Rashida Jones Cobie Smulders and Angela Kinsey Dive In To Help Protect

first_imgA trio of Hollywood celebrities recently took their star power to Belize to help Oceana protect the largest reef in the Western hemisphere.Rashida Jones & Angela KinseyCredit/Copyright: Tony Rath Photography for OceanaCobie Smulders, Rashida Jones and Angela Kinsey traveled to coastal Belize, where they raised awareness for this delicate ocean ecosystem and promoted Oceana’s ongoing work in the country.Angela Kinsey & Rashida JonesCredit/Copyright: Tony Rath Photography for OceanaCobie Smulders of “How I Met Your Mother” fame filmed a new Oceana PSA in the stunning South Water Caye Marine Reserve where she visited a unique island made of mangrove trees. She swam through this critical habitat that is home to juvenile reef fish and provides shelter for them to grow before they settle on the nearby barrier reef. Once back on dry land at the Pelican Bay Resort, Smulders remarked on how amazing it was to see such a diverse and important habitat just beyond the surface of the water.Video: Cobie Smulders Hidden Treasures PSA“Maybe because it’s underwater people don’t really think about it as much, but this reef is Belize and you just want it to always be there,” said Smulders. “It was really interesting to see how necessary these habitats are for the good of the reef. Oceana works really well with local governments and communities to empower them and educate them in how to preserve their local marine habitats” she added.Angela Kinsey, Green Sea Turtle Credit/Copyright: Tony Rath Photography for OceanaA short ride away to the north, friends and “The Office” co-stars Rashida Jones and Angela Kinsey traveled together to the island of Ambergris Caye, where they stayed at The Phoenix Resort, right next to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Oceana took Angela and Rashida snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where they learned about the various pressures facing this reef ecosystem and marveled at the sharks, turtles, fish, and rays that flooded this protected area.“You can tell this area is totally protected because every fish is like ’I’m hanging out here!’” commented Kinsey after her first snorkel. “I felt like I was in a giant encyclopedia of fish. You really see how important protecting their habitat is.”“Hol Chan [marine reserve] is like the 405!” added Jones. “There’s every type of creature imaginable. It’s amazing to see that type of diversity in one snorkel.”Since opening its Belize office in 2009, Oceana has tallied a number of impressive victories that include securing a national ban on destructive bottom trawling in all Belizean waters, and advocating against offshore oil drilling in Belize’s incredible marine environment.Join Cobie, Rashida and Angela in protecting the ocean’s hidden treasures by visiting www.oceana.org/hiddentreasures.last_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.30 lower $489.70; Jan. ’18 $2.40 lower $496.30; March ’18 $2.50 lower $502.80; May ’18 $2.60 lower $505.70; July ’18 $2.40 lower $506.30; Nov. ’18 $0.40 lower $481.40; Jan. ’19 $0.40 lower $483.10; March ’19 $0.40 lower $485.80; May ’19 $0.40 lower $485.80; July ’19 $0.40 lower $485.80; Nov. ’19 $0.40 lower $485.80.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 276,620 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 276,620. read more

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CannTrust says facility in Vaughan Ont rated noncompliant by Health Canada

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST) TORONTO — Cannabis company CannTrust Holdings Inc. says its manufacturing facility in Vaughan, Ont., has been rated non-compliant by Health Canada.The company says it was notified by Health Canada on Friday and added that remedial actions were underway.The decision by the regulator was based on an inspection in July following revelations that Health Canada had found the company’s greenhouse in Pelham, Ont., to be non-compliant.The scandal has led to the ousting of the company’s chief executive and the chairman of its board of directors.The company had already implemented a voluntary hold on the sale and shipment of all cannabis products while Health Canada reviewed its Vaughan manufacturing facility.It says it continues to work with Health Canada and will provide further details of the hold and other developments as they become available.“We have retained independent consultants who have already started addressing some of the deficiencies noted in Health Canada’s report,” CannTrust CEO Robert Marcovitch said in a statement.“We are looking at the root causes of these issues and will take whatever remedial steps are necessary to bring the Company into full regulatory compliance as quickly as possible.” read more

