October 22, 2018 Posted: October 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The District Attorney’s office released a statement, asking the court to reconsider its decision to release Alvin Quarles. The motion will be argued in court on Friday morning.“Alvin Quarles is a dangerous predator and the District Attorney’s Office will continue to use every legal avenue at its disposal to protect the community. Our office had been researching our options and today we filed a motion to have the judge reconsider releasing Quarles into the community. The motion will be argued in court on Friday morning. The District Attorney’s Office has strongly and repeatedly opposed the release of Mr. Quarles into the community based upon his prior crimes and the danger we believe he poses to the community. We’ve also opposed his release based on the fact that the doctor who conducted Mr. Quarles’ annual review, the director of Coalinga State Hospital, and the director of CONREP (conditional release program) were all three opposed to a finding that he could safely be treated in the community. In spite of our arguments, the court ultimately disagreed with our assessment and ruled that Mr. Quarles could safely be treated in the community. We are now asking the court to reconsider its decision to release Mr. Quarles into the community of Jacumba Hot Springs, as well as its decision to release Mr. Quarles from Coalinga State Hospital to be supervised in the public community. Our office is committed to protecting the public and working with individuals who were victimized by this defendant.” Updated: 10:14 PM District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to reverse the decision to release Alvin Quarles KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
Email News Twitter Facebook Apple Services’ Growth Has Music Breaking Its Own Records Apple Music and iTunes content, software and services rake in $8.5 billion quarterly revenue, up more than a third from last yearPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 3, 2017 – 4:02 pm On Nov. 7 Apple announced its July through Sept. quarterly results, ending its 2017 fiscal year on a high note.Thanks to Apple services, including iTunes, Apple Music and other software, the company raked in a record $8.5 billion in revenue in this category over the last quarter, up 34 percent from the same time last year.Some of this success can be attributed to Apple Music’s paid subscriber base. Conversions from free to paid are better than ever. In September Apple Music confirmed its paid subscriber base of 30 million, and that has grown by 75 percent from the previous year. In addition, Apple Music’s original content such as James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” series and “Planet Of The Apps,” among other top performers, has been cited by Billboard as a potential driver of subscriptions.With TV know-hows Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht onboard to manage a reported $1 billion original content budget, it looks like Apple will continue its original programming efforts moving forward. The question is whether new content is rolled out via Apple Music or another video platform.Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We’re happy to report a very strong finish to a great fiscal 2017, with record fourth quarter revenue, year-over-year growth for all our product categories, and our best quarter ever for services.”Pandora’s $80 Million Q3 Earnings Tops App ChartRead more From iTunes, A Mighty Tree Is Growing Faster apple-services-growth-has-music-breaking-its-own-records
Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology plans to make long-term investments in India, giving a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.The company is in discussions with the Gujarat-based Adani Group and other domestic firms to establish manufacturing plants in the country.”We are very encouraged to invest in India but a decision is not final yet,” said Foxconn chairman and CEO Terry Gou, who is on an India visit for the second time in less than two months.Gou, who met PM Modi on Tuesday, said the company is “very interested” in many government programmes including Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Clean India.”We don’t want to be just manufacturers or assemblers but we want to get the whole supply chain… We are looking at long term hi-tech investment…. from a five to 10 year view,” The Indian Express quoted Gou as saying.During his earlier visit, the chairman had said the company was planning to create minimum one million jobs in India by establishing 10-12 manufacturing units in the country by 2020.According to the Economic Times,. the investment funnelled out over the next five years will be around 2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore).Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is also looking to establish data centres and incubators in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, besides investing in domestic Internet start-ups, small and medium enterprises and handset manufacturers.Currently, Foxconn manufactures iPhones and iPads for Apple and Kindle e-book readers for Amazon Inc, besides making electronic equipment for top global tech firms such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.Gou said Foxconn is looking to partner with billionaire Gautam Adani’s Adani Group to set up electronics manufacturing units in the country.”We will be working very closely with them,” he said, without giving any details on a “possible deal” with Adani.He also said the company is in talks with local tech companies including Micromax and Snapdeal.Gou also confirmed Foxconn’s investment in the country’s second largest e-commerce firm Snapdeal, without giving any details on the transaction, Livemint reported.A Bloomberg report on Monday said that Snapdeal is in plans to raise nearly $500 million, with Chinese Alibaba Group and Foxconn as the main investors.Without mentioning the exact locations, Gou said the company is evaluating states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra to set up manufacturing facilities.He highlighted “logistics, supply chain, supply risk, infrastructure, particularly power, carbon emissions and land acquisition” as some of the concerns for the company to set up “manufacturing and exporting facilities in India.”
