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Canadian border agent charged with possessing child porn

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Canadian border guard stationed at a controversial customs post on the edge of Akwesasne has been snared in a massive child porn sweep launched by the OPP.The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Friday confirmed border agent Mathieu Pahle was charged by the OPP with possesion of child porgnography. Pahle, 32, was stationed at the customs border post in Cornwall, Ont., which is situated at the foot of a new low-level bridge which spans the St. Lawrence River and connects to Cornwall Island in Akwesasne.“The CBSA has been alerted to the incident and we are fully co-operating with the police. We can confirm that Mathieu Pahle is a CBSA employee,” said the statement. “Allegations of improper or illegal behaviour by our staff are taken very seriously by the CBSA and are thoroughly investigated by CBSA’s professional standards investigation section.”The agency said it could not comment any further on the issue because it is now a criminal matter in the hands of the court.The statement did not say whether Pagle is still on the job or if any of CBSA’s computers became part of the investigationPahle is scheduled appear in Cornwall provincial court on Oct. 30.The OPP executed a total of 99 search warrants across the province during its anti-child porn operation. The Ontario police agency said it charged 60 people with a total of about 249 counts of child pornography related infractions. OPP investigators also identified 14 child victims during the investigation.The Cornwall CBSA border post also acts as a check-point which routinely screens individuals leaving Cornwall Island, even if they never left Canada. Akwesasne’s Cornwall Island is within Canadian territory.Many residents on the island complain of harassment by CBSA agents at the border post which must be crossed when travelling to Cornwall. Mundane trips for shopping or for medical appointments can be interrupted by orders to submit to secondary inspection, even if the individual never left Canada.CBSA agents are legally allowed to order secondary inspections for anyone crossing a border post.The border post once sat on the island, but Akwesasne forced its relocation after the community refused to allow armed border guards on Mohawk land.Akwesasne straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 kilometres west of Montreal. The region has gained notoriety as a high traffic smuggling route for tobacco, marijuana, people and weapons.jbarrera@atpn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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TSX tumbles amid Bank of Japan inaction speculation on Fed stimulus easing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed deep in the red Tuesday amid concerns over what central banks can do to stimulate a lacklustre global economic recovery.These include the failure of Japan’s central bank to unveil more measures to boost that country’s economy, whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to taper off its bond purchases and a court challenge on the legality of the European Central Bank’s approach to the euro crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 159.1 points to 12,223.57, led by declines in the mining and energy sectors.On the corporate front, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) (NADAQ:LULU) plunged 17.62 per cent to $69.22 on the Toronto market a day after CEO Christine Day said that she was stepping down.Meanwhile, BMO analysts cut their price target on Lululemon to US$65 from $75. Analyst John Morris observed that “the board also continues its search for senior supply chain and (executive vice-president) product heads (and) we expect it to take some time to fill the all-important roles with the right people.”Royal Bank of Canada analysts also cut their price targets on the shares, by 15 per cent to $70.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.01 of a cent to 98.15 cents US.U.S. indexes were also negative with the Dow Jones industrials down 116.57 points to 15,122.02, the Nasdaq falling 36.82 points to 3,436.95 and the S&P 500 index giving back 16.68 points to 1,626.13.“The key reason for today’s sell-off is really the Bank of Japan and that they’re leaving physical stimulus efforts really unchanged,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“I think that’s causing a broader reaction to the market when they’re also looking at the Fed . . . what is the Fed’s view on the economy and whether that means tapering off fiscal stimulus.”The Bank of Japan started a big monetary stimulus earlier this year in an attempt to get that country’s economy out of two decades of stagnation. There had been expectations it would announce new measures Tuesday to temper the rise in government bond yields by extending the duration on its ultra-low-interest rates to banks.Instead, the bank’s policy board merely upgraded its economic assessment and the Japanese yen strengthened at least one per cent against all its 16 major peers.Investors have also been closely monitoring developments in the U.S. and looking for signs of whether the economic picture has improved enough for the Federal Reserve to reduce the amount of financial assets it buys in the markets — so-called tapering. The quantitative easing program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion of bonds each month, has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.Commodity prices backed off sharply Tuesday and the gold sector was the biggest drag, down almost four per cent as August bullion dropped $9 to US$1,377 an ounce, adding further losses to a component already down 35 per cent so far this year.“For gold, if you have an improving economy, investors don’t need to be in gold stocks unless you believe in hyper-inflation and that’s not the case today with high unemployment,” added Bradacs.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 82 cents to C$19.99. Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) fell 41 cents to $6.03 after the company announced it was halting development of its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador after it was unable to reach an agreement with the government of Ecuador on “key economic and legal terms.”The base metals component was 2.6 per cent lower while July copper retreated for a fourth day, down five cents to US$3.19 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 65 cents to C$17.37 while Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) dropped 29 cents to $6.31.The energy sector fell 1.5 per cent with July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 39 cents to US$95.38 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) shed 48 cents to C$30.03 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was 73 cents lower to $31.07.Outside of the resource sector, financials also weighed on the TSX as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) was 47 cents lower at $29.84.Tech stocks were also negative as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) dropped 31 cents to $13.93.Traders also looked to the start of a two-day hearing by Germany’s constitutional court on the legality of a key European Central Bank program that has been credited with calming the 3 1/2 year-old euro debt crisis. The Federal Constitutional Court is considering arguments against the ECB’s offer to buy government bonds and lower borrowing costs for indebted countries.Opponents of the bond-buying program say the program oversteps the ECB’s mandate, which forbids it from financing governments.In other corporate developments, Telus Corp. (TSX:T) shares fell 45 cents to $34.26 as the telecom called off its plan to buy small wireless provider Mobilicity after Ottawa signalled last week that it would not allow the deal. Mobilicity will now go ahead with a recapitalization plan. The deal was contingent upon the federal government allowing the transfer of wireless spectrum owned by Mobilicity to Telus.Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Published reports have pegged the purchase price at $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion. Google shares dipped $10.41 to US$879.81. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 8:29 am MDT TSX tumbles amid Bank of Japan inaction, speculation on Fed stimulus easing read more

