first_img Facebook Advertisement Admission has been selling for three consecutive days, but it seems that no matter how hard people tried, tickets for the L.A.-based comedians ultimately ended up on StubHub at jacked-up prices.We all know Toronto is obsessed with true crime, but the level of MFM dedication is insanity. Advertisement Toronto fans of the wildly popular true crime podcast My Favorite Murder are devastated after tickets for the live show sold out within minutes of going on sale on Wednesday.The way my heat broke when I saw that tickets are sold out for @MyFavMurder live show in Toronto read more

Fraud suit against bankrupt energy firm for which Pamela Wallin was a

CALGARY — A U.S. court has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against a bankrupt energy exploration company for which embattled Sen. Pamela Wallin was a director.Between June 2007 and December 2011, Wallin was a paid member of the board of Oilsands Quest Inc., a Calgary-based exploration company. As a director, the Saskatchewan senator was named in the lawsuit along with fellow board members, TD Securities and Calgary consulting firm McDaniel and Associates.The lawsuit, filed by investors in United States District Court in New York in 2011, alleged that Oilsands Quest and its directors overstated the value of the company’s assets by US$136 million.Defendants pumped up Oilsands Quest’s stock price by portraying the firm as the largest owner of valuable rights to bitumen in Saskatchewan’s oilsands“Through a series of false and misleading press releases, investor presentations and accounting manipulations, defendants fraudulently pumped up Oilsands Quest’s stock price by portraying Oilsands Quest as the largest owner of valuable rights to bitumen in Saskatchewan’s oilsands, creating a modern-day gold rush for what defendants knew to be largely worthless mining rights,” reads the original court document.It goes on to say company officials knew that the vast majority of the land contained no bitumen and “defendants engaged in contrived exploration and testing activities to justify the retention of worthless mining rights in order to mislead investors about the value of the company’s properties.”Handout/Oilsands Quest While most oil sands development is focused in the area around Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan has significant oil sands deposits. But the oil is considerably more difficult to extract because the deposits are capped by a glacial till rather than the shale typically found in Alberta. Still, Oilsands Quest led a charge to develop on the eastern side of the boundary.The firm filed for bankruptcy protection in an Alberta court in November 2011 and for Chapter 15 protection in a U.S. bankruptcy court in February 2012. Its assets have been sold to Cenovus Energy.Earlier this month, United States District Judge Jed Rakoff signed off on a US$10.2-million settlement which gave claimants about 36 cents on the dollar.Rakoff is the judge who presided over a US$163-million settlement last year in the case of disgraced New York financier Bernard Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme defrauded investors of billions of dollars.Oilsands Quest has not admitted any wrong-doing and has denied all allegations. The firm decided it would be “desirable and beneficial” to settle because litigation could have dragged on.The settlement, by Canadian standards, is quite large, says a Calgary lawyer whose firm handled proceedings in Canada at the request of the U.S. lawyers representing the plaintiffs.It’s double digits. You don’t see a lot of those here“It’s double digits. You don’t see a lot of those here,” said Clint Docken of the firm Docken and Klym. “It’s more common in the U.S., but the fact they’re paying over $10 million I think is representative of something.“If you’re not liable, it’s not a nuisance lawsuit, so why would you settle?”It doesn’t appear that Wallin or the other directors will be out of pocket, Docken said.“It’s the directors’ and officers’ insurer who is paying this.”During her time as a director, Wallin earned nearly US$648,000 in cash and offered option awards, the court documents said. She resigned shortly after Oilsands Quest went into receivership.She did not answer a request for comment submitted last week by The Canadian Press.Wallin, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009, has also been on the board of Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc., a wealth management firm with offices in Calgary and Toronto. She’s also served on the board for Porter Airlines. From 2007 to 2011 she was chancellor at the University of Guelph.Her finances have been under a microscope for weeks.The one-time journalist and former Conservative caucus member has been ordered to reimburse the Senate almost US$140,000 for ineligible travel expense claims. The order followed an independent audit of her travel expenses.A Senate committee alerted the RCMP to the results of the audit. The Mounties are already investigating living allowances claimed by senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb. read more

Burlington man injured in rollover

A man in his mid 20s was injured Sunday after crashing his car into a median in Burlington.It happened on Lakeshore Road at around 5:00 p.m. The car flipped in the crash, and the driver was taken to Hamilton General with head injuries.Police say the man has since been released and is exected to recover.The road was closed for several hours this morning as the traffic reconstruction unit investigated.

