2018 needs to be year feds put flesh on bones of climate

first_imgOTTAWA – Just as Canada’s government prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of its national climate change action plan, comes a heart-wrenching video that could not drive home the consequences of a warming planet any harder.The video taken by Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen shows an emaciated polar bear in clear distress, struggling to make his way over snow-free ground on Baffin Island in a desperate search for food.Every step looks like it hurts, at times the bear plunges forward as if he can no longer go on, at others, one of his legs drags behind him. He reaches an abandoned Inuit camp and reaches into a barrel in search of food.Nicklen, a photographer with National Geographic, posted the video to his Instagram account on Dec. 5, where it was viewed more than one million times in three days.He says in the post “this is what starvation looks like” and says he expected the bear had just hours to live.“My entire Sea Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” Nicklen wrote. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me.”He posted it hoping to draw attention to the devastation already resulting from a warming planet.It is illegal to feed wild polar bears in Canada and even if the team had fed him it would have only put off the inevitable because the bear was at death’s door.Sea Legacy is a British Columbia-based conservation organization which Nicklen accompanied on the Baffin Island trip.The video was taken a few months ago, at a time of year when polar bears would normally have been able to return to the Arctic sea ice to hunt seals. With ice gone for longer periods in the year, the bears have less time to hunt and more time without food.It’s killing them.There are about 25,000 bears left and many researchers believe the entire population will be gone within a century. Nicklen urges people to think of all those animals sharing the agonizing death of the bear in the video.He says everyone needs to consider what they can do slow the rate of climate change.On Saturday, Canada marks one year since eight provinces and the three territories signed the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The plan aims to put a price on carbon, eliminate coal-fired electricity and work on energy efficiencies for buildings to help Canada cut emissions.Environmental advocates say some progress was made on the carbon price, but 2018 is going to have to be a banner year for environmental legislation, regulation and strategies or the plan will end up on the scrap heap of climate promises past.At least six major environment policies, bills or strategies to implement parts of the framework are expected in 2018. That includes legislation to allow the federal government to impose a carbon price on provinces that don’t meet the federal standard on their own, a zero-emissions vehicle strategy, an overhaul of the environmental review and regulatory process, changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, regulations to force the phase out of coal-fired electricity by 2030 and a clean fuels strategy.Plans to move forward on a national electricity grid are also possible in 2018, allowing provinces with an abundance of clean power to help out those that are trying to cut back on coal as a source of electricity.“We have made some good progress, but we see potential risks into the new year,” said Erin Flanagan, director of federal policy for the Pembina Institute.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told The Canadian Press this week she feels “really good” about where the framework is at the one year mark.“We still have a lot of work to do to implement it but I think we’ve come a long way,” she said.Flanagan wants Canada to further commit to raising the carbon price to $130 a tonne by 2030.All countries, including Canada, are expected to raise their targets to cut emissions beyond current promises. The United Nations says existing commitments only get the world one-third of the way to keeping the planet from warming up so much that the impacts of climate change become uncontrollable.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

University of Victoria launches first of its kind Indigenous law program

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe University of Victoria has launched a new Indigenous law degree.Graduates of the program, a first in Canada, will receive two professional degrees, one in Canadian common law, and one in Indigenous legal orders.“There’s lots of people that didn’t believe that there is any such thing as Indigenous law, but when you are in the communities you understand that people are aspiring to live in a peaceful way that has order attached to that,” said John Borrows, professor of law at the university.Students will learn laws from Anishinaabe, Gitxsan, and Cree.Carolyn Belleau is one of 26 students in the new program.She hopes the resurgence of Indigenous law will help with reconciliation.“Being a Secwepemc woman going forward with this I think it will help improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous and I think that is something really special,” she said.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action number 50 called on the federal and provincial governments to fund Indigenous law institutes.The province has budgeted $2.5 million over two years to support the program.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

Environmental group files lawsuit over expired Shell Arctic oil permits

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environmental group files lawsuit over ‘expired’ Shell Arctic oil permits Environmentalists have asked a court to declare invalid a group of Arctic offshore energy exploration permits that are delaying the creation of Canada’s third national marine protected area.On Monday, the World Wildlife Fund filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging that 30 permits held by Shell Canada at the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage lapsed decades ago.“There’s no indication they’ve ever been renewed,” said Ian Miron, the group’s lawyer.The federal government and regional Inuit groups have been trying for a generation to protect the waters of Lancaster Sound, the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage and home to a wealth of Arctic seabirds and mammals. But talks on drawing the boundaries of the area, off the north coast of Nunavut’s Baffin Island, have been complicated by 30 exploration permits issued in 1971 to Shell.Ottawa, under the previous Conservative administration, argued to keep the permits outside the area, but Inuit and environmental groups wanted the protected area to include them. Most of the area covered by the Shell permits is considered to have “high” or “very high” conservation value.However, researchers for a number of environmental groups found the permits expired in 1979 with no record of renewal. The federal government couldn’t find such records either.As well, Canada’s offshore regulatory regime has changed twice since the permits were issued. There is no record of those permits being brought into compliance.Miron said exploration rights are meant to encourage companies to get out and do some work. They are never intended to last indefinitely.“You can’t just sit on them,” said Miron.In a series of emails, a government spokesman told an environmental researcher that the permits would be considered valid because both the company and the government have acted as if they were. Legal scholars familiar with the issue have suggested that may not be enough.David Miller, president of World Wildlife Fund Canada, said the group felt it had to go to court.“We have an obligation to act,” he said.Miller said the permits have been major reason why Lancaster Sound still isn’t a national marine conservation area. Local Inuit have been fighting for its establishment since the 1980s.“They were certainly pretty significant under the previous government. They seemed to stall any discussions.”In an email on Monday, Shell spokeswoman Tara Lemay said the company wouldn’t comment yet on the lawsuit.“We are aware of a court application filed by World Wildlife Fund Canada and are currently assessing next steps,” she said.In minutes of a May 2014 meeting held to consider the protected area, Shell said it wouldn’t discuss relinquishing the lease.It said it would expect to be compensated for losing the leases. It also insisted on conducting seismic testing on the area before entering into negotiations on the fate of the leases.Keeping seismic testing out of those waters is one of the reasons Inuit want the area protected. Inuit communities have twice gone to court to block seismic testing around Baffin Island.In the same meeting, a Shell representative played down the likely value of those leases and said they wouldn’t be a high priority for the company for at least 15 years.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Family of Jean McConville upset and disgusted at TV series of mothers