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Moodys downgrades Italys government credit rating 2 notches keeps negative outlook

by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 8:06 pm MDT Moody’s downgrades Italy’s government credit rating 2 notches, keeps negative outlook Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Italy’s government bond rating two notches on concern that deteriorating financial conditions in Europe will lead to a sharp rise in borrowing costs.The agency lowered the rating from Baa2 to A3 because it says fragile market confidence and risk of contagion from financial problems in Greece and Spain have increased the risks Italy faces. Moody’s also says it’s worried about a diminished willingness among overseas investors to buy the country’s bonds.The downgrade is another blow to a European economy that is flailing from the effects of austerity measures brought on by high government debt. Moody’s says Italy’s short-term economic outlook has deteriorated as evidenced by weaker growth and rising unemployment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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FBI Probe Into Alleged NCAA Recruiting Violations Leave Black

North Carolina State NCAA college basketball player Dennis Smith, Jr. answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)The latest details of payments to players in the federal investigation that has been lurking in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall threatens the sport’s’ basic foundation with the breadth of alleged corruption.Bank records and other expense reports that are part of the investigation list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.The depth of the violations raises questions about the structure of college athletics.NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement Friday the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”Yahoo said Friday that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. According to the report, players over the past several years and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports.Don Jackson, an Alabama-based attorney who has worked on numerous college eligibility cases, said the root of the problem for the NCAA is that the amateurism model does not work.“This problem can be solved if players are compensated. This whole issue can be mitigated if players are compensated,” Jackson said. “This model of amateurism does not work. The NCAA is not capable of adequately policing tens of thousands of athletes around the country to determine whether or not they have violated the NCAA’s model of amateurism.“We’re talking about in some instances kids receiving $30 meals from agents.”A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played one season at North Carolina State in 2016-17. Another document says Smith received a total of $73,500 in loans and indicated options to recoup the money after Smith didn’t sign with ASM.N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said the school disassociated itself from Miller in 2012, saying the agent’s close work with a youth coach created a vulnerability for the school “that we cannot tolerate.” Yow said the school will fully cooperate with any investigations.Isaiah Whitehead, a guard for the Brooklyn Nets, received $26,136 while a freshman at Seton Hall, according to the documents. He received $37,657 and was setting up a payment plan, according to another document. Whitehead signed with ASM but later left the agency.A balance sheet also said Tim Quarterman, now playing for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League, received at least $16,000 while a junior at LSU.The story says several families of players or handlers received more than $1,000 in payments from ASM Sports before turning professional.Apple Jones, the mother of former Kansas player Josh Jackson, received $2,700, and current Southern California player Bennie Boatwright or his father Bennie Sr., received at least $2,000, according to documents.The story says the mother of Bridges is among those receiving hundreds of dollars in advances. Current Kentucky player Kevin Knox, Carter and Sexton are listed among players or families meeting or having meals with former ASM Sports associate Christian Dawkins.Kentucky coach John Calipari said neither he nor his staff used Miller or any other agent to provide financial benefits to student athletes. He said the school will conduct an internal review and cooperate with authorities.Jackson said the NCAA or the schools would need to conduct their own investigations as opposed to making any rulings based on the documents from the FBI probe.“They can’t just automatically accept the credibility of this document,” the Alabama-based attorney said.Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors and recently formed independent Commission on College Basketball are committed to “making transformational changes” and will cooperate with the federal prosecutors to “identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.” read more

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Leap second When is it added and why do we need an

