100% Rye Wholegrain Loaf

first_imgThis classic loaf manages to be both incredibly simple to make and very difficult to get perfect.The challenge lies in not over-cooking the grains; that way they absorb moisture during the final bake and then release it again during the few days the loaf is left to sit wrapped before selling.Use fine rye flour for the dough, available from Shipton Mills and other millers, as most of the sticky gluten in rye flour is contained in the husk rather than the endosperm, and rye flour that has been bolted to remove the bran will bake to a 100% rye loaf with a less sticky crumb.Makes 5 pieces at appx 575 raw weight, to bake to 5 small 400g tin loaves1.370kg cooked rye grains (see below)0.450kg rye sponge or leaven (see below)0.400kg water 0.700kg light rye flour 0.020kg salt 0.090kg honeyFor the cooked grainsCover the grains with water and simmer for 15 minutes then drain and cover with water, beer, cider or white wine and leave in a cool place overnight.For the leavenEither use a naturally fermented sour mixture of equal quantities fine rye flour and water, left to rise overnight, or use 250g fine rye flour mixed with 250g cold water and a pinch of yeast and leave this overnight in a cool place before use.MethodDrain the grains well (discard the soaking liquid) and place all the ingredients together in a small upright mixer, or mix by hand until you have an evenly combined grey paste.As rye flour does not contain extensible gluten there is no need to work the dough, and all that is needed is the shortest mix to combine the dough.Line 5 very clean 1lb loaf tins (or similar) with non-stick baking parchment, as the acidity in the dough can take on greenish black marks from the tin, and evenly divide the dough between them. Pack the dough down evenly, banging the tins on the end of the table to remove any gas bubbles.Cover the tins, and leave to rise for 1 hour (if using a commercial yeast sponge) or 3-4 hours (if using a naturally fermented rye leaven) until risen by 30%-50%.As the dough will bake into a dense-grained loaf like pumpernickel, you don’t want too much lift, as this will cause the loaf to crack when sliced.Preheat the deck to 200°C (top and bottom, no steam), cover the tops of the tins with greased foil, and bake for 30 minutes.Then lower the temperature (175°C top and bottom) and bake for a further 30 minutes.Then reduce the heat to 140°C (top and bottom) and bake for a further 1-1½ hours, removing the foil for the last 30 minutes to colour the upper surface.Remove from the tins to cool, then wrap well individually in oiled brown paper or waxed paper tied snuggly with string. Leave at room temperature or cooler for 48 hours before slicing.last_img read more

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Construction worker jailed over ‘shabu’

first_imgWhen frisked, Soriano yielded five moresachets of suspected illegal drugs. He was detained in the lockup facilityof the Molo police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN He was identified as 36-year-old FranieSoriano, a police report showed. Soriano – resident of Barangay WestHabog-Habog, Molo district – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspectedshabu to an undercover officer for P2,000 around 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 6, thereport added. ILOILO City – Police nabbed aconstruction worker in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay West Timawa, Molodistrict. last_img

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Portland coach Terry Stotts praises injured Clippers

