first_imgIn an open letter published in The Times (London) newspaper and promoted through a digital billboard at Waterloo station, American celebrities Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah and Robert Kennedy Jr joined US NGOs, trade groups and businesses such as Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, the Rachel Carson Council, Friends of the Earth, the Organic Consumers Association, Dr Bronner’s and NYR Organic to warn British citizens of the dangers of growing GM crops and urge them to speak out before it’s too late.The warning comes at a critical time as the European Parliament will vote in January whether member states can decide for themselves to grow GM crops or not. If this legislation is passed, the UK could see the planting of commercial GM crops within the next six to eighteen months.The letter, which highlights the problems and challenges which American farmers, consumers and others have faced over nearly two decades of growing and eating GM crops, was delivered to Downing Street by a delegation which included fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, actor Jeremy Irons and chef Val Warner and MPs, Zac Goldsmith and Michael Meacher. It also included the two campaigners from the US who helped drive the letter, Pamm Larry and Diana Reeves, as well as Beyond GM Director, Pat Thomas, who coordinated the effort in the UK.The fully referenced letter, signed by groups and individuals representing some 57 million members and supporters, argues that GM crops have never delivered on their promises to increase yields and profits or to decrease pesticide use. In fact, they have done the opposite with the cost of growing GM crops now greater than conventional crops in the US and pesticide use 24% higher amongst GM farmers than non-GM farmers planting the same crops.The environmental harm caused by this increased herbicide has also led to the destruction of vital insect and bee populations. The population of the Monarch butterfly, for example, has dropped by over 80% in some parts of the US as the herbicide, Roundup, kills milkweed – the Monarch’s key food source. It also damages soil structure and makes essential micronutrients unavailable to the plant and therefore our food.The Americans warn that after nearly 20 years of use, GM ingredients are now everywhere in their food chain – over 70% of all processed foods in the US contain them. As a result, traces of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – have been found in high levels in the breast milk and urine of American mothers as well as in their drinking water. The levels in the breast milk were around 1,600 times higher than what is currently allowable in European drinking water.The American signatories believe their experience of using what they call a “failing agricultural technology” serves as a warning to other countries about to journey down the same road. They conclude that GM food “has never really been about public good, or feeding the hungry, or supporting farmers. Nor is it about consumer choice. Instead it’s about private, corporate control of the food system.”Susan Sarandon says: “Instead of bringing certainty and security, GMOs have raised more and more worrying questions about their effectiveness, their necessity, and even their safety. Polls show that the majority of US citizens – and in fact citizens everywhere – either want them labelled or taken out of the food system altogether.”Activist attorney Robert Kennedy Jr says: “An informed and engaged public is one of our greatest weapons against widespread threats to health and environmental justice. Initiatives like The Letter from America highlight clearly the problems we have faced in the US in the 17 years we have been planting and eating GMOs.”Vivienne Westwood, who was one of the British celebrities who helped deliver the petition to Downing Street this morning says: “GMOs are a democratic issue. They are a massive, unethical experiment in human and environmental health. People are voicing legitimate concerns about how they and their families will be affected by eating them, how planting them will affect the environment and biodiversity, how forcing them on developing countries will disempower and impoverish farmers there and most of all why, if so many unanswered question remain about GMOs, our government is continuing to try and force them on the British public.”Pat Thomas, the campaign director for Beyond GM says: “The American experience of GMOs shines a light on how our own food future will unfold if we continue to race pell-mell down the road to a genetically modified Britain. It also can teach us about the importance and effectiveness of public engagement. Biotech companies have spent a lot of time and money sidelining public opinion, and turning the GM debate into an abstract and academic affair. It’s time the public was brought back into the ‘public debate’ about what they eat, and what they feed their children, and it’s time politicians and regulators started listening.”For the full version of the Letter from America please visit: www.theletterfromamerica.org.last_img read more