first_img Shellinghill Beach (also known as Templetown Beach) in Co Louth, where Jean McConville’s body was found in 2003. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share78 Tweet Email2 But I don’t suppose the people who just see a ‘blockbuster story’ will give that a second thought.The production company is looking for a writer to adapt the book ‘Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland’, by New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe, which was published in the UK last year.The Hollywood Reporter states that Keefe, along with Color Force’s Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson will serve as executive producers of the series. The latter two told THR:We’re always on the lookout for a literary page-turner, and when we started Patrick’s book we couldn’t put it down. We’re very excited he’s partnering with us to tell this story.The book is described as offering “not just a forensic account of a brutal crime but a vivid portrait of the world in which it happened”.Michael McConville said that he doubts “they even think of us as real people”.We’re just characters in a story to be played with and forgotten about when they move onto the next moneymaker. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Mar 10th 2019, 3:43 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Shellinghill Beach (also known as Templetown Beach) in Co Louth, where Jean McConville’s body was found in 2003. https://jrnl.ie/4533409 Family of Jean McConville ‘upset and disgusted’ at TV series of mother’s murder “They will have someone pretending to be the mother we loved. I just can’t bear the thought of it.”center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 3:43 PM THE SON OF Jean McConville has said that her family are “upset and disgusted” to learn that a US company intends to make a TV mini series based on their mother’s murder.It comes after the production company Color Force, which is behind the American Crime Story series (‘The People v OJ Simpson’ and ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’), told The Hollywood Reporter that it intends to adapt the book ‘Say Nothing’ in a similar way.Widow Jean McConville was aged 38 when she was abducted, murdered and buried by the IRA in 1972. The remains of the mother of ten was not found until 2003, when a storm washed away a part of a beach embankment in Co Louth, and exposing her body.The IRA admitted to its involvement in the killing after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.Jean McConville’s son Michael has said today that her family are upset by the idea that their mother’s murder may be turned into a mini TV series. Michael McConville said today: “Using what happened to our mother for entertainment is sickening.”He added: “To make money out of her murder and the pain that has been in our lives ever since is cruel and obscene. He said that he believes the early deaths of his two siblings were related to the grief and stress of losing their mother in the way they did, saying that it “ripped our family apart”. 16 Comments “They will have someone pretending to be the mother we loved. I just can’t bear the thought of it.” Short URL 35,622 Views last_img read more

Steve Jobs Quelle équipe pour son biopic

first_imgSteve Jobs : Quelle équipe pour son biopic ?Quelques jours après la disparition de Steve Jobs, survenue le 5 octobre dernier, la rumeur d’un film retraçant son parcours était déjà évoquée. Semaine après semaine, le projet son confirme. Il aurait déjà un scénariste, et plusieurs acteurs seraient en compétition pour décrocher le rôle du fondateur d’Apple. Maxisciences fait le point sur les rumeurs.Le projet de biopic de Steve Jobs se concrétise. Il y a tout juste un mois, quelques jours après la mort du fondateur d’Apple, l’auteur et ancien rédacteur en chef du Time, Walter Isaacson, publiait l’unique biographie autorisée de Steve Jobs. C’est à partir de ce récit, dont Sony Pictures a acquis les droits, que sera écrit le scénario de la biographie cinématographique du père de la firme à la pomme. Un scénario dont l’écriture devrait être confiée à Aaron Sorkin, a-t-il lui même confirmé au site E ! Online.À lire aussiTim Cook touche le jackpotC’est à lui que nous devons The Social Network, qui raconte la naissance de Facebook et le parcours de son créateur, Mark Zuckerberg. Un film qui lui valu un Oscar. “Sony m’a demandé d’écrire le film et c’est quelque chose que j’envisage très sérieusement” a déclaré le scénariste. Si la question de l’écriture du film semble donc sur le point d’être réglée, reste à savoir qui pourrait bien incarner Steve Jobs.Plusieurs noms ont été évoqués. Parmi eux, les plus cités sont ceux de George Clooney et Noah Wyle. Deux comédiens qui ont l’un comme l’autre fait leurs débuts dans la série Urgences et qui ont tourné ensemble pendant plusieurs années. Si une tête d’affiche telle que George Clooney est bien sûr des plus attrayantes, son concurrent Noah Wyle semble avoir une longueur d’avance. Car l’acteur a déjà joué le rôle de Steve Jobs. En 1999 en effet, il incarnait le créateur de la firme de Cupertino dans un téléfilm baptisé Les patrons de la Silicon Valley. CNN affirme qu’il rêve depuis longtemps de jouer à nouveau ce rôle. Mais rien n’est encore joué. Le comédien britannique Christian Bale, qui incarne Batman et John Connor au cinéma, serait lui aussi dans la course.Le tournage du biopic de Steve Jobs ne devrait pas commencer avant la fin de l’année prochaine, pour une sortie prévue en 2013. D’ici là, de nouvelles rumeurs ne manqueront certainement pas de fleurir…What else ?Le 25 novembre 2011 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teen Titans and Young Justice Are Coming to the New DC Streaming