first_imgCoach Terry Stotts’ Portland Trail Blazers had just eliminated the Clippers with a 106-103 victory in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series Friday at Moda Center. Portland won 4-2.The first question him came from a reporter who wanted to know what Stotts thought about the Clippers’ heart. After all, not only were the Clippers without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – their two best players – Austin Rivers took an elbow to his left eye in the first quarter. Rivers took 11 stitches, came back and finished with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists.Indeed, Stotts was impressed.“Well, I’m glad you brought that up,” Stotts said. “I want to congratulate the Clippers and Doc (Rivers). Obviously, the injuries that they had was a setback, but they really competed hard.” Stotts said he was disappointed that Paul and Griffin didn’t get to finish the series, both of them going down in Game 4.“Obviously, they had championship aspirations and they weren’t playing at full strength, so I really admire what they were able to do,” he said. “We knew they were going to play hard, we knew they were gong to compete and they did, so I’m thrilled with the win. But my hat’s off to them.”Doc Rivers, who just finished his third season as head coach of the Clippers, won a title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. But he said he has never felt better about a team than he does this one.“No, I told them (that); I’ve been around a long time,” he said. “What I loved about this group is they didn’t care. They never looked for an excuse, they never … you know, guys didn’t play. Blake went out, CP (Paul) went out. I mean, they never doubted it. They believed they could do it.“Obviously, they didn’t. But, man, that team had more heart than any team I’ve ever seen. It was amazing to coach them.” DeAndre Jordan ties Tim DuncanAmid the injuries that took Paul and Griffin out of the playoffs, was the rebounding prowess of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.Jordan on Friday entered Game 6 at Moda Center in Portland with a chance to become the first player since 2008 to grab at least 15 rebounds in five consecutive playoff games. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan did it when he pulled down 18, 16, 21, 17 and 15 in the Spurs’ 4-1 Western Conference finals series loss to the Lakers in ‘08.Jordan had 12 rebounds in Game 1 of this series. He then had 18, 16, 15 and 17. Coach Doc Rivers has been impressed.“He’s been great,” Rivers said before Game 6. “I mean, D.J.’s been great all year, not just this series, so it’s nothing that’s that surprising to me.”Jordan was the league’s leading rebounder in the playoffs with a 15.6 average ahead of Game 6. He pulled down 20 more on Friday to tie Duncan.Jordan was one of three Clippers who were invited to vie for a roster spot on the USA National team that will compete in this summer’s Rio Games. Paul pulled out long before he fractured his right hand in Game 4 on Monday at Moda Center. And now that Griffin’s partially torn left quad tendon has again taken him out of action, chances are Jordan will be the only Clippers player going for a spot on the USA roster.“That would be a great experience for him,” Rivers said. “I think Chris pulled out already and now Blake’s injury. I think Blake wouldn’t play because of it, but I actually think he could. But I don’t think he will. But D.J., it would be a great experience for him.” Praise for Portland When the Clippers looked good in taking a 2-0 lead over Portland with victories in Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center, the word “sweep” became the first-round series buzz word. Considering the Clippers were 24 games over .500 (53-29) during the regular while Portland was just six (44-38), it was understandable.When the series shifted to Portland, the Trail Blazers defeated the Clippers in Game 3 with Griffin and Paul still playing, and they were leading the Clippers in Game 4 ahead of Paul’s injury in the third quarter and Griffin’s in the fourth on their way to tying the series 2-2.Rivers gives the Trail Blazers a tip-of-the-cap for playing better than many might have thought they would.“I think they have played wonderfully,” said Rivers, whose team lost Game 5 on Wednesday at Staples Center with Paul and Griffin on the shelf to fall behind 3-2. “I think they have played better defense than they did in the regular season, for sure. Offensively, they really haven’t played great, but they haven’t had to. We haven’t played great offense, but a lot of that is because of their defense, so you have to give them credit.”Portland allowed 104.3 points during the season, 20th in the NBA. Stotts intimated it’s been about focus.“I think everybody’s really locked in,” he said before Game 6. “We’re more consistent. We haven’t had a lot of areas where for two, three, four minutes we had a lot of letdowns.” Griffin had injectionWhile Paul was on the bench helping Rivers coach the team in Game 5 at Staples Center, Griffin was in another part of the arena taking in the game. He was spotted afterward on crutches slowly making his way through the hallway near the Clippers’ locker room.It turns out Griffin had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection, a popular procedure often used by NBA players to speed up recovery. The injection is made into the injury.Rivers, a former player, joked about it postgame.“Yeah, whatever that stuff is, yeah,” he said. “We took Advil. 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Vine: Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs Got Ejected For Punching A ‘Nova Player In The Face

first_imgSterling Gibbs punched Villanova player in the face.Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.last_img read more