7 March 2008The head of the United Nations anti-crime agency today welcomed Thailand’s arrest of Viktor Bout, the infamous weapons smuggler, dubbed the “Merchant of Death,” who is accused of profiting from some of the most violence conflicts around the globe. The head of the United Nations anti-crime agency today welcomed Thailand’s arrest of Viktor Bout, the infamous weapons smuggler, dubbed the “Merchant of Death,” who is accused of profiting from some of the most violence conflicts around the globe. “Let him face justice for the destruction that he has inflicted on humanity,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said of Mr. Bout, who was apprehended in Bangkok yesterday. Seen as a kingpin in the global trade of illegal arms, he is believed to have been the inspiration for the character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film “Lord of War.” The vast majority of firearms, one of the planet’s biggest killers, used in conflicts start out legally traded but end up in the illicit market through theft, corruption, poor management and weak transfer control mechanisms. Mr. Costa urged Thailand to ratify the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime to “make it easier to bring criminals of [Mr. Bout’s] ilk to justice, for example through mutual legal assistance and extradition.” He also took the opportunity to appeal to Member States to ratify the UN Firearms Protocol – also known as the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition – and “implement its measures to stop arms dealers from flooding the world with illicit weapons.” According to UNODC, three quarters of the nearly 1 billion guns in circulation worldwide are in the hands of civilians. Every year, 8 million new guns are manufactured, as well as billions of ammunition rounds – enough to kill the world’s population twice over. “The Firearms Protocol – which is a powerful yet forgotten piece of international law – can reduce the threat posed by these weapons,” said the UNODC head. In a related development, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs will meet next week in Vienna to review progress made on global drug control efforts. One decade ago, the General Assembly committed itself to “eliminating or significantly reducing the illicit cultivation of the coca bush, the cannabis plant and the opium poppy by the year 2008.” The upcoming weeklong meeting – which will be attended by ministers and top anti-narcotics officials from 53 member countries of the Commission, including Bolivia, Colombia and Iran – will assess the effectiveness of measures that have been taken. “The drug control system has succeeded in containing drug use to less than 5 per cent of the adult population of the world,” Mr. Costa said, calling this an “extraordinary” achievement. “However, the problem has not been solved; fundamental objectives of the drug control conventions have not yet been achieved, and some of the targets set ten years ago remain elusive,” he warned. Next week’s meeting will focus on issues such as the impacts of drug trafficking, reducing demand, and alternative development as a key drug control strategy. read more

The cyclist who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run collision in Tillsonburg Tuesday, has died, OPP said in a statement Wednesday.Michael Jones, a Tillsonburg resident, was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Christie Street shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.After a second collision, the OPP charged Springfield’s Mark Newell with a raft of crimes.Newell is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, criminal negligence causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.He is being held in custody, provincial police said.Police are asking anyone with information to contact Oxford County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Tips can be submitted anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

“In the end we are all facing poverty if we fail to address environmental decline, if we fail to reinvest in nature’s capital,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer told the opening session of a three-day brainstorming seminar at the London School of Economics on how to mainstream environment in pro-poor development strategies.“You cannot continue to drive a car if all you do is put petrol in the tank,” he warned. “It needs servicing, parts require replacing and we must pay for the roads and infrastructure on which it runs. In reality, nature is even more complicated. “By continually depleting and damaging it and without investment in the running, maintenance and management costs, the Earth’s life support can suddenly and abruptly fade or switch to become less productive and unpredictable.“I believe we are slowly winning this political and economic argument but not fast enough. So we must hurry up, otherwise all 6 billion of us will eventually be scratching around trying to survive,” he added.The 10-12 October seminar has brought together experts in environmental economics as well as senior figures from the environmental and intergovernmental fields. They are discussing multilateral agreements governing such environmental concerns as biological diversity, migratory species and the global climate.These treaties could go a long way towards helping refine ecosystem valuations and to improve cost-benefit analysis of targeted investments in degraded ecosystems to boost political and financial support for this nature-based approach.One of the primary aims is to see how pro-poor markets can be created to generate income for those in desperate need while conserving the life-support systems upon which they and the rest of the world depend. read more