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China doubles down on internet control after tough new law

by Gerry Shih, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 1:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China’s leaders and official media are pushing for greater control of the internet and technology products as tensions surrounding a far-reaching Chinese cybersecurity law loom over a gathering this week of the world’s leading tech firms and Chinese officials.The Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily warned in an editorial on Thursday that China must break monopolies over core technologies and standards and remain untethered to other countries’ technology supply chains.The commentary, aimed apparently at Silicon Valley in unusually stark terms, comes one day after President Xi Jinping called for “more fair and equitable” governance of the internet at the opening of the state-run World Internet Conference. Since 2014, China has hosted executives from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Alibaba in eastern China to promote its vision of an internet that is more tightly controlled by national governments rather than running unchecked as a transnational network.The conference this week has highlighted U.S. and China’s competing and increasingly entrenched views about the internet, trade and cybersecurity, and the potential for these issues to become an enduring irritant in bilateral relations.Xi reiterated on Wednesday the Chinese position of “internet sovereignty” over its 700 million Internet users, while other top leaders declared the country’s willingness to work with the global industry for mutual benefit — if security could be assured on China’s terms.Earlier this month, China passed a broad cybersecurity law that gives law enforcement greater powers to access private data and requires data to be stored locally on Chinese servers. Human rights groups have voiced concern about police overreach while U.S. firms have lobbied against the measure, saying it would wall off China’s internet and unfairly hamper their access to the market.Other Chinese proposals in recent years have effectively discouraged state-backed companies and agencies from buying foreign products out of cyber-spying concerns. China has also encouraged its state-backed sector to develop — or outright acquire — technologies in strategically critical industries like semiconductors, which it believes to be an Achilles heel of the Chinese economy. Recent efforts to acquire U.S. chip companies have been rebuffed by U.S. regulators on national security grounds.Foreign technology trade groups say the regulations have used security as a pretext for enacting protectionist trade policies to benefit China’s tech industry, and more than 40 groups signed a letter to Communist Party cyberspace officials last week urging China to respect its World Trade Organization commitments.“We are concerned that these commitments are undermined by public statements and other forms of high-level guidance that call for indigenous and controllable substitution plans for information technology products and services,” the trade groups said, while acknowledging that China faced “legitimate security concerns.”Beijing has said the internet has been overwhelmingly dominated by the United States and it has backed a proposal to transfer control over some of the internet’s core architecture to a U.N agency, the International Telecommunication Union.Critics, however, objected to letting authoritarian regimes like Iran and China get equal votes on matters affecting speech. The U.S. government in September privatized control over the systems by transferring them to a non-profit oversight organization.The People’s Daily made clear in its editorial on Thursday that China needed to avoid dependence on foreign firms “particularly by breaking monopolies over core technologies and standards and not allowing other countries to control vital supply chains.” China doubles down on internet control after tough new law read more

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Cadiz man killed in rollover crash