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Loblaw to merge Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs in February

first_imgCustomers at Shoppers Drug Mart or any of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s grocery stores will soon use a new, unified loyalty program that replaces Optimum and PC Plus points.Loblaw (TSX:L) will merge the two programs starting Feb. 1, 2018 under the name PC Optimum — a long-anticipated move that comes more than three years after the grocery giant acquired the pharmacy chain and its in-house Shopper Optimum system.“We’re bringing the very best of Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus together,” said Uwe Stueckmann, senior vice president of marketing.PC Optimum is “the future of loyalty programs for Loblaw companies,” he said, “harnessing both the power of PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum across the unified network of our stores coast to coast.”For the company, the merger creates a more efficient and unified data collection system to gather insights to better target customers, an increasingly important tool for grocers in a highly competitive market.Consumers can keep collecting points as usual until Feb. 1 next year when their Optimum and/or Plus points will move to the new program at equal value. If a collector has $100 worth of Optimum points, they will receive $100 worth of PC Optimum points, for example.In Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name, the Pharmaprix Optimum program will end on Jan. 31, 2018 and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or convert them at equal value to the new program.Collectors will then use a single card or app and continue to earn points on money spent at Shoppers. They’ll also be able to earn points through personalized offers and in-store promotions at all stores, and by using the President’s Choice Financial MasterCard.The new program will have an easy to remember redemption system — with 10,000 points valued at $10, 20,000 points at $20 and so on to a maximum single transaction redemption of $500. Shoppers can use their reward money at any of Loblaw’s nearly 2,500 stores and the company’s websites.Consumers will earn 50 per cent more points for almost every dollar spent at Shoppers Drug Mart locations to help account for the higher number of points needed for each redemption level. Under the current Optimum program, collectors earn 10 points for every $1 spent, but need 2,000 fewer points to buy $10 worth of goods, for example.However, BMO analyst Peter Sklar notes that it’s difficult to gauge whether the new system will provide extra value for consumers because while the change in the point structure means points are earned faster, they are redeemable for less dollar value.“As a result, we believe the management of the marketing program to educate consumers on the value of PC Optimum will be crucial for consumer reception,” he wrote in a note.More than 19 million active members make up the base of the two current programs, with at least 50 per cent of members enrolled in both, said Jim Noteboom, senior vice-president of loyalty and consumer insights.After Loblaw acquired Shoppers in 2014, Noteboom said consumers told the company they wanted one program rather than two separate ones because it would make their lives easier.“Make it one program, that’s easy to understand and easy to earn, with points that are redeemable at all stores,” he said collectors told the company while it gathered research on its loyalty cards.Analyst speculation about a points merger has heightened since August when CIBC (TSX:CM) and Loblaw’s PC Financial announced they would end their nearly 20-year relationship.In its place, CIBC launched Simplii Financial — a no-fee direct banking brand — on Nov. 1. In the breakup, savings, chequing and mortgage accounts went with Simplii, while MasterCard credit cards and the PC Plus points program remained with PC Financial.The change means PC Financial debit card holders no longer earn PC points when using those cards.Both spokesmen said that the end of the company’s relationship with CIBC was unrelated to the decision to merge both programs, which has been in the works for a few years.For RBC retail analyst Irene Nattel, the merger answers a long-standing question about how the company would deal with its two loyalty programs in order to maximize reach and impact, she wrote in a note Wednesday.“In a world with increasing retail fragmentation, PC Optimum has the potential to be a powerful tool to retain and grow share of wallet within the Loblaw ecosystem.”last_img read more