The two men discussed the escalating humanitarian crisis and the disconcerting rise in sectarian violence in Syria over a working dinner in New York last night, according to a read-out provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. In June, discussions about the international conference were held in Geneva with participation from senior United States, Russian and UN officials, led by the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi.Still not scheduled, the goal of such a conference would to be to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Syria through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.Issued after a meeting of the Action Group for Syria, the document lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, more than 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance.Mr. Ban and Mr. Lavrov also discussed the Middle East peace process, with the UN chief saying he was encouraged by the resumption of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and reiterating that the UN would do its utmost to support them.The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister also discussed the situations in Lebanon and Afghanistan, among other topics. read more

While congratulating the Government and people of Liberia for the progress made so far as reflected by “clear evidence” that new cases of Ebola were reducing, Dr. Nabarro said in an interview with UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio, in Monrovia: “The disease has not gone away.”“You have to stay alert, vigilant and sustain the response until every last person with Ebola infection is able to be treated and then the virus goes away,” he said. “That continued alert and vigilance is absolutely essential, otherwise things will get worse again like they were in August and September.”During his visit, he met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as staff at the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response’s (UNMEER) office in Monrovia, and key Ebola response partners in the country. In his radio interview, Dr. Nabarro urged Liberians to “to work at county level to continue to find people who are suspected to having Ebola and make sure they are properly assessed and diagnosed, and then treated.”“In all disease control efforts, we see that the most dangerous time is actually when it looks as though you are near a point where the disease is coming under control because people relax and stop being vigilant,” he said. “And so we need to have the money, commitment and the people until every last case is under treatment.”He also encouraged Liberians to “work with other countries in the region so they too can move into direction you have.”Meanwhile, World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, who is also in the region, travelled today from Guinea to Sierra Leone, where he pledged his organization will stay “until it gets to zero Ebola cases,” boost economic development and open doors for businesses in the West African country. Mr. Kim said in remarks to reporters in Conakry however, that the Bank did not “need to wait until we get to zero cases to start working on the economic recovery, so our second area of support is agriculture.”“We are concerned that agricultural production has dropped significantly as a result of this Ebola epidemic,” he said. “We will help farmers recover from this crisis by boosting agriculture productivity, enhancing the skills of workers, as well as by promoting regional trade integration. We must make sure that the Ebola epidemic is not followed by a food security crisis.”The UN World Health Organization today released its latest figures on the outbreak, which showed that 17,145 reported cases with 6070 reported deaths. WHO also reported that new cases were slightly increasing in Guinea, stable or declining in Liberia, and “may still be increasing in Sierra Leone.”“Response activities in the three intense-transmission countries continue to intensify in line with the UNMEER aim to isolate and treat 70 per cent of cases, and safely bury 70 per cent Ebola-related deaths by 1 December, with the ultimate goal of reaching 100 per cent by 1 January,” the WHO report said. Meanwhile today, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has established an Ebola isolation centre in the refugee camp in Kouankan, Guinea hosting more than 5,000 refugees, UNMEER reported, adding that no Ebola cases have yet been registered in the camp. read more

Among the dozens of events that kicked off the opening in Sendai, Japan, of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, a key multi-stakeholder dialogue heard participants urge greater efforts to expand and strengthen opportunities, and make full use of the leadership of women in disaster risk reduction. When disasters strike, women are most heavily impacted but often overcome immense obstacles to lead response efforts and provide care and support, even at risk of their own health and well-being, the heads of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), told the first of the Conference’s intergovernmental high-level partnership dialogues, on “Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction.”The aim of the Conference, which wraps up Wednesday, 18 March, is to update the landmark Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), agreed decade ago and named after the Japanese city in which it was negotiated and which details the work required from all sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses.According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), while progress has been made in the implementation of the HFA, it is widely recognized that serious gaps and challenges remain in delivering on the international community’s commitments to gender equality and women’s rights in disaster risk reduction