Diamond the size of a tennis ball found in Canadianowned mine could

Diamond the size of a tennis ball found in Canadian-owned mine could fetch C$90M A three-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch more than C$90 million when the Canadian mining company that unearthed it puts the rock up for auction this summer.But the first person to lay eyes on the whopping gem barely gave it a glance, the CEO of Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corp. recalled Wednesday, as the eye-popping estimate for the precious stone was issued by auctioneer Sotheby’s.“He’d only been working for us for two weeks, so he sees the thousand carats and goes ‘oh, this must be normal,’” William Lamb told The Canadian Press. “He didn’t tell anybody. It was only when the chief saw it that there was this huge commotion on site.”The diamond was unearthed in November, at the Karowe mine in Botswana that’s owned by Lucara (TSX:LUC).After being closely examined, it was found to measure 1,109 carats, making it the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.The only bigger diamond found to date was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, unearthed in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into nine pieces that form part of the U.K. Crown Jewels.The Cullinan diamond, however, was found when a mine worker noticed something glinting in the side of a pit, grabbed a ladder and started chipping around it with a pen knife, said Lamb.The diamond found at the Lucara mine, in contrast, managed to survive a modern mining process which included drilling, blasting, excavation, crushing and mechanized sorting, he said.“Our stone actually went through an entire processing facility before it was recovered,” Lamb explained. “We were very lucky.”The diamond has been named Lesedi la Rona, meaning “our light” in the local Tswana language.The name came from a local contest which drew some 11,000 entries, Lamb said, and carries a special meaning for Botswana, whose economy has benefited greatly from diamond mining.The Lesedi la Rona is currently on a world tour ahead of an auction in London this summer.It has already been displayed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and will be shown in New York this weekend before heading to locations in Europe, said Lamb.“We’re trying to get access to people who may want it as a collector’s item,” he said. “We’re looking at people who have the financial resources, but also see the uniqueness, the rarity and the beauty in the stone.”Auctioneer Sotheby’s has estimated the diamond could sell for more than C$90 million, but Lamb said just how much the rock will ultimately go for is hard to say.“This is historic,” he said. “It is the only plus thousand carat stone in existence.”Whoever acquires the diamond will have to decide whether to cut and polish the stone, possibly splitting it into smaller pieces, or keep it in its rough form.“If you ask me, I wouldn’t cut it. It is unique,” said Lamb, who remembered feeling “shock and awe” when he first held the diamond.“It automatically draws you to it. I’d say the stone has an addictive quality to it.”Sotheby’s has said the rough gemstone “of exceptional transparency” could yield the largest top-quality diamond ever cut and polished, if the buyer decides to go that route.David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division, called the discovery “the find of a lifetime” and the auction unprecedented, because no rough diamond of this size has ever been auctioned.The Lesedi la Rona could smash the record price for a diamond of US$48.5 million, paid at a Geneva sale last year for the 12.03-carat polished “Blue Moon” diamond. Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau picked it up as a gift for his 7-year-old daughter.The Lesedi la Rona diamond will be offered at auction on June 29.— With files from The Associated Press by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2016 9:42 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby’s in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

