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AG to file indictments on Mahendran Arjun before special court

The Attorney General (AG) has sought permission from the Supreme Court to file indictments on former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and nine others over the Central Bank treasury bond scam, before the Permanent High Court-at-Bar.The defendants listed are Arjuna Mahendran, former Central Bank Deputy Governor Paththinige Samarasiri, Perpetual Treasuries Limited, PTL owner Arjun Aloysius, CEO Kasun Oshadhi Palisena, Chairman Geoffrey Aloysius, Directors Pushyamithra Gunawardena, Chitta Ranjan Hulugalle, Muthuraja Surendran and Ajahn Gardiye Punchihewa.

South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics on Thursday was ordered to carry out more safety checks of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones before they go back on sale following an unprecedented global recall after defective batteries caused some of the phones to burst into flames.Under a recall plan agreed to by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, Samsung’s battery supplier will have to X-ray test every single lithium-ion battery intended for the Note 7 before the batteries are shipped, and Samsung Electronics will also carry out a quality test on every battery when it arrives from the supplier.“If there are 10 million units, all 10 million will be reviewed,” said Nam Taek-joo, the official at the government agency responsible for product safety and recalls.Samsung Electronics also agreed to do more for consumers who wish to ditch their Note 7s and get another brand. Consumers who missed a deadline on Monday to get a refund for the Note 7 smartphone, now have until the end of the month to get an iPhone or any similar device from the same mobile carrier in exchange for the Note 7.The Galaxy Note 7 phone went on sale in August to glowing reviews but has now become Samsung’s biggest crisis in years. With consumers reporting that the high-end phones were overheating and catching fire, Samsung stopped sales on Sept. 2, just two weeks its launch, and recalled 2.5 million units citing a battery manufacturing error.But the recall caused confusion as Samsung sent conflicting messages about whether it was safe to continue using the phone. This week, it started shipping new Note 7 phones with safe batteries in the United States, South Korea and other countries, while urging consumers to hand in their phones for replacements.The product safety agency said Samsung had also agreed to send text messages to individual Note 7 users who still have not exchanged their possible dangerous phones for new ones.“We need more measures to actively inform consumers,” Nam said. “It appears that consumers are not active in seeking an exchange or a refund.”Employees at mobile carrier shops in Seoul said Samsung had not supplied them with enough units of the new Note 7 phones, meaning some customers will have to wait to exchange their old ones.Samsung Electronics did not answer emails on Thursday seeking comment.Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S. alone, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official recall on Sept. 15. The commission website said consumers can get a refund or a new replacement device and it did not say if there is a deadline for getting a refund.In South Korea, the government did not issue an official recall but the company was required to submit the voluntary recall plan for the government to review.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at twitter.com/YKLeeAPHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/youkyung-lee FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, a woman walks by an advertisement of the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s government asked Samsung Electronics to extend the refund period for its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have been subject to an unprecedented global recall. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock gives thanks on National Philanthropy Day

Brock University is marking National Philanthropy Day with a great big ‘thank you.’As Canada comes together for the Nov. 15 celebration, the University will be reflecting on the alumni, faculty, staff and donors who provide the support necessary for the institution to thrive.Students are the main focus of charitable support at Brock, and the impact created by giving is not lost on them.This support has helped to make Brock the student-centred, community-minded University it is today, said Rushna Imran.The fourth-year business economics student hoped to express her gratitude to anyone who has contributed to the school in some form, whether providing generous donations to create additional academic and social spaces on campus, or offering volunteer opportunities to broaden student involvement.Imran is grateful for the chances she’s had to donate her time through Brock, including a cherished Brock Cares experience visiting with residents at Linhaven, a long-term care facility in St. Catharines.She’s proud to say her school encourages students to get involved outside the classroom and hopes her peers will embrace opportunities to give back to the Brock and Niagara communities, just as donors before them have done.“Both past and current students have benefitted from what you’ve given back to Brock,” Imran said in a message of thanks to the University’s supporters. “We appreciate all you do and hope future students will benefit too.” read more