efforts. Engagement and leadership of women as change agents in their societies are still often overlooked in disaster risk management, where women are often categorized as a vulnerable group.WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin underscored that the “global reset” beginning today in Sendai – the first of a crucial series of UN-backed conferences and meetings set for 2015 respectively on development financing, sustainable development and climate change, all aimed at ensuring a safer and more prosperous world for all – must include steps to place women at the centre of disaster risk reduction efforts.Without those steps, none of the ambitious goals proposed this year would be met. Questioning why there had been more “grey suits” in the room of the main hall when the Third World Conference had opened earlier today “than there are when we are here talking about women,” she said disasters indeed exacerbated pre-existing barriers and inequalities that women faced, putting them at greater risk of injury and death.As such, “women must be sitting in the lead chairs during these discussions; they must be part of the decision-making; they must be part of this conversation,” Ms. Cousin said, stressing that it is time cast aside the restrictive view of women as vulnerable and merely accepting aid. Indeed, women must be recognized for who they are and the roles they undertake, which are central pillars of disaster response and recovery.“We must recognize and mobilize women going forward…it is time to move from aspiration to implementation,” she said calling for efforts to ensure commitments made in the landmark Beijing Platform for Action, which is this year marking its 20th anniversary, as well as the Hyogo Framework.For his part, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said the Sendai Conference offers a new opportunity for the world to galvanize around a common disaster risk reduction agenda and commit to collective actions that put women at its centre.The fact that serious gaps remain in the area is not for lack of guidance and tools on relevant gender-based approaches and best practices. What is needed is requisite political will to make ensure that women’s voices were enhanced and participation ensured. All such efforts must bolster women’s rights, included sexual and reproductive health rights, he said.Continuing, he suggested key actions that could be taken at all levels, stressing that dedicated resources are lacking and as such, money must be devoted to disaster risk reduction and women must be empowered to play a real role in that area. Mr. Osotimehin also said sustained and sustainable disaster risk reduction requires an accountability framework with indicators and targets to measure progress and ensure that national and local actors move towards implementation.In a keynote address, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country had endured many disasters and such harsh experiences had Japan keenly aware that the power of women is essential for risk reduction as well as reconstruction in the wake of such events.He said that Japan had long understood the importance of enhancing the voice, visibility and participation of women. Fore example, he said that if a disaster struck during the middle of the day, most of the people at home would be women so their perspective is essential “absolutely essential for restoring devastated.”“’No matter how much the ground shakes, we will remain calm in our hearts,’” said Prime Minister Abe, quoting the powerful words of women in one of the districts he had visited in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and pledging Japan’s ongoing strong commitment to ensuring all women played a greater role in disaster risk reduction.The panel was co-Chaired by Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and Loren Legarda, Senator from the Philippines.Panellists included Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland, Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai city, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission for Budget and Human Resources, and Adi Vasulevu Merewalasi of FemLINKPACIFIC. read more

Given his reputation as a dual-threat QB, it might surprise you (it surprised us) that Watson led a pass-first offense last year, averaging almost double the yards through the air (334) as on the ground (170). According to expected points added, Clemson’s passing game generated 9.1 more points per contest than its rushing attack. Fast forward to 2017, and the offense has changed its focus, winning with a dominating run game. As a team, the Tigers are rushing for 105 yards more a game than last year, causing their offensive EPA to tilt in favor of the running game by 10 points per game.After serving as Watson’s understudy for his first two years, junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has been a driving force behind this change in playing style. Bryant is notching 25 yards more on the ground per game than Watson did last season. And he already has seven rushing touchdowns — Watson scored nine all of last season.It’s not been all about the offense, though. Defensive holdovers Austin Bryant and Dorian O’Daniel have helped Clemson’s D generate 6.1 more EPA per game in 2017 than it did last year. And unlike the offense, the Tigers’ defense has improved against both the pass and the run, cutting their points allowed per game almost in half to just 9.2.Swinney’s greatest coaching feat may come soon if Clemson continues winning. So few coaches in the game have shown the ability to continue