first_imgJust when you thought the last thing you needed was yet another streaming television subscription service, one comes along that sounds pretty cool. Sometime in 2018, Warner Bros. will debut a DC Entertainment branded streaming site, according to Deadline. That’s pretty exciting for DC comics fans already, but what might make this new service worth subscribing to are two of the shows it will launch with: Young Justice: Outsiders and Titans.Young Justice: Outsiders is exactly what you hope it is: a third season of Young Justice. Its two seasons on Cartoon Network gave us some of the best superhero TV since the DCAU series of the mid-to-late ’90s. The animation was some of the best Cartoon Network had to offer, and the writing was phenomenal. Like the great DC Comics-based cartoons that came before it, it didn’t write down to its audience. Young Justice told complex, interesting stories, and its cast of young superheroes had some real depth to them. After it was unexpectedly cancelled (seriously, why?) a crowdfunding campaign launched to bring the series back. That all led to this moment. The long-awaited third season of Young Justice will deal with meta-human trafficking and a “genetic arms race.” So the new season isn’t pulling any punches.Titans is another series about a group of teenage superheroes, but this one will be live action. Produced by Greg Berlanti, who does all the CW DC shows, as well as Riverdale (the man must never sleep), the series is based on Teen Titans, which also had a fantastic animated Cartoon Network series. The series was originally planned for TNT, until the network’s new bosses decided not to move forward with the show. That led to Berlanti getting his hands on it and now the Titans are heading to the new DC service. No actors are attached yet, but we do know that it will feature Dick Grayson’s Robin, Starfire and Raven among others. We’ll see who those others are. I’m hoping for Beast Boy and Cyborg, but the latter might be a bit tricky, considering he’s in Justice League. On the other hand, there are two Barry Allens and with the Nightwing movie, there will be two Dick Graysons. Anything’s possible in the fragmented DC Universe.Teen Titans Intro Sequence (Photo via Cartoon Network)No matter how you feel about the DCEU films, TV is the one area where the company has really been knocking it out of the park. A lot of that is thanks to Berlanti, whose CW series have become a highlight of my week. Also, since Berlanti’s producing the new Titans series, it will probably be every bit as horny as the cartoons.We’ll have to wait until the service launches next year to see what else it offers, but there’s an intriguing line in Deadline‘s report that could make this service a must for DC fans. If it means what I hope it does, anyway. “The DC-branded platform… is designed as an immersive experience with fan interaction and will encompass comics as well as TV series,” Deadline reports. Does that mean the service will allow you to read DC comics too? Could this be DC’s answer to Marvel Unlimited? If so, it’s about time they got something like that going. Hopefully, that’s what it means, and we can all catch up on DC Rebirth when the service launches next year.last_img read more

750Pound 100YearOld Alligator Removed From Florida Park

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ South Florida police department officials recently removed a senior citizen from a local park — and the “resident” happened to be a massive alligator, estimated to be 100 years old.The gargantuan gator was removed by the Jupiter Police Department after a business owner reported spotting the 12-foot creature at Jupiter Commerce Park on Thursday, according to the police department’s Facebook page.When officers arrived, they determined the alligator posed a threat to the public and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Stay on target “Sometimes the alligators are gone, or they’re behind or on the opposite side of the park somewhere,” Jupiter Police officer O’Neal Anderson told the Herald-Tribune. “But this one was in reach of the general public. So they contacted FWC.”The FWC contracted a trapper who safely removed the gator and took the creature to a gator breeding program farm in Central Florida.According to Kristin Rightler, a public information officer for Jupiter Police, the trapper estimated the gator to be about 100 years old, “which seemed a little bit old,” she said. Photos posted on the Jupiter Police Facebook page showed officers wrangling the massive gator.“He has been around for a long time, I guess he was just catching some Florida rays!” said one Facebook commenter.“Holy Cow! No I meant alligator,” wrote another commenter.The average size for a male alligator is 11.2 feet, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Exceptionally large males can reach a weight of nearly half a ton or 1,000 pounds. The average adult size for a female is 8.2 feet.Warmer spring weather means #alligators are more active. Tips on how to stay safe: https://t.co/bWBvco00XC #Florida pic.twitter.com/UlmhzqjSII— MyFWC (@MyFWC) March 26, 2019In a tweet, the FWC reminded locals that alligators are more active and visible in warmer spring weather.“If you see an alligator, keep your distance,” FWC warned on their website. “Also, never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Alligator Interrupts Game at Georgia Golf CourseWatch: Monster Alligator Takes a Casual Stroll in Florida NeighborhoodAlligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing Weatherlast_img read more

Deputies Teen who ran for office part of organized crime ring

first_imgAnthony Bittner, the teenage former House of Representatives candidate, faces yet another round of criminal allegations and was named Thursday by sheriff’s deputies as being part of a major organized crime ring.Bittner, 18, is among three Vancouver men being investigated by detectives on suspicion of numerous auto prowls, thefts, burglaries and distribution of narcotics, said sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss.The latest allegations are that Bittner, along with co-defendants Nathan J. Combs and Jorgan E. Cattin, stole a trailer full of camping gear from a Ridgefield Boy Scout troop on July 7.Deputies also are searching for Samuel Poitras as a person of interest in the theft. Anyone with information should call 360-397-2211, ext. 3362.“We open the floodgates and it keeps pouring in,” Hoss said of the alleged crime ring. “This is a major case (with) literally hundreds of victims throughout the county.”Bittner was formally charged Thursday with six counts as part of the ongoing investigation: residential burglary; manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana); maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; two counts of trafficking in stolen property; and second-degree possession of stolen property.last_img read more

DODs Door is Open to New Ideas for Supporting Installations CMO Says

first_imgWashington, D.C. — DOD is open to new ways of doing business and community leaders should continue to reach out to officials at the installation level with ideas for partnerships or other ways of providing mission support. That was the overarching message John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first chief management officer, delivered during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at the Defense Communities National Summit. Under the current administration, the department has shown a willingness to do things differently as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has pressed senior leaders to look for creative and innovative approaches to carrying out their responsibilities. And that receptiveness to new ideas from communities and the private sector has permeated to the local level, Gibson said. He urged communities to persist in their efforts to engage installation officials. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” he said. “You have a more fertile environment than I think we’ve ever seen.”There are tremendous opportunities for communities to support neighboring installations on functions related to facilities, Gibson said, but local leaders shouldn’t limit their engagement to such issues. The department could benefit from input regarding its core mission of national security as well.ADC Vice President Joe Driskill, who moderated the session, started by asking Gibson about some of the specific reform initiatives he is pursuing. As chief management officer, Gibson’s primary duty is reforming DOD’s business operations. He is focusing on business activities that are common throughout the department which could be carried out more efficiently, such as real property management. To streamline those activities, a team will look at excess capacity and services contracting, Gibson said. The department also will look to other federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, to identify better approaches to managing its real property.DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Independence Day today