CADIZ, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man was killed overnight Thursday in a violent rollover crash on New Hope Road in Trigg County, according to Kentucky State Police.Investigators say 40-year old Andrew Francis, of Cadiz, went off the left shoulder of the road, hit a concrete embankment and fence, and rolled over.- Advertisement – KSP says Francis was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the 2011 Mazda.  He died at the scene.  Investigators say the accident happened around 3:44 a.m.The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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St Pauls School offering bursaries for children of parents who earn £120k

first_imgSt Paul's was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy" Professor Mark Bailey, pictured in 1998 “The part-bursaries are being offered in a far more generous way,” he told The London Magazine.“You will be looking eventually at [families earning] £150,000, £170,000, £190,000 potentially benefiting.”He conceded that soaring fees at St Paul’s mean his school has become “increasingly unaffordable”.“It was our founder’s vision,” he said, “[to educate] boys indifferently of their background and we’ve drifted away from that.”St Paul’s School was founded by educational pioneer and dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Colet, in 1509.It was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy in which boys ‘from all nations and countries indifferently’ would be educated, without regard to means or race”.But St Paul’s isn’t the only private school whose soaring fees are pushing out middle-class parents. One of Britain’s most famous private schools is offering bursaries and scholarships for children of middle-class families, even if parents earn £120,000 a year.London-based St Paul’s, which charges £7,827 a term, is offering discounts to families on a combined salary of £120,000, after headmaster Professor Mark Bailey admitted the school had become “unaffordable”.This comes amid concerns that private school fees – which have risen by 550 per cent in the past 25 years and now cost up to £30,000 annually per child – are affordable only to wealthy foreigners.Professor Bailey added that eventually, families on a combined income of £190,000 would become potential beneficiaries of bursaries. “The changes have been phenomenal with the arrival of Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East as well as emerging countries such as Kazakhstan.”Now we are finding people coming from South America, we’re getting Brazilians and Argentinians and also Mexicans. I get people ringing me from South Africa and saying, ‘If my son gets into St Paul’s, we will move over to London.”Independent schools argue they are trying to combat the soaring increases. Figures from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) reveal that bursaries and scholarships totalled more than £850 million last year, with more than £700 million coming directly from schools’ budgets.But it isn’t just middle-class parents that are suffering as youngsters are also under increasing pressure to meet their parents’ expectations.Lucy Elphinstone, head of Francis Holland School in west London, said: “The [current situation] is fuelling desperation among parents, which is having a detrimental effect on children’s mental health.”Already schools are tackling a growing culture of tutoring children ahead of assessments as parents push them through, in many cases, up to six exams at different institutions in an effort to make it to the best school. Professor Mark Bailey, pictured in 1998Credit:Philip Harriscenter_img 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. The changes have been phenomenal with the arrival of Russians, Chinese and people from the Middle East as well as emerging countries such as KazakhstanSusan Hamlyn St Paul’s was meant to be “an inclusive meritocracy” Research shows fees are their least affordable since the 1960s and that the children of previous generations who were able to go private schools will no longer be able to do so.The average pay packet is currently around £25,000 a year but it now costs more than £30,000 to send a child to board for a year, while the annual cost of a private day school is £15,500.Particularly in London, the average private school fees have risen at triple the rate of inflation over the past five years.And the sheer volume of pupils competing for places has turned London into a ‘pressure cooker’.At the Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, 2,000 students applied for 100 places.Soaring demand, an influx of wealthy international parents and rising costs in paying staff and modernising facilities are often-cited reasons for the increase in fees.Susan Hamlyn, a former teacher and director of The Good Schools Guide, said the increase in foreign families sending their children to private school was a major factor.She said: “I’ve been working at The Good Schools Guide for the past 16 years.last_img read more

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What events are most important for Ireland Pat Rabbitte wants to know

first_imgA REVIEW OF which sporting and cultural events should be available on free-to-air television in Ireland has been announced by government.Under current legislation, a review of which events are deemed of “major importance to society’ and should be broadcast is undertaken every three years.In 2011, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte decided the current list of Designated Events was sufficient and it remained unchanged.It currently consists of: The Summer OlympicsThe All-Ireland Senior Football & Hurling FinalsIreland’s qualifying games in the European Football Championship & World CupOpening games, semi-finals and final of the European Football Championship Finals and the FIFA World Cup Finals TournamentThe Irish Grand National and the Irish DerbyThe Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show.These are earmarked for ‘live coverage’, while Ireland’s games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship are also contained on the list on a “deferred basis”, meaning they can be broadcast at a later date.“It is important that national events which are of great significance to Ireland be shown free to air and be available for us all to enjoy,” Minister Rabbitte said.I would urge all interested parties and members of the public to submit their views to my Department, which I will ensure are considered and will assist me in making my decision.Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, John O’Mahony said the recent Sky GAA deal highlights the importance of free-to-air programming.“I believe that provincial GAA finals should be designated as free to air and this process enables us to ensure that such events are designated accordingly,” he said.State broadcaster RTÉ came under fire this week for its decision to not show live coverage of the National Special Olympics, taking place in Limerick this month.“In a time when we say we want to promote equality and inclusion in our country,” Labour Senator Mary Moran said, “I feel we owe it to our 1,500 athletes, to the 3000 volunteers and the thousands of spectators and family members who will attend the games.”Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport at RTÉ, said that the state broadcaster recognised the “importance of the games” but has never broadcast them live, citing a lack of resources.Read: RTÉ says televising National Special Olympics would be too expensive >last_img read more