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Oil tanker burning off Chinas coast at risk of exploding

first_imgBEIJING, China – An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China’s east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.State broadcaster China Central Television, citing Chinese officials, said none of the 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who have been missing since the collision late Saturday had been found as of 8 a.m. Monday. Search and cleanup efforts have been hampered by fierce fires and poisonous gases that have engulfed the tanker and surrounding waters, CCTV reported.The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 257 kilometres (160 miles) off the coast of Shanghai, China’s Ministry of Transport said.China, South Korea and the U.S. have sent ships and planes to search for the Sanchi’s crew, all of whom remain missing. The U.S. Navy, which sent a P-8A aircraft from Okinawa, Japan, to aid the search, said late Sunday that none of the missing crew had been found.All 21 crew members of the Crystal, which was carrying grain from the United States to China, were rescued, the Chinese ministry said. The Crystal’s crew members were all Chinese nationals.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collision.Kwon Yong-deok, a Korea Coast Guard official, said thick black smoke was still billowing from the ship on Monday afternoon and bad weather was worsening visibility at the scene.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 metric tons (150,000 tons, or nearly 1 million barrels) of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, according to Chinese authorities, who have dispatched three ships to clean the spill.By comparison, the Exxon Valdez was carrying 1.26 million barrels of crude oil when it spilled 260,000 barrels into Prince William Sound off Alaska in 1989, badly damaging local ecology and the area’s fishing-based economy.But the size of the oil slick from the Sanchi — and the scale of the environmental toll — may be smaller. Unlike the thick crude that gushed out of the Valdez, much of the light, gassy condensate from the Sanchi may have evaporated or burned immediately, Kwon said.The Sanchi’s own fuel that leaked during the collision will be more difficult to clean, officials said.South Korean petrochemical company Hanwha Total Co., a 50-50 partnership between the Seoul-based Hanwha Group and French oil giant Total, said in an email to the AP it had contracted the Sanchi to import Iranian condensate to South Korea.A Hanwha Total spokesman, who asked not to be named citing office policies, said there is “little possibility” that condensate would leave traces in the ocean after it burned. He added the losses would be covered by an insurance company. The Sanchi’s cargo was estimated to be worth more than $60 million.The tanker has operated under five different names since it was built in 2008, according the U.N.-run International Maritime Organization. The IMO listed its registered owner as Hong Kong-based Bright Shipping Ltd., on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Co., a publicly traded company based in Tehran. The National Iranian Tanker Co. describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East.An official in Iran’s Oil Ministry, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the tanker was owned by the National Iranian Tanker Co. and confirmed that 30 of the tanker’s 32 crew members were Iranians.“We have no information on their fate,” he said Sunday. “We cannot say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services.”It’s the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co. in less than a year and a half. In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill.___Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Youkyung Lee in Seoul contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Farmrich Salinas exemplifies Californias housing struggles