first_imgFile photo: BSSThe nation has taken all out preparations to celebrate the 48th Independence and National Day today, Monday.This year the nation is celebrating the day amid much enthusiasm, fanfare and pride as the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman got the prestigious place in the world’s documentary heritage.In October last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) included the speech in the Memory of the World International Register – a list of the world’s important documentary heritage. This recognition has taken the country’s status to a new stature in the global context.The country this year has also achieved a milestone progress in socio-economic development.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations on 15 March officially declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the Least Development Countries (LDCs).The nation is also celebrating the success in festivity, which will continue till 28 March across the country.Amid this success and festivity, tributes will be paid to the martyrs and veterans of the liberation war on the Independence and National Day today.The National Memorial at Savar will be the main venue of the celebration of the day where president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.Families of Bir Shreshthas, war wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, social, cultural and professional bodies and people from all walks of life will also lay wreaths at the national memorial in the morning.Every year, 26 March brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night following 25 March, 1971 in achieving the long-cherished independence on 16 December the same year at the cost of a sea of blood.In the wake of the military crackdown, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who became the undisputed leader of the then Pakistan following the massive victory of his party, Awami League, in the 1970 general elections, declared independence of Bangladesh through the then EPR (East Pakistan Rifles) wireless at 00-30 hours on 26 March (the night following 25 March) in 1971 at his historic Road-32 residence at Dhanmondi here.The great leader also called upon the people to build up strong resistance against the Pakistani barbaric occupation forces.The Pakistani military junta, in a bid to stop the legitimate movement of the Bangalees, arrested Bangabandhu on that night following his declaration of independence.Later, Bangabandhu was taken to the then West Pakistan where he had to spend long nine months in a dark condemned cell.Bangabandhu wrote down the declaration of independence soon after the Pakistani army cracked down on the fateful night of 25 March, 1971.The declaration of independence was soon put on air by wireless. The declaration was first broadcast by Awami League leader MA Hannan from Kalurghat Radio Station in port city Chittagong on 26 March, 1971.However, on 27 March, 1971, the then major Ziaur Rahman announced the proclamation of independence on behalf of great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the same radio station.The Pakistani military junta in their monstrous outburst unleashed a bloody holocaust breaking the silence of the night following 25 March in 1971 when they mercilessly killed hundreds of innocent sleeping Bangalees including teachers, students, police, soldiers, pedestrians and rickshaw- pullers here.The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of 26 March.Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country on 16 December, 1971 with the surrender of the Pakistani occupation forces, who killed three million innocent Bangalees, perpetrated atrocities on 200,000 Bangalee women and burnt down lakhs of dwelling houses across the country during the nine-month war.On the eve of the day, president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages, highlighting the significance of the day in building Bangladesh a prosperous nation.The day’s programmes will be heralded with a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971.The nation will also pay glowing tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and valiant sons of the soil whose supreme sacrifices freed the country from the of Pakistani bondage.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will fly atop all government and private buildings while all streets and important city intersections will be tastefully decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons. Important buildings and establishments as well as city streets and islands have already been illuminated with colourful lights.The government has taken a programme to sing the country’s national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ written by Rabindranath Tagore in correct form at 8:00am across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad on the Independence Day.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at the main programme at ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’ to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium.National dailies will bring out special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private radio stations and television channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.Special prayers will be offered at all mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship across the country seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation, four national leaders, martyrs of the war of liberation and all other patriotic sons of the soil.Improved diets will be served to the inmates of hospitals, jails, old homes and other public institutions to mark the day.Different political parties as well as socio-cultural and professional organisations have drawn elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.last_img read more

The Stunning Gokstad Ship – Best Preserved Viking Vessel in Existence

first_imgOne of Norway’s greatest archaeological finds is the Gokstad ship which takes us back to the late 19th century when two youngsters reportedly decided to have some fun by starting to dig in what people of the area called “the king’s mound.” A prominent mound indeed, its location was a farm in the Sandefjord municipality, slightly to the southwest of Oslo. The boys who started the dig in 1879 were just curious to see what they’d find. Whether the boys had a gut instinct that they’d find something as spectacular as a well-preserved Viking ship, we cannot know, but they were digging in the right spot. The news of their find, what was later named the Gokstad ship, traveled fast. By early 1880, the new archaeological site was visited by representatives of the antiquity department at the University of Oslo, and the excavation process proceeded with more care and caution.Gokstad ship, Kulturhistorisk museum (Viking Ship Museum), Oslo, Norway.The vessel remnants turned out to be those of a ship from the Viking days, in quite good condition except for its upper parts and both the bow and the stern, which had rotted as they stuck out of the burial mound. The mound, made from clay and peat, would originally have been bigger, but its proportions were fairly large even at the time of the digging, some 16 feet high with a diameter measuring about 147 feet.Gokstadskipet, Vikingskipmuseet, Oslo, Photo by Karamell, CC BY-SA 2.5Made of oak, the remains of the Gokstad ship extended almost 52 feet wide and 75 feet in length. There are 16 oar mounts on each side of the vessel; along with the helmsmen, as well as the lookout, a crew of 34 in total would have sailed this Viking boat. The mission could have been trading affairs, or perhaps an adrenaline-filled Viking raid mission.When a replica of it was made named Viking, it embarked on the journey across the Atlantic Ocean from Norway to the United States to be displayed at the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago. The replica testified to the fantastic seafaring capabilities of the Viking vessel, and it continues to rest on display close to Chicago.The original vessel retrieved from the burial pit underwent extensive restoration. The artifact is nowadays the most admired piece that visitors can see at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.A photograph from the 1880 excavation of the Gokstad vesselPerhaps more fascinating than the vessel finding is the fact that it was a burial site, with a chamber where, as archaeologists concluded, a very prominent person from the Viking times was entombed. Archaeologists believe this was a man of power because of accompanying artifacts buried in his grave.A sumptuous tapestry interwoven with silk and gold thread decorated the chamber where the remains of the Gokstad man were found. The man was laid to rest on an elegant bed inside the burial chamber–it is assumed he would have been buried with weapons and some jewels too, but these have probably been lost to grave robbers.The Gokstad ship was deposited in the burial pit sometime around 900 A.D., and analysis of the skeleton shows the Gokstad man was middle-aged, probably in his 50s, when he died a violent death, receiving a knife wound in his right thigh.Model of the Gokstad ship. Photo by Softeis CC BY-SA 2.5Two more injuries have been detected on his legs, which suggest the man was hurt in a battle. That the man received such high praise, being buried with a huge Viking vessel, indicates he was an affluent person of power, perhaps even somebody with a royal lineage, but his identity has not been resolved.As the vessel was unearthed, 32 shields painted yellow and black attached to its sides resurfaced as well. Archaeologists also identified the leftovers of the ship’s sail, remnants of white woolen cloth with strips of red. While precious possessions such as gems and jewels had been emptied from the site, as the UiO Museum of Cultural History writes, there were still other grave goods, including “a gaming board with counters of horn, fish-hooks, and harness fittings made of iron,” among others.More findings included “12 horses, eight dogs, two goshawks and two peacocks,” the latter of which could have even been collected as war trophies, the museum page writes.The Gokstad ship’s replica, the Viking, as seen at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, in 1893A later discovery of a large marketplace not very far from where the Gokstad ship and man were found indicates that the wider area was a well developed trading hub of the Viking days. The artifacts found in the Gokstad burial mound also hint that even if the Gokstad man weren’t any kind of ruler or royal, he would have at least been a wealthy tradesman. His burial ship would have been produced some 10 years before he died, around 890 A.D.Related story from us: Vikings had cats on board their ships as they set sail to conquer the worldWhen Viking enthusiasts check out the legendary ship in Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum, they will notice there is another amazing Viking vessel called the Oseberg ship close to the Gokstad one. This second ship was reportedly discovered in the early 20th century together with the skeletons of two women.last_img read more