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza. Photo: DawnPakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza on charges of corruption in NBP’s Bangladesh branch, reports the Dawn. According to NAB officials, the Bangladeshi citizens involved in the corruption scandal include Saleemullah, Pradeep and Qazi Nizam, adds the English-language daily of Pakistan. The NAB had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer, it also says. Implementing the high court’s orders, the NAB arrested Raza and the co-accused, including Imran Butt and general manager Bangladesh Waseem Khan.During a hearing of the bail plea initiated by the former bank chief, NAB apprised the court about the losses inflicted on the national treasury by the accused.NAB further told the court that 16 individuals had been nominated in the corruption reference in all, adding that Raza and former senior executive vice president Zubair Ahmed had been granted bail earlier.
Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Senator Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune legislative preview on Dec. 2, 2016. Uresti’s San Antonio office was raided by the FBI on Feb. 16, 2017.Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.State Sen. Carlos Uresti, accused of misleading a former client who invested in a company in which Uresti has a financial stake, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 11 charges over his involvement in the alleged investment Ponzi scheme, and he also faces a separate indictment alleging bribery surrounding a government contract.In the first indictment, the federal grand jury charged Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, with eleven counts of wrongdoing over his complicated saga involving a now-bankrupt company. The company, FourWinds Logistics, purported to sell sand used in hydraulic fracturing, a process that extracts oil and gas from shale rock, but has been accused of misleading investors and grossly misspending funds. The grand jury indicted Uresti on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; five substantive counts of wire fraud; two counts of securities fraud; one count of engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from specified unlawful activity; and one count of being an unregistered securities broker.A separate indictment centered on a contract to provide medical services to a correctional facility in West Texas. That indictment alleges that a colleague of Uresti’s, Vernon C. Farthing III, paid Uresti $10,000 per month as a marketing consultant and that half of the money was given to an unspecified Reeves County official to win over his vote to award the contract to Farthing’s company. It was the culmination of a 10-year scheme to commit bribery and money laundering, prosecutors argued.In a prepared statement, Uresti said he would plea not guilty to the charges.“I am hard at work representing District 19 in the 85th Legislative Session,” he said. “The charges against me are groundless and I look forward to proving my innocence in a court of law at the appropriate time.”It was the frack sand case that received the most scrutiny in recent months.A lengthy investigation published by the Express-News in August first detailed the involvement of Uresti, a personal injury attorney, in the company and fraud allegations it faces.FourWinds’ supposed intent was to buy sand and sell it at a markup to oil and gas companies, but investors have accused the company’s leadership of misrepresenting its financial health and spending their money on frivolous, personal expenses. It now faces millions of dollars in claims from investors and other companies.Uresti’s alleged wrongdoings trace back to one of his previous legal clients. Uresti represented Denise Cantu in a wrongful-death case after Cantu’s 13-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and two friends were killed in 2010, when a tire on her SUV blew out, causing the vehicle to roll over. Cantu received $900,000 in a settlement, but she said she lost most of the money after she invested it in the now-bankrupt FourWinds firm at Uresti’s suggestion.Cantu has said she was not initially aware that Uresti would get a piece of her investment, though Uresti has suggested otherwise.With allegations of serious financial mismanagement detailed in bankruptcy court, the FBI last year opened an investigation. Federal agents raided Uresti’s law offices in February in connection to the case.Documents in the company’s bankruptcy proceedings list Uresti as owner of a 1 percent stake in FourWinds. Also, the company granted Uresti a $40,000 loan in June of 2014, and hired him to perform legal services, the documents show.At least four former FourWinds employees have now been indicted for their involvement in the company: chief executive Stanley Bates; Eric Nelson, the former marketing director; Shannon Smith, who held a 48 percent stake in the company; and Laura Jacobs, who worked as its comptroller. Gary Cain, a company consultant, was also indicted.Three months after the Express-News story, Uresti coasted to re-election, winning his San Antonio seat with 56 percent of the vote against Republican and Libertarian challengers. Uresti is among the Legislature’s most powerful Democrats. He is vice chair of the Health and Human Services committee and sits on three other high-profile committees: Finance, Education and Veteran Affairs & Border Security.Uresti’s indictments put Texas Democrats in an awkward position. The fraud charges bear similarity to another high-profile case: that of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican. Paxton is similarly charged with misleading investors and failing to register as a securities broker.A spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler was quick to condemn Uresti in a prepared