first_imgThe first leap second was added in 1972, so it will be the 27th time it has been added to clocks in history, meaning that everyone has gained 27 seconds over the past 44 years.Dr Leon Lobo, of NPL’s time and frequency group, said: “Most people won’t even notice, although everyone will probably be celebrating New Year a second too early this year.“People might also notice problems with mobile phone networks as they work on atomic time and, with the increased traffic on New Year’s Eve, there could be potential issues.“Inserting a leap second is necessary because the Earth is wobbling and slowing down and over time that divergence could cause problems.” While it would take hundreds of years for the difference to become obvious to most people, modern satellite communication and navigation systems rely on time being consistent with the conventional positions of the sun, moon and stars to within a fraction of a second.If the two standards were allowed to further out of synch, they would differ by about 25 minutes in just 500 years.Peter Whibberley, senior research scientist with NPL’s time and frequency group, who is known as ‘the time lord’, said: “Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time. Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”It is the task of scientists and officials at the International Earth Rotation Service, based in Paris, to monitor the planet’s rotation and inform countries when leap seconds must be added six months in advance. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Inserting a leap second is necessary because the Earth is wobbling and slowing downDr Leon Lobo Atomic clocks, on which the modern world now runs, keep time by measuring the movements of electrons in cesium atoms.Consequently, atomic time is constant, but the Earth’s rotation slows by about two thousandths of a second per day. At the time of the dinosaurs, Earth completed one rotation in about 23 hours.   So leap seconds are, therefore, essential to ensuring atomic time does not move away from time based on the Earth’s spin. If it isn’t corrected, such a drift would eventually result in clocks showing the middle of the day occurring at night. A leap second will be added to the world’s clocks at midnight  It might feel like there is never enough time, but Earth has gained 27 seconds since the 1970s – an astronomical quirk which is causing a headache for timekeepers.On New Year’s Eve, experts at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, London, will add a leap second to UK time to account for the fact that the Earth is now spinning more slowly.Immediately before midnight, dials will read 11:59:60 as clocks around the world pause for a second to allow the Earth’s rotation to catch up with atomic time. A leap second will be added to the world's clocks at midnight  Although the drift is small, if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrisePeter Whibberley Time needs to shift to allow the Earth's rotation to catch up with atomic time  Google has even developed a special technique to deal with what it refers to as a “leap smear” and has been gradually adding milliseconds to its system clocks prior to the official arrival of the leap second.The US wants to get rid of leap seconds, claiming they are too disruptive to precision systems used for navigation and communication. But Britain opposes the change, saying that it would forever break the link between our concept of time and the rising and setting of the sun.Experts fear that, once this link is broken, it could never be restored because, although the Earth’s timekeeping systems are built to accommodate the occasional leap second, adding a leap minute or hour to global time would be virtually impossible.The World Radiocommunication Conference was due to decide on the fate of the leap second at last year’s meeting, but has deferred the decision until 2023. Time needs to shift to allow the Earth’s rotation to catch up with atomic time  Typically, leap seconds are added every two or three years, although the last one was inserted just 18 months ago in June 2015.  Some years, the Earth runs bang on time and no adjustment is needed. It is also possible for a second to be removed from the UTC (Universal Co-ordinated Time) timescale, although this has never happened.BT’s speaking clock will add a second’s pause before its third pip and Radio 4 will also add an extra pip to its 1am bulletin.But there can be consequences of tinkering with time. When a leap second was added in 2012, Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programmes written in Java.Because leap seconds are only introduced sporadically, it is difficult to implement them in computers and mistakes can cause systems to fail temporarily.Many computing systems use the Network Time Protocol, or NTP, to keep themselves in sync with the world’s atomic clocks. But most are not programmed to deal with an unexpected extra second.last_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Suarez says sorry Ulster coach leaves and

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news…World Cup The French players celebrate. Source: David Vincent France are through to the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win over Nigeria in Brasilia thanks to Paul Pogba and a late own-goal from Joseph Yobo.At 9pm tonight, Germany take on Algeria at the Estádio Beira-Rio with a place in the last eight at stake.Home Mark Anscombe has left Ulster. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO The best things we sharedYou know those arm-folding World Cup player intros? Well Cavan man Paul Marron has filmed his own… in front of a cow. Source: Paul MarronOn the record“It’s bullshit! Why are the French players good when they play against the best foreigners in the Top 14? And why do we get the impression that they play three levels below that when they are with the French team? – Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal rejects the argument that there are too many foreign players in the Top 14. Showbiz, BabyThe Aprés Match gang do Richie Sadlier. And nail it. Source: RTÉ Sport/YouTubeThe fixture list There are two more last 16 matches in the World Cup – Argentina and Switzerland face off at 5pm, then it’s Belgium v the US later tomorrow night (9pm). Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe has left his post at the province with immediate effect.Tyrone will meet Ulster rivals Monaghan or Armagh in Round 2 of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Here is the draw in full.Irish 400m record holder David Gillick has announced his retirement from athletics.After a reconfiguring of the in-house production at Dublin’s O2 Arena, a batch of “hundreds”of additional tickets for next month’s UFC event will go on sale tomorrow morning.Croke Park area residents will decide tomorrow if they are going to court to stop the Garth Brooks concert.Away Tennis fans on Murray Mount as rain falls at Wimbledon. Source: EMPICS SportLuis Suarez has finally apologised for the biting incident which resulted in the Uruguayan striker being banned for four months.At Wimbledon, Andy Murray progressed to the quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson.NBA star Chris Bosh will join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as a free agent after telling Miami Heat that he is opting out of his last two years. You can’t score with your arm but you can score with your head”last_img read more