winning amid a drastic change in playing style — Nick Saban and his recent rotating stable of quarterbacks at Alabama come to mind. And, not coincidentally, Saban — whose Alabama teams faced off against Clemson in the past two title games — will likely be waiting for him in the College Football Playoff. Undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, the defending champion Clemson Tigers are roughly a third of the way to reaching this season’s college football national title game. It would be their third straight trip. That’s hard to do, so much so that no college football team has made it to three in a row since the Florida State Seminoles did so from 1998 to 2000.On Saturday, Dabo Swinney’s 4-0 Tigers will travel to Virginia Tech for what may be their toughest — and most important — game until the playoff bracket is decided. And they’re already coping with one major change in 2017 from the school’s last two dominating teams: Deshaun Watson now plays for the Houston Texans. But despite the departure of the superlative quarterback, Clemson has managed to survive by transforming the strength of its offense overnight.Heading into 2017, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking Watson’s production would be sorely missed. After all, he averaged 5,218 total yards in his last two seasons at Clemson — 4,351 yards passing and 867 yards running. And as we’ve previously noted, it’s difficult for teams to maintain offensive efficiency the season after losing their starting quarterback. But Clemson hasn’t missed a beat on offense. The Tigers are averaging 37.8 points per game through four games, compared with 39.2 for all of last season, and that includes a 14-6 dogfight with the Auburn Tigers in Week 2. So how has Clemson managed to play so well despite losing their talismanic quarterback? read more

first_imgObtala Resources has recovered a 23.30 ct and 11.92 ct ‘special’ stone from its Bakidu operation in Sierra Leone. In addition to this special stone (defined as being greater than 10.8 ct), six stones of 5.15, 5.16, 5.75, 7.60, 8.86 and 9.05 ct have been recovered. The mining licences for this alluvial diamond mining operation at Konoma are held by the 100% owned Obtala subsidiary, Sierra Leone Hard Rock (SLHR). Over the past two months, Obtala has been evaluating a change in the current mining strategy, adopted from previous workers. Historically most of the production was processed through the main 2 Mt/y DMS plant located at Konoma. Obtala intends to revise this strategy in an attempt to reduce operating costs and improve overall production rates, by using a number of lower-cost mobile DMS plants which will be strategically located along the Bafi River. These smaller units will allow for focused, localised mining with reduced haulage distances and operating costs. Obtala is currently operating a 5 t/h DMS at the Bakidu site, some 15 km east of the Konoma main plant.Historic bulk sampling at Bakidu identified a mineralised palaeo-channel with results indicating that grades of 0.17ct/m3 are achievable, with the current work by Obtala confirming this grade estimate. Obtala has recovered 963.95 ct from 8,336 t of gravel processed at Bakidu, with an average stone size of 0.73 ct per stone. Geological continuity of this channel is possible and represents upside potential for the project. Additional exploration for such palaeo-channels will offer further upside potential and be will locations where the mobile DMS plants will operate in the future.Additional capital equipment has been purchased with an excavator expected to arrive in-country in late August and an additional excavator expected in late November of this year. Diamonds recovered from the gravels treated are reported at over 95% gem quality.The local Community Mining Scheme, which is fully endorsed by the Government of Sierra Leone is in full operation with 450 local miners employed, with stones expected to be recovered within the next week or so. Frank Scolaro, Chairman of Obtala, commented: “The results of this work at Bakidu, utilising the mobile DMS unit, illustrates the way forward for the mining strategy of the company. The recovery of the ‘special’ stones with this small scale plant demonstrates that low cost production with high profitability is very achievable. We continue to optimise operations with a view to increasing our production levels, which will be greatly enhanced with the arrival of new mining equipment. The on-going Community Mining Scheme is very encouraging and has helped build our relationship with the local community and I am delighted that they will shortly start to produce stones. We remain focussed on achieving our goal of low cost, quality production which produces a sustainable and profitable business”last_img read more

first_imgWhen a for-profit business that travels the nation buying coins, precious metals and paper currency made a stop in Vancouver this week, Ed and Mary Ann Statler decided to check it out.“There were old coins that we had been carrying around for years,” said Mary Ann Statler, 67. “I went on the Internet to see what they were worth.” Then she and Ed, 70, headed to the International Coin Collectors Association event, where the Battle Ground couple sold several historic coins and some silver.Despite concerns posted online about the coin-collecting business and its parent, THR & Associates, Mary Anne Statler said she felt she got a good deal on the trades — selling old pennies for two cents that have a resale value of three cents, for example.Online criticisms primarily focus on THR & Associates’ approach to valuing goods, which is done without the use of an appraiser, and on the fact that the company does not allow sellers to reclaim merchandise, which is often required of pawn shops and other physical stores.last_img read more