statement: “As I’ve said before, there is an unprecedented amount of corruption among Texas Democrats, and Senator Uresti’s indictment only further proves that they are clearly incapable of being entrusted with governing in the state of Texas.”Uresti could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the fraud-related charge, and the money laundering charge carries prison time of up to 10 years. If convicted of being an unregistered securities broker, Uresti could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.In the Reeves County case, Uresti could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery, and up to 20 years if convicted of the money laundering charge.Uresti is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad at 11 a.m. tomorrow in San Antonio.Julián Aguilar contributed to this report.Read related Tribune coverage:Three members of the Texas Legislature, all Democrats, easily won their re-election bids in November despite a cloud of ethics questions hovering over their campaigns.More than two dozen former elected officials convicted of felonies may be receiving taxpayer-funded retirement pay. But state law keeps the details secret.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/16/texas-sen-carlos-uresti-indicted-fraud-charges/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
In an endeavour to promote Indian handicrafts and the spirit of craftsmanship, Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) has organised an exhibition cum sale titled ‘Sculpted Renditions’ – of an exquisite collection of sculptures and artefacts in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi.The exhibition will be open to view from 10 am till 7 pm every day until September 16.One can browse through some of the finest masterpieces of traditional Indian dexterity. The exhibition showcases a vast collection of statuettes, figurines, and replicas of our ancient mythological deities with intricate works in stones, bronze, and wood craft. A Special display of ‘Lord Ganesha’ has also been put on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ongoing exhibition is an initiative by CCIC in order to promote Indian crafts, encourage the craftspersons and to present their creations with a view to increase the awareness about handmade sculptures and artefacts to a wider audience.Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles is engaged in the promotion and retail marketing of best of authentic Indian Handloom and Handicraft products through its showrooms in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata Hyderabad, Patna, and Varanasi.CCIC sources its merchandise directly from, weavers, master weavers, craftsperson, Shilpgurus, National Awardees, and Clusters. CCIC is dedicated to the development of Indian crafts and craft person, providing a unique platform for showcasing their art.
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, majority leader of the New York State Senate, and the senate democrats, nominated the New York State Senator, Michael Gianaris of Queens to serve on the five-member Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), yesterday. The news, first reported by the NY Times, has stirred up a worry among those who support Amazon’s HQ2 proposal to build a 25,000-person office in New York City (announced last year in November). This is because Gianaris has been a vocal opponent of Amazon HQ2, and if selected, can veto the state actions on the project. “My position on the Amazon deal is clear and unambiguous and is not changing. It’s hard for me to say what I would do when I don’t know what it is I would be asked to opine on”, said Gianaris. The Amazon HQ2 deal for Long Island City was negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo back in November 2018. “With Amazon committing to expand its headquarters in Long Island City, New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history,” said Cuomo. He now has a final say over whether to refuse or approve the Senate’s selection. The day after Amazon announced its plans to build its 1.5 million square foot corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, New York City, Gianaris started a protest against Amazon. Gianaris was joined by other New Yorkers who protested against the company’s plan, asking it to be abandoned. Amazon’s new campus is supposed to be located along Long Island City’s waterfront, across the East River from Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood. Amazon has promised 50,000 jobs and will take in 25,000 employees with an average wage of $150,000 a year. Moreover, the company will receive at least $2.8 billion in incentives from the state and city and if it passes the goal of 25,000 workers in Long Island City, it could also receive state tax breaks. Gianaris does not approve of this as he believes that spending $2.8 billion in state and city incentives to Amazon is a “bad deal”. He even went ahead to call it a ‘#Scamazon deal’. Many people are in favor of Gianaris. According to Stuart Applebaum, President, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Gianaris, has “proven himself to be a champion of workers’ rights”: Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Cuomo, said that the recommendation of Gianaris “puts the self-interest of a flip-flopping opponent of the Amazon project above the state’s economic growth. Every Democratic Senator will now be called on to defend their opposition to the greatest economic growth potential this state has seen in over 50 years”. Read Next Amazon launches TLS Termination support for Network Load Balancer Sally Hubbard on why tech monopolies are bad for everyone: Amazon, Google, and Facebook in focus Rights groups pressure Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to stop selling facial surveillance tech to government