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Passing kidney stones can be as simple as riding a roller coaster

first_imgKidney stones are just no fun — each year more than 300,000 people end up in the emergency room with painful kidney stones. Treatment for this condition can cost thousands of dollars, but doctors from Michigan State University are looking into a much cheaper (and more enjoyable) alternative. It turns out that riding certain roller coasters could knock those suckers loose for the cost of an amusement park ticket.Professor and urologist David Wartinger started to wonder if roller coasters could be an effective treatment for kidney stones after he had several patients report they passed stubborn kidney stones (which are an accumulation of calcium oxalate and similar materials) after riding Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World. So, Wartinger did what any dedicated scientist would do — he went to Disney World with a synthetic 3D model of a human kidney.Wartinger took the model, which was loaded with several kidney stone analogs, on Big Thunder Mountain a whopping 20 times. So, I assume he spent about a week waiting in line. The data showed that sitting in the last few cars resulted in a 64% chance of the kidney stones being dislodged, but sitting in the front cars had only a 16% success rate. In a patient, this allows them to pass the stone with limited discomfort.So what’s going on here? Wartinger figured out from testing other roller coasters that Big Thunder Mountain is perfect for helping to pass kidney stones. It doesn’t go too fast, but there’s a lot of rough, quick turns. It also doesn’t go upside down. The rear cars tend to shake more on the track, so they were more effective at passing stones.The high g-forces and speed of rides like Space Mountain were not effective at passing stones. Wartinger suggests that patients with kidney stones might want to give roller coasters like Big Thunder Mountain a shot. It might even be useful to ride one ever year or so for kidney maintenance. Plus, it’s way more fun than going to the emergency room.last_img read more

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Earths Oldest Rock Found Amidst Apollo 14 Moon Sample

first_img Scientists discovered what may be Earth’s oldest rock in a lunar sample returned by Apollo 14 astronauts.International researchers from NASA’s Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) believe the rock—jettisoned through Earth’s primitive atmosphere by an impacting asteroid or comet—collided with the Moon’s surface some 4 billion years ago.Led by Jeremy Bellucci and Alexander Nemchin, the team found a 2-gram fragment of rock composed of quartz, feldspar, and zircon—all commonly found on Earth, but highly unusual on the Moon.Chemical analysis suggests the fragment crystalized here, before reaching our satellite.An artistic rendering of the Hadean Earth when the rock fragment was formed (via Simone Marchi)“It is an extraordinary find that helps paint a better picture of early Earth and the bombardment that modified our planet during the dawn of life,” CLSE Principal Investigator David Kring said in a statement.Formed 12 miles below Earth’s surface, the rock was dug up over time by large impact events—one of which eventually launched it into our space and onto the Moon (which was three times closer to our planet than it is now).“The sample is therefore a relic of an intense period of bombardment that shaped the Solar System during the first billion years,” the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) explained.The final impact event to affect our precious rubble occurred 26 million years ago, when an asteroid hit the Moon to produce the small Cone Crater. That collision was enough to force the sample back up to the lunar surface—where astronauts collected it 48 years ago.The Moon was much closer to the Earth than it is today when the rock fragment was ejected in a large impact event (via Lunar and Planetary Institute/David Kring)There is no word on what will happen to the rock: whether it will be kept for observation or moved to a museum for public viewing.Late last year, Sotheby’s auction house in New York sold three Moon rocks for a whopping $855,000 (though they were expected to fetch closer to $1 million).The lunar samples, returned to Earth in 1970 by the Soviet Union’s robotic Luna 16 probe, are described as “the only known documented samples of the Moon available for private ownership.”The tiny samples (0.2 grams each) were first sold by Sotheby’s in 1993 to a private American collector for $442,500. They returned to the auction block in November to headline the broker’s “Space Exploration” event.More on Geek.com:Former Barn Doorstop Actually $100,000 MeteoriteGo Behind the Scenes of Apollo 11 With New Audio RecordingsWhy Is Rocket Science So Hard? Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on targetlast_img read more