OHIP travel insurance may be giving people a false sense of security

first_imgOHIP travel insurance “may be giving people a false sense of security” Tags: Allianz, OHIP Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Even if the Ontario government does follow through on a proposal to cut OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program, that doesn’t change the fact that OHIP travel insurance coverage is already minimal and clients should be advised about the benefits of purchasing additional travel insurance no matter what happens, says Dan Keon, Vice President, Market Management, Allianz Global Assistance Canada.Reports emerged yesterday that Ontario is considering ending the government-run travel insurance program that partly covers the cost of emergency health services abroad. Critics of the proposal say the move will hurt snowbirds and frequent travellers. Keon says: “While we can’t comment on government policy, the current coverage through OHIP and other provincial health plans for medical emergencies experienced outside of Canada is already very limited, with approximately 5% of costs incurred abroad covered through OHIP. Allianz Global Assistance continues to encourage every Canadian to arrange medical travel insurance before they leave their home province or the country.” This recommendation is consistent with reminders recently issued by the Government of Canada on the importance of travel insurance, added Keon.“Ultimately, the provincial government’s announcement does not change the need to protect yourself with adequate travel medical insurance coverage before leaving Canada.”The parliamentary assistant to Health Minister Christine Elliott said yesterday that the government is reviewing OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program as part of efforts to address the province’s $11.7 billion deficit. “We don’t have an unlimited amount of money, obviously,” said Progressive Conservative legislator Robin Martin. “We want to maximize value we get for people and we think that this is not an effective use of our resources.” The program currently covers out-of-country inpatient services to a maximum of $400 per day for a higher level of care, such as intensive care, as well up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient services, and doctor services. Martin said the program offers limited travel insurance coverage – paying out as little as five cents on the dollar in some instances – and encouraged people to purchase additional travel insurance when they go abroad. “They need to get adequate travel insurance to be covered,” she said. “(The OHIP program) may be giving people a false sense of security that they have coverage when the coverage is very, very limited.”The province spends $2.8 million to administer approximately $9 million in claim payments through the program every year. The Tories posted the proposed change on the province’s regulatory website yesterda, offering the public six days to comment on it. The change would come into effect Oct. 1 if the government decides to proceed with it. NDP legislator Marit Stiles called the cut “disturbing” and accused the government of attempting to sneak the change past Ontario residents without proper consultation. “Without actually having a conversation with the folks who will be affected, who travel overseas or to the south during the winter months … I don’t know how this government can be making this decision at all,” she said. “I don’t really care how big or small it is.” In her 2018 report, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the Ministry of Health processed an average of 88,000 out-of-country claims per year over a five year period and paid an average of $127 per claim. The majority of claims paid out in 2017-2018 – 83% – were made for services in the U.S., the report notes. Lysyk also uses an example to illustrate the quandary uninsured travellers can find themselves in even during simple border crossings. She highlighted the case of ‘Mary’ an Ontario resident who travelled to Buffalo for a weekend of shopping and was involved in a car accident during her trip. The woman returned to the province with a $10,000 hospital bill and $3,000 in doctor’s fees. After making a claim to OHIP, she was reimbursed $1,400, leaving her $11,600 out of pocket. Lysyk also noted the high administrative costs of the program, but she said they arise because staff must check varying physician services fee rates and process claims manually. She recommended that the government seek ways to reduce administrative costs by adopting a single reimbursement rate for all health services obtained out-of-country. She also recommended the government bolster efforts to inform Ontarians of the limit on reimbursement rates under the program and on the need to purchase private health insurance before travelling.  Executive Director of the Travel Health Insurance Association (THiA) Will McAleer says: “OHIP coverage has never been something to depend upon when travelling out of province, since it covers less than 5% of out of country expenses for Ontarians.“If the recent changes help ensure that travellers are not surprised by a $50,000 bill for a medical emergency while travelling, the benefit would be much higher than the government’s projected savings for such a change.”McAleer notes that one of the most important things for travellers to understand is that they have the right travel insurance coverage for their trip.  “By eliminating the out of country benefit, this could help ensure adequate travel insurance is purchased for every trip outside of Canada.” With files from The Canadian Press Thursday, April 25, 2019 Posted bylast_img read more