UN ready to discuss possible forms of support to further interKorean peace

That call for support includes UN assistance in verifying the imminent closure of a nuclear test site in the north, and transforming the buffer zone separating the two nations into a “peace zone.”The UN confirmed Tuesday evening that Mr. Guterres and the Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone on Monday, in which the latter sought “the support of the United Nations” to verify the shutting down of the nuclear test site in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Mr. Moon also asked the UN to help implement the recent agreement by the two nations to transform the demilitarized zone.In response, the Secretary-General “reiterated the full support of the United Nations to furthering the inter-Korean dialogue and in this regard pledged that the United Nations stands ready to discuss possible forms of support,” according to a read-out issued by the world body.On 27 April, the leaders of the two nations agreed on a number of measures, including realizing the common goal of “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and pursuing talks to declare an official end to the Korean War, which devastated the Peninsula, beginning in June 1950.An armistice brought about a ceasefire in 1953, but the conflict never officially ended because the parties failed to reach agreement over a formal peace treaty.Prior to last week’s historic inter-Korean summit, DPRK leader Kim Jong Un had announced his intention to suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches,  including the closure of the country’s nuclear test site, according to news reports.The DPRK has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, and in recent years launched numerous test missiles, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.  The 15-member body has regularly reacted to these violations through punitive measures.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors the DPRK nuclear programme, including through the use of satellite imagery, but its inspectors have not had access to the country’s nuclear facilities since April 2009. read more

Found Oxford oarsmans Boat Race medal lost in River Thames is discovered floating

first_imgOliver Cook, right, with brother Jamie Roots has known Ollie’s family for years, having coached at University of London while the brothers were students there.   Ollie Cook, right, with brother JamieCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph In 2014, he and both Cooks took part in the Moon Row, coincidentally also supported by Parmigiani, when a team braved crocodiles and hippos to scull the length of Lake Kariba and the lower Zambezi for charity.  “It was as if it was meant to be,” said Roots of finding the medal.  “It already had a bit of silt on it, was beginning to be obscured, if I’d left it another day or two it would have been covered completely unless someone else had pilfered it.” “I was on the way to a job, and knowing that stretch like the back of my hand, thought there was a small chance the tide might be low enough,” said Roots, who rowed at University of London Boat Club several years before Cook and his brother Jamie. “I wasn’t specially hopeful but the tide was going down and straight away there it was, a foot from the water, at my feet.  First a little black strip of ribbon wafting around and then the medal, glinting silver in the mud.”Roots, snapping the Boat Race for timing sponsors Parmigiani Fleurier, had already captured the unfortunate loss on film. Following Ollie and Jamie’s defeat of Cambridge in an epic race on Sunday, Ollie swallow-dived into the water and came up clutching his medal, only to drop it moments later as he hugged his brother in ecstasy.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford’s Boat Race-winning oarsman Ollie Cook is no longer feeling blue, after the victor’s medal he lost in the murky depths of the Thames on Sunday has been returned to him by a clubmate. Former rower and photographer Hamish Roots was passing Mortlake on Monday morning and went to look, in the vain hope that the medal might be visible.  To Root’s astonishment, he found it straight away, and dropped it in to Cook’s parent’s house in Windsor later that afternoon. Cook himself, a 2016 world champion, had already left to join the GB Rowing team in Portugal on training camp.last_img read more

President Taoiseach and Tánaiste extend sympathies to Boston

first_imgSo far, fortunately, all have been safely accounted for.  However, the situation is still developing and I would ask any family who may be concerned for loved ones that they have not heard from and who might have been present in the area to contact my Department at 01-408 2000.In a short statement issued from Áras an Uachtaráin tonight, the President said: “I am deeply sorry to learn of the explosions in Boston earlier today that have resulted in fatalities and injuries.The occurrence of the explosions during the course of the Boston Marathon is deeply shocking and is a very sad end to what should have been a day of great joy and achievement for the thousands, including many Irish citizens, who participate in and watch this widely supported annual event.My thoughts and those of many Irish people, who feel a deep affinity with Boston are with Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, the emergency services, and the people of this wonderful city, as they seek to respond to this tragedy. “Having visited Boston last year, I know that its civic spirit will be a great resource in responding to today’s dreadful events.”Kenny also sent his sympathies to the Governor, Mayor and the people of Boston.On behalf of the Irish people, I am sending our sympathy and support to Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick and to the people of Boston who have been devastated by this senseless and terrible event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.-Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollUpdated: So far no reports of Irish caught up in marathon blastsObama: ‘We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable’Read’s full coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions > Updated 00.30PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have responded to the explosions at the Boston Marathon today by extending their thoughts to those affected by today’s shocking events in the city.So far no Irish people are reported to have been caught up in the two blasts which have left dozens injured and at least two dead.Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said his department “is doing all that it can to make contact with our nationals to check on their situation”.In a statement, he said:My thoughts are with the people and the authorities in Boston as they continue to deal with this tragic situation. I know that there were a significant number of Irish participating or involved in the Marathon, and my Department – in particular the Irish Consulate in Boston –  is doing all that it can to make contact with our nationals to check on their situation.last_img read more