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Discussing its progress in pursuit of one of three IR licenses to be issued by the Japanese government in late 2019, Genting Singapore said, “We continue to work steadily towards the expected bidding process for IRs in the second half of 2019 following the establishment of the basic policy for developing IRs.“Specific cities have shown interest in having an IR and we have responded to their requests for information, views and comments. Concurrently, we have also engaged in discussions with stakeholders to understand the environment and the localities where such cities are involved.”Genting Singapore is expected to target one of the two IR licenses to be issued to major metropolitan areas, having earlier this year incorporated five new wholly-owned subsidiaries in Japan, specifically: Genting Japan Co Ltd, Genting Tokyo Co Ltd, Genting Osaka Co Ltd, Genting Yokohama Co Ltd and Resorts World Yokohama Co Ltd.In the meantime, the company continues to enhance the attractions at its flagship property Resorts World Sentosa where a 9% increase in non-gaming revenue to SG192.8 million in 3Q18 offset a 1% decline in casino revenue to SG$445.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA held steady at SG$318.8 million although profit after tax increased by 25% to SG$210.4 million.Revenue for the first nine months of the year combined is up 3% to SG$1.87 billion.“The attractions business of Resorts World Sentosa achieved strong results [in3Q18], especially Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark,” Genting Singapore said in its earnings announcement. “During the quarter, we attained an average daily visitorship of over 22,000 and an increase in average visitor spend across all offerings.“Our hotel business continued to outperform the industry with an average occupancy rate of over 97%. Our mass gaming business delivered stable performance. Our VIP rolling volume continued to grow and we remain prudent in our credit extension.“With rising global uncertainties and intensifying competition within the region, we will look to sharpen our marketing focus on the regional premium mass customers by refreshing our facilities and products to enhance their gaming experience. Meanwhile, we will continue to pursue VIP rolling volume with measured credit risk appetite.” Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Genting Singapore says it has already supplied RFI details to specific Japanese cities in the running to host an IR but is yet to determine which of these cities it will target.The update formed part of the company’s 3Q18 results announcement, with revenue for the three months to 30 September 2018 up 1% to SG$639.1 million on the back of non-gaming growth. South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in Augustlast_img read more

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men ripped out security cameras from the wall of a South Florida business, in January, before stealing cash, lottery tickets and other items.Surveillance video captured the two men ripping out the cameras at the Country Food Store before they went behind the store’s counter and grabbed the cash register. They fled with money, thousands of lottery tickets, several phone cards, cell phones, accessories and cigarettes.They threw a brick through the glass front door to enter the store, police said.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgA video deposition of a man implicated in the 1997 John Hartman murder in Fairbanks, was played in court Wednesday.Download AudioThe interview of Jason Wallace aired as part of an evidenciary hearing being conducted to determine if four other men, convicted of the crime, are innocent.The Wallace deposition offered no new insight into the Hartman attack, as Wallace repeatedly invoked the 5th amendment right not to self-incriminate.Meanwhile Judge Paul Lyle refuted state attorney’s attempts to suppress earlier statements Wallace made about his involvement to attorneys in 2003, while initially jailed for an unrelated killing for which he’s now serving life in prison.Judge Lyle says Wallace’s recently leaked statements about the Hartman attack can’t be used against him, but will be put into the court record.“If Mr. Wallace were ever charged with anything, or any civil suit were ever filed against Mr. Wallace related to what he said to his attorney, those statements would not be admissible under the current rules, but they’re admissible in this proceeding,” he said.Judge Lyle emphasized that it’s still to be decided if Wallace’s statements about the Hartman attack will be considered in determining the innocence of the four other men convicted of the crime.“Whether or not they are admitted for hearsay purposes, is the next level of analysis,” Lyle said.Wallace’s 2003 statement says he and friends randomly targeted 15-year-old John Hartman on a downtown street.His accounting is to some degree backed by a more recent confession from former Fairbanks friend William Holmes, who’s also serving life for other killings. Holmes testified Monday that he drove the car, while Wallace and others went after Hartman.The hearing is expected to continue through October, after which judge Paul Lyle could exonerate the men convicted of the Hartman killing.George Frese, Eugene Vent, and Kevin Pease remain jailed. Marvin Roberts is out on parole, and the only one of so called Fairbanks Four attending the hearing in person.last_img read more