6 tropical foods you thought you knew

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Barbecuing with Lucas Withington Seaweed can help feed the world. But will we eat it? Recipe Add some Costa Rican love to your Thanksgiving table Costa Rica’s best coffee hails once again from Naranjo Shrink-wrapped food in grocery stores is what lots of people think about when they shop for dinner. Whether it’s individually butchered cuts of meat, bushels of fruit or ground spices, sometimes the foods we eat the most are those we know the least about.Even going to farmers markets in Costa Rica doesn’t tell the whole story. Many of the foods and spices bought in markets are still mostly finished products, sometimes far removed from how they look hanging from a tree or coming out of the ground.Here are six tropical foods and spices that grow in Costa Rica that you definitely know but probably have never seen au naturel.1. Cacao Cacao pods on the tree. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesBe it a chocolate candy bar or a tin of cocoa, few things travel farther from from their natural state than a cacao pod. The yellow or rusty-colored pods hanging off low trees in clumps look more like alien eggs sacks than the raw ingredient for many people’s favorite sugar fix.Farmers crack open the pods to get at the white, flesh-covered seeds inside. After a fermentation process, the beans are dried and lightly roasted. The roasted beans are broken up and the hulls separated from the nibs. At this point the nibs can be eaten as is, as a complex, slightly bitter snack. But before it becomes a chocolate bar, the nibs are crushed into a paste called chocolate liquor and conched with sugar to produce a mix of cocoa butter and cocoa solids that chocolatiers eventually place into molds.Costa Rica used to be a major producer of cacao but a blight wiped out much of the industry in the 1970s. Today a nascent gourmet cacao industry is starting to get off the ground again, hoping to make cacao as synonymous with Costa Rica as coffee.2. Cashews Raw cashew fruit with seed. (Via Wikimedia Commons user Ricardo)Prepare to have your mind blown, dear reader: Cashews aren’t actually nuts, they’re seeds! Cashew trees need roughly three years before they start to produce their yellow or red apple-like fruit and seed.After the seed is harvested, it’s toasted to open the outer shell to reveal the “nut.” If the shell opens easily without being toasted first, it’s a sign of poor quality. The cashew nuts can be eaten raw or lightly toasted (and tossed in melted butter with crushed red pepper, brown sugar, a touch of salt and rosemary for my own personal favorite preparation).The cashew “apple” isn’t as well known as the nut — sorry, seed — that shows up in grocery shelves around the world but it, too, is edible. Fruit stands off major highways and carts on the streets of San José occasionally sell the marañón fruit and toasted nuts in long plastic bags. The sweet fruit has a weak skin though and doesn’t travel well. The apple is soft and juicy with a sweet but astringent taste. Eat too much of it, though, and it’ll leave you with a case of cotton mouth.Whoever had the idea to look past the oblong, brightly-colored cashew apple and saw that the weird greenish-brown nub growing out of it was the real delicacy deserves a gold star.3. Coconuts Christian Aguilar from Rio Frio, Alajuela, opens a coconut at a Feria del Agricultor organized outside the Legislative Assembly in San José, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAnyone who spends time at the beach or even in downtown San José on a hot day knows the miracle properties of pipa when it comes to quenching your thirst. But that pipa is actually the same drupe — again, not a nut, who knew! — as the classic small hairy brown three-eyed coconuts that most people think of.Green pipas are immature coconuts that still have their outer husk attached. Besides the sweet water inside a pipa, the white flesh of a mature coconut can be used for coconut oil, coconut milk and shaved, toasted for the sweet bits on coconut cream pies. Coconut palms can also be harvested when they’re very young for the salad staple, hearts of palm, also known as palmito.So the next time you’re at the beach you’ll know not to expect a bunch of brown bowling balls up in a palm tree. Just don’t sit under them.4. Vanilla Vanilla beans. (Via Wikimedia Commons user B.navez)Vanilla is anything but “vanilla.” Think twice the next time you brush over vanilla ice cream because vanilla — real vanilla — is one of the most expensive spices out there. And to class up this under-appreciated spice even more, it comes from an orchid!Vanilla pods are the seeds of the flat-leaf vanilla orchid that grows in tropical zones, including Costa Rica. The flower is originally from Mexico but grows across Latin America’s tropical zones, Madagascar and the Pacific. The species Vanilla pompona, commonly known as the flat-leaved vanilla. (Courtesy H. Sell via Wikimedia Commons)Vanilla orchids are self-pollinating but they’re very fickle. If the flower is not pollinated within a day of opening it falls off, ruining the chance for the bean to form. That means vanilla on any commercial scale must be pollinated by hand as soon as the flowers open.5. Tapioca Once you wrestle these out of the ground, they’re yuca-licious. Ed Bernhardt/The Tico TimesWhether it’s the tiny caviar-like pearls in your grandmother’s tapioca pudding or the larger frog-egg variety at the bottom of a cup of boba tea, tapioca comes from cassava root. Tapioca is a starch extracted from the cassava root — which enjoys its own fame as a fried snack on Tico bar menus or mashed up to make enyucados or pastel de yuca — that’s a common dessert ingredient. Cassava cultivation. (Courtesy Bob Walker via Wikimedia Commons)But there’s a touch of danger when it comes to tapioca, or the cassava where it comes from at least. If cassava root isn’t cooked properly before eating, it can deliver a deadly dose of cyanide.6. Pineapples A pineapple in a field in Limón. Ronald Reyes/The Tico TimesDon’t let the “apple” part fool you, this spiny fruit does not grow in trees. Pineapples are actually the fruit of a bromeliad, a plant better known for hanging off trees in the jungle than for sweet, acidic fruit. Costa Rica is one of the world’s biggest producer of pineapples for export.Harvesting pineapple is back-breaking work. Workers need to trudge through hot fields with no shade and brave the pineapple’s sharp leaves to harvest the golden fruit.The name for pineapples in Spanish — piña — is also used for the fruit of the agave plant that is fermented to make tequila and mezcal, depending what part of Mexico you’re in. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimers is brewing