Man accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital

first_imgMan accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital June 13, 2018 Posted: June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Kevin Matlak from 2015SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 21-year-old former Torrey Pines High School student accused of posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account can remain at a county psychiatric hospital where he is being treated for mental health issues, a judge ruled Wednesday.Kevin Gregory Matlak — charged with making criminal threats and identity theft — appeared at his arraignment in a wheelchair, accompanied by two health care workers. Matlak had a blanket pulled up to his face and didn’t say anything during the hearing.Judge Jay Bloom entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the defendant and set bail at $525,000, saying Matlak was a danger to the community.The judge ordered the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital to give the court 48 hours notice if Matlak was to be released, noting concern for the safety of Torrey Pines students graduating on Friday.Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself into the mental health facility June 4, defense attorney Brian Watkins said.The attorney said Matlak is a danger to himself, but not to others.Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them. The attorney said the threats were “not very clear” and “ambiguous.”Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said one of Matlak’s posts read “Rest in Peace Torrey Pines High School.”“I hate all of you,” another post read, according to the prosecutor.Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finger with the other hand, Greco said.Matlak faces four years and four months in state prison if convicted. last_img read more

Soybean Farmers Stakeholders Urged to Submit Comments on Biodiesel Volumes

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) urges all members and state soybean associations to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Proposed Rule for biodiesel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The deadline for comments to EPA is July 11. Draft comments are available here for states and individuals to use. ASA will also be submitting comprehensive comments.The Proposed Rule calls for 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel in 2018. As a point of reference, the biomass-based diesel requirements for 2016 and 2017 are 1.9 billion and 2.0 billion gallons, respectively. The biomass-based diesel utilization in the U.S. was approximately 2.1 billion gallons in 2015 and is expected to exceed that amount in 2016. As you can see, we are already at the levels EPA is proposing for 2018 and the volumes of imports have been increasing the past several years and are expected to continue to grow.There is a 60 day public comment period running through July 11 and states and members are encouraged to submit comments. Instructions for submitting comments are provided at the Soy Action Center.last_img read more

Evergreen Plastics moving to Vancouver

first_imgClick to enlarge Clark County has landed a plastic bottle manufacturer from Portland, adding to a growing list of companies that plan to cross the state line.Owners of Evergreen Plastic Container say they were drawn to the county by their new site at Northeast 47th Avenue and 68th Street, which gives them room to expand operations. The company’s husband-and-wife owners Helen Nguwen and Vincent Do also were attracted by cheaper power rates and the absence of a state income tax on the Washington side of the Columbia River. The couple purchased their 5.2-acre industrial site for $1.24 million.They expect to start constructing a 50,000-square-foot building next month and open the facility by the end of the year. Evergreen Plastic Container, with 30 employees, manufactures bottles for water, soft drinks, milk and juice. ?The site, within Vancouver’s growth boundary but considered part of unincorporated Clark County, was already approved for development, said Eric Fuller, president of Eric Fuller & Associates Inc. commercial real estate firm, which represented the buyers.“It will take less time to develop than a green-field site,” Fuller said.Nguwen and Do bought the tract from husband-and-wife business partners Marty Rifkin and Kate Jones, former owners of gummy vitamin maker Northwest Natural Products, which Princeton, N.J.-based Church & Dwight Co. acquired in 2012. The parcel and an additional 5-acre tract were originally planned as a development called Parkside Commerce Center to serve as a campus for Northwest Natural Products.“It was a perfect fit” for the plastics company, said Ron Frederiksen, CEO and owner of Vancouver-based RSV Construction Services Inc., who worked with Nguwen and Do.last_img read more