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Ten steps to buying property in Greece

first_imgIf you’re thinking of buying a residence in Greece, this article sets out 10 essential must-knows when buying a home on Greek land, whether in a city, in the countryside or on an island. Often is the case that buyers are interested in Greek real estate but get put off in the process because, truth be told, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Step 1: Determine where you want to buy Perhaps there’s an island you can see yourself living on. Or maybe you prefer a city or the mainland. The first step is to look at properties in your region(s) of interest. HomeGreekHome and XEproperty are two such sites that show you properties in every region across the country. Some key elements to consider are airport access, climate, distance to seaside, local cuisine, architectural preference, crowded versus isolated regions, health and wellbeing facilities, shopping districts, and other personal tastes. Step 2: Determine the market value You’ve found a home in the region of your interest and decided it meets your needs and caters to your likings. You’d like to make an offer. Next, it’s important to understand that the listing price is different from the market price. What you see on the ad is the listing price which may or may not reflect the market price. Either way, if you know the market value of the residence you want to buy you’ll be in a better position to negotiate. So, how do you find out the market value of your residence of interest? There are two ways. You can do your own research by comparing properties of similar profiles and draw your own conclusions. Or you can hire an independent valuer, which is the recommended way forward. At Doorsteps we offer a full market valuation report which includes the property’s market value, a market analysis of the region and the most recent local data, all within 24 hours – for every property of interest and for a minimal fee.Step 3: Price negotiation Once you’re well informed of the property’s market value you will begin to negotiate on the price. You can do this yourself or hire a third, independent party to negotiate on your behalf. * Optional but strongly recommended: If you’d like to know the state and quality of the home you’re considering buying, you can request an inspection report. An engineer will visit the property and inspect all exterior, interior, structure, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems. Then they will draw up a report on the overall state of the home, raise your attention to any safety issues or necessary repairs and they will estimate the cost of any renovations, if needed. An inspection report will also put you in a better position to negotiate on price if the home is in need of fixtures which are not obvious to the naked eye. Step 4: Purchase agreement You’ve agreed on the price. Step four consists of drafting a pre-contract, otherwise known as a purchase agreement, which is not mandatory in Greece but highly recommended to protect the seller’s and buyer’s interests. What is a purchase agreement? It’s a document that essentially removes the property from the listings, lets the seller know that the buyer is serious, and includes all the terms and conditions that must be respected throughout the purchase process. The buyer will need to hire a lawyer, at their own expense, to draft the purchase agreement. At this stage, anywhere between two to five per cent of the negotiated purchase price must be paid to the seller as a deposit, up front, which will then be deducted upon full transaction. If you don’t know where to look for a lawyer start with the Greek embassy of your home country. Embassies have a list of qualified lawyers and professionals that you can liaise with. Or you can conduct your own research locally or online. Some clauses that must be incorporated in the purchase agreement are: – the property’s title is free of any restrictions or liens otherwise the deposit will be returned to the buyer; – the timeline and next steps until purchase completion; – what happens to the deposit in case of non-compliance with the clauses in the purchase agreement or if the seller changes their mind.Step 5: Legal due diligence This is the buyer’s responsibility. The lawyer that you hired in step four will go to the local land registry where all the title deeds of the area are kept on file. Here is where your lawyer will confirm if the property truthfully belongs to the seller and is free of any obligations such as loans, repossessions etc. An average fee to conduct a legal due diligence for an apartment in Athens is roughly €300-400 and is at the buyer’s expense. Step 6: Technical due diligence While the legal due diligence is the buyer’s responsibility, the technical due diligence is at the seller’s expense. The seller must provide the buyer with copies of all updated topographic diagrams and architectural plans of the property. It is quite common for illegal building works to Greek properties to exist, such as prohibited extensions or added spaces that were never included in the initial architectural plans. Fortunately, the law prohibits properties with illegal building works to be sold and it is the seller’s responsibility to make sure that his property’s illegal additions, if any, have been settled at the local tax office. As mentioned, the technical due diligence is the seller’s responsibility, but nonetheless it is advisable that the buyer hires an independent civil engineer to double check that all diagrams and plans are in order and that any illegal works have been successfully dealt with. A civil engineer will charge, on average, €200-300 to verify the property’s technical documents. It’s worth paying for peace of mind. Step 7: Funds transfer Every title holder of Greek property needs to have a VAT number. To obtain a VAT number, you must present yourself to the local tax office that covers the area in which your property belongs to. At this stage the buyer transfers the remaining purchase amount (minus the deposit) to the seller’s account.Step 8: Property tax The tax rate when purchasing a property in Greece is a flat three per cent of the purchase price. Up until 2013, this was ten per cent, hence a significant decrease since then. So if the purchase price is €100,000, the property tax to be paid on top of the purchase price will be €3,000, thus a final price of €103,000. Equally important to mention is that for all properties with a building licence issued from 01/01/2005 onwards, an additional 23 per cent VAT will apply, therefore raising the final price to €126,000. Step 9: Completion It is the buyer’s responsibility to hire a notary for completion. Completion involves transferring legal ownership of the property, checking the legal and technical due diligence, confirming the money transfer and signing the final purchase contract. A notary’s fees can vary anywhere between one per cent and 0.1 per cent depending on the purchase price of the property. For a €100,000 property, a notary’s fee is €1,000 (one per cent of purchase price), for a property worth €200,000 the notary’s fee is €1,760 and for a €300,000 property the notary’s fee is €2,460 (0.8 per cent of purchase price). This excludes VAT (23 per cent). Overall, the notary’s fee drops as the purchase price increases. * Also recommended but not mandatory is for the seller to ask their lawyer to represent them before the notary to make one last deeds check before the final contract is signed. In that case, the lawyer’s fee will be approximately one per cent of the purchase price minus the amount already paid for the legal due diligence.Step 10: What happens after completion After completion the buyer will have to hire an accountant that will determine the yearly property ownership tax (known as ENFIA in Greek). The amount will depend on the size of the property, its location and the year its building permit was issued. For a modern holiday home of 200m2 a standard amount for the yearly property ownership tax is €900 per year. For a 100m2 home, the tax rate drops to half and an average of €450 per year applies. For a small 50m2 apartment the tax is €250 per year.Is this a good time to buy? Property prices in large cities will continue to drop as supply still outstrips demand, so if you’re looking to buy in Athens or Thessaloniki, wait. If the islands or tourist areas interest you, it’s likely that prices will begin to increase as Greece has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. If buying a residence in Greece is a dream of yours but the process still seems daunting, Doorsteps offers three simple services: Property valuations: Learn the market value of any Greek property in one working day. Property inspections: Book an appointment to learn the true condition of the structure, needed repairs and how much the renovations will cost you. Closing management.For more information head to www.doorsteps.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Official Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal

first_imgArsenal have confirmed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from JuventusThe Switzerland right-back and captain will join the Gunners at the end of this month after his contract at Juventus expires.Lichtsteiner will wear the number 12 shirt for Arsenal, that had previously been worn by Olivier Giroud, and his deal is still subject to the completion of regulatory processes.The 34-year-old becomes Unai Emery’s first signing as the new Arsenal head coach.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch,” Emery told arsenal.comIn the meantime, Lichtsteiner will now return his full focus to the upcoming World Cup after being named by Vladimir Petkovic as part of the national side’s final squad for Russia.Lichtsteiner made more than 250 appearances for Juventus and played a key role for the Bianconeri in their historic run of seventh successive Serie A titles.last_img read more

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Nurses license revoked in overdose rape case

first_imgThe state Department of Health has revoked the nursing license of Longview resident Ivan Pedersen, who was accused of sexually assaulting another nurse in Vancouver in December 2012 while she was unconscious from a drug overdose.The woman then died of the overdose.The criminal charge of second-degree rape against Pedersen was dismissed April 18 by Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield because more investigation was needed to prosecute the case.The health department and Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission first suspended Pedersen’s license in spring 2013 based on those allegations. A hearing on whether to revoke his license was held March 7 and the decision was released Tuesday.Pedersen was allegedly intoxicated when the incident happened either late Dec. 26 or early Dec. 27 at the 29-year-old victim’s home in Vancouver near Pearson Field. The documents indicate Pedersen told police that he had consumed alcohol and cocaine with the victim at her residence. After she passed out or fell asleep on her bed, he allegedly raped her, the documents state. She didn’t wake up during the alleged rape, but Pedersen claimed she physically responded, according to the documents.last_img read more

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MiamiDade Police officer arrested for fraudulent insurance claim