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that’s testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer’s. Whether that medication works or not, it’s the first drug study where scientists can track how both of Alzheimer’s signature markers begin building up in older adults before memory ever slips.“The combination of amyloid and tau is really the toxic duo,” predicted Dr. Reisa Sperling of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who is leading the so-called A4 study. “To see it in life is really striking.”The A4 study — it stands for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s — aims to enroll 1,000 healthy seniors like Judith Chase Gilbert, 77, of Arlington, Virginia. The recently retired government worker is mentally sharp but learned through the study that her brain harbors amyloid buildup that might increase her risk. Last week, researchers slid Gilbert into a doughnut-shaped PET scanner as she became one of the first study participants to also have their brains scanned for tau.“We know that tau starts entering the picture at some point, and we do not know when. We do not know how that interaction happens. We should know,” said chief science officer Maria Carrillo of the Alzheimer’s Association, which is pushing to add tau scans to other dementia research, too. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies More than 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias, including about 5 million in the U.S. Those numbers are expected to rise rapidly as the baby boomers get older. There is no good treatment. Today’s medications only temporarily ease symptoms and attempts at new drugs, mostly targeted at sticky amyloid, have failed in recent years.Maybe that’s because treatment didn’t start early enough. Scientists now think Alzheimer’s begins quietly ravaging the brain more than a decade before symptoms appear, much like heart disease is triggered by gradual cholesterol buildup. Brain scans show many healthy older adults quietly harbor those sticky amyloid plaques, not a guarantee that they’ll eventually get Alzheimer’s but an increased risk.Yet more recent research, including a large autopsy study from the Mayo Clinic, suggests that Alzheimer’s other bad actor — that tangle-forming tau protein — also plays a big role. The newest theory: Amyloid sparks a smoldering risk, but later spread of toxic tau speeds the brain destruction.Normal tau acts sort of like railroad tracks to help nerve cells transport food and other molecules. But in Alzheimer’s, the protein’s strands collapse into tangles and eventually the cell dies. Most healthy people have a small amount of dysfunctional tau in one part of the brain by their 70s, Sperling said. But amyloid plaques somehow encourage this bad tau to spread toward the brain’s memory center, she explained. Top Stories Seeing how amyloid and tau interact in living brains “is opening a whole new chapter into possible therapies,” Turner added.For Gilbert, learning she had amyloid buildup “was distressing,” but it has prompted her to take extra steps, in addition to the study, to protect her brain. On her doctor’s advice, she’s exercising more, and exercising her brain in a new way by buying a keyboard to start piano lessons.“It’s exciting to be part of something that’s cutting edge,” said Gilbert, who had never heard of tau before.And she has a spot-on question: “So what’s the medication for the tau?”Stay tuned: A handful of drugs to target tau also are in development but testing will take several years.___Online: www.a4study.orgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society The A4 study, which is enrolling participants in the U.S., Australia and Canada, may give some clues.The goal is to check up to 500 people for tau three times over the three-year study, as researchers tease out when and how it forms in those who are still healthy. They won’t be told the results — scientists don’t know enough yet about what the scans portend.At the same time, study participants will receive either an experimental anti-amyloid drug — Eli Lilly & Co.’s solanezumab — or a placebo as researchers track their memory. The $140 million study is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Lilly and others; the Alzheimer’s Association helped fund the addition of the tau scans.The idea: If the drug proves to be helpful, it might be tamping down amyloid formation that in turn reins in toxic tau. In previous studies, solanezumab failed to help full-blown Alzheimer’s but appeared to slow mental decline in patients with mild disease, raising interest in testing the still healthy.“We’re trying to remove amyloid’s downstream effects on tau formation,” said Dr. R. Scott Turner of Georgetown University Medical Center, where Gilbert enrolled in the study. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Moveup Buyer Confidence on the Rise

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 11, 2017 632 Views The confidence of existing homeowners is rising, and it could mean more starter-home inventory will hit the market in the near future, according to an analysis released by ValueInsured on Thursday.ValueInsured’s Housing Confidence Index shows existing homeowners who are considering upgrading to a larger one have a confidence level of 75 out of 100 in their potential purchase. That’s higher than the confidence levels of first-time buyers, non-homeowners, and all Americans as a whole.“Existing homeowners are also the only group that reported an increase in housing confidence since January 2017,” ValueInsured reported. “This comes as no surprise as rising interest rates, higher home prices, and what has been dubbed ‘the strongest seller’s market ever’ have most benefitted existing homeowners in the current housing climate.”But given homeowners’ high levels of confidence, inventory is still strapped, and there just aren’t enough starter homes on the market. It will take getting these owners to start selling in order to alleviate the market’s inventory problem, ValueInsured says.“It has been reported that home sales this Spring has been slowed by low inventory; and one key reason for the shortage is would-be sellers holding onto their current homes, concerned that they may not be able to find desirable homes to upgrade to,” ValueInsured reported. “In other words, it is not far-fetched to say that not only are repeat buyers responsible for two-thirds of all home sales, they have a hand in helping close the other one-third as well.”Ultimate, ValueInsured says, it’s expected interest rate hikes and timing that are keeping people from selling. According to the site’s recent Modern Homebuyer Survey, 76 percent of homeowners believe interest rates will continue to rise this year, and another 71 percent say “the era of affordable mortgages are coming to an end.”“Given the historically low levels of interest rates and record high refinancing applications in the past four years, many of these potential upgrade buyers likely have recently refinanced and are hesitant to give up their existing low rate mortgage,” ValueInsured reported.The survey also showed that 56 percent of homeowners think prices would come down if they bought a new home now, and half think six months from now is a better time to sell. Move-up Buyer Confidence on the Risecenter_img Share homebuyer confidence move-up buyers repeat buyers valueinsured 2017-05-11 Aly J. Yalelast_img read more

Movement Mortgage Buys Eagles Retail Operations

first_img January 11, 2019 819 Views Eagle Home Mortgage Lennar loans mortgage Movement Mortgage Originations Retail 2019-01-11 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, Origination Movement Mortgage Buys Eagle’s Retail Operationscenter_img South-Carolina based Movement Mortgage is expanding its operations and reach in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West market through the acquisition of Lennar’s  Eagle Home Mortgage’s retail operations. The transaction is expected to add $1.5 billion in additional annual mortgage loan volume to Movement’s origination platform, the company said in a statement.The acquisition, which is scheduled to close later this month, will also increase Movement’s national retail mortgage footprint by 230 additional mortgage professionals and 35 branch offices. “We want to grow, and we relentlessly look for purpose-filled, growth-minded mortgage professionals who want to make a meaningful difference in their industry and communities. We found all of those qualities and more in the team at Eagle Home Mortgage,” said Casey Crawford, CEO, Movement Mortgage. “I’m excited and honored to welcome these talented individuals to Movement.”The Eagle Home Mortgage assets are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions, including offices and operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Movement expects to retain the staff across the acquired branch network and integrate the business with its existing retail network of more than 650 branches and 1,500 loan officers nationwide.“Movement provides our loan officers and support teams with the industry’s best process and service, innovative technology and a culture that emphasizes caring for customers, teammates, and communities,” said Kisha Weir, SVP, Eagle Home Mortgage.Movement kicked off the acquisition announcement with a four-day roadshow across four states, as executive sales and operations leadership visited Eagle associates in Seattle, Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Denver. Sharelast_img read more