2 rescued in Everglades after airboat becomes stuck

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of two people in the Florida Everglades after, officials said, their airboat became stuck, Friday.7Skyforce HD hovered above the stuck airboaters about 10 miles west of U.S. 27, three miles south of Alligator Alley, in Broward County.Officials say low water levels caused the pair to get stuck in the muck with nowhere to go.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue sent an airboat of their own to help dislodge them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Congress accepts they did injustice for 60 years says PM Modi

first_imgTwitter/BJPPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mocked the Congress’s proposed NYAY scheme which translates to “justice” in Hindi literally and claimed that the grand old party has finally agreed that injustice was done by them over the past 60 years.He also said a vote for Congress, DMK and IUML combine is a vote for higher taxes and lower growth rate, a free hand to terrorists and criminals.”Congress and dishonesty are best friends. But sometimes by mistake, they end up speaking the truth. Now they are saying Nyay will happen. Even if they did not intend to, they have admitted that they had done injustice for the 60 years,” Modi said addressing massive rallies held in Theni and Ramanathapuram district.NYAY is the Congress’ minimum income guarantee scheme that the party says lift millions out of poverty.PM Modi also asked who will render Nyay/justice to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots; to all the victims of anti-Dalit riots; to the government of AIADMK Founder M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) dismissed by Congress because one family didn’t like him; to the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy — one of worst environment tragedy in modern India — all of which happened under the Congress rule.Stating that the Congress, DMK and their other corrupt friends can never work for India’s development, Modi asked the people present at the rallies to decide the fate of those who questioned the surgical strike by the Indian Army.”How do you deal with those who wish to weaken armed forces and how to deal with those who talk with the sponsors of terrorists,” Modi asked.”When it comes to national security, there can be no compromise. We leave no stone unturned in protecting India and destroying forces of terror. When a brave Indian pilot was captured, he was back in record time. The Congress party politicised the issue,” Modi said pointing fingers at the opposition.PM Modi said for Tamil Nadu to become prosperous, the game of DMK and Congress must end and the rule of dynasty must be stopped.”As a chowkidar for the nation, I work for the benefit of the people. Your struggle for railway connectivity is known and our government has begun the gauge conversion between Madurai and Bodi.”The Prime Minister assured that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Integrated Textile Park set up in Madurai will benefit the people of Theni district.He said the opposition has been unable to accept the fact that “India has been rapidly making a mark in the world under the BJP-led NDA’s regime and they are unhappy with Modi”.”Those who were sworn enemies have come together to harm people of Tamil Nadu. Recall 1979, how the Congress humiliated DMK. Recently DMK leaders were in jail for the 2G scam,” Modi said.”Despite such bitterness in the past, today Congress and DMK are together to mislead the people. All the corrupt have joined hands to defeat Modi,” he added.Citing the projection of Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate by the DMK, Modi said none of the other opposition parties have agreed on it as each party wants its leaders in line for the Prime Minister post.Taking a dig at Congress bigwig in Tamil Nadu, Modi said while the father (former Union Minister P. Chidambaram) was India’s Finance Minister, his son (Karti Chidambaram) looted the country.According to Modi, the Madhya Pradesh government has become the ATM (automatic teller machine) of the Congress party and people were talking about it as the Thuglaq Road scam (where the Congress chief’s residence is).”You all know which big Congress leader stays in Thuglaq Road,” Modi said.PM Modi said former President late APJ Abdul Kalam would have been happy on the DRDO’s success at A-SAT missile launch destroying low earth orbiting satellite that was called of Mission Shakti that proved India’s capability to destroy live satellite with a mission.”We are creating the India that Kalam imagined,” Modi said.”The India of 2019 is different from the India of 2014. Today India is eliminating poverty faster than before. We opened bank accounts for poor, gave gas connections to poor women,” Modi said.”Sanitation cover was at a dismal 38 per cent then and now it is 98 per cent. Five years ago, many didn’t have health coverage, but now several crore of people have insurance coverage,” he added.According to Modi, work is fast progressing on laying of the railway tracks between Rameswaran and Dhanuskodi. The 100-year-old Pamban bridge is transformed into a state-of-the-art bridge.On water resources, Modi said once the new government under him assumes office on May 23, there will be a separate Ministry for Jal Shakti with a focus on providing clean water for drinking, water for irrigation.He also said a new Fisheries Ministry will be formed on May 23 like the farmer’s credit card, the fishermen will also be given credit cards.He also said that about 1,900 Indian fishermen were released from Sri Lankan jails due to the government’s diplomatic efforts, some of them were facing death sentences.Criticising Congress-DMK “lacking vision and mission for India”, Modi said: “Their only mission is to remove Modi. In the process of hating Modi, the opposition has begun to hate India.””When Congress was in power, terrorists had the upper hand. City after city experienced bomb blasts. The Congress government was hapless,” Modi said.Coming down on the Congress’ first family, Modi said: “In Delhi, prime real estate is used for memorial for the members of one family as if no other family has contributed to the nation.”Citing the memorial built for Kalam at Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram district, Modi asked: “Did Congress make a memorial at this scale for any previous Presidents of India? So many Presidents were from the Congress. They did not make a memorial for KR Narayanan, R Venkatraman or Dr S Radhakrishnan.”last_img read more

