BtoB CEO Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

first_imgGittlitz was fired from his post at ICD in July 2007. The publisher subsequently filed a lawsuit against him, alleging “fraudulent acts and a breach of fiduciary responsibility.” He partnered with his son, Seth Gittlitz, in the acquisition of Travel Trade magazine last year.ICD owns several hospitality trade magazines, including Hotel Business, HomeWorld Business and Hotel Journal.[PHOTO: Courtesy of Lincolnshire Police Department] Ian Gittlitz, former president and CEO of b-to-b publisher ICD Publications, was arrested Sunday in Chicago on charges that he allegedly embezzled more than $2 million from the publishing company. He is being held on a $2 million bond.Gittlitz [pictured], a New York resident, was apprehended by police while attending the International Home & Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Lincolnshire, Illinois Police detective John-Erik Anderson told FOLIO:. Gittlitz was reportedly traveling with a hired guard. If convicted, Gittlitz faces four to 15 years in prison, Anderson said.last_img read more

What is milkshaking Heres all you need to know about UKs latest

first_imgTwitter/@veganpoIiceMilkshaking is the latest trend to take over Europe, especially the United Kingdom, with people throwing diary-based products on far-right politicians and those who propagate hate speech. Brexit leader Nigel Farage was the most recent victim of milkshaking. Recently, he was campaigning in Newcastle when he was hit with a banana and salted caramel shake by a 32-year-old man, reports Washington Post. Other victims of milkshaking were former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and UKIP election candidate Carl Benjamin.”Complete failure” haha #Milkshake.pic.twitter.com/op92tmUNKb— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 20, 2019Carl Benjamin was heavily criticised for his tweet that “he wouldn’t even rape” Jess Philips, a Labour lawmaker. Benjamin has been milkshaked four times this past month while Robinson was milkshaked twice in two days in May.This incident prompted the hashtag #Milkshake to trend on social media in the UK and the second trending hashtag was the name of the person who threw the milkshake, Paul Crowther. Apparently, he did not regret what he did and was heard saying, “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose.”He was in handcuffs when he said this. Crowther added, “It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”One of the reasons why Farage got milkshaked was his tweet which read, “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible. For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers’ consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”The report states that milkshakes are used to throw at politicians since people carrying milkshakes are not suspected and can blend in quite easily.last_img read more

BCS teachers work abstention continues

first_imgThe two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day, halting regular classes in government colleges on Monday.The BCS general education association called the two-day work abstention protesting at the government’s plan to give teachers of nationalised colleges the same status and benefits as them.BCS general education association president I K Selimullah Khondakar said if the demands are not met then they will hold another two-day work abstention from 6-8 January 2018.He said that they would not have any programme in December as it was victory month. During that time they would carry out a campaign instead.He also said that teachers will take up indefinite work abstention if any decision was taken outside of the prime minister’s orders and the education policy. On Sunday, the BCS teachers halted work, demanding ‘no BCS, no cadre’. Following their protest, the National University postponed all its exams for Sunday and Monday.Recently the government took initiative to nationalise around 300 colleges and to give about 12,000 teachers of these institutions the same status and benefits as the BCS teachers.last_img read more