first_imgVijayawada: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, 34 weekly special trains will be run on routes of Chennai Central – Santragachi and Puducherry – Santragachi, according South Central Railway (SCR) press communiqué on Thursday. Train No 06058 Chennai Central – Santragachi special train will depart Chennai Central at 3:15 pm on August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Wednesdays) and arrive Santragachi at 7:00 pm on Thursdays. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us In return direction, Train No 06057 Santragachi – Chennai Central special train will depart Santragachi at 11:50 pm on August 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Thursdays) and arrive Chennai Central at 5:30 am on Saturdays. En route, these special trains will stop at Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Anakapalle, Duvvada, Vizianagaram, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur stations in both the directions. These trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier and Sleeper Class Coaches. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Train No 06010 Puducherry-Santragachi (Kolkata) Special Train will depart Puducherry at 6:45 pm August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Saturdays) and arrive Santragachi at 4:30 am on Mondays. In the return direction, Train No 06009 Santragachi (Kolkata) – Puducherry Special Train will depart Santragachi at 2:10 pm on August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Mondays) and arrive Puducherry at 9:45 pm on Tuesdays. Advertise With Us En route, these special trains will stop at Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tambaram, Chennai Egmore, Sullurupeta, Nayudupeta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Chirala, Tenali, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Duvvada, Vizianagaram, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Jajpur K Road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur stations in both the directions. These trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, General Second Class and Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s plea to see the evidence before it is placed before the court will adversely affect several cases involving economic offenders and terror funding, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court on Thursday. Mehta, representing the Enforcement Directorate, was arguing before a bench headed by Justice Banumathi. He contended that if the court accepts Chidambaram’s plea then it is bound to adversely affect other cases including those of Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi, Shardha chit fund, terror funding and others. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “Chidambaram’s submission to confront him with the evidence before the same is placed before court is preposterous. It will lead to exposing evidences and witnesses in similar cases at an investigating stage,” Mehta submitted before the court. He further argued that at pre-complaint stage the prosecution is entitled to oppose bail based on material in its possession, and whether the accused’s reply to its queries was evasive or not, is a decision within the ambit of the probe agency. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “Confronting the accused with evidence who is free, it is an open invitation to tamper the evidence…cannot show the material even to the court, due to the sensitivity of the material,” submitted Mehta. He said that if the evidence was shown to the accused then he will immediately erase the details of the money trail. He referred to Chidambaram as an individual having resources and knowledge on the issues. Advertise With Us Maintaining the secrecy of the material in possession of the agency is vital, Mehta said adding it is best to confront the accused with evidence when he is in custody. And, if accused is confronted with evidence at a pre anticipatory bail stage, then this would destroy the case. Arguing on the jurisdiction of the top court, Mehta said the court cannot be created as a regular court entertaining the appeal of the orders of the high courts, lower courts, and magistrates. “Supreme Court is meant to lay down the law,” stated Mehta. Mehta also justified the High Court’s observation that the allegations against Chidambaram are grave. “The quantum of punishment is no measurement of gravity of offence. What is relevant is the impact of the offence on society and the nation… Offences against the economy of the country… Economic offences are gravest of offences,” contended Mehta in court. Mehta rubbished Chidambaram’s lawyers’ argument that the alleged transaction took place in 2007-08 and that PMLA provisions, under which he is charged, were introduced in 2009. He informed the court that the offence has continued till date, and the money acquired, following these corrupt transactions, eventually helped Chidambaram acquire property and further launder. On the retrospective effect of PMLA, Mehta argued that the Section 8 of PMLA, 2002 was in the statute at the very inception. Therefore, there is no retrospective imposition of charges on Chidambaram. He told the court under specific sections of the Act, it is clearly held that those who assist or play an active role in shielding the laundered money, technically are also guilty of money laundering.last_img read more