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ASA Praises Senate Passage of Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the U.S. Senate for today’s 79-14 vote passage of the Farm Bill, which provides support for key soybean programs.”Soybean growers appreciate the bi-partisan effort that resulted in the Senate overwhelmingly approving this omnibus legislation this year,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and others provided vital leadership to pass this bill. We look forward to working with the Senate and House to reach a timely conclusion to the Farm Bill debate.”The Senate approval allows for Senate and House members to conference their respective versions of the Farm Bill. ASA will continue to champion issues of importance to soybean growers, ranging from target prices to biodiesel programs and more, including funding for the Quality Incentive Program to promote production of soybeans with high-stability oils, which will enable U.S. food companies to eliminate trans fats without increasing use of unhealthy saturated fats.last_img read more

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St Nick comes to town with a racial controversy

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Police arrested 90 protesters Saturday as a traditional Dutch celebration of the arrival of Saint Nicholas was disturbed by demonstrators who say his faithful sidekick, “Black Pete,” is a racist caricature, facing off against supporters of the popular children’s figure.Pete is usually played by a white man who paints his face pitch black, dons a frizzy Afro wig and gives himself bright red lips — stereotypes that disappeared from most places decades ago. In some of the worst scenes of unrest in the increasingly acrimonious Black Pete debate, opponents scuffled with police on the historic marketplace of the city of Gouda as thousands of children welcomed Saint Nicholas nearby.Prosecution office spokesman Wouter Bos said 60 anti-Black Pete activists were arrested for demonstrating outside a location set aside for protesters and were each fined 220 euros ($275). Another 30, both supporters and opponents of Black Pete, were arrested for disturbing public order, Bos said.The Dutch cheese capital of Gouda had had a strategy for reconciliation as Saint Nicholas arrived Saturday. Black Petes walked side-by-side with yellow-colored “Cheese Petes,” a nod to the city’s most famous products but also a concession to critics of Black Pete. The daily Dutch children’s television report on Saint Nicholas’ travels also featured White Petes on Thursday night.last_img read more

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Candlelight memorial held in memory of slain MiamiDade man

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — It was a somber night in Miami Gardens, Wednesday, after a man was shot and killed.Family and friends held a candlelight memorial at Ives Estate Park to remember Bered Pierre, a 38-year-old man who was shot and killed on Monday.According to police, he was an unintended victim.Monday night, a man pulled a gun and started shooting at two other people in a parking lot near Northwest 167th Street and 41st Avenue.Police believe the gunman then drove off in a red Ford Explorer.If you have any information on the gunman, please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Surgeons say 6 patients still critical after Orlando attack death toll could

first_imgSmith noted the hospital’s proximity to the site of the shooting may have saved lives. “It is very fortunate that this happened two blocks away,” said Smith, “and it is very fortunate we have the team to pull together like we do.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Carter, who is from Philadelphia, said she came to the club with two other women, one who was killed and another who is recovering. She said she was having the time of her life before the shooting. She and the other people in the stall escaped after police blew a hole in the wall.“The last thing that I heard before the police said, you know, ‘Move away from the walls,’ because obviously they were about to bust through again, he said, ‘Hey, you’ to someone on the floor inside the bathroom and shot them, shot another person,” said Carter.She said that her friend told her another person shielded her from the gunshots.“And then shot another person who happened to be directly behind me who, I’m told, through the eyes of Tiara, shielded me with their own body to make sure that I wasn’t hit,” said Carter, “and I don’t know who that person is, I don’t know the name of that person, but if I could, if they’re somewhere watching, Thank you, thank you for saving my life, literally. If it wasn’t for that person shielding me, it would have been me shot and I wouldn’t be sitting here today.”Trauma Surgeon Dr. Chadwick Smith praised the staff at the hospital for coming together to respond to the tragedy.“Just about every person I called answered the phone” said Smith. “I said, ‘This is not a drill, this is not a joke, we have 20 plus gunshot wounds coming in, I need you here as fast as you can,’ and every answer I got was, ‘I’ll be right there.’”Smith said the victims arrived in two waves. “Then we got word from [the Orlando Police Department] that there would be another 20-25 continuing to come, and that’s when the second wave of patients came, and it was basically a repeat of the first.” Doctors at Orlando Regional Medical Center said Tuesday that 27 patients remain in the hospital, with six in critical condition, after the attack on a Orlando nightclub that killed 49 people. One doctor said he would be surprised if the death toll didn’t rise.The doctors were joined by Angel Colon, who survived the attack after being shot multiple times.“Out of nowhere we just hear a big shotgun,” said Colon. “We stopped what we were doing and it keeps going. That happened. We grabbed each other, we started running and, unfortunately, I was shot three times in my leg, and I had fallen down. I tried to get back up, but everyone started running everywhere. I got trampled over, I shattered and broken my bones in my left leg.”Colon said that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was shooting everyone on the floor to make sure they were dead. He said he was lying on the ground and Mateen shot towards him, hitting his hip and hand.“And I’m looking up and some cop, he looks at me and makes sure that I’m alive,” said Colon. “He grabs my hand, and he’s like, ‘This is the only way I can take you out,’ and I say, ‘Please carry me, because I’m in pain right now.’ I couldn’t walk or anything, so he drags me across the street to the Wendy’s. I’m grateful for him.”Later, 20-year-old survivor Patience Carter told the story of how she wound up crammed in a bathroom stall with others as the shooter fired into the stalls. She said she heard Mateen on the phone with 911 when he was in the bathroom.“The reason why he’s doing this is because he wants America to stop bombing his country,” said Carter. “And from that conversation, from 911, he pledged his allegiance to ISIS.” last_img read more