first_imgSALINAS, Calif. – Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn’t take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom for $800 a month.“I work, work, work, work, work. I take every extra pay job I can do, and I never quite get ahead,” said Powers, who shares the home with her boyfriend and their two young children.Powers’ family is reflective of many in this California city just inland from the tourism-rich Monterey Peninsula and an hour’s drive south of Silicon Valley. It’s surrounded by farmland that produces most of the world’s lettuce and inspired hometown author John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”Salinas — known as “Salad Bowl of the World” — is one of America’s least affordable places to live, exemplifying a housing crisis that plagues California’s rural and urban areas alike. Salinas families earn a median income of $69,000, while the region’s 90,000 farmworkers bring in far less. They face a median home price of nearly $550,000 and two-bedroom apartments costing roughly $1,800 a month, according to Zillow.Frustration is mounting over expensive housing, and some Californians hope a November ballot measure on rent control provides relief.California politicians can’t ignore the issue as they try to balance people’s needs in a state that’s home to extreme riches and the world’s fifth-largest economy but also places like Salinas, where multiple generations pack single-family homes, people turn backyard sheds into illegal bedrooms and families worry over how to pay their bills.Residents know rent control isn’t the best long-term solution — economists widely agree it cuts down on building — but they’re eager to help their struggling neighbours.“Our rents are too high. Something needs to be done,” said Noelia Verwulf, a Salinas resident who helped form a group called Viviendas Para Todx or “Housing for All” that’s holding community forums, registering people to vote and advocating for housing-related ballot measures. “It’s a temporary fix.”Four of the 11 ballot measures facing California voters, including rent control, relate to housing. One would authorize $4 billion in bonds for affordable housing.The Salinas metro area is one of seven in California that ranks in the top 10 least affordable in the U.S., according to an analysis of 2016 census data by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Sprawling Los Angeles, wealthy Santa Barbara and rural Redding also make the list, highlighting the near inescapability of the crisis.The federal government considers housing unaffordable if it eats up more than a third of a family’s income. More than half of California renters and nearly a third of homeowners spend that much or more.Salinas residents call the divide between the inland city of 157,000 and wealthier coastal cities such as Monterey the “lettuce curtain.” More than 70 per cent of Salinas is Hispanic or Latino, according to census data, and about 80 per cent of the region’s farmworkers live there year-round.To save money, Powers, 39, and her boyfriend, Jean-Paul Varagnat, rented out the master bedroom of someone else’s home — an arrangement she repeated at her own house to afford her $2,300 monthly mortgage.Varagnat watches their 2- and 3-year-old daughters to avoid $1,000 in monthly child-care costs and takes classes at night toward an engineering degree.“I knew I was never going to be wealthy, but I didn’t think it was going to be quite this difficult,” Powers said.There are mixed reactions in Salinas to Proposition 10, the ballot measure that would scrap a law restricting rent control on single-family homes and properties built after 1995 and open the door for new local rules about how much landlords can increase rents.Democrat Anna Caballero, who represents Salinas in the state Assembly, opposes the measure but said she understands why the city’s angry residents support it.It feels like “the only thing you can do to get the attention of people who own rental housing units is to do something drastic,” she said. “It’s the wrong solution, but I understand why they grabbed it because it looks like a solution.”Caballero is running for the state Senate this November in the top swing district, a seat now held by a Republican who’s reached term limits. If Caballero wins, Democrats could get back a supermajority that gives them power to raise taxes without Republican support and furthers the party’s grip on power in California.Interviews with roughly two dozen Salinas residents reveal a general belief that local, state and national politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region’s housing crisis. Few said it would motivate them to vote for a different party, instead calling it one of many issues that revealed a need for fresh voices.Verwulf’s 20-year-old daughter, Victoria, said housing — not the midterm election — drove her to activism.“We don’t get to go to school and get involved in community organizing and activism because it’s interesting and it’s trendy,” she said. “We have to do it now to survive because this is our life. This is our reality.”Carissa Purnell, director of the Alisal Family Resource Center that helps Salinas’ low-income and farmworker families navigate housing struggles, say children sleep on crates that their parents use to pick strawberries because they don’t have beds.“The things that are happening in our families are all stemming from these housing situations that we’ve created for each other, and the fact that no one is calling it out is frustrating,” Purnell said.Purnell’s centre is in east Salinas, a neighbourhood of tightly packed, ranch-style homes. Cars overflow driveways and spread onto lawns, while garages brim with boxes that can’t fit in cramped living areas.Across town, three generations and 15 members of the Nunez family are jammed into a four-bedroom home. The patriarch, Jose Nunez, worked two jobs to afford the property in the 1980s.Nunez and his wife share the home with three of their six children and their spouses and seven grandchildren. Each family has a bedroom.Nunez didn’t expect his children to be back at home but wouldn’t turn them away when two lost their houses to foreclosure. His son Miguel now is struggling to find an affordable house for his family that won’t require them to live paycheque to paycheque or restrict themselves from “outings, from wants from the baby, from vacations,” Miguel’s wife, Sasha, said.“You get comfortable and you’re happy here,” she said one evening while feeding their nearly 2-year-old son in the noisy, bustling kitchen. “But there’s nothing like having your own place.”One of Nunez’s daughters, Araceli, also lives there with her husband and three children while they expand their small house down the street to fit their growing family. Buying a bigger home is too expensive, she said.So her family of five shares a bedroom stuffed with two queen beds, a television and makeshift dressers for clothes that won’t fit in the closet. A wooden chest for her infant son’s clothes sits in the hallway.Salinas soon hopes to build more than 10,000 homes on the northeast edge of town now covered by fields. Repurposing farmland, which abuts many neighbourhoods, is seen as the best option for finding new space even as it takes away part of the city’s lifeblood.Still, some are concerned it won’t be enough. A plan to bring commuter rail from the heart of Silicon Valley into Salinas could make the new homes a cheaper alternative for tech workers priced out of neighbourhoods closer to work.“We have an insatiable need for housing,” City Councilman Scott Davis said. “No matter how much housing we build, we’ll never have enough.”___This report is part of a series on how California’s struggles with soaring housing costs, job displacement and a divide over liberal policies are affecting the November election. See full coverage at: https://apnews.com/CaliforniaataCrossroadslast_img read more