October 9 2006 Welcome to the October 1 2006

first_imgOctober 9, 2006 Welcome to the October 1. 2006 workshop participants. Back from left: Angela Truffa, Errin Turner, Jung Ju Lee, David Hutchens and Alfonso Elia. Front from left: Stanford Mandizha and Ilaria Ferraboli. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Man who duped workers with fake jobs in custody

first_imgAfter five years police appear to have in their hands the suspected mastermind of a scam who managed to steal some €300,000 from Cypriot craftsmen and workers seeking employment in the aftermath of the economic collapse.Tunisian Mohamet Jamel Ben Hassen, 63, aka Giorgos Krasopoulos, a Greek national, was on Saturday remanded in custody for six days after he was extradited from Greece in connection with stealing €290,000 from desperate people between June and September 2013 who had been promised work in France.Police said the suspect had registered a construction company on the island, G. Krasopoulos International Ltd, with headquarters in Larnaca and branches in Limassol and Dherynia.Through ads in the press and on the internet, the company sought craftsmen and workers for a project it was undertaking in Lille, France.It presented contracts to the candidates stipulating they had to pay €620 upon signing and an additional €600 when they started work in France.The suspect, according to police, presented himself to staff as the director, Giorgos Krasopoulos, and claimed he had an agreement with a French company for a large housing project.The court heard 470 people signed contracts and paid the initial €620 between June and September 2013, when the island was reeling from the economic collapse.Between September 4 and 8, a total of 72 individuals from Cyprus flew to Lille to start working but when they arrived, they realised they had been conned.During the investigation, police found that the suspect had used a copy of a counterfeit identity card to hire people who later registered the company for him.The ID had been issued in Greece in June 2011. It later transpired that Giorgos Krasopoulos was a real person living in Greece who had declared his ID lost at some point.The ID was used at the social insurance office in Larnaca to secure an employer’s tax registration number and register a company in Nicosia. It was also used at the VAT and inland revenue departments.According to Interpol, the man had been arrested in the Netherlands in July 2013 in possession of the Greek ID and a Bulgarian one. Both documents had his photo.He told the authorities the Greek ID was forged and that he had it because he was wanted in Greece because he owed the state €500,000.In August 2013, he was also arrested in Germany with the same ID.In his possession, the authorities also found a forged residence permit and forged Belgian and Cypriot driver’s licences.He told German authorities he was Krasopoulos and that his personal documents had been stolen in Bulgaria, forcing him to obtain the forged ID from an unknown foreigner in Athens.The suspect also claimed he could not get a new Greek ID because he owed the government €2m.German authorities took photos and his fingerprints, which they communicated to Interpol. The suspect was released after paying a €1,000 bail.Cypriot authorities matched the fingerprints to Hassen, whom it emerged had been arrested and convicted in Cyprus back in 1978 for fraud.Police said they have evidence showing the cash collected from the workers ended up in the suspect’s pocket, either through transfer companies or carriers who met him overseas.The suspect had flats in Hungary and Bulgaria, which posed as his company offices, police said.Two of his associates were arrested in 2013 in Bulgaria and Serbia and were later extradited to Cyprus.Hassen was arrested in Greece in August 2016 and was sentenced to nine years in jail for fraud and forgery a year later.In December 2018, Greek authorities notified Cyprus they had decided to extradite the suspect.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLifestyle Daily ReviewsThese Top-Rated Online Degrees Are Perfect For Seniors (See The List)Lifestyle Daily ReviewsUndoGundry MDThis Is What Happens To Dark Spots (When You Do This Every MorningGundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Coles bill to help couples recognize private marriages on public record

first_img Categories: Cole News 15Dec Rep. Cole’s bill to help couples recognize private marriages on public record becomes law State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18 was signed into law by the governor this week.Only persons at least 18 years of age may be married without parental consent. A probate judge may marry minors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old if these individuals have their parents’ permission – but these marriages are not put on public record.  Cole’s bill will allow the marriage record of these individuals to be made public once they reach 18 years old, if both parties in the marriage agree.“Privately married couples now have the ability to see their marriage on public record,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The court will be able to unseal the record of the individuals’ marriage when they both reach 18 years of age.”A couple from Alden Township discussed the bill idea with Rep. Cole. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year and the only gift they were asking for was to recognize their private marriage on public record.The legislation will allow marriage licenses to be unsealed upon the following conditions:·       All petitioners were married without publicity.·       The petitioners are both at least 18 years of age at the time of the filing.·       Both of the petitioners wish to unseal the record of the marriage.Once the petition has been received and the court determines the above qualifications are met, the court shall forward a copy of the license and certificate of marriage to the clerk in the county the license was issued. The court shall also forward a copy of the marriage record to the state registrar.House Bill 4802 is now Public Act 200 of 2017.###last_img read more

Farrington sponsors county grant legislation benefiting veteran services

first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica today cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county under the proposed legislation. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“Local veteran service offices give veterans access to advising and assistance on benefits they are eligible for,” Farrington said. “For counties that do not have an accredited county service officer at hand, veterans are sometimes withheld from services they need.”Under the current veterans benefit model, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location such as a city library.Eleven Michigan counties are currently without a veteran service office. Farrington said this could be due to the number of veterans in the area, lack of funding or because the county partners with neighboring counties.“While Macomb County already has an accredited veteran service officer at its local department, this grant will still provide funding to help even further expand the level of service provided to veterans,” Farrington said.The measure, House Bill 5536, will be formally read into the record Thursday. 07Feb Farrington sponsors county grant legislation benefiting veteran serviceslast_img read more