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Drug investigation leads to 2 arrests near Key West

first_imgAn investigation into drug sales led police to a crackdown near Key West.The investigation brought police to a home on Big Coppitt Key, where 37-year old Marisa Estopinan and 25-year-old Steven Leto live, Tuesday morning.According to officials, investigators found more than $150,000 in cash, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.Officials said they found the cash in a vacuum seal bag hidden in a laundry basket.They also found two handguns, including a loaded Glock 19.That’s when the couple was arrested.The duo faces several charges, including cocaine possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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UPDATE Newsweek Sold to Sidney Harman

first_imgHarman [pictured], the 91-year-old founder and chairman emeritus of Harman International, was said last week to be the frontrunner among the bidders. One of the reasons he was the favorite was because he reportedly plans to keep 250 of Newsweek’s current staff of 325. The Washington Post Co. says it will retain the pension assets and liabilities and certain employee obligations arising prior to the sale.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The resulting gain or loss at closing is not expected to be material to the financial position of The Washington Post Company,” the announcement says.One source pegged the deal as similar to the terms of the BusinessWeek acquisition by Bloomberg, only with “about $20 million more in liabilities.” Losses at Newsweek could approach $70 million this year, reports say.Newsweek.com reports that the magazine’s editor, Jon Meacham, will be leaving the magazine after the sale process is complete. CEO Tom Ascheim is expected to remain in his role under Harman’s ownership.The Washington Post Co. was advised in the deal by Allen & Co. Guggenheim Securities LLC represented Harman.The Washington Post Co. put the Newsweek up for sale in May. Bids were due at 5 p.m. on July 1. At the time, conservative-leaning political magazine brand Newsmax Media and a group backed by private equity manager Thane Ritchie said they weren’t proceeding with the auction process.Last week, it was reported that the Washington Post Co. wasn’t interested in selling to bidder Avenue Capital Group over concerns with the hedge fund’s proposal to partner with National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. to handle some of the behind-the-scenes operations at Newsweek. It is not immediately clear if investment firm OpenGate Capital, which was rumored to be among those interested in acquiring Newsweek, ever placed a bid.Fred Drasner , a former partner of Mort Zuckerman who helped negotiate his deals for the Daily News, Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, also placed a bid for Newsweek. He did not immediately return a FOLIO: e-mail seeking comment. UPDATE: Click here for Drasner’s response. SEE ALSO: Maintaining Status Quo Will Spell DisasterThe deal is done and the announcement has been made: The Washington Post Co. has wrapped up its auction of Newsweek, selling the ailing newsweekly to audio magnate Sidney Harman. The deal was announced this afternoon.In announcing the sale, Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham says: “In seeking a buyer for Newsweek, we wanted someone who feels as strongly as we do about the importance of quality journalism. We found that person in Sidney Harman. He has pledged not only to continue to produce a lively, compelling and first-rate news magazine, but also an equally dynamic Newsweek.com—and he intends to keep a majority of Newsweek’s very talented staff.”last_img read more

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Cases aimed to keep me away from elections Khaleda