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police have arrested one of their own after an officer allegedly made a fraudulent insurance claim.Officers arrested Lt. Alexander Diaz de Villegas, a 25-year veteran with the force. He faces fraud and grand theft charges.According to the arrest warrant, Diaz de Villegas was arrested for filing bogus home insurance charges. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Today, we arrested one of our own. This serves as a reminder that we will always rigorously investigate allegations against our personnel in the pursuit of justice. No one is above the law.— Juan Perez (@JPerezMDPD) August 14, 2018Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez tweeted on the arrest, saying, “Today, we arrested one of our own. This serves as a reminder that we will always rigorously investigate allegations against our personnel in the pursuit of justice. No one is above the law.”The officer’s ex-wife, Barbara Diaz de Villegas, was also arrested and charged. Both of them remain behind bars. last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh to reserve 70 private jobs for locals Kamal

first_imgBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that it will soon bring a law to reserve 70 per cent of private jobs in the state for local youths. Chief Minister Kamal Nath made the announcement in the Assembly on Tuesday. Kamal Nath was replying to a question asked by BJP MLA Yashpal Singh Sisodia on fixing the age limit for the employment of youths from outside the state and giving concessions to the local youths. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The Chief Minister said: “The government will soon make a law to end unemployment in the state and give local youths priority in the private sector.” “For many years, unemployed youths were subjected to injustice… On the very next day, I took oath as the Chief Minister I had announced that the youths of Madhya Pradesh would have to be given 70 per cent of the jobs by the private companies which would avail financial and other facilities from the government under the Industry Promotion Policy 2014 (as amended 2018),” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Kamal Nath informed the Assembly that his government issued an order to the Department of Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion on December 19, 2018, which makes it mandatory to provide the permanent residents of Madhya Pradesh with 70 per cent of the total employment provided by these companies. “Only those companies which stick to the order will be able to avail benefits from the government.” Kamal Nath underlined that in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bengal, competitive exams include a local language test due to which aspirants from many states including Madhya Pradesh cannot apply.last_img read more

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The taxman cometh 14000 suspicious property dealings under IT scanner

first_imgNearly 14,000 property transactions of over Rs 1 crore have come under the scanner of the Income Tax (I-T) department. These are the transactions where I-T returns were not filed by the owners.The I-T department is currently investigating a large number of suspicious transactions along with the property transaction cases, the Times of India reported.The report suggests that post-demonetisation, the government took a number of actions to crack down on black money. Now the I-T department has launched ‘Operation Clean Money’ and is working to track down evaders using data analytics.”The scale of the operation may be gauged from the fact that the response of 9.72 lakh people in respect of 13.33 lakh accounts involving cash deposits of around Rs 2.89 lakh crore, as per pre-determined parameters on sources of the cash deposits was captured by the income tax department within a short span of three to four weeks,” TOI quoted the tax department as saying.Earlier in July, the I-T department detected over Rs 19,000 crore in black money following investigations into global leaks, including HSBC account holders in Switzerland.Post the note ban exercise, the department reportedly found undisclosed income amounting to over Rs 5,400 crore through hundreds of search operations.The department has adopted a three-prong strategy to operate in the next phase of investigations, which includes enforcement actions in high-risk cases, engagement with taxpayers through a dedicated website in medium-risk cases, and lastly, monitor taxpayers in low-risk cases.”The high, medium and low-risk cases have been identified through the use of advanced data analytics, including integration of data sources, relationship clustering and fund-tracking,” the daily quoted the tax department. The I-T department has seized cash in lakhs of rupees all across the country post demonetisation [Representational Image].ReutersThe tax authority has become more vigilant following the demonetisation exercise and stepped up searches and surveys. There has been an increase of 158 percent in the number of searches, 106 percent in seizures, and 38 percent in admission of undisclosed income after the note ban exercise of November 8. The income tax department witnessed an increase of 183 percent in surveys, along with a spurt of 44 percent in the scale of undisclosed income.The capital market regulator teamed up with the the income tax department to investigate the role of brokerages, which possibly helped shell companies launder money in 331 shell companies.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 12

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the top news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