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She Kills Monsters

first_imgFor Tickets; CLICK HEREFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society presents ‘She Kills Monsters’ a comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Ted Sloan.The story behind the play is set in the ’90s with Agnes Evans who is totally average until her family dies in a terrible car crash. Agnes finds herself alone, with a Dungeons & Dragons adventure that her geeky little sister Tilly left behind. Agnes recruits a teenaged “Dungeon Master” to walk her through the campaign. The story then dives into a world of supermodel elves, warrior demons and other D&D monsters. Agnes learns to fight, how to heal, and discovers the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is a geeky comedy, full of professionally choreographed combat, that relays the importance of empowerment and acceptance.The performance takes place at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Feb 22, 23, 28 and March 1st and 2nd. Shows start at 7:30 pm and the cost of tickets are $25.last_img read more

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Roundtable Meetings scheduled this Fall for Electoral Area D

first_imgThe first scheduled meeting will be taking place on October 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Tower Lake Hall.The other meetings to follow are October 28 at the Doe River Hall, November 6 at the Tupper Hall, November 18 at the Bessborough Hall, and November 25 at the Cutbank Hall. All meetings are to take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.For more information, you can contact Director Leonard Hiebert at 250-784-3200 or email [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Regional District Electoral Area ‘D’ Director, Leonard Hiebert, will be hosting a series of Roundtable Meetings this Fall.According to the Regional District, the Roundtable Meetings will give residents the opportunity to meet with their Area Director about the projects and issues that are important or on-going within the community.A total of five Roundtable Meetings are scheduled to take place in Electoral Area ‘D’ during October and November.last_img read more

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EOW arrests two ASI staffers for cheating unauthorised transactions

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two staffers of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for cheating and unauthorized money transaction from the office. The law enforcement agency said that the scam was not revealed earlier as the audit of the office had not been done for the last 10 years.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the news and said that after a proper investigation accused Prem Prakash (Lower Division Clerk) and MTS Basant Lal were arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to EOW, a case was registered on the complaint of Raghu Prakash an official from the Chemical Department in Archaeological Survey of India, wherein he alleged that LDC Prem Prakash and MTS Basant Lal were involved in embezzlement of government money on the basis of forgery of salary bills, TA, DA bills and bills of vendors who supply chemicals and other articles to the office. Police further said that during the course of the investigation, it came to light that alleged Prem Prakash had prepared fake login IDs of the PFMS of Chemist Department of ASI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He prepared forged bills of office sent to PAO office through PFMS and physical forms. These were got sanctioned by the PAO with the assistance of the staff,” said senior police official. Through this modus operandi, around Rs. 9.5 crore were embezzled from the government account since 2010. In the complaint, the ASI official told police that they came to know about a bill from private enterprises which was returned by pay and accounts office of ASI in New Delhi. On enquiry, it has been noticed that the bill was not generated with the knowledge of staff and officers of Science branch. “It is also confirmed that none of the items against the above bill has been purchased and received. The matter was investigated and it is found that documents like sanction order, estimate provision, comparative statement, supply order, note sheet and account details of vendor were attached along the bill. However these documents appear to be forged,” complainant told police. The further investigation in the issue led to the fraud done by the accused.last_img read more

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