Feds Say Theyll Reunite Separated Toddlers With Their Parents By Tuesday —

first_imgEven as the government promises on-time reunifications, workers on the ground and shelters contracted by HHS have indicated that there isn’t a clear plan in place for how — or where — those reunions will take place. Azar said Thursday morning that once children are returned to their parents, the families will be in the custody of a different federal agency: the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. But there are only three ICE detention centers in the country currently equipped to house families, and there are legal challenges to keeping families there indefinitely as their immigration proceedings drag on, including a 20-day restriction on detaining children. A military base at Fort Bliss is expected to serve as a temporary detention center for families, according to the El Paso Times.Azar complained that “conflicting court orders,” like the 20-day limitation, have left the federal government in a difficult spot.Officials at Southwest Key Programs, the government-contracted shelter company that houses more than half of the unaccompanied minors in the country, have said that they’re prepared to reunite nearly all of the children in their care with their parents — but they’re waiting on cues from the government.“We’re ready today,” Juan Sanchez, CEO of Southwest Key, told the Associated Press last month, adding that there seemed to be a lack of urgency on the government’s part.A Southwest Key official said last month that its shelters had kept track of the locations of all the parents of the separated children it housed and allowed families to be in touch via phone to the extent possible.Disclosure: Jeff Eller, a communications adviser to Southwest Key, is a donor and former board member of The Texas Tribune. The Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. View a complete list. Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneProtesters call for immigrant families to be kept together at a rally in Austin on Thursday, June 14, 2018.The federal government plans to meet a pair of ambitious court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border — even though officials say doing so may mean relaxing government standards in the process of vetting those parents.A federal judge in California told the government last week that all children under the age of 5 who were split from their families at the border must be brought together with their parents by Tuesday. The government has until July 26 to reunite families of older children. But that timeline, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters Thursday morning, presents a host of challenges — including the risk that the agency will have to compromise its procedures for investigating parents’ backgrounds.“We will comply with the artificial deadlines created by the court — deadlines that were not informed by the process needed to vet parents, including confirming parentage as well as determining the suitability of placement with that parent,” Azar said. “We will comply, even if those deadlines prevent us from conducting a standard or even a truncated vetting process.”Before reuniting families, Azar said, his agency must confirm that “purported parents” do indeed have blood ties to the children they claim and also verify that they are safe caretakers.There are about 100 separated children under 5 in his agency’s custody, Azar said.Azar said that while vetting parents for children under 5, government workers have already come across some parents with “criminal histories that were inconsistent with child safety,” including several forms of abuse. He seemed to warn that more nightmare cases could emerge if the government rushes to meet its looming deadline.Azar said his agency will “inform the court of what we believe to be in the best interest of child welfare and seek additional time to ensure that we can do the job that we believe is necessary.”To meet the Tuesday deadline, Azar said his agency has deployed an additional 230 federal workers to manually sift through the case files of about 11,800 unaccompanied alien children — most of whom crossed the border alone and less than 3,000 of whom were taken from their parents. Federal officials are also using DNA tests to confirm parentage.The court said immediate reunification is critical to “address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making.”“The practice of separating these families was implemented without any effective system for… Reuniting the parents and children. This is a startling reality,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw wrote in the June 26 order. “Under the present system migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property.” Sharelast_img read more

