a few days. Whether you are going near or far you’ll probably want to pack some of you electronic necessities so that you can have some twenty-first century comforts and conveniences and you can stay connected, if you’d like.Throwing all your stuff in a suitcase is easy enough but, this being the summer time, you probably want to pack light–especially if you are going some place warm or you’d like to avoid checking a bag. In this gadget travel guide we’ll run through my choice of gear for having a sufficient amount of technology when you on traveling without going over your airline’s ever-decreasing baggage weight restriction.AdChoices广告Canon S95For most people a camera is the single most important piece of gear they will take with them. For my trips I leave my bulky DSLR and its lenses at home and opt for a Canon S95. This high-end compact camera offers excellent image quality thanks to a large sensor, can record HD video, and has tons of controls, but still manages to be small enough to fit in any pocket. And at 6.8 oz it doesn’t weigh me down either. The S95 is easy to use and is quite discrete which is a major bonus if you are going to another country. The main trade off is that zoom is limited to just 3x so you’ll lose out on long shots.iPad 2 – 16GB WiFiNot sure about everyone else, but when I leave my home I still want some way to stay connected to my email and other online activities. In the past I’ve always brought a laptop with me, but this time I’m taking my iPad 2. When I’m away I’ll need a way to check my email, travel notes, and maps, but I won’t need (or want to) type a lot, so the iPad is a great fit. I try to stay at hotels with WiFi so it’s not a problem to have the WiFi version as opposed to the AT&T’s 3G one. At 1.33 pounds the iPad is quite light and it’s slim enough to fit in any bag. With a great app selection, Kindle books, and lots of games I’m sure the iPad will be a big hit on any trip.(By the way- I have an iPad 2, but your preference of tablet would work just as well. Something like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be a fine choice if that’s more to your liking.)iPad Camera Connection KitThe iPad 2, sadly, has neither an SD card slot nor a USB slot so getting it to play with other devices can be a challenge. I picked up the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit so that I could transfer images to my iPad where I can a) store a backup copy b) remove bad shots c) do some light editing with Nik Software’s SnapSeed. Going through my photos on the flight home has become a bit of a travel ritual of mine, and doing that on the iPad will be much better then doing the same thing on my camera’s LCD.Overall, I wasn’t thrilled to spend $29 on an SD card reader, but it works well and I’ll get enough use of out if that I think it was worth the purchase.iPhone 4 (or similar smartphone)If you are travelling I’d highly recommend packing a GSM-equipped, app-enabled, smartphone. The iPhone 4 fits the bill (though the micro SIM can be an issue), but any “world phone” or GSM Android smartphone would work as well. The main point is that you have a small device that packs a good camera, a WiFi-device for research, and something for emergency communications.One of the keys for traveling with a smartphone is getting the right apps. In addition to the obvious travel guides, a smart choice is something like OffMaps, which allows you to download highly details maps and save them to your device which means you can access them without a data package.Bad Elf GPSThis is one for the GPS geeks out there, but I’ll be excited to pack it. This tiny GPS receiver plugs into any iOS device and gives it a very good GPS connection. It will give a WiFi iPad a GPS signal (it doesn’t have a GPS chip on-board) and it will mean that an iPhone in Airplane Mode will have GPS access as well. I’ll use this to figure out where the heck I am (in combination with OpenMaps) and to record tracks so I can geotag my photos once I get home.Outlet adapterAfter a few trips to countries with 220V outlets I’ve found that I don’t generally need a full-on outlet converter, but an adapter is one of the most useful pieces of gear I take with me. Most laptops–and the iPad–have a 120-220V power adapter so you don’t need anything more than the adapter in order to power up. This is just about the best dollar you’ll spend when trying to bring your gear overseas (depending on where you are going)Also Consider:Micro Four Thirds cameraThis is a nice middle ground between and DSLR and a point-and-shoot, but with the S95 I think I’m set. If I wanted to take more printable shots or needed more range, this would be my go-to.Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard driveThis is a great way to give your iPad 500GB of wireless storage, but I just don’t need that much. If you are a video or music fiend than this something that could come in quite handy.What to leave home when traveling light:DSLR (plus lenses and camera bag)LaptopNintendo 3DS (or other portable gaming system)So that’s my list, plus a few other things to consider (or not consider, as the case may be). Anything you ditch when traveling light? Anything you absolutely need when away from home?last_img read more