first_imgKhaleda Zia appears in Bakhshibazar makeshift court on Thursday. Photo: BNPBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, defending herself at a Dhaka court on Thursday, mocked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina for quashing corruption cases against herself after she assumed office in 2009.Khaleda, also a former prime minister, claimed that she would have never utilised such discretion to stop the course of justice.The former prime minister was presenting her statements to defend herself in the Zia Orphanage Trust case at the Bakhshibazar makeshift court on Thursday.She also alleged that she has been accused in the cases ostensibly to make her ineligible in the general elections through convictions, in a planned manner to keep her away from politics. “I never demanded from the court the benefits the other leader is enjoying, even after being accused in similar cases.“I will be happy if I get the rights an ordinary citizen is supposed to get. I have nothing to expect from the court but justice,” said Khaleda.    She said, “It often seems to me that Sheikh Hasina must have a magic wand. Thanks to such magic, the cases of graft, extortion, and other irregularities filed against her were either quashed or she was cleared.”Simultaneously, the BNP leader alleged, the cases against her were given the “speed of a rocket” and she was implicated in new cases.”It is as if someone from behind the scenes has a whip, to make hurry in finishing the case, to give a hurried judgement convicting Begum Khaleda Zia,” she went on to say.”Why? What’s the motive? And for what cause is the hurry? With such hurried approach, will justice be delivered? Or will it be buried?”Khaleda Zia told the court that she expected justice and is still expecting justice.However, she expressed her views that the countrymen have serious apprehensions about justice delivery. “We, too, have apprehensions.”“You know, the prime minister, several ministers and ruling party leaders accused me in their statements when the investigation and the trial of different cases against me were underway. They spearhead a smear campaign accusing me as they know what will be outcome of the trial.“Or they tried to influence the honourable court. Such smear campaigns by the ruling quarter about issues which are under investigation and under trial do not only influence the justice, it is rather tantamount to contempt of court.“Not only so, some ministers have already announced openly that I will be punished and kept in Kashimpur jail. Some ministers and ruling party leaders are threatening often that I will be ousted from the politics.“Honourable court, the ruling quarter, with an ulterior political motive, has devised a blue-print to oust me from politics and to disqualify me from the elections.“News reports, opinions and analysis in this regard have already been published in different media outlets. And it is clearly evidenced from the actions and the statements of the government high ups.“And for all of these reasons, there is a strong doubt among the people of the country that justice will be delivered in the cases against me,” Khaleda concluded her speech.last_img read more

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SSC equivalent examinations begin Thursday

first_imgThe Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2018 will begin across the country on Thursday, reports UNB.This year, 2031,899 students, including 1023,212 boys and 1008,687 girls, are expected to sit for the examinations from 8,551 institutions under 3,412 centres, said, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid at a press briefing at the Secretariat on Tuesday.Of them, 1603,078 students will sit for the SSC examination under eight general education boards, while 289,772 for Dakhil exam under the Madrasah Education Board and 114,779 for vocational exam under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.The number of total examinees has risen to 245,286 from previous year’s 1782,613.A total of 458 students will sit for the examinations from eight overseas centres as well.The written examinations will continue until 25 February while the practical examinations will be held from 26 February to 4 March.The minister said teachers and others will be barred from carrying smartphones inside the exam centres. Only exam centre secretary would be allowed to carry a feature mobile phone.The restriction has been imposed as there were instances of taking pictures of question papers by some unscrupulous teacher and sending those to others through smartphones for unfair gains.The government also stopped the activities of the coaching centres ahead of the beginning of the examinations and will keep those closed until the exams end. Actions will be taken if any coaching centre is found open.Steps have been taken to prevent question paper leak, spreading rumour over question paper leak and circulating questions through Facebook, said the minister.The examinees have to enter their respective exam halls at least 30 minutes before the exams begin, no excuse will be accepted in this regard, said the minister.last_img read more

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Grand Jury Indicts Former Sheriffs Deputy for Death of Danny Ray Thomas

first_imgHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday a grand jury has indicted a former Sheriff’s deputy for causing the death of Danny Ray Thomas, an unarmed civilian, in March.The indictment charges Cameron Brewer with Aggravated Assault by a Public Servant. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez fired Brewer in April for not adhering to the Sheriff’s Office Use of Force Policy.The DA’s Office said the first-degree felony carries a penalty of up to life in prison.“Our democracy depends on the public’s trusting that police are here to protect us,” Ogg said at a press conference. “When they exceed their lawful authority, our community holds them accountable, and that’s exactly what this grand jury of ordinary citizens did.” Sharelast_img

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Costa Rica makes first large marijuana seizure of 2015

first_imgRelated: Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chiefThere’s one metric ton less of Jamaican “high red” marijuana destined for Costa Rica after authorities seized a boatload of the drug off the Caribbean coast of Limón on Sunday, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.The joint operation between the U.S. and Costa Rican coast guards and Colombian authorities resulted in the interception of a suspicious vessel in the Caribbean spotted by a U.S. P3 surveillance plane 20 miles off the coast of Limón. The Coast Guard fished at least 38 bags of marijuana out of the sea after the five-member crew started throwing their illicit cargo overboard.Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa called the seizure the first important marijuana seizure of 2015. Gamboa added that the drugs were destined for consumption in Costa Rica.The suspects include three Jamaicans with the last names Reynold, Duman and Curryi; a Nicaraguan identified as Lacayo; and a Costa Rican named Patterson.On Monday, police discovered 1,284 marijuana plants guarded by a 17-year-old boy toting a .22-caliber rifle outside Salitre, Puntarenas, in the southern part of the country, according to a separate statement from the ministry.Costa Rica seized more than 7 metric tons of marijuana in 2014. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chief Costa Rican police arrest 8 in international money laundering, drug-running investigation Costa Rican Coast Guard seizes nearly 2 metric tons of marijuana US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbeanlast_img read more