Cancun police mistake bags for body parts find illegal snails

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A man carrying a load of white snails has been arrested in Cancun after police mistake his inventory for body parts.Federal police surrounded a pickup truck in Cancun Thursday night after noticing numerous black garbage bags in the bed. Under the impression the bags may have contained human remains, police searched the contents to find the driver was transporting 300 kilos of white snails.Police reported traveling along Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard in Cancun when they noticed a Ford pickup parked outside a convenience store. They say that their attention was drawn by the black garbage bags in the bed of the truck.Upon inspection, the driver, Luis N, was found transporting 300 kilos of white snail, a protected species in Mexico. Luis N claimed to not know that fishing white snail was illegal.He was arrested and handed over to the attorney general for processing.In June, the Mexican navy at Mahahual were led on a water chase by fishermen caught poaching pink snail. There were no arrests.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More than just Turkey

first_imgSource = roomsXML More than just TurkeyMarcus Falay is living proof that travel agents can prosper outside of the retail space.  I met Marcus about five years ago at a networking group, identified a mutual friend and as he works around the corner, we regularly catch up and discuss business, innovation and entrepreneurship.Being a Turkish native with family still in Turkey, Marcus spent years putting together one of the most audacious plans for the hundred year anniversary of Gallipoli in 2015. He then took a year “off” to grow the wholesale side of the business.His next direction? Read on….So last year you put a few hundred people on a boat in Gallipoli…. How did that go?It was just about 600 people who we treated to a centennial experience of a lifetime.Of the 600, nearly 200 Lucky Ballot holders made it to Anzac Cove itself, while the remaining guests had their very own, live-feed Anzac Dawn Service at the waters of Gallipoli onboard the Luxury Azamara Journey. Former Governor Generals of Australia & NZ, Dr Peter Hollingworth and Sir Anand Satyanand were onboard during the service, and in turn serenaded by world famous Soprano Dame Malvina Major sang WW2 songs .So if this doesn’t cement you as a Turkey expert, nothing will. But you’ve decided to broaden your horizons?For years we have specialised in Turkey in Small Group Tours, F.I.T and gulets. Business is grown via referrals, we started wholesaling because of volume that we could generate with us and our customers. Returning happy clients often ask us if we do the same to other destinations.So today, we’ve taken the experience and extended our Small Group and F.I.T. travel arrangements.Turkey is always our number one destination but we are extending to cover some of the Silk Road including Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Morocco, Jordan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.A wholesaler that retails… How do you earn the trust of travel agents who might be dubious?We have developed unique systems to ensure that agents are feeling protected 1) T.A.P.S (Travel Agency Protection Scheme) Travel agents may refer their clients to us and we will take care of all the arrangements. Upon final payment from clients, we send the FULL commission to the referring agent. This cost agents nothing 2) The More You Book The More You Earn is a simple way of earning more commission and our way of saying thank you for staying loyal with us.Per Calendar Yearfirst booking is 12% commissionnext 13%the one after 14% and so son.Your fifth of more booking is capped at 16% commission with us.So if Turkey and beyond is the word, how are you spreading the word?We run special deals, some of our tours and destinations get seasonal discounts and commission boosts. We also offer tour leader options to our agents if they wish to put their very own exclusive itinerary just for their agency.Return airfares and cost of tour is included, so a famil without any taxes and surcharge costs. roomsXML.comdiscover more here Connect center_img roomsXML connect today here www.roomsxml.comlast_img read more