Mexican drug lord El Chapo pleads not guilty in US

first_img 23,885 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jan 20th 2017, 10:35 PM Share128 Tweet Email1 Updated:22.40 Joaquin Guzman, pictured in February 2014 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMEXICAN DRUG LORD Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, pleaded not guilty in a US court today to a raft of firearms, drug trafficking and conspiracy charges that could see him jailed for life.Less than 24 hours after being extradited by Mexico, the 59-year-old drug baron looked tired as he stood in blue prison scrubs flanked by his US public defenders for the brief, 10-minute hearing in a federal court in Brooklyn.US prosecutors say Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel is responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of kilos of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana throughout the United States, reaping billions of dollars in profits.They hailed his extradition as a milestone in efforts to bring Guzman to justice, rushing out the announcement in the final hours before Republican President Donald Trump took the oath of office.It caps a Hollywood-worthy cat-and-mouse game between authorities and the slippery drug lord, who escaped spectacularly from prison twice, in a laundry cart in 2001 and through a tunnel under his shower in 2015.His feats turned him into a legend of Mexico’s underworld, with musicians singing his praises in folk ballads, but his cartel controlled a massive international drugs distribution network and presided over deadly turf wars.Guzman spoke softly in court on Friday, addressing Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in barely audible Spanish as “yes, sir” through an interpreter while holding his hands behind his back.He has been slapped with a sweeping 17-count indictment that includes criminal enterprise dating back decades from 1989 to 2014, drug importation, illegal use of firearms and money laundering conspiracy. Source: ABC News/YouTube“We enter a plea of not guilty on his behalf,” said one of his defenders.It remains how quickly a trial will get underway in a massively complicated case spanning multiple jurisdictions. The next hearing was set for February 3.Life behind barsIf found guilty, Guzman stands to spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison. Prosecutors are also seeking to obtain a $14 billion criminal forfeiture order against him.“He’s a man known for no other life than a life of crime, violence, death and destruction and now he’ll have to answer to that,” US Attorney Robert Capers told reporters on Friday.The drug baron, whom US prosecutors said was known to carry a gold-plated AK-47 assault rifle and a diamond-encrusted handgun, had campaigned against extradition since being recaptured last January following his second jailbreak. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 10:35 PMcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3195628 Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ pleads not guilty in US Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, has been extradited to the US to face charges. 12 Comments By AFP El Chapo is still seen by some as a cult figure. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMexico’s government said it agreed to extradite Guzman after the United States pledged not to seek the death penalty at his trial and had accepted a US request to impose additional charges against him.President Enrique Pena Nieto had previously refused to extradite Guzman, but changed tack after the drug lord’s latest escape in July 2015.But questions have also been raised over the timing. Trump, who takes office on Friday, has publicly clashed with Mexico over trade and immigration issues and has pledged to build a wall on the US-Mexican border.One of Guzman’s lawyers, Silvia Delgado, told Milenio television that she was surprised, calling the extradition “illegal” with another petition pending.Homeland Security Special Agent Angel Melendez gave a dramatic account of Guzman’s arrival at MacArthur Airport the night before and US authorities have stressed that Guzman will have no means of escaping a US prison.Cancerous tumor“As he deplaned, as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock and to a certain extent you could see the fear… that he is about to face American justice,” Melendez said.“I assure you no tunnel will be built leading into his bathroom,” he added.Prosecutors say Guzman rose to infamy after fending off competition from Colombian cartels to oversee a drug trafficking network from the Pacific to the Atlantic, keeping “an army of hitmen at the ready” to protect his empire.He is charged in six indictments throughout the United States, and the Mexican foreign ministry had also approved extradition bids from California and Texas. A NYPD emergency unit detail arrives for a convoy carrying El Chapo after his court hearing Source: Bebeto Matthews/PA“Guzman’s destructive and murderous rise as an international narcotics trafficker, is akin to that of a small cancerous tumor that metastasised and grew into a full-blown scourge that for decades littered the streets of Mexico with the casualties of violent drug wars,” Capers said.Guzman was first captured in Guatemala in 1993, only to escape from a maximum-security prison in 2001.Mexican marines backed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration arrested him in 2014, but he escaped again just 17 months later.His henchmen dug a 1.5-kilometer (one-mile) tunnel that opened into his cell’s shower at the Altiplano prison near Mexico City, allowing him to slip out and flee on a remodeled motorbike that was fitted on tracks.Guzman was recaptured in January 2016.Authorities said they tracked him down after Guzman held a clandestine meeting with US actor Sean Penn and Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo, with whom he exchanged flirtatious text messages.© – AFP, 2017Read: Self-confessed germaphobe Donald Trump will have to shake around 65,000 hands a yearRead: What time is it on? 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In Our View Trumps Words UnAmerican