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Labourers body found at underconstruction apartment

first_imgKolkata: The body of a thika labourer was found hanging inside an under-construction apartment on Raja Rammohan Roy Road in Behala on Monday morning. Police has recovered the body and sent it for post mortem. Prima facie probe has revealed this could be a suicide case.The deceased identified as Subal Kumar Bera (25) is a resident of Nandigram in East Midnapore district. “We have registered a case of unnatural death at the Behala police station. His family members have already been informed. We have to question them to find out whether the victim was suffering from depression,” an investigating officer of Behala police station said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOther labourers at the construction site spotted the body on the third floor of the under-construction apartment and informed the police around 10 am. A police team rushed to the spot and found the body was hanging from the ceiling. The body was sent for post mortem at Vidyasagar Hospital. “It appears to be a case of suicide. The post mortem report will reveal the actual cause of death,” said a police officer. The labourers working at the construction site have been questioned but they could not provide the police with any investigative leads. “He had been working here for quite sometime. He was a quiet person. He hardly shared anything about his family with others,” said a labourer. The apartment whose construction is being taken up by a leading real estate company has to occupants at present.last_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic confirms ten new A330s ditches A340s

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ae55/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Virgin Atlantic has this week confirmed that it will firm up orders for six new A330-300 aircraft with Airbus, and sign a contract to lease four more, but this appears to be at a cost to their carrier’s A340 orders.Initially deferred, it appears that Virgin Atlantic has moved to drop the six A340s entirely, e-Travel Blackboard can now confirm that the airline will only operate the six currently in its fleet.“We don’t have any more A340s on order,” said a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic to e-Travel Blackboard.  “The A330s are more fuel efficient and are more suitable for us for our route development.”The new A330-300 long-range aircraft from Airbus will be flown by Virgin Atlantic in a three-class configuration.Virgin Atlantic will be leasing the additional four A330s with AerCap. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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Alliance Air launches new flights to boost Connect India programme

first_imgAlliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, has introduced new flights on Delhi–Jammu, Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors. The flights on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors have started operations. The ATR 42-320 aircraft will be operated on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada–Bengaluru and Kolkata–Agartala–Kolkata routes.The flight AI9507/9508 will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) departing from Bengaluru at 16:00 hrs and will arrive Vijayawada at 17:30 hrs. On the return, AI-9508 will depart from Vijayawada at 17:50 hrs and reach Bengaluru at 19:20 hrs.The evening frequency from Kolkata to Agartala will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). AI9715 from Kolkata will depart at 17:10 hrs and will reach Agartala at 18:15 hrs. The return flight AI9716 will depart from Agartala at 18:35 hrs and will reach Kolkata at 19:40 hrs.Air India has started operating additional frequency thrice a week on its existing route of Delhi–Jammu–Delhi. Operating with Bombardier jet aircraft, the flight AI9613 will depart from Delhi at 07:45 hrs and will reach Jammu at 09:00 hrs. The return flight from Jammu, AI9614 will depart at 09:30 hrs and will touchdown at Delhi at 10:45 hrs.last_img read more

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The Feds Latest RMBS Purchase

first_img October 8, 2017 570 Views Share The Fed’s Latest RMBS Purchase The Federal Reserve, who is a little over four months out from needing a new or reinstated leader, announced it purchased $7.029 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities, which is compared to $6.937 billion the week prior. This week’s purchase did not include securities guaranteed by either GSE, the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae.In September, the Fed announced it would leave rates unchanged and begin a gradual shrinking of its balance sheet, which sits at $4.5 trillion due to purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities in the aftermath of the financial crisis, according to CNBC.However, despite the decision to leave rates alone last month, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said he believe the U.S. central bank should raise interest rates again by the end of the year.”We, in our forecasts of movements for the year, had said we expected three hikes in the course of 2017. I am still in that space,” said Bostic in an interview by Reuters on the sidelines of a Fed conference in Austin, Texas while adding that he isn’t, “wedded to anything.”Regarding the expiration of Janet Yellen’s term in February 2018, President Donald Trump has interviewed four candidates for the job. According to Reuters, the nomination could come within weeks.“He faces a choice between two continuity candidates, current Chair Janet Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell, and two outsiders, Gary Cohn, currently his top economic adviser, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh,” the report said.Yellen was rumored to step down last year if now President Trump was elected, but now almost a year later, many wonder if she is up for another term if asked.”I have said that I intend to serve out my term as chair and that I’m really not going to comment on my intentions beyond that,” CNBC cited Yellen telling reporters following the Fed’s two-day policy meeting in September. “I will say that I have not had a further meeting with President Trump. I met with him early in my term and I’ve not had a further meeting with him.”center_img The Federal Reserve 2017-10-08 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Turkish Cypriot murder suspect could be in the Republic