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald was asked if the fact that the Arizona Cardinals have not beaten an NFC West team in nearly two full seasons has been a talking point this week.“Yeah, it’s been a point of emphasis,” he said with a chuckle, before being asked if it’s been coming from head coach Bruce Arians. “Not just him. He’s mentioned it but amongst teammates; it’s been well over a year, and to think we’re sitting here fighting for a Wild Card playoff position and we haven’t won a division game in a year and almost a half. It just shows you how strong our division is. Top Stories “That’s what it’s all about,” right tackle Eric Winston said. “If you want to go to the playoffs in this league, you’ve got to win your division and you’ve got to win division games. Not always win your division, but division games are important. They lead to tie-breakers and are kind of all part of this thing.”Added receiver Michael Floyd: “I think we know what it takes to win games and every game in the division is huge, no matter who it is, and the Rams are just one of the division games where we’ve got to play to the best of our ability and get this W.”So as the Cardinals prepare for this game, which offers a second shot at the Rams as well as a chance to keep their playoff hopes alive, they do so looking to prove they stack up in a division that just might be the toughest in the NFL.“That’s where we want to be measured, in our division,” Arians said. “It’s a very difficult division and we know that, but it’s time for us to start stepping up and winning these ball games.” – / 27 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “But we’re not going to be considered the stepchild any longer; we’ve got to come out and win some of these games.”Since beating the Seattle Seahawks in Russell Wilson’s debut to open last season, the Cardinals have lost eight consecutive games against NFC West opponents. Last year, they were barely even competitive in losing by scores of 17-3, 24-3, 31-17, 58-0 and 27-13. Things have been a little better this year, as the Cards have fallen by scores of 27-24, 32-20 and 34-22. However, during the eight-game losing streak the Cardinals have lost average score of 31-13, which is obviously going to have to change if the team wants to keep talking about the playoffs.“We can’t worry about the playoffs,” Arians said. “They’ll take care of themselves. For us, we have to win in the division. We have three out of four left in the division, and we have to make a statement that we can play in the division.”At 7-5, the Cardinals need to win and receive help from others if they are to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. But as Arians said, it’s useless to talk about scenarios if the team does not start beating divisional foes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Cyprus to lift most currency controls by spring 2014

first_imgBy Michele KambasCyprus expects to lift almost all currency controls early next year, although restrictions will remain on individuals shifting funds out of the country, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday.Separately, Central Bank governor Panicos Demetriades said the island’s banks were likely to make further losses in 2014 as the economy worsens and non-performing loans rise, but that the sector has enough capital to cope.Cyprus imposed currency controls in March – a first for the eurozone – to prevent a bank run after savers were forced by the country’s international bailout to recapitalise a major lender with their own funds and a second bank was closed down.Georgiades told parliament’s finance committee that based on a roadmap for the restructuring of the Cypriot banking system, most controls would be lifted “before the spring” of 2014.“That (roadmap) brings us to the first months of 2014 in lifting all restrictive measures with the exception of one … transferring money from an account here to an account abroad,” he said.Individuals will for the foreseeable future still have to demonstrate that such transfers are for specific business reasons, the finance minister added. “That will be the last (control to be lifted), and it is not related to any roadmap.”Cyprus has been gradually easing restrictions on money movements since March. There is still a ban on the use of cheques, a restriction on individuals withdrawing more than €300 in cash daily and a freeze on breaking time deposits, while transactions over certain limits must be vetted.Despite the restrictions – regulations are more lax for foreign-owned banks – the system has been bleeding deposits.Based on latest ECB data, private-sector deposits fell 2.1 per cent in August and have lost 30 per cent overall in the past 15 months.BANKS FACE MORE LOSSESCypriot banks which were hit by exposure to debt-crippled Greece are now bracing themselves for losses at home, as a deepening recession leaves people unable to repay their debts.Bank of Cyprus reported 2012 losses exceeding €2 billion on October 10, citing a rise in non-performing loans. The island’s largest lender, it was recapitalised under the bailout by the forced conversion of 47.5 per cent of deposits exceeding €100,000 into equity in the bank.Central Bank governor Demetriades said the restructuring had ensured banks have enough capital to withstand future shocks.“Any anticipated losses are expected to be sufficiently covered and the sector will gradually stabilise and recover,” he told lawmakers, ruling out any further moves to slap depositors with losses.“That is completely out of the question, and it’s in the memorandum of understanding (with Cyprus’s international lenders) … It explicitly states this will not happen,” Demetriades said in response to a question.“There are capital buffers in the programme to absorb any losses which might arise.”Demetriades said he did not expect a contraction as deep as the 8.7 per cent of output forecast by the island’s EU/IMF lenders, but that the outlook was very uncertain. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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