first_imgThe threat is real. It is profound. It is a danger to the ideals that have made the United States a beacon of freedom for the world.Each time President Donald Trump decries “fake news” or says the media is “the enemy of the people” or points to reporters and calls them “horrible, horrendous people,” a little piece of America dies. And yet the president persists, undermining the very foundation of this nation while creating a cultural divide that will have lasting repercussions.Because of that, The Columbian is joining with newspapers throughout the country today in editorializing against these most un-American actions by an American president. Trump’s frequent harangues against the media, born of thin-skinned immaturity and disrespect for the pillars of this nation, represent an appalling and unacceptable rejection of all that makes America great.When it comes to considering the media in a free society, we are inclined to side with the Founding Fathers, who included, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Or with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”last_img read more

Alan Shearer reacts to Liverpool FCs 21 win over Tottenham

first_imgAlan Shearer has reacted to Liverpool 2-1 victory against Tottenham, stating that he is “worried” about Liverpool’s strong start to the season, adding that the Reds are yet to hit top gear.Liverpool dominated 100 per cent to start the new campaign on Saturday afternoon as they grabbed a 2-1 victory at Tottenham in order to keep their joint spot at the top of the table.While talking about the Match of the Day on Saturday evening, Shearer said, according to The Sports Review:“Liverpool definitely deserved it but the worrying thing is they weren’t even at their best. If they had been, they could have probably scored six or seven.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They should have had a field day because their pressing at times was excellent and they pressured Tottenham into making mistakes.”Coming up next for the Reds is their Champions’ League group stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Anfield.Also, Liverpool plans to go one step further this season after they got to the final but lost to Real Madrid last term.last_img read more

10 of line managers feel they have received sufficient mental health training

first_imgJust 10% of line manager respondents feel they have had sufficient training to deal with mental health problems at work, according to research by the Mental Health Foundation and Unum.The Added value: mental health as a workplace asset report, which surveyed 1,000 employees with lived experience of mental health problems and 1,000 line managers, also found that 20% of line manager respondents believe that employees within their organisation are less likely to progress if they disclose that they have a mental health problem.The research also found:34% of respondents diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last five years felt well supported by their line manager.50% of respondents who disclosed a mental health problem felt well supported by their line manager.44% of respondents who have had a mental health problem in the past five years and have chosen not to disclose this to their employer cite fear of being discriminated against or harassed by colleagues as the reason for not doing so, 40% felt ashamed to do so, and 45% felt that is was none of their employer’s business.22% of respondents who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last five years have personally experienced direct discrimination, compared to 29% of employee respondents who chose to disclose information about their mental health.49% of employee respondents who have experienced a mental health problem in the last five years have come to work while experiencing suicidal thoughts.86% of respondents believe that their job and being at work is important for protecting and maintaining their mental health.Jenny Edwards CBE, chief executive officer at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Workplaces need leadership that demonstrates commitment to mental health as an asset of the organisation, and one that is critical to achieving business results or strategic outcomes. This needs to cascade from board champions and senior leadership to middle management and then first line supervisors.“At each level, leaders need to feel that investing in mental health is a valuable use of their time. At every touch point, whether analysing absence figures in the boardroom or in appraisal and performance management in front line supervision, leaders need to understand how to engage with mental health.”Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum UK, added: “Employee wellbeing is rising up the agenda of employers in the UK, and a fundamental aspect of this is safeguarding the mental health of staff. Organisations are responsible for ensuring practices are put in place to support those who live with mental health problems, as well as those who may do so in the future.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“Line management plays a critical role in this; being able to spot the signs of distress, intervene early and know what support is available. By embedding a culture that is led by senior management, organisations can encourage a healthier work-life balance that is beneficial for both employee and employer.”last_img read more