Axed Catalan president to stay in Brussels

first_imgOn Monday Joan Escanilla from the CSIF civil servants union said: “For now everything is very quiet. People have returned to work as normal.” Catalonia`s dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont along with other members of his dismissed government address a press conference at The Press Club in Brussels on 31 October, 2017. Photo: AFPCatalonia’s deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday that he would stay put in Brussels after being dismissed by the Spanish government, but denied he would seek asylum to avoid possible rebellion charges. “I am not here in order to demand asylum,” Puigdemont, sacked by the Spanish government on Friday after Catalonia’s parliament declared independence, told a packed news conference in Brussels.He said he was in Belgium “for safety purposes and freedom”, without detailing how long he would stay.After being axed, the 54-year-old reportedly drove hundreds of kilometres from Catalonia to Marseille in southern France with several members of his dismissed cabinet and then flew to Belgium.His departure is the latest twist in the saga over semi-autonomous Catalonia’s drive for independence that has presented Spain with its biggest political crisis in decades.On October 1, Catalonia held a referendum organised by Puigdemont’s administration which it said saw a large majority vote in favour of seceding from Spain, although turnout was just 43 percent.Puigdemont said this gave the Catalan parliament a mandate to declare independence on Friday, a decision beamed onto big screens to cheering crowds in regional capital Barcelona.But the same day Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government in Madrid invoked a never-before-used article of the constitution to dismiss Catalonia’s leaders and impose direct rule.The international community including the European Union, struggling with Brexit and other challenges, has largely spurned the independence declaration and has united behind Madrid.- Rebellion -On Monday Spain’s chief prosecutor said he was seeking charges including rebellion — punishable by up to 30 years in prison — and sedition against Puigdemont and fellow leading separatists.Jose Manuel Maza said they had “caused an institutional crisis that led to the unilateral declaration of independence carried out on October 27 with total contempt for our constitution”.A court now has to decide whether to bring charges.Separately, Spain’s Civil Guard police force on Tuesday searched the headquarters of Catalonia’s regional police in a probe centred on the independence referendum, a spokesman said.Meanwhile, Spain’s Supreme Court summoned the former speaker of the Catalan parliament to charge her, a judicial source said.- Elections -With its own language and distinct culture, Catalonia accounts for a fifth of the eurozone country’s economy.It had a high degree of autonomy over key sectors such as education, healthcare and the police.Rajoy also called snap elections for December 21 to replace the Catalan parliament in a drastic bid to stop the secessionist drive.Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he accepted the “challenge” and that he would “respect” the result whatever it is.”I want a clear commitment from the state. Will the state respect the results that could give separatist forces a majority?” he nevertheless asked reporters in Brussels.- Business as usual -There had been speculation that Catalan leaders and civil servants might seek to disrupt Madrid’s move to impose direct rule but in the event it passed off without major incident.Catalan police, now under orders from Madrid, were told Monday they could allow the dismissed leaders to enter the government headquarters in Barcelona, but only to clear their desks.But in the end, apart from one regional minister who tweeted a photo of himself at his desk, there was no major resistance.last_img

Ukraine team wins Imagine Cup with gloves that convert sign language to

first_img(Phys.org) — For about a decade, Microsoft has been running a competition called the Imagine Cup that rewards people for developing innovative ideas using Microsoft products. This year the competition was held in Sydney Australia, and the winner in the software category was quadSquad from Ukraine for a system they call EnableTalk; a truly unique and useful system that allows hearing impaired people who rely on sign language to communicate to those who can hear by employing a pair of sensor enabled gloves that are able to capture sign language gestures, translate them to text and then have the words spoken using a text-to-speech translator on a cell phone. For their efforts the team won $25,000 in prize money and likely the gratitude of millions once the gloves make it to market. The gloves work through the use of five hardware components: flex sensors in the gloves record finger movements and a main controller coordinates information from an accelerometer/compass, an accelerometer/gyroscope, a microcontroller and a Bluetooth module. Windows mobile software was used to convert the gesture commands to sound signals for broadcast by the Bluetooth module. The sound waves are converted to voice using Microsoft Speech and Bing APIs running on a Smartphone, which ultimately serves as the voice for the person using the system. The team, made up of members identified as AntonStepanov, MaxOsika, Scizor60 and mentor dmitrtys, told the audience watching the demonstration of EnableTalk that the whole thing costs only about $50 per system (not including cell phone) and that they believe it could be brought down to $20 when mass produced. Conventional systems meant to pull off the same feat, but offer less sensitivity, typically run into the thousands of dollars. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org Deaf sign language users pick up faster on body languagecenter_img Explore further Citation: Ukraine team wins Imagine Cup with gloves that convert sign language to speech (2012, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-ukraine-team-cup-gloves-language.html The team said the idea for their system came from the frustration they experienced when trying to communicate with hearing impaired athletes at their school. They also noted that the system can be easily tweaked by the user to incorporate custom signs and thus can be used for virtually any sign language dialect. The point they say is to help those with hearing impairments better manage in the world of the hearing. The problem with sign language they point out, is that most people who can hear never learn it, thus those with hearing impairments are only able to communicate with a small part of the general population which generally includes those who cannot hear and those in their immediate circle. This new system they say, will allow those with hearing impairments to communicate with anyone.last_img read more