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Veros and JVI Rolling Out New Product

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share September 22, 2011 376 Views Veros and JVI Rolling Out New Productcenter_img VeroINSIGHT has lift off, with “”Veros Real Estate Solutions””:http://www.veros.com/ and “”JVI Solutions LLC””:http://www.jvisolutions.com/ recently announcing the arrival of the new, collaborative product. Targeting property condition reports and regulation compliance, the company’s latest technology launch is good news for those conducting collateral evaluations.[IMAGE]The VeroINSIGHT platform is capable of consistently cataloging all aspects of a property’s current condition and its general marketability, while also providing quality control via the adaptation of the Uniform Appraisal Dataset. UAD’s rating system focuses on finite aspects of the condition and valuation of a property, and users of Veros’ and JVI’s new program will have gain greater access to UAD coding that tracks a piece of [COLUMN_BREAK]real estate at a specified point in time.Lenders, insurers, and other market stakeholders can utilize VeroINSIGHT to gather enhanced verification of property examinations, get external or internal inspection information, and better determination of a property’s market value. All reports generated through the new platform will be completed by a field service inspector, effectively filling the gap when a full appraisal or broker price opinion is not necessary.Commenting on the new program, Veros’ director of valuation initiatives William E. King, said, “”The partnership between Veros and JVI creates an exclusive advantage through VeroINSIGHT for those who are concerned about their existing processes holding up in an audit against the Interagency Appraisal & Evaluation Guidelines. By benchmarking decisions on a ratings system established by government-sponsored enterprises, VeroINSIGHT clients have a deeper level of confidence knowing their vendors are speaking the same language as regulators and investors.””Both Veros and JVI define the key benefits of VeroINSIGHT as greater ratings and definitions of condition and quality, better UAD compliance, no integration requirements, and the ability to pair the program with AVMs. Ron Nation, JVI’s CEO, echoed King’s positive statements, saying, “”Veros’ widespread real estate experience coupled with JVI’s established nationwide inspection product line will only strengthen the quality and accuracy of the service we provide together.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-22 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

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Fannie and Freddie as Systemically Important Financial Institutions

first_img The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing on Tuesday titled “Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be Designated as Systemically Important Financial Institutions?” Witnesses included Alex J. Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; and The Honorable Susan M. Wachter, Sussman Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Mike Crapo discussed the importance of reevaluating the GSE’s place in the mortgage market, noting FHFA Director Mark Calabria’s push to end the conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie.“In recent weeks, FHFA Director Mark Calabria has repeatedly stated, quoting President Kennedy, that ‘the time to repair the roof is not in the middle of a downpour but when the sun is shining,’” said Crapo in his opening statement. “I agree with this sentiment. We have a key opportunity right now, while the sun shines on our economy and mortgage markets are healthy, to put our housing finance system on a durable, sustainable course that can withstand any market cycle.”According to Crapo, Fannie and Freddie are too big to fail, and “hold far less capital, and are far more leveraged, than any other currently-designated SIFI.”The witnesses each answered the question, “are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac systematically important?” According to Pollock, they are. However, he notes that Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) should designate Fannie and Freddie as SIFIs.“That would be consistent with the clear provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act,” Pollock stated. “In my opinion, the country needs Fannie and Freddie to be integrated into the efforts to understand and deal with systemic risk. Without including Fannie and Freddie, these efforts are woefully incomplete.”Holtz-Eakin echoed Crapo’s statement on the GSEs, stating that “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to be risky, too-big-to-fail institutions,” and notes Fannie and Freddie’s tentative SIFI status.“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were put into conservatorship because they were deemed too big to fail, the very concept that underpinned the creation of the SIFI designation,” said Holtz-Eakin. “Thus, we would automatically expect the GSEs released from conservatorship to be considered SIFIs.”While Holtz-Eakin and Pollock suggest a SIFI designation, Wachter suggests be designated as Systemically Important Financial Market Utilities (SIFMUs).“I believe a SIFMU designation is the correct designation because the GSEs provide a structuralfoundation to the secondary mortgage market,” said Wachter. “The GSEs are characterized by the considerations established for the SIFMU designation—that is, the aggregate value of transactions processed by the financial market utility, the aggregate exposure of the financial market utility, the relationship, interdependencies, or other interactions of the financial market utility, and the effect that the failure of or a disruption to the financial market utility would have on critical markets, financial institutions, or the broader financial system. All four of these characterize the GSEs.”View the hearing here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac SIFI 2019-06-25 Seth Welborn Fannie and Freddie as Systemically Important Financial Institutionscenter_img Share June 25, 2019 1,724 Views last_img read more

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