first_imgThe ringleader of a group of Turkish Cypriots who allegedly beat to death a Nigerian student over drugs in Famagusta is still on the run, possibly in the Republic, while his accomplices were remanded for seven days on Friday.Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede’s lifeless body was discovered by two girls on Tuesday next to the Canakkale Lake in Famagusta. An autopsy report showed he died from a number of blows resulting in cerebral haemorrhage and lung damage, according to Famagusta hospital.Dede was beaten and abducted from his home on Monday by a group of seven and taken to the lake and beaten to death over money he owed for drugs, unconfirmed reports in the Turkish Cypriot press said. The Herald Nigeria, meanwhile, said a source had told them he was murdered because he was dating a Turkish Cypriot girl.Friends of Dede said he had been kidnapped previously in a similar way a week ago.So far, six of the seven, aged 16-28 and including two women, have been arrested while the alleged ringleader Nidai Sanli is still on the run after he managed to escape police in the mixed-village of Pyla on Thursday.Four of the group, including Sanli, were said to have crossed into the Republic through the Ayios Nikolaos checkpoint in Famagusta to escape the Turkish Cypriot authorities. The other three were caught earlier.Running low on money and supplies, the four then made their way to Pyla to meet someone who was said to be bringing them money. They were apparently met by police and one was caught, while Sanli managed to escape at the last minute. The other two then handed themselves in, Kibris Postasi reported.The murder has enraged the Nigerian community in the north and resulted in protests at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta where Dede studied. The protesters demanded justice for the murder.The university said the students have long complained about being made targets by the press and that they were always presumed guilty by society.The youngest suspect, aged 16, has admitted to police she was at the crime scene but said she was not with the other suspects.Her father told the judge at the Famagusta district court on Wednesday: “I will not hire a lawyer for her. If she is guilty she should be punished. I don’t want her to be a bad example to this country.”Also in court, the parents of the other two who were caught begged their sons to come clean. “Tell them what you know. Don’t protect anyone. Don’t sacrifice yourselves because you want to protect them,” they were reported as saying by the Turkish Cypriot media.Another one of the suspects said on Friday: “I am regretful. I handed myself in to tell the truth, I didn’t run.”The plight of African students in the north has been well known for a while now. In 2017 alone, four African students are said to have died for various reasons.The number of foreign students in the north has skyrocketed in recent years without the necessary infrastructure development.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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President Our goal is to create a functional and viable state

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has assured that his aim is to create a state which will be functional and viable, modern and completely in line with the principles and values of the EU.He also expressed hope that in the days ahead there will be mutual understanding that will help the sides overcome tension.President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have agreed to an informal meeting over dinner, to be hosted by Deputy Special Advisor of the Secretary-General (DSASG) on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, at the Chief of Mission’s residence in the UN-controlled buffer zone on 16th April.In his Easter message, President Anastasiades said the joyous news of Christ`s resurrection sends a message of hope to humanity, “a message of love and peace, a message of mutual understanding, co-operation and brotherhood for humanity.”The greatest celebration of Christianity, he said, “gives us the opportunity to reflect upon the need to move with respect for all, to accept the diversity of people and to exclude all forms of intolerance.”Neither extreme ideas nor fanaticism, nor preaching exclusion and discrimination are appropriate with our values and our culture, he said. Commitment to mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, he noted, “should govern relations not only among citizens but also among the political forces.”“Only this way can we continue on the path that will improve the country and create a better Cyprus for everyboday,” he said.With the same spirit, he added, “we approach the effort to end the unacceptable situation that continues with the occupation and division of our homeland. Only through mutual respect will the conditions for an effective dialogue be created, to achieve reunification, free our homeland and create a state that will secure human rights, permanent peace and stability and welfare of all.”President Anastasiades assured that the objective is not to see the unacceptable status quo continue but to create a state that will be functional and viable, modern and completely compatible with the principles and values of the EU.He also expressed the hope that in the coming period, there will be mutual understanding so that the tension that seems to be prevailing can be overcome and peace and cooperation, based on mutual respect and the principles of legality and international law, are established.The two leaders have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but failed to yield any results.UN talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.CNAYou May LikeLifebiotic Protectival | Chemotherapy Natural Support SupplementsProtectival – Chemotherapy Natural SupportLifebiotic Protectival | Chemotherapy Natural Support SupplementsUndoHealth & Human Research7 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Growing In Your BodyHealth & Human ResearchUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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